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ITV confirm I’m A Celebrity will be filmed in the UK this year

The series is usually filmed in the Australian bush

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will be filmed in the UK for the first time ever later this year.

Instead of the Australian jungle, the upcoming series will be filmed at a ‘ruined castle’ in the British countryside.

In a statement, 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.”

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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.”

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“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.”

The series, which usually runs for three weeks, is expected to begin sometime in November.

A host of well-known faces have already been tipped to appear on the next season, including Strictly pro-dancer AJ Pritchard, former England footballer John Barnes, Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon, and TV presenter Vernon Kay.

Fans have also been rooting for Maura Higgins to appear on the popular series.

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