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Coronavirus - Impact on live/recorded shows

Several talk programmes have cancelled studio audiences

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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
The Private Healthcare sector though is supporting the NHS and has been since the beginning so they're not immune to the impact of the pressures on the NHS, as are voluntary services like St Johns Ambulance.
Be nicer and more tolerant to each other. Them's the rules.
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Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Shows like the one show have a very small studio team unlike Dancing on ice which I believe would have at least 2 presenters , 3 judges, at least 6 skating couples plus a crew. I appreciate they might be socially distance but that 11 people not staying at home and travelling to a tv studio that is not an essential journey. In regards to the medical support then great if they are using private firms but shouldn’t these firms be supporting the national effort?


Are you being deliberately provocative? I get the distinct impression you will not be happy until we have a test card on screen 24/7, and even then you'll whinge that Bubbles is too close to Carole...
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timbouk
No I’m not being provocative at all just think it is crazy that a live show like this can go out live during the worst part of this Pandemic. I’m not saying they should replace it with non stop news but surely a live show like this should be delayed. I’ve just seen that on of the judges has just flown in from America to take part. I know he’s doing his isolation but really.
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Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Well all I can suggests is if you're not happy with what's going to air, don't watch it. If you want to depress yourself in front of BBC News 24/7 for the next six weeks that's up to you. The rest of us will watch The Joy of Painting, Dancing on Ice, Pointless, Tipping Point and whatever else is on that is not news related.

Your opinion is noted. Wrong in my eyes, but you're entitled to have it, and I'm entitled to watch Bob Ross. So there.
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timbouk
Your entitled to watch what you want. Hope you enjoy dancing on ice.
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thegeek Founding member London London

Shows like the one show have a very small studio team unlike Dancing on ice which I believe would have at least 2 presenters , 3 judges, at least 6 skating couples plus a crew. I appreciate they might be socially distance but that 11 people not staying at home and travelling to a tv studio that is not an essential journey.


It'll be a few more than 11 people involved in making that show. However, they're all doing a job which can't reasonably be done from home, therefore it's a permitted reason to leave the house.

Any production will require a risk assessment, and I know ITV's are very thorough. Any risk assessment aims to reduce risk of doing a thing as much as possible, and sometimes the only way to reduce the risk to an acceptable level is to not do the thing. I'm sure in the current circumstances ITV's health and safety team will have quite a bit of sway, regardless of the commercial implications.
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timbouk
I think a lot of you are missing the point. Does this job need to be done? No
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thegeek Founding member London London
I think a lot of you are missing the point. Does this job need to be done? No

You could ask the same question were we not in the middle of a pandemic. Strictly speaking, no, it doesn't, but it's a thing that people enjoy, which is why it's done. Current circumstances haven't changed that.
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iloveTV1 London London
I think a lot of you are missing the point. Does this job need to be done? No


You say that, but many people would rely on Dancing on Ice each year, I’m not talking about the hosts and judges, but the production team. Any decision needs to be made after there has been a thorough risk assessment.
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sjhoward Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
It certainly feels like there's a question of scripting. It would be quite peculiar to cut from an advert prompting the audience to stay at home to reduce pressure on health services to the usual over-dramatic packages about the physical dangers involved in e.g. "the headbanger" or footage of people being carted off for stitches / patching up of broken bones.

As others have said, the show has traded on the element of danger and physical strain for years: it will be interesting to see how deftly they can alter the tone to sidestep predictable tabloid outrage.
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Aaron_2015 West Country (West) Spotlight
In what is such a bleak and depressing time for many, it truly astounds me that people are suggesting we take entertainment shows out of production because they are not ‘essential’. With vigorous safety provisions, television production should absolutely be allowed to continue. Television, what is now for a good number of people (particularly the elderly and vulnerable) their only source of company in these lonely times, should be classed as essential based on its importance to so many. Regardless of whether you personally like or watch each program should be irrelevant, it’s still important to other people.

The last eight months or so have shown productions can be done entirely safely - the location for the previous series of Bake Off, for example, was probably the safest place in the country during filming!
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timbouk
In what is such a bleak and depressing time for many, it truly astounds me that people are suggesting we take entertainment shows out of production because they are not ‘essential’. With vigorous safety provisions, television production should absolutely be allowed to continue. Television, what is now for a good number of people (particularly the elderly and vulnerable) their only source of company in these lonely times, should be classed as essential based on its importance to so many. Regardless of whether you personally like or watch each program should be irrelevant, it’s still important to other people.

The last eight months or so have shown productions can be done entirely safely - the location for the previous series of Bake Off, for example, was probably the safest place in the country during filming!


It’s not about how safe the set is,it is about people leaving home and travelling to a tv studio for something that is not essential. I know people need to be entertained but judging by the Christmas tv ratings I’m sure people can find this elsewhere!

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