Michael Barrymore, 67, smokes a cigarette before hitting the rink for Dancing On Ice training with glam partner Alex Murphy... who claims star has 'skyrocketed' during practice

The new series of Dancing On Ice is set to begin in January 2020.

And Michael Barrymore was spotted at another training session on Monday, where he was seen taking a break from practice.

The 67-year-old star puffed on a cigarette, before heading back inside to take to the ice with his training partner, Alex Murphy.

Get your skates on: Michael Barrymore was spotted at another training session on Monday, where he was seen taking a break from Dancing On Ice practice

Get your skates on: Michael Barrymore was spotted at another training session on Monday, where he was seen taking a break from Dancing On Ice practice

Alex, 30, has raved about Micheal's ability over his weeks of training, claiming his skills had 'skyrocketed' recently.

She said: 'Not so long ago he could barely stand on the ice and now he's spinning around and staying upright!' 

Micheal wrapped up against the icy chill on Monday on the rink, which is in Slough, Berkshire.

He wore a black zipped-up sweater and jeans, adding a khaki jacket for his cigarette break outside. 

The entertainer was set for a gruelling afternoon of skating, gearing up for his big return to the limelight. 

Each week the twelve celebrities will skate live with their professional partners in a bid to impress both the panel and the viewers, who will ultimately decide who wins the show.

On the rink: The 67-year-old star puffed on a cigarette, before heading back inside to take to the ice with his training partner Alex Murphy

On the rink: The 67-year-old star puffed on a cigarette, before heading back inside to take to the ice with his training partner Alex Murphy

Ready to go: The entertainer was set for a grueling afternoon of skating, gearing up for his big return to the limelight
Ready to go: The entertainer was set for a grueling afternoon of skating, gearing up for his big return to the limelight

Ready to go: The entertainer was set for a grueling afternoon of skating, gearing up for his big return to the limelight

This year sees John Barrowman join Torvill and Dean and Ashley Banjo on the panel while Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show. 

Michael expressed his delight at joining the DOI line up when the news was confirmed last month.

He said: 'I'm delighted to say that I'll be joining the Dancing on Ice line up for 2020.

'I'm looking forward to meeting Holly and Phil. I'm very excited...it's performance time!' 

Thrilled: Michael expressed his delight at joining the DOI line up when the news was confirmed last month

ITV bosses believe the Strike it Lucky host - who previously enjoyed a three-decade long stint on prime time TV - could rake in the viewers for the ice skating show, The Sun reported. 

An insider told the publication: 'Michael has always been TV gold and show chiefs appreciate there's still a huge amount of interest in him. There's no doubting he'll be hilarious on the ice.' 

Show bosses also reportedly believe he will have the same impact as Gemma Collins, who brought soaring viewer ratings to the show earlier this year before she was booted off.  

The star, known for his Awight! catchphrase, was arrested in 2001 after Stuart Lubbock was found dead in a swimming pool at his Essex home after a drug-fuelled party. 

Keeping things casual: Micheal wrapped up against the icy chill on Monday on the rink, which is in Slough, Berkshire. He wore a black zipped-up sweater and jeans

Keeping things casual: Micheal wrapped up against the icy chill on Monday on the rink, which is in Slough, Berkshire. He wore a black zipped-up sweater and jeans

It has been 18 years since Michael had his last major TV role before his career was derailed by the 2001 scandal.

Michael publicly apologised for the incident in an emotional TV interview which aired in June. 

The entertainer said he 'could not be more sorry' nearly two decades after Stuart was found dead.

Speaking on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, the star maintained he 'didn't give Stuart anything' that night, but said 'if you're the owner of the house you're responsible for it'.

'You can see lots of things in hindsight. I'm not making excuses,' he said.

Impressed: Alex, 30, has raved about Micheal's ability over his weeks of training, claiming his skills had 'skyrocketed' recently

Impressed: Alex, 30, has raved about Micheal's ability over his weeks of training, claiming his skills had 'skyrocketed' recently

'I'm sorry. I could not be more sorry. I gave Stuart nothing. Whatever he took. The Es he apparently had at the club. There were no Es at my house. I had a joint with the guys. If there's cocaine... he didn't get it from me.'

Lubbock, a factory supervisor, was found floating face-down in Barrymore's swimming pool in 2001, with injuries which suggested he had been sexually assaulted. His death has never been fully explained.

Michael admitted to Morgan that he 'f**ked up' when he originally declined to comment to Essex police when questioned about whether or not he had given Lubbock drugs that night.

The former Strike It Lucky host was given a caution in October 2001 for drug offences but no further charges were brought.

Making a comeback: It has been 18 years since Michael had his last major TV role before his career was derailed by a 2001 scandal

Then in June 2007 he was arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual assault, but three months later the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence. 

Lubbock's death dealt a huge blow to Michael's career and as a result he demanded £2.4million in damages from police.

But the Appeal Court ruled he should only receive a 'nominal' award – possibly as little as £1.

Before his career was derailed by the 2001 scandal, Michael was one of Britain’s most popular entertainers.

He enjoyed great success with ITV, presenting shows like Lucky Strike and Blankety Blank.

He believes that if he had not been arrested in 2007 he would have been a prime candidate for plum roles such as hosting Strictly Come Dancing.  

Michael Barrymore smokes a cigarette on a break from Dancing On Ice training

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