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
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.
Chris Brown and Julia Morris will host the new series of
I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!