Cameras roll in Dungay "jungle"
THE Dungay "jungle" is again at the centre of fevered UK tabloid newspaper speculation as the 15th season of hit reality TV program I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, gets set to screen in Britain this month.
Filming of the program, which reportedly injects $18 million into the local economy, began in the Tweed Shire over the weekend, a source has told the Tweed Daily News.
The reality show, which attracts an average audience of 10 million per episode, strands 12 celebrities - together with few creature comforts - for some weeks at the property, 10 minutes north of Murwillumbah.
Among this year's crop of confirmed celebrities are mostly people you would never have heard of like soap opera actress Jorgie Porter and retired Premier League footballer Kieron Dyer.
But the British tabloids are also speculating that rapper 50 Cent and transgender member of the Kardashian clan, Caitlyn Jenner, may also join the cast. Bruce Jenner was in the show back in the early noughties.
Not that folks in Dungay are all that excited.
"I really don't give a toss. I really don't follow whose in it," one Dungay Creek Rd resident told the Tweed Daily News.
Of the 405 people employed on the program by production company Granada, it says 80 to 100 of those are locals.
They are reportedly required to sign confidentiality agreements.
The show will begin screening in the UK on Sunday night.