I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! is a British reality TV series in which a number of celebrities live together in a jungle environment for a number of weeks, competing to be crowned "King" or "Queen of the Jungle”.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Created byGranada and LWT
Original workI'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (United Kingdom)
Owned byITV Studios
Films and television
Television seriesI'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (independent international versions, see below)
First aired25 August 2002 (2002-08-25)
DistributorITV Studios

The show was originally created in the United Kingdom by the factual programmes department of ITV’s then London franchise, London Weekend Television (LWT) and developed by a team including James Allen, Natalka Znak, Brent Baker and Stewart Morris. The first episode aired on 25 August 2002. It is now produced by ITV Studios and has been licensed globally to countries including the United States, Germany, France, Hungary, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Romania, Australia and India.[1]

Filming location

The UK, German and the 2003 US versions of the series take place in Dungay Creek, New South Wales, Australia, at a permanently-built up camp in Dungay near Murwillumbah.[2] However the first UK series of the show was filmed on a smaller site at King Ranch, near Tully, Queensland, in Australia.[3]

The Australian series is filmed in Blyde River Canyon Nr Hoedspruit, South Africa.[4][5]

Other versions of the show have been filmed in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Suriname, Indonesia and Malaysia.


This series has been criticised by Tessa Jowell, at the time the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. In an interview with the Financial Times during the second UK series, she said, "If they weren't mostly – save their blushes – has-been celebrities, there might be more interest ... I think that if we saw many more programming hours taken over by reality TV, I hope you'd begin to see a viewers' revolt."[6]

In 2002, CBS, broadcaster of the popular American reality show Survivor, unsuccessfully sued ABC and Granada TV over a planned American version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, alleging similarities.[7]

The show's use of live insects and other living creatures in the bushtucker trials has led to some public criticism of the show and its producers and those involved in the programming. This issue was highlighted during the 2009 UK series, where celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo killed, cooked and ate a rat. The RSPCA Australia investigated the incident and sought to prosecute D'Acampo and actor Stuart Manning for animal cruelty after this episode of the show was aired. ITV was fined but the two celebrities involved were not prosecuted for animal cruelty despite being charged with the offence by the New South Wales Police. This incident did, however, highlight among certain groups such as Buglife, a British charity for the conservation of insects, and the RSPCA, the controversy surrounding the killing of living creatures for human entertainment.

There has been criticism that the producers pretend that the celebrities have to live in "dangerous" jungle even though they are in a controlled environment, with some of the scenery being artificial, e.g. a pond and a small waterfall.[8]

In November 2014, TV presenter Chris Packham wrote an open letter to Ant & Dec asking them and ITV to end the "abuse of animals" in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. He described the trials as "out of date" and "silly".[9] Packham again requested that the programme end its perceived animal abuse on stage during the 2019 TV Choice Awards, whilst imploring celebrities and those in the television industry to be more conscious of the environment.[10]

International versions

     Currently airing franchise
     Franchise awaiting confirmation
     Status unknown
     Franchise with an upcoming season
     Franchise no longer in production
     Original version
Country Local title Filming location Network Winners Presenters
 Australia I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![11] Kruger National Park, South Africa Network Ten
 Denmark Jeg Er En Celebrity… Få Mig Væk Herfra![13] Kruger National Park, South Africa TV3
  • Season 1, 2015: Gustav Salinas
 France Je suis une célébrité, sortez-moi de là !
 Germany Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! Dungay, New South Wales, Australia RTL
 Hungary Celeb vagyok ... ments ki innen!
RTL Klub
  • Season 1, October 2008: Mariann Falusi
  • Season 2, Oct–Nov 2008: Andrea Keleti
  • Season 3, October 2014: Zsolt Erdei
  • Season 4, Oct–Nov 2014: Andrea Molnár
  • Season 5, 2017: Péter Kabát
 India Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao Taman Negara, Malaysia Sony
 Netherlands Ik Ben Een Ster, Haal Me Hier Uit![15] Suriname RTL 5
  • Season 1, 2014: Mathijs Vrieze
 Romania Sunt celebru, scoate-mă de aici![17] Kruger National Park, South Africa Pro TV
 Sweden Kändisdjungeln Taman Negara, Malaysia TV4
  • Season 1, 2009: Karl Petter Bergvall
 United Kingdom I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
ITV Main show

ITV2 spin-off

 United States I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
  • Dungay, New South Wales, Australia (2003)
  • Costa Rica (2009)


  1. "ITV Studios Takes I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! To Denmark and Romania". ITV Studios.com. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. Fickling, David (20 November 2004). "Local residents in Australia unimpressed with ITV's I'm a Celebrity". the Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  3. "The real picture - The Guardian - guardian.co.uk". www.theguardian.com. 6 September 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  4. Gusmaroli, Danielle (8 February 2015). "I'm A Celebrity I'm out of Here! Olympian Liesel Jones is first star voted out of the south African jungle after opening up about her weight issues". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  5. "Channel 10 to film I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!". news.com.au. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. Sherwin, Adam (9 May 2003). "I'm an MP ... get me into the newspapers". The Times.
  7. "CBS loses fight to stop US version of I'm a Celebrity...". Brand Republic. 14 January 2003.
  8. YouTube: Frontal21 (German television ZDF): Die Wahrheit – Ich bin ein Star holt mich hier raus (The Truth about I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!), 13 January 2008
  9. "Chris Packham asks Ant and Dec to end 'animal abuse'". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  10. Deen, Sarah. "Chris Packham blasts I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! for 'abusing animals'". Metro.
  11. "I'm a Celebrity heads to Oz". Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  12. "TV jungle gets real for Channel 10 but are celebs in or out?". news.com.au. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  13. "I'm a Celeb for Denmark, Romania". C21media.
  14. "Han skal være vært på Jeg er en celebrity – få mig væk herfra". Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  15. "ITV Studios Global Entertainment Takes I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! To The Netherlands". ITV Studios. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  16. "RTL – ..EN ONTDEK". pressroom.rtl.nl.
  17. "PRO TV prezinta: I`m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, show-ul care va schimba in 2015 televiziunea din Romania". ProTV.ro. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.

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