I’m A Celebrity bosses step up work on Gwrych Castle as ‘line-up for new series is complete’

I’m A Celebrity bosses step up work on Gwrych Castle as ‘line-up for new series is complete’


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I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! bosses have stepped up the work on Gwrych Castle.

Last month ITV announced that the 20th series of the popular show will be filmed at the historic site located in Abergele in North Wales instead of the Australian jungle.

With the clock running down until the first episode, which is due to air in November later this year, more cranes and scaffolding boards have arrived to speed up the process.

Snaps show workmen on the scaffolding on the side of the castle working away to ensure the structure is safe for when the new campmates arrive.

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Workers can also be seen in various locations around the castle to assess what further renovations need to be done as one man sits on a wall with a leg hanging over.

The atmospheric ruined castle with its sprawling design and turrets is spread across 250 acres of gardens and grounds.

Ant & Dec will host an adapted version of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! live every night on ITV from the castle this Autumn.

As on the regular series, viewers will see celebrities undertake gruelling trials and fun-filled challenges to win food and treats in the lead up to one of them being crowned, for the first time ever, King or Queen of the Castle.

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It comes as Kevin Lygo, the Director of Television at ITV, has allegedly said that all the big celebrity names that are due to take part in the yearly challenge are "excited".

"I certainly didn't want a year without I’m A Celebrity," he explained. "We could just about survive without it, but my God it's a premier, wonderful thing that has done so well over a long period."

Kevin continued: "Australia was always going to be a challenge so we found this extraordinary place in go here in North Wales that's a sort of beautiful, Disney drawn castle crumbling. We just thought it looks like perfect vacation."

Staff members are believed to be equally excited at the prospect of creating games and tasks for celebrities to take on in a brand new location.

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"I think it'll be fascinating to see what audiences do and a great challenge to producers to come up with different games and different tasks and not do exactly the same as they've been doing for years," Kevin went on.

"I got to make quite a few big decisions and and I know the team are very stimulated by this. I think it's exciting in respect of Ant and Dec – they're thrilled about it."

The ITV boss was initially worried that the new British setting would put stars off from joining the line-up. However, they've recently been rumoured to bag former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite and professional dancer AJ Pritchard.

"We had booked most of our celebs," Kevin continued to tell The Sun Online.

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"We were worried they thought they were going for a nice hot, sunny, bug-infested Australia but no – now they're going into freezing cold North Wales in the dark and British weather.

"But everybody's there, everybody's excited."

He added: "I think it'll be fascinating to see and and having this real treasure brand forced upon us is honestly, I think is a good thing."

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