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Ball reveals show's ups and downs

Singer Michael Ball(52) has revealed he had to sign a safety disclaimer to climb up a ladder for a scene in new TV musical That Day We Sang.

The West End actor stars with Imelda Staunton in the musical written and directed by Victoria Wood, which will air on BBC2 over Christmas.

Ball (pictured) and Staunton play middle-aged couple Enid and Tubby who find love after taking part in a documentary about a choir they both sang in as children.

In one scene, Tubby climbs a ladder to serenade Enid through a window.

Ball confessed: "I didn't enjoy the ladder scene. It was scary - it wasn't like a nice, proper ladder, it was a proper old period ladder."

But the singer revealed he refused to wear a harness for the stunt.

Ball explained: "I wouldn't have one, I had one for a bit, they said health and safety...

Disclaimer

"The stunt co-ordinator was giving me a ... I said 'I can't have a harness, because I have to go up and down and I have to sing. I've got to be able to this'. And they said, 'Ooh well, you'll have to sign a disclaimer'."

He joked: "I do all my own stunts, I'm like Tom Cruise."

Wood said Ball's co-star Ian Lavender also had to step in to help with safety precautions.

She explained: "He had to have Ian Lavender at the bottom with his good foot on the bottom."

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