Amy teaches Joey Essex how to tell the time in I'm a Celebrity

Reality TV star Joey Essex and model Amy Willerton are already bonding in the jungle - as she teaches him to tell the time.

Amy made a makeshift clock on the ground and set about explaining what the big and little hands meant as the contestants settled into their campsite home in the latest series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (opens in new tab)

The Only Way Is Essex star says: "It's so much easier to look at your phone though, isn't it?"

Miss Universe GB Amy tells him: "You ought to remember, if you want to go and buy a nice watch, like a nice designer watch, people will come up to you and say, 'Joey, what's the time?'"

But he says: "I've got a watch, but watches are more like fashion, in't they?"

He adds: "My watch ain't got numbers on it."

The whiteness of Joey's teeth is commented on by his new friends as they assemble in the jungle for the ITV1 show.

Snooker player Steve Davis says to him: "The reflection of your teeth is blinding me."

When the contestants take part in their first Bush Tucker Trial, enduring the attentions of jungle critters, Joey is told by Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter: "They'll be scared by the whiteness of your teeth."

Her comment was related to lizards, as well as vcockroaches, snakes, rats and scorpions, with the celebrities strapped to a massive Turntable of Terror.

Talk show host Matthew Wright and The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro were both driven to tears by snakes and scorpions respectively.

The stars were divided into two teams, depending how they did in the trial. The yellow team had a larger and relatively more luxurious camp, Croc Creek. Being greeted by a roaring campfire, Westlife's Kian Egan said: "I'm happy to be here for as long a time as possible."

Royal designer David Emanuel said: "It was actually like a real Disneyworld. It's magical actually."

But it was a very different reaction for the red team who found themselves in Snake Rock. "It's not that nice. We'll have to sleep on the floor," said swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

The camp mates tried to light the fire without any luck. It was the Olympic medallist who saved the day when she offered up one of her tampons to light.

The elements took a hand, sending one of the biggest storms I'm a Celebrity... has seen. As rain lashed the camp, the celebrities ran for cover to avoid torrential rain and hailstones the size of marbles. The normally dry creek turned into a torrent of brown water and as water levels rose, producers considered evacuating the camp.

Production staff had to stay in their buildings and no one was allowed on the bridges connecting the camp to the outside world for fear of lightning strikes. Internet connections went down until back-up generators kicked in and nine cameras stopped operating.

 

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.