Call The Midwife’s new series AND Christmas special on hold amid coronavirus outbreak – The Sun

FILMING on the new series of Call The Midwife has been postponed, making it the latest British show forced to shut down amid the ongoing pandemic.

The BBC has also confirmed filming on the Christmas special has been put on hold.

"Very sadly, we have had to postpone the filming of this year's Call the Midwife Christmas Special and Series 10," read a statement shared on social media.

"Our priority is the safety of our amazing cast and crew, and we don't believe that shooting at 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."

It concluded: "We send our love to the worldwide Call the Midwife family, and look forward to being back in Poplar soon. On behalf of everybody at Call The Midwife, we wish you all good health."

The news comes after rival network ITV also confirmed they were postponing filming on all live shows including The Voice finals and Saturday Night Takeaway.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will air this weekend for the first time ever without a studio audience.

Britain's Got Talent live shows remain up in the air.

Carolyn McCall, ITV's CEO, said: "This week has seen an escalation in the impact of the coronavirus with the Government ramping up measures and recommendations that are having profound implications for people and organisations across the UK.

"All businesses are being deeply affected and ITV is no exception, but as a Public Service Broadcaster we remain committed to doing everything we can to continue to provide news, drama, entertainment and factual programmes to our viewers to keep them informed about this crisis and to offer them an escape from it."

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly held an emergency meeting with ITV bosses on Tuesday over the future of their hit primetime show Saturday Night Takeaway.

The long-running series involves a large studio audience and encourages participation throughout the hour-long episode.

A spokesperson about Saturday Night Takeaway told The Sun: “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead this weekend without a studio audience.

“Our priority is safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved."

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