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I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! continues tonight at 9pm on ITV. The 10 celebrities are sadly not heading Down Under this year but are instead, heading to the depths of Gwrych Castle in Wales. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the show’s new location.
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This year, I’m A Celeb is taking place at Gwrych Castle in North Wales.
The historic site is a Grade I listed 19th-century country house in the Northern Welsh town of Abergele.
The 200-year-old venue is home to this year’s contestants, who are hoping to be crowned either King or Queen of the castle.
During the launch show, viewers saw how the castle had been transformed to become ‘camp’ for its residents.
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The transformation sees the castle look like something out of Game of Thrones or Dracula.
Initially, it had been reported ITV had spent millions to use the castle for the series.
However, Dr Mark Baker, chairman of the castle’s trust, told North Wales Live that he refuted the claims.
The Radio Times recently confirmed Gwrych Castle has received £300,000 for its involvement in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
Baker told the magazine the money would go towards renovations.
He said: “The deal will certainly significantly advance our long-term mission to restore the castle.”
“It would usually take us over two years to raise £300,000. With the second wave of Covid, the programme has saved not only us but many local businesses.
“Hundreds of jobs have kept going because ITV have employed them on site.”
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Sadly, the 20th series could not take place in Queensland, Australia this year as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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.”#
This year, 10 celebrities will venture into Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales
Express.co.uk has the full list of the Celebrities taking part below:
· Vernon Kay – TV Presenter
· Victoria Derbyshire – Broadcaster and Journalist
· Shane Richie – EastEnders star
· Hollie Arnold MBE – Paralympic Gold Medallist
· Jordan North – Radio 1 DJ
· Beverley Callard – Coronation Street star
· AJ Pritchard – Ballroom Dancer
· Giovanna Fletcher – Author and Podcaster
· Sir Mo Farah CBE – Olympic legend
· Jessica Plummer – Soapstar
I’m A Celeb continues tonight at 9pm on ITV
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