I'm a Celebrity 2021 – First look inside terrifying medieval castle where Richard Madeley & Frankie Bridge must sleep

I'M A CELEBRITY campmates are in for a shock when they enter the castle this weekend – as producers up the ante in what's set to be toughest year yet.

Contestants unfortunate enough to lose the Turret of Terror entry challenge when they arrive at the castle on Sunday are set to be slung into a medieval dungeon.

New for 2021, The Clink is a largely uncovered living area, open to the elements and will be freezing as night falls – meaning the celebrities housed there will be put through their paces.

I'm A Celebrity's Creative Director Tom Gould said: "It's going to be incredibly exposed and cold. The group dynamic in The Clink will be interesting because there is nowhere to get any space."

Read our I'm A Celeb live blog below for the latest news and gossip…

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    Richard Madeley hits out at celebs who 'start wailing and moaning'

    Richard Madeley has railed against celebrities who "start wailing and moaning" while competing on I'm A Celebrity but admitted he will miss wife Judy Finnigan when he is in the show on their 35th wedding anniversary.

    The TV presenter, best-known for hosting This Morning alongside Finnigan, is one of the 10 famous faces who will brave the cold and rain as the show returns to Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales.

    Madeley will be joined by fellow celebrities including journalist Louise Minchin, former Strictly judge Dame Arlene Phillips, comedian Matty Lee and Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge in the Welsh castle.

    Madeley said: "I love watching I'm a Celebrity, Judy and I both adore the show, so interesting and funny.

    "But when I watch it, and occasionally from time to time, I won't name any names, you see a 'celebrity' who clearly doesn't want to be there and they get themselves into a terrible state and they start wailing and moaning and they're moaning about the hunger and moaning about the trial, and you go 'well what the f*** did you go in for'? Surely you understand what this programme was."

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    RIchard Madeley's £200k contract

    Richard Madeley is said to have agreed a contract worth an estimated £200,000 to head into Gwrych Castle near Abergele, North Wales.

    Previously he flew to Oz in 2019 to support contestant and former rugby star James Haskell, 36, who is married to Richard’s daughter, Chloe, 34.

    That year, he also appeared on I’m A Celeb’s ITV2 spin-off Extra Camp.

    He proved braver than boxer Amir Khan, 34, in a “Critter-cal Rescue” trial in a giant termites nest. He collected every key while Amir screamed when he grabbed a live snake.

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    David Ginola's on pitch emergency

    During a charity match in May 2016, Ginola suffered an on-pitch heart attack and was dead for eight minutes before paramedics were able to resuscitate him.

    He was transported to hospital where surgeons immediately performed a six-hour quadruple bypass surgery.

    Frederic Mendy, footballer and friend of Ginola, rushed over to give Ginola CPR when he saw his friend collapse.

    Surgeons credit Mendy, saying Ginola could have been dead or could have suffered brain damage if it wasn't for his quick thinking.

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    No offence

    Ant and Dec have gone to the same lengths as last year in consulting Welsh language advisers to make sure their jokes on I'm A Celebrity don't offend the locals.

    The respectful Geordie duo ran their gags by Garffild Lloyd Lewis and his wife and fellow-adviser, Siân Eirian Lewis last year and will turn to them again for the upcoming run.

    Garffild praised the presenters' pronunciation of the language in an interview with Wales Online.

    He said: "Working alongside an English TV production has been amazing – they are really keen to learn about our culture, but more specifically our sense of humour.

    "We made it clear from the beginning that we would avoid all stereotypical humour of Wales and they completely respect that. Ant and Dec would often check with us in regards to their use of humour before making the jokes."

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    Family competition

    Higher singer Frankie is set to follow in the footsteps of husband Wayne on the show.

    The singer-turned-TV star, a regular on Loose Women, is taking part after ITV chiefs are said to have offered her a bumper deal.

    Former Chelsea footballer Wayne, 41, finished fifth in 2016, but was ticked off by Frankie for talking about their sex life.

    Now he will be the one watching from home with their sons Parker, eight, and Carter, six, as Frankie sits around the campfire.

    The series, which once again won’t be Down Under, returns on Sunday November 21.

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    In case you've missed anything and need to catch up:

    • When does I’m a Celebrity start?
    • Where is I’m A Celebrity 2021 filmed?
    • How to vote on I’m A Celebrity
    • Where are Ant and Dec staying in Wales?

    Inside Kadeena Cox’s home

    The exceptional sprinter and cyclist regularly shares photos of her abode on her dog's Minnie's Instagram account.

    In several shots, her beloved dachshund is seen looking cosy in the middle of her leather couch in her living room.

    Aside from the leather couch, Kadeena's living room features warm wooden floors, white walls and she regularly uses the space to do her yoga workouts.

    Huge show rule break

    Before their names are officially announced by ITV, contestants aren't supposed to tell anybody that they are going on the show.

    However, Danny revealed he broke this strict rule by seeking advice from best pal Adam Thomas, who came third on I'm A Celeb in 2016.

