I'm A Celeb's Jessica Plummer squeals as stars face their first trial

I’m A Celebrity’s Jessica Plummer squeals in terror as she and her fellow stars have to abseil down a CLIFF in their first petrifying trial of the series

I’m A Celebrity’s stars were seen filming the opening scenes of the 2020 series, and took part in their first terrifying trial on Friday.

The group were tasked with abseiling down a cliff in Anglesey, Wales, ahead of arriving at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, where they will be staying for the duration of the show.

Jessica Plummer, 28, looked terrified as she squealed while watching her fellow contestants Giovanna Fletcher, 35, and Vernon Kay, 46, take on the challenge ahead of her.


Scary: I’m A Celebrity’s Jessica Plummer squealed in terror as she and her fellow stars have to abseil down a CLIFF in their first petrifying trial of the series on Friday

Radio host Victoria Derbyshire, 52, and Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, 30, could also be seen preparing to climb down the cliff with the latter throwing up while putting on his harness.

Looking out for their fellow campmates, Jessica and Victoria were seen standing at the edge of the cliff where they watched in terror as the others made their way down.

Seemingly frightened by something she saw, Jessica could be seen shouting in fright while Giovanna and Vernon carefully made their way to the bottom of the cliff.

Other celebrities competing are Corrie legend Beverley Callard, 63, Team GB star Mo Farah, 37, Strictly star AJ Pritchard, 26, paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26, and funnyman Shane Richie, 56.



Terrified: Radio host Victoria Derbyshire and Radio 1 DJ Jordan North could also be seen preparing to climb down the cliff


Petrified: Jordan was seen throwing up while putting on his harness before going down the cliff face



Protected: The stars were seen decked out in navy blue boiler suits for the expedition


Safety first: The stars wore helmets fitted with go pro cameras to ensure they didn’t get hurt during the trial



Supportive: Vernon rubbed Jordan’s back as he was sick before they started the trial


Before and after: The celebrities were seen in their own outfits before they got kitted out in their protective gear



You can do it! The stars cheered Giovanna on as she abseiled down the cliff face with ease

The stars arrived at the location in jeeps and were seen blindfolded so that they didn’t know where their first trial began, with some of the celebrities also arriving by helicopter.

Once they were near the cliff face, each celebrity was brought in by a member of the crew in a buggy before preparing themselves to compete in the challenge. 

Professional climbers were seen talking the celebrities through the challenge to ensure they didn’t hurt themselves, with the quintet discussing it between themselves. 

I’m A Celebrity’s film crew were seen wearing protective face shields and masks for the duration of the shoot so that they complied with strict COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place. 


Preparations: Professional climbers were seen talking the celebrities through the challenge to ensure they didn’t hurt themselves, with the quintet discussing it between themselves

Raring to go: At first the stars seemed excited at the prospect of doing their first trial together



Enthusiastic: The team were seen waving their arms in delight as they geared up for the challenge


Learning the basics: The quintet were seen talking with climbers in great detail

After weeks of builders working round-the-clock to restore crumbling Welsh landmark Gwrych Castle, I’m A Celebrity revealed the first look at the camp, on Friday.  

This year’s stars will experience the most brutal living conditions in the show’s 20-year history, after ITV relocated from Australia to Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MailOnline was given special access to the show’s brand new set located inside the eerie Gwrych Castle, ITV hired the 19th century castle for six weeks costing £1million after Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in Australia.

The ten contestants will sleep on rusty old beds, covered by a newly installed plastic roof, with only the campfire located inside the adjoining living quarters providing any heat. 

If the campmates need the toilet at night, they have to wander outside in the Baltic conditions to visit the Privy, a battered old shed, which has replaced the traditional dunny.

And the usually pampered celebrities will bathe in a tiny tin bath and wash their hair using water from an old watering can hanging above – their modesty covered by a mouldy shower curtain.

The 2020 series, which starts on Sunday, is expected to last 20 days – two shorter than normal. 

