For the first time ever, “I’m A Celebrity…” will be filmed in Britain as Covid-19 prevents travel to Aussie jungle set

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is to be filmed in the UK because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the first time in the show’s history it will not take part in Australia.

ITV bosses have worked hard to use the New South Wales location, but travel restrictions were too difficult to overcome.

Instead the programme will be based around a remote ruin castle somewhere in Britain, says ITV.

And the show’s winner will be crowned King or Queen of the Castle.

The format for the I’m A Celebrity…will remain the same; a handful of celebs having to get along with each other and eat disgusting things.

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly will continue to present the programme.

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 added:

“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”.


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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