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David Haye boxing clever and Helen Flanagan a real soap star in I"m A Celebrity

Haye boxing clever and Bristow on target as Flanagan proves she's a true soap star

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UPDATED:

09:25 GMT, 12 November 2012

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

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Even now, after 10 series of ITV's I'm A Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here, there may still be a few people out there wondering why anyone in their right mind would want to spend up to three weeks in the garden feature from hell

True, in some (okay, perhaps many) cases, the answer is in that question. But that is surely not the whole truth.

After all, if you were going to not wash for days, eat animals' unmentionables and make small talk with someone from a reality show that you've never heard of, would you want to do it under the unblinking gaze of the British telly-viewing public

Soap star: Helen Flanagan has swapped the Coronation Street cobbles for the Australian jungle

Soap star: Helen Flanagan has swapped the Coronation Street cobbles for the Australian jungle

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Okay, once again a lot of the answer is in the question, but there is also some method in that madness.

The perfect reminder of that was live on ITV on Friday when Phil Tufnell appeared on a special I'm A Celebrity… Who Wants To be A Millionaire.

Sitting alongside fellow 'King' Joe Pasquale, the current One Show reporter and Question Of Sport captain told Chris Tarrant he'd been at the US Embassy until four in the morning for the Presidential election.

'It was a good party. Last to leave as usual', laughed the irrepressible Tuffers, but do you imagine any of that would have happened if his biggest claim to fame had been a seven for 42 against Leicestershire at Grace Road, rather than becoming King Phil in 2003

No, for those few of you who hadn't noticed, I'm A Celebrity is a golden ticket to a whole new kind of fame and the sport folks competing to be this year's Charlie in the Chocolate Factory are David Haye and Eric Bristow; with affiliated support – and almost certainly, more shower scenes – coming from Scott Sinclair's actress girlfriend Helen Flanagan.

And it didn't take long for the two Londoners who usually let their fists do the talking – obviously, In Eric's case, while clenching his tungstens – to tell us why they have both excelled in their respective sports.

'I usually deal with confrontation with a right hook. I can be cocky. Arrogant. And I have a phobia of losing,' the Hayemaker informed us, clearly deciding that the Christopher Biggins approach to jungle glory was not for him.

Mind you, The Crafty Cockney was just as bullish.

'I fear nothing. I'm arrogant. Confident. You like me or you don't. Whatever it takes, I'll do it', he told us.

Clearly our superstar d'artist believes a good game of killer is just as much fun away from the oche.

Of the two, the south London heavyweight champ earned early bragging rights when his team won the helicopter ride in to their camp.

Squaring up: Former heavyweight champion David Haye (left) was against Made In Chelsea's Hugo Taylor

Squaring up: Former heavyweight champion David Haye (left) was against Made In Chelsea's Hugo Taylor

Hitting the bullseye: Darts legend Eric Bristow is on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here

Hitting the bullseye: Darts legend Eric Bristow is on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

Eric's team contained former Time Lard Colin Baker, who couldn't escape a dalek with a flat tyre these days, which meant they got an actual, as well as metaphorical, sinking ship to arrive by.

Of the initial challenges though, it was Helen who got the first serious welcome to the jungle for our sports folks.

Taking on a rope bridge across a ravine, Helen told us 'this is the most scared, like, ever' she's ever, like, been as she set out on her precarious endeavour.

Then many tears, a possible throw up and 47,000 'oh my Gods' later, she was across!

It took less than a couple of minutes to watch. However, judging by the changing light and the fact Brian Conley had grown a beard since she set out on her quest, it may have actually taken a tad longer.

Dream team: Presenters Ant (2nd right) and Dec (right) are the stars of the show

Dream team: Presenters Ant (2nd right) and Dec (right) are the stars of the show

As ever, presiding over the fun, fear and frolics are Ant & Dec who remain the sharpest, most endearing talents in light entertainment.

These two are the barometer of the series, judging perfectly where to go with the humour, the angst, the drama and the melodrama.

They welcomed David to the first Bushtucker trial of the series, competing against one Hugo Taylor from Made In Chelsea, who very quickly realised he wasn't in the Kings Road any more.

Challenge: David Haye was tested early on in the new series of I'm A Celebrity...

Challenge: David Haye was tested early on in the new series of I'm A Celebrity…

'That took real endurance and strength' said Ant in the pouring rain.

'Telling me. Nearly forty minutes we had to hold that umbrella up' deadpanned back Dec as Haye came out the resounding, and not entirely unexpected winner.

