ITV is planning to make a biopic of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's early years.

Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill

Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill

The Olympic gold medal-winning duo - who star on 'Dancing on Ice' - are to be the central figures in the soon-to-commissioned drama, which will tell the story of their rise to the top of the figure-skating world.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster told the Radio Times: "Torvill and Dean is a single drama about how Jayne and Chris first met as teenagers.

"The drama will depict the forming of their extraordinary relationship which led to their incredibly successful ice dancing partnership."

An insider has revealed that the programme could be shown around Christmas 2018, or just after the next series of 'Dancing On Ice' has concluded.

Despite their success at the Winter Olympics in 1984, little is known about their early years.

But in the 2014 book written by the pair, 'Our Life On Ice', Christopher opened up about his challenging childhood, revealing how his father's adultery broke up the family.

He explained: "Home was a flat - a kind of maisonette, really. It sounds quite posh but I promise you it wasn't. We had lino instead of carpets and all of the furniture was either second-hand or on its last legs.

"I had one bath a week (a fact my children find stomach-churning), except in the summer when I had a stand-up strip-wash - the weather being far too hot to light a fire - and we had no immersion heater."

In fact, a source at ITV has likened Christopher's life to "Billy Elliott on Ice".

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