Australia gets its own version of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

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Australia is finally getting its own version of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! - twelve years after the UK started producing it Down Under.

The hit reality show - hosted by Ant and Dec - has become an annual staple for ITV, with a fourteenth series set to air this November.

It is filmed in a stretch of rainforest near the Gold Coast in Queensland, with the set also used for the popular German version of the show.

Now Australia's own D-list celebrities will get the chance to experience the infamous Bushtucker Trials after Network Ten ordered the first ever local series of the format.

However, rather than film it in the country's own backyard, the broadcaster will be shipping its contestants off to a purpose-built set in Africa.

"I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is a big, noisy and spectacular show for all the family and an incredible live reality television event," said Ten's chief programming officer Beverly McGarvey. "It will be a massive production, set in an amazing location in Africa. We cannot wait to get our celebrities in the jungle."

The show - made by ITV Studios Australia - will air next year. UK editions previously aired on rival digital channel Go!.

Unlike other reality juggernauts such as Big Brother and The X Factor, I'm A Celebrity has struggled to sell worldwide, with Australia becoming only the tenth country to have its own version.

Two attempts were made at launching it in the United States, in 2003 and 2009, but it failed to compete with similar show Survivor.

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