Never mind the foul food and creepy-crawlies.
I’m A Celeb star Beverley Callard is in for a bigger shock when she leaves the castle…her hubby plans to marry her again.
No matter how well the Coronation Street star does on the ITV show, Jon McEwan says she is already his queen – and is busy arranging a surprise ceremony to renew their vows.
He reckons it will be a great welcome home present for his wife, who plays Rovers Return barmaid Liz McDonald.
And it could be the perfect way to see out 2020, a year in which Bev faced a real-life trial when she battled her way back from a hip injury that nearly left her unable to walk.
Jon, wed to Bev for 10 years, revealed his hush-hush plans in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror.
He said: “We’ve been through everything – bankruptcy, depression, electroconvulsive therapy, hip operations. We got through it all together. So I thought, as a couple, we should celebrate where we are now.
“She’s my queen already. Just by walking through the I’m A Celeb gates, she’s won in life.”
The pair had a huge white wedding a decade ago with 22 bridesmaids. This time Jon wants a smaller do with 10 to 15 guests. And he’s ploughing on despite Covid.
Speaking from their Manchester home, Jon said: “In my head I see candles everywhere, twinkly lights, intimate and romantic. I’m kind of happy we have these restrictions so the guest list doesn’t get out of control.”
Jon has already bought the rings and is eyeing a tailored white suit for Bev to wear on their second big day.
But he was determined she didn’t find out what he was up to. He said: “I’m always saying ‘Why do people bother getting their vows renewed?’ So she’ll have no idea whatsoever.
“I hope she’s pleased. I could have got this completely wrong! I’m Beverley’s fourth husband so I have to get it right.”
Bev was first wed to Paul Atkinson in 1974. Two years later, they had daughter Rebecca. In 1980, she married David Sowden and in 1989 she wed Steve Callard. They had son Josh.
But it’s Jon she credits with saving her life. He stood by her when she attempted suicide, spent months in the Priory with mental health issues and lost a fortune through business failures.
Bev’s down-to-earth approach has made her an I’m A Celebrity favourite.
But Jon says it was touch and go she even made it on to the show. He said: “It was down to the wire whether she could do it because of her hip. There were times she couldn’t actually walk.
“It’s been a shocking year. We had the hip operation that didn’t work, then the hip replacement. I’m A Celeb was something to aim for.
“If you could have seen her 12 weeks ago you would have never have believed she is where she is now.”
Veggie Bev has had to eat fermenting fruit and tofu on the show and has been showered with cockroaches, crickets, mealworms and maggots.
But Jon reckons she might come unstuck if she’s faced with her biggest fear – spiders.
He said: “While she was recovering, the smallest money spider crawled across the ceiling and she screamed. If a big spider got anywhere near her hair I think that’d be it.”
The actress is due to leave Corrie next year after 31 years on the soap.
Jon revealed: “Beverley wants to film a proper exit. The people who love her will want to see a proper exit, too.”
But it’s Bev’s next exit Jon has his mind on. He plans to tell her about his surprise as soon as she leaves the castle
He said: “I’m thinking about getting down on one knee, but I’ll have to pick my moment. I’ll pull her to the side and tell her – before anyone else does.”