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Filming Stops On ITV Soaps









Filming on ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be suspended from tomorrow due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the broadcaster said its staff had been working hard to ensure filming continued “whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines”. 

It said enough episodes have been recorded to see both soaps through until the early summer. 

The statement said: “ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday March 23. 

“We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer. 

“However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming. 

“We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months.” 

ITV also said that Loose Women will show repeats rather than being live, and Lorraine Kelly will be in the Good Morning Britain studio instead of hosting her own show.

GMB will be extended from 06:00 to 10:00 from tomorrow, with ITV saying it would try to keep that show and This Morning on air for as long as it can.

"This decision has been made to minimise the number of staff travelling in and out of our studios and working together on shift at any one time," a spokesperson said.

"We're focusing our efforts on providing to viewers the latest news on the rapidly changing situation which aims to offer some stability and continuity in all our lives whilst so many of us are at home right now.

"That's why we have taken this tough decision to protect our GMB News programme in the morning and keep This Morning on air for as long as possible."

Earlier in the week, the BBC suspended filming of EastEnders and other top BBC dramas including Casualty, Doctors, Holby City, River City and Welsh series Pobol y Cwm. 

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