I’m A Celebrity preparations underway as show bosses fear famous faces will ‘quit due to cold environment’

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I'm A Celebrity is back on our screens on 15 November, and preparations are underway at the new Welsh location of Gwrych castle.

The show, which has reportedly signed Mo Farah and Keith Duffy last minute, is being filmed closer to home this year due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

In new aerial pictures of the location, the set is being prepared ahead of the new series.


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The castle ruins which the contestants will be staying in looks regal and surrounded by greenery.

Alongside the castle, new structures have been built to accommodate the celebrities. Amongst the changes is a large newly built structure which includes ten prison style iron bar doors, proving the unlucky celebs will be in for a difficult time.

Work men can be spotted in the pictures getting the set together in time for the start date.


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The preparations come as it has been revealed that this series has reportedly been cut down by two days due to the harsh, freezing conditions the crop of 2020 will have to endure.

In the usual format, the celebrities are able to bask in the sunshine in the Australian jungle, but this time they will be staying in freezing cold temperatures.

A source told The Sun that ITV producers are fearful of the contestants quitting as a result of the damp and cold environments they will have to live in.


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"There have been some concerns at ITV that it's going to be a mega shock to the system when they leave the lap of luxury and are suddenly living in a damp, squalid castle," the insider explained.

"There are fears some will sack it off. They were even worried some might not even enter the castle at all.

"This will be harder than the Australian jungle. It will be damp and freezing," the source concluded.

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Celebrities rumoured to be taking part in this year's new-look series are Coronation Street's Beverley Callard, journalist Victoria Derbyshire and Olympic legend Mo Farah.

Also reportedly in the line-up is Eastenders actor Shane Richie, presenter Vernon Kay, West End star Ruthie Henshall and Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard.

Boyzone's Keith Duffy, Eastenders actress Jessica Plummer and paralympian Hollie Arnold are also expected to be taking part.

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