Last year, dancer Wayne Sleep and actor Danny John-Jules prepared to bare all for us in one of the biggest TV hits of 2017. Tonight, a fresh group of celebrity men learn a new super-sized version of the sexy Full Monty routine from scratch before stripping fully to raise awareness and funds for cancer charities. If you’re catching the show on ITV and want to donate to us or learn about prostate cancer, you’ve come to the right place.
Coming live from Sheffield, home of the original Full Monty film, this year's show features celebrities including TV chef, Ainsley Harriott and TOWIE star James 'Arg' Argent who have both been affected by prostate cancer. ITV are urging viewers to donate online and funds will be split between us and other cancer charities. If you would like to donate to us directly, you can donate here now.
Ainsley said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of prostate cancer – I have both friends and family who are affected by it. I really hope that more people will be encouraged to get checked out, especially men of my colour as they are twice as likely to get prostate cancer than Caucasian people.”
Arg said: “I watched it last year – Elliot Wright (who took part) is one of my closest friends and I remember being really proud of him and seeing what it meant to his father. And I thought the show itself was fantastic. Elliot has given me some advice – he said there’s an elastic band trick that he’s going to tell me!
“I think it’s for a great cause to raise awareness for men to get checked for cancer. My Grandad, Seamus, died of prostate cancer and I’m going to do it in his honour.”
Last year's show saw actor Danny John-Jules visit mechanic Erroll McKellar to hear more about the fact that black men are twice as likely to get prostate cancer than white men. Tonight's line-up includes retired England rugby international Ugo Monye (pictured above) who is also really keen to raise awareness of black men’s increased risk: “I’m hoping that people have a greater awareness of what prostate cancer is and the signs to look out for. Black men are twice as likely to be affected by prostate cancer than white men," said Ugo.
"Men in general don’t like to talk about these kind of topics and often brush it to one side. If we can help men be more open about this, go to the doctors, get checked and encourage one another to be proactive, then in my opinion the show would’ve served its purpose. There will be men out there that won’t know they have prostate cancer, and if we can get that person off the couch and to his GP, then we’re winning.”
Tonight's show will be followed by The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night on Thursday 29 March in which eight well-known women strip to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK supporter and Real Full Monty veteran, Wayne Sleep has tweeted his support for the class of 2018 and will be cheering them on tonight. So will we!
#TheRealFullMonty returns this week and it’s LIVE! on @ITV. Last year I was delighted to spread the word for @ProstateUK. Don’t forget to tune in at 9pm on Weds to see a brand new cast stripping off to raise awareness of male cancers. pic.twitter.com/rsXmHfU2OR— Wayne Sleep OBE (@Wayne_Sleep) 27 March 2018