Haye boxing clever and Bristow on target as Flanagan proves she's a true soap star
09:25 GMT, 12 November 2012
I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
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Even now, after 10 series of ITV's I'm A Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here, there may still be a few people out there wondering why anyone in their right mind would want to spend up to three weeks in the garden feature from hell
True, in some (okay, perhaps many) cases, the answer is in that question. But that is surely not the whole truth.
After all, if you were going to not wash for days, eat animals' unmentionables and make small talk with someone from a reality show that you've never heard of, would you want to do it under the unblinking gaze of the British telly-viewing public
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Okay, once again a lot of the answer is in the question, but there is also some method in that madness.
The perfect reminder of that was live on ITV on Friday when Phil Tufnell appeared on a special I'm A Celebrity… Who Wants To be A Millionaire.
Sitting alongside fellow 'King' Joe Pasquale, the current One Show reporter and Question Of Sport captain told Chris Tarrant he'd been at the US Embassy until four in the morning for the Presidential election.
'It was a good party. Last to leave as usual', laughed the irrepressible Tuffers, but do you imagine any of that would have happened if his biggest claim to fame had been a seven for 42 against Leicestershire at Grace Road, rather than becoming King Phil in 2003
No, for those few of you who hadn't noticed, I'm A Celebrity is a golden ticket to a whole new kind of fame and the sport folks competing to be this year's Charlie in the Chocolate Factory are David Haye and Eric Bristow; with affiliated support – and almost certainly, more shower scenes – coming from Scott Sinclair's actress girlfriend Helen Flanagan.
And it didn't take long for the two Londoners who usually let their fists do the talking – obviously, In Eric's case, while clenching his tungstens – to tell us why they have both excelled in their respective sports.
'I usually deal with confrontation with a right hook. I can be cocky. Arrogant. And I have a phobia of losing,' the Hayemaker informed us, clearly deciding that the Christopher Biggins approach to jungle glory was not for him.
Mind you, The Crafty Cockney was just as bullish.
'I fear nothing. I'm arrogant. Confident. You like me or you don't. Whatever it takes, I'll do it', he told us.
Clearly our superstar d'artist believes a good game of killer is just as much fun away from the oche.
Of the two, the south London heavyweight champ earned early bragging rights when his team won the helicopter ride in to their camp.
Squaring up: Former heavyweight champion David Haye (left) was against Made In Chelsea's Hugo Taylor
Hitting the bullseye: Darts legend Eric Bristow is on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
Eric's team contained former Time Lard Colin Baker, who couldn't escape a dalek with a flat tyre these days, which meant they got an actual, as well as metaphorical, sinking ship to arrive by.
Of the initial challenges though, it was Helen who got the first serious welcome to the jungle for our sports folks.
Taking on a rope bridge across a ravine, Helen told us 'this is the most scared, like, ever' she's ever, like, been as she set out on her precarious endeavour.
Then many tears, a possible throw up and 47,000 'oh my Gods' later, she was across!
It took less than a couple of minutes to watch. However, judging by the changing light and the fact Brian Conley had grown a beard since she set out on her quest, it may have actually taken a tad longer.
Dream team: Presenters Ant (2nd right) and Dec (right) are the stars of the show
As ever, presiding over the fun, fear and frolics are Ant & Dec who remain the sharpest, most endearing talents in light entertainment.
These two are the barometer of the series, judging perfectly where to go with the humour, the angst, the drama and the melodrama.
They welcomed David to the first Bushtucker trial of the series, competing against one Hugo Taylor from Made In Chelsea, who very quickly realised he wasn't in the Kings Road any more.
Challenge: David Haye was tested early on in the new series of I'm A Celebrity…
'That took real endurance and strength' said Ant in the pouring rain.
'Telling me. Nearly forty minutes we had to hold that umbrella up' deadpanned back Dec as Haye came out the resounding, and not entirely unexpected winner.
So for the first few nights, we'll be watching Team David versus Team Eric, which at the moment is looking like Barcelona against Billericay.
But obviously it's still early days, so join me here every morning to find out just how the jungle is rumbling.
Dirty work but somebody's got to do it: Helen Flanagan was snapped taking a shower