Tess Daly admits she is “living and breathing” this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after her husband Vernon Kay joined the line-up – and it’s led to one unexpected side effect.

The presenter is so engrossed in this year’s series, that she’s even having dreams about it, which (brilliantly) feature her doing Bushtucker Trials with her Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman.

During an interview on Tuesday’s Lorraine, Tess said: “Honestly, I have barely slept. I don’t think I have slept more than five or six hours since he has been in there. 

“The other day I woke up dreaming I was doing a challenge with Claudia. It involved snakes and being underground and it was terrifying… I am living and breathing it every step of the way but loving it. I have laughed with them and cried with them.”

Vernon Kaye and Tess Daly

Tess also revealed that she and her two daughters are missing their dad, who has now been away from home for four and a half weeks.

“Oh my goodness, it feels like he has been away forever,” she said. “I think about him every moment of every day and I watch him every night. Yeah, he is doing brilliantly and it’s lovely watching him but it’s nerve-wracking, it really is. I worry about him being cold, about him not eating…”

She added: “Phoebe, our sixteen year old, watches it every night with me. Amber, who is 11, isn’t allowed to stay up that late because obviously it is school nights a lot of the time. 

“On a Friday night she is allowed to, so she did see it when he said ‘hello’. I looked at their faces and they just lit up. They miss him, they haven’t seen him for four and a half weeks now because they were isolating for two weeks before going in.”

I’m A Celebrity airs on ITV at 9pm, while Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV. 

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