Friday, December 24, 2010
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here is a reality television game show series in which celebrities live together in a jungle environment with few luxuries, competing to win a cash prize for charity. Originally developed in the United Kingdom by Granada
Television for ITV and first shown in 2002, it is now produced by Granada Productions and licensed globally to countries including France, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States.
The programme is filmed in Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Inside the entrance to the filming location is an open area allocated to temporary buildings which house on-site medical facilities, containers for the storage of props, and so on. It is in this area that the families and friends of the celebrities bide their time each morning during evictions – awaiting the fate of their loved ones. From this area, a restricted access road climbs to the site of the temporary studios. The road then heads down into a valley via four-wheel drive access to the set of the show.
Some of these areas are viewable from Google Earth, though it is difficult to view the suspension bridges and open-air studio that Ant & Dec broadcast from. While the roof of the main building is bright red, when filming is out of season, this whole area is covered with hessian to obscure the aerial view.
In return for their appearance, celebrities nominate a charity Granada Television makes donations. The celebrities are paid a fee to compensate for loss of earnings. The producers keep the details of contracts private. The money is raised by allowing viewers to vote, by phone, text message or TV interactive service, for the celebrity to complete a "Bushtucker Trial" – a physical task usually involving snakes, spiders or other animals – and, later each series, for the celebrity they would like to see win. The last celebrity, after others have been evicted, is the winner and named King or Queen of the Jungle.