ITV is hiring former special forces troops to stop snooping at the Welsh castle that is set to host I’m A Celebrity.
I’m told it is negotiating a deal to protect Gwrych Castle from intruders and nosey locals through a security firm that includes former Royal Marines and special forces soldiers.
A TV insider said: “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.”
I revealed last week how 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.
At this rate, it might have been cheaper though.
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Dinner grinner for Arg
JOEY Essex and James Argent are all smiles on a trip to Waitrose.
The Towie mates picked up some groceries after what looked like an outing to the gym.
And Arg certainly seems to be living a healthier lifestyle after admitting he had a cocaine habit.
This week he said on Instagram: “I’ve been healing and taken time to continue working on myself.
“I’m proud to say I’m nearly nine months clean and sober.”
Good for him – I’m glad he’s clearly got Joey there to support him too.
EMMERDALE actor Joe-warren Plant has signed up for Dancing On Ice. The ITV show returns in January with telly host Myleene Klass, reality TV’s Billie Faiers and ex-footballer Wayne Bridge.
Daisy's fella in Road job
DAISY Edgar-Jones saw her profile soar after starring with Paul Mescal as lovers in BBC Three’s Normal People.
Now her real-life boyfriend Tom Varey has landed a top role with the Beeb, in the thriller Ridley Road.
He’ll star with Tracy Ann Oberman, Rory Kinnear and Tamzin Outhwaite in the four-part story of Jewish woman Vivien Epstein (Aggi O’Casey) who battles fascism in 1960s London.
Tom plays her boyfriend Jack, who vanishes.
The drama is inspired by the real-life “62 Group” of Jewish people who fought fascism in the capital.
BRITAIN’S Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon hopes the ITV show can be the ultimate antidote to the Covid misery. She said the programme – now in its semi-finals stage – brought viewers much-needed “silliness and a bit of fun”.
WHAT? Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip, Channel 4, 10pm.
WHY? Dressed in multi-coloured biker leathers, the artist criss-crosses the pre-pandemic US on a Harley-Davidson to examine divisions among its people.
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