ITV’s new police drama Viewpoint filming was SUSPENDED after positive coronavirus test on set

ITV’s new police drama Viewpoint had to suspend filming after a positive coronavirus test on set.

Shooting for the thriller, which is one of the broadcaster’s first post-lockdown series, has already resumed thanks to the safety protocols in place.

Former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley and her co-star Bronagh Waugh were pictured filming scenes for the gritty series on Friday.

Halted: ITV's new police drama had to suspend filming after a member of the cast or crew tested positive for coronavirus

Halted: ITV's new police drama had to suspend filming after a member of the cast or crew tested positive for coronavirus

Halted: ITV’s new police drama had to suspend filming after a member of the cast or crew tested positive for coronavirus

A spokesperson for the show told MailOnline: ‘We can confirm there was a positive test for coronavirus on Viewpoint which resulted in a very short suspension of filming. 

‘There are specific protocols in place for this eventuality which have been implemented and, as a result, filming has recommenced.’ 

It is currently unclear whether it was a cast or crew member who tested positive for the virus. 

Viewpoint is centred around a plot involving a tense police surveillance operation, and Catherine’s character is yet to be revealed.

The series is headed up by Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer, and sees DC Martin King (played by Noel Clarke) set up his observation post in the home of single mother and secret voyeur, Zoe Sterling, played by Alexandra Roach.

Teaser: ITV previously teased a first look image of Noel Clarke's character gazing intently out of a window as he watches a suspect (there is no assertion Noel is the cast member with coronavirus)

Teaser: ITV previously teased a first look image of Noel Clarke's character gazing intently out of a window as he watches a suspect (there is no assertion Noel is the cast member with coronavirus)

Teaser: ITV previously teased a first look image of Noel Clarke’s character gazing intently out of a window as he watches a suspect (there is no assertion Noel is the cast member with coronavirus)

Zoe’s windows look on to Westbury Square and the home of missing primary school teacher Gemma Hillman, played by Nicola Holt.

She shares the home with boyfriend and prime suspect in her disappearance, Greg Sullivan, played by I May Destroy You actor Fehinti Balogun.

The series is based on an idea by Emmy award-winning Bradbeer and written with Silent Witness creator Ed Whitmore.

ITV previously teased a first look image of Noel Clarke’s character gazing intently out of a window as he watches a suspect.

Pictured: Former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley and her co-star Bronagh Waugh were pictured filming scenes for the gritty series on Friday (there is no assertion Catherine is the cast member with coronavirus)

Pictured: Former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley and her co-star Bronagh Waugh were pictured filming scenes for the gritty series on Friday (there is no assertion Catherine is the cast member with coronavirus)

Pictured: Former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley and her co-star Bronagh Waugh were pictured filming scenes for the gritty series on Friday (there is no assertion Catherine is the cast member with coronavirus)

Viewpoint is among the first programmes to resume filming following the coronavirus crisis, which saw much of the television industry ground to a halt. 

Head of ITV, Polly Hill told the Express: ‘It’s hard to find a crime series that feels new and fresh, which is why I am delighted to commission Viewpoint.

‘Martin, the police surveillance officer watching a community to discover why a local teacher has gone missing, is in Zoe’s flat who secretly watches her neighbours because she’s lonely.

‘The lines between the two and who can and can’t spy on us, is beautifully blurred.’

Hill added: ‘It creates a crime series that has a touch of Rear Window.’  

Plot: Viewpoint is centred around a plot involving a tense police surveillance operation, and Catherine's character is yet to be revealed

Plot: Viewpoint is centred around a plot involving a tense police surveillance operation, and Catherine's character is yet to be revealed

Plot: Viewpoint is centred around a plot involving a tense police surveillance operation, and Catherine’s character is yet to be revealed

The news comes as Coronation Street bosses were also forced to reschedule production after a member of the cast tested positive for Covid-19 after being on set last week.

The long-running soap had to briefly shut down certain areas of the set for a deep clean, after the coronavirus positive actor had filmed scenes.

It has been reported that although certain areas were closed down it did not affect filming due to the soap’s two-metre distancing rules.

Affected: Coronation Street bosses were forced to reschedule production after a member of the cast tested positive for Covid-19 after being on set last week

Affected: Coronation Street bosses were forced to reschedule production after a member of the cast tested positive for Covid-19 after being on set last week

Affected: Coronation Street bosses were forced to reschedule production after a member of the cast tested positive for Covid-19 after being on set last week

MailOnline understands that filming was slightly rescheduled this week due to the actor’s absence on set as they isolate at home.

A spokeswoman for the ITV soap said: ‘We can confirm a member of the Coronation Street team has tested positive for coronavirus. The protocols we have in place for such an eventuality have been implemented and the individual is now self isolating at home.

‘Although we do not believe anyone has been within 2m of the individual, as a precaution, the production team who were working with the individual have been notified.

‘In keeping with health and safety guidance, we have also undertaken an intensive clean of touch points in the cohort area where the individual was working and areas of the building they visited. 

Two metres apart! The long-running soap had to briefly shut down certain areas of the set for a deep clean, after the coronavirus positive actor had filmed scenes (stock image)

Two metres apart! The long-running soap had to briefly shut down certain areas of the set for a deep clean, after the coronavirus positive actor had filmed scenes (stock image)

Two metres apart! The long-running soap had to briefly shut down certain areas of the set for a deep clean, after the coronavirus positive actor had filmed scenes (stock image)

The representative for the soap also confirmed filmed continued on Monday after the situation was contained following an extensive clean in the targeted area.  

It has been stated that the soap is assured that no longer member of the crew or cast came into close contact with the actor.

They also said that everyone who worked with them had been notified.

Worried: Coronation Street and Emmerdale bosses are reportedly concerned their soaps will look dated compared to BBC rival EastEnders

Worried: Coronation Street and Emmerdale bosses are reportedly concerned their soaps will look dated compared to BBC rival EastEnders

Worried: Coronation Street and Emmerdale bosses are reportedly concerned their soaps will look dated compared to BBC rival EastEnders

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