So for the first few nights, we'll be watching Team David versus Team Eric, which at the moment is looking like Barcelona against Billericay.

But obviously it's still early days, so join me here every morning to find out just how the jungle is rumbling.

Dirty work but somebody's got to do it: Helen Flanagan was snapped taking a shower

Dirty work but somebody's got to do it: Helen Flanagan was snapped taking a shower

French Open 2012: Andy Murray makes a meal of injuries, blasts Virginina Wade

Drama queen! Murray makes a meal of injuries, blasts Wimbledon legend Wade

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UPDATED:

23:45 GMT, 31 May 2012

Andy Murray hit back at Wimbledon
legend Virginia Wade after she accused
him of acting like a 'drama queen'
during his remarkable comeback win in
the second round of the French Open.

The British No 1 was angered by her commentary
after he suffered back spasms during his
1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jarkko Nieminen
and said: 'She has no idea how I was feeling on
court. She doesn't know what was happening 20 minutes before when I went out on court. I
know how I felt on the court.

In trouble: Murray received treatment in the first set after struggling with back pain

In trouble: Murray received treatment in the first set after struggling with back pain

'And then you
have people like that who always come out
and say something controversial, when
really they should be supportive or maybe
ask me a question before commenting.

'I've known her since I was really young, so that's quite disappointing. I don't see what the point would be in play-acting, going down 6-1, 4-2.'

Murray woke with a stiff back and suffered spasms after he got up from his chair for the fourth game. The effects took around an hour to go and he maintained he had nearly not started the match and was close to quitting after the first set.

Flat out: The British No 1 lost the opening set 6-1

Flat out: The British No 1 lost the opening set 6-1

But Wade, the last Brit to win a Wimbledon
singles title, felt he was overplaying his
discomfort. She said on Eurosport: 'I have
sympathy that his back is bad but I have
more for the other guy as you cannot play
against someone who is being a drama queen.
I don't think it is intentional, but he feels so
sorry for himself he has no control over the
fact he is not acting in an adult way.

'I would like him to deal with it
without looking like he was quitting.
It does not do him any favours to
then annihilate his opponent.
Nieminen got distracted.'

Back from the brink: Murray came from behind to beat Nieminen at Roland Garros

Back from the brink: Murray came from behind to beat Nieminen at Roland Garros

Concern: Kim Sears watches her partner play on

Concern: Kim Sears watches her partner play on

Edge of the Box: Chelsea Champions League win was real drama

Chelsea show the rest how to do Saturday night drama… and prove Britain does have talent

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19:05 GMT, 20 May 2012

The telly has always been a great thing to turn to if you’re looking for some heightened Saturday evening drama. Over on BBC1, it might come from the fictitious city of Holby, where a builder could well be reassuring his workmates ‘don’t worry lads. That roof looks like it will take all of our weight, no problem’.

Or perhaps on Channel 5, from within a house full of hopefuls, where you may find a skinny fella in even skinnier jeans called Max, clutching a bottle of beer and pouring out his heart to an orange-coloured girl called Minxy through a fringe the size of a 747’s wing.

Or it may even happen on ITV, where a performing dog called Pudsey has so captured the nation’s heart, a certain bear with an eye patch is furiously dialling his agent from his front room to find out if they can sue the multi-talented mutt for copyright, or unfair trading, or deformation of character, or something!

Real drama: Chelsea's players celebrate after winning the Champions League

Real drama: Chelsea's players celebrate after winning the Champions League

However, none of the above will ever likely match the real human drama that took place on Saturday evening inside a giant lampshade in Munich, when after a day of footballing thrills and spills, it came down to an extraordinary penalty shoot out to prove that Britain HAS Got Talent!

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Of course for both ITV and Sky Sports there were hours of fun to be garnered from their mutual coverage of the build up and Champions League Final game itself.

Of the former, the terrestrial channel had some really decent pieces, including Ned Boulting’s Arjen Robben interview, during which Ned told us Munich’s ‘flying wingers are barely on speaking terms’, that after Arjen had told him ‘I don’t want to talk about it’.

He does have an eloquent left foot though, Ned.

And there was also a really chirpy chat between Christine Bleakley’s ‘former TV husband’ Adrian Chiles and her actual boyfriend Frank Lampard.

Which had both men perched precariously on a massage table, during which a laughing Frank informed us ‘ear flicking has been around for ages’, whilst managing to resist leaning over and giving the Chiles lug hole a little tweak.

