I’m A Celebrity begins construction on its new site as a crane is spotted at Gwrych Castle in Wales

Construction work has started on Gwrych Castle in Wales just days after it was announced it would play host to I’m A Celebrity this year.

It was revealed on Friday that the hit show will be filmed in Wales and not the usual venue in Queensland, Australia, because of coronavirus.  

ITV have instead secured Gwrych Castle folly, a Grade I listed country house in Abergele, North Wales, at the cost of £1 million. 

Underway: Construction work has started on Gwrych Castle in Wales just days after it was announced it would play host to I’m A Celebrity this year

Aerial snaps on Monday show a crane in action at the 200-year-old site which is said to be haunted.

The drone photos show the extensive grounds of the estate where the celebrities will be based for the series.

A large crane was seen at the main part of the building which is under construction to be ready for the show.

New base: Aerial snaps on Monday show a crane in action at the 200-year-old site in Wales which is said to be haunted

New base: Aerial snaps on Monday show a crane in action at the 200-year-old site in Wales which is said to be haunted

Change of scenery: The drone photos show the extensive grounds of the estate where the celebrities will be based for the series

Change of scenery: The drone photos show the extensive grounds of the estate where the celebrities will be based for the series

Stunning site: A large crane was seen at the main part of the building which is under construction to be ready for the show

Stunning site: A large crane was seen at the main part of the building which is under construction to be ready for the show

Adapting: It was revealed on Friday that the hit show will be filmed in Wales and not the usual venue in Queensland, Australia, because of coronavirus

Adapting: It was revealed on Friday that the hit show will be filmed in Wales and not the usual venue in Queensland, Australia, because of coronavirus 

Scary: The castle is thought to be haunted by a number of spirits, including previous owner the Winifred Hesketh, the Countess of Dundonald who died in 1924

Scary: The castle is thought to be haunted by a number of spirits, including previous owner the Winifred Hesketh, the Countess of Dundonald who died in 1924

A source on the ITV show previously told The Sun: ‘Producers are chuffed with the new location — they’re excited for a change in scenery this year.

‘The Bushtucker trial crew, who work tirelessly all year round, have been working overtime to come up with some terrifying new trials and challenges.

‘Not only will there be creepy crawlies galore, but now they have the added aid of playing with a haunted castle. They think it will make for brilliant TV.’  

As only fitting with the new location, this year’s trials are thought to be incorporating the spooky setting and there will be cameras around the castle to capture any paranormal activity.

‘Terrifying’: In keeping with the venue, bosses are already thought to be planning some scary challenges and looking at having a medieval theme (Ant and Dec are pictured in 2019)

Ruins: The castle was built between in the early 1800s but hasn't been occupied for many years, with lots of the space now looking derelict (pictured is Gwrych Castle)

Ruins: The castle was built between in the early 1800s but hasn’t been occupied for many years, with lots of the space now looking derelict (pictured is Gwrych Castle)

It has been suggested that ITV will include a medieval theme, with celebs possibly having to joust for dinners or even spend time in a dungeon or mock-up gallows.

MailOnline has approached ITV for a comment. 

Gwrych Castle was built by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh in the early 1800s. Its frontage is 1500ft in length and there are 18 battlemented towers. 

There is no public access at all to the main building due to its substantially ruinous state, but the castle boasts 250 acres of historic gardens and parkland. 

Impressive: Gwrych Castle was built by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh in the early 1800s. Its frontage is 1500ft in length and there are 18 battlemented towers (Pictured today)

Impressive: Gwrych Castle was built by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh in the early 1800s. Its frontage is 1500ft in length and there are 18 battlemented towers (Pictured today)

Grounds: There is no public access at all to the main building due to its substantially ruinous state, but the castle boasts 250 acres of historic gardens and parkland (Pictured today)

Grounds: There is no public access at all to the main building due to its substantially ruinous state, but the castle boasts 250 acres of historic gardens and parkland (Pictured today)

The castle is thought to be haunted by a number of spirits, including previous owner the Winifred Hesketh, the Countess of Dundonald who died in 1924. 

Legend says she is angry at her husband for taking all of her former homes’ valuables, with some people claiming she, or another spooky spirit, stalks the area in a white dress.

