I’m A Celebrity crew given ‘proximity monitors’ as Covid-19 risks show’s future

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! bosses are going to extreme measures to make sure this year's series stays on air.

ITV bigwigs have already moved the iconic jungle camp from Australia to a Welsh castle to reduce the need for campmates, hosts and crew to jet halfway across the world.

Now, ITV Studios entertainment director Richard Cowles has revealed each member of staff working on the show will have a proximity monitors to stop them going within two meters of each other.

Cowles said: "On a Covid level, everyone’s got proximity monitors on them so basically they can’t come within two metres of each other without it buzzing and flashing and reminding them to step away."

Teasing the new show and how it will be filmed inline with new restrictions, he continued: "In terms of the technology, we've for example, with the castle itself, we've mapped that completely remotely so we can get all of our camera positions and everything done off-site without having to go there.

"We have basically created a whole virtual walk through of that castle, so all of the set can be built remotely back here and then transported up there.

"All the camera positions, the lens length – all of that sort of stuff can be done."

Cowles added: "We're even going to have our edits in London to try to reduce the number of people travelling to Wales and to reduce the number of people that could potentially spread Covid."

Earlier this week Wales' first minister Mark Drakeford confirmed plans for a two week 'firebreak' lockdown from October 23.

Under the proposed plans, schools, shops, pubs and hotels will close.

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! is slated to begin mid November – just days after lockdown is set to be lifted in Wales.

The series will also be filmed at Manorafon Farm Park in North Wales, which is nearby Gwrych Castle.

As well as the main camp being based at Gwrych Castle, ITV will also film at nearby Manorafon Farm Park in North Wales during the series.

It is thought elaborate tasks will take place there.

I'm A Celebrity is thought to start on ITV in November

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