The BBC has hired Mr Motivator to help the nation keep fit, in a new daily programme with Angela Rippon.
The show, Healthcheck UK Live, will broadcast on BBC One at 10am to provide “much-needed advice and companionship during the coronavirus crisis”.
It will also feature Dr Xand van Tulleken and Watchdog’s Michelle Ackerley, answering viewers’ concerns and offering tips on how to stay healthy.
Rippon, 75, will join the programme each day from her home, where she is self-isolating. The other presenters will observe strict social distancing rules, the BBC said.
The signing of Mr Motivator, real name Derrick Evans, follows the return of the Green Goddess, Diana Evans, to BBC Breakfast last week.
He was a star of GMTV in the 1990s, with his high-energy routines and colourful outfits. He said yesterday, using his favourite catchphrases: “Now more than ever it is important to keep our bodies and minds healthy. Everybody say yeah, let’s get happy and be wicked at home!”
Rippon said: “Like millions of Britons across the country, and as an over-70, I will be self-isolating and ‘working from home’. HealthCheck UK Live will offer a fantastic outlet to connect viewers and to remind us we can all fight this together.”
The BBC has also announced a raft of programmes to “bring the nation together” and plug holes in the schedule caused by the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest, Glastonbury and major sporting events.
What was originally planned as a football-focused companion show to Euro 2020, hosted by Peter Crouch, will now become Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer, a new live entertainment and comedy series.
And Gareth Malone’s plan for a mass singalong featuring a “home chorus” of tens of thousands of people in isolation will be turned into a BBC Two documentary, The Choir: Britain in Lockdown.
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “Throughout this crisis we will respond to the mood of the nation and provide programmes to help us escape and laugh; to create memorable events which we can all enjoy from home to replace those we’re going to be missing this summer.”