Towie filming axed due to coronavirus outbreak – The Sun

LOCK away your fake eyelashes and vajazzles — as The Only Way Is Essex is the latest TV victim of the coronavirus outbreak.

Cast and producers on the show had hoped to continue with filming, with the start of the next series scheduled to start on Tuesday.

But ITV bosses have decided that they will delay production on the new series until later this year.

A source said: “There have been lengthy discussions with the cast, and it just wouldn’t have worked without a busy social scene and going to clubs and their shops.

“So bosses have decided to wait until later in the year when the crisis has calmed down a bit. It’s not worth the risk.

A set source said: "TOWIE relies on signature set pieces and glossy events, set in glamorous locations around Essex and involves a big cast of regulars and extras. It's also all about friendships and relationships, so the social lives of our cast members are at the heart of the show."

They added: "In light of the current guidance from Public Health England and the World Health Organisation to practice social distancing, the best thing to do to keep our cast and crew as safe and secure as possible would be to postpone filming.

"We look forward to TOWIE returning later in the year when it will celebrate its tenth birthday."

An ITV spokesman said last night: “After much consideration, it has been decided that the upcoming series of The Only Way Is Essex will be postponed until later in the year.”

The next time it is back on screen will be for the tenth anniversary series — set to star originals such as Mark Wright and Amy Childs.
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