SHE won her own weight battle by shedding three stone through hours in the gym and eating well.
But Vicky Pattison’s fitness show Ex On The Beach: Body SOS hasn’t, well, worked out.
MTV has axed her boot-camp show after just one series, amid disappointing viewing figures and overweight contestants struggling to shift pounds.
In an exclusive interview, the former Towie cast member said: “I really enjoyed doing that show. I’m sad that it didn’t come back for a second series, to be honest.
“The concept was really good. Personally, I really enjoyed helping the individuals who had low self-esteem, didn’t really understand exercise, diet and lifestyle choices. For me it was a great opportunity, too.
“People have followed my journey in the past few years since I was on Towie — and how I’ve transformed myself and understood my mental health, as well as my physical wellbeing.
“So I felt like I was the perfect candidate to be helping others in that show.
“I was really proud of it but, unfortunately, we didn’t come back this year for some reason.” Producers swung the axe after many of the 16 participants on Body SOS — who were each given a tailored diet plan and regular training sessions — failed to shift even a single pound despite nearly a month of boot camp.
One unhappy contestant said she hadn’t lost any weight in more than three weeks, despite following the trainers’ regimes.
Another participant, Kieran Carr, admitted that he didn’t benefit much from the show — going merely from “noodle arm to tagliatelle”.
The programme also failed to draw in much of an audience.
It aired just as doubts engulfed a number of celebrity fitness regimes, some being dismissed as unrealistic and unsustainable.
Last night, a source close to Vicky insisted: “The show is still being considered by MTV and it may well still make a return.”
At least Vicky has her home workouts to keep her busy.
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Sock and awe for Michelle
JUST last week I revealed Michelle Keegan will be returning to her northern roots after bagging a new role on Sky One comedy Brassic.
And now fans can pore over these first-look pictures of her filming the upcoming series for clues of what the show has in store for viewers.
Michelle Keegan has been pictured filming her new TV show Brassic[/caption]
Michelle’s yellow tartan mini skirt, knee-high black socks and denim jacket, right, looked a world away from the army fatigues of Georgie Lane, her character in the hit BBC military drama Our Girl.
The actress, who was spotted on set on Saturday, plays the part of Erin in Brassic. The mum plans to leave her working-class town in Lancashire with young son Tyler and boyfriend Dylan, played by Ripper Street actor Damien Molony.
But the move would separate her partner from his best pal Vinnie, played by This Is England’s Joe Gilgun, and the duo’s dastardly gang of childhood mates that includes a champion kebab eater, a sex-crazed playboy and a dealer of stolen cars.
It definitely sounds like one to watch when it hits screens next year.
Torment of Holby Doc Levy
WHEN Holby City’s Bob Barrett found out he would be tackling an episode dedicated to the mental breakdown of his character Dr Sacha Levy, he wanted to do the storyline justice.
So the actor spoke to many people who are suffering with depression to make his performance as realistic as possible.
Bob said: “The best research I did was talking to people who had the illness, people I had known and friends of mine.
“That helped enormously. I wanted to do it as much justice as possible.
“It’s also for people who don’t understand about depression.”
The episode, which airs on Tuesday night on BBC1 at 8pm, sees the surgeon struggle after a devastating outcome for a favourite patient.
Bob added: “The key thing is to raise awareness.
“We’re very stiff upper-lip in this country and we don’t tend to talk about things.
“It’s the silent illness, the one that is very hard to treat.”
Beeb buzzes Python Palin
MONTY Python’s Flying Circus is one of the greatest comedies this country has ever produced.
But it might never have seen the light of day had some of the BBC’s current chiefs been in charge back in the Sixties when it was first commissioned.
During a talk earlier this year, the broadcaster’s comedy chief Shane Allen claimed that if the Beeb were to assemble a team nowadays, it wouldn’t include “six Oxbridge white blokes”, as all five Brits in the six-strong Python team were.
Former Python Michael Palin who went to Oxford, is baffled by the remark.
In this week’s Radio Times, he said: “It’s been 50 years. Talk about beating us up when we’re down!
“He was obviously manoeuvred into saying something silly. What does he mean? If you’ve had a good education and you’re white, you’re not able to write comedy? What are they going to say? ‘Oh God, the man who wrote that’s an Etonian!’ ‘But it’s hilarious!’ ‘It’s no good, he’s an Etonian!’”
A bit of common sense wouldn’t hurt.
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WHAT? The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4, 8pm.
PHIL MITCHELL has been pretty riled up in EASTENDERS lately by what happened with Denny’s gang activity. So much so that he has missed what’s gone on under his nose between his missus Sharon and Keanu.
During tonight’s episode, Phil inadvertently pushes his wife closer to the hunky young mechanic as he refuses to speak to Sharon following their argument.
She later hints at her relationship with Keanu as she confides in Linda about her recent flirtations with a younger man.
Meanwhile, over on EMMERDALE, Tracy and Vanessa accuse Pete of cheating on Rhona when they spot him ushering an attractive mystery woman into Dale View.
Convinced Pete has returned to his old tricks, they are quick to stir things up by reporting the matter straight to Rhona.
But could there be another explanation for what is really going on?