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

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Ant and Dec (Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly)


ITV2 coverage (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now!):
Louise Loughman (2002)
Mark Durden-Smith & Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (2003-4)
Matt Brown & Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (2005)
Brendan Burns, Kelly Osbourne & Steve Wilson (2006: early shows)
Mark Durden-Smith, Kelly Osbourne & Jeff Brazier (2006: later shows)
Mark Durden-Smith, Matt Willis & Emma Griffiths (2007-8)
Caroline Flack, Joe Swash & Russell Kane (2009-)

Other spin-offs:

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Exclusive: Phillip Schofield and Sheree Murphy (2006)


Granada London (LWT) for ITV1/2/Play, 25 August 2002 to present (later series credited to ITV Studios)


Slow burning reality show which has ended up being a massive hit.

Originally eight, these days ten, celebrities are dropped off in some Australian bush where they must survive for two weeks. During the first week, viewers vote as to who should do the Bushtucker Trials. During the second week, they vote to keep their favourite in. The last one left is declared King/Queen of the Jungle and appropriately takes the lion's share of the money raised from phone votes for their charity.

Life in the bush isn't terribly comfortable, the worst thing is the lack of food. Luckily for the contestants, food can be earnt. Unluckily for the contestants, this involves taking part in humilating, scary and just plain nasty tasks. During the first week, the celebrity that has the responsibilty is decided by the public. During the second week, it's either decided on a group vote or in later series' by the last person to be eliminated. Examples of Bushtucker Trials include:

  • Sticking your head in a perspex fishbowl which gets creepy crawlies poured in. And an eel, for some reason.
  • Transferring things from one side of a box to another whilst having 10,000 cockroaches crawl over you.
  • Lying in an underground pit for as long as possible which fills up with water and rats.
  • Grabbing stars in a swamp full of snakes and/or crocodiles.
  • The inevitable 'eat unappatizing things' challenge.

Actually the most fun one didn't involve any nasty creatures at all. Entitled 'Hell Hill', the four remaining contestants had to run up a muddy hill to four different positions. Whoever was in position when the time ran out would win a meal. However, as the game progressed, more watery surprises were added ending with a final tumultuous vat when the final person reached the top, making everyone slide down meaning a last gasp run to get back to where there were again. Very Takeshi's Castle.

Every day two celebrities are sent out to find the Celebrity Chest. In it is a question. If they get it right, they win something useful to help their stay. If incorrect, they win something quite useless, usually an item one of the celebs had put their name to.

Crucially Ant and Dec, our hosts, understand the ridiculousness of the show and play this up at every opportunity. They provide the amusing links between the clips, referee the Bushtucker Trials and go into the camp to announce who has lost the vote at the end of each episode.

At its peak 13 million people were watching every night, and the C-List celebrities involved often get a lot of work afterwards.


If an interview with The Guardian is to be believed, I'm a Celeb was originally intended to be a "serious sociological experiment" until Ant and Dec got on board, where they told producers in no uncertain terms how absolutely ridiculous that was. Hurrah for Ant and Dec!


Series 1

Series 2

  • Phil Tufnell (cricketer - winner)
  • John Fashanu (ex-footballer)
  • Linda Barker (TV interior design expert)
  • Anthony Worrall Thompson (chef)
  • Wayne Sleep (dancer)
  • Catalina Guirado (model)
  • Danniella Westbrook (actress)
  • Siân Lloyd (ITV weathergirl)
  • Chris Bisson (ex-Coronation Street actor)
  • Toyah Willcox (singer and TV presenter)

Series 3

  • Kerry McFadden (TV presenter - winner)
  • John Lydon (punk)
  • Jennie Bond (ex-journalist)
  • Alex Best (estranged wife of George)
  • Jordan (model)
  • Neil Ruddock (ex-footballer)
  • Lord Brocket (lord and convict)
  • Peter Andre (singer)
  • Mike Read (DJ and writer)
  • Diane Modahl (former athlete)

