I’m A Celebrity to return with ‘one of the most elaborate entrances to date’

The return of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will see this year’s campmates balance on a ledge hundreds of feet in the air, skydive into the jungle and complete a challenge involving creepy critters.

The much-anticipated new series of the hit ITV show will launch on Sunday at 9pm with a new batch of celebrity contestants including rugby player Mike Tindall, pop star Boy George and Love Island star Olivia Attwood.

Former health secretary Matt Hancock has also been confirmed for this year’s line-up but is not expected to enter the jungle with the initial group of 10.

This will be the first series filmed in the Australian jungle since 2019 as the past two years were shot at Gwrych Castle in North Wales due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

To mark its grand return, the show has said it is opening with “one of the largest and most elaborate entrances to the jungle camp to date”.

Kicking off the series in style, Attwood, radio DJ Chris Moyles, Loose Women star Charlene White, comedian Babatunde Aleshe and former England footballer Jill Scott will arrive by a luxury car at a waterside villa in the Gold Coast.

Meanwhile, arriving one-by-one by boat to a marina will be Boy George, Tindall, Coronation Street’s Sue Cleaver, TV presenter and property expert Scarlette Douglas and Hollyoaks’ Owen Warner.

After the arrival of hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly at each location, the celebrities learn that the public has been voting to name “Jungle VIPs” and who they want to see have the toughest journey into camp and face the first trial.

The contestants will then face their first trials of the series, with Scott, White and Aleshe challenged with the show’s new version of the infamous plank.

This time the campmates will attempt to walk to the edge of the plank 334ft in the air and once all are in position, they must take a step forward onto the ledge so they are leaning forward and facing the extreme drop to the ground.

They must hold the position for a minute and then release their supporting rope which will send them plunging from the ledge in order to each win a coveted star.

Elsewhere, Attwood and Moyles will face the ultimate leap of faith as they are tasked with jumping out of a plane.

The remaining campmates – Tindall, Cleaver and Warner – will be put to the test on the “Critter Cruise” where they must each try and secure a star from a boat’s mast by completing a challenge.

Among the obstacles to unlocking the stars is a code which Tindall must break and a “hell hole” of critters where Cleaver must search for fish eyes.

Meanwhile, Cleaver will have to remove bolts from a blocked pipe while battling bugs and grime.

The news of Hancock joining the reality series caused the MP for West Suffolk to have the Tory whip suspended and he has come under fire from across the political divide after opting to take part at a time when Parliament is sitting.

He previously told The Sun he wants to use the “incredible platform” on the show to raise awareness of dyslexia and insisted it “wasn’t the cheque” that made him decide to join the programme.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! returns on Sunday November 6 at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub.