ITV have dropped the first teaser for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2020, with a very different look to usual proceedings.
While hosts Ant & Dec are often seen in the first trailer of the upcoming series stalking through the outback in jungle garb, there’s none of that this year, as the show will take place in Wales on account of COVID-19.
The duo, however, haven’t grasped this in the trailer.
As a black cab pulls up in the middle of nowhere in the Welsh countryside, Ant & Dec step out of it.
Still dressed in explorer ensembles, Ant remarks, as he steps out of the cab: ‘Ah it’s great to be back Down Under.’
Standing in a large cowpat, he adds: ‘I would hate to see the kangaroo who left that!’
‘Wow that was quick,’ says Dec as he pulls off a pink eye mask. ‘I must have slept through the whole flight.’
First look: ITV have dropped the first teaser for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2020, with a very different look to usual proceedings
‘Don’t spend it all at once!’ says Ant as he pays the cabbie – in dingo dollars.
Dec consults an I’m A Celebrity map of Australia. ‘This place looks nothing like my map,’ he says.
‘How many more times. Australia is upside down!’ says Ant exasperated as he turns the map the wrong way up.
‘Of course, it is. I’m such an idiot. Isn’t that right Mr Kangaroo,’ says Dec – as the show hosts walk past a signpost towards ‘The Castle’ and the camera pans across the beautiful Welsh countryside.
Not in Oz anymore! While hosts Ant & Dec are often seen in the first trailer of the upcoming series stalking through the outback in jungle garb, there’s none of that this year, as the show will take place in Wales on account of COVID-19
The series will take place at Gwrych Castle in North Wales rather than its usual New South Wales location Down Under.
The promo was filmed on location in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.
It was reported this week that the endurance reality show could be filmed in the UK for another two years if the pandemic restrictions remain in place.
Producers have had ‘informal’ talks with the castle’s owners about availability at the location until 2022 in case the show can’t move back to Oz, reported The Sun.
It is thought that producers are worried how the show will be impacted if travel restrictions are still in place on the team relocating to Australia.
In for the long haul? I’m A Celebrity could be filmed in the UK for two years if coronavirus travel restrictions remain in place, it has been claimed
New digs: The show is usually filmed in Murwillumbah, Australia, however it will be relocating to Gwrych Castle in Wales (pictured) this year due to the coronavirus pandemic
Production could also be hit by any local lockdowns in Murwillumbah or guidelines brought in back home in the UK.
A source told the publication: ‘There is a very real chance that the show will be in the UK again next year, so producers are trying to get their ducks in a row and have a plan B like this time around.
‘They have informally spoken to the owners of the castle and asked about its availability over the next two years — so into 2022.
‘They are hopeful that the change of scenery will be a hit with viewers — and that could make it a shame to go rushing back to Australia unless it is absolutely necessary.’
Crew members reportedly spent last weekend drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded.
Different views: A source said producers of the show are hoping the Welsh scenery will ‘be a hit with viewers’ adding that it would be a ‘shame to go rushing back to Australia unless it is absolutely necessary’ (Ant and Dec pictured in Oz in 2019)
According to The Sun, parts of the new set at the castle were left soaked and the crew spent much of the weekend trying to get the place back in shape.
A source said: ‘The crew are working around the clock as it is. But because of the dreadful weather they spent much of the weekend trying to remove standing water from areas of the building.
‘They’re now trying to work out a way to make sure that, if there’s bad weather when the show airs in November, it doesn’t affect filming.’
The bad weather came as Bear Grylls warned I’m A Celeb contestants that they will face ‘brutal’ weather and potentially even snow on the upcoming series.
The TV survival expert, 46, has said this year’s series could provide campmates with their toughest challenge yet.
Umbrellas at the ready: Presenters Ant and Dec recently shared footage of themselves caught in a rainstorm at the show’s new home in North Wales
He said the celebrities, who will enter the castle in November, could have to deal with gale-force winds, rain and even snow during filming.
The former SAS trooper – who has organised survival academies in nearby Snowdonia – told The Star: ‘The bad weather in Wales will be brutal.
‘You get persistent wind and rain and that makes people cold fast. Contestants should not underestimate it.’
Long-range forecasts predict temperatures could plunge below zero in the area, with experts telling The Star that there could be winds of 35 mph on some days.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will start on ITV in November.