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I'm A Celebrity host Ant McPartlin destroys his 45th birthday celebrations in Wales after getting overexcited backstage

ANT McPartlin was surprised with balloons on his 45th birthday as the I'm A Celebrity cast threw celebrations for him in Wales.

But after getting overexcited backstage, Ant tore down his Happy Birthday balloon sign that had been taped up between dressing room trailers.

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The host is missing out on his usual party in Australia because of coronavirus – but his co-star Dec Donnelly made sure he didn't miss out.

As thrilled Ant ran through the sign, they came tumbling down and Dec just shook his head.

Ant said "sorry" as onlookers laughed in the background.

Dec pretended he had nothing to do with the celebrations and that he'd forgotten it was Ant's birthday.

He joked: "It's your birthday? Oh I better get you a card then."

The presenters were filmed arriving backstage ahead of tonight's I'm A Celebrity live show.

Ant usually spends his birthday in Australia every year – but ITV was forced to move the set to a castle in Wales amid the pandemic.

Despite always having a laugh on the show – Ant and Dec let slip their gruelling filming schedule in a behind-the-scenes video.

The pair appear to work hard for their megabucks contracts, staying up filming trials until nearly 1am after doing the live show.

A whiteboard telling the pair what they'll be doing – down to the minute – each day was seen during an Instagram video.

It was shown in the background of a shot while Ant raved about the "bang bang cauliflower wings" he was having for dinner.


Ant and Dec’s gruelling day

5.15-5.30pm The boys get to work recording the voiceovers for the show

5.30-5.55pm Meeting about that night's script via Zoom

5.55-6.35pm The pair watch tapes of the action

6.35-7.05pm They go through script changes with their long-time I'm A Celeb writers Mark Busk-Cowley and Andy Milligan

7.05-7.50pm Next, they head to wardrobe and get their microphones put on

8-8.15pm Ant and Dec record the show's opening lines

8.30-9pm Last-minute rehearsals before going live on air

9-10pm The presenters film I'm A Celebrity live on ITV

10-10.15pm They travel to the show's backstage 'compound'

10.15-10.45pm A brief break before make-up and wardrobe adjustments

10.45-10.55 Quick briefing over Zoom with a series producer

10.55-11pm They then travel to the show's trials area

11.15pm-12.45am They're back on camera as they record the Bushtucker trial with the celebs

12.45am That's a wrap!

It revealed that the pair are needed from around 5pm each day, when they record voiceovers for the show – and it's non-stop from then on.

They are whisked through a parade of meetings, video viewing, tweaking of the script and rehearsals before going on air.

The pair then do the show live each night – before being whisked off to prepare for the trial which takes place that same night.

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