Some locals also believe that the spirit of a servant girl who died falling off a horse haunts the land. While others say ghosts of former caretakers have been seen around the 200-year-old castle which boasts 250 acres.  

Ghosts? Some visitors have said they've seen a women in white on the grounds

Haunted? The castle is said to be haunted by the Countess of Dundonald

Ghosts? The castle is said to be haunted by the Countess of Dundonald (right) with other visitors reporting they have seen a woman in white on the grounds (left, a pictured from 10 years ago)

Different look: Viewers will have to adjust to the castle aesthetics instead of the jungle camp site this year (pictured is one of the castle's rooms)

Different look: Viewers will have to adjust to the castle aesthetics instead of the jungle camp site this year (pictured is one of the castle’s rooms)

Gwrych Castle hasn’t been lived in for years and was built by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh in the early 1800s.

During World War Two around 300 Jewish refugees lives at the castle however it has fallen into disrepair in recent years, reports the BBC.

The series, which usually returns to TV screens in November, will certainly look different when it comes back this year. 

While viewers have become accustomed to seeing celebrities boost their careers by donning bikinis and going shirtless as they sweat out in the Jungle, the new batch will likely need to pack thermals for the new series.  

Watch out: Other 'spirits' said to haunt the grounds include former caretakers and a servant girl who died after riding a horse

Watch out: Other ‘spirits’ said to haunt the grounds include former caretakers and a servant girl who died after riding a horse

And as the stars settle into their temporary digs, they will no longer get the opportunity to luxuriate in the daily delight of an outdoor shower, as they will now be bathing in a primitive tin tub, according to The Sun

Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced ITV to switch locations and has resulted in major changes to production, affecting everything from what food challenges stars will do to where they will sleep during filming.

While creepy crawlies such as witchetty grubs have been a mainstay on the Australian menu, dining in north Wales will have more of a local flavour, as it’s been reported their eating challenges will include sheep’s testicles. 

And longtime hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are sure to have their tongues tied when they return to filming, as they’ll be based in a village called Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch.    

Changes: This year's series of I'm A Celebrity will be filmed in the north of Wales, with the show making some major changes to the usual set up

Changes: This year’s series of I’m A Celebrity will be filmed in the north of Wales, with the show making some major changes to the usual set up 

The change of location means a change of weather for contestants who will have to battle 8.5C (47.3F) temperatures and winds, a stark contrast to the blistering heat in the Australian jungle 22C (71.6F).  

Contingency plans will be put in place to combat drastic weather changes, including make shift huts when they need protection from the elements.

Family and friends will also miss out on the opportunity to travel abroad and stay in a luxury hotel as they support their loved ones from the sidelines.

The winners title of King or Queen of the Jungle will also be replaced with the last person standing being crowned King or Queen of the Castle, as the crew aim to retain much of the original features of the show. 

That'll be interesting! The bushtucker trials will also be adapted to include local delicacies and things such as sheeps testicles (pictured is Rebekah Vardy in 2017)

That’ll be interesting! The bushtucker trials will also be adapted to include local delicacies and things such as sheeps testicles (pictured is Rebekah Vardy in 2017)

Fine dining: Witchetty grubs and lamb's brain have been among the stomach-churning dishes on offer in the past

Local: With the show moving to Wales, the culinary offerings are expected to have something of a more local flavour

Fine dining: Witchetty grubs and lamb’s brain have been among the stomach-churning dishes on offer in the past. With the show moving to Wales, the culinary offerings are expected to have something of a more local flavour

Even the stars’ I’m A Celeb kit will have a familiar look, however they will have to wear thermal layers to keep them warm underneath in the cold Welsh winter.

Despite all the changes, it has been suggested that relocating to Wales could save ITV a considerable amount of money, which could then be used to get bigger-name stars.  

Although the broadcaster will still have to convince them that spending three weeks in the cold countryside is as doable as three weeks in Australia.

Following the news that filming for this year’s I’m A Celeb will be moving to Wales, fans took to Twitter in droves to share their reactions, with many taking on a comedic tone.

Wrote one: ‘If I’m a celebrity is being made in the UK this year what ‘critters’ will they terrify the contestants with – wasps, moths and pigeons?’

‘So I’m A Celebrity is going to be in Britain,’ stated another. ‘So trials will involved sharing a fly tipped chest freezer with a mildly disgruntled stoat and eating tripe.’ 

