I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! fans were left pining for the Australia series to return after the live show was replaced with a best moments compilation show on Saturday.
Producers had to scrap plans to continue airing the series after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc on the set of Gwrych Castle in Wales and forced the stars out of camp and into quarantine.
And viewers at home appeared unimpressed by the compromise as they claimed the throwback show just highlighted ‘how much better it was in Australia’ and urged the network to ‘scrap’ the show until it could return to the jungle.
Better days? Viewers at home were left unimpressed by I’m A Celebs compilation show on Saturday as they said it proved the Australia series were so much better (Ant and Dec pictured in Australia in 2019)
The last two series of I’m A Celeb have been filmed in the 200-year-old Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.
Stars have been forced to endure freezing 8°C cold temperatures and no protection from the elements after bosses shelled out £1 million to secure use of the site when production was forced to be relocated from Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Saturday’s compilation episode of the show threw things back to the glory days in Australia with archive footage of the show’s funniest and most iconic moments from the last 19 years, with a voiceover from Ant and Dec.
But many fans of the show said that seeing the show at its best in the jungle down under just made them aware of how much this year’s show fell short of their expectations.
Throwback: Saturday’s episode showed archive footage of the show’s funniest and most iconic moments from the last 19 years (Myleene Klass pictured in the jungle in 2006)
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: ‘Slight backfire for ITV with the Legends #imaceleb programme just highlighting how much better it was Australia…’
Another added: ‘Watching this makes you realise how p**s poor it is now, just scrap it till it can be done in Australia again.’
A third lamented: ‘This is making me miss it being in Australia so much!’
A fourth chimed in: ‘These flashback shows show that the show used to be a lot more brutal than it is now, and it’s also so much better in the jungle!’
‘Can’t wait for when it goes back to jungle. Watching this show just reminds how good it is,’ gushed another.
‘Slight backfire for ITV…’ Viewers at home appeared unimpressed by the compromise and urged the network to ‘scrap’ the show until it could return to the jungle
However, many fans also flooded social media to praise Ant and Dec and the rest of the I’m A Celeb team for getting a show to air despite unpredictable conditions.
One wrote: ‘Most important thing is everyone is alright. Quite happy with another best of. Builds anticipation for them to return. #ImACeleb’
Another added: ‘The fact a show of some sort was still aired tonight , so grateful #ImACeleb’
‘Most important thing is that everyone is alright’: However, many fans also flooded social media to praise the I’m A Celeb team for getting a show to air at all amid Arwen chaos
A third gushed: ‘@antanddec thank you so much for putting a show on tonight. I am so appreciative and can’t wait for you to be back live hopefully next week #ImACeleb’
And one fan wanted even more throwback moments, writing: ‘Wish @ITV would put the old series of #ImACeleb on the @itvhub… would enjoy watching old times!! #ImACeleb’
Another viewer praised the hosts: ‘@antanddec you really have no idea how appreciative we are to still have a show to watch tonight! Can’t wait until you can be live again, but of course safety is priority. I hope you’re enjoying the show with your takeaway…xx #ImACeleb’
Glory days? ‘These flashback shows show that the show used to be a lot more brutal than it is now, and it’s also so much better in the jungle!,’ wrote one viewer on social media
The compilation episode comes after I’m A Celeb bosses announced that two of its live shows will be cancelled due to technical difficulties caused by Storm Arwen.
In the latest blow to a troubled series, ITV bosses confirmed that this weekend’s shows would be replaced by compilation shows looking back at previous series, however, normal service should resume from next week.
Friday’s programme was pre-recorded by hosts Ant and Dec, due to safety concerns sparked by the threat of Storm Arwen.
Troubling: The compiltion comes after I’m A Celeb bosses announced that two of its live shows will be cancelled due to technical difficulties caused by Storm Arwen
The statement said: ‘Owing to technical difficulties caused by extreme weather conditions in the area, there will be no new episodes of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).
‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! will be replaced tonight and tomorrow night in the ITV schedules by compilation shows (voiced by Ant & Dec) featuring best moments from previous series.’
It was thought that the gale at 70 mph knocked out satellite systems and caused huge technical disruption for the production crew.
Pre-planning: Friday’s programme was pre-recorded by hosts Ant and Dec, due to safety concerns sparked by the threat of Storm Arwen
Security staff and production workers had ‘to run for their lives’ and were ‘blown off their feet’ as 70mph winds battered the 19th century Gwrych Castle in North Wales.
Ant & Dec did not present Friday’s episode live for the first time in the show’s 19-year history and filmed their segments earlier in the afternoon ahead of the storm worsening.
And while it was hoped that things would continue as normal this weekend, the impact of Storm Arwen has meant that urgent changes have had to be made.
Chaos: It was thought that the gale at 70 mph knocked out satellite systems and caused huge technical disruption for the production crew
A source said: ‘It was terrifying. Down at the front of the castle people were running everywhere to try and secure property and the fencing.
‘People were blown off their feet. Thankfully nobody was seriously injured.
‘But it looks like a bomb has hit the site today. The roofs of the marquees have been ripped or torn off and equipment is lying on on its side along with the fencing.
‘It is devastating. But producers have been brilliant in bringing in extra staff and taking extra measures.’
Scary: ‘It was terrifying. Down at the front of the castle people were running everywhere to try and secure property and the fencing. People were blown off their feet’ said a source