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Coronation Street to return to six episodes a week from September

Corrie fans will be happy!

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Both Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be returning to six episodes a week from September. 

The soaps have put in place strict health and safety measures to ensure filming can begin again.

Currently, both soaps have been running a reduced scheduled with just three episodes a week, but the teams will now be able to resume full production.

ITV announced the amazing news today in a statement: “We’re very pleased to announce that Coronation Street and Emmerdale will resume airing the normal pattern of six episodes each week from mid-September.

“This is testament to the incredible work that has been achieved in Manchester and Leeds by John Whiston, Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North for ITV Studios, and his dedicated and hard-working production teams, crews, writers and actors. 

“Both shows continue to film safely whilst adhering to the health and safety guidelines issued by the film and TV industry.”

Coronation Street and Emmerdale have remained on air throughout the lockdown, unlike rivals such as EastEnders and Hollyoaks which were forced to take a break. 

EastEnders is set to return to four episodes a week from September, and it will include a reference to the time-jump in the storyline. Hollyoaks will be off air until September. 

Corrie fans can expect big storylines with the upcoming 60th anniversary in September. 

Corrie boss Iain MacLeod recently teased fans, saying: “What we’ve had to strip out of our planning for the 60th was some of the bigger kind of Hollywood spectacular elements because we just simply didn’t have the time after we came back from lockdown to build and install all of the things that we needed to do what we’d originally planned to do.

“We peeled all that away much to my immense relief we discovered that what’s below all those layers of Hollywood spectacular are three or four really fantastically good stories.”

Iain added: “There’s a strong community story in there and community is something that’s undergone something of a resurgence under lockdown. It’s very important to do a community-focused story around the 60th.

“We’ve got a huge human interest story which emerges from something on screen right now that’s proved to be very popular with the audience. We’ve got the classic salacious love triangle in there.

“One we’ve stripped away all the crash, bang, wallop what we’ve been left with is essential soap viewing.”

Sounds like it’s going to be juicy! 

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New I’m A Celeb to be filmed at ‘castle haunted by floating white woman’

This will be the scariest year yet…

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This year’s I’m A Celeb is set to look a whole lot different, but it’s not just bugs the campmates need to be wary of…

The 20th series of I’m A Celeb will look very different this year as the campmates head to the UK instead of the Australian jungle for the first time ever.

Plans for I’m A Celeb were rocked, like most things, by the coronavirus pandemic and for a while producers were unsure if the much-loved programme could go ahead. 

Last week, ITV confirmed that the show will be back, but this time set in the UK in a creepy abandoned castle.

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We’re used to seeing the celebs challenge themselves, overcoming fears of rats, heights, water, spiders and plenty more, but this year is set to be even spookier. 

The camp is reportedly being set up in the ruins of Gwrych Castle in North Wales, a castle that is haunted by an angry woman in white. Legend has it that Countess of Dundonald’s husband stripped the castle of all its valuables, and she is still raging about it today.

An eerie photo from around 10 years ago has resurfaced showing a young woman on the first floor on what used to be the banquet hall. 

Cynics would assume someone was just stood there to play a practical joke, however, the floorboards by that window have rotted away, meaning it would be impossible to actually stand there. 

Producers have reportedly welcomed the mystery guest with open arms, hoping to capture strange-goings on in the night vision cameras. They’ve even incorporated the theme in the trials. 

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A source on the ITV show told The Sun: “Producers are chuffed with the new location — they’re excited for a change in scenery this year.

“Obviously upping sticks and moving to a completely new location was a tough decision, but they feel confident it’s the right one.

“The Bushtucker trial crew, who work tirelessly all year round, have been working overtime to come up with some terrifying new trials and challenges.

“It’s a brilliant move for viewers as celebs will have no idea what to expect. It’s going to be compelling viewing.”

The source added: “It’s been a horrendous year for the whole country and the lads want to do their bit to get viewers smiling.”

Trials are set to have a medieval theme, including jousting, dungeons and even gallows. It’s expected that the freezing waters of the Irish Sea are also set to be used. 

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The source added: “Just because it’s in the UK, it doesn’t mean that celebrities can breathe a sigh of relief and think they are free of snakes, rats and frogs.

“There are lots of plans to terrify them with some tried and tested methods.

“There will definitely be tasks where the stars have to eat unappetising things and put creatures in their mouths like previous years.

“They’re determined to make the trials as exciting and nail-biting as possible.

“Not only will there be creepy crawlies galore, but now they have the added aid of playing with a haunted castle. They think it will make for brilliant TV.”

