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”.
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.
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!
BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death receives more than 100,000 complaints
‘We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance’
The BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death has received a ‘record number’ of complaints, according to reports.
It’s been reported that the broadcaster has been hit with more than 100,000 complaints in regards to its coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.
This would be a record in British television history, with the BBC creating a dedicated form online for viewers to voice their dissatisfaction.
The broadcaster cleared its schedules to cover Prince Philip’s death on Friday, and according to The Sun it has now received more than 100,000 complaints.
This is a record breaking number, beating the previous high of 63,000, which was again from the BBC when they screened Jerry Springer: The Musical back in 2005.
A BBC spokesperson said: “We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance.”
The broadcaster wiped its schedules on both BBC One and BBC Two to run mirrored programmes about the Duke following his death, while BBC Four displayed a message urging people to switch over for a ‘major news report’.
Line of Duty fans will love ITV’s new psychological thriller Too Close
Did anyone catch it last night?
If you’re not sure what to do with yourself while waiting for the next episode of Line of Duty, then ITV has got you covered.
The broadcaster’s new three-part drama series Too Close began last night, with episode two airing tonight.
Starring Emily Watson and Denise Gough, ITV’s gripping psychological thriller was written by author and actress Clara Salaman and directed by Sue Tully (Line of Duty).
The series was inspired by the novel of the same name, which was published under Clara’s pseudonym Natalie Daniels.
The mini-series premiered last night, Monday April 12th, and it focuses on the dangerous relationship between a forensic psychiatrist, Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson), and her patient.
Dr Robertson is assigned to work with Connie Mortenson (Denise Gough), a woman accused of an awful crime connected to the death of two young children – however, she claims she can’t remember a thing.
While the two women find themselves becoming dangerously close, it appears Dr Robertson might be ‘destroyed’ in the process of uncovering the truth.
Besides Watson and Gough, the series also stars Thalissa Teixeira, James Sives, Risteard Cooper, Chizzy Akudolu, Eileen Davies and Nina Wadia.
Too Close began last night on ITV, with the next episode airing tonight at 9pm and the following episode at the same time on Wednesday.
You can catch up on episode one here.
Tipping Point is looking for Mancunians for the new series
Who’s up for it?
Tipping Point is on the hunt for Mancunians to star in the new series.
The ITV game show is looking for contestants for series 12, so if you know anyone who’d be perfect for it then let them know.
Hosted by Ben Shephard, Tipping Point gives people the chance to win thousands of pounds.
ITV says: “We are searching for fun, confident people who enjoy quizzing and would like the opportunity to win thousands of pounds using a combination of skill, judgement and chance.”
The hit show airs between 4pm and 5pm every weekday, and sees contestants answer questions on general knowledge, films, politics and other subjects before taking on the ‘tipping point’ machine.
Just like the coin pusher machines seen in the arcades of Blackpool and other seaside towns across the North West, contestants drop counters to win money.
People earn money from the silver counters which are worth £50, while ‘mystery counters’ and the £10,000 jackpot counter can also boost their cash pile.
Applicants must be 18 or over, and the deadline for applying is Friday May 7th – the last date for postal applications is Monday May 3rd.
To apply, either use ITV’s online application form here or email email@example.com for postal entries.