I’m A Celeb set for ITV schedule shake-up after fan fury over highlights show
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I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! will be air brand-new live shows seven nights a week when it returns this weekend.
ITV bosses have decided to axe the weekly re-cap show after receiving criticism from fans last year.
The broadcaster introduced a special highlights episode which aired on Saturday evenings during the 2020 series.
However, fans weren't impressed with the decision and as as a result the upcoming series will scrap the format.
Producer Ollie Nash told Daily Star and other publications: "It's back to the full length run with a new show every night, including Saturdays.
As well as additional live shows, fans can also expect more Bushtucker Trials than ever before.
Ollie said: "We've got 24 trials across the whole series.
"The whole experience is tougher. They're in here for longer compared to last year and facing more trials than any other series ever.
"It's much closer in terms of scale and difficulty to a normal Australia series."
Creative director Tom Gould added: "In order to keep pushing our celebrities, we needed to make it tougher.
"It's about pushing them further each series and making sure we keep them on their toes so they don't know whats coming.
"It's been running so long and people know the show really well so we want to keep the surprise element and it means we have to up our game."
Opening up about the return to Gwrych Castle for the second consecutive year, Tom said: "It's really good to have another go here and take the things last year on board and make it bigger and tougher.
"It's a different canvas that we work with here.
"This year there will be more variety in the trials."
12 famous faces are gearing up for their stay at the famous Welsh castle but they will be unaware that they will need to compete for a place in main camp.
The new batch of campmates will immediately go head to head from the start of their journey.
Five happy campmates will get to stay in main camp and the unlucky group of stars will have to stay in the Clink, the dreary second camp with no beds and an extremely basic living quarters.
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"Life will be much tougher for the celebrities who end up in the Clink.
"It's a much smaller living space. They do get the sleep inside at least but there's no beds.
"They'll be sleeping on the floor and there's a very primitive shower in there.
He continued: "Most of their daily lives will be the quite cramped and claustrophobic courtyard outside.
"The celebrities in the Clink are really going to be on top of each other for the first few days.
I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! starts 9pm this Sunday on ITV and ITV Hub
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