I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec and stars of the show are airlifted


I’m a Celebrity stars embarked on their first terrifying challenge on Friday as they were seen hanging above an abandoned quarry during the Walk The Plank task.

Louise Minchin, Naughty Boy, Danny Miller And Snoochie Shy were among a group of celebs who were flown by helicopter to a rig constructed for the show and escorted by presenters Ant and Dec.

After they arrived, the group were seen tackling the challenge as they were clad in neon orange jackets and dangling from up high while taking on the Walk The Plank challenge. 

The presenters themselves, appeared to be enjoying the view from the scaffolding. Ant, wearing a long coat, jeans and boots, taking out his mobile phone and snapping pictures of the drop while laughing. Dec was beaming as he chatted to Naughty Boy and pointed around the scaffolding. 

Aghh! I’m a Celebrity stars embarked on their first terrifying challenge on Friday as they were seen hanging above an abandoned quarry during the Walk The Plank task

Naughty Boy and Danny Miller appeared particularly purturbed by the task after the bottom of the plank gave out underneath them as they floundered on the plank.  

The celebs were taken from Gwrych Castle, to secluded field near Caernarfon , a distance of around 40 miles. Teams of cameraman had batteries of lights installed on top of the scaffolding as for the stars walked around talking to Ant and Dec.

The fact that they risked adding carbon emissions and polluting the air with their means of transport only a week after the government-led green summit COP26 seemed lost on show producers.

One observer said: ‘It was a sunny morning and you can get quite easily from the castle where they will be based, to the set which has been built. 

All hands on! The camera crews all wore dark ensembles while the celebrities were identifiable in their neon

All hands on! The camera crews all wore dark ensembles while the celebrities were identifiable in their neon 

Help! Naughty Boy looked less than pleased as the ground escaped from beneath him

Help! Naughty Boy looked less than pleased as the ground escaped from beneath him 

Help! I’m a Celebrity stars were airlifted to the scene of what is expected to be their most fearsome challenge today

Help! I’m a Celebrity stars were airlifted to the scene of what is expected to be their most fearsome challenge today

Snap happy: Dec was snapping selfies after departing the helicopter

Here come the boys: Ant, wearing a long coat, jeans and boots, taking out his mobile phone and snapping pictures of the drop while laughing. Dec was beaming as he chatted to Naughty Boy and pointed around the scaffolding

Snap happy: Dec was snapping selfies after departing the helicopter 

Help! Naughty Boy was one of the unlucky ones as the floor was swept from under him

Help! Naughty Boy was one of the unlucky ones as the floor was swept from under him

Ouch! Danny Miller was seen hanging in discomfort from high above

Ouch! Danny Miller was seen hanging in discomfort from high above 

‘They could’ve easily taken an electric car all together and it would have taken them about an hour. But I suppose they want to keep the celebs away from prying eyes and away from any risk of Covid infection.’ 

In the afternoon, the weather turned, with rain and mist descending forcing filming to halt.

All participants in the show, which is one of ITV’s biggest hits annually, have been in isolation for the past fortnight.

Today’s show producers filmed the celebs landing in helicopters and then ‘walking the plank’ over the giant scaffolding which has been erected in a quarry along the North Wales coast near Caernarfon.

The scaffolding has been erected at Alexandra Quarry near Penyffridd, In order to force them to ‘Walk The Plank’ during a task. It is above the disused quarry, with a terrifying drop of hundreds of feet.

Taking the plunge! The fall was nothing short of terrifying as they stars plummeted

Taking the plunge! The fall was nothing short of terrifying as they stars plummeted 

Help! Emmerdale star Danny was seen chatting to crew members

Help! Emmerdale star Danny was seen chatting to crew members 

Eek! Teams of cameraman had batteries of lights installed on top of the scaffolding as for the stars walked around talking to Ant and Dec

Eek! Teams of cameraman had batteries of lights installed on top of the scaffolding as for the stars walked around talking to Ant and Dec

Spooky! Earlier this week, the preparations were put in place for the challenge

Spooky! Earlier this week, the preparations were put in place for the challenge 

All hands on deck: The stars looked terrified as they prepared

All hands on deck: The stars looked terrified as they prepared

Don't look down! The stars looked terrified while looking down at the ground

Don’t look down! The stars looked terrified while looking down at the ground

Bleak: The terrifying weather no doubt left the stars even more panicked

Bleak: The terrifying weather no doubt left the stars even more panicked

Wah! A similar plank challenge was executed in Australia in the 2019 series (Jacqueline Jossa and Ian Wright pictured)

Wah! A similar plank challenge was executed in Australia in the 2019 series (Jacqueline Jossa and Ian Wright pictured)

Help! The stars were seen preparing to get onto the plank earlier in the day

Keeping warm: Snoochie and Louise wrapped up warm against the chill

Help! The stars were seen preparing to get onto the plank earlier in the day 

Ant and Dec, wrapped up against the cold and rain, showed four of the show stars around the scaffolding before filming began.