    In fact, the actor even admitted that he feels like he is a "step ahead" his co-stars due to the insight Adam was able to give.

    Latest odds on I'm a Celeb faves

    David Ginola will head to Gwrych Castle as one of the frontrunners to win I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, according to Ladbrokes.

    The bookies have revealed the latest odds ahead of the series opener this weekend, and having been a 14/1 shot, the former French footballer is now just 7/1 to be crowned King of the Castle.

    Elsewhere, Danny Miller has now joined Frankie Bridge at the head of the betting, with the pair 4/1 apiece to go all the way in North Wales, while Arlene Phillips remains the show's rank outsider at 25/1.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "David Ginola's been the subject of plenty of interest over the past couple of weeks, with punters seemingly convinced he'll soon be adding another trophy to his cabinet."

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      Who was the first winner?

      Radio DJ Tony Blackburn won the first series of I’m a Celebrity in 2002.

      He defeated the late socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and author Christine Hamilton to pick up the gong of King of the Jungle.

      A firm favourite from the start, Tony and Tara both managed to remain safe from the public vote throughout their two week stay.

      He took part in three trials during his time in the jungle – the Sneaky Snake Run (winning 2/6 stars), the spider web (winning 3/4) and the final trial with Tara, which he completed successfully.

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      Going to be a cold one

      Speaking of The Clink, Creative Director Tom Gould said: “It’s going to be incredibly exposed and cold.

      “The group dynamic in The Clink will be interesting because there is nowhere to get any space.”

      IAC 2021 will run for three weeks as normal after last year'[s series was shortened due to the Covid pandemic.

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      Family isolation

      EMMERDALE’S Danny Miller is the the only star on the show who has been allowed their family in isolation with them ahead of stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

      The 30-year-old – who plays Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap – is one of 10 famous faces taking part in the 21st series of the show this year.

      The celebs are currently in quarantine to make sure that they’re Covid free for their stint in the castle.

      But the star isn’t doing it alone as fiancee Steph Jones and their son Albert have joined him in the cottage he’s currently staying in.

      The actor and his fiancee Steph announced the news that they welcomed their first child into the world last month.

      Danny was allowed to have his family stay with him because he’s a new dad.

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      Maëva Denat's fears for David Ginola

      Model Maëva Denat, 37, says he has little fear of dying and eats “like a Viking” — despite being clinically dead for nine minutes after collapsing in 2016.

      Ahead of the ex-Spurs and Newcastle ace’s appearance on the ITV show, she told The Sun on Sunday: “My biggest fear is he goes away and then something happens. I dread the thought of him not coming home.”

      She also told how he has battled anxiety and was “a little depressed” after his cardiac arrest.

      Speaking from their home in the South of France, Maëva said: “David’s biggest fear is he won’t live to see our daughter ever grow up and I feel the same way. It feels like there is a huge void in my life when he goes away. We miss each other so much.

      “I am always worried about David’s health and what if something happens like before?

      “I push him to take care of himself but it is a constant battle.

      “David loves to cook and to eat and can eat three plates of food when you have just one. Like most French people, he likes to drink wine and smoke, but I’ve been trying to get him to stop.”

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      Who's most likely to win?

      Ahead of the 21st series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Bookmakers.tv have analysed the previous winners of the elusive crown unveiling Naughty Boy as the most likely to win the upcoming series.

      According to historical data, the most likely winning contestant profile is that of a 36-year-old male musician, and British DJ and producer, Naughty Boy, is closest to the mark.

      Bookmaker.tv have also said that:

      • Research from the past 20 years of the show reveals the typical celeb monarch is a 36-year-old male musician 
      • Naughty Boy is a perfect match to the characteristics of the ‘average winner’ from the 2021 camp 

      I’Here is a look back at the shows funniest moments (Continued…)

      5) Stacey Solomon was assigned a top secret mission and needed to attract the attention of comedian Dom Joly without any of their campmates noticing in 2010.

      Unfortunately, Dom was a little slow on the uptake, so Stacey resorted to chucking a stone. It ended up hitting him square in the face.

      6) When reality show diva Gemma Collins announced in 2014: “I think I’ve got malaria,” it sparked a hysterical 72 hours before she quit — and launched a host of viral memes.

      7) American David Gest became a reality TV legend in 2006 thanks to his dry sense of humour and tall tales — the most infamous being his uniquely named maid, Vaginica Seaman.

      8) Peter Andre going on about how much he loved singing, in 2004, before cutting to an unimpressed Johnny Rotten, was TV gold. His subsequent single, Insania, was anything but.

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        Here is a look back at the shows funniest moments

        Viewers will be hoping to see more of the TV gold that has tickled the nation over the 19 years the series has been running.

        To celebrate the return, we take a look at some of the funniest moments.

        1) EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney thought he was on his way into the camp to meet his fellow celebrities in 2006.

        What he didn’t know was he was going straight into a live trial — a Bush Spa with gunk plus thousands of creepy crawlies. His hysterics had Ant and Dec in stitches.

