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Superstars Olympic special to form part of Christmas schedule

Brian Jacks weightlifting in an episode of Superstars from 1980
Image caption Weightlifting and Brian Jacks featured in an episode of Superstars in 1980

A one-off Olympic episode of the TV show Superstars is to form part of BBC One's Christmas schedule.

Sporting celebrities including Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, the Brownlee brothers and Christine Ohuruogu will compete in the show.

Superstars was first broadcast in the UK during the 1970s. Hosted by David Vine, elite athletes competed across several disciplines.

The show will be filmed later in November at the University of Bath.

"It's a great coup for the university and for Bath to be chosen to host this TV spectacular," said University of Bath spokesperson Will Marsh.

A trio of Bath-connected Olympians will also compete on the show, which aims to celebrate the sporting successes of 2012.

Current student and swimming silver medallist Michael Jamieson, gold medal rower Helen Glover and judo silver winner Gemma Gibbons will take part.

In total, 16 of London 2012's British Olympic heroes will compete over eight disciplines against their Team GB teammates in a bid to become the two best all-round Superstars.

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