Speaking on Friday after the show’s move to the UK was confirmed 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.’ 

Up in the air: Insiders were unclear whether the show would go ahead later this year after the TV industry was thrown into chaos by COVID-19 (the 2019 cast are pictured)

Up in the air: Insiders were unclear whether the show would go ahead later this year after the TV industry was thrown into chaos by COVID-19 (the 2019 cast are pictured)

The Chase’s Jenny Ryan hints she may be keen for I’m A Celebrity in Wales

The 2020 series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! will certainly be unlike any of the 19 previous seasons with it set to film in Wales instead of Australia.

And this relocation has caused some celebs, such as The Chase’s Jenny Ryan,  to question whether this may be the year to give the show a try.

Writing on Twitter, Jenny explained how she had always hesitated over a stint in the jungle but now her main reservations have been removed.

Up for it? The Chase’s Jenny Ryan has hinted that she may be keen for appearing on I’m A Celebrity in Wales because she won’t have to deal with ‘spiders, snakes and the heat’

She tweeted: ‘My main reservations about doing #ImACeleb have always been 1. The Spiders 2. The Snakes 3. The Heat, so this could be a big opportunity for ol’ Jenny.’

Jenny’s post quickly received dozens of replies and more than 1,000 likes, with many people saying they felt the same way about the idea of camping out in Australia.

I’m A Celeb alum and fellow Chaser Anne Hegerty, who went to the jungle in 2018, also commented on Jenny’s tweet. 

She said: ‘Outside of trials, 1. Spiders – only one big gravid one in overhang of pool, which no one used but me, 2. Snakes – nope, they patrol the camp perimeter very carefully, 3. Heat – less than you’d think, you’re sleeping outside.’

New location: This year the popular show will be filmed in north Wales instead of at its usual home of Queensland in Australia

New location: This year the popular show will be filmed in north Wales instead of at its usual home of Queensland in Australia

Hints: The quiz star said not having to deal with her three main reservations could make the show's new location 'a big opportunity for ol' Jenny'

Hints: The quiz star said not having to deal with her three main reservations could make the show’s new location ‘a big opportunity for ol’ Jenny’

This wouldn’t be the first time that Jenny – who is dubbed The Vixen on the quiz show – has appeared on another programme as in 2019 she showed off her vocal ability on Celebrity X Factor. 

Other famous faces have also been speculated to be considering appearing on I’m A Celeb this year.

Before ITV announced that the show would film in Wales instead of Aus, several big names were speculated as considering joining the line-up.

A host of reality stars have been suggested, including Love Islander Tommy Fury and vlogger turned Strictly star Joe Sugg.

Showing support! Fellow The Chase star and former I'm A Celeb contestant Anne Hegerty replied to Jenny's tweet saying the spiders, snakes and heat weren't really that bad

Showing support! Fellow The Chase star and former I’m A Celeb contestant Anne Hegerty replied to Jenny’s tweet saying the spiders, snakes and heat weren’t really that bad

TV star: As well as The Chase, Jenny has also appeared on Celebrity X Factor (pictured on the show in Novemebr 2019)

TV star: As well as The Chase, Jenny has also appeared on Celebrity X Factor (pictured on the show in Novemebr 2019)

Big names from the sports world have also been linked to the show. Boxer Conor McGreggor and former England manager Eric Cantona are among potential contestants, reports The Radio Times.

The Daily Star also reported that Vernon Kay was set for a stint in the camp, telling them: ‘I’ve been asked to do it. I’m a fan of the show and I’d give anything a go. I’m not shy of anything’. 

While another big name being floated around is American Carole Baskin who shot to fame on Netflix’s Tiger King. 

I’m A Celebrity will boast a different look when it returns to screens this winter, as filming has been moved from Australia’s balmy Queensland to a village in north Wales.

It will be back! Last week ITV confirmed that the new series of I'm A Celebrity would go ahead later this year (2019 winner Jacqueline Jossa pictured)

 It will be back! Last week ITV confirmed that the new series of I’m A Celebrity would go ahead later this year (2019 winner Jacqueline Jossa pictured)

While viewers have become accustomed to seeing celebrities boost their careers by donning bikinis and going shirtless as they sweat out in the Jungle, the new batch will likely need to pack thermals for the new series.  

