I’M A Celebrity has hired 40 security guards and roads surrounding Gwrych Castle have been closed ahead of the show’s launch tonight.
A legion of former special forces troops have been deployed in Abergele, North Wales, to stop intruders snooping at the Welsh castle.
Construction work at Gwrych Castle – I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’s new setCredit: Splash News
The security firm hired by ITV bosses has enlisted former Royal Marines and special forces soldiers.
Guards with night-vision goggles have even be placed in the forest surrounding Gwrych Castle to spot nosey locals.
Meanwhile, paths that lead to the 4,000-acre estate have been blocked to stop local ramblers stumbling onto the million-pound set.
Local walker Richard Hughes, 32, told MailOnline: “People are being asked what they are doing. Some of them look like proper close protection security with night goggles and everything.
Gwrych castle has been under construction for monthsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The celebs entered the castle camp on SaturdayCredit: Rex Features
Ant and Dec will be filming at the castle in Wales tonightCredit: Instagram
“My mate got talking to one and he said, ‘We like it here – it makes a change from guarding princes in Saudia Arabia’.
“I think that means they’re ex-military. I don’t think anyone’s getting inside the castle or near any of the stars that’s for sure.”
A TV insider added to The Sun: “The overall aim is to create a ring of steel around the landmark as ITV continue to transform it into a working set.
“And after investing millions in the project, they don’t want the big reveal ruined by anyone getting into the site so they are enlisting a small army of guards to patrol the place.”
Ant and Dec get ready for launch nightCredit: antanddec/Instagram
ITV has spent a fortune putting roofs on exposed rooms at the castle in Abergele, Conwy, and building a self-contained studio within the grounds.
The move to Wales took place as Covid made it impossible to produce the show in Australia.
Their time will be spent between four main areas – the washroom, boiler room, and living and sleeping quarters.
The living area has a giant fire pit in the middle of it, where they will try to stay warm and also cook meals if they manage to get stars in the show’s trials.
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