I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will be being relocated from the jungles of Australia to a ruined British castle for this year’s series, ITV has said.
The broadcaster of the ITV show has confirmed that due to the coronavirus pandemic, it “just wasn’t possible for us to travel and make the show” work Down Under.
Although the new location for this year’s series hasn’t been revealed, ITV has said it will be “in the countryside”.
It also hasn’t been revealed whether or not the celebrities will be living in a castle or camping.
Due to the relocation, it means that the bush trucker trials are out. However, ITV has promised just as entertaining to watch “gruelling trials and fun-filled challenges”.
ITV Studios director of entertainment Richard Cowles said: “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.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, ITV bosses have not been able to make the show happen this year in Australia, despite “pulling out all the stops”.
Cowles added: “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.”
The 20th series of the hit show will be presented by Ant and Dec and the winner will be the first to be crowned the king or queen of the castle.
Director of television Kevin Lygo 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.”
Producers of the show are ecstatic that it can go ahead, as it would have been a major blow for the channel – and viewers – if it couldn’t be filmed this year.
In 2019, the show was seen by over 13 million people, making it the most-watched programme of the year.
In addition to this, it also made it the UK’s most popular reality TV show, beating Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent and The Great British Bake Off.
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