The Voice host Emma Willis, 44, will be fronting the award-winning series The Circle for a third run, alongside an additional spin-off series, The Celebrity Circle. The latter will be part of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign this year, which sees shows such as Hunted and The Great British Bake Off get the celebrity treatment to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Joining Emma again will be comedian Sophie Willan, who will narrate the show.
Speaking about her return to the television series, The Voice host admitted she “can’t wait”.
Emma said: “The Circle is just brilliant, unmissable television.
“I loved every minute of being a part of it and I’m delighted to be returning to it for another series where I’ll be right at the centre of all the mischief and drama!”
Emma Willis speaks out on show return ‘Loved every minute’
Emma Willis announced her return to the third series of The Circle
She continued: “To add to that, we’re also doing a celeb version – I can’t wait to see who’ll be in the line-up and whether they’ll play as themselves or as another celebrity, it’s going to be incredible.”
The production of the third series is set to begin later this year, in line with social distancing guidelines.
The celebrity edition in aid of Stand Up To Cancer will air in 2021.
The premise of The Circle sees a group of strangers sent to live under 24 hour camera surveillance.
The show will see an apartment block in Britain welcome a new set of residents who will live in separate units and befriend each other using only a social media platform called The Circle.
Players rate each other based on whom they like – and dislike – and compete against each other to gain power, with unpopular players at risk of being blocked.
Once blocked, and before leaving the show, the eliminated players will get to meet other players in person for the first time.
As a result of social distancing rules, the show will be pre-recorded and there will be no studio audience or live programmes.
Emma Willis alongside her husband Matt Willis
Gilly Greenslade, who commissioned all three series, said: “When we were developing the series three years ago, I knew it would reflect how we live but I never expected it to be quite so prophetic.
“Now, many more of us have had a taste of living our lives isolated and online, I am excited to see the strategies and tactics that the new players bring to the game.”
She added: “I hope that this show will bring some much-needed joy and hilarity to our TV screens.”
Elsewhere, Emma recently opened up about what she found frustrating at home in the early days of lockdown with her husband Matt Willis and their three children.
The television presenter shares children; Isabelle, 10, Ace, eight, and four-year-old daughter Trixie, with her beau.
Like many parents during lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, Emma had been homeschooling her offspring while schools across the UK remained closed.
She said juggling homeschooling with chores was “a pure frustration” at the beginning, but later eased her hectic schedule.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, Emma explained: “Homeschooling is pretty tough, isn’t it?
“I think we are all very aware about how important our key workers are and I’ve never appreciated teachers as much in my life, than how I do now.
“It’s been a real learning curve, in the beginning it was pure frustration, frustration at trying to be a mother, wife, cook, cleaner, teacher and all of those things.”