Love Island winter stars will face snakes, crocodiles and poisonous spiders on top of the threat of a broken heart


THE biggest dangers for Love Island contestants have been the threat of sunburn, a mozzie bite or a broken heart.

But now wannabe reality stars on the first winter version of the ITV2 show face risks that wouldn’t be out of place on I’m A Celebrity . . .  Get Me Out Of Here!


Stars on the Love Island winter sun series set in South Africa will face threats that wouldn’t be out of place on I’m A Celeb[/caption]

The winter sun series in South Africa, which will be filmed early next year, will see the Love Islanders having to watch out for snakes, poisonous spiders and scorpions.

Even though the housemates will be staying in a luxury villa, producers will ensure that local wildlife experts will be on site 24/7 to identify black mambas, poisonous scorpions and even big cats.

And contestants will be told to check the pool before diving in — just in case something is lurking in the water.

An industry source said: “Health and safety experts will be specially drafted in to help look out for deadly snakes and other poisonous creepy-crawlies.


The cast will be warned to check the pool before diving in, in case anything is lurking below[/caption]

“There will be a specialist medic on hand, too, so contestants can get urgent medical attention. Plus, if necessary, facilities to chopper them to a local hospital.

“This is a very different kettle of fish to filming in mainland Europe.

“The South African outback is a hive of wildlife activity and exactly why it is a top destination for safaris. Scorpions and spiders are   likely to be lurking in contestants’ shoes — these won’t kill you but they will put you in hospital if you’re bitten.

“The advice will be to close all windows and doors, not to go out at night alone and to use protective sprays, wear long clothing and check beds, shoes and clothes before getting dressed.”

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Just like the contestants, presenter Caroline Flack and narrator Iain Stirling will have to be on high alert during filming[/caption]

Presenter Caroline Flack and narrator Iain Stirling will also have to be on high alert during filming.

A ITV spokesman said: “As with all of our productions, the health and safety of both our cast and crew is our number one priority.”

If you fancy a free safari, get applying now . . .

Vogue’s white on trend

VOGUE Williams has always been part of the celebrity jet-set – and in this stunning white jumpsuit she looks ready to jump into the cockpit of a fighter jet.

Instead, the Northern Irish TV personality was off to host her fashion segment on ITV’s Lorraine.


Vogue Williams stepped out in a stunning white jumpsuit as she headed to host her fashion segment on Lorraine[/caption]

Living up to her name, she is certainly in vogue with a new reality series – alongside her husband Spencer Matthews – in the pipeline on E4.

But in her pristine white outfit, I hope she put some Vanish in her handbag.


STUART is struggling to breathe in EastEnders, so Mick calls an ambulance.

Max reluctantly approaches Bobby about what happened between him and Lucy, and Daniel breaks down at the hospital where Jean is getting her chemotherapy treatment.

Coronation Street’s Steve is going to the airport to collect Tracy when he sees Emma crying at the bus stop.

He offers to take her to the chapel of rest, but when he discovers she is upset because she can’t afford a coffin for the man she thought was her dad, he slips the undertaker £600.

Emma is unaware he may be her biological father. In search of the truth, Steve researches DNA tests.

Must watch

What? Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, 8pm, BBC2.

Why? The brilliant comic duo do their best to keep it clean as they head to the Highlands in search of salmon, reflecting on fate as they go.

Count on Clarkson

ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is back next week and it could cost presenter Jeremy Clarkson a fortune.

The Sun columnist has admitted that he’d be up for writing a cheque to contestants for any wrong answers he gave which cost them their winnings.


Who Wants To Be A Millionaire could cost Jeremy Clarkson a fortune as the presenter said he’d be willing to compensate contestants who lost out because of his wrong answers[/caption]

He said: “If it was a low amount – in the hundreds – definitely. If I got it wrong though I’d have an uncomfortable night.”

Bosses introduced the Ask The Host lifeline to spice up the format and, so far, it’s been successful . . .  well mostly.

Jeremy said: “It’s been alarming this run because I think somebody worked out that last series I was 65 per cent right.


Jeremy says that last series 65 per cent of his answers were right but that this time round he’s been lucky[/caption]

“I’ve never cost anyone money. I’ve said I don’t know if I don’t. But this time round I’ve been better. I’ve been lucky. They’ve asked me questions I’ve known the answers to.”

It sounds like he can leave his chequebook at home.


ITV drama Deep Water starring Anna Friel slipped in behind Wild Bill as the channel’s least-watched week-night drama launch of the year so far.

The show peaked at just four million viewers on Wednesday night.

Racing to Marbella

ABSOLUTELY Ascot isn’t just a one-trick pony of a reality show – it will return for a second series on ITVBe.

The follow-up promises just as much drama as series one – which was labelled “Made In Chelsea, Towie and Big Fat Gypsy Wedding combined”.

Absolutely Ascot will return for a second series and is going to be ‘bigger and better than ever’

It will see the Travellers & Gorgers (non-travellers) go head-to-head over the summer, with a trip to Marbella, Spain, planned.

An ITV source said: “Absolutely Ascot is back bigger and better than ever. The new kid on the block will continue to ruffle feathers on the reality landscape as the glamorous travellers and non-travellers mix up a storm around Ascot together.”

It sounds just as messy as a day at the races.

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