I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (UK TV series)

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (often shortened to I'm a Celebrity or I'm a Celeb) is a British survival reality television game show, created by London Weekend Television (LWT), produced by ITV Studios, and aired live on ITV from Australia. The format sees a group of celebrities living together within an Australian jungle camp, coping with a few creature comforts. Each member not only undertakes in challenges to secure additional food and treats for the group, but also to avoid being voted out by viewers during their stay, with the final episode's votes nominating who wins a series and become crowned as "Jungle King/Queen".

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (often shortened to I'm a Celebrity or I'm a Celeb) is a British survival reality television game show, created by London Weekend Television (LWT), produced by ITV Studios, and aired live on ITV from Australia. The format sees a group of celebrities living together within an Australian jungle camp, coping with a few creature comforts. Each member not only undertakes in challenges to secure additional food and treats for the group, but also to avoid being voted out by viewers during their stay, with the final episode's votes nominating who wins a series and become crowned as "Jungle King/Queen".

The programme's first series debuted on 25 August 2002, and was produced by both LWT and Granada Television, and filmed within Tully, Queensland. Later series were undertaken by ITV Studios, and filmed around Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Celebrities participating on the programme receive a donation from ITV to a charity they nominate, with the money raised from charges on voting via text, phone or interactive services. Each series is hosted by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, with the exception of the eighteenth series, in which McPartlin suspended his TV duties for a year in 2018, leaving Donnelly to be joined by Holly Willoughby.I'm a Celebrity is often a ratings winner for ITV, attracting on average over 9 million viewers each series, with its success spawning an international franchise of the same name. The main show itself is accompanied on each series by a companion sister show on ITV2, entitled I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp, which features behind-the-scenes footage and discussions on celebrities voted out of latest episode. At present, the programme has run for seventeen series and 183 episodes and is currently airing its eighteenth series, and is contracted to be produced until at least 2019.

Format

In return for their appearance on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, the celebrities are asked to nominate a charity to which the producers, ITV Studios, make donations. The celebrities themselves are also paid a fee to compensate them for possible loss of earnings while they are in the jungle. The producers of the show keep the precise details of the celebrities' contracts private, prompting much speculation from the media. The money is raised by allowing viewers to vote by phone, text message, or the "red button" (a colloquialism popular in the UK for TV interactive services) for the celebrity they would like to complete a "Bushtucker Trial" – a physical task usually involving snakes, spiders or other creepy-crawlies found in the jungle – and, later in each series, to vote for the celebrity they would like to see win the show. The last remaining celebrity after all others have been evicted is declared the winner of the show, and is branded "King/Queen of the Jungle".

Bushtucker trial

Bushtucker trials are used in the show to allow the contestants to gain food and treats for camp. Bushtucker Trials take two formats: eating trials, or physical/mental tasks.

In the eating trials, contestants are required to eat a variety of different "jungle" foods. Each dish successfully eaten will gain the contestants one star, which equals one meal for camp (although the number of meals per star can vary). These trials generate the most viewer responses according to the ITV website. The foods that are required to be eaten can include: crickets (in a variety of forms, such as cooked into biscuits, blended into drinks or eaten alive or dead), green ants, mealworms, witchetty grub, roasted spider or tarantulas, kangaroo testicles, kangaroo penis, kangaroo vaginal parts, crocodile penis, cockroach (prepared in various ways such as being cooked into biscuits, blended into drinks, eaten alive or dead). Other past foods include beach worms, bull's tongues, the anus of various animals, vomit fruits, cooked pigs' brains, various animal testicles, raw fish eyes, sheep eyes, blended rats or mice tails.

The second type of challenge is more of a physical or mental task that requires the contestants to perform activities to gain stars. These can include searching through dung, going through tunnels, negotiating obstacles on high wires, or performing other tasks.

Dingo Dollar Challenges

One way the camp can earn treats is by doing extra tasks other than Bushtucker trials.

