I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! is a British reality TV series in which a number of celebrities live together in a jungle environment for a number of weeks, competing to be crowned "King" or "Queen of the Jungle".

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Created byGranada and LWT
Original workI'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (United Kingdom)
OwnerITV Studios
Films and television
Television seriesI'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (independent international versions, see below)
Miscellaneous
First aired25 August 2002 (2002-08-25)
DistributorITV Studios

The show was originally created in the United Kingdom by Granada Television and produced by its subsidiary, ITV's then London franchise London Weekend Television (LWT) and developed by a team including James Allen, Natalka Znak, Brent Baker and Stewart Morris. The first episode aired on 25 August 2002 hosted by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, also known as Ant and Dec. It is now produced by ITV Studios and has been licensed globally to countries including the United States, Germany, France, Hungary, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Romania, Australia and India.[1]

Filming locationEdit

 
 
King Ranch (2002)
 
Dungay (2003–)
Camp locations in Australia
 
On location in the Dungay Creek 'Jungle', Dungay in north-eastern New South Wales, Australia (April 2004)

The UK, German and the 2003 US versions of the series take place in New South Wales, Australia, at a permanently-built up camp and filming studios on a disused banana plantation facility called Dungay Creek in Dungay near Murwillumbah.[2] However the first UK series of the show (aired in 2002) was filmed on a smaller site close to King Ranch (officially El Rancho del Rey) in Kooroomool,[3] near Tully, Queensland, in Australia.[4]

The leaseholder of the privately owned Dungay site is the British production company ITV Studios, formerly Granada Television, which extensively redesigned and built on the previously open site and equipped it with camera and sound technology for TV broadcasting. About 600 mostly Australian crew members, including 136 from the UK, are involved in the yearly production and in excess of 100 cameras are used.[5] Inside the entrance to the filming location is an open area allocated to buildings which accommodate on-site medical facilities, containers for the storage of props, and other backstage facilities. Families and friends of the celebrities are housed here each morning during evictions. From this area, a restricted access road climbs to the site of the studios. The road then heads down into a valley via four-wheel drive access to the set of the show.

In August 2020, it was confirmed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, the 20th UK series would be filmed in Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.[6] On 2 August 2021, it was announced that, due to Australia's border remaining closed amid COVID-19 restrictions in the country, filming would again be taking place at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Wales. As part of the agreement with Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, ITV announced it would continue to help support the ongoing restoration project of the site.[7]

The Australian series is usually filmed in Blyde River Canyon near Hoedspruit and Kruger National Park, in South Africa.[8] The seventh season however was pre-recorded in Australia during late 2020 at the site used by the British and German versions since 2003.

Other versions of the show have been filmed in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Suriname, Indonesia and Malaysia.

CriticismEdit

This series has been criticised by Tessa Jowell, at the time the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. In an interview with the Financial Times during the second UK series, she said, "If they weren't mostly – save their blushes – has-been celebrities, there might be more interest ... I think that if we saw many more programming hours taken over by reality TV, I hope you'd begin to see a viewers' revolt."[9]

In 2002, CBS, broadcaster of the popular American reality show Survivor, unsuccessfully sued ABC and Granada TV over a planned American version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, alleging similarities.[10]

The show's use of live insects and other living creatures in the bushtucker trials has led to some public criticism of the show and its producers and those involved in the programming. This issue was highlighted during the 2009 UK series, where celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo killed, cooked and ate a rat. The RSPCA Australia investigated the incident and sought to prosecute D'Acampo and actor Stuart Manning for animal cruelty after this episode of the show was aired. ITV was fined but the two celebrities involved were not prosecuted for animal cruelty despite being charged with the offence by the New South Wales Police. This incident did, however, highlight among certain groups such as Buglife, a British charity for the conservation of insects, and the RSPCA, the controversy surrounding the killing of living creatures for human entertainment.

There has been criticism that the producers pretend that the celebrities have to live in "dangerous" jungle even though they are in a controlled environment, with some of the scenery being artificial, e.g. a pond and a small waterfall.[11]

In November 2014, TV presenter Chris Packham wrote an open letter to Ant & Dec asking them and ITV to end the "abuse of animals" in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. He described the trials as "out of date" and "silly".[12] Packham again requested that the programme end its perceived animal abuse on stage during the 2019 TV Choice Awards, whilst imploring celebrities and those in the television industry to be more conscious of the environment.[13]

In January 2021, the show received criticism for its "sick', "traumatic" and "unnecessary" content when a contestant was bitten by a snake in an episode.[14]

