I’m A Celebrity films scenes for show launch with flashing lights and fireworks at Gwrych Castle in Wales

I’M A Celebrity looks to have begun recording launch scenes a flashing lights and fireworks can be seen erupting over Gwrych Castle in Wales.

The historic site was spookily lit in the dead of night as locals captured the illuminations and shared it to social media.

I'm A Celebrity's Gwrych Castle was all lit up last night


I’m A Celebrity’s Gwrych Castle was all lit up last nightCredit: Instagram

Colourful rockets exploded above the castle and drones flew overhead, seemingly capturing the action.

The official Gwrych Castle Twitter account posted: “Doesn’t the castle look amazing all lit up for @imacelebrity and @antanddec?! @ITV are doing an amazing job!”

One local wrote how bizarre it was to have the hit ITV show on their doorstep, posting: “So weird letting the cat out at night now, gone from having a farm/castle opposite to having what looks like a mini village with all the lights from the castle ready for I’maceleb!! Also, why does my cat want to go out with fireworks going off constantly?!”

Yesterday pictures of huge ‘prison doors’ on the site were released.

This year’s stars will be locked up inside a bleak looking jail and will compete to win their freedom.

Workmen were pictured beavering away on the slammer ahead of the show launch.

The castle has been given an new lease of life


The castle has been given an new lease of lifeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

A set of steps lead up to ten barred cells standing side by side. The facade is grey and bleak, hinting at misery for the contestants.

The prison sits on top of open dirt ground and is in front of a huge metal rig.

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Drone pictures of the castle showed the site was a hotbed of activity as a large yellow crane worked to get it ready on time.

The Sun exclusively revealed how this year’s show will be two days shorter amid worries for the pampered stars in the cold coastal location.

The site in North Wales is a hotbed of activity


The site in North Wales is a hotbed of activityCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The ITV show, moved from the Aussie jungle due to Covid, will end on a Friday night rather than its traditional Sunday, lasting 20 days instead of 22.

Producers are worried the switch to a damp, dark castle will be too much and some celebs might even walk. But if any do quit Gwrych Castle near Abergele early, they will only get a portion of their bumper fee.

We told this week the line-up, including EastEnders star Jessica Plummer, 28, are holed up in luxury accommodation before their stint at the derelict site.

A source said: “There have been some concerns at ITV that it’s going to be a mega shock to the system when they leave the lap of luxury and are suddenly living in a damp, squalid castle.

“There are fears some will sack it off. They were even worried some might not even enter the castle at all.”

Hosts Ant and Dec kick it all off a week on Sunday
Hosts Ant and Dec kick it all off a week on Sunday

The castle has no permanent plumbing, lighting or heating — and the stars will be given specially thickened outfits for warmth.

The source added: “This will be harder than the ­Australian jungle. It will be damp and freezing.”

The Sun has revealed most of the line-up, also including Olympic hero Mo Farah, 37, plus soap stars Shane Richie, 56, and Beverley Callard, 63.

Hosts Ant and Dec kick it all off a week on Sunday.


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