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    Ant McPartlin surprises staff at a pub in Wales as he stops for a socially distanced selfie… as stars get to grips with their first trial ahead of I’m A Celebrity’s launch show

    • The presenter, 44, stunned pub staff at The Mulberry in Conwy Marina, Wales by posing for a socially-distanced selfie
    • Ant has joined his presenter partner Declan Donnelly in Wales to host I’m A Celebrity’s first ever UK-based series
    • On Friday the celebrities were seen filming their first terrifying Bushtucker Trial, with stars such as Jessica Plummer and Jordan North screaming with terror
    • The group were tasked with abseiling down a cliff in Anglesey, Wales, ahead of arriving at Gwrych Castle in Abergele
    • I’m A Celebrity has relocated to Wales this year after travel to Australia became impossible in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic 

    Ant McPartlin amazed pub staff as he stopped for a selfie ahead of I’m A Celebrity‘s launch show on Sunday. 

    The TV presenter, 44, stopped for a photo on Friday with manager Jackie at The Mulberry in Conwy Marina, Wales.  

    Ant’s shock appearance comes as the show’s celebs got to grips with their first trial, as they were spotted abseiling down a cliff in the area.

    A nice surprise: Ant McPartlin, 44, amazed staff at The Mulberry in Conwy Marina, Wales, after he stopped for a socially distanced selfie on Friday

    Ant sported a black face covering and followed coronavirus guidelines by keeping a social distance.  

    He stood in the background of the selfie, wearing a black tracksuit and a grey body warmer. 

    Taking to Facebook, the pub shared the snap and said: ‘Now there’s a nice surprise at The Mulberry today. Casually working and look who has time to take a selfie with our manager Jackie. It’s only Ant from I’m A Celeb.’ 

    Pubs have been allowed to re-open in Wales following the 17-day ‘firebreak’ lockdown with groups of four people from different households allowed to meet up in cafes, pubs and restaurants.

    Ant’s outing comes as he and co-host Declan Donnelly prepare to host the launch of this year’s I’m A Celebrity in Wales for the show’s first ever UK-based series.

    Moving to Wales: Ant’s outing comes as he and co-host Declan Donnelly (pictured) prepare to host the launch of this year’s I’m A Celebrity in Wales for the show’s first ever UK-based series

    Helicopters were spotted near the castle on Friday afternoon, as it was revealed that starts will endure 50mph gales and torrential rain when the show returns for its 2020 series. 

    This year’s celebrities were then seen getting to grips with their first ever trial as they were tasked with abseiling down a cliff in Anglesey, Wales, ahead of arriving at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, where they will be staying for the duration of the show.

    Jessica Plummer looked terrified as she squealed while watching her fellow contestants Giovanna Fletcher and Vernon Kay take on the challenge, while Jordan North was sick at the prospect of going down. 

    Radio host Victoria Derbyshire, 52, and Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, 30, could also be seen preparing to climb down the cliff with the latter throwing up while putting on his harness. 

    I’m A Celebrity’s film crew were seen wearing protective face shields and masks for the duration of the shoot so that they complied with strict COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place. 

    After weeks of builders working round-the-clock to restore crumbling Welsh landmark Gwrych Castle, I’m A Celebrity revealed the first look at the camp, on Friday.  

    This year’s stars will experience the most brutal living conditions in the show’s 20-year history, after ITV relocated from Australia to Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    MailOnline was given special access to the show’s brand new set located inside the eerie Gwrych Castle, ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1million after Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia.

    The ten contestants will sleep on rusty old beds, covered by a newly installed plastic roof, with only the campfire located inside the adjoining living quarters providing any heat.  

    If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny.

    And the usually pampered celebrities will bathe in a tiny tin bath and wash their hair using water from an old watering can hanging above – their modesty covered by a mouldy shower curtain.  

    ITV announced an extreme COVID Management Plan to ensure the series runs smoothly, including the celebrities being tested every three days and crew members wearing proximity buzzers, wear masks and get temperature checks on arrival. 

    The celebrities have been isolating for two weeks ahead of their arrival. 

    ITV Studios Director of Entertainment, Richard Cowles, said: ‘Everyone on the production team has worked incredibly hard to bring I’m A Celebrity to Wales and a massive part of making that possible has been developing our protocols around Covid.

    ‘We have worked with ITV’s Independent Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield, ITV’s Health and Safety Department and our own health and safety and medical teams to keep everyone connected with the production, both in front of and behind the camera, as safe as possible.’

    Dr Paul Litchfield added: ‘Those involved in I’m A Celebrity are used to working safely in extreme and difficult environments.

    ‘The procedures and protocols developed aim to provide defence in depth against the coronavirus, applying industry best practice while always adhering to government and local guidelines.’

    Adapting: 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

    Adapting: 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

    Celebrities including TV presenter Vernon Kay, 48, Corrie legend Beverley Callard, 63, and Team GB star Mo Farah, 37, will lead this year’s star-studded lineup competing for food and hot water in freezing temperatures.    

    The 2020 series, which starts on Sunday, is expected to last 20 days – two shorter than normal.

    Other celebrities competing are Strictly star AJ Pritchard, 26, vlogger Giovanna Fletcher, 35, paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26, EastEnders actress Jessica Plummer, 28, Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, 30, funnyman Shane Richie, 56, TV presenter Vernon Kay, 46, and TV host Victoria Derbyshire, 52.   

    I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here returns on Sunday at 9pm on ITV.

    And so it begins: This year's stars will experience the most brutal living conditions in the show's 20-year history, after ITV relocated to Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic

    And so it begins: This year’s stars will experience the most brutal living conditions in the show’s 20-year history, after ITV relocated to Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic

    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

     

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