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November

Vicki Michelle and Michael Buerk head for the jungle

Edward Lloyd

VICKI MICHELLE AND MICHAEL BUERK HEAD FOR THE JUNGLE

Two very nice and civilised people have been lured to the Australian jungle, to compete in ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here'.

For a fee of approximately £120,000 each, 'Allo 'Allo's glamorous Vicki Michelle 63, and Veteran Newsreader Michael Buerk 68, are to enter the grisly programme, give up their considerable home comforts, and eat and bathe with jungle wildlife. Humiliation is the objective of the sadistic TV programme, but both contestants have the grit to overcome its unattractive spectacle, and the personality to manage their fellow contestants. Vicki Michelle has left her husband Graham Fowler with daughter Louise 24, and Michael Buerk his wife Christine, their inspirations for returning.

Vicki Michelle with her husband Graham Fowler

Vicki Michelle made her name as Yvette Carte-Blanche, in the classic 'Allo 'Allo TV series, which ran from 1982 to 1992, created by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. The actress was the Executive Producer of the Ray Cooney hit film 'Run For Your Wife' She was awarded the MBE in 2010 for her services to charity.

While at the Aida Foster Stage School, she first appeared in the TV series 'Dixon Of Dock Green'. There followed The Likely Lads, and George and Mildred, which preceded a career in theatre, television and film. She was recently on stage in the hit play 'Hello Norma Jeane'.

Outspoken journalist and war reporter Michael Buerk made his name reading the news with due gravitas, but with a twinkle in his eye when needed. Hopes of a career in the RAF were dashed by failing an eyesight test. So he became a regional reporter, and with the Daily Mail, before joining Radio Bristol in 1970 and BBC Television News in 1973. From 1983 to 1987 he was the BBC South Africa correspondent, until his fair investigative and impartial reporting resulted in his expulsion from that country. In 1984 his report on the Ethiopian Famine inspired the Band Aid Charity Record and the Live Aid Concert, which resulted in an outpouring of generosity across the world.

Among his many television credits since, was the fascinating 2013 series 'Inside The National Trust'.

The two television icons will demonstrate they are no pushovers, when facing all manner of creepy crawlies.

Michael and Christine Buerk

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