Dancing On Ice ‘films lockdown episodes’ as ITV chiefs fear coronavirus will stop show from going ahead
As the coronavirus outbreak means some of our favourite shows have had to cease filming, including Love Island, which recently revealed it won’t run this year, it seems Dancing On Ice is also on thin ice.
Bosses of the much-adored ITV show, which sees Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby appear as hosts, are reportedly having a series of lockdown episodes filmed over fears that the live shows won’t be able to run.
The spin-off format will see professional ice skaters Torvill and Dean involved and will look back at the most memorable moments of the past 12 series'.
Holly, 39, and Philip, 58, will also reportedly be involved in the planned project, alongside previous contestants who once dazzled on the ice, including winner of the 2020 series, Joe Swash, as well as Gemma Collins, Love Island’s Wes Nelson and Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter.
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A source told The Sun: “Obviously no-one knows when lockdown measures and social distancing will be fully eased – but DOI has become a fixture in the winter TV schedules.
“It’d be a hammer blow for ITV to lose it. As such, they’ve filmed some lockdown episodes – working title: Dancing On Ice Specials – to fill that gap, should the live programmes become untenable.
“Chris and Jane have been reflecting on their time on the show, and there will be loads of behind the scenes, never-before-scene clips.”
“The hope is that these can be screened on ITV2 as a spin-off if the main series is able to go ahead – but execs don’t want to take any chances.”
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The Dancing On Ice news follows an announcement made by ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lego, regarding Love Island’s 2020 summer series.
Revealing the news that the series would be cancelled Kevin said: “We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it's just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority.”
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However, talks of a revival are now circling with plans afoot to bring the show back before the end of the year, according to reports.
The show, which is normally filmed in Majorca, could be set in a different location in order to go ahead at some point, with a source telling The Sun: “The location is up in the air, as Majorca would maybe be a bit chilly by September/October, but the Canary Islands could be possible.”
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