And as the stars settle into their temporary digs, they will no longer get the opportunity to luxuriate in the daily delight of an outdoor shower, as they will now be bathing in a primitive tin tub, according to The Sun.  

Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced ITV to switch locations and has resulted in major changes to production, affecting everything from what food challenges stars will do to where they will sleep during filming.

While creepy crawlies such as witchetty grubs have been a mainstay on the Australian menu, dining in north Wales will have more of a local flavour, as it’s been reported their eating challenges will include sheep’s testicles.  

No bugs this time! I'm A Celebrity has been previously filmed at the jungle in Murwillumbah, Queensland since 2003 (the 2019 camp is pictured)

No bugs this time! I’m A Celebrity has been previously filmed at the jungle in Murwillumbah, Queensland since 2003 (the 2019 camp is pictured)

And longtime hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are sure to have their tongues tied when they return to filming, as they’ll be based in a village called Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch. 

Sources have told MailOnline that the new series will be filmed in an area close to Ewloe in north Wales, though it is yet to be confirmed by ITV.  

Speaking with The Sun, a source insisted that despite the changes the production team are committed to making the new show as enthralling as others.

They said: ‘Ant and Dec and the same production team are all on board and everyone is 110 per cent dedicated to making this series as brilliant as all the others.’ 

The change of location means a change of weather for contestants who will have to battle 8.5C (47.3F) temperatures and winds, a stark contrast to the blistering heat in the Australian jungle 22C (71.6F). 

Best bits: The channel has also announced a one-off documentary called I'm A Celebrity: A Jungle Story, which will celebrate the best moments of the show's stellar 19 year history

Best bits: The channel has also announced a one-off documentary called I’m A Celebrity: A Jungle Story, which will celebrate the best moments of the show’s stellar 19 year history

Former AFL player Dale Thomas loses 10kg in 45 days

‘I felt I deserved fast food, beer and wine after a long career!’ Former AFL player and I’m A Celebrity star Dale Thomas loses 10kg in just 45 days

Former AFL player and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Dale Thomas managed to lose an incredible 10 kilograms in just 45 days amid the pandemic.

The 33-year-old, who has gone into Melbourne‘s second lockdown, shed the weight with F45’s 45 Day Challenge, focusing on high-intensity interval training.

Dale told Daily Mail Australia this week that his diet consisted of mainly fast food, beer and wine, prior to entering the challenge. 

After shot: The former AFL star is pictured after losing 10kg with F45's 45 Day Challenge

‘I felt I deserved fast food, beer and wine after a long career!’ Former AFL player and I’m A Celebrity star Dale Thomas, 33, lost 10kg in just 45 days. Pictured on the left prior to his weight loss 

‘It was a pretty fast and loose diet, consisting of a lot of fast food and beer and wine. Something I felt like I deserved after a long career in AFL!’ he said.

‘I’ve always loved chocolate, so that was definitely a guilty pleasure I indulged in.’  

Dale, who played for Collingwood and Carlton in the AFL, modified his diet to include lean protein, fresh vegetables and healthy carbohydrates.

Old habits: Dale described his diet prior to the challenge as being 'fast and loose'

Lean: The retired sportsman now follows a diet plan of lean protein, fresh vegetables and healthy carbohydrates

Health overhaul: Dale modified his diet to include lean protein, fresh vegetables and healthy carbohydrates. He described his diet prior to the challenge as being ‘fast and loose’ 

Breaking a sweat: Dale complemented his new diet with 45 minute workouts, consisting of functional movements that increase fat loss and build lean muscle. The workouts include a mix of HIIT-style cardio and strength training

Breaking a sweat: Dale complemented his new diet with 45 minute workouts, consisting of functional movements that increase fat loss and build lean muscle. The workouts include a mix of HIIT-style cardio and strength training 

‘I certainly had my favourite meals [delivered] such as a chocolate protein shake for breakfast, a handful of trail mix and peanut butter protein balls for snacks, a toasted chicken and pesto wrap for lunch, and grilled fish with quinoa for dinner,’ he said.

Dale complemented his new diet with 45 minute workouts, consisting of functional movements that increase fat loss and build lean muscle.

The workouts include a mix of HIIT-style cardio and strength training. 