A similar plank challenge was executed in Australia in the 2019 series, while last year, stars abseiled down a cliff – leading to a memorable moment in which DJ Jordan North vomited in fear.

The latest images come after it was reported that show bosses were making new additions to Gwrych Castle including a dungeon and a second dingy camp.

Keep out the cold! The foursome looked spooked for the trials ahead as they headed to the grounds in Abergele, Wales, with the news presenter, 53, at the helm while the producer, 36, actor, 30, and DJ, 29, were hot on her heels

Keep out the cold! The foursome looked spooked for the trials ahead as they headed to the grounds in Abergele, Wales, with the news presenter, 53, at the helm while the producer, 36, actor, 30, and DJ, 29, were hot on her heels

Oh dear: The stars looked apprehensive as they prepared for the trial

Oh dear: The stars looked apprehensive as they prepared for the trial 

ITV are said to be creating a new jail called The Clink on the grounds of the estate in North Wales where celebrities will be sent if they misbehave.

But before the show officially begins on Sunday evening, producers will have to deal with a hail of criticism from animals rights campaigners.

Critics of the show took to Twitter to lambast it for using live animals for entertainment. Animal rights campaigners called for viewers to boycott the series and turn to other programs.

A PETA spokeswoman said: ‘While there’s a new line-up of celebs on the bill, viewers can expect the same cruel and tacky animal stunts we’ve seen year after year on I’m a Celeb.

Not for the faint hearted! The beautiful scenery was overtaken by the scaffolding

Not for the faint hearted! The beautiful scenery was overtaken by the scaffolding 

‘Despite knowing the suffering, discomfort, and fear that the unwilling animal participants endure during the show’s idiotic challenges, ITV seems perfectly happy to continue to send the dangerous message that abusing animals is acceptable or even entertaining.

‘ But it isn’t funny to see shy snakes shrink away from celebrities’ shrieks or cockroaches confined to an inescapable chamber with a flailing human.

‘ Treating animals like inanimate props for puerile pranks ignores all we’ve learned about the other remarkable beings we share the world with.

‘ PETA urges viewers to change the channel on this circus until producers get animals out of there.’

Uh oh: The stars were getting ready for the  Walk The Plank challenge

Uh oh: The stars were getting ready for the  Walk The Plank challenge 

Keep out the cold! The foursome looked spooked for the trials ahead as they headed to the grounds in Abergele, Wales, with the news presenter, 53, at the helm while the producer, 36, actor, 30, and DJ, 29, were hot on her heels

Keep out the cold! The foursome looked spooked for the trials ahead as they headed to the grounds in Abergele, Wales, with the news presenter, 53, at the helm while the producer, 36, actor, 30, and DJ, 29, were hot on her heels

Nice! Swanky cars with I'm A Celeb numberplates were driven up to the castle

Nice! Swanky cars with I’m A Celeb numberplates were driven up to the castle

Not quite the Maldives! The trio were facing the rain and grey weather as they headed into the castle

Not quite the Maldives! The trio were facing the rain and grey weather as they headed into the castle

Here come the girls! Thankfully, the ladies were seeing the funny side of the challenges ahead

Here come the girls! Thankfully, the ladies were seeing the funny side of the challenges ahead

Tough times ahead: The new shots come after it was revealed that this year's I'm A Celeb will be the toughest series yet with the greatest number of trials the show has ever had after bosses schedule one terrifying challenge per day

Tough times ahead: The new shots come after it was revealed that this year’s I’m A Celeb will be the toughest series yet with the greatest number of trials the show has ever had after bosses schedule one terrifying challenge per day

Smart: Naughty Boy was clad in a smart pea coat as he stepped out

Smart: Naughty Boy was clad in a smart pea coat as he stepped out 

All the action! Blockages were packing the roads while filming took place

All the action! Blockages were packing the roads while filming took place 

No low-key arrivals here! The celebs got their final taste of luxury as they arrived in the cars

No low-key arrivals here! The celebs got their final taste of luxury as they arrived in the cars 

Ready for action! Snoochie looked ready for anything as she was already dressed in a comfy tacksuit while Louise was more inappropriately in a chic jacket

Having a laugh: The ladies seemed to be getting along famously

Ready for action! Snoochie looked ready for anything as she was already dressed in a comfy tacksuit while Louise was more inappropriately in a chic jacket

‘They survived, just, so now we’re going to push them even further every series and make sure we keep them on their toes, so they don’t know what is coming.

