Matt Hancock’s former assistants Gina Coladangelo and Zara Tindall are among the partners of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Campmates sent letters to the Australian woods to help boost the contestants’ motivation.
As the ITV reality show hit the two-week mark on Sunday, celebrities had the chance to win personal messages from their closest and loved ones.
To win the prize, campers were divided into three groups and tasked with balancing 10 blocks on a bar for 60 minutes.
Those with a block balance at the end of that period will receive a letter from home.
Sue Cleaver, Boy George and Chris Moyles got ahead but struggled initially, while Hancock, Mike Tindall, Seann Walsh and Babatunde Aleshe seemed to have more luck with the quest but still had plenty of blocks left.
Jill Scott, Owen Warner and Scarlette Douglas were the last group with 37 minutes left to complete the challenge.
After learning that “small steps” were the best, they completed the challenge in 14 minutes and returned victorious to camp with all 10 letters.
Hancock received a letter from Coladangelo, with whom he was caught violating social distancing rules due to the coronavirus last June when they were caught having an affair in his ministerial office. This eventually led to his resignation as health minister.
Scott read the letter, which read: “Dear Matt, wow, watching you in the woods is such a pleasant experience.
“We are particularly impressed that you have overcome your fear of snakes.
“We are less certain about the dance.
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“Although we did see that you almost had an electric slip thanks to Scarlette. Gina xxxxx”
Mike Tindall also received a message from his wife Zara, daughter of Princess Anne, with whom he has three children.
It read: “Hi honey, we miss you so much and really need some hugs from me, but so glad you shared them with our campmates.
“Girls are enjoying sports and throwing themselves into everything at the moment and the little man is enjoying life, smashing it, learning some new words. Z, M, L and L. x”
Elsewhere in the episode, former rugby players Tindall and Lioness Scott both take part in the Speak Uneasy Bushtucker Trial on their own.
The pair were challenged to drink 10 concocted drinks to win stars for the camp with Tindall facing mixed cockroaches and mixed vomit fruit among his picks.
After mixing the pig penis, he said: “It was terrible after that. Hi, you repeat.
Scott was tasked with drinking a mixture of fisheye and snails out of five of her drinks.
Drinking mixed goat testicles, she said, “Agh, it has hair in it! There may have been a wax before. That is horrible. It’s terrible.”
The former athletes won and returned to camp with all 10 stars.
I Am A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! continues on ITV1 and ITV Hub on Mondays at 9:15pm.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/hancock-receives-letter-from-partner-and-former-aide-while-on-im-a-celebrity-42159597.html Hancock received a letter from her partner and former assistant when she joined I’m a Celebrity