Setting new goals: Dale said the challenge allowed him to 'reboot' his fitness, and hopes to shed another one to two kilograms

Setting new goals: Dale said the challenge allowed him to ‘reboot’ his fitness, and hopes to shed another one to two kilograms 

Reality TV: Dale debuted on reality television on this year's season of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Australia

Reality TV: Dale debuted on reality television on this year’s season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Australia 

Dale said the challenge allowed him to ‘reboot’ his fitness, and hopes to shed another one to two kilograms.

‘As far as weight loss, I would like to lose another one to two kilos, but mainly just get in the gym and turn some of the leftover pudding back to muscle from here on in!’

The next F45 45 Day Challenge starts Monday August 17.  

Sports career: Dale played for Collingwood and Carlton in the AFL. Pictured during a Carlton training session in 2019

Sports career: Dale played for Collingwood and Carlton in the AFL. Pictured during a Carlton training session in 2019 

I’m A Celebrity 2020 stars to swap bikinis for thermals as show moves from Australia to north Wales

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will boast different look when it returns to screens this winter, as filming has been moved from Australia’s balmy Queensland to a village in north Wales.

While viewers have become accustomed to seeing celebrities boost their careers by donning bikinis and going shirtless as they sweat out in the Jungle, the new batch will likely need to pack thermals for the new series.  

And as the stars settle into their temporary digs, they will no longer get the opportunity to luxuriate in the daily delight of as an outdoor shower, as they will now be bathing in a primitive tin tub, according to The Sun

Changes: This year’s series of I’m A Celebrity will be filmed in the north of Wales, with the show making some major changes to the usual set up 

Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced ITV to switch locations and has resulted in major changes to production, affecting everything from what food challenges stars will do to where they will sleep during filming. 

And longtime hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are sure to have their tongues tied when they return to filming, as they’ll be in based in a village called Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch. 

While creepy crawlies such as witchetty grubs have been a mainstay on the Australian menu, dining in north Wales will have more of a local flavour, as it’s been reported their eating challenges will include sheep’s testicles.

Sources told MailOnline that the new series will be filmed in an area close to Ewloe in north Wales, though it is yet to be confirmed by ITV.  

So long: There won't be any jungle showers for the contestants this year, with them instead having to wash in a tin tub (Myleene Klass is pictured in the jungle in 2006)

So long: There won’t be any jungle showers for the contestants this year, with them instead having to wash in a tin tub (Myleene Klass is pictured in the jungle in 2006)

New location: The show will be filmed in the ruins of an old castle, with the crew making changes to the camp layout to accommodate the cold weather (stock picture)

New location: The show will be filmed in the ruins of an old castle, with the crew making changes to the camp layout to accommodate the cold weather (stock picture)

 Speaking with The Sun, a source insisted that despite the changes the production team are committed to making the new show as enthralling as others.

They said: ‘Ant and Dec and the same production team are all on board and everyone is 110 per cent dedicated to making this series as brilliant as all the others.’ 

Although celebrities can now escape the scary critters of the Australian jungle, they won’t be able to escape some of the gruelling trials. 

Instead, it is thought that they will be feasting on sheep testicles and other local ‘cuisine’, or having to compete for added luxuries such as hot water. 

The change of location means a change of weather for contestants who will have to battle 8.5C (47.3F) temperatures and winds, a stark contrasting to the blistering heat in the Australian jungle 22C (71.6F). 

Contingency plans will be put in place to combat drastic weather changes including make shift huts when they need protection from the elements. 

That'll be interesting! The bushtucker trials will also be adapted to include local delicacies and things such as sheeps testicles (pictured is Rebekah Vardy in 2017)

That’ll be interesting! The bushtucker trials will also be adapted to include local delicacies and things such as sheeps testicles (pictured is Rebekah Vardy in 2017)

Family and friends will also miss out on the opportunity to travel abroad and stay in a luxury hotel as they support their loved one from the sidelines.

The winners title of King or Queen of the Jungle will also be replaced with the last person standing being crowned King or Queen of the Castle, as the crew aim to retain much of the original features of the show. 

Even the stars’ I’m A Celeb kit will have a familiar look, however they will have to wear thermal layers to keep them warm underneath in the cold Welsh winter.