‘The show has been running for so long now that there are people that know it really, really well so we need to keep the surprise element. It means we have upped our game.’

The Clink is Gwrych Castle’s new separate living quarters – but no celebrity will want to stay there.

Coming soon: David Ginola, Louise Minchin, Snoochie Shy, Richard Madeley, Frankie Bridge, Kadeena Cox, Matty Lee, Naughty Boy, Danny Miller and Arlene Phillips are the campmates braving this year's series

Coming soon: David Ginola, Louise Minchin, Snoochie Shy, Richard Madeley, Frankie Bridge, Kadeena Cox, Matty Lee, Naughty Boy, Danny Miller and Arlene Phillips are the campmates braving this year’s series 

Hold on: The weather was not playing ball for the stars, who opted for heavy duty winterwear

Hold on: The weather was not playing ball for the stars, who opted for heavy duty winterwear 

Having a laugh: Louise and Snoochie shared a laugh while being beaten by the weather

Having a laugh: Louise and Snoochie shared a laugh while being beaten by the weather 

Life will be tougher for five stars who begin their I’m A Celeb journey at The Clink. Forced to compete against the main camp, those living in The Clink will already find themselves at a disadvantage.

Stars such as singer Frankie Bridge, 32, could be faced with having no bed, sleeping on the cold, hard floor, and showering in the dark while having to continually keep hold of a chain to release water.

They will spend most of their day-to-day life in camp attempting to keep sheltered from the blistering cold temperatures in the outdoor courtyard, where they will be forced to brush their teeth in a grubby sink and relieve themselves in a cramped privy.

'Tougher': Stars of the 2021 series will be heading into Gwrych Castle, which has new living quarters The Clink for five celebrities that lose the show's first trial

‘Tougher’: Stars of the 2021 series will be heading into Gwrych Castle, which has new living quarters The Clink for five celebrities that lose the show’s first trial

Nice! The Jaguars were flanked with more low-key cars

Nice! The Jaguars were flanked with more low-key cars

Oops: Prior to the task, Ant and Dec were up to no good once more when the latter bought the former a birthday gift

Oops: Prior to the task, Ant and Dec were up to no good once more when the latter bought the former a birthday gift

Prior to the task, Ant and Dec were up to no good once more when the latter bought the former a birthday gift. 

The present was wrapped in multiple layers with Dec saying: ”Where is the birthday boy? I’ve got him a little present here’, before Ant then noticed the camera and said: ‘Is this on social media?’

As Ant covered his unstyled hair, Dec said: ‘ t’s a little gift for you. Don’t get too emotional about it, really it’s nothing. Don’t worry about it, it’s nothing’. 

After battling at length to get to the present, Ant then opened the fit and it was in face a cardboard box with the word ‘Nothing’ written on its body.  

Oh dear: The present was wrapped in multiple layers with Dec saying: ''Where is the birthday boy? I've got him a little present here', before Ant then noticed the camera and said: 'Is this on social media?'

Oh dear: The present was wrapped in multiple layers with Dec saying: ”Where is the birthday boy? I’ve got him a little present here’, before Ant then noticed the camera and said: ‘Is this on social media?’

Not too happy: As Ant covered his unstyled hair, Dec said: ' t's a little gift for you. Don't get too emotional about it, really it's nothing. Don't worry about it, it's nothing'

Not too happy: As Ant covered his unstyled hair, Dec said: ‘ t’s a little gift for you. Don’t get too emotional about it, really it’s nothing. Don’t worry about it, it’s nothing’

I’m A Celebrity 2021 Line-up

LOUISE MINCHIN

LOUISE MINCHIN

 LOUISE MINCHIN 

 AGE: 53

 CLAIM TO FAME: Broadcaster & ex BBC Breakfast Host

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: It’s nice to be able to show the fun side of me rather than the serious news presenter.

PHOBIAS: The idea of small, enclosed spaces with cockroaches and spiders is horrific!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will give out hugs and make the food more edible!

MISS MOST: My comfortable bed and lovely bath.

DREAM CAMPER: Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig – we wouldn’t have a problem getting stars if he were in the Castle.

