ITV’s long running entertainment show Dancing on Ice is to end after next year’s ninth series.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the Olympic ice skating gold medalists who mentored celebrity contestants through painful tumbles on the show, announced on ITV’s Daybreak on Tuesday morning that the final series will be broadcast next year.
“It’s come full circle for us. We’ve had the most wonderful experience doing Dancing On Ice and we just wanted to finish at the top of our game and for the show to be on top of its game so we just felt it was the right time,” Dean said.
The ninth and final series of the show will be broadcast from January 2014, followed by a farewell Dancing on Ice live arena tour. Next year also marks the 30th anniversary of Torvill and Dean’s Olympic gold medal in Sarajevo, in an ice skating routine famously set to Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.
Dancing on Ice, made by ITV Studios, was for many years one of the broadcaster’s ratings bankers, reaching a peak in 2008 when the final attracted an overnight average of 11.8 million viewers and a 44% audience share.