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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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Matt Lucas’ hilarious Boris Johnson impression has been hailed the ‘best Bake Off opening ever’

Last night’s episode was hilarious!

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Last night saw the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, and fans are calling new presenter Matt Lucas’ opening ‘genuis’. 

The debut of the show kicked off with the Little Britain star mimicking Boris Johnson’s coronavirus briefings that we’ve all come to know (but definitely not love) very well. 

Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig as co-presenter for the Channel 4 show, alongside Noel Fielding.

Kicking off with the first scene, Lucas is shown wearing a blonde wig and standing at a podium with the slogan: “Stay Alert, Bake Cake, Save Loaves.”

Fans were worried earlier on on Tuesday as they would have to decide between Boris or Bake Off, as Boris’ briefing was scheduled for the exact same time.

Luckily, Bake Off was postponed for 15 minutes.

Lucas began, stumbling over his words, saying ‘Good evening, let’s get straight to it.’

He continued: “We are now approaching phase 46 which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are saying, with regards to baking, that if you must bake in a tent, bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent…”

Lucas added: “We are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of the hundreds and thousands.”

The clip then panned to Noel, video-linked in to ask a very important and pressing question, ‘is it scone or scone?’

Pru and Paul then both answer, with completely different pronunciations, leaving everyone just as confused as ever. 

Fans have been howling over the skit ever since. One user wrote: “I could watch Matt Lucas doing Boris Johnson impersonations for the rest of 2020. In fact, it may be the only thing that gets me through 2020.”

Another added: “I can’t listen to Boris Johnson now without visualising Matt Lucas”

That’s not the only part of the show that has had viewers in stitches.

In what is being hailed the ‘silliest showstopper’ yet fans had to immortalise their heroes in sponge cake.

The tent quickly became a budget Madame Tussauds, complete with a mouthless Bob Marley, a neckless Freddie Mercury plus an inflated David Bowie. 

One Twitter user wrote: “I didn’t think 2020 could get any worse until someone baked a Louis Theroux cake”

Another, speaking of Freddie’s head, said: “Not the hero we deserved but the hero we needed”.

I already can’t wait for next week! 

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ITV’s new series ‘Des’ hit with Ofcom complaints due to ‘horrifying’ scenes

Have you watched it yet?

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Des, a new three-part series on ITV, has been hit with Ofcom complaints as viewers were left ‘horrified’ from the scenes detailing gruesome murders.

Des features the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 men in the space of five years, between 1978 and 1983 in London.

Played by David Tennant, Des’s talk of boiled heads, dismemberment and necrophilia, plus extensive chain-smoking on the series, has prompted viewers to complain to Ofcom.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Oh it’s time to scare myself silly again watching @itv #Des I’m hoping @TwiningsUK is going to help this evening #scared #itv #itvdes #tea #twinings #sleep.”

Another tweeted David’s co-star, Daniel Mays, who plays DCI Jay, the detective in charge of the case: “@DanielMays9 Just watched Des, scared to go to sleep now!”

The killer was found out when a workman found chunks of human remains in the drain of Nilsen’s home in Muswell Hill. More remains were found before Des confessed to the murders.

There are chilling scenes which sees Nilsen defend carrying out despicable acts on the corpses.

Nilsen’s biographer, Brian Masters, asked him about having sex with the victims to which Nilsen replied ‘it wasn’t about sex’, adding that Brian was trying to find ‘simple answers.

Brian replies: “I’m not trying to simplify anything but you did have sex with these young men after they died.”

Nilsen creepily replied: “No, I did not. Did I enjoy them? Yes.

“Did I gain some sort of satisfaction from looking at their naked bodies next to mine in the mirror? I didn’t penetrate them.

“The only thing I did was squeeze the life out of a human being, that was wrong, that was unforgivable. I’ll be properly punished for it.”

He continued: “What I did with a corpse was neither here nor there. If you’re more disgusted by what I did to a corpse than what I did to a living man, then your moral system is upside down.”

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Girl hasn’t spoken to mum in over three years due to tattoo that tore family apart

Thoughts?

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Almost everyone worries about telling their mum they got a tattoo, but this mum’s reaction was seriously bad.

Casey was only 16 at the time of getting her dreamcatcher tattoo on her ankle, meaning she needed parent’s signed permission. 

At the time she was living with her dad who agreed she could get the tat, which symbolises luck and has special meaning to her. 

But her father has now been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and wounding a person with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm by Casey’s mum. 

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The latter charge has now been dropped, however the assault charge remains and could result in five years imprisonment for the dad who pleaded not guilty. 

Casey’s mum has lodged court proceedings over the incident saying the decision was made without her consent.

Casey has not spoken to her mum since. 

Speaking on Australian TV, Casey’s dad said: “I’ll do anything for Casey, to protect my daughter. Yeah, I would go to extreme [lengths for] all my kids. They mean the world to me.”

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Casey then explained that she hadn’t spoken to her mother in years, saying: “I haven’t spoken to mum in 3 years.”

She added that her dad was ‘all I could ever ask for. He’s the best dad. He does everything for me’.

She explained: “I can go to him about anything, teaches me how to do stuff, can ask him anything. He’s always there for me when I need help.”

Sam Macedone, a lawyer, also appeared on the TV show and explained that it is legal for one parent to give consent. He explained: “Having this man charged with assaulting her is, in my mind, ridiculous.”

The GBH charge has been dropped but the ABH is still being fought. 

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