ITV has announced that Emmerdale will cease production as of Monday 23rd March 2020 due to the spreading Coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic.
Emmerdale will cease production as of Monday 23rd March 2020 due to the spreading Coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic, according to a statement by ITV published on the soap’s social media channels.
The statement said: “ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23 March.
“We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.
“However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming.
We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months. #Emmerdale”
With the number of episodes reduced from six down to five from Monday 30th March, it was hoped that filming could continue but as the pandemic takes hold of the country as well as the rest of the world, there was no other option.
As production ceases, there is the risk that the number of episodes will be reduced once more and could even see Emmerdale return to its schedule of the 1990s when it was broadcast at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, with Coronation Street airing the other days of the week.
ITV also revealed that Lorraine and Loose Women would also no longer be in production while Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeway will be recorded for future shows. It hit record viewing figures for Ant and Dec’s live show on the weekend, which was the first to be filmed without the studio audience, and saw social media explode with praise for the pair, especially the ‘end of the show’ show which saw Olly Murs sing while videos of thousands of viewers were played in the background.
We will update you when Emmerdale resumes production.