I’m A Celeb’s battle to get site up and running as storm leaves crew exposed – but campers were SAFE within castle walls


I’M A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’s team is working frantically to get the show up and running again after Storm Arwen battered the set.

Bosses moved the celebrities out of the castle in order to quickly and safely get the whole site back up and running in the quickest time possible.

The I’m A Celebrity stars were ushered to safety when Storm Arwen belted the castle

The popular reality series was forced off air after the storm caused a 48-hour blackout and extensive damage to the set.

The crew working on the temporary set were exposed to the harsh elements, but the celebrities were safe within the castles walls because of its sturdy structure.

But the castle has been built to withstand storms for hundreds of years, with Dr Mark Baker, chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, telling HOAR the location of the Castle is key to withstanding storms. 

He explained: “Because it is a medieval site, what they would have chosen back then are locations where it’s incredibly sheltered from bad weather.

“So the Castle’s at the base of a hill and it’s in a recess. When you get the northerly and westerly gales, they literally blow over the top of the Castle.”

He added: “You could be stood in the middle of the Castle, this storm raging around you and it’s like it’s the calm at the centre of the storm.

“You get these big storms rolling through, everything’s storming around the outer of the Castle and in the middle it’s perfectly still.” 

The expert finished by saying: “It’s stood there for 100s of years and there’s been a building on that site for nearly 1000 years. It’s very well sheltered from extreme weather. It’s probably withstood 100s of storms over the years.”

The celebrity contestants were returned to quarantine on Saturday as bosses made the decision to remove them from camp.

The campmates will return to the castle once the show’s entire production is safely re-established, with the quarantine conditions for the celebs the same as they were before they joined the show.

If they come into contact with anybody outside of I’m A Celeb’s secure Covid bubble, they won’t be allowed to return to camp – with Richard Madeley forced out of the show after just four days due to a hospital dash.

It was previously reported that the show’s production area “looks like a bomb has hit it”, with “terrified” crew almost blown off their feet.

Pictures show marquees ripped to shreds, and roofs and canopies ripped from structures after gales ravaged the location.

The series did not air any episodes over the weekend and instead played a highlights show in place of a new episode.

The current series has only been on air for less than a week but has already suffered devastating dramas.

The latest chaos comes after a difficult couple of days that saw Richard’s medical scare get him removed from the castle for good.

The outdoor set was battered, leaving the crew exposed

ITV decided to evacuate the celebrities to make it easier to clean up the damage

But the celebrities would’ve been completely safe inside the strong castle walls

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