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I’m a Celebrity could stay in Wales for next two years as Covid situation remains unclear

05 Dec 2020 2 minutes Read
Gwrych Castle. Ognyan Petrov (CC BY-SA 4.0).

I’m a Celebrity bosses are exploring the possibility of keeping the show in Wales for the next two years as the Covid situation remains unclear, according to reports in the UK press.

According to the Sun newspaper, they have inquired about storage in the area for the next two years.

Production chiefs have requested a place big enough to house the purpose-built sets and trials built especially for Gwrych Castle near Abergele.

Higher than usual viewing ­figures and the pandemic meant they were reconsidering plans to return to Australia next year.

A source told the Sun: “The show has been warmly received by a lot of people. Its viewing figures broke records as curious fans tuned in to see how different it looked, and millions stayed.

“They only had ten weeks to prepare for life in Wales and they’ve pulled it off brilliantly.

“There’s a cost element to flying a production half way around the world when they’ve now laid a successful blueprint for it in the UK.”

 

‘Wales?’

Executive producer Richard Cowles said the forced move from Australia had opened their eyes to a full-time UK-based show.

He said: “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?”]

The owners of Gwrych Castle claimed that the show had brought in over £1m to Wales’ economy.

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