Unusual Rigging was contracted to provide consultancy and create the brief for two aerial stunts for the recent series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here.
With the show’s return to Australia this month, following two years in Wales during the pandemic, Australian-based Tri-Point Rigging was contracted to manage and execute the project locally, with Unusual Rigging consulting with Tri Points.
Unusual Rigging technical director Robin Elias has worked with ITV on the show for several years. While the show was relocated to Wales, a team of Unusual riggers were on set, headed by senior production rigger Sam Carter.
One of the scenes in the latest series took place thirty-three storeys up on the roof of The Focus Building in Queensland’s Surfers Paradise, where three campmates were asked to step out onto a plank.
The other challenge that Elias consulted on was a ‘bushtucker trial’ that saw comedian Babatúndé Aleshe attached to a harness and placed on a ring-shaped truss structure, hanging from a crane.
Elias said, “It’s a great pleasure to once again work with the I’m a Celebrity team, devising more hair-raising stunts that seem to get a little bit crazier with each passing year. This year, we were pleased to get to consult on the entry challenge – The Ledge – a revamped version of the infamous Walk the Plank challenge that had featured in previous years.
“Once again, the ITV/ I’m a Celebrity production team were fantastic to work with – it would seem there is no limit to how challenging or creative these trials can be and Unusual is proud to be relied upon for helping to turn these wacky ideas into a reality that looks horrifying but ultimately has the safety of the contestants at its heart.
“We are happy to hear that both trials were extremely successful and ran seamlessly and Unusual is delighted that Tri-Point managed them so flawlessly.”