From Matt Hancock to Boy George, I’m a Celebrity’s 2022 lineup truly caps off a year of chaos and confusion

From Matt Hancock to Boy George, I’m a Celebrity’s 2022 lineup truly caps off a year of chaos and confusion
From Matt Hancock to Boy George, I’m a Celebrity’s 2022 lineup truly caps off a year of chaos and confusion

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In year of chaos and confusion, another surprise – the 2022 I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! the actors are really famous. Not only can I both recognize and name Boy George, Mike Tindall, Chris Moyles and – in the name of Covid! – Matt Hancock, but I know a little about their stories, and probably too much in Hancock’s case. Obviously, the former health secretary and privy councilor took this opportunity like a fanciful cat, and I’m not that surprised.

I met him once, many years ago. He was a bag carrier for then-Chancellor George Osborne, and he struck me as superficially friendly and sympathetic, but somehow ultimately untrustworthy. He has therefore proven it, for his country, his party and his family. Maybe, soon, for his new friends in Australia too. Hard, but, you know the law of the jungle.

I’m also old enough to have grown up with Boy George (not literally, of course). The Culture Club singer is said to be receiving the biggest sum of money in the ITV show’s 20-year history. In April, he appeared on Saturday Night Takeout from Ant & Dec and, after performing his song “Karma Chameleon,” the hosts asked him what the hit meant to him. He replied: “That means I’ll never have to say, ‘I’m a celebrity… get me out of here.'” His words aren’t the only thing he’ll eat in the jungle.

I get half a point each for recognizing but not knowing the names of Lioness Jill Scott and actress Sue Cleaver (who plays Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street). I would also be unable to choose Olivia Attwood and Babatunde Aleshe, although I hope they are brilliant and courageous company, the winning qualities of any king or queen of the series.

The rest is even more mysterious and will probably remain so even if I have to rewatch every episode of this classic artifact of contemporary civilization. I will content myself for the moment with observing that the celebrity Antiques tour that ITV appears to be delivering this year could well be a signal that producers are ditching the kids and refocusing their ‘flagship’ evening entertainment schedule on a more reliable and mature demographic.

Many will no doubt be looking forward to love rats Seann Walsh and Hancock trading their sordid advice. And I suspect Owen Warner (Romeo Nightingale off Hollyoaks), Scarlette Douglas (A Place in the Sun) and Charlene White (loose women) will discuss media intrusion without irony. Etc.

Especially with the delicious prospect of eating Hancock on writhing larvae, this year i am a celebrity certainly features a more promising line-up than anything we’ve seen since the heyday of those class veterans Tony Blackburn, Christopher Biggins and Jennie Bond – but it’s still, well, a load of old kangaroo rooster .

“I’m A Celebrity” begins on ITV at 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 6.

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