I’M A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! is set to return to the jungle after bosses were given the green light by the Australian government.
The hit show was filmed annually on the Gold Coast before the Covid pandemic.
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Now Oz border chiefs there have told ITV the relevant clearances will be provided for them.
The news will be a huge lift to ITV bosses who are desperate for the show to return to its original location — a former banana plantation in Murwillumbah, New South Wales.
Travel bans caused by Covid-19 led to the series, hosted by Ant and Dec, both 45, being moved to Gwrych Castle, North Wales, last year.
Producers have begun the task of informing this year’s potential campmates that they should prepare to fly Down Under rather than drive to Wales. A border force source said: “Everyone is delighted with this news. All the signs are now pointing towards a return to the jungle.
“As great as a year in the castle was, the show is made by its surroundings and the glitz and glamour of the jungle.
“ITV have assurances from Australian border control bosses that even if a wider travel ban is still in place for tourists, they’ll get the paperwork and clearance they need to send cast and crew to Oz. It’s a big moment.”
Last year’s show was watched by more than ten million people as Giovanna Fletcher, 36, was crowned the first ever Queen of the Castle.
Bosses are however prepared to stick with Gwrych Castle in Abergele for at least another year if the Covid crisis continues.
They made arrangements to reserve it for November when the series is due to start.
An ITV spokesman said last night: “No final decision has yet been made regarding the location for the new series.”
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