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SAS Who Dares Wins’ Ant Middleton will take whiny youngsters on brutal survival mission in new show Snowflake Mountain

I CAN think of few better places for a snowflake than high up a mountain — and hardman Ant Middleton is a good choice to keep an eye on them.

The former SBS hardman is working with Channel 4 on a new show that will see him put a series of youngsters through their paces.

TV chiefs have given it the provisional title Snowflake Mountain.

But rather than just enduring a set of beastings like on SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ant’s latest programme will focus more on the teens overcoming a series of hardships from their past.

Ant can certainly teach them a thing or two about going up a mountain. He climbed Everest two years ago — although he admits in his new book that he sacked off the last part of the descent to head to a luxury hotel.

A source said: “The show is unlikely to feature an actual mountain, but it will see Ant testing younger recruits both mentally and physically.

“It will be more to do with trying to get them into the right mindset than chucking them off a cliff face on an abseil and seeing who survives.

“The show is still in its very early stages but everyone seems keen and all being well it will be on screens in the autumn.

“It will feature youngsters who have gone through a difficult period like jail time or a family tragedy.”

To be fair, if one man knows about turning their life around, Ant does.

His life was in tatters seven years ago when he was sentenced to 14 months in prison for assaulting two police officers following a nightclub bust-up.

His other TV challenges have included recreating the infamous mutiny on the Royal Navy ship Bounty.

In Channel 4’s 2017 show Mutiny, Ant and eight other men travelled 4,000 miles in a small boat like 18th-century seaman Captain Bligh.

If Snowflake Mountain is as as watchable as SAS: Who Dares Wins — and not too much about “the journey” of contestants — I’ll tune in.

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NINETIES sitcom classic Seinfeld will be available on All 4 from Friday.

The US show, starring Jerry Seinfeld and created with Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, follows Jerry’s life as a stand-up comedian in New York.


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Laura takes it to the Maxx

LOVE Island host Laura Whitmore looks tickled pink as she recycles old clobber for Cancer Research UK.

Laura has teamed up with TK Maxx on its Give Up Clothes For Good campaign to get us all donating our pre-loved, quality togs and homeware in its stores.

She can get the ball rolling when she’s back in chilly Britain with a bundle of redundant bikinis . . .

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WHAT? Britain’s Most Expensive Home: Building For A Billionaire, Channel 4, Wednesday 9pm.

WHY? A look at the lavish Mayfair home created for tycoon John Caudwell, who sold Phones 4U in 2006 for £1.5billion.

Piers friend-zoned

THEY have great on-screen chemistry but Susanna Reid says “Hell would freeze over” before she had a romance with Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan.

Talking on Loose Women about her happily married pal, Susanna said: “We are very honest and frank with each other.

“He is fantastic to work with but I do not know what it is like to live with him.”

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ITV Lunchtime News presenter Nina Hossain was red-faced reading the headlines today.

Instead of saying “smartphones” she said “fart phones”.

If she hadn’t instantly giggled, few viewers would have got wind of it.

A spit of a spat...

FIRST the Love Islanders disgusted viewers with this week’s cocktail-sharing task . . . now Sun doctor Carol Cooper has voiced her revulsion too.

The cast had to gulp from a glass then spit drink into each other’s mouths.

And Dr Carol said: “This looks gross and it also has health risks.

"Many viruses spread in the air around us without direct contact.

“Spitting into someone’s mouth would deliver a higher dose of the virus, spreading infection more easily.

“I’m also concerned about allergic reactions.

"Serious reactions like anaphylaxis are more common when someone’s been drinking alcohol.

"Personally, I don’t find it funny.”

I prefer my cocktails without the saliva chaser too.

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