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Ant and Dec return to the Australian jungle for the legendary reality TV show, after two years of shooting at Gwrych Castle in Wales due to COVID restrictions.
One person who will be tuning in is last year’s winner, Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale.
‘I’ve watched every series really, apart from the one I took part in,’ says the 31-year-old. ‘I’m a massive fan of the show, so it will be nice to see it with no pressure this year.’
When Danny began his time in the reality show, he missed his wife Steph and their son Albert, who was only three weeks old. ‘I really got affected by it in the first few days,’ he says. ‘But then I thought, “It is what it is, I’m here for the right reasons,” which was to support Albert, Steph and my family.’
This year’s celebrities will be revealed in the first episode, but those rumoured to be taking part include singer Boy George, dancer Oti Mabuse and former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
An ‘all star’ version of the show, filmed in South Africa and featuring previous contestants, is also due to be screened in 2023, to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Danny’s experience was memorable for his friendship with former footballer, David Ginola, and for contestants being taken out of the castle for three days, due to damage caused by Storm Arwen.
‘When we were told we could return, I completely changed my mind and thought, “I need to really enjoy this, as opposed to worrying about what people might think,”’ explains the reigning King of the Castle.
‘After that evacuation break, I came straight back in with a forward roll, to let everyone know I was really going to try.
‘That would be my advice – just enjoy it, even in the low moments, when you feel like you’re not doing anything and you’re missing home.’