Nigel Farage comes face to face with snakes on his I’m A Celebrity debut

Nigel Farage made his debut on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here by sticking his head through the window of a snake-infested caravan.

The former leader of Ukip and the Brexit Party introduced himself to the show saying: “I am a hero to some people and an absolute villain to millions.

“In the jungle you will find the real me. You may like me more, you may dislike me more, but at least you will know.

“The best way to handle conflict is to face it head on. I dealt with snakes in the European Parliament, I can deal with that too.”

He is joined in the ITV show's line-up by Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of pop superstar Britney, This Morning presenter Josie Gibson, TV presenter Fred Sirieix and YouTuber Nella Rose.

Also in the mix this year are food critic Grace Dent, reality star Sam Thompson, JLS singer Marvin Humes, former EastEnders actress Danielle Harold and Hollyoaks actor Nick Pickard.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly opened the first episode of the new series of the program by saying: “Tonight the talk stops and the adventure begins… get in for the ride of your life.”

After the opening credits, the duo played a joke on Farage's GB News show when he apologized to the channel's viewers for not presenting his program while he is away.

They said, “Sorry Keith, sorry Linda.”

Farage arrived in the Australian jungle in green chinos and a pink shirt.

He was joined by Gibson and Rose to complete tasks to buy time for teammates taking part in other challenges on the Gold Coast in their quest to win stars and food.

Farage and Rose decided to hunt for chips in a caravan full of snakes, unable to use their hands, while Gibson rummaged through murky barrels.

The trio won six chips between them, beating their competitors by six minutes of time.

Thompson, Harold, Sirieix and Dent are helicoptered to the top of a Gold Coast skyscraper and must descend the side.

They will have to inch sideways across the building before sliding down a horizontal flat pole, which they will drag in a race against the clock to unclip the carabiners to release their star-spangled flag within the time beat by triad.

The remaining three teammates, Spears, Pickard and Humes, must parachute into a clearing before entering the camp.