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Celebrities given taste of kangaroo

Skydiving, death threats and kangaroo fillet were all on the menu for the I'm A Celebrity stars as they made it through day one in the jungle.

Having won the Bush Tucker Trial, the girls spent the night drinking champagne in a luxury villa, while the boys were dumped in a jungle clearing to spend the night on ground sheets.

Nutritionist Gillian McKeith prepared a meal of kangaroo fillet, having appointed herself camp chef, but the TV star was already beginning to wind up fellow contestants with her bossiness and insect phobia.

She panicked on finding a spider in her bed, prompting veteran actress Britt Ekland to say "Gillian is acting like a child. A child with too much sugar."

McKeith spent the evening in tears, complaining that the jungle was a "hell hole".

"I'm finding it very hard," she said. "I have a serious phobia to the point I could faint if I see a spider. I feel like I'm having a heart attack."

Meanwhile, in Camp Bruce, the boys were left with nothing but boots, torches and a map to find their way to a makeshift camp for the night.

Ex-MP Lembit Opik claimed he was enjoying the experience, while former Coronation Street actor Nigel Havers, ever the gentleman, said he would have swapped places with the girls had the boys won the trial.

But on waking up the following morning, Havers said he wanted to "kill someone for this - and Ant and Dec are first on the list".

A skydive into the jungle was next on the agenda for four of the 10 celebrities, with Olympic gold medal sprinter Linford Christie going first.

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