It looks certain that I’m a Celebrity will return to Gwrych Castle in Wales for its next series as travel restrictions to Australia make it too difficult for ITV to take the show Down Under.
MirrorOnline reports that the show will return to the Welsh castle near Abergele. Presenters Ant & Dec said they were made to feel ‘very welcome’ in Wales last year with Ant adding that they “would happily go back to Wales if we had to.” Earlier this year it was thought the show might make it back to Australia.
One source revealed: “The logistics involved in trying to get the entire production team plus celebrities and presenters and all the families to the other side of the world amid the ongoing Covid travel restrictions has just proved too difficult this year.
“The show will be in Wales again and it will be brilliant, just like last year. There is a lot of humour involved in making I’m a Celebrity from a spooky castle at a dark, damp time of year on the Welsh coast. It will be a hoot.”
Gwrych Castle hosted the show last year
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Earlier this summer Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that he intended to keep Australia’s borders closed indefinitely, stating that the completion of the vaccine rollout did not guarantee a reopening.
“We have to be careful not to exchange that way of life for what everyone else has,” he said.
In a later post on Facebook, he warned borders would only be opened “when it is safe to do so”. This meant for ITV to be able to go to Australia to film the show, every member of cast and crew as well as celebrity contestants coming from the UK would need to apply for individual exemptions to travel.
WalesOnline has approached ITV for comment.
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