Tom Daley has been into so many TV production offices lately that he has completely forgotten how to wear a Speedo. He’s all stripped down to the bare essentials and has got one leg loop of it stuck over his head. He’s trying to climb into his Speedo arms-first. He’s tangled up in it so much that’s he’s just fallen over into an air conditioning unit. Oh, Tom Daley.
That is to say: Tom Daley is set to star in his own Tom Daley-centric TV show, finally. It was announced today that Tom – who acted as diving mentor on Splash! and is set to host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards later this year – is set to front his very own Reality TV series, Tom Daley Takes On The World, which will air on ITV2 later this year. It’ll see Tom backpack around the globe, taking in the sights of Thailand, Japan, Australia and Morocco, while probably taking his top off a lot and conspiring to get wet. He’ll be joined by his best friend, Sophie Lee.
“I can’t wait to get away on my trip,” he said today. “Diving and training are my first love, but I am looking forward to a break from the norm and discovering more about places I’ve never had the chance to explore before. And to do it all with my best friend will be amazing.”
ITV’s director of digital channels Angela Jain also commented on the coming series, although will probably be hauled in front of HR today for cramming the phrase ‘the teenager behind the trunks’ on in there. "Tom's career as a diver has captivated the nation,” Angela said. ”We hope this show will give people the chance to see the teenager behind the trunks as he enjoys his global back-packing adventure."