ITV has delayed production of its blockbuster entertainment show Britain’s Got Talent as the coronavirus rages across the UK.
The Syco Entertainment and Fremantle talent show, launched by Simon Cowell, should start filming later this month. However, that show has been postponed indefinitely as Covid-19 forced England into a third national ban.
“Filming for the 15th series of Got Talent in the UK has been postponed from the scheduled record dates in late January,” said an ITV spokesman. “With the announcement of the latest government health guidelines and our priority to ensure the well-being of everyone involved in our programs, we, along with the Thames and Syco production teams, made a decision to postpone the recording and broadcast of the upcoming series. “
Although production continues across the UK despite the lockdown, UK Got Talent producers decided that it would be impossible to direct the show under the current conditions. They take a safety-first approach as hundreds of people are involved in creating the series and acts from around the world travel to take part.
It’s not the first time the coronavirus has derailed Britain’s Got Talent. Last year’s live final had to be postponed from spring to autumn due to the pandemic, while the Christmas special was also delayed after the members of the team tested positive.