Rugby man on tough BBC1 gameshow Total Wipeout tonight

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WATCH out for a Alan Collins on television on Saturday evening - when he appears on the BBC adventure gameshow Total Wipeout.

The former prison governor and Rugby Lions physio filmed it in Argentina in January 2011, so has had a long wait for his antics to be shown.

“I’d watched it on television and thought how good it would be to have a go,” said Alan, 52, who left Onley Young Offenders’ Institution in October and has been security manager for the Olympic sailing site at Portland since February.

“When I applied for the show, the first audition said ‘dress as you are’ - so I just went as a prison governor and being an ex-gymnast I managed to put in a few gymnastic moves.

“My audition was at the NEC in Birmingham and you’re called up in fours. You have just a minute to impress the producers, so I did a handstand on a chair! Those who make an impact are asked to try the obstacle course and I did a few gymnastic tricks there too.

There are so many people applying, you have to get yourself noticed.”

Filming only took a couple of days, which gave him the rest of the week to enjoy the location, which is used by 22 other countries.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” said Alan, who isn’t allowed to reveal the result. “It was an amazing experience and we were really well looked after. It was a fantastic trip.”

Total Wipeout, presented by Amanda Byram and Richard Hammond, will be shown on BBC1 at 5.20pm. The series sees 20 men and women travel to Argentina to compete in physically demanding challenges on a purpose-built obstacle course.

The contestants this week also include a Welsh vicar and a compatriot - a female farmer from Glamorgan.