Britain’s Got Talent Postponed

With a pandemic raging, the ITV entertainment juggernaut had no choice but to postpone this year's competition. Peter Gray reports.

The producers of Britain’s Got Talent have announced that this year’s series has been put on hold following the government’s announcement of a third national lockdown.

The ITV variety show was set to begin filming on the 17th of January 2021 but following Boris Johnson’s decision to plunge the country into another shutdown, the producers of the series have been forced to postpone the programme for the forseeable future.

“Safety has to be our priority and it’s simply not feasible or sensible to ask members of the public to travel in order to audition at this time” said a member of the production team. “While we’d love to make the series and bring some much-needed cheer to the nation in the coming months, it’s just not going to be possible”.

However, while the programme’s postponement will be bad news for BGT’s legion of fans, the producers of the show have also voiced their determination to get the programme up and running in the Autumn.

“If the vaccination process goes to plan and we are all closer to normal in the summer, we are very hopeful that we could make the series then. It would be brilliant to have Britain’s Got Talent for the autumn schedule” said the source about the prospect of the show returning later in the year.

Britain’s Got Talent is one of the jewels in ITV’s entertainment crown. The show regularly draws an audience of up to 9 million viewers and the show is worth its weight in gold to ITV in terms of advertising revenue.

The show’s mix of traditional variety performers (singers, dancers and comedians) and more adventurous acts (last year’s series including a man walking through cannonball fire) has proved an intoxicating mix and ITV will be keen to ensure that the series does go ahead at some point in the future.

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