Love Island could be in for a number of changes this year as it’s reported the show could take place in the UK rather than Mallorca, Spain.
The ITV show's bosses are said to be making a “number of contingency plans for a UK edition” of the show, which could see islanders finding love somewhere slightly chillier than its usual Spanish setting.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has hit a number of countries across the world including the UK and Spain, means the show could also be delayed from its usual June to July slot on ITV2 to August to September, Variety have claimed.
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A TV insider told the publication that the fate of this year’s series could ultimately lie “in the hands of insurance companies.”
They added: “At what point can you ask people who have never met to couple up and get into bed together without having a vaccine or proof you have immunity (from coronavirus)?
“There are going to be myriad, complex conversations going on. It’s all down to whether you get insurance. Can you insure the show, and will insurance firms say, ‘We need to see that everyone is vaccinated or immunised beforehand.”
Although casting for the next series is understood to be underway, concrete plans for the summer show are yet to be formally discussed, a source has told OK! online.
However, it was reported last week that the show’s bosses are “working around the clock” for the summer series to go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A source told The Daily Star: “The production team is now doing everything possible to prepare for the new series.
“It's a difficult time but it's a case of 'all systems go'. They're determined not to let the virus stop the series going ahead.”
The insider also told of how the series could no longer be airing in June and is likely to be pushed back.
They continued: “It can be put back again and again. If the series can't air until right at the end of the year, then so be it. It will still happen.”
ITV revealed that their current schedule is offering an escape for some during the current crisis.
Kevin Lygo, ITV Director of Television, said: “ITV’s aims are to serve up as much information, guidance and entertainment as possible to help people to get through this extraordinary time.
“That’s why we’ve put exciting new shows into the schedule while doing everything possible to keep our live daytime programmes on air to speak directly to you each day, along with our rock solid news bulletins.
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“We hope Saturday night entertainment like Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain’s Got Talent and In For a Penny continue to entertain millions of people on a Saturday night, and factual offerings from Harry’s Heroes to Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip will offer some comfort and escapism in the weeks ahead.
“New dramas such as Julian Fellows’ Belgravia, The Good Karma Hospital and the upcoming Quiz all aim to enthrall viewers through the coming weeks.
“We’ve even staged our own Virtual Grand National to help you ride this out. We hope you tune in and enjoy what we have to offer.”
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