I’m A Celebrity filming KICKS OFF with helicopters spotted near Gwrych Castle in Wales as it’s revealed stars will endure 50mph gales and torrential rain when show returns on Sunday

I’m A Celebrity was relocated to Wales this year as the show could not be filmed in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The 10 stars will have to brace themselves for the most brutal living conditions in the show’s 20-year history
They will sleep on rusty old beds, covered by a newly installed plastic roof, and have to use a Privy for the toilet
There is a boiler room for daily chores and Kiosk Kev has been replaced with Kiosk Cledwyn
ITV announced an extreme Covid Management Plan including stars getting tested every three days and crew members wearing proximity buzzers
The Met Office are reportedly looking at issuing a weather warning for strong winds in North Wales this coming Sunday, when the series kicks off.

I’m A Celebrity filming has kicked off!

Helicopters were spotted near Gwrych Castle in Wales on Friday afternoon, as it was revealed that stars will endure 50mph gales and torrential rain when the show returns for its 2020 series on Sunday.

Traditionally, high-octane entrances to the campsite – which was previously in Australia – include choppers, which are often used for dramatic skydiving descents.

The show has had to adapt the entire format as they looked for new ways to kick-start the entrance of the celebrities at the new location.

A source told Mirror Online that filming got underway this afternoon ahead of the opening show on Sunday.

The helicopters were seen shortly before new flying restrictions were put in place in the area around the enormous I’m A Celebrity set.

Aerial activity status above Gwrych Castle will become a yellow or red zone from 5pm this evening until 8pm on December 5.

This means that flying restrictions will be in place throughout the series to prevent other aircraft from interfering.

The helicopter sightings come as This Morning’s Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford brought in Welsh weather forecaster Ruth Dodsworth to deliver some bad news for I’m A Celeb campmates.

She told viewers: ‘A wet, warm, Welsh welcome awaits our celebs. It is going to be miserable.

Exciting! Large-scale rigging has been built on the castle grounds

‘Heavy rain, thundery downpours. Can you believe it – the Met Office are even looking at issuing a weather warning for strong winds.

‘We could see gales – winds of over 50mph this weekend. What can I say, except sorry? We’re not doing it on purpose in Wales!’

Ruth added that, although their second week in camp could be dry, it would considerably colder, with ‘frosty conditions’ forecast for the area.

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2020: Who are the celebrities?

Name: SIR MO FARAH CBE

Age: 37

Claim to fame: The most successful British track athlete in Olympic Games history

Phobias: Any animal that moves

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running

Role in the camp: Cook

Miss most: Coffee, my wife and children

Dream campmate: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

Relationship status: Married

Name: SHANE RICHIE

Age: 56

Phobias: Human faeces. If I see one, it is over! I am hoping the camp toilet will be enclosed

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don’t think I am that interesting

Role in the camp: Person who will muck in with anything

Miss most: My family and routine at home

Dream campmate: Eric Cantona, any 80s’ pop star or The Roc

Relationship status: Married

Name: BEVERLEY CALLARD

Age: 63

Claim to fame: Corrie legend

Phobias: Ghosts and insects

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People think I am glamorous as I have played Liz for so long but I am not

Role in the camp: Cleaner

Miss most: Dogs and my husband, Jon

Dream campmate: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

Relationship status: Married

Name: AJ PRITCHARD

Age: 26

Claim to fame: Former Strictly professional

Phobias: Heights, claustrophobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like

Role in the camp: Keeping spirits up and the cleaner

Miss most: My warm and comfy bed

Dream campmate: Any celebrity with an intriguing background

Relationship status: Dating

Name: VERNON KAY

Age: 46

Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

Phobias: I don’t like being confined underwater!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think I have always been the same throughout my career – so I don’t have any.

Role in the camp: Person to keep spirits up.

Miss most: My family.

Dream camper: Anybody who has won the Super Bowl!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Age: 52

Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

Phobias: I am not a fan of spiders or confined spaces and I don’t know what I am going to be like when I get there!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t think I have any as people just know me as the news and current affairs person!

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on.

Miss most: My boys, husband, dog and Mum.

Dream campmate: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver to cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Age: 35

Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

Phobias: Heights. My legs go wobbly and you can’t rationalise it

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I am not that controversial so nothing

Role in the camp: Mum, friend and the giver of hugs

Miss most: My husband, Tom, and my three children

Dream campmate: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so he can help us with all the survival skills

Relationship status: Married

Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

Age: 28

Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights –just about every phobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me for who I am rather than my EastEnders character

Role in the camp: Chatterbox and little sister

Miss most: My daughter. It’s going to be the longest we’ve been apart

Dream campmate: Denzel Washington would be awesome. I would listen to every word he said

Relationship status: Single

Name: JORDAN NORTH

Age: 30

Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ

Phobias: It’s just easier to say what I am not scared of. I have so many phobias

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: On my Radio 1 show, I am always bubbly and energetic but everyone has down moments too, so it will be nice for people to see what I am really like

Role in the camp: Entertainer and the tidy up person –I love a tidy house

Miss most: A nice cool pint of Guinness

Dream campmate: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. He would be great entertainment value

Relationship status: Single

Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE

Age: 26

Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medallist

Phobias: Spiders

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t want it to focus on my disability

Role in the camp: Cook/shoulder to cry on

Miss most: My boyfriend, food and my cats

Dream campmate: Michelle Keegan –she is beautiful

Relationship status: Dating

Source: dailymail.co.uk