Gemma Collins sparks concern after continuing to shoot show
Britain is preparing for a fourth week of social distancing and self-quarantine in a bid to halt the spread of deadly coronavirus COVID-19, with 10,612 having already lost their lives to the virus across the United Kingdom.
Gemma Collins has sparked concern by continuing to film her new reality show during the current government mandated lockdown.
Worry: Gemma Collins has sparked concern by continuing to film her new reality show during the current government mandated lockdown
But despite repeated demands for people to stay at home, a small production team is understood to be making daily trips to the reality star’s Essex home in order to film forthcoming ITVBe series Diva On Lockdown, The Sun reports.
Those safety standards also extend to Gemma, with whom the team – who have reportedly all been tested for the coronavirus – pass on direction via an ear-piece radio system.
However the crew remain safely outside the property, shared by Gemma, 39, and her brother Russell, and adhere to strict government mandated guidelines by ensuring they do not interact with each other.
‘Careful new ways have been established to allow new programmes to be created to help keep viewers entertained at this difficult time, whilst following government guidelines around social distancing and the safety of all involved.
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our shows is our priority.
A source had told The Sun: ‘People are being told to stay inside except for all essential travel, or if you can’t work from home. Arguably, the crew cannot work from home so what else are they to do?
‘With the appropriate guidance, new measures have been put in place covering production practice for all crew and Gemma and the filming of Diva.’
‘But neighbours and locals have raised eyebrows about people traipsing to sit outside Gemma’s house to film a reality show when people are dying from this crisis. There’s a feeling among some that it’s bosses putting profits over health.’
Carrying on: Despite repeated demands for people to stay at home, a small production team is understood to be making daily trips to the reality star’s Essex home in order to film forthcoming ITVBe series Diva On Lockdown
Gemma was in the middle of filming a new series of Diva Forever when the lockdown was put in place forcing it to go in a different direction.
It’s understood that a team was required to enter Gemma’s home to film scenes on Monday, but disinfected their camera equipment shortly after leaving.
Renamed Diva On Lockdown, it will follow the reality star as she navigates through the crisis and makes changes to her daily life and routine.
Change of plans: Gemma was in the middle of filming a new series of Diva Forever when the lockdown was put in place forcing it to go in a different direction and rebrand her show
‘But as you know, we’ve found ourselves in the middle of a pandemic. So here we are now…I’m standing in my living room, with fixed rig cameras all over my house to bring you Diva on Lockdown.
Taking to her Instagram Story on Saturday, Gemma shared: ‘We were in the middle of filming my new series of Diva with loads of exciting stuff planned.
‘You want the GC, so the GC found a new way of working. You’re going to see everything that I do in isolation. We’ll all be on our journey together.’
Opening up: Taking to her Instagram Story on Saturday, Gemma admitted she show was taking a different direction as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
Gemma continued ‘I’m being filmed and I’ve also got the producers speaking in my ear so if it sounds as if I’m talking to myself…well maybe sometimes I am.
Using fixed-rig cameras set up around her house the three hour-long episodes will see the star fight to keep her Brentwood shop trading and secure her dream home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘I can guarantee though, what you see will definitely be 100% authentic GC. I hope it cheers you up in these difficult times.’
Coming soon: ‘You want the GC, so the GC found a new way of working. You’re going to see everything that I do in isolation. We’ll all be on our journey together,’ she said
‘Both generous and warm, the GC is one of the most gregarious personalities in the UK. ITVBe is therefore very grateful to her for finishing production on her new series whilst on lockdown.’
ITV head of digital channels and acquisitions Paul Mortimer said: ‘Gemma has proven in all her previous outings across ITV that she is a star who thrives on audience and public interaction.
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Diva on Lockdown will air on ITVBe later this month