JUN­GLE FRIGHTS

The cast and crew of I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! bet­ter keep their wits about them as they face foes in the South African jun­gle

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Hye­nas, lions and the highly ven­omous black mamba snake are just a few species the stars of I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! can ex­pect to cross, co-host Chris Brown says.

Net­work Ten is shoot­ing the re­al­ity show in South Africa, a coun­try Brown has vis­ited sev­eral times in his role as a vet. So his mis­sion, along with comic Ju­lia Mor­ris, to host the se­ries from deep in the South African jun­gle will not be as daunt­ing for him as it will be for the cast and crew.

The black mamba, which is nick­named the kiss of death be­cause its venom can kill a hu­man within 60 min­utes, is some­thing all cast and crew need to be wary of, Brown says.

“I’ve been there sev­eral times to do dif­fer­ent things like dart rhi­nos and camp in the wild,” he says.

“I’ve had lions walk through a camp, I’ve had hye­nas sniff­ing around my tent so I think I can re­late to what is go­ing to hap­pen.

“I’ve also had some close shaves with the black mamba, their venom is one of the most toxic and fast-act­ing in the world – they are a piece of work.”

Mor­ris and Brown will be dropped deep in the South African jun­gle with the yet-tobe an­nounced celebri­ties who will un­der­take ridicu­lous and dan­ger­ous tasks.

The se­ries will be tele­cast live five nights a week and Ten is plan­ning to keep the iden­tity of the celebri­ties a se­cret un­til open­ing night.

The UK ver­sion of I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! is filmed in the Gold Coast Hin­ter­land. Ten’s chief pro­gram­ming of­fi­cer Bev­er­ley McGar­vey says that venue was not re­ally suit­able for the Aus­tralian se­ries.

“It’s a fish-out-of-wa­ter show and you’re putting celebri­ties in an en­vi­ron­ment they’d find chal­leng­ing and Aus­tralian tal­ent will not find Aus­tralia chal­leng­ing,” McGar­vey says.

“We had to put it some­where in­ter­est­ing and this is vis­ually stun­ning so it’s re­ally worth the in­vest­ment and makes it dif­fer­ent from shoot­ing in Queens­land.”

Ten has not re­leased an air date.

Pic­ture: RICHARD DOB­SON

Chris Brown and Ju­lia Mor­ris will host the new se­ries of

I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

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