I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
|I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!|
|Developed by||Granada Television (now part of ITV Studios)|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||60–90 minutes|
|Picture format||16:9 (HDTV)|
|Original run||25 August 2002– present|
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! is a reality television game show series in which up to 12 celebrities live together in a jungle environment for a few weeks. They have no luxuries, and compete to be crowned king or queen of the jungle. The first episode aired in August 2002 and a 14th UK series was aired in 2014.
The show was originally created in the United Kingdom by the Manchester-based Granada Television and developed by its London subsidiary LWT for ITV. It is now produced by ITV Studios and has been licensed globally to countries including France, Germany, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States.
As of 2014, the UK and German versions are still in production and the Dutch and Hungarian versions returned. An Australian version has been announced for 2015 to be filmed in Africa.
The UK, the German and the 2003 U.S. version of the series take place in Australia, at a permanently built up camp at the edge of a sub-tropical rain forest that extends from Numinbah Nature Reserve and Springbrook National Park. However the first series of the show was filmed on a smaller site in Cairns, Queensland.
Popularity and criticism
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This series has been criticized by the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Tessa Jowell. 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."
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.
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 Australian RSPCA 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 £1,600 and the two celebrities involved were not prosecuted for animal cruelty despite being charged with the offense 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 use of living creatures for human entertainment. It also raised concerns with these groups that people may attempt to recreate the bushtucker trials with their own pets at home.
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.
In November 2014, TV presenter Chris Packham wrote an open letter to Ant & Dec asking them to end "abuse of animals" in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, He described the trials as "out of date" and "silly".
I'm a Celebrity series
Legend:In production No longer airing
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- 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!), January 13, 2008
- "Chris Packham asks Ant and Dec to end 'animal abuse'". BBC News. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- "I’m a Celebrity heads to Oz". C21 Media. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
- "TV jungle gets real for Channel 10 but are celebs in or out?". news.com.au. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
- "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.
- I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here! at itv.com
- I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! at the Internet Movie Database