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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK
Sky grabs Ant and Dec golf show
Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec are keen golfers
TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have sold the rights to their celebrity golf tournament show to Sky.

Samuel L Jackson and Hugh Grant are just two of the big names signed up to take part in Celebrity Cup - a star-studded version of the Ryder Cup.

It will feature teams from Europe and the US, with keen golfers Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas also being sought to take part.

Ant and Dec will probably not present the show because they are tied to ITV.

'Unique event'

Sky said landing the deal for Celebrity Cup was an "amazing coup" for the network.

It will dominate Sky One's schedule across the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Other celebrities from the world of television, film and sport who are confirmed to take part are Boris Becker, Ronan Keating, Sir Steve Redgrave and Chris Evans for the European team.

Actors Sylvester Stallone, Kyle MacLachlan, Hayley Joel Osment saxophonist Kenny G are playing for the opposing US team.

Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones is one of the stars who may be taking part

As well as Zeta Jones and Douglas, producers also hope Donald Trump and Andy Garcia will take part in the tournament, which will be held at the Celtic Manor course in South Wales.

The Celebrity Cup is the brainchild of McPartlin and Donnelly, who are keen golfers.

Their Gallowgate Productions company will make the show with Superstars producer TWI.

'Good idea'

"The show promises to be one of the most exciting events of the year, appealing to golf enthusiasts and entertainment fans alike, and we're incredibly excited about the long terms prospects for the show," said Bob Massie, head of entertainment at TWI.

McPartlin and Donnelly - the award-winning presenters of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and Saturday Night Takeaway - renewed their contract with ITV in September for another three years.

They initially held talks with ITV about The Celebrity Cup, but it was turned down.

A spokeswoman for ITV said: "[Ant and Dec] came to us with the idea, we thought it was a good, but decided in the end it was not right for ITV."




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