During the game itself, both Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend were as ever, on their game with the lead man prophetically suggesting ‘Chelsea really do need a hero now’ after the Bayern goal, and the former Chelsea man exclaiming of Drogba’s header ‘that is a bullet’, through what was left of the poor fella’s croaking voice’.

However, they couldn’t quite match Martin Tyler and Gary Neville’s response to the Chelsea equalizer over on Sky Sports.

Real excitement: Both ITV and Sky commentators showed their emotions when Didier Drogba leveled late on

Real excitement: Both ITV and Sky commentators showed their emotions when Didier Drogba leveled late on

Tyler managed to add at least 342 extra ‘a’s to the end of Didier’s surname, and was joined about half way through his ‘Drogbaaaaaaaa’ epic in near perfect harmony by the new England assistant coach, who let rip with the kind amazing primal scream that Tarzan would have been proud of.

Was it me, or were they quite excited

This sense of excitement, and indeed occasion was then owned, for me, by Sky’s men in the booth.

As Tyldesley rather abstractly threw to an ad break with the words ‘you won’t miss a single moment of the drama’, Sky’s anchor Jeff Stelling was setting up Jamie Redknapp, Ruud Gullit and Graeme Souness to bring a genuinely tense, emotional, first-hand insight into the theatre of the 12 yard stand-off.

Fully kitted out: John Terry wore his Chelsea strip to collect the cup despite being suspended from the game

Fully kitted out: John Terry wore his Chelsea strip to collect the cup despite being suspended from the game

Gullit admitted with a nervous laugh that he couldn’t stand ‘the walk from midfield to the penalty spot’, but added that when you get there ‘you must smash it as hard as you can’.

Souness then recalled that in his own Liverpool European shoot out experience, ‘(as) I put the ball down to take my penalty, I felt this is not a problem. Whether I was kidding myself..’

While Redknapp was analysing the players on the field and spotted an ailing Schweinsteiger: ‘(He’s) gone down with cramp. I’m sure he’ll want to take one (but) running up, I know it’s like a three or four yard run, but it’ll feel like a marathon’.

Heartbreak: Bastian Schweinsteiger is consoled after the game

Heartbreak: Bastian Schweinsteiger is consoled after the game

A ‘marathon’ in which, we soon discovered, the unfortunate German would fail to cross the finishing line.

From that point, both channels could of course share a fabulous kaleidoscope of images that ran through the full marathon of emotions: There was Schweinsteiger on his knees, head hidden in his shirt and buried in the grass.

Chelsea’s old guard of Lampard, Drogba and John Terry in an emotional hug (when I was a kid, I used to wear my kit under my clothes to go and watch football, too, JT).

Riding high: David Luiz and Fernando Torres celebrate on the crossbar of the goal

Riding high: David Luiz and Fernando Torres celebrate on the crossbar of the goal

Roman Abromovitch texting (‘on to Drogba’s agent’, quipped Neville).

Ivanovic riding the crossbar like it was a bucking bronco.

Ashley Cole, lip trembling, asserting ‘THIS is the reason I come here’;

Boswinga’s mambo through a Blue-shirted guard of honour; and Roberto Di Mateo lifted aloft by his players to hold the trophy even higher.

OK, so that little lot may not be a dancing dog, but it wasn’t half bad.

WEDGIES

Tuesday morning on BBC News, and Dickie Bird was at the Palace picking up a much deserved OBE and apparently explaining the LBW law to Prince Charles in the process…

Wednesday on ITV’s London Tonight, and Perri Shakes-Drayton not only helped Will Smith improve his hurdling technique, she also delivered a pretty decent rendition of the ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ theme…

Friday on Sky Sports from Lord’s and Bumble – stylish new hairdo on show – explained to Nick Knight how he knew fans had been queuing outside HQ since 4.30 am: ‘I’m always up once or twice in the night – it’s me age’…

F1: McLaren must get it right in Monaco or risk driving Lewis Hamilton away

No mistake, McLaren must get it right in Monaco or risk driving unhappy Hamilton away

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UPDATED:

21:11 GMT, 19 May 2012

Unhappy: Lewis Hamilton

Unhappy: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has delivered the finest performances of his career during what has already been a Formula One season of high drama.

But as he prepares for the unique challenge of next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, his McLaren team know they cannot afford to make any more blunders.

Hamilton, whose career has been inextricably linked with McLaren, adores the racing on the unforgiving streets of the world's most glamorous, yet treacherous, circuit and will be focused solely on winning.

But his contract expires at the end of this year – and McLaren cannot assume he will remain with the team.

