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'Strictly the Real Full Monty' — full line-up, presenter and everything we know

Strictly the Real Full Monty
Ashley Banjo will present 'Strictly the Real Full Monty'. (Image credit: ITV)

Strictly the Real Full Monty is heading to our screens this festive season, and the full line-up of celebrity contestants has been revealed. 

Now in its fifth year, Ashley Banjo’s annual ITV event will see nervous new recruits baring all to raise awareness of life-saving cancer checks, whilst bringing old-school glitz and glamour to the all-new supersized strip in the Christmas TV special. 

After last year’s show saw the celebs dancing on ice, this year’s routine has a Strictly Come Dancing twist, so expect glitter and sparkle when the new recruits take to the floor of the Empress Ballroom at Blackpool’s Winter Garden. 

ITV Factual Commissioner Kate Teckman says: "This year we’re bringing our message with a bang by adding a huge dose of sequins, sparkles, sambas, and salsas to the strip. They’ll also be star guest performances and stunning solos so hold onto your mirror balls — this is strictly the most ambitious Full Monty yet!"

'Strictly the Real Full Monty' release date

Strictly The Real Full Monty airs on ITV on Monday, Dec. 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 9pm. Episodes are also available on demand via ITV Hub.

What is the premise of 'Strictly the Real Full Monty'?

In order to raise awareness of cancer, celebrity participants will perform a strip tease in Blackpool in front of a live audience, where they'll apparently be adding glitz, glamour and ballroom elements to their routine. While no doubt nerve wracking, it's all for a good cause!

Everyone involved has had their lives touch by cancer in some way, so this project aims to encourage viewers to check themselves for signs of cancer, something that is still considered a bit of a taboo topic.

In the first episode, which aired on Monday Dec 13, we met the brave celebrities baring all to raise awareness of cancer and checking your bodies. They've been rehearsing for the big live performance, and we'll get to see them do it in the next episode!

Who is presenting 'Strictly the Real Full Monty'?

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Ashley Banjo will be hosting the annual event.  (Image credit: ITV)

Presenter, choreographer and mentor Ashley Banjo is presenting the ITV series, and said: "I'm so excited to be working with a new brilliant, bold and brave line-up of celebrities for Strictly the Real Full Monty. It's going to be our biggest musical dance extravaganza yet and we are determined to get the message out there that early cancer checks in intimate areas save lives. So don't forget to check your bits and baubles this Christmas!"

Ashley is known for founding dance group Diversity, so he's well equipped to help the celebrities strut their stuff.

"I feel like I’ve set the bar high and tried to push the envelope further than ever before," he added. "The routine is laced with personal stories and emotion. The rest of Diversity are getting involved too, so to be on the stage with them and the celebrities will be a real moment."

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Colleen is back!  (Image credit: ITV)

Series regular Coleen Nolan is also back for another year. Speaking of being in the show again, she said: "I don’t want to give Ashley a big head, but he’s the calmest and most laid-back choreographer I’ve ever had. Most of us aren’t trained dancers, but he just keeps it all together. Because of the pandemic, the audience were all on screens virtually last year, so you didn’t get the reaction. This year, there were 3,000 people in the audience – what a buzz!" 

However, Coleen has admitted that she is glad her feet will be back on solid ground this year, and not on ice like last year's show... "Don’t talk to me about the ice – I’m still traumatised! That was the most ridiculous idea that Ashley has ever had! But, to be fair, it did look great on the night!"

Who's in the line-up?

10 celebrities are taking part this year, and there's a real mix of talent taking part including actors, dancers and presenters. They're no stranger to the stage, but are they up to this big challenge?

Let's meet them...

Laila Morse 

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Laila will be bearing all to raise awareness.  (Image credit: ITV)

EastEnders actress Laila is taking part in this year's line-up, and she's best known for playing the role of Big Mo in the BBC soap. She's also taken part in I'm A Celebrity, Celebrity Chase, and Celebrity MasterChef so she's taken on many challenges!

James and Ola Jordan 

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James and Orla will be taking part together.  (Image credit: ITV)

James and Ola Jordan are married professional ballroom dancers, so they're no strangers to putting on a show! They have both appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing on Ice.

Duncan James

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Duncan will be stripping off for cancer.  (Image credit: ITV)

Duncan is a singer, actor, and television presenter, best known for being a member of the boyband Blue. He's also appeared in Hollyoaks, Strictly and Dancing on Ice

Christine McGuinness

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Christine McGuinness will be taking part in this year's show.  (Image credit: ITV)

Christine is a model, and used to be a regular on the Liverpool modelling circuit where she won several beauty pageants.  She has appeared on TV shows like Loose Women to discuss topics such as motherhood. She is married to presenter Paddy McGuinness.

Colin Jackson 

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Colin will be putting some Strictly glamour into the show.  (Image credit: ITV)

Colin is an former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles. He has won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice, World indoor champion once, and went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years.

Brenda Edwards 

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Brenda is getting ready to bear all.  (Image credit: ITV)

Brenda is an English singer and presenter. In 2005, she finished in fourth place in the second series of The X Factor, and is now best known for appearing on the Loose Women panel.

Martin Roberts 

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Martin will be putting on a brave face as he strips off!  (Image credit: ITV)

Martin is a TV presenter and property expert, best known for BBC daytime series Homes Under The Hammer. He's also appeared on Gogglebox, I'm A Celeb and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

Teddy Soares 

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'Love Island' fans will see more of Teddy than ever before!  (Image credit: ITV)

Teddy is best known for competing in season 7 of ITV dating show Love Island. Since then, he's reached 1million followers on Instagram and is a well-known reality star. Before this, he worked in finance.

Demi Jones

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Demi is adding some sparkle to the show.  (Image credit: ITV)

Finally, Demi Jones will be joining the line-up alongside the nine other celebrities. She competed in season 6 of Love Island where she finished third place.

Is there a trailer? 

ITV has released a clip showing the cast of Strictly The Real Full Monty all meeting for the first time and getting their instructions from Ashely. The team look nervous as he explains they are going back to 'old school glamour' and wants their strip to be 'really intense'! 

Lucy Buglass
Lucy Buglass

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story and Black Mirror, but recently she's loving everything about Apple TV's Severance