        2) As soon as nutritionist Gillian McKeith arrived in camp in 2010 she whined about a host of phobias — and sucked on a gas mask.

        Then when she was voted to perform a live trial she stunned viewers and crew alike by collapsing and lying “out cold” on her back.

        3) Nobody who saw former royal lackey Paul Burrell whimper ing and gibbering his way through an excruciating Hell Hole trial in 2004 will ever forget it.

        Ant and Dec had to look away because they were laughing so hard.

        4) Katie Price and Kim Woodburn went head to head on the eating and drinking Bushtucker Trial Vile Vending in 2009.

        While Katie gagged on an animal testicle, Kim made such a noise trying to force down a fish eye that she would have been put down if she were a dog.

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        Locals not happy with shows return

        For many years before the show turned up the public and residents of the area enjoyed free access to the woods, said Councillor Delyth MacRae.

        She said: “Prior to the castle being built, there was an undesignated path from Llanddulas to Abergele and we are talking a long time ago.”

        “That was for access to the mines and it was quicker to go down there and go to the market/go shopping.”

        She added: “Members of the public are feeling, rightly or wrongly, they are feeling very aggrieved their enjoyment of the land has been taken away due to recent changes of ownership as well as liability and security issues.”

        And one local resident also said: “I’ve walked these paths for years and now a TV show is spoiling things.”

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        Special TAPE to stop bugs escaping will be used

        Last year I'm a celeb bosses were bombarded by complaints from campaigners after reports of 'non-invasive' species had managed to leave the site and enter the wild.

        This year, bosses will be using special tape for trials involving containers like coffins in which celebrities will sit whilst confronting all kinds of critters.

        The tape will make containers become more air tight preventing bugs from getting out.

        Producers will have a ‘bug warden’ on set at all times when the series’ famous Bushtucker Trials and challenges take place to monitor the critters.

        It will be their role to make sure all insects are collected – with bosses again using controlled release zones and grate systems like they did last year.

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        First terrifying task revealed

        The terrifying Walk The Plank is confirmed as the first task of the show.

        The ten stars will be required to drop hundreds of feet from a huge tower of scaffolding.

        Pictures show the colossal platform being built over a disused quarry in North Wales ahead of the programme's launch on Sunday.

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        Phillip Schofield reveals the reason why he would not do I'm a celeb

        During ITV breakfast show 'This Morning' Philip Schofield revealed that despite the show being one he 'would do' there is one thing stopping him.

        He said: "Well, I've always said I'm A Celeb is the only one I would do.

        "But I wouldn't do it… I don't think. But I couldn't do it because they eat out of those metal cans with metal spoons, and I've got goosebumps even thinking about it.

        "But scraping the spoon on the tin can, I couldn't do it, I'd starve to death!"

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        Where will the campmates go once voted out?

        Once voted off the show it is a regular occurrence to see the stars whisked off to a luxurious hotel where they can relax.

        The hotel that they will be heading to this year is the Carden Park Hotel, a luxury country hotel near Chester, Cheshire.

        Just over an hours drive away from the castle, campmates will find themselves encapsulated within a 1,000 acre retreat, home to a spa, golf course and even a vineyard.

        The luxury hotel offers a £12million spa facility, which features a lavish outdoor champagne bar.

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        Where are the hosts staying?

        Comedy duo Ant and Dec are rumoured to be staying at Bodysgallen Hall near Llandudno again in 2021.

        Bodysgallen is a luxury country house hotel set on Pydew Mountain.

        It is equipped with a luxury spa and a three AA Rosette restaurant.

        As well as the hotel, the grounds have 16 cottage suites which have "added privacy" and their own separate garden – so the presenter duo may be making the most of these areas.

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        When will Ant and Dec be back in the jungle?

        It is still not yet known exactly when the duo will be back in the jungle, but we all hope it will be soon.

        The Sun exclusively revealed that I'm A Celebrity big wigs are considering hosting alternate years between the Australian jungle and the Welsh castle.

        They think it’s a good way to keep the show, hosted by Ant and Dec fresh and interesting.

        A castle source previously told us: “It’s been really challenging for everyone involved just to get the show on air this year, but it’s given producers a chance to reflect and take stock more than usual.

        “They’ve loved trying new things with a different location and the idea of having alternate years has been discussed.

        “It means that next year Ant and Dec would be back in the traditional jungle, before returning to Wales again the following year."

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        What does the winner of I'm a Celebrity get?

        Many viewers will be surprised to hear this but remarkably the winner of the show gets absolutely nothing.

        However, they get to keep the title of King or Queen of the castle as well as the crown.

        The show is again back at the castle, and Giovanna will now have the honour of handing over her crown to the winner of the 2021 series.

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        Who is Danny Miller?

        Danny Miller is an English actor who is known for playing Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale, for which he has won three British Soap Awards for Best Actor.

        Danny made his television debut when he played Kyle Brown in the BBC kids show Grange Hill.

        In April 2014 the actor played William in the BBC production of Jamaica Inn.

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