Morecambe man survives punishing new TV game show

Can't Touch This presenters Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo with commentator Sue Perkins (centre).
Can't Touch This presenters Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo with commentator Sue Perkins (centre).
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A sales assistant from Morecambe is battered and bruised after taking part in a new Saturday night TV show but loved every minute of it.

Liam Taylor took on a dangerous obstacle course in new BBC1 game show ‘Can’t Touch This’ and lived to tell the tale.

Liam Taylor from Morecambe who will appear on new BBC1 Saturday night game show Can't Touch This.

Liam Taylor from Morecambe who will appear on new BBC1 Saturday night game show Can't Touch This.

But after being pummelled by swinging heavy bags, climbing over an 8ft high wall and trying to run up a punishing Gladiators-style ‘Travelator’, Liam is paying the price.

“I’ve got a dislocated right shoulder, a small tear in my pectoral muscle and a concussion,” he said.

“It was very very tough. We all underestimated it.”

Liam was one of 200 people chosen for the show out of 5,000 applicants.

The 21-year-old flew to Belfast to film his episode in an indoor studio next to where they shoot hit fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’.

The show is hosted by Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo from Britain’s Got Talent-winning dance troupe Diversity, with Sue Perkins from Great British Bake-Off providing commentary on the contestants’ thrills and spills.

Similar to other obstacle course-style game shows like Total Wipeout and Takeshi’s Castle, Can’t Touch This has been described as “like a mousetrap for humans”.

“When it airs you will see what happens to me,” said Liam, who works at Dunelm Mill in Morecambe.

“I was up on this high beam wearing a helmet and had four boxing heavy bags swinging at me.

“The third one wiped me out completely, I fell off the beam, smashed my head on the metal beam frame, and fell down into the foam below. They said it was one of the top three falls in the series.

“Part of me is ashamed I got took out that easily but I loved every minute.”

The episode will air in January.

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