LESS than a year after Giovanna Fletcher's victory, I'm A Celebrity is returning to the box.
A group of new castaways are set to take on the survival challenge for the show's twenty-first series. But where did cameras settle down?
Where will I'm A Celebrity 2021 be filmed?
ITV have confirmed I'm A Celebrity will once again be filmed in Wales at Gwrych Castle, near Abergele.
The show has typically been filmed in Australia’s New South Wales, with the celebrities camping out around Springbrook National Park near Murwillumbah.
This was changed to Wales in 2020, due to restrictions in place across the world because of Covid.
In March, 2021, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall was hopeful and claimed the newest season of the programme would return to its initial set in Australia.
Production then did a U-turn on returning to Oz for 2021 after fears the country could shut its borders because of the ongoing pandemic.
In a statement issued in September, 2021, ITV bosses stated that the twenty-first season of I'm A Celebrity would be filmed in Wales, less than a year after the crowning of Giovanna Fletcher, the first Queen of the Castle.
"Viewers will once again see the celebrities undertake gruelling trials and action packed challenges to win food and treats, in the lead up to one of them emerging victorious", read the statement.
Will the show return to Australia in 2022?
This is still yet to be decided, but it hasn't been ruled out.
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.
“It depends a lot on how viewers like this coming series, but everyone is confident it’ll be more loved than ever given its new twists.”
Series showrunner Richard Cowles has also said I’m A Celebrity could remain in Wales, but no final decision had been made just yet.
He told Broadcast Now: “Australia has been I’m A Celebrity’s natural home and the Welsh version was born out of necessity rather than choice, but we’ve learned a lot and so maybe there is a UK incarnation of the show.
“We will look at what being in Wales means for the format going forward. Is it something we would want to do again, or do we want to return to Australia?”
When is I'm A Celebrity 2021 on TV?
Viewers had to remain patient before being treated to a new instalment.
ITV revealed that I'm A Celebrity 2021 will hit the screens on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
Based on previous series, the new season could last up until early to mid-December 2021.
Episodes will be airing daily at 9pm, following a shortened series in 2020.
Following its air time on TV, each episode will be available on the ITV Hub.
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