Ant McPartlin discusses the possibility of I’m A Celebrity returning to Wales

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Ant McPartlin has said he would be “very happy” for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! to return to Wales.

The last series of the ITV programme was filmed in the UK for the first time after the coronavirus pandemic forced producers to abandon plans to make the programme in its usual base in Australia.

McPartlin told Digital Spy that, although they would be happy to stay in the UK, he would miss the Australian weather.

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Gwrych Castle (Jacob King/PA)

“If during coronavirus we have to stay put and do it in Wales again, I’d be very happy,” said McPartlin, who hosts the programme alongside Declan Donnelly.

He said they were “welcomed” in Wales, adding: “There were cardboard cutouts of me and Dec in the butcher’s, and the local school did a tribute.

“We’d happily go back there. We’d miss the sunshine, mind.”

Donnelly added: “The people in Wales were lovely. They made us feel very welcome.

“I had a lovely time. I will miss the sunshine, but I will not miss the jetlag of coming back from Australia.

“I’d love to go back to Oz. But if we had to go back to Wales, I wouldn’t be disappointed.”

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The last series of the programme, which was filmed in Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales, was won by podcast host Giovanna Fletcher.

McPartlin also discussed his recent engagement to Anne-Marie Corbett.

“It was a lovely way to end the year,” he said.

“I’m a romantic at heart. You know, there were flowers, and afternoon tea in front of the Christmas tree.”

When asked whether Donnelly would be the best man at his wedding, he said: “He was very good last time. He has been my best man. I’ve been his best man.

“But I suppose it depends on what kind of wedding we have. There’s been no plans.”

The full Ant & Dec interview can be read in issue six of Digital Spy magazine, available now exclusively on Apple News+.

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