Channel 4 boss wants to bring back ‘big pre-watershed hit’ The Jump

The Jump could be returning to Channel 4 for series two.

Creative officer Jay Hunt has said she is keen to bring back the celebrity winter sports show after it proved a ratings success for the channel – despite so many of the contestants being forced to pull out due to injury.

Hunt told The Guardian that The Jump was ‘the first time we have had a big pre-watershed hit for quite a long time.”

She added: “It’s hard to think what is our pre-watershed tone of voice. There is a gravitational pull at 4 towards the edgy, the difficult and the rude. To have found a show that could serve a family audience and get the figures it did was really important.”

The show, hosted in Austria by Davina McCall and Alex Brooker, saw stars taking part in winter games such as bobsleigh, skating and skiing, with the two worst performing contestants taking part in a terrifying ski jump at the end of each episode to stay in the competition. But many of the celebrities had to pull out of the contest due to injury, while reality star Amy Childs simply refused to take part in the jump at all because she was too scared.

Sir Steve Redgrave, Marcus Brigstocke, Melinda Messenger and Henry Conway were among those forced to pull out due to injury.

Former X Factor star Joe McElderry and journalist Donal MacIntyre were the only two contestants left fit to compete in the final, with the title eventually going to Joe.