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The crew are set to self-isolate for the full three weeks while filming, to ensure the programme remains Covid-19 safe. 

Taking over the creepy venue is reported to have cost ITV £1million to transform it for six weeks, as they prepare for the show and get the castle ready for visitors after. 

The ghost of the gamekeeper is said to stalk the castle’s grounds – which include a really creepy pet cemetery – and there’s a servant girl who died while riding a horse.

If all those ghosts weren’t enough, there’s also been recordings of a voice from the stables and kennels.

The celebs, which include rumours of Tommy Fury, Katie Price and even Carole Baskin, might just have signed up for the scariest year yet!

I don’t know about you but I am SO excited. 

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The full rumoured line up for I’m A Celeb as new series moves to the UK

This will be interesting…

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I’m A Celeb is back for its 20th series this year, and here’s who could be braving the trials this time around.

ITV has confirmed the hit show will be back again, but this year is set to be a lot different from the last, as it moves to the UK for the first time.

The 2020 series will be coming from an abandoned castle in the British countryside, meaning this year’s winner will be crowned the ‘Queen or King of the castle’ – it might not have quite the same ring to it, but it looks like we can still expect all the usual drama from the show. 

Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios, Richard Cowles, said they really tried to get the series filmed in Australia despite the pandemic, however it hasn’t been possible this year.

He added: “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”.

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

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So who will be joining Ant and Dec for this season, and taking part in all the fun of the trials and newly created countryside life?

Well, Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard could be set to enter the castle this year at 4/6 odds, according to Ladbrokes.  

Tiger King star, ‘that b*tch’ Carole Baskin, is also reportedly another potential contestant, after being offered ‘big money’. She might just be the best character to ever go in! 

Drag Race star Michelle Visage could also potentially be heading in, after winning the hearts of the nation on Strictly Come Dancing last year.

After leaving Radio 1 and hosting Save Our Summer with Peter Crouch, Maya Jama is also rumoured to be heading to the countryside. 

There’s even rumours Katie Price is making another return to the series. Let’s hope both of her feet are fixed by then!  

Next up is Price Tag singer Jessie J, who famously entered a Chinese singing competition, after a brief stint as a judge on The Voice. 

This year’s sports star could include former Arsenal player Paul Merson, as well as ex-professional boxer and local lad, Ricky Hatton.  

Or the latest rumour, which sees Love Islander Tommy Fury with odds at 2/5 to join the show, according to Betway bookmakers.

Dan Osborne, the husband of the reigning champ Jacqueline Jossa, could also be set to head to the castle, according to reports.

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Former Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson is also rumoured to be heading to the new series – and braving being voted for probably every challenge. 

And finally, the British blogger known for ‘Ladbaby’, aka Mark Ian Hoyle, is Ladbrokes favourite to be making an appearance this year. 

So what do you think of the lineup and new location? Personally I’m excited to see how Katie Price and Clarkson get along on with empty stomachs and the freezing British weather! 

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Good Morning Britain shows footage of migrant boat crossing English Channel live on air

It’s caused huge debate.

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Good Morning Britain viewers were left shocked by the programme showing footage of a migrant boat crossing the Channel. 

The segment saw GMB correspondent Jonathan Swain on a boat 10 miles off the coast, reporting about boats carrying migrants.

The small dinghy had around 10 men in it, and as Jonathan explained was the ‘fourth or fifth’ boat making the crossing this morning. 

The boat had been shadowed by French border control forces before being left to UK Border Force as it entered English waters. 

Jonathan was seen shouting to the men asking if they were ‘ok’ as they could be seen frantically scooping water out of the water.

A concerned Kate Garraway said: “I don’t know if you can see it from where you are, but when the camera zoomed in we could see the boat was sitting very low in the water.

“They all looked quite wet and in fact someone on the port side was bailing out water.

“I don’t think that boat is meant to hold that many people, is it?”

Jonathan explained that she was indeed right, but these migrants would have paid between five and six thousand pounds to make the journey to British shores. 

He said: “No, it’s not. They will have left at first light. These are men who will have paid five or six thousand pounds to be on board.

“There are strict rules here, we can’t intervene. We have informed the Coast Guard. The Border Force are on the water. They seem to be okay.”

Understandably this has left many viewers feeling shocked and angry due to the coverage. 

Many have taken to Twitter to express their concerns, with one user writing: “Cannot believe what I’m watching”.

Another while: “Wtf is going on, on #gmb watching illegal migrants cross the channel,” while one viewer added: “What is wrong with GMB”.

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