When it was announced earlier this year that the 2020 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! was moving from Australia to a castle in Wales, it quickly became apparent that the cast and crew would have to adapt drastically to their new environment.
The change of location meant that co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly had to brush up on their Welsh speaking skills, which their language advisers say they have been ‘doing well’.
Garffild and Siân Eirian Lewis, from Llangernyw near Abergele in Wales, have provided assistance on the ITV show to ensure Welsh words are pronounced correctly on the programme.
The couple became involved on the show ‘from quite an early stage’, they told North Wales Live.
They said that it was important that Welsh be seen as ‘a living, fun language in an entertainment setting’, stating that those working on I’m A Celebrity ‘have nailed that’.
Garffild and Siân have been providing the ITV show with audio clips and phonetic instructions for certain words and phrases likely to be said in the series, which is being filmed at Gwrych Castle.
‘In other programmes we’ve had to endure various mis-pronunciations of [such words] but the I’m a Celebrity team has worked really hard to avoid these pitfalls,’ they said, adding that the production has ‘shown a real respect for the language and culture’.
The couple noted that in their opinion, Dec did particularly well to accurately pronounce Gwrych Castle during the season premiere.
‘Bearing in mind they have to cope with a fast-moving programme in a ‘live’ situation, introducing Welsh words in a relaxed tone and with a smile on their faces must be a challenge,’ they noted.
The language consultants praised the fact that ‘millions of viewers in the UK and beyond are seeing and hearing some Welsh’, in addition to ‘getting to see some amazing views and landscapes and experiencing the very special appeal of Gwrych Castle and the surrounding area’.
The couple are hoping to introduce more Welsh words and phrases on the show over the next fortnight, they said.
This week, it was reported that police were investigating the use of non-native species of bugs on this year’s I’m A Celebrity, including cockroaches, spiders, worms and maggots.
According to The Guardian, the TV show could have potentially breached the Wildlife and Countryside Act if a licence to release the insects was not obtained.
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford later addressed the issue, stating that he ‘would be concerned’ if non-native bugs are being released in the country.
I’m A Celebrity continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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