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Channel 5 confirms Challenge Anneka return

Channel 5 confirms Challenge Anneka return
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Channel 5 confirms the return of Challenge Anneka for four new episodes.

Channel 5 has announced the return of the legendary Challenge Anneka more than 30 years after the show first aired.

A TV staple in the '90s, the programme featured Anneka Rice tackling a monumentous challenge each episode - such as building a school or a health centre - in a limited time, relying on the goodwill of the public and businesses to achieve the aim.

The new series will run to four episodes and will see Rice, now 63, reunited with 'Soundman Dave' from the original series to help out four new good causes.

"I can't believe this is actually happening," she said in a statement. "The last few years have shown us all the power of community and how it's good to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

"Dave the Soundman and I may have 130 years between us but the whole team is as motivated as ever to make a difference and shine a spotlight on people and organisations who need help.

"Three decades on, the issues may look different but at their core they are the same; they're about people and communities. And we may look a bit different too but our hearts and willingness to get stuck in are the same."

Guy Davies, commissioning editor at Channel 5, added: "I'm delighted to see the return of this series and also welcoming Anneka to Channel 5.

"There's never been a better time to bring back such a loved series to our screens. The challenges promise to be timely, relevant and packed full of passionate and heart-warming people."

The new series is expected to air later this year.

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