ITV made the announcement.
Following guidelines to limit the spread of Covid-19, ITV announced on Sunday night that filming of Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Lorraine has been temporarily halted.
With shows that require a large workforce to create and produce, ITV wants to make sure that all staff are safe and not in close contact with others.
Explaining the new running order of shows, the network revealed that This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield would continue as normal, while repeats of Loose Women and a reduced schedule of soaps will now air weekly.
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ITV added that it would “obviously come to review these new arrangements on a day by day basis and follow at all times the latest PHE [Public Health England] and WHO [World Health Organisation] guidelines”.
Other popular shows on ITV’s bill are also in jeopardy as rumours have started to circulate that Love Island might not be back on our screens this June.
A source has told OK! Magazine that the spread of Covid-19 would make it “near impossible” to go ahead now.
The show was just in the early stages of recruitment and casting before the pandemic hit, leading to the show having to shut down its work.
The source went on to say that there are many causes for concern surrounding the virus and the series, from how long social distancing will be kept in place, to the Spanish government and what their policy will be moving into the summer months.
RTÉ also made the decision to halt the production of Fair City, with the show now being broadcasted only two times per week.
“Broadcasting two episodes a week will mean that viewers can enjoy all the happenings in Carrigstown until mid April,” RTÉ said in a statement.
“Thanks to our viewers for watching. We will endeavor to get back and running as soon as is possible.”
Well, there you have it. As TV schedules continue to change, we will continue to update you right here.