Twenty years ago, the Full Monty sent the nation into a frenzy with the story of a group of unemployed miners stripping off to beat the dole queue.
Now to mark the film’s anniversary six famous men will get their kit off to replicate the film’s iconic climax – and in doing so raise awareness about men’s cancers – for a brand new ITV show.
Produced by Spun Gold Television, The Real Full Monty will see presenters Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo embark on a mission to round up famous male flesh and teach them how to expose it to full effect.
The group will learn how to strip tease over the coming weeks for this special, one-off documentary. Then, once their act is fully polished, they will boldly do the Fully Monty, performing in front of a 2,000 strong live theatre audience, which will feature in an episode of Tonight At the London Palladium.
Alexander Armstrong said: “We are using this film to raise awareness of men’s cancer prostate and testicular, encouraging guys to check themselves and look out for their friends and act on symptoms if they have them. 96 per cent of prostate cancer is curable if caught early, but many men leave it too late and the story is not a good one.
“I hope that by showing I’ve got the balls to strip off in front of thousands of people, it might encourage otherwise reluctant men to overcome their embarrassment and get themselves checked.”
Ashley Banjo said: “We’re going to have a ball making this show. I’ll make sure viewers are in for a treat by knocking a group of famous novices into shape and preparing them for the performance of their lives! Hopefully, by flashing their flesh, our fine men can strip away some of the inhibitions that prevent some men from making sure their health is properly monitored in their vital areas.”
The Real Full Monty is commissioned for ITV by Kate Teckman, Factual Commissioner and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.
Kate said: “Hats off to the men who are willing to lay themselves bare to the nation to show us everything they have for what promises to be a hugely entertaining programme and performance boldly led by Alexander and Ashley. We hope their efforts will give this important issue the exposure it needs.”