I'm a Celebrity 2020: Series to be filmed at 'ruined castle' in the UK, ITV announces

7 August 2020, 11:30

Ant and Dec will return for I'm a Celebrity 2020 where teh show will be broadcast live every night from a ruined castle in the UK countryside. Left, Ant and Dec. Right, stock image.
Ant and Dec will return for I'm a Celebrity 2020 where the show will be broadcast live every night from a ruined castle in the UK countryside. Left, Ant and Dec. Right, stock image. Picture: ITV/Getty

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

ITV bosses have finally confirmed that I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! will be filmed in the UK this year.

The 2020 series of the show will be filmed in the UK for the first time in its 19-year history.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, which is normally filmed in the Australian jungle, will this year be broadcast live every night from 'a ruined castle in the [UK] countryside'.

Ant and Dec will return to host the show for it's 20th series after filming down under became impossible due to the global pandemic.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! has swapped the Australian jungle for the UK countryside for the 2020 series
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! has swapped the Australian jungle for the UK countryside for the 2020 series. Picture: ITV

Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television said: “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.

“We have a great team both on and off screen and I know they will produce a hugely entertaining series”.

Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios said: “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.

Ant and Dec (pictured) will host the 2020 I'm a Celebrity series from a ruined castle in the UK countryside, ITV bosses have confirmed
Ant and Dec (pictured) will host the 2020 I'm a Celebrity series from a ruined castle in the UK countryside, ITV bosses have confirmed. Picture: Getty

"However, we are all really excited about a UK version of I’m A Celebrity," he said.  "While it will certainly be different producing the show from the UK, the same tone and feel will remain.  

“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”.

Read more: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 2020 line-up rumours from Jason Manford to Susanna Reid