Best friends star in new TV show - but will they still be Happy Campers by the end?

Patrick and Donovan, on the left, with the other Happy Campers couples.
Patrick and Donovan, on the left, with the other Happy Campers couples.
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Best friends have hit the road to battle it out in a new TV show.

Patrick McDonough, 35, from Ashbrooke, and Donovan Young, 40, from Easington, jetted from the North East to Portugal for Happy Campers.

Patrick and Donovan feature on the new ITV show Happy Campers.

Patrick and Donovan feature on the new ITV show Happy Campers.

The show, which began this week on ITV, is running for six weeks and sees five new couples a week heading out to a European campsite and taking on challenges in the hope of scooping £1,000.

The friends’ episodes will be screened from the week commencing August 10, and it will feature the highs and lows of their trip to the Algarve.

Patrick is no stranger to the small screen after appearing on a number of TV shows, including being gunged on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

He said: “It was Donovan who applied for the show. He wanted to get away for a bit and thought this would be the ideal opportunity.

“We went for an audition in Newcastle and I think we ended up blasting the other applicants out of the water, so the producers asked us to be on the show.”

Patrick and Don filmed the show last month, but the outcome is being kept under wraps.

Speaking about his fellow contestants, Patrick said: “There was quite a varied mix. There’s an older couple and couple of girls who wouldn’t stop talking.

“I was slagging off one of the other contestants, I haven’t seen the final edit, but I think the producers are leaving a lot of it in. Apart from that, everyone got on.”

The show will travel to Spain, France, Italy and Portugal, with a new group of happy campers arriving each week.

On arrival, the couples have to set up camp, pitch their tents and meet their fellow holidaymakers before carrying out camp duties and joining in for group activities such as ice cream-making, parasailing, cheerleading and yoga.

Each afternoon sees some healthy camp competition when each camp couple will be able to win points during allocated activities, with the losing pair having to clean camp that night.

There will be nominated cooks, whose task it is to rustle up some grub on the campfire, and another couple will be in charge of organising the entertainment, which will be judged and scored by their fellow campers.

The remaining couples will take part in traditional, cultural activities like paella-making, flamenco dancing, sculpture or streetdance and will be judged by local experts.

At the end of the week, the couple with the most points wins the cash prize.

Patrick said: “With the challenges, I thought we’d be doing things like sky-diving, which I’ve done before, but we ended up doing things like tile painting, rock climbing and sand sculptures.”

• Hello Campers, weekdays at 4pm on ITV.