Series 4

  • Joe Pasquale (comedian - winner)
  • Brian Harvey (ex-East 17 singer)
  • Antonio Fargas (actor)
  • Nancy Sorrell (model)
  • Sheila Fergusson (singer)
  • Sophie Anderton (model)
  • Janet Street-Porter (TV presenter/producer)
  • Fran Cosgrave (who knows?)
  • Paul Burrell (ex-butler)
  • Natalie Appleton (All Saints singer)
  • Vic Reeves (comedian)

Series 5

  • Carol Thatcher (daughter of Maggie - winner)
  • Antony Costa (ex-Blue singer)
  • Kimberley Davies (sometime Neighbours starlet)
  • David Dickinson (Mr Cheap as Chips)
  • Jenny Frost (Atomic Kitten singer)
  • Jilly Goolden (wine expert)
  • Elaine Lourdan (EastEnders actress)
  • Sheree Murphy (Emmerdale actress)
  • Jimmy Osmond (Osmond brother)
  • Sid Owen (ex-EastEnders actor)
  • Tommy Cannon (comedy partner of Bobby Ball)
  • Bobby Ball (comedy partner of Tommy Cannon)

Series 6

  • Matt Willis (ex-Busted member - winner)
  • Toby Anstis (ex-CBBC presenter)
  • Lauren Booth (sister-in-law of Tony Blair)
  • Faith Brown (impressionist)
  • Malandra Burrows (Emmerdale actress)
  • Jason Donovan (ex-Neighbours actor)
  • Dean Gaffney (ex-EastEnders actor)
  • David Gest (one of the Mr. Liza Minnellis)
  • Scott Henshall (fashion designer)
  • Myleene Klass (ex-Hear'Say member)
  • Jan Leeming (newsreader)
  • Phina Oruche (Footballer's Wives actress)

Series 7

  • Christopher Biggins(actor - winner)
  • Gemma Atkinson (ex-Hollyoaks actress)
  • Marc Bannerman (ex-EastEnders actor)
  • Jason "J" Brown (ex-5ive member)
  • John Burton Race (Michelin-starred chef)
  • Janice Dickinson (supermodel)
  • Lynne Franks (PR consultant)
  • Rodney Marsh (ex-footballer, now pundit)
  • Cerys Matthews (ex-Catatonia singer)
  • Anna Ryder Richardson (TV interior design expert)
  • Katie Hopkins (would-be apprentice)

Series 8

  • Joe Swash (ex-EastEnders actor - winner)
  • Dani Behr (TV presenter)
  • Robert Kilroy-Silk (MEP and sometime TV host)
  • Timmy Mallett (TV presenter)
  • Nicola McLean ("glamour" model)
  • Martina Navratilova (tennis legend)
  • Brian Paddick (ex-cop turned politician)
  • Esther Rantzen (TV presenter)
  • George Takei (Star Trek actor)
  • David Van Day (Dollar singer)
  • Simon Webbe (ex-Blue singer)
  • Carly Zucker (I'm a Celebrity... contestant)

Series 9

  • Gino D'Acampo (chef - winner)
  • Lucy Benjamin (ex-EastEnders actress)
  • George Hamilton (actor)
  • Stuart Manning (Hollyoaks actor)
  • Camilla Dallerup (Strictly Come Dancing professional)
  • Jimmy White (snooker player)
  • Sam Fox (page 3 model)
  • Colin McAllister (TV interior design expert)
  • Justin Ryan (TV interior design expert)
  • Sabrina Washington (ex-Mis-Teeq singer)
  • Kim Woodburn (How Clean is Your House? presenter)
  • Katie Price (model formerly known as Jordan)
  • Joe Bugner (boxer)

Series 10

  • Kayla Collins (Playboy model)
  • Linford Christie (Olympic gold medalist)
  • Britt Ekland (actress)
  • Sheryl Gascoigne (ex-Mrs Paul Gascoigne)
  • Nigel Havers (actor)
  • Gillian McKeith (presenter)
  • Lembit Opik (former Lib Dem MP)
  • Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays singer)
  • Aggro Santos (rapper)
  • Stacey Solomon (ex-X Factor contestant)


Series 1 (VHS) | (DVD)

The Inside Story (paperback)

Web links

Off the Telly review

Wikipedia entry

TV.com entry

See Also

I'm an Aussie... Get Me Out of Here!


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