Coronavirus UK: Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls postpones production

Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls has been postponed due to coronavirus (Picture: Channel 4)

Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls has postponed its new series due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The survival show, that sees celebrities left to fend for themselves on a remote island under the eye of expert Bear Grylls, was due to start production next month in April, but is now being delayed.

Bosses have decided to postpone the show due to the current Covid-19 crisis, with a source telling The Sun: ‘The celebrities are gutted over the decision as they were set to begin filming abroad next month.

‘It’s really disappointing. It’s a challenge of a lifetimes, but they understand it’s not worth the risk.’

A spokesperson for Channel 4 confirmed the decision, adding to the paper: ‘Due to the current restrictions on travel the new series of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls will be postponed.

‘We’ve made this decision with the health and well-being of those involved in making the show as our upmost priority.’

The survival show is usually filmed on a remote uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean (Picture: Channel 4) has reached out to Channel 4.

So far, there have been three series of the show, with the last series airing in 2018.

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It saw the likes of Love Island star Montana Brown, Roxanne Pallett, Martin Kemp, Jo Wood and boxer Anthony Ogogo among the celebrities that took part.

Towie star Pete Wicks appeared on the series in 2018 (Picture: Channel 4)

Towie star Pete Wicks also appeared in the series and was bitten by a nurse shark he’d caught in his net.

The series is filmed on a remote, uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean.

It’s also seen a real-life romance come out of its celebrity special, with Lucy Mecklenburgh and Ryan Thomas finding love during series two in 2017.

They are now engaged and recently welcomed their newborn son Roman.

The Channel 4 show is the latest in a string of TV series and movies that have been postponed or shut down filming because of the coronavirus crisis.

TV shows affected include The Grand Tour, Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders and The Witcher.

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