Another way camp can earn treats is to do what is known as the "Dingo Dollar Challenge". This involves two or more celebrities going into the jungle to perform a task that releases an item to open a container with an amount of dingo dollars. Once that has been completed and the dollars have been retrieved, it is taken to a small woodshack shop, with shopkeeper 'Kiosk Keith'. They can exchange the dollars for a necessity such as a hammock or a treat such as chocolate chip cookies or luxury items. Kiosk Keith calls camp and the celebrities then have a question usually relating to a celebrity or a piece of trivia. The "Celebrity Chest" was abandoned for the first time in the 2012 series, in favour of the Dingo Dollar Challenge, which involves the celebrities collecting 'dingo dollars' and subsequently answering a question correctly in order to win a treat for the camp, if they win they will receive their prize however if the celebrities get it wrong, Kiosk Keith takes the dingo dollars and shuts up shop, leaving nothing for the camp.

Formerly, 'The Celebrity Chest' had a question with a choice of answers, similar to the Dingo Dollar Challenge, the two celebrities who took part in the challenge would bring the chest back to camp and collaborate over the question with the other camp members. If correct, they would win a treat, if incorrect, they would be told what the treat was. In the fifteenth series, Dingo Dollar challenges were to completed in order to earn Dingo Dimes, which could be used in a vending machine in camp.

In the 2018 series, Kiosk Keith was replaced by Kiosk Kev.

Filming location

The first series of the show was filmed on a smaller site at King Ranch near Tully, Queensland, in Australia. Since the second series, the programme has been filmed around Springbrook National Park, near Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia. The camp and filming studios are located in Dungay on Creek Road.Inside the entrance to the filming location is an open area allocated to buildings which accommodate on-site medical facilities, containers for the storage of props, and other backstage facilities. Families and friends of the celebrities are housed here each morning during evictions. From this area, a restricted access road climbs to the site of the studios. The road then heads down into a valley via four-wheel drive access to the set of the show.

Some of these areas are viewable from Google Earth, although it is difficult to view the suspension bridges and open-air studio that Ant & Dec broadcast from. While the roof of the main building is bright red, when filming is out of season, this whole area is covered with hessian to obscure the aerial view. The creeks and camp areas are situated directly below the main suspension bridges. As they are so close to the celebrities, the crew have to be careful during filming to keep voices and music down. Many of the Bushtucker Trials are not performed here; in fact, some are performed well away from the area.

Once out of the jungle, the contestants stay at the five-star hotel Palazzo Versace Australia. The health and well-being of the celebrities and crew are looked after by medic Bob McCarron and his team from EMS. McCarron is also responsible for all of the creatures and food in the challenges.

Popularity and criticism

The finals of the second and third UK series were seen by 12.73 and 14.99 million people respectively – in both cases well over half of all people watching television in the country at the time.

The site in which the celebrities stay appears to be open to the elements, but is largely covered by sheets above the view of the cameras. In one episode, a celebrity had to swim in a swamp apparently infested with crocodiles. Marksmen were shown ready to shoot the animals if they attacked. In actuality, the area where this was filmed does not have crocodiles because it is too far south.

In Series 9 it was revealed that Katie Price was being paid almost four times as much as the other contestants, which sparked some criticism. It was also reported that, as a result, cash-strapped ITV were unable to provide any more money for the series, and that the quality of the trials had gone down.

Controversies

ITV apologised in 2006 after confusion over the instructions for telephone and red-button interactive voting led to allegations in the media that the wrong person had been evicted in the run-off vote in Series 6 between Toby Anstis and Dean Gaffney.The show was forced to enhance its procedures after Ofcom found that after complaints, on 23 November 2006 episode, the show had breached Rule 1.16 of the Broadcasting Code for airing bad language before the watershed.The 30 November 2006 episode was ruled to have breached Rule 2.2 of the Broadcasting Code after an investigation launched as part of the wider UK television public voting controversy. Due to late running, seven percent of phone and text votes for that episode of the show were not counted, although this did not affect the result.Sarah Matravers blamed the show for the breakdown of her relationship with contestant Marc Bannerman after he flirted with Cerys Matthews in Series 7. Matthews and Bannerman later alleged the show footage had been edited by ITV to look like more than it was.Former Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren, who was due to appear on Series 7 but pulled out at the last minute, alleged that the show and the choice of winner was fixed, and the trials posed no real danger. He alleged that the show doctor told him that "'Things are so safe, I would send my own kids in to do the show'. There is nothing bad in there. They're hoodwinking the public".ITV apologised in 2009 for not having properly advised the contestants in Series 9 of the relevant Australian legislation regarding animal cruelty. Gino D'Acampo and Stuart Manning were charged by New South Wales Police after RSPCA Australia complained over their killing and eating of a rat during the show.

