From Love Island to Coronation Street: All the TV shows affected by the coronavirus outbreak

Helena Wadia, Kimberley Bond
Fresh air: Derry Girls balances the madness of adolescence with the turbulence of the Troubles: Channel 4 / Adam Lawrence

Since starting in early 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has caused worldwide disruption, with the entertainment industry suffering a hit.

The lockdown measures in place have seen sporting events, movie premieres and award ceremonies put on hold until further notice.

Television shows have also found themselves majorly disrupted, with scripts having to be rewritten, audience participation scrapped, and grand finales cancelled.

Here's a comprehensive guide to all the shows affected...

Derry Girls

Teenage kicks: Derry Girls will return at a later date (Channel 4 / Adam Lawrence)

One of lockdown's latest casualties is the hotly anticipated third series of hit Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls, which has seen its filming schedule halted due to the pandemic.

Actor Nicola Coughlan, who plays Claire in the popular series, revealed she was meant to be back in Northern Ireland to start the shoot but has been unable to travel back - and has yet to even see the scripts for the third series.

Speaking to Angela Scanlon on her Thanks A Million podcast, Coughlan explained: "We were meant to start filming around now.

"It was mad because when this all started, I think your brain makes assumptions to make you feel better, like 'it’ll just be a month, it’ll be fine.'

"But filming has been put on hold for now which sucks, and we’re all really excited to go back and start again and see the scripts because we actually haven’t."

Britain's Got Talent

(ITV Pictures)

The 2020 auditions were filmed before the coronavirus outbreak, and have been brightening up our Saturday nights in quarantine since April. The final pre-recorded audition stage is set to air on Saturday May 23.

However, the show is in trouble when it comes to live semi-finals week, which is traditionally filmed in front of a huge audience.

A statement from the show said: “In light of the latest government health guidelines and in line with our priority of safeguarding the wellbeing of everyone involved in our programmes, production of the live shows cannot go ahead as planned.

"The live finals will therefore be broadcast later in the year.”

Love Island

ITV bosses have confirmed summer series is cancelled.

The channel's Director of Television Kevin Lygo announced in early May that it would not be possible produce the show "in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved".

The ITV2 dating series usually kicks off at the start of June and lasts from six to eight weeks.

Presenter Laura Whitmore promised that next year's edition of the show will be "big" and told fans that there "have been more applications" than never before.

Great British Bake Off

Channel 4 was due to start taping the 11th series in spring, with Matt Lucas replacing Sandi Toksvig as the show’s co-host alongside Noel Fielding.

However, recording has been halted until the broadcaster deems it safe to proceed.

The Great British Bake Off typically begins airing on Channel 4 in August.

The Apprentice

Usually recorded in London over the summer, filming on the latest series was scrapped due to virus fears, which could result in The Apprentice not being aired until 2021.

A BBC spokesman told The Sun Online: "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, Boundless the producers of The Apprentice, have postponed filming 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 Organisation and Public Health England."

When asked whether the applicants from this year will get a chance to compete in the show when it returns, Lord Sugar tweeted: "The BBC has a selection of candidates ready to go from the last recruitment process in March. They will be called on once we have the green sign to start filming @bbcapprentice."

Call the Midwife

The hugely popular drama series has postponed filming for its upcoming tenth series, as well as its crowd-pleasing Christmas specials.

A statement from the show said: “Our priority is the safety of our amazing cast and crew, and we don’t believe that shooting in the current time is feasible or responsible.”

"However, the moment the situation improves, the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House will be back on their bikes, bringing babies and joy into your living rooms”

EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty

Production on the nation’s most-watched soap, as well as BBC Studios productions such as Doctors, Casualty, Holby City, Pobol y Cwm and River City has been suspended.

The corporation said: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice.

“We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two, so that we can ensure the audience can continue to enjoy EastEnders in their homes for as long as possible.”

EastEnders now airs on Monday and Tuesdays on BBC One, with alternative programming filling the other broadcast slots.

However, the BBC has since confirmed that the soap, alongside motor show Top Gear, will start filming again in June, with Director of Content Charlotte Moore explaining they will use "strictly limited" crews and stick to government guidelines.