International versionsEdit

Status legend
Status Meaning
Current Currently airing franchise
Awaiting Franchise awaiting confirmation
Upcoming Franchise with an upcoming season
Ended Franchise no longer in production
Unknown Status unknown
Original Original version (in title column)
Versions of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! by country
Country Local title Status Filming location Network Winners Presenters
Australia I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![15] Upcoming
Network Ten
Denmark Jeg Er En Celebrity… Få Mig Væk Herfra![18] Ended Kruger National Park, South Africa TV3
  • Season 1, 2015: Gustav Salinas
Finland Olen Julkkis... Päästäkää Minut Pois! Upcoming TBA MTV3 Season 1, 2022: Upcoming season[20]
France Je suis une célébrité, sortez-moi de là ! Ended
TF1
Germany Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! Upcoming RTL
Greece I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Upcoming ANT1
  • Season 1, 2022: Upcoming season[21]
  • TBA
Hungary Celeb vagyok ... ments ki innen! Ended
RTL Klub
  • Season 1, October 2008: Mariann Falusi
  • Season 2, Oct–Nov 2008: Andrea Keleti
  • Season 3, October 2014: Zsolt Erdei
  • Season 4, Oct–Nov 2014: Andrea Molnár
  • Season 5, 2017: Péter Kabát
India Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao Ended Taman Negara, Malaysia Sony
Netherlands Ik Ben Een Ster, Haal Me Hier Uit![22] Ended Suriname RTL 5
  • Season 1, 2014: Mathijs Vrieze
Romania Sunt celebru, scoate-mă de aici![24] Upcoming Kruger National Park, South Africa Pro TV Season 2, 2022: Upcoming season[25] TBA (2022)
Russia Звёзды в Африке Upcoming Limpopo, South Africa TNT Season 1, 2021: Current season[26] Mikhail Galustyan
Olga Buzova
Sweden Kändisdjungeln Ended Taman Negara, Malaysia TV4
  • Season 1, 2009: Karl Petter Bergvall
United Kingdom I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Original
Upcoming ITV
United States I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Ended
  • Dungay, New South Wales, Australia (2003)
  • Costa Rica (2009)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ITV Studios Takes I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! To Denmark and Romania". ITV Studios.com. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. ^ Fickling, David (20 November 2004). "Local residents in Australia unimpressed with ITV's I'm a Celebrity". the Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Outback Magazine - Stations". www.hoofsandhorns.com.au. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  4. ^ "The real picture - The Guardian - guardian.co.uk". www.theguardian.com. 6 September 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  5. ^ "ITV's jungle juggernaut". Royal Television Society. 6 April 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  6. ^ "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! UK location confirmed". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  7. ^ "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Here! to return to Wales in 2021". BBC. 2 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Channel 10 to film I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!". news.com.au. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  9. ^ Sherwin, Adam (9 May 2003). "I'm an MP ... get me into the newspapers". The Times.
  10. ^ "CBS loses fight to stop US version of I'm a Celebrity...". Brand Republic. 14 January 2003.
  11. ^ YouTube: Frontal21 (German television ZDF): Die Wahrheit – Ich bin ein Star holt mich hier raus (The Truth about I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!), 13 January 2008
  12. ^ "Chris Packham asks Ant and Dec to end 'animal abuse'". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  13. ^ Deen, Sarah. "Chris Packham blasts I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! for 'abusing animals'". Metro.
  14. ^ "Viewers turn on I'm A Celeb after 'sick' snake bite scene". NewsComAu. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  15. ^ "I'm a Celebrity heads to Oz". Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  16. ^ Knox, David. "10 shows in the can, juggling production for 2022. | TV Tonight".
  17. ^ "TV jungle gets real for Channel 10 but are celebs in or out?". news.com.au. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  18. ^ "I'm a Celeb for Denmark, Romania". C21media.
  19. ^ "Han skal være vært på Jeg er en celebrity – få mig væk herfra". Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Seikkailurealityjen kruununjalokivi saapuu vihdoin Suomeen – Olen Julkkis... Päästäkää Minut Pois! -ohjelman juontajina nähdään Janne Kataja ja Aku Hirviniemi". mtvuutiset.fi (in Finnish). 1 September 2021. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  21. ^ "Antenna moves into I'm a Celeb hub".
  22. ^ "ITV Studios Global Entertainment Takes I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! To The Netherlands". ITV Studios. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  23. ^ "RTL – ..EN ONTDEK". pressroom.rtl.nl.
  24. ^ "PRO TV prezinta: I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, show-ul care va schimba in 2015 televiziunea din Romania". ProTV.ro. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  25. ^ "I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! returns to Romania after seven years". Press Centre. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  26. ^ "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! travels to Russia". Press Centre. Retrieved 26 August 2021.

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