Millions of pounds, thousands of hours of footage and hundreds of people are involved in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! to make it one of TV’s biggest shows.
And with just a few hours to go before I’m A Celebrity 2018 kicks off, new hosts Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby will be excitedly waking up in the early hours of the morning ready to start their day in the jungle.
But, as with any huge show, the amount of resources poured into it is virtually impossible to grasp.
From feeding the vast crew to paying out hundreds of thousands of pounds for its celebrity line-up, the show costs a small fortune each year to produce.
Here are some of the facts and figures that help explain how the show has been put together over the years and sent back to the UK for you to watch.
- I’m A Celebrity: Bushtucker trials revealed – and they’re bigger and harder than ever
10,500 : The ‘camp’ is based in the Australian rain forest, which is 10,500 miles from Britain, two hours from Brisbane and just outside the small town of Murwillumbah.
- 2am : Time Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby have to get up – at the absolute latest – to get to site by around 2.30am. They go to bed 6-8pm each night and the show starts on ITV at 7am in Australia.
Holly and Dec will work gruelling 17-hour days in the jungle
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- 500 : Number of the crew (UK and OZ mix) ranging from security, runners, producers, catering and editors.
- 5 : Number of people allowed on any of the metal bridges at any one time. If you are travelling in or out of camp in a big group you must wait on the crow’s nest inbetween the bridges for safety. There are four bridges in total to get into camp.
Only 5 people are allowed on the metal bridges for safety reasons
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- 1 : Malcolm McLaren is the only celebrity cast member who has been flown all the way to Australia and put up in the Versace Hotel before he decided that he didn’t want to do the show and returned home.
- 400 : A huge amount of cables are erected including half a mile of suspension bridges, 400 metres of bridges, four miles of rope, five miles of steel cabling and 60 tons of scaffolding.
A huge amount of equipment has to be taken into the jungle to produce the show
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- 14 : Number of edit suites working around the clock to produce the ITV show.
- 2 : Satellites which send the programme back to Britain ready to be transmitted.
- 160,000 : One Bushtucker trial this year will feature the most bugs ever with over 160,000.
Hundreds of thousands of bugs are used in the Bushtucker trials
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- 18 : Medic Bob has worked on every series. He and Declan Donnelly are the only ones on screen now to have done so.
- 3 : Number of pairs of underpants you are allowed. A source of much debate in the early years of the show.
- 6 : Number of bikinis/swimsuits each campmate can pack in their backpack
Celebs can only bring 6 bikinis or swimsuits
- 10 v 7 : The winners for each are: series one, Tony Blackburn; series two, Phil Tufnell; series three, Kerry Katona; series four, Joe Pasquale; series five, Carol Thatcher; series six, Matt Willis; series seven, Christopher Biggins; series eight, Joe Swash; series nine, Gino D’Campo; series 10, Stacey Solomon; series 11, Dougie Poynter; series 12, Charlie Brooks, series 13 Kian Egan, series 14 Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty, series 15 Vicky Pattison and series 16 Scarlett Moffatt, series 17 was Georgia Toffolo. That makes 10 Kings and 7 Queens.
Over 230kg of meat are consumed by the cast and crew over three weeks
- To feed the vast crew, during the series catering can go through approximately, 15kg of Bacon, 540 eggs, 7 kg of muesli, 70kg of potatoes, 80 kg beef, 60 kg chicken, 50 kg pork, 20 kg Fish, 3kg ham, 2kg salami and 4kg burger patties. Beats eating kangeroon anus!
*I’m A Celebrity 2018 kicks off tonight at 9pm on ITV