I'm a Celebrity forced to relocate

3.45pm: The producers of ITV's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! have been forced to relocate the hit reality show after encountering logistical problems. By Rob Harris in Cardwell, Queensland.

The producers of ITV's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! have been forced to relocate the hit reality show after encountering logistical problems.

The new Australian jungle set they planned to use cannot be prepared in time for November's expected transmission, forcing the move.

Cardwell, a small town on the Queensland coast, had been selected as the location for the fourth series in November - a fact that has been reported in several tabloids.

But yesterday producers contacted sites in the tropical northeast intended to house the 300-strong crew to cancel their reservations.

One, the Kookaburra Holiday Park, would have hosted the large workforce required to put together round-the-clock output on ITV1 and ITV2.

The producers believe there was not enough time to construct a new multimillion pound set to house the celebrities in the jungle, as well as building the required infrastructure, including new roads.

An ITV insider revealed that Cardwell had been selected as the new location, but logistical problems meant ditching the move.

Additionally, the high humidity would have made conditions extremely uncomfortable, residents said today.

"We can confirm that we have been recceing for new locations, but at the moment we are in no position to confirm anything else," an ITV spokeswoman said this afternoon.

It would have been a huge money-spinner for the small town, but now Cardwell's businesses have been informed that an existing set at Mooloolaba, on Queensland's sunshine coast, may be the celebrities' camp.

However, an extensive search is still underway to hunt down a different location to the previous three series, which consistently delivered high ratings.

Being closer to Brisbane will make the immense production task easier for the hosts, Ant and Dec, and their support team.

The last series, won by comedian Joe Pasquale, was located near the inland town of Murwillumbah in New South Wales.

The celebrities endure so-called bushtucker trials, in which they are exposed to wildlife and challenged to eat bugs. But their exploits can prove lucrative by reviving often faltering careers.

Despite the millions who watch the Granada-produced series in Britain, it is an unknown entity down under.

Australia's jungles are popular destinations for reality TV shows, including Survivor.

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Rob Harris in Cardwell, Queensland

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