Netflix‘s Sex Education is among the latest UK series to be caught up in the COVID-19 crisis after the government extinguished any hopes of shoots resuming soon by extending the lockdown on April 16.
Eleven Film was due to go into production on the Netflix drama in Wales in May, but it’s likely plans have to be changed now amid strict social distancing measures being extended for a least another three weeks.
Although the delay is not a huge surprise, it underlines the chaos that is being wreaked on production schedules around the globe, with shows that might have hoped to dodge the crisis now being caught up in the eye of the storm.
Netflix has had many UK productions affected by the coronavirus pandemic, most notably The Witcher, which was shut down on March 16. Luckily, Left Bank Pictures historical series The Crown just managed to wrap before the lockdown.
It is understood the streamer is working with in-house and third-party producers to devise a plan for resuming production safely, but without a clear exit strategy from the UK government, there is no certainty over when cameras can start rolling again across the industry.
There are now question marks over a number of other big UK dramas that were due to begin filming in the upcoming weeks. These include Season 6 of Starz show Outlander, made by Left Bank, and Landscapers, Olivia Colman’s HBO and Sky crime drama produced by Sister Pictures. Season 2 of Sky’s David Schwimmer comedy Intelligence was also due to go into production imminently. This adds to shows including Peaky Blinders, Line Of Duty and Call The Midwife, which were among the first wave of shoots to be halted.