Coronation Street and Emmerdale

ITV has halted production of new episodes of both Corrie and Emmerdale, making “vintage” episodes of the soaps available to view on the ITV Hub instead.

The usual six episodes of Coronation Street a week have been reduced down to just three in a bid to keep the soap on screen for as long as possible during the filming break. Emmerdale is in a similar position, with three episodes a week now airing.

An ITV spokesperson said: “The continued transmission of both soaps is a priority to all of us at ITV and to our audiences who enjoy the shows."

It has since been confirmed that both Emmerdale and Coronation Street will both start filming again in June, with a strict new list of measures to protect cast and crew.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK

RuPaul's Drag Race UK (BBC/ Leigh Keily / Matt Burlem)

The highly-anticipated second series of the smash hit BBC Three show has been postponed, with filming having begun in March.

Those involved with the production were forced to sashay away as filming was temporarily paused both in consultation with and supported by the BBC.The Voice UK

While coaches search for the next big pop star (or at least a halfway decent singer) had been continuing as normal on ITV, The Voice UK suspended its live shows which are usually filmed in front of a live audience.

The semi-finals were set to air on 28th March, with the grand final soon after. They will now take place later in the year.

Little Mix: The Search

(Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for MTV)

The brand-new talent contest has been postponed for the foreseeable future. It was meant to see X Factor winners Little Mix put together a new pop band, with a spot as the supporting act on the band's UK summer tour up for grabs.

Rehearsals have already been filmed, however, the live shows were set to be in front of a studio audience.

In a statement, the BBC has confirmed that the series has now been delayed.

"In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that Little Mix The Search will be postponed until further notice," the statement read.

The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour is on the vast list of Amazon Prime series put on hold amid the current uncertainty.

Host Jeremy Clarkson recently revealed the team were planning on travelling to Russia for the third episode.

The trip was set to take place in March and was swiftly cancelled when the coronavirus outbreak began to spread.

How to Spend It Well on Holiday

Phillip Schofield’s new money saving format, originally scheduled to debut on 5th March, was pulled from the schedules.

ITV told the Evening Standard in a statement: "To reflect the latest situation on travelling abroad at this time, this series has been postponed for now and will be screened later in the year."


(Katie Yu / Netflix)

The popular teen drama saw production suspended by Warner Bros after it was reported that someone who worked on the programme had been in contact with an individual who had tested positive for coronavirus. It is currently not clear whether this person was part of the cast or on the production team. The show was filming its fourth season.

All original Netflix productions

The rapid spread of coronavirus in America and Canada has seen Netflix cancel all shows currently under production, including popular series such as Stranger Things, Russian Doll and Grace and Frankie.

The Morning Show

In a similar vein, the second series of Apple’s original drama, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon has also seen production suspended.

The company has put work on many of its shows on hold. As well as The Morning Show, Foundation, See, Servant and For All Mankind are all on hold.

Grey’s Anatomy

American network ABC has shut down production on the hospital drama.

The show will not be airing its proposed finale in the US, and will not be returning for the filming of season 16.

The show initially wrapped after the filming of episode 21 for a two-week hiatus.

Instead, episode 21, which is called Put on a Happy Face will be the finale of the show when it airs on April 9 in the US.

Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty

Filming for series six of the Birmingham-based crime drama Peaky Blinders has been postponed, as well filming for the sixth series of Jed Mercurio’s BBC police thriller Line Of Duty.

A statement said: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, the producers – Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions – of Peaky Blinders S6 have postponed filming, and World Productions on Line of Duty S6 have suspended filming, both in consultation with and supported by the BBC,”.

Marvel Studios

Production has been halted on superhero series Loki, Falcon And The Winter Soldier, and WandaVision.

Lord Of The Rings

No, not the movies - though we're sure we'll see replays of those our our TV screens at some point.

This was Amazon’s TV adaptation, which was already shooting in New Zealand. Production has been suspended and the cast were told “there are no clear answers when we will resume”.

Additional reporting by PA