Strictly Come Dancing at risk over fears hot studio could cause coronavirus to spread on set

IF Strictly Come Dancing bosses manage to get this year’s series on to our screens, it will be nothing short of a miracle.

After battling Covid-19 delays and all the headaches that has brought, they have also been struggling to cope with the recent hot and muggy weather.

Rain might now have brought some respite but I hear crew on the BBC1 show have been told a key part of getting the programme out is keeping the studio below 21C.

The health-and-safety squad fear that if the scorching weather returns, the dancers will sweat so much it will add to the risk of coronavirus spreading on set.

So everyone has been looking for ways to keep folk as cool as possible — which is no easy ask given the blazing studio lights required for filming and with the vigorous moves involved in the contestants’ routines.

A Strictly source revealed: “Producers and crew are jumping through all sorts of hoops to get the show on the air for viewers. The latest hurdle is keeping it cool enough that everyone isn’t a big, sweaty mess.

“The theory is that the more the dancers and celebs sweat, the greater the risk of Covid infection potentially. So they’re trying to keep it cool, which is very difficult under the red-hot studio lights.”

Recent weeks have seen temperatures soar to near-record highs around the country. That has turned into the latest production nightmare at Strictly.

And in true British style, after weeks of everyone moaning that the weather was too hot, it has turned all wet again — bucketing it down in a series of dramatic thunderstorms.

Strictly’s long-suffering producers will doubtless have to worry about all the make-up washing off next.

Prime earns Spurs

SPURS are the new stars of Prime Video’s sports doc All Or Nothing. After 2018’s season with Manchester City, cameras have been following the North London side throughout this weird, disjointed campaign.

The first three episodes, covering the exit of Mauricio Pochettino as manager and a tricky start in the Premier League, drop on August 31. 

Kindly, the bigwigs at Amazon let me spend a day at Spurs’ incredible training facility The Lodge.

While there, I was put through my paces by fitness guru Carlos Lalin and did drills in front of club legend and assistant first-team coach Ledley King. I still ache now.

Stacey Squares up again

WHEN filming at EastEnders was shut down amid the pandemic, bosses created an emergency spin-off – which is now here to stay.

Stacey Dooley’s Secrets From The Square, which looks back at major storylines from the BBC soap, will be on our screens for two more years.

Beeb bosses have been so impressed by viewers’ reactions to the archive footage and Stacey’s interviews with cast members that they have given the green light to an extended run.

Speaking about the show to former Albert Square hardman Ross Kemp, who played Grant Mitchell, Stacey said: “I’ve been doing a gig on TV with EastEnders with all the actors. It’s been lovely. It’s on every week until 2022, so I can only apologise.”

She chatted with the likes of Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, Phil Mitchell actor Steve McFadden and Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts).

I’m sure EastEnders has seen enough drama to keep Stacey busy.


'Arry 'as it wrong

HARRY Redknapp claimed he’d not seen I’m A Celeb before going on it – and now I believe him, as he can’t tell hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly apart.

He got confused about who hosted the 2018 series, when Holly Willoughby stood in for Ant and Harry won.

While talking to Fleur East on his former campmate’s Reality Of Reality TV podcast, the footie favourite recalled: “One of you said, ‘Well, tomorrow Holly’s gonna come in with . . . ’ Who was it, Ant or Dec? I can’t remember who it was.”

When Fleur told him it was Dec, Harry said: “Dec? Was it really? If you’d said, ‘Have a £100 bet’, I’d have said Ant.”

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