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Inside I'm A Celeb castle - with 'gruelling' new camp and outside toilet

Mirror logo Mirror 23/10/2020 Lucy Needham
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Gwyrch Castle has undergone a complete transformation ahead of the eagerly anticipated return of I'm A Celebrity.... Get Me Out of Here! this month.

The derelict building has been given a drastic makeover with workmen toiling 'day and night' to ensure the 200 year old building is ready to host the celebrities, trials and an ITV production crew over the coming weeks.

TV bosses were forced to take drastic measures when coronavirus travel restrictions meant the show could not be broadcast live from Queensland, Australia as usual.

But after weeks of non-stop work, Gwyrch Castle is finally starting to look ready to welcome the campmates - and number of suitably terrifying Bushtucker Trials - as these latest aerial shots reveal.

The crew have pulled out all the stops to make the castle I'm A Celeb ready © SWNS The crew have pulled out all the stops to make the castle I'm A Celeb ready

Much like the Aussie camp that viewers are accustomed to seeing, the Welsh castle also features an alfresco living area based around a camp fire - which the celebs will be needing in the cold winter nights.

However, due to health and safety concerns - a TV insider has revealed that the contestants will not be sleeping outside this year.

But of course, this being I'm A Celeb the sleeping arrangements will be far from luxurious.

an old stone building: ITV confirmed I'm A Celeb would be relocated to Gwrych Castle in Wales this year © Getty Images ITV confirmed I'm A Celeb would be relocated to Gwrych Castle in Wales this year a castle on top of a lush green field: The listed building has undergone serious renovations ahead of the show © Getty Images The listed building has undergone serious renovations ahead of the show

A TV insider told The Sun: "The bosses still want the whole experience to be a gruelling challenge, so they’ve taken the toughest elements of the show down under and transported them lock, stock and barrel over here.

"You can see the basic facilities are being reproduced within the walls of Gwrych — other than the toilet, which sadistic producers look like they’ve placed outside the building, just to expose the stars to the elements even more."

The reconstruction has proved a huge task for ITV given the castle's crumbling 200 year old structure.

Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly are posing for a picture: Ant and Dec will be hosting from the less than sunny location of north Wales this year © Internet Unknown Ant and Dec will be hosting from the less than sunny location of north Wales this year

And that's not the only problem the crew have faced.

Further travel chaos was inflicted when the Welsh government decided to close the borders to tourists earlier this month following an increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases.

This was then followed up the announcement of a 17 day fire break lockdown from 6pm today.

The fire-break, which will last two weeks and include the half-term holiday, is the tightest in Wales since the UK-wide measures taken during the first-wave.

It means that people most work from home where possible, no gatherings with people you do not live with indoors or outdoors and a ban on all non essential travel.

Despite the numerous headaches, an ITV source has confirmed to the Mirror that show will still be going ahead.

"I'm A Celebrity continues to adhere to all relevant guidelines as well as our own strict Covid protocols," said a representative for the channel.

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