When is The Real Full Monty on ITV, who is in the 2019 line-up and who is Ashley Banjo’s co-host?

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ITV is giving viewers another TV treat as they welcome the return of The Real Full Monty.

Hot on the heels of last year’s memorable show, eight male and female celebrities are once again stripping off but who’s in this year’s line-up? Here’s the lowdown…

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Last year’s The Full Monty: Ladies’ Night line-up
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When is The Real Full Monty on ITV?

The Real Full Monty, and it’s successful spin-off Ladies Night, is returning for a third and second series respectively on ITV.

The All New Monty will air in two 90-minute episodes – one for the women’s show and one for the men’s.

A date is yet to be confirmed, but it is likely to be in March as it was last year.

After it has aired, you will be able to watch it again on the ITV Hub.

Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo will once again put the celebrities through their paces and teach them a routine.

Alexander Armstrong is also set to return as Ashley’s co-host.

The film starred Robert Carlyle and focused on a group of unlikely strippers
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What is The Real Full Monty?

One of the biggest and boldest TV hits of last year, which saw a group of celebrity men bare all to the delight of millions of ITV viewers, is coming back for a brand new full frontal extravaganza.

In the Real Full Monty 2018, famous names including Alexander Armstrong, Ashley Banjo, Harry Judd, Matthew Wolfenden, Wayne Sleep and Elliot Wright performed the iconic striptease from 1990s cinema classic The Full Monty

The show is now returning for a third series.

The show is supported by charities Movember, Cancer Research, Everyman and Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness.

Last year’s The Real Full Monty boys
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Which stars have signed up to The Real Full Monty?

The male celebs participating in this year’s Real Fully Monty are Love Island’s Jack Fincham, Emmerdale’s Kevin Fletcher, Strictly star Gorka Marquez, I’m A Celeb winner Joe Pasquale, snooker star Willie Thorne, Crimewatch’s Rav Wilding, Dancing on Ice Star Matt Evers and footballer Jason Cundy.

On January 9, 2019, The Sun exclusively revealed Love Island star and former stripper Megan Barton Hanson was the first celebrity to sign up.

A telly source said: “Megan is really excited about this show and can’t wait to show audiences a ­different side to her.

“It’s a new challenge but she’s no stranger to stripping off, so she will be showing a few of the other girls some tips and tricks.”

And joining Megan for Ladies’ Night will also be Benidorm’s Crissy Rock.

The rest of the girls are yet to be confirmed…


What is The Full Monty film?

In 1997, a comedy-drama film with a difference exploded on to the cinema.

The Full Monty followed six unemployed men from Sheffield who transformed into Chippendale dancers so they could raise some cash.

It became an instant box office smash hit when word spread the men would go The Full Monty by baring all on stage.

Despite a budget of under £3million, it made over £200million in ticket sales and was later adapted into a musical in 2000 and a play in 2013.

The motley crew of unlikely strippers included actors Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber and Hugo Speer.

Directed by Peter Cattaneo, the men strutted their stuff to Tom Jones’ You Can Leave Your Hat On, which to this day has become a globally recognised film track.

Although it was a light-hearted comedy, the film raised difficult issues including: unemployment, fathers’ rights, depression, homophobia and suicide.

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