In 2012, the decision by Nadine Dorries to enter the show was the source of criticism, which led to her suspension from the Conservative Party due to allegations she did not seek permission from the party whip Andrew Mitchell, resulting in an inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.The fifteenth series saw Ferne McCann eat a live water spider as part of a bushtucker trial. Ofcom reportedly received 694 complaints from the public over allegations of 'animal cruelty for entertainment'. ITV also received a further 500 complaints. In January 2016, it was reported no further action would be taken.

Ant was accused of racism following a joke during the show aimed at the Australian crew, which saw Ant joke that they get "paid in..." following a word that was construed by many viewers as "abos" an offensive term for Aboriginal Australians. A spokesperson later responded, stating that Ant had actually said "Avo's which is short for avocados".

Viewers regularly complained that camp mate Iain Lee was the subject of bullying and isolation from other camp mates during the seventeenth series, and there were concerns raised as to the adverse affect this could have on his mental health. There have been calls for Rebekah Vardy to be cut as a mental health ambassador, due to her alleged role in the 'bullying'. On the ITV show Good Morning Britain the day after her eviction, she defended herself for remarks she made about Iain Lee in Extra Camp, the ITV2 spin-off series stating that she was "under pressure", and that they were taken out of context. After his eviction from the camp, Dennis Wise also said on Good Morning Britain that he and Lee were on friendly terms, and said that ITV would not allow bullying on the show. He later accused the show of 'editing him' to look like a bully. Following his third place eviction, Lee directly addressed his relationship with those accused of 'picking on him', stating that he "loves them" and that there's "no beef between [them]". He also addressed claims that he had a "game plan", stating that he was just being himself.

Series details

Main series results

The first three series of I'm a Celebrity occurred at various different times during the years they were broadcast. From series 4 onwards, the show is broadcast from around mid November until late November/early December.

Key

Winner – King or Queen of the Jungle

Runner-up

Third place

Walked or withdrew

Late arrival

Series 1 (2002)

8 contestants, broadcast from 25 August – 8 September 2002:

Series 2 (2003)

10 contestants, broadcast from 28 April – 12 May 2003:

Series 3 (2004)

10 contestants, broadcast from 26 January – 9 February 2004:

Series 4 (2004)

11 contestants, broadcast from 21 November – 6 December 2004:

Series 5 (2005)

12 contestants, broadcast from 20 November – 5 December 2005:

Series 6 (2006)

12 contestants, broadcast from 13 November – 1 December 2006:

Team Base Camp

Team Snake Rock

Series 7 (2007)

11 contestants, broadcast from 12–30 November 2007:

Team Croc Creek

Team Snake Rock

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series 8 (2008)

12 contestants, broadcast from 16 November – 5 December 2008:

Home Camp

Away Camp

Entered after contestants were brought together.

Series 9 (2009)

13 contestants, broadcast from 15 November – 4 December 2009:

Base Camp

Camp Exile

Left before camp was split

Series 10 (2010)

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! returned on 14 November 2010 at 9 pm on ITV and ITV1 HD for its tenth series, as confirmed by presenters Ant and Dec at the end of the "Coming Out" show at the conclusion of series 9. This is the first series in HD. Series 10 is the only series to have 2 live trials.