Despite all the changes, it has been suggested that relocating to Wales could save ITV a considerable amount of money, which could then be used to get bigger-name stars.

Although the broadcaster will still have to convince them that spending three weeks in the cold countryside is as doable as three weeks in Australia.

It will be back! Last week ITV confirmed that the new series of I'm A Celebrity would go ahead later this year (2019 winner Jacqueline Jossa pictured)

 It will be back! Last week ITV confirmed that the new series of I’m A Celebrity would go ahead later this year (2019 winner Jacqueline Jossa pictured)

Following the news that filming for this year’s I’m A Celeb will be moving to Wales, fans took to Twitter in droves to share their reactions, with many taking on a comedic tone.

Wrote one: ‘If I’m a celebrity is being made in the UK this year what ‘critters’ will they terrify the contestants with – wasps, moths and pigeons?’

‘So I’m A Celebrity is going to be in Britain,’ stated another. ‘So trials will involved sharing a fly tipped chest freezer with a mildly disgruntled stoat and eating tripe.’

Comparing the upcoming series to an all-British pursuit, a third fan of the long-running show wrote: ‘So it’s basically I’m a celebrity doing my Duke of Edinburgh award camping in the country side.’

Producers on the show recently revealed that lockdown restrictions made it impossible to execute another series in Australia.

A show source said: ‘It’s been a dynamic and fast-changing situation. What is OK one day is impossible the next. The team have had many, many different contingency plans in play to deal with all the various possibilities that Covid-19 has presented.

‘However as time went on it became increasingly obvious that as one problem is solved, another appeared and there came a point where producers had to make tough decisions.’

On Sunday, Australia declared that the state of Victoria is a ‘state of disaster’ and have tightened the reigns on lockdown restrictions. 

Queensland have also shut their border and some airlines have stopped flying to Brisbane for September.  

I’m A Celebrity has been filmed at the jungle in Murwillumbah, Queensland, since 2003 with a vast crew of more than 100 people bringing the beloved programme to screens.

The crew usually stay in Coolangatta, Queensland, while the show is filmed just across the border in New South Wales.  

With the shows cast and crew being spread across two states, any restrictions on travel could cause a major problem. 

No bugs this time! I'm A Celebrity has been previously filmed at the jungle in Murwillumbah, Queensland since 2003 (the 2019 camp is pictured)

No bugs this time! I’m A Celebrity has been previously filmed at the jungle in Murwillumbah, Queensland since 2003 (the 2019 camp is pictured)

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

Speaking on Friday after the show’s move to the UK was confirmed 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 said: ‘We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia.  

Best bits: The channel has also announced a one-off documentary called I'm A Celebrity: A Jungle Story, which will celebrate the best moments of the show's stellar 19 year history

Best bits: The channel has also announced a one-off documentary called I’m A Celebrity: A Jungle Story, which will celebrate the best moments of the show’s stellar 19 year history

‘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.’ 

I’m A Celebrity premiered in 2002 and has been a success every year since, averaging more than 10 million viewers per episode. 

Last year’s finale, which saw former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa crowned Queen of the Jungle, was the most watched TV show of 2019. 

Jacqueline beat out Coronation Street star Andy Whyment and presenter Roman Kemp in the final. 

Other well-known stars who took part in the most recent series included reality star Caitlyn Jenner, Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle and Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway.

Already rumours are rife about who could be taking part this year, with stars including Vernon Kay, AJ Pritchard and Tamzin Outhwaite all reported to be in talks with show bosses.   

Up in the air: Insiders were unclear whether the show would go ahead later this year after the TV industry was thrown into chaos by COVID-19 (the 2019 cast are pictured)

Up in the air: Insiders were unclear whether the show would go ahead later this year after the TV industry was thrown into chaos by COVID-19 (the 2019 cast are pictured)

I’m A Celebrity 2020 will be ‘in a castle in north Wales with contestants bathing in a tin tub’

I’m A Celebrity 2020 will be ‘filmed in a ruined castle in north Wales where contestants will have to compete for hot water and swap the jungle shower to bathe in a tin tub’

