Crissy gets her teeth into jungle life

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A FORMER Hartlepool restaurateur swung into the jungle to begin a stint on a gruelling TV show.

Scouse comedienne Crissy Rock (left) was seen by millions as she bottled out of a challenge to parachute into the Australian jungle to take part in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

Instead Crissy, who ran the floating eaterie MV Ella at Hartlepool Marina last year and now lives in Peterlee, landed in the plane – minus her false teeth. Crissy, who is known for her role as hotel manager Janey York in ITV’s Benidorm, was later reunited with her gnashers, which were flown in by a second helicopter.

“My own personal chopper for my choppers,” said the madcap comic.

The brave 53-year-old also took part in the first challenge of the series, in which the 10 celebrities, including comic Freddie Starr, The Only Way Is Essex hunk Mark Wright, Corrie’s Anthony Cotton, Olympic athlete Fatima Whitbread and ex-jockey Willie Carson perched on seats hanging precariously above a tank of fish guts.

Crissy had a tank of yabbies, or crayfish, in her lap, and she took no hesitation in the task to pull out two yellow stars with her teeth, leading her team to win the challenge.

Crissy, whose motto is “take life by the horns and go for it”, told cameras before she entered the jungle: “I’m going to go in and use humour as my armour.”

She was also filmed sleep-talking while in her jungle bed.

I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here continues tonight at 9pm.

l Meanwhile, Easington-born TV presenter Matt Baker cycles from Barnard Castle to York today in his bid to travel from Edinburgh to London on a rickshaw.

Matt is aiming to complete the feat by Friday to raise cash for Children in Need.