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As I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! approaches and the official lineup is revealed, one of last year's contestants has let fans in on some behind-the-scenes secrets.
Victoria Derbyshire checked into the Welsh castle camp in 2020 and has revealed the bizarre eating schedule the new cast can expect to follow.
The TV presenter competed against Sir Mo Farah, Vernon Kay and Jessica Plummer, among other celebs last year, which didn't take place in the infamous Aussie jungle camp for the first time in the show's 19-year history.
As viewers will know, the reality TV show has a quick turnaround, with fresh updates from the campmates six nights of the week. While the producers could take advantage of the time difference when shooting in Australia, they don't have that luxury when shooting in the same time zone from Gwrych Castle, meaning the contestants this year will need to adjust to a rather unorthodox eating and sleeping schedule.
According to Victoria Derbyshire, a lot of the show's key scenes, like preparing the meals and the trials, take place at night.
"Ant and Dec came into the castle, live, around 9.50pm to tell us who's doing the next trial," Derbyshire told Radio Times.
"The trial finished between midnight and 1am; sometimes even later. When they arrived back, often covered in stinking fish guts or cockroaches, they would tell the rest all about it before having a shower.
"Assuming they'd earned some stars and won some food, it eventually arrived - we were given a medieval fare of eel, pigeon, mutton," she said.
"That all takes time to prepare and cook, so we were essentially eating our tea at about 3am, and getting to bed at 4am."
It's a bizarre schedule that Richard Madeley, Louise Minchin and Matty Lee are going to have to get their heads around when they enter the castle in a couple of weeks' time.