I’M A Celebrity fans have been left confused and frustrated as a trailer for the new series featured a cabbie with the ‘wrong’ Welsh accent.
This year’s series is set at at Gwrych Castle in Conwy County Borough; the very north of the country.
However, the actor playing the taxi driver who drops hosts Ant and Dec in the countryside speaks with a southern Welsh accent.
One disgruntled Twitter use wrote: “imagine filming I’m a celeb in Cornwall but they assume everyone there has a scouse accent.. that’s how stupid it is to have someone from the south represent an area that can’t be any more North in North Wales.”
While another complained: “@ITV The new I’maceleb advert shows Ant and Dec speaking to a taxi driver in South Wales when it will be filmed in North Wales! The Welsh is different! Sort it out!”
However, the accent choice was very much done on purpose.
The hapless hosts were in fact dropped at the opposite end of the country to the castle, and have been tasked with travelling to it in the weeks leading up to the show launch.
Gwrych Castle attempted to set the record straight, replying to baffled fans: “They arrived in South Wales rather than New South Wales. It’s the start of their trek to the north!”
In the short clip, the Geordie duo appear to have missed the memo that they won’t be shooting in Australia for the first time in the show’s history – with the pair believing they are Down Under.
In the video, cheery Ant McPartlin steps out of a cab into the Welsh countryside, exclaiming: “G’day Australia, ah it’s great to be back.”
He then unceremoniously steps in some cowpat, joking: “I would hate to see the kangaroo who left that!”
Meanwhile, Declan Donnelly believes he has slept through the 24 hour flight, pulling an eye mask from his face as he gasps: “Wow that was quick – I must have slept through the whole flight!”
They pay the cabbie in dingo dollars before being left confused by the sheep and general area – which looks nothing like their map of Australia.
The promo was filmed on location in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Wales and ends with the pair walking in the opposite direction to a signpost that directs them to the castle.
The show is due to to start filming at Gwrych Castle in Conwy next month after ITV bosses splashed out more than £1million to hire the building for six weeks.
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