I'm A Celebrity 2020 crew build terrifying task set as ITV rushes to get Gwrych Castle ready ahead of show launch
I'M A Celebrity's crew are hard at work crafting a terrifying task set as they rush to get Gwrych Castle ready ahead of the show launch.
Hovering high above the creepy castle ruins, a drone captured workmen rebuilding part of the structure with wooden beams.
A large yellow crane hoisted the heavy beams into place to create a facade that will likely feature heavily in the new series.
The build is close to a large black marquee that looks to be the production base.
An official launch for the show has yet to be set but it is usually sometime in mid-November.
Last week it was reported the show was under threat as Wales was hit by new lockdown rules.
The county of Coney is under new restrictions on social bubbles and meeting indoors.
The new guidance for Conwy has been posted online by the Welsh government and states "people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a bubble)".
It adds that "meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) is not allowed at the moment".
Meeting indoors can now only go ahead with a "good reason" for example "providing care to a vulnerable person".
Most devastatingly for the show's production team "people will not be allowed to enter or leave the Conwy County Borough area without a reasonable excuse".
An ITV spokesman told The Sun Online: "I'm A Celebrity continues to adhere to all relevant guidelines as well as our own strict Covid protocols."
Even if the cast and crew do manage to enter the castle's borough, the ban on bubbles will make it difficult for this year's stars to be allowed to film together – and the prevention of indoor mingling could force the celebs outside in the harsh British winter.
ITV bosses splashed out more than £1million to hire Gwrych Castle for six weeks after the ongoing coronavirus pandemic ruled out the show's usual setting in the Australian jungle.
The Sun revealed that producers have broken the bank to transform the derelict venue into a TV set.
Big money has been shelled out to make the early 19th-century building safe, with the installation of electrics and hundreds of yards of pipes for running water.
And in a first for the popular reality show, the stars were set to sleep under a roof to protect them from the cold weather.
However, the new rules may leave bosses with no choice but to find somewhere else – and with local lockdowns ever-changing it could be impossible to plan anything too far in advance.
Still, ITV have managed to overcome coronavirus-related obstacles in the past, including resuming filming on both Coronation Street and Emmerdale by making the sets COVID-safe.
It is even possible that lockdown regulations in Conwy will have eased by the time filming starts, with I'm A Celeb usually kicking off in November for three weeks.
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