Medical shows donate equipment
Medical shows Casualty and Holby City will donate equipment and other kits to the NHS.
Producers are in discussion with local NHS services to give personal protective equipment [PPE] “and other useful medical items to assist them.”
The donations come as both shows have suspended production. And the UK continues its fight against Covid-19.
Challenges with supply
The health secretary has said there have been “challenges” with the supply of PPE to NHS staff in England. NHS staff had warned the government they were at risk.
Executive producer Simon Harper said: “Casualty and Holby City are all about celebrating NHS heroism, so we are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real-life medics battling this situation.”
But how much and what the other items are, remain unknown.
On Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government had shipped 7.5 million pieces of protective equipment. The protective gear, mainly masks, was shipped in 24 hours, in “literally a military effort.”
‘Save our Summer’
Peter Crouch will front a new BBC TV show to give viewers a “bit of all the big summer events that have been taken away” as a result of the coronavirus.
Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer will be a live entertainment show on BBC One. It is billed as “an entertainment show like no other for a time like no other.”
It will “remotely bring audiences live music [and] replacement sports action” after events like Glastonbury, Olympics, Euro 2020 and Eurovision were called off.
‘What 2020 would have been’
Special programmes will air on the BBC in place of Eurovision and Glastonbury.
Eurovision: Come Together will be screened on 16 May and will feature classic performances plus “a look at what would have been in 2020.”
Glastonbury turns 50 this year! And “a weekend of the best in music across radio, television and online” is being offered up. It’s unknown if it will feature archive performances.
The BBC’s summer schedule also announced Graham Norton’s chat show would resume on 10 April “not quite as usual, but still featuring the biggest stars.”
Comedy series The Mash Report will return but not in its usual studio. “Reflecting what everyone else is going through at the moment, the show will be self-isolating, with the whole cast filming themselves at home,” a statement said.
Other shows such as The Choir: Britain in Lockdown will have singers belting out the tunes from their homes.
Saturday nights will see BBC One repeat classic comedy series including Gavin and Stacey, Outnumbered and Peter Kay’s Car Share.
BBC determined to keep Britain smiling
BBC director-general Tony Hall statement.
“The BBC is determined to do all it can to raise a smile and keep the country entertained during these testing times.
“We have lots of great shows already recorded, but we have also found ways to keep many other shows ging so that the familiar faces people love will still be in their living rooms in the weeks and months ahead.”
Hall promised: “the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs.”
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