Exciting news: There’s a new all-star I’m a Celebrity spin-off show in the works

I’m a Celebrity has captivated TV audiences since it first aired in 2002. In fact, it has become somewhat of a staple in the months leading up to Christmas and the term ‘bushtucker trial’ has now been adopted by households up and down the country to refer to challenging or nerve wracking situations.

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Due to the pandemic, the show’s format has changed slightly in recent years, moving its band of unwitting celebs from the sunny jungle climes of Australia to the chilly remains of an abandoned castle in Wales, but it hasn’t stopped us from tuning in. 

The only problem? What are we supposed to watch when I’m a Celebrity is not on? Well, luckily, an insider has revealed that a separate show is in the works from the show’s producers for ITV and it sounds pretty juicy.

Speaking to Digital Spy, the source explained that this new format will leave behind both the jungle camp in Australia and Gwrych Castle in Wales for an all-new setting in South Africa, as Ant and Dec make the journey with some of I’m a Celebrity‘s best-loved campers from past years.

There will be additional format tweaks giving the returning all-stars a bit more control over their own fate on the show, with voting in camp and some challenges within the group, and we can only imagine what kind of fraught drama this will cause. 

Don’t fear though, long-time I’m a Celebrity fans, because this new spin-off show will maintain the key elements of the original with its camp setting and live trials for the contestants.

The evolved spin-off version of the show is most likely to air in 2023, as ITV still plans on bringing the main series of I’m a Celebrity back to the jungle in Australia, and the screens of ITV viewers in the UK, this November.

‘We expect I’m a Celebrity to return in Australia in November when it will generate an audience of over 11 million,’ ITV director of content Rosemary Newell told Time Out, and we certainly count ourselves as part of that figure.