MATTY LEE

MATTY LEE

 MATTY LEE

AGE: 23

 CLAIM TO FAME: Olympic Gold Medallist

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People always see me as very composed and serious on the diving board. This will be a nice opportunity to let people get to know me better.

PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats. 

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I don’t mind helping out with cleaning.

MISS MOST: My bed!

 DREAM CAMPER: Ed Sheeran and Will Smith 

SNOOCHIE SHY

SNOOCHIE SHY

 SNOOCHIE SHY 

AGE: 29

 CLAIM TO FAME: Radio 1Xtra DJ 

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People know me as a very bubbly person but when I am outside of my comfort zone, I can be shy. 

PHOBIAS: Bugs, heights and I’m claustrophobic.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I love twerking on a Friday night and I’m going to teach everyone how to do it in the Castle!

MISS MOST: My cat and lip gloss.

DREAM CAMPER: Jim Carrey and Big Narstie.

RICHARD MADELEY

RICHARD MADELEY

RICHARD MADELEY 

AGE: 65

 CLAIM TO FAME: TV presenter and journalist 

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Nothing. I don’t worry about what people think.

PHOBIAS: Heights. I’m not sure how I will feel if I have to walk across a plank very high up!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Cook and interviewer. I love finding out about people’s lives.

MISS MOST: Aside from Judy and my family, not knowing what is happening in the news. I am a news junkie.

DREAM CAMPER:  The late Jimmy Greaves. I would have loved to chat about goal scoring in the Castle with him.

DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE

DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE

DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS, DBE

AGE: 78

CLAIM TO FAME: Choreographer

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t really know the real me at home and I’d like to show people the motherly side, the side my family sees.

PHOBIAS: I am hoping I will overcome my fears to take part in the Trials!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and to organise some fun dance routines! 

MISS MOST: My notepad and pencil –I am known for always having to write down ideas.

DREAM CAMPER: Giovanna Fletcher –she is such a lovely, warm person.

 

NAUGHTY BOY

NAUGHTY BOY

 NAUGHTY BOY

 AGE: 36

 CLAIM TO FAME: Producer

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People don’t know the real me and I want everyone to get to know me.

PHOBIAS: Confined spaces and heights but I want to give the Trials a go to bring back some stars.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Castle chef and someone who everyone can confide in.

MISS MOST: My mum. I live with her and it’s going to be hard being away from her.

DREAM CAMPER: Sir Elton John would be amazing.

KADEENA COX, MBE

KADEENA COX, MBE

 KADEENA COX, MBE

AGE: 30

CLAIM TO FAME: Paralympic Gold Medallist

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: Great to be able to show people with all disabilities they can try different things in life.

PHOBIAS: Snakes, rats, spiders, heights – everything!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef – so long as there isn’t too much pressure to make the food interesting!

MISS MOST: TikTok, my mum and dog.

DREAM CAMPER: Thierry Henry –I love watching Arsenal play.

DAVID GINOLA

DAVID GINOLA

 DAVID GINOLA 

AGE: 54

CLAIM TO FAME: Football legend 

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None because I never hide behind a false image. What you see is what you get.

PHOBIAS: I am going to tell you when I am in the Castle!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Chef. I enjoy cooking at home and I will be hoping to add some garlic and rosemary to the food.

MISS MOST: My partner and my little girl. It’s going to be tough.

FRANKIE BRIDGE

FRANKIE BRIDGE

 FRANKIE BRIDGE 

AGE: 32

 CLAIM TO FAME: The Saturdays star 

 BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: People think if you are in a pop group, you lead a glamorous lifestyle and won’t get stuck in, but I’m determined to muck in with all the chores.

PHOBIAS: Spiders, rats and confined spaces scare me.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: The serial hugger.

MISS MOST: Wayne and my boys.

DREAM CAMPER:  Larry Lamb or a father figure type.

DANNY MILLER

DANNY MILLER

DANNY MILLER

AGE: 30 

CLAIM TO FAME: Emmerdale actor 

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION TO DISPEL IN THE CASTLE: None but I would like to show everyone what I am like in real life rather than my soap character, Aaron Dingle. 

PHOBIAS: I am absolutely dreading the eating Trials! I fear I will gag!

ROLE IN THE CAMP: A shoulder to cry on and a person everyone can come to if they have a problem.

MISS MOST: My fiancée, Steph, and our new baby.

DREAM CAMPER:  Fred Sirieix or any ex football player. I won’t be able to leave them alone asking lots of questions!

 

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