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I’m A Celebrity FIRST LOOK inside Gwrych Castle camp

After weeks of builders working round-the-clock to restore crumbling Welsh landmark Gwrych Castle, I’m A...

After weeks of builders working round-the-clock to restore crumbling Welsh landmark Gwrych Castle, I’m A Celebrity have revealed the first look at the camp.  

This year’s stars will experience the most brutal living conditions in the show’s 20-year history, after ITV relocated from Australia to Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MailOnline has been given special access to the show’s brand new set located inside the eerie Gwrych Castle, North Wales, where celebrities including TV presenter Vernon Kay, 48, Corrie legend Beverley Callard, 63, and Team GB star Mo Farah, 37, will compete for food and hot water in freezing temperatures. 

Get Me Out Of Here! After weeks of builders working round-the-clock to restore crumbling Welsh landmark Gwrych Castle, I'm A Celebrity have revealed the first look at the celebrities camp

Get Me Out Of Here! After weeks of builders working round-the-clock to restore crumbling Welsh landmark Gwrych Castle, I’m A Celebrity have revealed the first look at the celebrities camp

The ten contestants will sleep on rusty old beds, covered by a newly installed plastic roof, with only the campfire located inside the adjoining living quarters providing any heat.

If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny.

And the usually pampered celebrities will bathe in a tiny tin bath and wash their hair using water from an old watering can hanging above – their modesty covered by a mouldy shower curtain.

Long lost Welsh cousin: Kiosk Kev has been replaced with Kiosk Cledwyn, named after the late politician Cledwyn Hughes

Long lost Welsh cousin: Kiosk Kev has been replaced with Kiosk Cledwyn, named after the late politician Cledwyn Hughes

 Long lost Welsh cousin: Kiosk Kev has been replaced with Kiosk Cledwyn, named after the late politician Cledwyn Hughes

Spooky: MailOnline has been given special access to the show's brand new set located inside the eerie Gwrych Castle, North Wales

Spooky: MailOnline has been given special access to the show's brand new set located inside the eerie Gwrych Castle, North Wales

Spooky: MailOnline has been given special access to the show’s brand new set located inside the eerie Gwrych Castle, North Wales

Wash time: And the usually pampered celebrities will bathe in a tiny tin bath and wash their hair using water from an old watering can hanging above - their modesty covered by a mouldy shower curtain

Wash time: And the usually pampered celebrities will bathe in a tiny tin bath and wash their hair using water from an old watering can hanging above - their modesty covered by a mouldy shower curtain

Wash time: And the usually pampered celebrities will bathe in a tiny tin bath and wash their hair using water from an old watering can hanging above – their modesty covered by a mouldy shower curtain

Working hard for it! Bath time is a two-man job, as a fellow campmate has to generate water from a nearby pump

Working hard for it! Bath time is a two-man job, as a fellow campmate has to generate water from a nearby pump

Working hard for it! Bath time is a two-man job, as a fellow campmate has to generate water from a nearby pump

Tasks: In order to keep the castle in check, the stars will have to undertake gruelling daily chores inside the Boiler Room, located in the Courtyard

Tasks: In order to keep the castle in check, the stars will have to undertake gruelling daily chores inside the Boiler Room, located in the Courtyard

Tasks: In order to keep the castle in check, the stars will have to undertake gruelling daily chores inside the Boiler Room, located in the Courtyard

Long walk: These include fetching logs from the surrounding forest and feeding them through a wood splitter ready to be lit in the boiler

Long walk: These include fetching logs from the surrounding forest and feeding them through a wood splitter ready to be lit in the boiler

Long walk: These include fetching logs from the surrounding forest and feeding them through a wood splitter ready to be lit in the boiler

And bath time is a two-man job, as a fellow campmate has to generate water from a nearby pump.

In order to keep the castle in check, the stars will have to undertake gruelling daily chores inside the Boiler Room, located in the Courtyard.

These include fetching logs from the surrounding forest and feeding them through a wood splitter ready to be lit in the boiler.

