The pair are being given secret challenges to win treats for their fellow contestants. Hancock had to steal a hat and a gilet and refer to Chris Moyles as “Greg”.
Campmates questioned why Hancock - who had the Tory whip suspended - is on the TV show instead of working. He stated his reason, saying he is confidence the Government has reached a period of “stability”, just over two weeks since Rishi Sunak became the latest prime minister.
Reviewing the episode for the Standard, Nick Curtis was unimpressed by Hancock’s laughing entrance to the camp: “To preside over 190,000 deaths, get sacked for a grubby affair that broke your own lockdown rules, then try to turn your midlife crisis into a lucrative entertainment career takes a special kind of gall. Hancock is reportedly getting £350,000 for this show, only “some” of which will be donated to charity. Ha, bloody ha.”
Having already taken on his first bushtucker trial, Hancock has been voted by the public to take part in the next trial: The Tentacles of Terror.
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Yesterday we asked: Do you support the nurses’ strike?
The majority of comments on Facebook gave a resounding “yes”. Chrissi Matusevics reasoned: “Well they need to be paid enough so they can feed their families without resorting to food banks or having to do agency work in addition to their normal working shifts, tired hungry nurses are not a good thing for themselves nor their patients.”
Graeme Routledge commented: “Solidarity with them. They have had a £4,300 real terms pay cut since 2010, and we are due to be 135,000 nurses short by the end of the decade. Both pay and conditions need to improve if we are to address it. They can’t survive on claps.”
Cherri Mentessi sympathised: “I just can’t believe we have to argue with the government regarding paying adequately the most important people in our society.”
On Instagram, pepper.and.mint.studio commented: “I wish there was a better way so the patients aren’t affected.”
Meanwhile, Debbie Philpot said no to strikes as they don’t seem to be doing anything.