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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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Viewers praise Paddy and Christine McGuinness after ‘eye-opening’ autism documentary

Paddy and Christine used their documentary to raise awareness of autism and to break down the stigma

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Viewers were left in tears last night following Paddy and Christine McGuinness’ debut BBC One documentary, Our Family and Autism.

Airing on Wednesday night at 9pm, the emotional documentary gave a rare insight into the home life of the McGuinness’, who are parents of three autistic children – twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity.

For the first time, the Bolton-bornTop Gear host opened up about spiralling into depression following his children’s autism diagnosis, wherein he admitted ‘throwing myself into my work’ as he struggled to cope and come to terms with the news.   

He said: “I got that down that I had to see a therapist and he diagnosed me with clinical depression. I used to think I was the last person in the world who would have depression because I earn a few quid.

“I didn’t instantly go, ‘oh I’m depressed’ because it was a very slow process. It chipped away at me, with all of the things you have to do, things you have to deal with as a parent of children with autism.

“But it dawned on me that, that’s it, that’s it forever. There’s no ‘they’ll get better as the years go on.'”

The couple also used the documentary to visit school children and young adults with autism to find out what the future may hold for their own children, dispel dangerous myths surrounding links with autism and vaccines, and even detail Christine’s own journey after recently being diagnosed with autism herself.

Former Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes also appeared in the documentary, where he sat down with the Top Gear host to discuss his own experiences as a father of a sixteen-year-old son who is both autistic and non-verbal.

Following the release of the documentary, viewers have been taking to social media to praise both Paddy and Christine for tackling such an important topic, with many admitting the documentary ‘changing their perspective on autism’ altogether.

One person wrote: “What a beautiful, open, informative and emotive documentary currently showing on BBC discussing #autism in our children. Thank you to Paddy, family and other contributors for sharing and opening up such an important topic for conversation.”

Another commented: “Paddy thank you for sharing your family and autism. We are beginning this journey with our grandson and the program helped so much.”

Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer. 

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Ex-Shameless star Rebecca Ryan is joining Corrie next week

The actress will be joining her little brother on the cobbles of Weatherfield

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Coronation Street is gaining a new cast member next week in the form of Shameless star Rebecca Ryan.

Rebecca, who played the role of Debbie Gallagher in the Channel 4 series, will be joining Corrie as Lydia, a character involved in a storyline with Sarah and her husband Adam Barlow – and it turns out she has connections with Adam’s past.

And the actress won’t struggle with making friends on the set as her younger brother Jack James Ryan returned to the cobbles just last week as bad boy Jacob Hay, who was last seen on the soap in March.

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Her proud brother wrote on Instagram: “Still can’t believe this is happening but I’m beyond proud to finally announce my ridiculously talented sister @rebeccaryan___ is joining the cast of @coronationstreet.

“When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I’d say ‘an actor on TV like my big sister’. You’ve been my biggest inspiration and I’ll never be able to articulate just how proud I am to be your little bro.

“They say never work with family but on this occasion I’d like to strongly disagree. Can’t wait for Lydia to hit our screens in December so make sure to keep an eye out to see what she gets up to! 

“Love you Bex.”

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Rebecca added that being part of the Coronation Street family is a ‘dream come true’, writing on social media: “THE NEWS IS OUT!! So excited to be joining the cast of Corrie.

“What a dream come true. Not only do I get to be a part of this amazing programme but I get to do it all with my best mate and little bro!! @jackjamesryan . Xx”

Rebecca’s acting credits also include Waterloo Road, where she played the role of Vicki MacDonald from 2009 – 2011. She then went on to portray hospital porter Gemma Dean in the medical drama Casualty from 2017 to 2019.

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Corrie fans left shocked after Roy Cropper reveals real reason for leaving the soap

Corrie will never be the same again…

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Opinions were divided among Coronation Street fans last night when the soap’s veteran Roy Cropper announced his sudden departure.

Roy, played by David Neilson, has been a staple part of the ITV soap since 1995 and has gained a loyal fanbase for his soft and gentle demeanour over the years.

However, fans were less than impressed by Roy’s sudden departure last night, where he abandoned his niece Nina Lucas, played by Mollie Gallagher. 

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In last night’s episode, Nina was shocked to discover from Adam Barlow that Roy had signed over his entire estate to her with immediate effect, which led her to worry that he was planning on taking his own life. 

In a shock twist, Roy then revealed that he was leaving the cobbles for a new job opportunity in South America, where he will be working as a chef (probably not rustling up bacon butties, I can imagine). 

This storyline twist left viewers scratching their heads, however, with many slamming the whole idea of Weatherfield’s finest chef sharing his expertise in an exotic foreign country. 

One puzzled Twitter user wrote: “I’m struggling to picture Roy Cropper in South America. Southport maybe.”

Another commented: “Just read that #Corrie‘s Roy Cropper might leave the street as he’s been offered a job as a chef in South America. He literally fries eggs and butters toast WHERE do they come up with these stories hahaha.”

A very good point indeed. 

Roy is starting a new life after the pressure mounted as police traced the gun used to kill Natasha Blakeman. Roy stopped Abi from shooting the teenage thug after the pair were washed away together in a Victorian sewer – as you do.

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