Filming of Peaky Blinders and Line of Duty postponed
Two of the BBC's most popular dramas are set to be delayed.
The latest series of both Peaky Blinders and Line of Duty - two of the most popular shows on British television, let alone the BBC - have been postponed due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.
The filming of the sixth series of Line of Duty began in Northern Ireland last month, whereas the filming for the sixth season of Peaky Blinders has not yet started, so fans will have to wait a lot longer before the release of either show it would seem.
The BBC is the most-watched channel in the United Kingdom, and the postponing of Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders marks the start of what appears to be a lengthy disruption period for TV companies and viewers.
A spokesperson for the BBC said: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, the producers – Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions – of Peaky Blinders season 6 have postponed filming, and World Productions on Line of Duty season 6 have suspended filming, both in consultation with and supported by the BBC. We will continue to review all productions on a case-by-case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organization and Public Health England.”
To further limit the spread of the virus, ITV has told producers to make shows without live audiences, such as Loose Women. Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is also set to be assessed along with other shows that require fans to appear in the audience.
What's more, broadcasters sit on several months' worth of TV shows, but due to the production of some TV shows being postponed, channels could end up resorting to repeating previous episodes.
Source: The Guardian