I'm A Celeb returning to Welsh castle due to travel restriction uncertainty

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TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has said it is not returning to its Australian home this year, due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The ITV show will once again head to Gwrych Castle near Abergale in north Wales, with Australian borders still closed to foreigners.

I'm A Celeb's 2020 series, which was won by podcaster Giovanna Fletcher, was filmed in the UK for the first time as the ongoing pandemic forced producers to can plans to take the show to its usual home in Australia.

Undated handout photo issued by I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! of Gwrych Castle, Abergele, North Wales, which has been transformed into a campsite for 10 stars ahead of the new series.

Image: The castle was used in the 2020 series

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV head of entertainment commissioning, said: "We can confirm today that we'll be returning to Wales for the 2021 series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

"We've always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the COVID situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we're pleased that we can return there.

"I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series."

Richard Cowles, director of unscripted at Lifted Entertainment, which makes the show, said: "With the continued uncertainty around COVID and international travel we have taken the decision not to return to our home in Australia for the 2021 series.

"We're excited to return to Gwrych Castle.

"The last series was a huge success and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone locally and can't wait to see everyone again."

The return of the show will help the ongoing restoration of the venue, Mark Baker, the chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust said.

Ant and Dec will return to host the programme once again when it airs later in the year.

2021 will be the 19th year of the show, with I'm A Celeb celebrating its 20th anniversary next year.

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