I’m A Celeb 2021: where is it filmed, will it be at Gwrych Castle - and lineup rumours including Liberty Poole

While last year’s series was watched by more than 10 million viewers, ITV bosses said the ‘glitz and glamour’ of the jungle provides a form of escapism

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is to be filmed in Wales for the second series in a row.

The programme will again be filmed in Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales amid ongoing uncertainty around international travel.

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The last series of the ITV programme – which has run for two decades – was filmed in the UK for the first time after the coronavirus pandemic forced producers to abandon plans to make the programme at its usual base in Australia.

I’m a Celeb is synonymous with the UK’s winter months, airing in the run up to Christmas and providing nightly entertainment from the jungle in Australia… usually.

Here is everything you need to know about it.

Where will I’m a Celeb 2021 be filmed?

In March, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said the show would return to Australia for the next series if possible, adding it is “meant to be” in the country.

While last year’s Gwrych Castle series was watched by more than 10 million viewers, ITV bosses said the “glitz and glamour” of the jungle adds to the excitement and provides a form of escapism during the dark nights.

A source told The Sun: “As great as a year in the castle was, the show is made by its surroundings and the glitz and glamour of the jungle.”

A border force source said at the time: “ITV have assurances from Australian border control bosses that even if a wider travel ban is still in place for tourists, they’ll get the paperwork and clearance they need to send cast and crew to Aus. It’s a big moment.”

But despite that, the channel has now confirmed the show will once again be staying closer to home in Wales, due to the “uncertainty around Covid and international travel”.

“We’ve always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the Covid situation continued to bring uncertainty,” said Katie Rawcliffe, ITV head of entertainment commissioning, “and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we’re pleased that we can return there.

“I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series.”

Richard Cowles, director of unscripted at Lifted Entertainment, which produces the programme, said: “With the continued uncertainty around Covid and international travel we have taken the decision not to return to our home in Australia for the 2021 series.

“We’re excited to return to Gwrych Castle. The last series was a huge success and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone locally and can’t wait to see everyone again.”

The move will help the ongoing restoration of the castle, according to Mark Baker, chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust.

Who will the contestants be?

The contestants for this year are yet to be announced, with confirmation usually taking place in late October.

But while nothing has been confirmed, that hasn’t stopped many from speculating on who could make an appearance.

Names touted so far include Love Island’s Liberty Poole, Eastenders star Jake Wood and footballing legend Eric Cantona.

While it is not yet known which stars will be taking on the infamous bushtucker trials in 2021, it has been confirmed that fan favourites Ant and Dec, both 45, will return.

When will it start?

The show is expected to return in November this year, in keeping with previous series.

While no official date has been given, Ant and Dec have confirmed they have been in Wales for filming for the new show, so production is definitely underway.

Hopefully we’ll see the latest series hit our screens before too long.

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