  • In a statement on Friday ITV confirmed that this year’s series would be filmed at ‘a ruined castle’ in the countryside 
  • Sources have since told MailOnline it will filmed in North Wales, but this is yet to be confirmed by the broadcaster
  • Host Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will remain at the helm, appearing live from the castle every evening for the series, which usually begins in November 
  • At the end of the series – which usually lasts three weeks – the winner will be crowned King of Queen of the Castle for the first time in the show’s history
  • In a statement Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment said they ‘pulled out all the stops’ to try and have I’m A Celebrity take place in Australia 
  • Last week ITV confirmed that I’m A Celebrity’s 20th series would go ahead this autumn, but reports circled about whether stars would have to quarantine 
  • I’m A Celebrity has been filmed at the jungle in Murwillumbah, Queensland since 2003, with stars and their families staying at the Palazzo Versace hotel 
  • The TV industry has already been thrown into chaos by the COVID-19 pandemic, with beloved shows such as Love Island forced to cancel or postpone filming 

I’m A Celebrity 2020 ‘will take place near a Welsh village in the north of the country known for its record-breaking name’, instead of in its usual location of Australia.

As well as swapping the balmy climes of New South Wales for the colder climate of Wales in the UK, contestants will miss out on the jungle waterfall shower and have to brace having a wash in a cold tin tub, reports The Sun.  

Restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic forced ITV to switch locations and has resulted in major changes to the show’s production – effecting everything from what food challenges celebrities will do to where they will sleep during filming. 

Changes: This year’s series of I’m A Celebrity will be filmed in the north of Wales, with the show making some major changes to the usual set up 

The 20th series of the hit TV show will be a far cry from its jungle predecessor and will take place in a castle ruins.

It is thought that Ant and Dec will film the hugely popular show from a castle in the north of Wales, known for its record-breaking village name Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch. 

Speaking with The Sun, a source insisted that despite the changes the production team are committed to making the new show as enthralling as others. 

They said: ‘Ant and Dec and the same production team are all on board and everyone is 110 per cent dedicated to making this series as brilliant as all the others.’ 

Although celebrities can now escape the scary critters of the Australian jungle, they won’t be able to escape some of the gruelling trials. 

Instead, they will be feasting on sheep testicles and other local ‘cuisine’, or having to compete for added luxuries such as hot water. 

So long: There won't be any jungle showers for the contestants this year, with them instead having to wash in a tin tub (Myleene Klass is pictured in the jungle in 2006)

So long: There won’t be any jungle showers for the contestants this year, with them instead having to wash in a tin tub (Myleene Klass is pictured in the jungle in 2006)

New location: The show will be filmed in the ruins of an old castle, with the crew making changes to the camp layout to accommodate the cold weather (stock picture)

New location: The show will be filmed in the ruins of an old castle, with the crew making changes to the camp layout to accommodate the cold weather (stock picture)

The change of location means a change of weather for contestants who will have to battle 8.5C (47.3F) temperatures and winds, a stark contrasting to the blistering heat in the Australian jungle 22C (71.6F). 

Contingency plans will be put in place to combat drastic weather changes including make shift huts when they need protection from the elements. 

Family and friends will also miss out on the opportunity to travel abroad and stay in a luxury hotel as they support their loved one from the sidelines.

The winners title of King or Queen of the Jungle will also be replaced with the last person standing being crowned King or Queen of the Castle, as the crew aim to retain much of the original features of the show. 

That'll be interesting! The bushtucker trials will also be adapted to include local delicacies and things such as sheeps testicles (pictured is Rebekah Vardy in 2017)

That’ll be interesting! The bushtucker trials will also be adapted to include local delicacies and things such as sheeps testicles (pictured is Rebekah Vardy in 2017)

Even the stars’ I’m A Celeb kit will have a familiar look, however they will have to wear thermal layers to keep them warm underneath in the cold Welsh winter.

Producers on the show revealed that lockdown restrictions made it impossible to execute another series in Aus.

 A show source said: ‘It’s been a dynamic and fast-changing situation. What is OK one day is impossible the next.

‘The team have had many, many different contingency plans in play to deal with all the various possibilities that Covid-19 has presented.

‘However as time went on it became increasingly obvious that as one problem is solved, another appeared and there came a point where producers had to make tough decisions.’

On Sunday, Australia declared that the state of Victoria is a ‘state of disaster’ and have tightened the reigns on lockdown restrictions. 

Queensland have also shut their border and some airlines have stopped flying to Brisbane for September.