Netflix are having ‘an expensive headache’ over delays on Bridgerton series 2

Bridgerton has had to stall filming series two again, following another positive COVID-19 case on set – causing Netflix ‘an expensive headache’.

Due to a previous case, shooting had only just resumed again – but a day after cast and crew returned to the period drama things are once again on ice.

The likes of Phoebe Dynevor and Jonathan Bailey have had to cease work while various members of the production isolate.

That’s a cut: Netflix are having ‘an expensive headache’ over delays on Bridgerton series 2… after ANOTHER covid case was detected and filming was delayed again

‘The demand for the second series is huge, so to stop filming again is a real headache,’ a source told The Sun. ‘This could lead to proper delays and it will be extremely costly for them.

‘Shooting such a big production is expensive at the best of times, let alone when you’ve got sets staying empty and actors who can’t work.

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‘Filming was stopped ­immediately as soon as the new positive case was detected but they had only just got back on set.

‘They have a rigorous testing regime, so it’s hoped the case was found quickly enough and that no one else on set got it. But a lot of people are now isolating.

Backstage drama: Due to a previous case, shooting had only just resumed again – but a day after cast and crew returned to the period drama things are once again on ice

On pause: The stars have had to cease work while various members of the production isolate

‘Filming will start again once it is deemed safe but for now it has been paused indefinitely.’

The series had been shooting at Wrotham Hall in ­Hertfordshire when the news was delivered concerning the new covid case.

The show is known for its glamourous ballroom and crowd scenes, as well as very intimate moments between the amorous characters.

With social distancing in place until so-called Freedom Day this week, testing among the cast and crew has been necessary for close-contact sequences.

Hold that thought: The series had been shooting at Wrotham Hall in ­Hertfordshire when the news was delivered concerning the new covid case

This will prove disappointing for those eager to watch season two – with over 82 million people tuning in to the raunchy show on Netflix when it hit screens last Christmas.

Three more series have already been greenlit, based on the books by Julia Quinn.

The first case last week is said to have worried Netflix bosses who are about to start work on another one of their grand productions, The Crown.

A TV insider told The Sun that the vast cast and crew needed for the period dramas has caused ‘a logistical nightmare in terms of trying to keep staff safe, prevent an outbreak or contain one when it’s been identified.

Inconvenient: The first case last week is said to have worried Netflix bosses who are about to start work on another one of their grand productions, The Crown 

‘It’s also a headache for producers because removing cast or crew and putting them into isolation means they have to be replaced at short notice, and that’s not always possible.

‘Netflix have gone to great lengths to ensure all the relevant measures are in place on Bridgerton… That doesn’t bode well for filming of The Crown.’ 

Back in January, show star Phoebe Dyvenor expressed her concerns about filming series two amid the pandemic.  

‘I can’t imagine how it would be possible to film under these circumstances,’ she told Deadline. 

Apprehensive: Back in January, show star Phoebe Dyvenor expressed her concerns about filming series two amid the pandemic

‘There are so many extras and so many crew members, and it’s a very intimate show. It just baffles me how we would film it under COVID rules unless there was a vaccine beforehand.’

Production for season two of raunchy hit Bridgerton was first seen getting underway at the historic Old Naval College at the University of Greenwich in May.

Bridgerton is Netflix’s most-watched series ever, as more than 82million households tuned in to watch after its release on Christmas Day last year.

The first season focused on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe, and Simon, Duke of Hastings, the role which Rege-Jean Page bade farewell to in April– to the dismay of his many fans. 

Romance: The first season focused on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe, and Simon, Duke of Hastings, the role which Rege-Jean Page bade farewell to in April 

Bridgerton has been renewed for a second, third and fourth season with Netflix, and the next season is based on Julia Quinn’s second Bridgerton novel The Viscount Who Loved Me.

The second season will shift the focus to Daphne’s brother Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), who will go on the hunt for a suitable bride when he meets sisters Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sheffield, renamed Sharma for the show. 

While he tries to pursue Edwina he finds himself becoming attracted to Kate instead, despite the fact they are often at odds with each other.

A release date has yet to be announced. 

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