They're back: Hosts Ant and Dec will return, with the series launching on Sunday

They're back: Hosts Ant and Dec will return, with the series launching on Sunday

They’re back: Hosts Ant and Dec will return, with the series launching on Sunday

Run down: If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny

Run down: If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny

Run down: If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny

Countdown is on: The entrance to the castle has been revamped for the show

Countdown is on: The entrance to the castle has been revamped for the show

Countdown is on: The entrance to the castle has been revamped for the show

Bring it on! The 2020 series, which starts on Sunday, is expected to last 20 days - two shorter than normal

Bring it on! The 2020 series, which starts on Sunday, is expected to last 20 days - two shorter than normal

Bring it on! The 2020 series, which starts on Sunday, is expected to last 20 days – two shorter than normal

Tough conditions: The camp comes complete with stone boulders to sit on, a treasure chest and log fire

Tough conditions: The camp comes complete with stone boulders to sit on, a treasure chest and log fire

Tough conditions: The camp comes complete with stone boulders to sit on, a treasure chest and log fire 

Ring ring: ITV still kept some of the viewers' favourites including the telephone box which is covered in ivy

Ring ring: ITV still kept some of the viewers' favourites including the telephone box which is covered in ivy

Ring ring: ITV still kept some of the viewers’ favourites including the telephone box which is covered in ivy 

Daily chores: There is a courtyard area where celebrities can collect barrels of water

Daily chores: There is a courtyard area where celebrities can collect barrels of water

Daily chores: There is a courtyard area where celebrities can collect barrels of water 

Uncomfortable: Stars can sit on a mouldy sofa or wooden logs and stone boulders

Uncomfortable: Stars can sit on a mouldy sofa or wooden logs and stone boulders

Uncomfortable: Stars can sit on a mouldy sofa or wooden logs and stone boulders

Two campmates use a pump to prime the system and provide lukewarm water. This has to be done twice a day, 30 minutes each time.

The Boiler Room is situated opposite the castle version of the Bushtucker Telegraph, simply named Telegraph, where celebrities will no doubt vent their frustrations at feeling constantly damp.

Nearby is the Ye Oldee Shoppe, replacing the Outback Shack, which is manned by Kiosk Cledwyn the long lost Welsh cousin of Kiosk Kev who is ‘equally as grumpy’.

New character: Nearby is the Ye Oldee Shoppe, replacing the Outback Shack, which is manned by Kiosk Cledwyn the long lost Welsh cousin of Kiosk Kev who is 'equally as grumpy'

New character: Nearby is the Ye Oldee Shoppe, replacing the Outback Shack, which is manned by Kiosk Cledwyn the long lost Welsh cousin of Kiosk Kev who is 'equally as grumpy'

New character: Nearby is the Ye Oldee Shoppe, replacing the Outback Shack, which is manned by Kiosk Cledwyn the long lost Welsh cousin of Kiosk Kev who is ‘equally as grumpy’

That’s where the celebrities will exchange their Castle Coins won on challenges for much needed treats.

As per the Aussie version, campmates will have to compete in trials to win meals.

If unsuccessful, they will only be allowed basic rations – rice and beans.

The stars will be led to their challenges via the Trial Steps, which have replaced their wooden rope bridges used in the jungle.

Challenge: This is where the celebrities will exchange their Castle Coins won on challenges for much needed treats

Challenge: This is where the celebrities will exchange their Castle Coins won on challenges for much needed treats

Challenge: This is where the celebrities will exchange their Castle Coins won on challenges for much needed treats

Ye Hen Shop: There is even a Ye Olde Shoppe at Kiosk Cledwyn's kiosk

Ye Hen Shop: There is even a Ye Olde Shoppe at Kiosk Cledwyn's kiosk

Ye Hen Shop: There is even a Ye Olde Shoppe at Kiosk Cledwyn’s kiosk

Trial steps: The stars will be led to their challenges via the Trial Steps, which have replaced their wooden rope bridges used in the jungle

Trial steps: The stars will be led to their challenges via the Trial Steps, which have replaced their wooden rope bridges used in the jungle

Trial steps: The stars will be led to their challenges via the Trial Steps, which have replaced their wooden rope bridges used in the jungle

Hosts Ant and Dec, who will be presenting from their new studio next door, will enter the castle’s living quarters at the end of each episode to reveal which celebrity has been voted by the public to do the trials – which, like always, will feature critters.

ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1million after Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia.

The 2020 series, which starts on Sunday, is expected to last 20 days – two shorter than normal.

Other celebrities competing are Strictly star AJ Pritchard, 26, vlogger Giovanna Fletcher, 35, paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26, EastEnders actress Jessica Plummer, 28, Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, 30, funnyman Shane Richie, 56, TV presenter Vernon Kay, 46, and radio host Victoria Derbyshire, 52.

