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I'm A Celebrity UK 2020: Jessica Plummer, Mo Farah and Vernon Kay launch the first series in the UK


I'm a celebrity Get me out of here! The first series started in Great Britain on Sunday evening. The ten celebrities arrived at their new home at Gwrych Castle for the first time.

Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly quickly referred to the show's new home by greeting fans in Welsh, joking that even "the helicopters were socially distant" after the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the opening show, celebrities like Vernon Kay, Beverley Callard and Mo Farah faced a grueling challenge on their trip to the castle before facing their first attempt at Gates From Hell.

It is here! I'm a celebrity Get me out of here! The first series started in Great Britain on Sunday evening. The ten celebrities arrived at their new home at Gwrych Castle for the first time

When the show started, presenters Ant and Dec seemed to understand the Welsh language as they prompted fans with 'noswaith dda' (good evening) from their new home in the castle and admitted that even they were surprised that the show had managed to air during the current crisis.

Dec revealed that the ten celebrities were flown to Wales, joking, "Even the helicopters are socially distant!"

Mo Farah, Beverley Callard, Hollie Arnold, Shane Richie and AJ Pritchard were dropped off in the Welsh mountains, where they leaned over having to get their backpacks off the cliffs with the help of the other five celebrities.

Beverley got a glimpse of the Welsh countryside from her helicopter and said, “Snakes, spiders, creepy crawlies, rats, I don't like enclosed spaces – why did I say yes to this show? Oh dear, I don't mind ironing. & # 39;

We are back! Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly quickly referred to the show's new home, greeted fans in Welsh and joked that even "the helicopters were socially distant" after the COVID-19 pandemic

We are back! Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly quickly referred to the show's new home, greeted fans in Welsh and joked that even "the helicopters were socially distant" after the COVID-19 pandemic

Let's go! The show started with stars like Mo Farah taking a helicopter to the Welsh mountains

Fear: AJ Pritchard couldn't hide his fears as he and the other celebrities prepared to take on their first challenge

Let's go! The show began with stars like Mo Farah (left) and AJ Pritchard flying to the Welsh mountains to meet the celebrities they would live with

Ready: Vernon Kay really wanted to go to the castle

Scary: Beverley Callard had reservations about the challenge ahead and confessed that she had no survival skills.

Ready: Vernon Kay and Beverley Callard (right) both clearly had reservations about the challenge ahead

AJ added, "This is the only show I saw as a kid and always wanted to do. This is a dream come true."

Mo said, "I have no survival skills other than running away from things you don't like."

Vernon Kay, Jessica Plummer, Jordan North, Giovanna Fletcher and Victoria Derbyshire learned that they also had to walk down the side of a cliff to collect the backpacks that were padlocked to the rocks with the help of the other stars that had been placed higher.

Task One: On the opening challenge, the celebrities worked off in pairs to abseil down a cliff and collect backpacks of their gear as they move into the castle

Takeover: Beverley admitted she had little survival skills before going into the castle

Funnyman: Meanwhile, Shane was full of comedic moments when he and the other celebrities teamed up on their first challenge

Recording: Beverley (left) and Shane put on their protective suits as they prepared to team up with the other celebrities to win their backpacks

Working in pairs, the stars would unlock the backpacks after answering questions about each other, and incorrect answers would mean that the stars would be without their gear when they entered the lock.

From the start, Jordan struggled with the prospect of abseiling down the dangerous cliff and was sick on the grass before saying, "I can't believe I was sick, I've only been here five minutes and already vomiting. & # 39;

The challenge turned out to be as dramatic as ever: Giovanna lost her footing as she went down the cliff, but she quickly recovered before snapping the first backpack.

That's nasty: from the start, Jordan struggled with the prospect of abseiling off the dangerous cliff and was sick on the grass before saying, "I can't believe I was sick, I've only been here five minutes and throw up already & # 39;

That's nasty: from the start, Jordan struggled with the prospect of abseiling off the dangerous cliff and was sick on the grass before saying, "I can't believe I was sick, I've only been here five minutes and throw up already & # 39;

Record: After admitting she wanted to sign up for the show as an "adventure" after her battle with breast cancer

Get Stuck: She threw herself into the task of rappelling down the cliff

Record: After Victoria admitted she wanted to sign up for the show as an "adventure" after battling breast cancer in 2015, she threw herself into the task of rappelling down the cliff

We got there! Jess struggled with her nerves as she walked down the cliff front and picked up the backpacks before using the stars' answers to open the padlocks

We got there! Jess struggled with her nerves as she walked down the cliff front and picked up the backpacks before using the stars' answers to open the padlocks

See it! Jordan was the last star to step on the cliff, and despite struggling with altitude, managed to abseil down and reach the backpack, all stars managing to correctly answer their respective questions

See it! Jordan was the last star to step on the cliff, and despite struggling with altitude, managed to abseil down and reach the backpack, all stars managing to correctly answer their respective questions

Vernon was down the cliff next, with Beverley down to help, and the duo managed to get the next backpack, followed by Victoria and Jess.

