I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! bosses have reportedly arranged for crew to stay in a caravan park in North Wales incase the 2021 series can’t return to Australia.
In 2020, the production team moved into the Golden Sands Holiday Park in Rhyl for the duration of the show, which was filmed 15 minutes away at Gwyrch Castle.
A source has now claimed that execs have scouted out the venue’s availability once more as a ‘back-up plan’ just incase plans to jet abroad have to be scrapped.
Back-up: I’m A Celebrity bosses have reportedly arranged for crew to stay in a caravan park in North Wales incase the 2021 series can’t return to Australia (pictured hosts Ant and Dec)
Speaking with The Mirror, the source claimed: ‘Everyone is hoping to get back Down Under for the sunshine, including Ant and Dec.
‘But just in case that is ruled out by the authorities, a back-up plan is essential and that’s why the caravan site has been primed once more.’
MailOnline has contacted I’m A Celebrity’s representatives for further comment.
Golden Sands Holiday Park is popular with holidaymakers during summer months and this year there is thought to be availability for holidaymakers until November.
I’m A Celeb usually kicks off in the middle of November and runs into the first week of December, with Giovanna Fletcher being crowned Queen Of The Castle in 2020.
It was reported in April that show bosses won’t know if I’m A Celebrity will be able to return to its usual home in Australia for the upcoming 2021 series until September.
According to The Mirror, everyone is thought to be ‘very keen’ to return to the jungle and it is now just a ‘waiting game’ to know if it’ll be possible.
In March, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed that bosses are hoping the show will return to the jungle as that is how the show is ‘meant to be’.
Speaking as the network published its group annual results, she said: ‘If we can go back to Australia – and this show is meant to be in Australia – then that’s what we’ll do. We have a very good plan if not, as we have already done it once (in the castle).’
Going back for round two? There has been lots of speculation the show will return to Gwrych Castle in Wales for 2021 with reports claiming ITV have already booked it as a backup
The presenting duo said they’d be ‘very happy’ to remain in the UK for filming when the series returns later this year, joking they ‘wouldn’t miss the jet lag’.
Last year’s I’m A Celebrity was relocated to Gwrych Castle in Wales after plans to record the usual show in Australia became impossible due to COVID.
Speaking to Digital Spy magazine, Ant said: ‘If during coronavirus we have to stay put and do it in Wales again, I’d be very happy.
All good with them: Ant and Dec also said they’d be ‘very happy’ to remain in the UK for filming when the series returns later this year, joking they ‘wouldn’t miss the jet lag’ (pictured in 2020)
‘We were very welcomed in Wales. There were cardboard cut-outs of me and Dec in the butcher’s, and the local school did a tribute. We’d happily go back there. We’d miss the sunshine, mind.’
Dec added that he ‘wouldn’t be disappointed’ if filming was once again taking place in Wales later this year, adding: ‘The people in Wales were lovely…
‘They made us feel very welcome. I had a lovely time. I will miss the sunshine, but I will not miss the jet lag of coming back from Australia.’
And it seems that the show has already reserved the castle for another series just in case they can’t get to Australia.
In February, a source told The Sun: ‘Ultimately they are at the mercy of COVID-19 restrictions. Formally an agreement is in place for the use of Gwrych Castle this year. Should the show need to be held there again it has all got the green light.’
Possibility: The show is said to have been given the option to film Down Under, after the 2020 series was filmed in Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Wales (2020 winner Giovanna Fletcher)
It was also reported at the end of May that the show has reportedly been given the green light from Australian border force to return to the jungle.
According to reports, the show, hosted by Ant and Dec, has been given the option to film Down Under.
Although there is the option for a jungle return, an ITV spokesperson told MailOnline a decision has not yet been made on whether the show will return to Australia or not.
A spokesperson said at the time: ‘No final decision has yet been made regarding the location for the new series.’
Meanwhile, a border force source told The Sun: ‘Everyone is delighted with this news. All the signs are now pointing towards a return to the jungle.
‘As great as a year in the castle was, the show is made by its surroundings and the glitz and glamour of the jungle.
‘ITV have assurances from Australian border control bosses that even if a wider travel ban is still in place for tourists, they’ll get the paperwork and clearance they need to send cast and crew to Oz. It’s a big moment.’
Entry to Australia is currently closed to most arrivals amid the pandemic and the country has been hailed one of the world’s Covid success stories, where infection rates are near zero, due to their strict lockdowns and border control.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this month that Australia won’t re-open borders until mid-2022.
However, travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel by air to Australia and will not require an exemption.
Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption.
Fingers crossed: ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed earlier this year that bosses are hoping the show will return to the jungle (pictured in 2018)