Celebrity 5 Go Barging returns to Channel 5 for a second season on Friday, July 19th.
If you’re in the mood to see the nation’s national treasures hit the narrow waterways of France, then this is your show!
Last series we saw Tom Conti, Diarmuid Gavin, Penny Smith, Tessa Sanderson and Tony Christie hit the waters for fun-filled antics living life at 4 miles per hour. But which celebs are taking on the barge in the 2019 series?
Get to know more about Anita, John, Amanda, Shaun and Michael here.
The beloved Anita Harris is first up in the Celebrity 5 Go Barging lineup.
77-year-old Anita is an English actress and singer, known for her work in the hit ’60s Carry On movie franchise. But her career spanning more than 50 years has seen her in a variety of jobs under the spotlight.
Born in Somerset, but growing up in Bournemouth, it wasn’t long before Anita Harris hit the glitzy world of stage performance. At the age of 16, she was whisked off to Las Vegas to perform as a dancer in a chorus line!
But Anita quickly moved from dancer to singer and scored a recording contract with CBS Records. Some of her hit singles include ‘Just Loving You’ (1967) and ‘Anniversary Waltz’ (1968).
Her music career dimmed down towards the early 70s, which is when Anita made her return to the stage. She starred as one of the leads – Grizabella – in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats for two years.
More recently Anita was on our screens in the 2018 series of Celebrity Masterchef… hopefully she’ll whip out some of her pro cookery skills for the other celebs on the barge!
Celebrity 5 Go Barging sees two Carry On stars reunite. 83-year-old Amanda Barrie joins Anita on the show as well.
Born in Lancashire in 1935 and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she fell in love with acting.
The actress has been in many stage productions, films and televisions shows, but she is most well-known for her role as Alma Sedgewick (later Baldwin) in Coronation Street. Amanda played this role on and off for over 20 years!
Similarly to Anita, Celebrity 5 Go Barging is not Amanda’s first venture into the reality TV format.
Last year she was on Celebrity Big Brother series 21 and was evicted just days from the final on day 29. If she can survive in the Big Brother house for that long she’s definitely capable of surviving on the barge!
John Prescott will surely bring the political discussion to the table, but let’s hope it doesn’t get in the way too much on this peaceful retreat.
The 81-year-old Welsh politician was the Deputy Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 for Tony Blair.
At the same time, he held the role of First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions. He remained the MP for Hull until 2010 when he retired.
After retiring, John Prescott entered the House of Lords with the title Baron Prescott.
John is very active on Twitter, where he shares many of his thoughts on current affairs and British politics. You can join his 200,000-strong following here.
Michael Buerk is a 73-year-old journalist and newsreader originally from Solihull, Warwickshire.
Although he initially had ambitions to join the RAF – but failed his eye test – Michael has gone on to have a longstanding career in journalism.
Michael began his career writing for the Bromsgrove Messenger, South Wales Echo and then the Daily Mail. After a stint with Radio Bristol in 1970, Michael was swept up by the BBC. He was then a primary presenter on BBC News from 1973 to 2002.
He retired as a reporter, but still continues to work with the BBC. Michael has been the host of Radio 4’s programme The Moral Maze since 1990!
When he’s not dabbling in politics and philosophy, Michael has participated in some brilliant reality series such as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? We’re sure he’s going to be a perfect fit for Celebrity 5 Go Barging.
The youngest of the bunch is actor, singer and personality, Shaun Williamson.
53-year-old Shaun is hitting the waters with his seasoned cohort of celebs. And we’re sure Shaun will bring a much needed comedic side to the show.
Shaun is well-known for his role as Barry Evans in EastEnders, who he played from 1994 to 2004.
But he has also had a variety of comic television roles, starring in the likes of Extras, Russell Howard’s Good News and an episode of Plebs.
Shaun missed Amanda Barrie by one season of Celebrity Big Brother, as he starred in the reality show in series 20. But he did not make it as far as Amanda, as he was the eighth housemate evicted.
Here’s hoping he’ll fare better on the boat… at least they can’t vote him off it!
Follow Shaun on Twitter to keep up to date with all his latest endeavours.
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