13 contestants, broadcast from 14 November – 4 December 2010:

Camp Sheila

Camp Bruce

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series 11 (2011)

The eleventh series began on 13 November 2011. The official line-up was confirmed on 9 November 2011.13 contestants, broadcast from 13 November – 3 December 2011:

Team Snake Rock

Team Croc Creek

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series 12 (2012)

The twelfth series began on 11 November and ended on 1 December 2012. The official line-up was revealed on 7 November 2012.

12 contestants, broadcast from 11 November – 1 December 2012:

Team Snake Rock

Team Croc Creek

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series 13 (2013)

The thirteenth series began airing on ITV on 17 November 2013. The first advert for the series aired on 21 October 2013. The line-up was confirmed on 13 November 2013.

12 contestants, broadcast from 17 November – 8 December 2013:

Team Snake Rock

Team Croc Creek

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series 14 (2014)

The show returned for its fourteenth series on 16 November 2014. On 15 October 2014, a teaser for the upcoming series was released on the official website. On 11 November, the full list of celebrities was confirmed by ITV. On 20 November, a further two campmates were confirmed to have joined the show.12 contestants, broadcast from 16 November – 7 December 2014:

Team Croc Creek/Rescuer

Team Celebrity Slammer

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series 15 (2015)

The show returned on 15 November 2015 under a new three-year contract, as confirmed by Ant & Dec at the end of the Coming Out show on 10 December 2014.13 contestants, broadcast from 15 November – 6 December 2015:

Red Team (Leader: Tony Hadley)

Yellow Team (Leader: Susannah Constantine)

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series 16 (2016)

The show returned in 2016, and is the second in a three-year contract, as confirmed by Ant & Dec at the end of the Coming Out show on 9 December 2015. It began airing on 13 November 2016.12 contestants, broadcast from 13 November – 4 December 2016:

Jungle Celebs

City Celebs

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series 17 (2017)

The show returned in 2017, and is the third in a three-year contract, as confirmed by Ant & Dec at the end of the Coming Out show on 7 December 2016. It began airing on 19 November 2017.12 contestants, broadcast from 19 November – 10 December 2017:

Team Snake Rock

Team Croc Creek

Left before camp was split

Series 18 (2018)

Ant & Dec confirmed at the end of the Coming Out show on 15 December 2017 that the show will return the following year (2018). It is the first series in its brand-new two-year contract. However, on 9 August 2018, Anthony McPartlin confirmed that he will not be presenting the eighteenth series as he continues to get treatment after being admitted to rehab in March. It began airing on 18 November 2018. On 29 August, ITV confirmed that Holly Willoughby will replace McPartlin as co-presenter alongside Declan Donnelly. The lineup was confirmed on 12 November.

Team Snake Rock

Team Croc Creek

Entered after contestants were brought together

Series records and statistics

Biggest winning percentage: 83.42% – Gino D'Acampo (Series 9)

Closest winning percentage: 50.56% – Charlie Brooks (Series 12)

Oldest winner: 71 – Harry Redknapp (Series 18)

Youngest winner: 21 – Stacey Solomon (Series 10)

Longest stay in camp: 23 days – Carl "Foggy" Fogarty & Melanie Sykes (Series 14) and Emily Atack, John Barrowman & Harry Redknapp (Series 18)

Shortest stay in camp: 1 day – Elaine Lordan (Series 5)

Most appearances: 2 series – Katie Price (Series 3 and Series 9)

Most bushtucker trials: 12 trials – Adam Thomas (Series 16)

Most consecutive bushtucker trials: 7 trials – Helen Flanagan (Series 12)

Most refused bushtucker trials: 2 trials – Lady Colin Campbell (Series 15)

Series ratings

Note for "Average rating": Since 2010 incl. HD viewers and since 2011 incl. "ITV +1" consumers.

I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp

A companion show, I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp (previously I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! from 2002–2015) is broadcast on ITV2 following every episode. It has been shown since the first series in 2002 and has featured a variety of presenters. The show is currently presented by Scarlett Moffatt, Joel Dommett and Joe Swash.

References

External links

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! at itv.com

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! on IMDb

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! at UKGameshows.com