ITV Catchphrase hosted by Stephen Mulhern will resume filming next week and is the first entertainment show to return to studios since the lockdown.
Catchphrase first aired in the UK in 1986 with Roy Walker as the original host, the show is about seeing contestants attempt to identify well-known phrases from an animation. The original series ended in 2002 but it was brought back in 2013 with Stephen Mulhern as host.
This year took a hit with the coronavirus pandemic so the show will be abiding by government guidelines as they start filming next Monday.
For 2020 Catchphrase will be filmed without an audience and the studio will be cleaned every day to limit any spread of infections. The crew members will have their temperatures tested daily and work in ‘bubble’ groups.
Ten episodes of the programme will be recorded by STV Productions and then it will be aired on ITV throughout Autumn.
Presenter Stephen Mulhern said: “We were always due to start filming now so it’s great that we are in a position that we can do so.”
“It feels so good to be back in the studio and it’s taken a huge amount of work from the crew and all at STV Productions who make the show and ITV who broadcast it to get us back up and running safely. We can’t wait to start,” Stephen added.
ITV Studios, along with its health and safety team and advisers have been working in consultation with the Government to put guidelines in place for the cast, crew, and production team to adhere to while filming.
Some of the new safety measures that are being put in place include online health declaration forms, set changes, new makeup rooms, staggered start times, and changes to the catering service.
The entertainment industry took a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic and now it’s time to slowly ease back into it, as shows start to resume filming to bring us the latest of entertainment.