Jordan was the last star to step on the cliff, and despite struggling with altitude, managed to abseil down and reach the backpack, all stars managing to correctly answer their respective questions.

When they first went into the castle, the ten stars were given a glimpse of their living quarters for the next 20 days, apart from a burning campfire with low heat sources.

You did it! When they first went into the castle, the ten stars were given a glimpse into their living quarters for the next 20 days

You did it! When they first went into the castle, the ten stars were given a glimpse into their living quarters for the next 20 days

Emotional: But it seemed like camp life was already taking its toll on Jessica

Sad: She tearfully told the other girls that she missed her four-year-old daughter Noa

Emotional: But it seemed like camp life was already taking its toll on Jessica when she tearfully told the other girls that she missed her four-year-old daughter Noa

But it seemed like camp life was already taking its toll on Jessica when she tearfully told the other girls that she missed her four-year-old daughter Noa.

She said to Giovanna and Hollie, "I said to my daughter before we left that if she misses me when she is home, she looks for the moon, I can see the moon and we can both see it."

The actress previously announced that she'd recorded video messages for her little girl in her absence and told MailOnline earlier this week, "It's strange the closer I get, the more excited I am about doing the show, but the more daunting she is to think I won't see her in more than three weeks, which is heartbreaking because this is the longest time I haven't seen her.

& # 39; She is my little girl. It gets really weird, but I hope I just make her proud. Hopefully she can see me if it's pre-recorded and it's okay for her to see it.

“I recorded messages for her, just like“ good morning. ”I literally taped up to three weeks in advance just in case I'll be around for the long haul for her to see me at least every day.

"She'll be around the family so I know she'll be absolutely fine, but it'll definitely be strange."

After wiping away her tears, Jessica and the other stars got their new living space under control, including the "terrible" bathroom, as Jordan described it.

Beverley complained, “The washroom. First of all, it's minging. It takes a really good cleaning. Well, I'm sorry, but no. My hair. I'll look like I've had Donald Trump's hairdresser. «

It wasn't long before celebrity hosts Ant and Dec met for their first official test of the series called The Gates To Hell.

Each star was in a separate chamber and had to transfer stars through each chamber by moving them through the mesh either with your hands or with a magnet.

The celebrities worked to maneuver the stars through their respective gates as roaches, crickets, mealworms and maggots rained down on them, and Beverley struggled as she screamed through the gates.

While Jordan battled the insects that rained down on him again, Mo seemed to maintain a steely focus, with the group managing seven stars in total, which meant seven meals for dinner.

This year's stars will experience the most brutal living conditions in the show's 20-year history after ITV moved from Australia to Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Presenters Ant and Dec, who are presenting from their new studio next door, will enter the castle living quarters at the end of each episode to reveal which celebrity has been chosen by the public to carry out the trials – who will be seen as always Creature.

ITV rented the 19th century castle for £ 1 million for six weeks after Covid-19 ruled out the usual Australian environment.

MailOnline got special access to the brand new set of the show at the eerie Gwrych Castle. ITV rented the 19th-century castle for £ 1 million for six weeks after Covid-19 ruled out the Australian backdrop.

The participants sleep on rusty old beds that are covered by a newly installed plastic roof. Only the campfire in the adjoining living rooms provides warmth.

In Baltic conditions, when roommates need the bathroom at night, they have to go outside to visit the Privy, a battered old shed that replaced the traditional dunny.

And the normally spoiled celebrities bathe in a tiny tin bath and wash their hair with water from an old watering can hanging overhead – their modesty is obscured by a moldy shower curtain.

The live shows are broadcast in the evening for guests – instead of morning time in Australia – which means the chores take place late at night and a torch-lit staircase replaces the famous bridge.

Executive producer Tom Gould told Mirror Online: 'This is on par with our experimental bridges in Australia. Here they go down and face their fears in the trials.

