I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! is moving to the UK this year, it has been confirmed.
The ITV reality series is usually held in Australia, but bosses have made the decision to base it in the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of the balmy jungle camp, this year’s crop of celebrity contestants will be roughing it in the British countryside, where they will “probably have to swap shorts for thermals”.
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Ant and Dec will still be on board as hosts, and the show will be broadcast live every night from a ruined castle.
Bosses promise that, despite the move from Down Under, viewers will still see the celebrities “undertake gruelling trials and fun-filled challenges to win food and treats in the lead up to one of them being crowned, for the first time ever, King or Queen of the Castle”.
Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television, said: “We announced last week that we were doing all we could to make the series and I’m thrilled that we can bring the show to viewers albeit not in the jungle.
“We have a great team both on and off screen and I know they will produce a hugely entertaining series.”
Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios, said: “We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn’t possible for us to travel and make the show there.
“However, we are all really excited about a UK version of I’m A Celebrity. While it will certainly be different producing the show from the UK, the same tone and feel will remain.
“Our celebrities will probably have to swap shorts for thermals but they can still look forward to a basic diet of rice and beans and plenty of thrills and surprises along the way.”
So far not many other details have been confirmed, but there have been rumours that Jessie J and Dan Osborne - whose wife Jacqueline Jossa won the show last year - could be among the line-up of campers this year.