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

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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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Squid Game season two is officially happening, Netflix confirms

The South Korean series is the most-watched in Netflix’s history

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It’s been given the ‘green light’: Squid Game will officially be returning for a second season.

Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed the news during Netflix’s fourth quarter 2021 earnings interview, where he said there ‘absolutely’ will be a second season of the violent South Korean survival drama.

Sarandos said, as per Variety: “Absolutely… The Squid Game universe has just begun.”

Squid Game’s creator and director Hwang Dong-hyu has also hinted at the possibility of continuing the series, with him telling the Associated Press last year that the huge success of the first season had left him ‘no choice’ but to continue.

Dong-hyu explained: “There’s been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love for a second season. So I almost feel like you leave us no choice.

“But, I will say there will indeed be a second season. It’s in my head right now. I’m in the planning process currently. But I do think it’s too early to say when and how that’s going to happen.”

The series, which focuses on a sinister ‘game’ played by people riddled with debt, is now the most watched in Netflix’s history, with the streaming service confirming in October that over 142 million accounts all over the world had tuned in to watch. 

Manchester was one of the many cities to descend into Squid Game mayhem following its release, with a cafe in the Corn Exchange even baking its own dalgona cookies for people to try their hand at one of the deadly games featured in the third episode of the series. 

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In the episode, contestants were tasked with cutting shapes out of dalgona candy, a South Korean biscuit made from honeycomb.

If they failed to cut out their shape – either a star, a circle, a triangle or an umbrella – within the nail-biting time limit, however, they got ‘eliminated’… Or shot dead by the prowling, red suit-clad guards, for those who still haven’t got round to watching the series.

The Trafford Centre even welcomed the giant animatronic doll from the ‘Red Light Green Light’ game in the first episode, enabling shoppers to take selfies and receive Squid Game memorabilia from the red suit-clad guards. 

People flocked to see the doll throughout the day, though many were quick to criticise its presence, pointing out that a killer doll isn’t exactly ‘family friendly’.  

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Filming for Happy Valley season three has begun with Sarah Lancashire spotted on set

Sergant Cawood is back!

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Sarah Lancashire has reprised her role of Sergeant Catherine Cawood as filming for the third and final season of Happy Valley begins.

It was announced back in October that the smash hit crime drama, created by Sally Wainwright, would be returning for its final season in 2022 following its explosive season two finale in 2016.

The BBC confirmed that Sarah Lancashire would be returning for her lead role of no-nonsense Sergeant Cawood, as will Siobhan Finneran in the role of Catherine’s sister Clare and James Norton as the murderer and sex offender responsible for Catherine’s daughter’s suicide, Tommy Lee Royce.

And this week, three months on from the announcement, Boothtown in Halifax has been taken over by crews as filming for the third season officially gets under way.

Images shared on social media at the start of the week show the film crews gathering around the familiar police vans, with many of the cast members dressed in the iconic florescent yellow police jackets. 

And, despite the dark undertone of the series, Sarah Lancashire was seen to be in great spirits as she was photographed laughing and sipping on coffee with her colleagues while donning Sergant Cawood’s uniform.

According to the BBC, the final season will follow Catherine as she investigates a gangland murder that leads her right back to Tommy Lee Royce, and her struggle to end the constant drug supply in the valley.

An official synopsis for the third season of Happy Valley reads: “When Catherine discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir it sparks a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce.

“Her grandson Ryan is now sixteen and still living with Catherine, but he has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father.

“Still battling the seemingly never-ending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement.”

A release date for the third and final season of Happy Valley is yet to be announced. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to watch on both Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

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Happy Mondays’ Bez made Dancing on Ice debut wearing melon helmet and fans were loving it

The maraca shaker gave it his all on the ice

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Happy Mondays star Bez blew viewers away last night with his melon crash helmet-clad debut performance on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

It was the first time in the show’s history that a contestant has been forced to take to the ice wearing a crash helmet, following a nasty fall during rehearsals.

But regardless of the helmet, the fifty-seven-year-old ‘freaky dancer’ put his all into the performance, which began with him being lowered down onto the ice aloft a giant pair of maracas in ode to his Happy Mondays days.

Bez and his professional partner Angela Egan – who was seen practically holding him up through some parts of the performance – were then surrounded by giant watermelons as they skated along to the band’s ‘Step On’, all of which contrasted perfectly with his melon pattered crash helmet.

And, much to the delight of viewers at home, bandmate Shaun Ryder was spotted cheering his  friend on in the audience like a proud dad, while also singing along to his own song. 

Despite the support from the audience and TV viewers, however, Bez received a below-average score of 12.5 out of 40 from the four judges – Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Oti Mabuse and Ashley Banjo. 

But this didn’t deter the maraca-shaker’s spirits, who admitted to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in his post-performance interview that he thought it would be ‘much lower than that’. 

He explained: “I’ve been doing some spectacular falls, crashing into the ice. But I wear a helmet so nothing too serious… I’ve actually got a little bit better this week. I only fell over once yesterday, so I am improving.”

And while his skating skills were nothing to write home about, viewers at home were quick to take to social media to applaud his performance, noting it as ‘TV gold’. 

One Twitter user wrote, “Bez is a legend! That was brilliant entertainment. What Dancing on Ice is all about!” while another noted, “Give Bez the trophy now, best thing I’ve ever seen on Dancing on ice! Didn’t stop laughing.”

A third wrote simply, “Oh my god, Bez you absolute LEGEND.”

Dancing On Ice will be airing weekly every Sunday evening for ten weeks at 6.30pm on ITV.

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