EXCLUSIVE: Maya Jama and Peter Crouch will return for a rebranded version of Save Our Summer during the European Championships
Maya Jama is returning alongside Peter Crouch for a rebranded version of his BBC1 show Save Our Summer during this year’s European Championships.
The series will air how it was originally intended, a companion to Euro 2020 matches which have been rescheduled for this June, rather than a primetime Saturday night offering.
Due to the tournament’s postponement last year following the coronavirus pandemic, the show was transformed at short notice to fill the void left by the football.
Comeback: Maya Jama is returning alongside Peter Crouch for a re-branded version of his BBC1 show Save Our Summer during this year’s European Championships (pictured last year)
The programme was overshadowed by the furore surrounding presenter Maya’s ‘revealing’ outfits, which caused her to call out viewers for ‘hyper sexualising’ her figure.
However, with football matches to react upon both the BBC and Fulwell 73, the production company who make the series hope the show will pick up a cult following on its second edition.
A source told MailOnline: ‘The series deserves a second chance as it never ran how it was initially conceived.
‘The Euros is the essence of the show and without any football, producers faced an uphill battle from the start to make it work, especially with all the pressure it was under being aired on a Saturday night.
Exciting: The series will air how it was originally intended, a companion to Euro 2020 matches which have been rescheduled for this June, rather than a primetime Saturday night offering
In good company: Taskmaster star Alex Horne will also make a comeback as part of the hosting team with the broadcaster, 26, and the footballer turned pundit, 40
‘Hopefully this summer viewers will be won over.’
The overhaul – expected to take place between June and July – is likely to feature a new name and the inclusion of a studio audience, which was heavily missed last year.
Taskmaster star Alex Horne will also make a comeback as part of the hosting team and top celebrities from sport, music, film and TV are also being lined up as guests.
The BBC hold former England and Liverpool striker Peter, 40, in high regard following his seamless transformation from footballer to pundit.
His No1 That Peter Couch Podcast was the most popular podcast on streaming and download service BBC Sounds last year.
‘It’s ridiculous’: The show was overshadowed by the furore surrounding the TV and radio star’s ‘revealing’ outfits, which caused her to call out viewers for ‘hyper sexualising’ her figure
Meanwhile, TV and radio star Maya, 26, recently replaced Stacey Dooley as host of BBC3 makeup series Glow.
Last November, in an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the media personality branded the reaction to wearing low-cut dresses while making her primetime debut last year as ‘ridiculous’.
She said: ‘I’ve always worn the same thing but when I was slimmer nobody commented on it and as soon as you have got a fuller figure people are shocked and insulted by your body, so I found it ridiculous.
‘I’ve been wearing the same outfits, the same cut tops, my entire career and there was never really that many comments on it until I started putting on a bit of weight.
‘I was like “Gosh, if you’re shocked at boobs or even just a bit of cleavage on telly, I don’t know how people cope when they go to the swimming pool or the beach because there’s a lot more boobs on show there.”
‘It’s a woman’s body – I don’t feel like it should cause such outrage. I’m going to continue to dress how I’ve always dressed no matter what size I am.’
‘I’m going to continue to dress how I’ve always dressed no matter what size I am’: The host defended her outfit choices in a recent interview with MailOnline (pictured last year)