Targeted at viewers looking for a New Year’s resolution after over-indulging at Christmas, ‘Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge’ will be packed with healthy recipes and fitness advice,
In two previous series for BBC Two, Tom inspired the nation to diet (in ‘Lose Weight For Good’ which aired last year), and embrace home cooking (in ‘Fresh Start’ which was transmitted earlier this year). Now, the broadcaster said, ‘he’s turning up the heat with both weight loss and exercise. And this time it’s personal’.
Tom explained: “I lost a load of weight a few years ago but lately I’ve seen it creeping back up. And I’m not as fit as I want to be at my age. So I’ve set myself, and a gang of volunteers, a challenge: to lose weight and get fit together.”
BBC Two controller Patrick Holland commented: “Tom is a special talent whose previous series inspired families across the UK. I’m delighted that he’s returning to BBC Two in the New Year with this great new show about food and health.”
In the six-part series, Tom visits Gloucester – the city he grew up in. It will be a trip down memory lane, as he catches up with family and friends and visits old haunts from his childhood. Tom and his gang of 11 volunteers have just two months to shed the pounds, get fit and transform their cooking and exercise habits for good. And this time round, Tom faces his stiffest challenge yet: himself.
He said: “We will all be weighed and have our fitness tested at the start and the end of the challenge. I don’t know how much I weigh or how fit I am. I think the results could come as a bit of a wake-up call. We need to commit to this 100% and I’m determined not to let the gang down.”
Ranging in age from 20s to 60s, the group has a range of motivations, from improving diabetes, reducing high blood pressure, losing weight after having a baby, and being stronger and fitter for the sake of children and grandchildren, to wanting to date again after a divorce.