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James Argent and Anthea Turner film The Real Dirty Dancing in Norfolk

James Argent and Anthea Turner put on a very animated display as they filmed The Real Dirty Dancing by a lake in Norfolk on Sunday.

The former TOWIE star, 33, and the presenter, 61, attempted to recreate the famous lift from the film, with James seemingly struggling to hold her up as they collapsed back into the water and descended into fits of giggles.

The Real Dirty Dancing – hosted by Keith Lemon and Ashley Roberts – will see 10 celebrities put their dancing skills to the test as they take on a series of challenges and dance routines based on the film’s classic scenes between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Fun: James Argent and Anthea Turner put on a very animated display as they filmed The Real Dirty Dancing by a lake in Norfolk on Sunday and attempted to recreate the film’s famous lift

Don't try this at home: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey performing the lift in the iconic 1987 hit movie Dirty Dancing

Don’t try this at home: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey performing the lift in the iconic 1987 hit movie Dirty Dancing

Elsewhere filming on the day were Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson, Blue’s Lee Ryan, Hollyoaks’ Chelsea Healey, Gogglebox’s Tom Malone Jr and YouTuber Saffron Barker.

Both dressed like Baby and Johnny from the hit 1987 film, James – who recently lost a staggering 9.5st – and Anthea larked around in the water, with James’ face coming dangerously close to her chest as he lifted her up.

Taking a break from the routine, Anthea howled with laughter as her partner stood in the water looking back at her. 

Having a laugh: Anthea couldn't contain her giggles as the move didn't quite go to plan

Having a laugh: Anthea couldn’t contain her giggles as the move didn’t quite go to plan 

Oh dear: The former TOWIE star, 33, and the presenter, 61, attempted to recreate the famous lift from the film, with James seemingly struggling to hold her up as they collapsed back into the water and descended into fits of giggles

Oh dear: The former TOWIE star, 33, and the presenter, 61, attempted to recreate the famous lift from the film, with James seemingly struggling to hold her up as they collapsed back into the water and descended into fits of giggles

Anthea showed off a hint of her ample assets in a white vest and jeans while James looked dapper and showed off his trim figure in a black T-shirt. 

Lee Ryan was also giving the moves his best shot alongside his partner as well as Saffron who was lifted into the air successfully.

On set host Ashley looked typically stylish in a pink flowery top and light blue jeans while Keith wore a blue jacket and his classic bucket hat. 

Whoops: Both dressed like Baby and Johnny from the hit 1987 film, James - who recently lost a staggering 9.5st - and Anthea larked around in the water, with James' face coming dangerously close to her chest as he lifted her up

Whoops: Both dressed like Baby and Johnny from the hit 1987 film, James – who recently lost a staggering 9.5st – and Anthea larked around in the water, with James’ face coming dangerously close to her chest as he lifted her up

Outfits: Anthea showed off a hint of her ample assets in a white vest and jeans while James looked dapper and showed off his trim figure in a black T-shirt

Outfits: Anthea showed off a hint of her ample assets in a white vest and jeans while James looked dapper and showed off his trim figure in a black T-shirt

Animated: Taking a break from the routine, Anthea howled with laughter as her partner stood in the water looking back at her before crashing under the surface

Animated: Taking a break from the routine, Anthea howled with laughter as her partner stood in the water looking back at her before crashing under the surface

Presenters: Ashley and Keith (pictured on set) have signed up to host the new celebrity dance reality show

Presenters: Ashley and Keith (pictured on set) have signed up to host the new celebrity dance reality show

Ashley and Keith have signed up to host the new celebrity dance reality show.

Ashley, 39, shared the news on Instagram earlier this summer as she posed in a pink one-shoulder bra top and matching mini skirts which had embellishments throughout. 

She carried a watermelon in tribute to Jennifer Grey’s iconic line in the 1987 movie.   

Ashley and Keith, 47, have appeared together on Celebrity Juice in the past and are excited to front the upcoming E4 show.

Oh dear: The pair didn't quite get the move right, with Arg ending up under the water

Submerged: He came out al wet

Oh dear: The pair didn’t quite get the move right, with Arg ending up under the water 

Famous faces: On set host Ashley looked typically stylish in a pink flowery top

Funnyman: Keith wore a blue jacket and his classic bucket hat

Famous faces: On set host Ashley looked typically stylish in a pink flowery top and light blue jeans while Keith wore a blue jacket and his classic bucket hat

Strong: Lee Ryan was also giving the moves his best shot alongside his partner who he managed to successfully lift up

Strong: Lee Ryan was also giving the moves his best shot alongside his partner who he managed to successfully lift up 

Here we go! Saffron donned the all-white outfit as she attempted the moves with her partner

Here we go! Saffron donned the all-white outfit as she attempted the moves with her partner 

Keith said: ‘Dirty Dancing is such a good film and of course I’ve been Baby myself! Twice now!

‘Once for Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and once when we did it on The Keith & Paddy Picture Show. 

‘So yeah I was chuffed to be asked to host this show! And to be hosting with me mate Ashley! It’s gonna be so fun!