ITV announced an extreme Covid Management Plan to ensure the series runs smoothly, including the celebrities being tested every three days and crew members wearing proximity buzzers, wear masks and get temperature checks on arrival. 

The celebrities have been isolating for two weeks ahead of their arrival. 

ITV Studios Director of Entertainment, Richard Cowles, said: ‘Everyone on the production team has worked incredibly hard to bring I’m A Celebrity to Wales and a massive part of making that possible has been developing our protocols around Covid.

‘We have worked with ITV’s Independent Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield, ITV’s Health and Safety Department and our own health and safety and medical teams to keep everyone connected with the production, both in front of and behind the camera, as safe as possible.’

Dr Paul Litchfield added: ‘Those involved in I’m A Celebrity are used to working safely in extreme and difficult environments.

‘The procedures and protocols developed aim to provide defence in depth against the coronavirus, applying industry best practice while always adhering to government and local guidelines.  

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2020: Who are the celebrities?

Name: SIR MO FARAH CBE

Age: 37

Claim to fame: The most successful British track athlete in Olympic Games history 

Phobias: Any animal that moves

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running

Role in the camp: Cook

Miss most: Coffee, my wife and children

Dream campmate: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

Relationship status: Married

Name: SHANE RICHIE

Age: 56  

Phobias: Human faeces. If I see one, it is over! I am hoping the camp toilet will be enclosed

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don’t think I am that interesting

Role in the camp: Person who will muck in with anything 

Miss most: My family and routine at home

Dream campmate: Eric Cantona, any 80s’ pop star or The Roc

Relationship status: Married

Name: BEVERLEY CALLARD

Age: 63

Claim to fame: Corrie legend 

Phobias: Ghosts and insects 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People think I am glamorous as I have played Liz for so long but I am not

Role in the camp: Cleaner 

Miss most: Dogs and my husband, Jon

Dream campmate: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

Relationship status: Married

Name: AJ PRITCHARD 

Age: 26 

Claim to fame: Former Strictly professional

Phobias: Heights, claustrophobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like

Role in the camp: Keeping spirits up and the cleaner

Miss most: My warm and comfy bed

Dream campmate: Any celebrity with an intriguing background

Relationship status: Dating

Name: VERNON KAY

Age: 46

Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

Phobias: I don’t like being confined underwater!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think I have always been the same throughout my career – so I don’t have any.

Role in the camp: Person to keep spirits up.

Miss most: My family.

Dream camper: Anybody who has won the Super Bowl!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Age: 52  

Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

Phobias: I am not a fan of spiders or confined spaces and I don’t know what I am going to be like when I get there! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t think I have any as people just know me as the news and current affairs person! 

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on. 

Miss most: My boys, husband, dog and Mum. 

Dream campmate: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver to cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them! 

Relationship status: Married.

Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Age: 35

Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

Phobias: Heights. My legs go wobbly and you can’t rationalise it

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I am not that controversial so nothing

Role in the camp: Mum, friend and the giver of hugs

Miss most: My husband, Tom, and my three children

Dream campmate: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so he can help us with all the survival skills

Relationship status: Married

Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

Age: 28

Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights –just about every phobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me for who I am rather than my EastEnders character

Role in the camp: Chatterbox and little sister

Miss most: My daughter. It’s going to be the longest we’ve been apart

Dream campmate: Denzel Washington would be awesome. I would listen to every word he said

Relationship status: Single

Name: JORDAN NORTH

Age: 30

Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ 

Phobias: It’s just easier to say what I am not scared of. I have so many phobias

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: On my Radio 1 show, I am always bubbly and energetic but everyone has down moments too, so it will be nice for people to see what I am really like

Role in the camp: Entertainer and the tidy up person –I love a tidy house

Miss most: A nice cool pint of Guinness

Dream campmate: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. He would be great entertainment value

Relationship status: Single

Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE  

Age: 26

Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medallist 

Phobias: Spiders

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t want it to focus on my disability

Role in the camp: Cook/shoulder to cry on 

Miss most: My boyfriend, food and my cats

Dream campmate: Michelle Keegan –she is beautiful

Relationship status: Dating

 

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