Kirstie Allsopp defends making crafting show in lockdown: "We're helping people"

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Kirstie Allsopp during a BUILD event at AOL London on September 28, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Kirstie Allsopp says she is proud of making a TV show during lockdown. (Getty Images)

Kirstie Allsopp has said she “robustly defends” filming her crafting show during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Location, Location, Location star housed a TV crew at her Devon estate in order to shoot 10 episodes of Keep Crafting and Carry On, now airing on Channel 4.

Allsopp told Yahoo UK: “What we produced under strict protocol was something which helped people stay at home and stay safe. It’s a positive thing.”

The 48-year-old TV presenter said she had been inundated with messages on Twitter from keyworkers, carers and those living alone praising the show and revealing that craft was helping them get through the current situation.

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The Sun reported that a crew of eight people came to Allsopp’s home in Broadhembury, Devon to film the show having self-isolated for weeks in advance.

One local resident told the paper: “Many of us our elderly. It’s highly irresponsible.”

Kirstie Allsopp's new show 'Keep Crafting And Carry On' offers ideas to keep busy and be creative during lockdown. (Channel 4)
Kirstie Allsopp's new show 'Keep Crafting And Carry On' offers ideas to keep busy and be creative during lockdown. (Channel 4)

Allsopp added: “I robustly defend what we did. You can’t please all of the people of the time. But my argument has always been that craft matters.”

She tweeted: “What I HATE about this is that makng #KeepCraftingCarryon was only positive, it kept people in work, it provided something new and engaging to watch, so many families saw it and enjoyed making the crafts, why do people have to make bad out of good?!”

A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: "All filming was carefully conducted in line with government guidelines and the minimal crew adhered to strict protocols and followed social distancing throughout."

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The TV presenter previously faced criticism for moving to her country home after her partner tested positive for COVID-19.

The Location, Location, Location presenter revealed in her column in The Times that after partner Ben Andesen was diagnosed with coronavirus they decided to take their children – Oscar, 11, Bay, 13, Hal, 17, and Lydia, 19 – out of school and move to their second home in Devon.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18:  Kirstie Allsopp visits the Sentebale 'Hope In Vunerability' Garden during the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England.The Sentebale - Hope In Vulnerability Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show was designed by Matt Keightley and is inspired by the Mamohato Children's Centre in Lesotho. The Children's Centre is due to open later this year in Lesotho and will provide support to children living wth HIV  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale)
Kirstie Allsopp is in lockdown with her family at their country home. (Getty Images for Sentebale)

This prompted accusations on social media that she was irresponsible for spreading the virus to a rural area with limited medical facilities.

Allsopp said: “I think some of the reporting has been highly irresponsible and unkind to me and my family.

“People should spend time in the place where they are best able to safeguard their families.

“The hashtags I have been using are #BeKind but also #BeSensible. We all have a responsibility to be sensible and be kind. And think twice before writing or saying anything which isn’t true.”