When Does I’m a Celebrity Start? Everything you need to know ahead of castle return

Find out where this winter's celebrity camp challenge will take place and get all the latest I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 2021 news and gossip...

By Katie Archer Published: 16 November 2021 - 12.07pm
ITV Ant and Dec

I’m A Celebrity has weathered all kinds of storms in recent years – Dec having to present without Ant, camp not being able to return to Australia, Beverley Callard revealing a nickname for her husband that we just can’t unhear – and yet, the show is still going strong.

The long-running celebrity contest is now heading into its 21st season, and having managed not to be cancelled by a global pandemic, there’s little doubt it will still be going strong this autumn.

Read on to find out everything we know so far about where it will be held and who the contestants are.

When is I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! back on TV?

Ever since the fourth series way back in 2004, our regular jungle (or castle) jaunt has been on our screens regular as clockwork in mid-November.

This year, we'll meet the campmates for the first time on Sunday, November 21 at 9pm on ITV. If the series follows the pattern of previous years, the King or Queen of the Castle is expected to be crowned on Friday, December 10.

Is there a trailer for I'm A Celebrity 2021?

Yes - and Ant and Dec look to be in good form:

Where will camp be based this year?

ITV has confirmed that the 2021 series will return to Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning, said in August: “We can confirm today that we’ll be returning to Wales for the 2021 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

"We’ve always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the Covid situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we’re pleased that we can return there. I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series.”

Last year, I’m A Celebrity was due to celebrate its 20th series Down Under and the series launch was preceded by a documentary which looked back at its long history in the Australian jungle, which had been recorded before the world changed.

But one pandemic later and Australia had shut its borders to UK visitors – leaving the show with nowhere to set up camp.

Celebs might have been a little chillier than usual in North Wales, but where the creativity of the crew and infectious camaraderie of the camp-mates proved that we actually didn’t miss the jungle at all.

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Who will host I’m A Celebrity?

Ant and Dec

Of the 20 seasons of I’m A Celebrity that have aired so far, there’s only one that hasn’t seen Ant and Dec at the helm.

In 2018, Ant took a year off from broadcasting to battle addiction and mental health issues, leaving good friend Holly Willoughby to ably assist his best pal Dec in the jungle.

However, all three of them were clear that it was a one-off situation, and sure enough by the following year Ant was back in place beside Dec.

The pair have made it clear they will be back to present the contest again this year.

Who are the 2021 campmates?

Frankie Bridge, David Ginola and Richard Madeley are all confirmed to be taking part in I'm A Celeb this year.

Check out the full list of confimed I'm a Celeb contestants

Who won last year’s I’m A Celebrity?

The reigning champion and the first ever Queen of the Castle was Giovanna Fletcher.

Known as the camp mum in the 2020 series, 36-year-old mum-of-three Fletcher won the audience’s hearts by always having a kind word for everyone.

The author, Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast host and CBeebies Baby Club presenter is also married to McFly’s Tom Fletcher and is the sister of Towie’s Mario Falcone.

Jordan North and Vernon Kay were her runners up, but we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to find out who she passes her crown on to!

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I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! returns to ITV and the ITV Hub on Sunday, November 21 at 9pm.