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I’m A Celebrity staying in UK due to Covid-19

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This afternoon ITV announced that due to the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, this year’s series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! will be filmed and broadcast from the UK.

The series, which is presented by duo Ant and Dec, will be filmed around a castle somewhere in the UK with the winner being the first 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, who is the 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.”

Viewers of the show have already began speculating possible locations, including Wales or Scotland.

The 20th series of I’m a Celebrity will start later this year in November 2020.

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