Production shuts down on The Witcher, Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty

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Production has been suspended on the series in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic…

Filming has been postponed on the sixth seasons of the BBC’s Line Of Duty and Peaky Blinders, along with the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher, as coronavirus spreads across the globe. Over 100,000 people are now confirmed to be infected in the potentially deadly virus, for which there is currently no vaccine.

“We have made the decision, effective immediately, to pause production for two weeks during this difficult time,” a source on The Witcher told Deadline. “This will allow everyone the time to make informed decisions about how to move forward.”

They added: “The coronavirus has raised challenging issues for everyone working on set on productions for Netflix. We are very grateful for all the work everyone has done to keep cast and crew safe during this pandemic.”

Meanwhile, a BBC spokeswoman 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. 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.”

All three series are incredibly popular worldwide, but this marks the first real push to shut down major TV productions in the UK following the outbreak.

More as we get it.