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9 November 2012

Tonight's TV Highlights: ITV1 - Live Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? I’m a Celebrity Special!

Are They Ready For Their Cash-Tucker Trial? Find out at 9pm on ITV1.

They’ve survived all forms of creepy crawlies, bed bugs and even tasted the finest jungle delicacies but to celebrate the new series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, a host of former contestants will step into Chris Tarrant’s hot seat to try and win the magic million for their chosen charities & a lucky viewer at home - Live!

Stepping into the spotlight are the 2003 and 2004 jungle winners, funnyman Joe Pasquale and former England cricketer and much-loved TV and radio presenter Phil Tufnell. Joe will be aiming to hit the jackpot for drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre Focus12 while Phil will be playing for Teenage Cancer Trust but will the pair of Kings hit for six or will they be bowled out before their target? Joe said: “I'm very excited about doing WWTBAM but nervous about it being live, I need to make sure I don't swear if we lose the money!”

Focus12 http://www.focus12.co.uk/ is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre which provides help to individuals involved in substance abuse by offering and supporting them through treatment programmes. Focus 12 offers residential treatments & individual therapy. They promote full abstinence from drugs and alcohol to massively improve quality of life.

Teenage Cancer Trust http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/ is a charity that focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, leukaemia, Hodgkin’s and related diseases by providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. The units are dedicated areas for teenage patients – designed to be places where friends and family feel comfortable to visit. To date, the charity has built 16 units in across the country. The charity believes that the concentration of medical expertise within these units can improve chances of recovery by 15%.

Taking centre stage are husband and wife duo comedian Vic Reeves and model Nancy Sorrell who are the only wedded pair to ever star on I’m A Celebrity. Vic will be hoping to climb the money ladder for animal rescue charity, The Born Free Foundation and Nancy’s playing for medical research charity Tommy’s. Will their married minds serve them well or will they get bitten by a string of lethal questions on their way to the top?

The Born Free Foundation http://www.bornfree.org.uk/ is a wildlife conservation and animal rescue charity focused on rescuing animals in cruel and neglectful captivity, saving venerable species from extinction and education programmes to highlight animal rights. The Foundation also campaign to change views and laws regarding issues such as the ivory trade and bloody sports.

Nancy will be playing for Tommy’s http://www.tommys.org a medical research charity dedicated to funding research into miscarriage, premature birth and still birth so that more babies are given the best chance of being born healthy. In the UK 1 in 4 women experience complications in pregnancy but traditionally little funding is available for pregnancy research. In addition to this they also provide a midwife service and have centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Music mogul David Gest will be hoping to open a chest of cash as he aims to win the magic million for Liverpool’s leading homeless and housing charity The Whitechapel Centre. The showbiz entertainer will be teaming up with 2004 jungle runner up and TV presenter, Jennie Bond. Famously known to young and old for being buried in a coffin full of rats during her time in the jungle, the former BBC Royal News correspondent will be playing for Devon Air Ambulance. She commented: “I’m very scared and wish I was cleverer! I am desperate to get more money for my charity.”

The Whitechapel Centre http://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk is a leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region. They work with people who sleep rough, live in hostels or struggle to manage their accommodation and are committed to helping people find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living. The Whitechapel Centre was set up in 1975 to address the growing numbers of homeless people around inner city Liverpool.

The Devon Air Ambulance http://www.daat.org is an organisation providing emergency medical services through the provision of two helicopter air ambulances covering the county of Devon. The Devon Air Ambulance Trust is the charity which raises the funds to keep 2 emergency Air Ambulances flying. The trust currently operates two aircraft, both Eurocopter EC135T2 models, from two different airfields, in order to maximise coverage of the county. Both helicopters fly for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Will they be the dream team and collect the biggest star of all or will they return to camp knowing they could have got more?

Quiz master, Chris Tarrant, will be overseeing proceedings ensuring that participants are put to the test in order to scale the money tree. They’ve withstood the scorching temperatures in the jungle but can they face the heat of the hot seat as they aim to make it to the million milestone? The money won by the contestants will be shared 50/50 between their charities and one lucky viewer at home.

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