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I’m A Celebrity ‘start date is CONFIRMED’ despite Wales being in a lockdown

I’m A Celebrity will kick off in less than TWO WEEKS as start date is confirmed despite Wales being in a circuit breaker lockdown

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is set to kick off in less than two weeks time despite its filming location being in a lockdown.

The hit ITV show has relocated from Australia to Wales for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is now understood that the show will officially start on Sunday November 15 with TV bosses set to confirm the date on Monday.

It’s coming! I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is set to return to TV screens in just two weeks time

It has also been claimed that TV bosses will formally announce the start time and date imminently. 

In addition, the I’m A Celebrity Wikipedia page has now been updated to include a November 15 as a start date for the hotly-anticipated season.   

MailOnline has contacted ITV for a comment. 

The popular show does tend to start in the middle of November with a Sunday night often being used as the launch show. 

It then runs for three weeks, with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly as hosts, in the lead-up to Christmas. 

This year’s UK-based season is also expected to air for a similar amount of time, but instead be broadcast from Gwrych Castle in north Wales.

A spokesman for the castle has also addressed the recent lockdown and said the show would go ahead as planned.

They said: ‘Following the announcement from the First Minister the overriding message is that filming CAN continue in Wales providing related activity cannot be undertaken from home, and there is full compliance with Welsh law. We cannot wait to see I’m A Celebrity on our screens.’

It comes after it was reported that this year’s contestants will be shunning the usual attire of bikinis and shorts in favour of winter woolies, as they wrap up in jumpers and thick gilets.

ITV bosses have reportedly put the new look together so that the celebrities are protected from the low temperatures predicted during filming.

While they usually bask in temperatures of around 30C (86F), this year the contestants will have a very different experience as they battle with temperatures of around 11C (52F) in Abergele, North Wales.

The Sun has reported that some of the big name stars from this year’s series have already been fitted out with their gear, including Jessica Plummer, 28, Vernon Kay, 46, Sir Mo Farah, 37, and Shane Richie, 56.

Elsewhere, it was revealed recently the production staff will reportedly be accommodated at a caravan holiday park in North Wales during filming.

With the production team moved from the balmy climes of Coolangatta, Queensland, to shoot in the UK for the first time in the UK, The Sun reported that the team with be housed at the Golden Sands Holiday Park in Rhyl.

The accommodation will place the crew just 15 minutes from the ruins of Gwyrch Castle, where the celebrity cast mates will be staying, according to the publication.

While the park is popular with holidaymakers during summer months, the screw will likely be missing the sunshine and heat of Australia, given Wales’ typically wet and cold winter weather. 

When contacted by MailOnline, a representative for I’m A Celebrity declined to comment. MailOnline has contacted Golden Sands Holiday Park for comment.

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