‘Ya can tell how excited I am, look how many exclamation marks I’ve used! Can’t wait!’ 

Larking around: Anthea, famous for presenting GMTV and Blue Peter, couldn't control her playful partner James

Larking around: Anthea, famous for presenting GMTV and Blue Peter, couldn’t control her playful partner James 

Accident: James lifted the 61-year-old former breakfast host into the air in the middle of a lake - before losing his grip

Accident: James lifted the 61-year-old former breakfast host into the air in the middle of a lake – before losing his grip

Filming: The group had headed to a lake in Norfolk to shoot the scenes

Filming: The group had headed to a lake in Norfolk to shoot the scenes

Stars: Gogglebox's Tom lifted Saffron out of the water as the cameras rolled

Stars: Gogglebox’s Tom lifted Saffron out of the water as the cameras rolled

Yay! The eight-part series - which is inspired by the Australian show of the same name - is set to air in early 2022

Yay! The eight-part series – which is inspired by the Australian show of the same name – is set to air in early 2022

Gathered: The huge group of celebrities stood by the shore and watched

Gathered: The huge group of celebrities stood by the shore and watched 

The Pussycat Dolls singer added: ‘I love Dirty Dancing, the film literally had a huge impact on my life, and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this series. 

‘I’m going to be on hand to help out the celebs with their Johnny and Baby moves and look forward to being reunited with Keith. Wish me luck! It’s going to be a lot of fun.’

The eight-part series – which is inspired by the Australian show of the same name – is set to air in early 2022. 

Positive: Lee looked like he was having a great time as he threw his arms in the air in delight

Larking around: He was having fun on set

Positive: Lee looked like he was having a great time as he threw his arms in the air in delight

Idea: Inspired by the Australian series of the same name, the show will follow 10 celebrities as they move into a stunning Lakeside location before pairing up to face a series of entertaining challenges

Idea: Inspired by the Australian series of the same name, the show will follow 10 celebrities as they move into a stunning Lakeside location before pairing up to face a series of entertaining challenges

All smiles: Lee was seen laughing alongside Keith and Ashley

All smiles: Lee was seen laughing alongside Keith and Ashley 

Well done: James has recently undergone an incredible 9.5stone weight loss

Well done: James has recently undergone an incredible 9.5stone weight loss

Swimming: James took a dive

Out: They left the water after perfecting their moves

Out: They left the water after perfecting their moves and messing around

Pals: Saffron snapped a selfie with James as the pair took a break

Pals: Saffron snapped a selfie with James as the pair took a break 

Genna Gibson, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at Channel 4, said: ‘Dirty Dancing has been bringing people together to sing and dance (and swoon over Johnny Castle) since the 80s.

‘We hope, like the film, that this colourful and entertaining show will get people together to watch and root for their favourite couples.’   

Earlier this summer a TV insider told The Sun about the series: ‘This is one of the best-loved films of all time and offers a really clever theme which will allow them to get celebs dancing. 

Competition: The celebs will switch partners over the course of the series until only the top two couples remain

Competition: The celebs will switch partners over the course of the series until only the top two couples remain

Slim: James looked incredible as he showed off his weight loss

Slim: James looked incredible as he showed off his weight loss

Journey: The finalists will battle it out one last time as they try and perfect everyone’s favourite run and jump gravity-defying lift, while the remaining six celebrities become backing dancers for the grand finale

Journey: The finalists will battle it out one last time as they try and perfect everyone’s favourite run and jump gravity-defying lift, while the remaining six celebrities become backing dancers for the grand finale

‘But the moves aren’t easy. After all, the late, great Swayze was a professional dancer.

‘Since Strictly there’s been a long line of attempts to tap into viewers’ renewed love of dance.’ 

The Real Dirty Dancing hits E4 in early 2022. 

How it should be done: The two professionals on set gave the stars a performance and showed them what it should look like

How it should be done: The two professionals on set gave the stars a performance and showed them what it should look like

Exciting: Earlier this summer a TV insider told The Sun about the series: 'This is one of the best-loved films of all time and offers a really clever theme which will allow them to get celebs dancing'

Exciting: Earlier this summer a TV insider told The Sun about the series: ‘This is one of the best-loved films of all time and offers a really clever theme which will allow them to get celebs dancing’

Woo! At one point Anthea threw her arms in the air in glee

Woo! At one point Anthea threw her arms in the air in glee

Something to look forward to: The Real Dirty Dancing hits E4 in early 2022

Something to look forward to: The Real Dirty Dancing hits E4 in early 2022

Challenge: They will need to get into character and attempt to learn and perform routines based on iconic moments, from the jaw-dropping Mambo dance to Hungry Eyes

Challenge: They will need to get into character and attempt to learn and perform routines based on iconic moments, from the jaw-dropping Mambo dance to Hungry Eyes

Looking good: This year James has lost 9.5st after life-saving gastric sleeve surgery

Looking good: This year James has lost 9.5st after life-saving gastric sleeve surgery


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