Martin Roberts: I'm a Celebrity…
PUBLISHED: 10:45 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 10 January 2017
It seems like forever ago that our columnist Martin Roberts entered the jungle, he talks us through his thoughts and fears he had before taking part in the ITV show
The secret is out!! By the time you read, I would have already experienced the delights and terrors of an Australian rainforest as one of the participants on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here…!
I’m obviously writing this before I leave for the jungle and still in period of extreme secrecy.
Apart from my wife and the few of the production team, nobody knows I’m headed for Australia. I’ve been given a secret code name ‘radio,’ which is used on all correspondence and emails.
“Why ‘radio’?” I asked, assuming it was something to do with my weekly property show on Talk Radio. “No, it’s because of that…,” said the Producer, pointing to the Roberts radio I have by my kitchen sink.
She and a 10-strong team were visiting my house before I headed to the other side of the world, filming the bits you see at the start of the show.
Me draped round one of the title sequence letters in my posh togs, me in my jungle uniform, doffing my Indiana Jones-style hat to an imaginary future viewer in the hope of soliciting a favourable vote…
Sitting on the sofa in the lounge of my Somerset house, knowing that when you read this, I’ll have been 12,000 miles away in a Queensland rainforest, being asked to survive on rice and beans and undertake a variety of despicable and frightening challenges.
I’ll have shared an intimate camp with 11 fellow participants none of whom I currently know the identity of.
If rumours are true, I’m going to be in the company of, amongst others; Nigel Farage, Eamon Holmes, Craig Charles, Carol Vorderman, the entire Olympic team and…The Pope!
You now know who my camp mates were. Did we get on? Under normal circumstances, probably. But in the food-starved, stress-filled, emotionally-charged environment we’ve been thrust into, who knows?
Right now, I’m having sleepless nights, worrying that I’ll be able to cope. I’m having panic attacks in the early hours imagining what it might be like to be buried in a coffin that’s gradually filled with a variety of insects and biting animals.
I’ve had to put the lights on to make the images go away and calm myself down.
And I’m very concerned about how I’ll cope being completely isolated from my family for more than a month.
Overall though, it’s an incredible adventure to be embarking on. They say that you should do something that frightens you every day. Well I have a feeling I’ll be following that advice if I like it or not.
I shall be waving the flag for Somerset at every opportunity I’m given. But bear in mind they shoot 2,400 hours of footage EVERY DAY, and edit it down to about 25 minutes.
I hope I can count on your support. Even if that’s not a vote in my favour, I know I’ll need all the positive vibes and good wishes I can get.
Martin’s new weekly property radio show is on TalkRadio every Saturday morning- broadcast live from his treehouse in Somerset from 11am-1pm, repeated Sundays 5-7pm. Listen on DAB or online at TalkRadio.co.uk.