I've waited a few days before commenting on this year's show - first of all, I would consider myself to be a huge fan of I'm a Celebrity, it is the highlight of my TV year.
This year was clearly always going to be different. However, there are a few things I didn't expect.
Lack of Daylight
- now, I appreciate it is Wales in Winter, but with the trials being filmed at night and the challenges held indoors we barely see any daylight.
- although I feel this has been a trend for the last couple of years, we don't seem to be seeing much of camp life - discussions around the fire, chores etc, celebrities making their own games. Every night is crammed into showing campmates waking up, bushtucker trial, castle coin challenge, celebs eat, done.
- again, I know we're just a few days in, but I worry the big trials we've become accustomed to over recent years, high wires, water tanks, won't feature - to me, it feels like they have gone back to basics with the trials.
I was expecting greater use of the castle grounds and woodlands, we're just alternating between 3 different rooms in the castle and actually, the whole thing could have been shot at Elstree.
In regards to the 'Daily Drop' - it looks like something I would have produced for a GCSE Media project.
I hope as the series goes on that things change, and that ITV doesn't see this as an opportunity to cut costs by not returning to Australia.