A team member tested positive on Thursday, with the production team shutting down that afternoon and stopping for 10 days – in line with government advice – while those working in the group close contact with the individual isolate themselves as a precaution.
“Throughout this time, the safety of our colleagues and customers remains our number one priority,” a Sky spokesperson said in a statement to THR. « London gangs Production of S2 has been temporarily suspended as the cast and crew are now self-isolating. We will resume production as soon as it is safe to do so. As part of Sky’s COVID protocols, which include separate bubbles and close contact groups, the production tests the cast and crew in close contact twice a week.
London gangs – currently in production by Pulse Films – now joins a growing number of top productions that have been affected by the outbreak of infections in the UK, which has become a hotspot for the Delta variant of the virus and earlier this week saw all lockdown restrictions, including mandatory mask wear, lifted.
During the past week, the filming of the second season of Netflix Bridgerton closed for the second time after a positive COVID-19 test, while HBO Dragon house was also temporarily suspended. On the cinema side, the adaptation on the big screen by Working Title of Mathilde The musical was disrupted, with the first filming unit forced to stop working and go into self-isolation.
The second season of London gangs – which proved to be a success for Sky and AMC (helping launch AMC +) – started filming at the end of June. With Evans stepping down from her creative duties on the bloody series, Corin Hardy serves as the lead director and executive producer, heading four of the eight episodes, with Marcela Said (Lupin, Narcos: Mexicoand Nima Nourizadeh (Little America, American ultra) by leading two each. Evans, alongside his creative partner Matt Flannery and Pulse CEO Thomas Benski, are the executive producers.
Join the cast alongside the returnees from season 1 Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, Michelle Fairley and Paapa Essiedu are Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Central, L’Espion), French rapper Jasmine Armando in her first TV role Salem Kali (A Prophet, Dealer), Aymen Hamdouchi (SAS: Red notice, Criminal: United Kingdomet Fady El Sayed (Baghdad Central, A Private War).