I’m A Celebrity made ‘tougher’ and more trials than ever before

IMAGE MUST BE CREDITED TO ITV. Undated handout photo issued by ITV of David Ginola, Louise Minchin, Snoochie Shy, Richard Madeley, Frankie Bridge, Kadeena Cox, Matty Lee, Naughty Boy, Ben Miller and Arlene Phillips (ITV/PA) (PA Media)
IMAGE MUST BE CREDITED TO ITV. Undated handout photo issued by ITV of David Ginola, Louise Minchin, Snoochie Shy, Richard Madeley, Frankie Bridge, Kadeena Cox, Matty Lee, Naughty Boy, Ben Miller and Arlene Phillips (ITV/PA) (PA Media)

The new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is set to have more trials and more stars taking part than ever.

Bosses said they set out to make the 2021 ITV show “much tougher” for the contestants with a record 24 trials.

The flagship series is returning to Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales for a second year due to ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions, preventing filming at its usual location in the Australian jungle.

Executive director Olly Nash said: “We did set out at the beginning to make it much tougher.

“They’re in for longer, the trials are bigger. The trials were quite limited last year but this year they’re much closer to the Australian series in terms of their scale.”

The celebrities, including Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, ex-footballer David Ginola and journalist Louise Minchin, also face the prospect of having to spend the first few days in The Clink, as this year’s show will initially split the camp in half.

The contestants will first battle it out in a challenge called Turrets of Terror, which will settle who will stay in the main camp, which is largely unchanged from the 2020 show, and the undesirable and gloomy Clink, where the losing stars will sleep on a hard floor and shower in the dark.

Life will be made much tougher for the celebrities who end up in The Clink,” creative director Tom Gould said.

“This is the biggest change for us and it will change the dynamic at the start of the series.

“Obviously as a group coming into the castle last year, they were 10 celebrities all together from day one, whereas this time, it’s something we’ve done in Australia in the past, we’ve got these two groups, and that does change the dynamic and has an impact over the first few shows.

“It could then mean that when they do come together that they do come together very quickly or it might not have that effect.

“I think it just adds a different dimension to their personal experience.”

Presenting duo Ant and Dec’s main studio remains unchanged but producers remained tight-lipped on whether to expect any late arrivals.

Nash added: “It’s just the learnings of having one series here and what’s possible.

“I think we’ve come into it with more ambition. There are 24 trials this year.”

Mr Gould said recent vandalism at the castle had not affected preparations for the latest series.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! starts on Sunday November 21 at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

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