BAFTA TV Awards postponed due to deadly coronavirus outbreak

The annual BAFTA TV Awards have been postponed due to coronavirus.

The much anticipated ceremony was due to take place on the May 17 with nominations set to be revealed earlier on April 26.

Although event organisers have made the unfortunate decision to halt the BAFTA awards, there is yet to a new date set in stone – leaving with television personalities with the ultimate cliff hanger.

Issuing a detailed statement across each of it's social media platforms, BAFTA revealed that their main aim was to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

"We are continually monitoring the situation ​to ensure we are prepared for the challenges we may face in the coming weeks and months.


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"We are closely following the advice of the World Health Organisation, NHS and GOV UK/Public Health England and the safety of our members, guests and staff remains our top priority".

Last year’s BAFTA TV Awards saw wins for series including Killing Eve, Succession, Fleabag and Bodyguard.

The news comes after numerous TV shows, events and concerts have been forced to cancel or postpone all across the UK and Ireland.

Many shows which are usually recorded in front of live audiences such as the Ellen Degeneres Show and Have I Got News For You are continuing to film, but are taking precautions and following guidelines by not allowing any audience members in studio.


Despite the fact that production and filming has been halted for massive shows such as BBC's Line Of Duty and Peaky Blinders, it's appears as though it's business as usual when it comes to Emmerdale.

Emmerdale storyline writer Sharon Marshall has confirmed filming for the ITV soap is "business as usual" amid new measures to combat the coronavirus.

COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic worldwide, with cases in the UK having now increased to over 1,900 – with over 50 confirmed deaths too.


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The government announced plans to help stop the spread of the virus on Monday, including isolation measures and new advice for those most vulnerable.

With several companies allowing workers to work from home, TV and film companies around the world have also halted production.

But This Morning star Sharon revealed there are currently no plans to halt filming or things behind the scenes on Emmerdale.

In fact she revealed it was "business as normal" while some alterations have been made in terms of meetings and other contact.

For now the episodes will remain the same with six airing in a week, and with filming continuing too.

She explained: "The soaps are still going on, they're still on. As of today everyone is still in and filming."

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