I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will go ahead in Wales after lockdown announcement

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I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will go ahead as planned this year despite Wales being placed under a "fire break" lockdown.

The hit ITV show — fronted by Ant and Dec — will be filmed in Wales' Gwrych Castle this year after the coronavirus pandemic has left the crew unable to film in its usual location of Australia.

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford confirmed on Monday that the residents of the country will be forced to stay at home until 9 November, leaving fans of the reality show confused as to whether it would be able to go ahead.

However, the Twitter account for the historic castle which the team will be using as the base for the show has now announced the the filming can still take place.

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They wrote: "Following the announcement today from the First Minister, the overriding message is that filming CAN continue in Wales providing related activity cannot be undertaken from home, and there is full compliance with Welsh law. We cannot wait to see I'm A Celebrity on our screens!"

A spokesperson for ITV added: "I'm A Celebrity continues to adhere to all relevant guidelines as well as our own strict Covid protocols."

Fans of the show were quick to announce their joy at the news, with one writing: "Thank goodness for that!

"I'm sure @ITV will take all precautions they can. Come on we need something to keep us going through the long dark nights ahead!"

A second added: "Thank god for that! Best news we've heard all day!," with a third adding: "Great news!! Cannot wait!"

It was reported earlier this month that bosses for the show were in "urgent talks" about axing the upcoming series amid the reports of a Welsh lockdown.

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An insider told Sunday People: "It has been a huge concern to the casting team as well as producers.

"The possibility of postponing the series and rescheduling to early next year was given due consideration.

"But rescheduling isn’t a viable option as the casting involves set dates in contracts for talent."

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"A contingency plan is being put into place but it’s unlikely they will be able to postpone to 2021.

"In the worst-case scenario this year’s series will have to be cancelled."

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will return to ITV next month.

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