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‘If I’d known I’d be a frickin’ servant I’d never have done it,’ says Time Crashers' Kirstie Alley

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Ten celebrities - including US comedy star Kirstie Alley (opens in new tab) - said goodbye to their families, comfortable lifestyles, Facebook, Twitter, smartphones and just about anything else associated with the 21st century to become time travellers in Channel 4's new time-travelling reality series Time Crashers.

And Kirstie, for one, appears to wish she had stayed in the 21st century.

Here, we reveal the presenters, the stars - and what Kirstie had to say about her run-ins with history… Considering her feelings, it was very brave of the show to let her get her hands on a sword…

Who’s presenting Time Crashers?

Tony Robinson and Dr Cassie Newland

Presenters Tony Robinson and Dr Cassie Newland (Channel 4)

History aficionado and Time Team (opens in new tab) star Sir Tony Robinson (who was also Baldrick from Blackadder (opens in new tab)). He’s joined by historical archaeologist Dr Cassie Newland (opens in new tab).

What should we know about Cassie?

Dr Cassie Newland

Historical archeologist Dr Cassie Newland (Channel 4)

You may have seen her on various programmes including Channel 4’s Time Team and BBC Two’s Coast (opens in new tab). Cassie has an MA in Historical Archaeology of the Modern World and a PhD in Archaeology, both from the University of Bristol where she now lectures in Archaeology and Anthropology.

Also, her dad taught her to strip cars at a very young age. How cool is that?

Who are the 10 celebrities?

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley (Channel 4)

Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Hollywood star Kirstie Alley, as already mentioned.

Fern Britton

Fern Britton (Channel 4)

Former This Morning (opens in new tab) presenter Fern Britton (opens in new tab).

Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin (Channel 4)

BBC news presenter Louise Minchin (opens in new tab).

Zoe Smith

Zoe Smith (Channel 4)

Commonwealth gold medal winning weightlifter Zoe Smith (opens in new tab).

Meg Matthews

Meg Matthews (Channel 4)

Interior designer and socialite Meg Matthews (opens in new tab), also known as the former Mrs Noel Gallagher.

Kieth Allen

Keith Allen (Channel 4)

Actor and comedian Keith Allen (opens in new tab).

Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford (Channel 4)

Olympic gold medal-winning long jumper Greg Rutherford (opens in new tab).

Charlie Condou

Charlie Condou (Channel 4)

Ex-Coronation Street (opens in new tab) actor Charlie Condou (opens in new tab).

Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas (Channel 4)

Footballer Jermaine Jenas (opens in new tab).

Chris Ramsay

Chris Ramsey (Channel 4)

Comedian Chris Ramsey (opens in new tab).

What will they all be doing?

Dropping into eras of British history and spending a day living and working as the “lower” classes while completing a series of tasks.

What will some of the tasks involve?

Charlie Condou and Fern Britton with a hog roast

Charlie and Fern prepare a feast (Channel 4)

In the Elizabethan era, for example, viewers will watch as the intrepid celebs skin the head of a dead boar while preparing a feast for their betters.

Any voices of dissent since filming ended?

Kirstie Alley as a Georgian servant in Timecrashers

Kirstie was not happy at having to do so many chores (Channel 4)

Kirstie Alley isn’t exactly dancing with delight about her time on Time Crashers: “If they had said to me when they approached me that I would go into all these periods of history and I was always going to be a frickin’ servant, I would have said, ‘No way!’," she has said.

Although Kirstie has also tweeted: "If you are in Englandia be sure and check out Time Crashers this weekend... and take there shirts off....catnip"

So, it wasn't all bad for her.

Time Crashers (opens in new tab) starts on Channel 4, Sunday, August 23, 8.00pm.



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