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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Sheridan Smith to star in ITV’s ‘gripping’ new Manchester-made drama
“Can’t wait to start filming on this thrilling, complex story”
A brand new ITV drama from the team behind The Stranger is set to start filming this year, with BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith starring in it.
No Return is going to be produced by Manchester-based executive producers Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee (The Stranger, Safe), while Hannah Quinn (The Stranger, Safe) will direct the series.
It follows the huge success of Manchester-born writer Danny Brocklehurst’s previous projects – such as Shameless, The Stranger and Safe.
The new four-part series is set to be absolutely ‘gripping’ as it follows the tale of a family holiday to Turkey which soon turns into a nightmare.
The synopsis reads: “Looking forward to an all-inclusive luxury break to enjoy the sun and sea with the family, Kathy and Martin, their son Noah and younger daughter Jess are blissfully unaware of the horrific ordeal about to unfold.
“The holiday is a chance to unwind and for Kathy and Martin to spend some much-needed family time. Until unsuspecting Noah accepts a seemingly innocent invitation to a beach party from a fellow holidaymaker, Rosie, who is staying at the same hotel, and Kathy and Martin’s world spectacularly falls apart.
“An arrest, an expensive and alien legal system, looming media coverage and resistance from fellow holidaymakers to come to their aid leaves the distraught parents fighting for Noah’s freedom when ironically he should be at school sitting his latest exams.”
Speaking of the upcoming project, lead actress Sheridan Smith said: “I’m such a big fan of Danny Brocklehurst and Red Production, they make incredible dramas.
“I was thrilled to be asked to play Kathy in this exciting production and to be at ITV again. Can’t wait to start filming on this thrilling, complex story about family finding their way through a terrifying situation.”
Manchester writer Danny Brocklehurst commented: “No Return is truly a passion project for me. It’s the story of a family caught in a modern nightmare but it allows us to explore themes of parenthood, justice, addiction and consent.
“I am delighted to be working with the amazing Sheridan Smith and once again partnering with ITV, and the brilliant Nicola Shindler and Hannah Quinn.”
The series is set to begin filming this summer.
ITV’s new drama about the ‘worst serial killer Wales has ever seen’ starts tonight
“Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force”
The Pembrokeshire Murders starring Luke Evans starts on ITV tonight and it promises to be your next favourite series.
Airing over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, The Pembrokeshire Murders follows Welsh actor Luke Evans as Senior Investigating Officer, Steve Wilkins as he reopens two unsolved double murders in Wales.
The synopsis reads: “Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases,
“Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team found microscopic DNA and fibres that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80s and 90s.
“The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer… Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?”
Keith Allen plays John Cooper, the Welsh serial killer who was given life in 2011 for the 1985 double murder of siblings Richard and Helen Thomas and the 1989 double murder of Peter and Gwenda Dixon.
The true story gained significant media attention at the time when it was discovered that John had appeared on Bullseye in 1989, a factor which later became a crucial element in his identification.
Speaking about the show, Luke Evans admitted he was hooked from the start: “The story hooked me immediately. I mean, also, I’m a sucker for a true story and this isn’t just a true story, it’s a shocking, true story about the worst serial killer that Wales has ever seen.
“I got to use my own Welsh accent for the first time in many, many, many years and it was a great experience all around.”
He continued: “These stories do feel like they can’t be true, they can’t be real. But this one has so many twists and turns and it almost feels many, many times during the story that the whole thing is going to go cold once again, because the forensic evidence is so minimal and the budgets were running out and people were losing faith.”
The Pembrokeshire Murders airs tonight (Monday 11th January) at 9pm on ITV.
Gogglebox star ‘unrecognisable’ after shaving his head completely
‘Oh wow, you look fab’
One Gogglebox star has been branded ‘unrecognisable’ after completely shaving his head.
Stephen Webb, who features on Gogglebox with husband Daniel Lustig, recently shared his new dramatic look on Instagram.
The Brighton-based couple are both hairdressers and after viewers recently claimed Stephen ‘looked like Ken Barlow’ with his long hair, he’s decided to chop it all off.
The 48-year-old grabbed a razor and shaved right down the middle of his head.
Sharing the post to his Instagram followers, one has replied ‘OMG….why?’, while another said ‘love it bruv’.
A third said: “Looks good, makes you look younger and I don’t mean to offended you but you’ve got sexy straight vibes going”. A fourth commented ‘oh wow, you look fab’.
Stephen joined Gogglebox as part of the original lineup in the very first series in 2013, but his husband Daniel only joined in 2019.
The new series is set to begin in February on Channel 4.