Splash! panned, but fans still tune in – Daily TV round-up

New celebrity diving show gets a rough ride on Twitter and from critics

ITV's new celebrity diving show 'Splash!' has taken a pounding from TV fans, but more than six million people still tuned in on Saturday night.

Some have called the show 'a new low' for television, in which 15 celebrities have been brought together for highboard dive training from Olympic medalist Tom Daley.


Daley... training celebs to dive (Copyright: ITV)

The first installment saw celebrities Omid Djalili, 'Benidorm's Jake Canuso, singer Jade Ewen, presenter Jenni Falconer and Helen Lederer among the first to take the plunge.

But fans and celebs were quick to air their views of the show, presented by Vernon Kaye and Gaby Logan, on Twitter.

“God help us! Yet another all-time low for television,” said 'Cold Feet' star John Thomson.

Presenter Tim Lovejoy added: “What’s going on? Is the joke on me? Am I being filmed on my sofa? #splash. Did they ever explain why Jo Brand is a judge?”

Daily Mirror critic Polly Hudson said it was 'so awful it makes Mark Wright’s 'Hollywood Nights' look like 'The Wire'. Let’s agree not to hold this against poor Tom and never speak of it again'.

But not everyone hated the show, BBC Radio Five Live DJ Richard Bacon saying: “We've had our sarcastic fun. But let's admit that in its own mysterious way, it's strangely enjoyable. If not utterly compelling. #splash.”

An ITV source told The Sun that 'six million viewers is a decent figure for that time of night', adding that dating show 'Take Me Out' averaged at around three million during its last series.

Djalili and Canuso made it through to the next round, while next week will see model Caprice, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards and Joey Essex from TOWIE leaping from the 10 metre board. [The Sun/The Mirror]

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