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Ant and Dec looking forward to I’m A Celebrity’s return to Australia

This year’s popular ITV show was filmed in Wales for a second year.

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Ant and Dec said they are looking forward to I’m A Celebrity’s return to Australia (Ian West/PA)

Ant and Dec said they are looking forward to I’m A Celebrity’s return to Australia (Ian West/PA)

Ant and Dec said they are looking forward to I’m A Celebrity’s return to Australia (Ian West/PA)

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have expressed their desire for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! to return to Australia.

The ITV show was filmed at Gwrych Castle in Wales for a second year in 2021 due to ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions, instead of its usual location in the Australian jungle.

Emmerdale star Danny Miller was crowned the winner during an eventful series which saw intruders removed on two separate occasions and the contestants evacuated from camp for a few days as a precaution as Storm Arwen damaged the site.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Donnelly said of filming in Wales for a second year: “We weren’t saddened but we were surprised. With Covid there was no getting around it.”

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Ant McPartlin, left, and Declan Donnelly during The Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Ant McPartlin, left, and Declan Donnelly during The Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

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Ant McPartlin, left, and Declan Donnelly during The Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

McPartlin added: “If it has to be Wales for another series, we will do it in Wales, but we want to go back to Australia.”

The pair have presented I’m A Celebrity since 2002, but in 2018 Holly Willoughby stepped in to host alongside Donnelly while McPartlin took a break away from his TV roles following his drink-driving arrest.

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Donnelly told Norton: “Australia is the spiritual home of I’m A Celebrity and where it’s been for 20 years, and four weeks there in the sun in October and November is great. We love it and we want to go back.”

The presenting duo also spoke about ITV’s Limitless Win, their new TV show created by Hello Dolly in which contestants answer questions to climb a never-ending money ladder for the chance to pocket an unlimited jackpot.

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Ricky Gervais also appears on The Graham Norton Show this week (Matt Crossick/PA)

Ricky Gervais also appears on The Graham Norton Show this week (Matt Crossick/PA)

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Ricky Gervais also appears on The Graham Norton Show this week (Matt Crossick/PA)

Talking about it being their first new show format in many years, Donnelly said: “It is exciting but then you realise you are putting something new out there to be criticised and there are so many more ways for people to criticise these days than there were 10 years ago.”

Other guests appearing on The Graham Norton Show include Ricky Gervais, Hollywood star Cate Blanchett and musician Elvis Costello.

Gervais said the success of his hit show After Life, which recently returned to Netflix with a third series, is “overwhelming”.

The Office star said: “I never thought it would be this big and (the) best part has been the emotional response.”

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday at 10.35pm.


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