"Obviously it'll happen at night after the live show, so those flaming torches will all be lit and it's going to be very atmospheric."

The 2020 streak is expected to only last 20 days – two shorter than normal.

ITV announced an extreme COVID management plan to keep the series running smoothly, including the celebrities who are tested every three days and the crew members who wear proximity buzzers, wear masks and receive temperature checks on arrival.

The celebrities isolated themselves two weeks before their arrival.

Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios, said, “Everyone on the production team worked incredibly hard to bring I & # 39; m A Celebrity to Wales, and a significant part of that was achieved by developing our protocols around COVID .

& # 39; We worked with ITV's independent Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Paul Litchfield, ITV's Health and Safety Department, and our own Health, Safety and Medical teams worked together to keep everyone on camera as safe as possible with production on and off camera. & # 39;

Dr. Paul Litchfield added, “Those involved in I'm A Celebrity are used to working safely in extreme and challenging environments.

& # 39; The procedures and protocols developed aim to ensure a thorough defense against the coronavirus by applying industry best practices and always following regulatory and local guidelines.

I'm a celebration … get me out of here! 2020: who are the celebrities?

Surname: SIR MO FARAH CBE

Age: 37

Claim to fame: The most successful British athlete in the history of the Olympic Games

Phobias: Any animal that moves

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice when people see me doing something other than running

Role in the warehouse: cook

Most miss: Coffee, my wife and my kids

Dream campmates: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

Relationship status: Married

Surname: SHANE RICHIE

Age: 56

Phobias: Human feces. If I see one, it's over! I hope the storage toilet will be closed

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don't think I'm that interesting

Role in the warehouse: Person who empathizes with something

Most miss: My family and routine at home

Dream campmates: Eric Cantona, a pop star of the 80s or The Roc

Relationship status: Married

Surname: BEVERLEY CALLARD

Age: 63

Claim to fame: Corrie legend

Phobias: Ghosts and insects

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: People think I'm glamorous because I've played Liz for so long, but I'm not

Role in the warehouse: cleanser

Most miss: Dogs and my husband Jon

Dream campmates: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

Relationship status: Married

Surname: AJ PRITCHARD

Age: 26th

Claim to fame: Formerly strictly professional

Phobias: Treble, claustrophobia

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tans, but no one knows who I am

Role in the warehouse: Keep the mood up and cleaner

Most miss: My warm and comfortable bed

Dream campmates: Any celebrity with a fascinating background

Relationship status: Dating

Name: VERNON KAY

Age: 46

Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

Phobias: I don't like being trapped underwater!

The biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: I think I've been the same throughout my career – so I don't have any.

Role in the warehouse: Person to keep the mood up.

Most miss: My family.

Dream camper: Everyone who won the Super Bowl!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Age: 52

Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

Phobias: I'm not a fan of spiders or tight spaces and I don't know what I'll be like when I'm there!

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: I don't think I have any as people only know me as a news and current affairs person!

Role in the warehouse: Shoulder to cry on.

Most miss: My boys, my husband, my dog ​​and my mother.

Dream campmates: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Age: 35

Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

Phobias: Heights. My legs are shaking and you can't rationalize it

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: I'm not that controversial, so nothing

Role in the warehouse: Mom, girlfriend and hugger

Most miss: My husband Tom and my three children

Dream campmates: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so that he can help us with any survival skills

Relationship status: Married

Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

Age: 28

Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights – exactly with every phobia

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice when people see me for who I am and not my EastEnders character

Role in the warehouse: Chatterbox and little sister

Most miss: My daughter. It will be the longest time we've been apart

Dream campmates: Denzel Washington would be great. I would listen to every word he said

Relationship status: single

Name: JORDAN NORTH

Age: 30th

Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ

Phobias: It's just easier to say what I'm not afraid of. I have so many phobias

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: I'm always bubbly and energetic on my Radio 1 show, but everyone has downtime too. So it will be nice when people see who I really am

Role in the warehouse: Entertainer and the tidy person – I love a tidy house

Most miss: A nice cool pint of Guinness

Dream campmates: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. It would be great entertainment

Relationship status: single

Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE

Age: 26th

Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medalist

Phobias: be crazy

Biggest misunderstanding that you want to dispel in the castle: I don't want it to focus on my disability

Role in the warehouse: Chef / shoulder to cry on

Most miss: My friend, food and my cats

Dream campmates: Michelle Keegan – she is beautiful

Relationship status: Dating

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