Exciting: Hosts Ant and Dec, who will be presenting from their new studio next door, will enter the castle's living quarters at the end of each episode to reveal which celebrity has been voted by the public to do the trials

Exciting: Hosts Ant and Dec, who will be presenting from their new studio next door, will enter the castle's living quarters at the end of each episode to reveal which celebrity has been voted by the public to do the trials

Exciting: Hosts Ant and Dec, who will be presenting from their new studio next door, will enter the castle’s living quarters at the end of each episode to reveal which celebrity has been voted by the public to do the trials

ITV announced an extreme Covid Management Plan to ensure the series runs smoothly. This includes the celebrities being tested every three days and crew members wearing proximity buzzers, wear masks and get temperature checks on arrival. 

The celebrities have been isolating for two weeks ahead of their arrival. 

ITV Studios Director of Entertainment, Richard Cowles, said: ‘Everyone on the production team has worked incredibly hard to bring I’m A Celebrity to Wales and a massive part of making that possible has been developing our protocols around Covid.

‘We have worked with ITV’s Independent Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield, ITV’s Health and Safety Department and our own health and safety and medical teams to keep everyone connected with the production, both in front of and behind the camera, as safe as possible.’

Dr Paul Litchfield added: ‘Those involved in I’m A Celebrity are used to working safely in extreme and difficult environments. The procedures and protocols developed aim to provide defence in depth against the coronavirus, applying industry best practice while always adhering to government and local guidelines. 

In the country: ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1million after Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia

In the country: ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1million after Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia

In the country: ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1million after Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2020: Who are the celebrities?

Name: SIR MO FARAH CBE

Age: 37

Claim to fame: The most successful British track athlete in Olympic Games history 

Phobias: Any animal that moves

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running

Role in the camp: Cook

Miss most: Coffee, my wife and children

Dream campmate: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

Relationship status: Married

Name: SHANE RICHIE

Age: 56  

Phobias: Human faeces. If I see one, it is over! I am hoping the camp toilet will be enclosed

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don’t think I am that interesting

Role in the camp: Person who will muck in with anything 

Miss most: My family and routine at home

Dream campmate: Eric Cantona, any 80s’ pop star or The Roc

Relationship status: Married

Name: BEVERLEY CALLARD

Age: 63

Claim to fame: Corrie legend 

Phobias: Ghosts and insects 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People think I am glamorous as I have played Liz for so long but I am not

Role in the camp: Cleaner 

Miss most: Dogs and my husband, Jon

Dream campmate: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

Relationship status: Married

Name: AJ PRITCHARD 

Age: 26 

Claim to fame: Former Strictly professional

Phobias: Heights, claustrophobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like

Role in the camp: Keeping spirits up and the cleaner

Miss most: My warm and comfy bed

Dream campmate: Any celebrity with an intriguing background

Relationship status: Dating

Name: VERNON KAY

Age: 46

Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

Phobias: I don’t like being confined underwater!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think I have always been the same throughout my career – so I don’t have any.

Role in the camp: Person to keep spirits up.

Miss most: My family.

Dream camper: Anybody who has won the Super Bowl!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Age: 52  

Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

Phobias: I am not a fan of spiders or confined spaces and I don’t know what I am going to be like when I get there! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t think I have any as people just know me as the news and current affairs person! 

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on. 

Miss most: My boys, husband, dog and Mum. 

Dream campmate: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver to cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them! 

Relationship status: Married.

Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Age: 35

Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

Phobias: Heights. My legs go wobbly and you can’t rationalise it

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I am not that controversial so nothing

Role in the camp: Mum, friend and the giver of hugs

Miss most: My husband, Tom, and my three children

Dream campmate: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so he can help us with all the survival skills

Relationship status: Married

Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

Age: 28

Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights –just about every phobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me for who I am rather than my EastEnders character

Role in the camp: Chatterbox and little sister

Miss most: My daughter. It’s going to be the longest we’ve been apart

Dream campmate: Denzel Washington would be awesome. I would listen to every word he said

Relationship status: Single

Name: JORDAN NORTH

Age: 30

Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ 

Phobias: It’s just easier to say what I am not scared of. I have so many phobias

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: On my Radio 1 show, I am always bubbly and energetic but everyone has down moments too, so it will be nice for people to see what I am really like

Role in the camp: Entertainer and the tidy up person –I love a tidy house

Miss most: A nice cool pint of Guinness

Dream campmate: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. He would be great entertainment value

Relationship status: Single

Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE  

Age: 26

Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medallist 

Phobias: Spiders

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t want it to focus on my disability

Role in the camp: Cook/shoulder to cry on 

Miss most: My boyfriend, food and my cats

Dream campmate: Michelle Keegan –she is beautiful

Relationship status: Dating

 

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