While his loyalty to McLaren has been paramount, his career is nearing a crossroads. His team are aware of what is at stake – beginning with the need to provide unblemished support for Hamilton and his team-mate, Jenson Button, in Monaco where McLaren have won on 15 occasions, more than any other team.

After being static in recent years, the driver market at the front of the grid could be busy this summer.

At Ferrari, Felipe Massa is destined to be released at the end of the season, if not before. The 31- year-old Brazilian has scored just two points in five races and the Ferrari team have warned: 'Everyone, he more than anyone, is expecting a change of gear starting right away with the Monaco Grand Prix.'

And it is understood that Hamilton's previously strained relationship with Ferrari's superstar No 1, Fernando Alonso, has thawed beyond imagination in recent months.

Frustrated: Hamilton was left to count the cost of Barcelona blunder

Frustrated: Hamilton was left to count the cost of Barcelona blunder

In Barcelona last weekend, a reliable paddock source said: 'Lewis and Fernando have been swapping race helmets and regularly speak to one another on the parade laps before races.'

After an acrimonious year together at McLaren in 2007, when Alonso was disparaging towards Hamilton's dazzling arrival in Formula One with a team where he had been embedded since he was 13, the two drivers seemed to have irreconcilable differences. However, nothing heals wounds faster in Formula One than the need to assume a bargaining position.

HOW IT'S ALL GONE WRONG IN 2012

Spanish GP, May 13

Ran out of fuel in qualifying and demoted from pole to the back of the grid as a
penalty.

Started 24th Finished 8th

Points lost 21

Bahrain GP, April 22

Two different wheel nut problems at separate pit stops.

Started 2nd Finished 8th

Points lost 21

Malaysian GP, March 25

Called in for first pit-stop at a bad time and delayed by other cars, then problems in successive stops.

Started 1st Finished 3rd

Points lost 10

Chinese GP, April 15

A change of gearbox in qualifying brought a fiveplace grid penalty.

Started 7th Finished 3rd

Points lost 10

Hamilton would never accept being No 2 to Alonso – or anyone else. But the sport's history is littered with deals being brokered to keep all parties happy: Alain Prost, a double world champion, welcomed a young Ayrton Senna to McLaren as an equal only to be pushed into the margins in their second season together; then, Nigel Mansell surrendered No 1 status at Ferrari to accommodate Prost in return for the promise of a Ferrari, complete with engine, only to complain later that the Frenchman had turned the Scuderia against him.

Another option open to Hamilton could be a seat at Mercedes. For it is unclear if Michael Schumacher will be re-signed beyond this season even if he shows a willingness to continue.

Senior management figures at Mercedes would relish an opportunity to attract Hamilton, having worked closely with the 27-year-old British star during their years in partnership with McLaren. They would not shudder at having to improve Hamilton's current 15million-a-year salary. Even Red Bull could have a vacancy alongside double world champion Sebastian Vettel as Australian veteran Mark Webber, linked to Ferrari, has yet to be offered a new deal.

Intriguingly, Hamilton's management, headed by Simon Fuller, an expert in brinkmanship who has won enviable contracts for clients like David Beckham, Andy Murray and the Spice Girls, has yet to open negotiations with McLaren. Time is on Fuller's side.

Ultimately, Hamilton yearns only for a fast, reliable car. He cannot countenance the prospect of leaving Formula One with just one world championship, earned in his second year in the sport after missing out on the title in his rookie season by one point.

His incredible, forceful, yet measured drive in Barcelona showed him how competitive his McLaren is despite the unpredictability of this season's Pirelli tyres.

Under pressure: McLaren Mercedes Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh

Under pressure: McLaren Mercedes Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh

Had he not been penalised for a basic mistake by the McLaren mechanic in charge of refuelling his car – an error compounded by two calamitous pit-stops at the previous race in Bahrain – Hamilton would be arriving in Monaco with a handsome lead in the championship.

Instead, he is eight points behind Vettel and Alonso, despite having eradicated his erratic driving errors of last season, to win admiration for his maturity and measured performances.

Hamilton, who won the Monaco Grand Prix in his championship season in 2008, said on Friday evening: 'I'm coming off the back of two relatively disappointing results and there would be no better place for the cards to fall in my favour than at Monaco.'

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, under pressure to oversee a trouble-free race, insisted: 'We feel determined to string together a faul t less weekend and to demonstrate our full potential.'

The jury is still out, however. It is McLaren, not Hamilton, on trial on the streets of Monaco next weekend.