British broadcaster ITV will this year hold its reality TV show 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here' in a ruined English castle in winter instead of the heat of the Australian jungle. (Shutterstock/diy13)
British broadcaster ITV will this year hold its reality TV show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here in a ruined English castle in winter instead of the heat of the Australian jungle, as COVID-19 restrictions make global travel all but impossible.
I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! moves to UK for 2020— ITV Press Centre (@itvpresscentre) August 7, 2020
Hosted by Ant and Dec, the show will be broadcast live every night from a ruined castle in the countryside. More - https://t.co/okIQE1iSX9 pic.twitter.com/pI1HEOtHBj
Forcing a group of celebrities to take part in "Bushtucker Trials" to win food and avoid elimination, the program has become a ratings winner for the commercial channel as contestants battle to win a public vote.
ITV said the celebrities would have to swap their shorts for thermals but they would keep the trials and challenges the same, to maintain the tone of a show which is followed every night by millions of viewers.
"We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia," said Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios.
"Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn't possible."
ITV, Britain's biggest commercial free-to-air broadcaster, has been badly hit by the pandemic, with production on shows cancelled and advertising tumbling.
The reality survival program, which has been followed in many other countries, is a key part of its schedule. Running for several weeks through November, it has traditionally shown celebrities in bikinis and shorts trying to win public votes.
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