Since the announcement that the next round in the series will take place in the supposedly haunted castle rather than Australia due to COVID-19, renovations have started, ensuring it is safe for the new batch of celebrities .
And clues of the challenges ahead have already been spotted when a huge class cage was brought over one of the castle’s closed areas.
ITV is believed to have spent £ 1million guarding the castle for the show’s six weeks.
The show’s bosses are said to have gone out of their way to keep the location safe, with the Sun reporting that they hired a security company that employs former Special Forces soldiers to form a “ring of steel.” ”Around the castle.
Producers have also been reported to be reluctant to terrify celebrities and viewers in the challenges that will win star food.
The Daily Star alleged that ITV did not want to scare the young viewers of the family show with bloody challenges.
Instead, they want to embrace the historical setting in which the 20th series will be filmed.
A source revealed: ‘Some people on the show wanted to get away from the giant, spooky critters of Australia for something much more in keeping with the history and character of a castle, think, scares and chores to the ‘Halloween’ – only for Every day of the week.
They wanted the candidates to be scared, but they were overwhelmed. ”
“The managers said it was primarily a family show, so there won’t be any blood or guts, and the castle is currently being prepared for the show which begins in November.”
The spirit of the Countess of Dundonald, who died in 1923, is said to haunt the building alongside her “tyrannical husband,” the Earl of Dundonald.
Gwrch Castle also offered plenty of ghost tours before it was set as the next I’m A Celebrity location.
According to the site: “The Countess’s Tower is one of the most paranormally active areas of the castle, and is set in gardens that are said to be haunted by the Countess herself. ”
Other figures who have been seen in the vicinity are believed to be the former game keeper and a distressed housekeeper, among other household staff.
While Bushtucker’s trials in the show’s past would have caused disgusted celebrities to eat live insects and crawl on various animals in narrow, dark enclosures, it can also be quite different this year.
UK animal welfare laws discourage the use of live animals in TV productions, so producers may need to be more inventive to scare and disgust fellow campmates.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly have already arrived in Wales and recently delighted fans with a selfie wearing brown explorer costumes with a compass and a water bottle with their names on them.
They were right in the middle of the Welsh countryside and between them there was a sign reading ‘Castle’, as the Geordie duo beamed at the camera.