“I’m A Celebrity…” Moved To A Ruined UK Castle For Season 20, Coming in 2020

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07 Aug 20

“I’m A Celebrity…” Moved To A Ruined UK Castle For Season 20, Coming in 2020

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! will be returning to UK screens in 2020 for its 20th Season, and the “celebrities” involved might be thankful they don’t have to avoid giant spiders and deadly snakes… Although may have to deal with frostbite and the occasional angry badger…

ITV has announced that, due to issues with travel caused by the global pandemic, the 20th Season will be filmed in the UK on the grounds of a ruined castle in the countryside. The show will still be broadcast live every night with Ant and Dec hosting and bringing viewers all the news of the day. As on the regular series, viewers will see the 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.

“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,” commented Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television. “We have a great team both on and off-screen and I know they will produce a hugely entertaining series”.

They had originally hoped that they could film the series in Australia, but the various travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 has made that impossible. However, the series is one of the big ratings juggernauts for ITV, with last season hitting a series high of 12.7m (44.5% share) viewers, so they were determined to find a way to make sure it returned.

“We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia. 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,” added Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios. “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”.

ITV hasn’t announced exactly when I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!‘ Season 20 will run, although it usually airs in November. They also haven’t announced any “celebrities” yet, but whoever decides to join better pack a lot of jumpers!