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YouTube announces the line-up of ad-funded YouTube series Jack Whitehall: Training Days

First-ever European-centric YouTube Original Series Jack Whitehall: Training Days will exclusively launch to fans around the world on Whitehall’s YouTube channel May 9th at 6pm BST, just ahead of The World Cup. Alongside host and comedian Jack Whitehall, the series will guest star world-class footballers including: Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Cesc Fàbregas, Mario Götze, Thomas Muller, Radamel Falcao, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale, among many others.

Jack Whitehall: Training Days will feature Whitehall taking some of football’s biggest names way out their comfort zone in a multi-episode series, hosted exclusively on Jack Whitehall’s YouTube channel. This is the first European YouTube Original programme and has been developed with Fulwell73, the team behind ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ and acclaimed sports documentary ‘The Class of 92’.

To give you a snapshot of some highlights from the show, Jack will undertake disastrous driving lessons with José Mourinho, visit a haunted house with Dele Alli, play Bavarian bar games with Thomas Müller, shoot a perfume ad with Radamel Falcao, turn Gareth Bale into a waxwork, go undercover on Britain’s Got Talent auditions with Kyle Walker as well as embark on an extreme hot wing challenge with Raheem Sterling and Big Narstie.

The series celebrates the biggest names in world football ahead of this summer’s World Cup, as well as some of the YouTube’s most popular UK-based creators – Joe Sugg, Manny, Joe Wicks and The F2 Freestylers.

Jack Whitehall says: "One of the great things about comedy is getting out of your comfort zone, so I certainly made it my job to get these football stars out of theirs. It's been great working with them on Training Days and showing fans a different side to them. Filming this series has been a great warm-up to the World Cup and I hope you enjoy watching as much as I did making it."

Luke Hyams, Head of YouTube Originals in Europe Middle East and Africa says: “YouTube Original series Jack Whitehall: Training Days has an incredible all-star cast featuring world-renowned footballers that people everywhere will enjoy. As our first European YouTube Original programme, we started in the UK because we see that it’s a dynamic and incredible creative hub and has the second highest consumption of football-related content on YouTube anywhere in the world, after the US.”

Gabe Turner of Fulwell73 says: “It’s a real privilege to be working with YouTube on Jack Whitehall: Training Days. The concept for the show lends itself well to bringing out a different side to our superstars and feels like a perfect fit with YouTube’s audience. It’s an opportunity to spend time with some of the biggest names in world football and create some truly memorable moments."

YouTube trends data on football and the star-studded series talent:

  • Globally, there has been a 60 percent increase in viewership related to Jack Whitehall between January and April 2018.
  • Top five footballers on YouTube who appear in Jack Whitehall’s Training Days:
  1. Héctor Bellerín (868M+ views)
  2. Gareth Bale (300M+ views)
  3. Son Heung-Min (141M+ views)
  4. Radamel Falcao (900K+ views)
  5. Thomas Müller (764K+ views)
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