Aside from a few cross words from Ian Wright aimed at Andrew Maxwell and James Haskell talking over people in an annoying and patronising way, the I’m A Celebrity
In fact if you compare it to some previous series, it has been a very happy camp indeed.
Most years the show has been built on tension, going right back to the first series where comedian Rhona Cameron clashed fantastically with Darren Day and Nigel Benn.
More recently in 2015 Lady Colin Campbell rowed with a number of campmates including Duncan Bannatyne and Tony Hadley. That feud continued after the show and I watched on as the celebs barely spoke in the Versace hotel for days.
Then in 2017 we had Dennis Wise clashing with Iain Lee which also led to some awkwardness afterwards.
But this year when there was the prospect of a row between Wrighty and Andrew, if anything TV bosses seemed to tone it down.
It feels like the show’s execs don’t want too much tension and have not put too much pressure on the camp. If you think about it, they have done well in almost all the bushtucker trials too which means less people being hangry too.
Personally I think the General Election may be partly to blame for all of this.
It may sound strange but I think ITV and the show bosses want I’m A Celebrity to be the antidote to all the political coverage on screen at the moment. Politics is filled with rows and strong opinions and shouting and so I’m A Celeb has to be lighter this year to offer something different.
It means that there have been less rows, less big storylines, and with so few single people in there, a camp romance was never on the cards either.
And whilst ratings are down a little, the show featuring a happy camp is still easily the second biggest programme on TV behind Strictly Come Dancing .
The series is down some nights by about 1.5million viewers compared to 2018 but still gets around eight million and the opening show of the series had a consolidated audience of 13.2m after seven days which ITV say makes it the most watched programme of 2019.
That’s a world away from X Factor which can no longer pull in three million viewers.
I just hope for next year – the 20th series no less – they’ll be able to find an ex-politician to go in camp and we will have a few more rows and some romance. If they managed that I think the ratings will be back on the rise again.
*Mark Jefferies flew to Australia to cover I’m A Celebrity with www.cathaypacific.com .