This Morning goes live with pared back crew

‘We’re holding on by the skin of our teeth’: This Morning goes live with pared back crew as guests do their own makeup and Holly Willoughby jokes she isn’t getting close-ups after camera operators are reduced

  •  Hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby went live as normal at 10am but revealed they were operating with a pared back crew
  • The stripped back crew included minimal camera operators and a reduced hair and makeup team 
  • Phil revealed the show is ‘holding on by the skin of our teeth’ during the chat with Matthew and Anneka Rice 
  • Other ITV daytime shows have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid has co-hosting from home after being forced to self-isolate after her son developed symptoms on Monday
  • Loose Women has been broadcasting live without a studio audience for the first time in its 20 year history 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

ITV’s flagship daytime show This Morning adapted to the coronavirus pandemic for Wednesday’s show, revealing their crew numbers had been cut.

Hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby went live as normal at 10am but revealed they were operating with a pared back crew and admitted they are ‘holding on by the skin of our teeth.’ 

The stripped back crew included minimal camera operators and a reduced hair and makeup team, as guest Matthew Wright revealed he had to do his own makeup.

Still on air: ITV’s flagship daytime show This Morning adapted to the coronavirus pandemic for Wednesday’s show, revealing their crew numbers had been cut

Matthew took part in the news review segment at the opening of the show with Anneka Rice and joked about his lack of makeup skills, before Phillip admitted the minimal staff rule also applied to the camera crew.  

‘I think the most important thing personally is that we have some kind of current affairs transmissions going on,’ said Matthew.  

 ‘I mean I can’t imagine no This Morning even though I’m aware that the staffing has been scaled right back. We do our own makeup, things are changing.’

‘The idea that we’d have no window on the world, I mean you guys have got to be here.’ 

Cuts: The stripped back crew included minimal camera operators and a reduced hair and makeup team, as guest Matthew Wright revealed he had to do his own makeup

Discussing the recent shutdown on BBC productions including EastEnders and Casualty, Phil warned: 

‘It’s bound to happen. We’re all holding on by the skin of our teeth.’

Later in the programme, Phil and Holly had to make do with the lack of cameras during a round of their popular Spin To Win game.

Holding on: Host Phillip Schofield revealed the show is ‘holding on by the skin of our teeth’ during the chat with Matthew and Anneka Rice and co-host Holly Willoughby

TV shut down: Discussing the recent shutdown on BBC show productions including EastEnders and Casualty, Phil warned: ‘It’s bound to happen’

After joking that she wasn’t getting her closeups during the segment, Phil pointed out ‘we’re on limited cameras,’ before the cameraman moved from Phil to Holly.

‘You’ve got it now,’ Phil remarked as Holly gave a flirty wave. ‘I’ll jump in yours as well,’ she told her co-host.

‘That camera’s mine you keep out of it!’ replied Phil only for Holly to playfully block his shot.   

Ready for her closeup: Later in the programme, Phil and Holly had to make do with the lack of cameras during a round of their popular Spin To Win game

Missing out; After joking that she wasn’t getting her closeups during the segment, Phil pointed out ‘we’re on limited cameras,’ before the cameraman moved from Phil to Holly

 he hosts also did their best to lift viewers’ spirits amid huge numbers self isolating by bringing some summer to screens.  

Referring to the fake London scene which is shown behind the hosts in the ITV studios, Phillip explained: 

‘You know when we had our studios down by the South Bank, our view was a real view and we’ve made no bones about the fact that these are screens now so therefore we have control over the screens.’

Star of the show: You’ve got it now,’ Phil remarked as Holly have a flirty wave. ‘I’ll jump in yours as well,’ she told her co-host

‘We have seasons, we recorded them all when we were there, we’ve even got snow. But we’ve decided, it’s winter time out there now but from now on everyday outside that window, until we come through this, is going to be summer.’

As the season magically changed, Holly remarked: ‘Instantly doesn’t that make you feel better? Just that bit of greenery just feels quite nice.’

‘If you’re self isolating, if you’re in a flat and you haven’t got access to an open window, use ours!’ 

Other ITV daytime shows have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid has been co-hosting from home after being forced to self-isolate after one of her children developed symptoms on Monday night. 

Lights, camera, action: That camera’s mine you keep out of it!’ replied Phil only for Holly to playfully block his shot

Meanwhile Loose Women has been broadcasting live without a studio audience for the first time in its 20 year history. 

Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, today gave an overview of ITV’s response to the coronavirus crisis:

‘This week has seen an escalation in the impact of the coronavirus with the Government ramping up measures and recommendations that are having profound implications for people and organisations across the UK.

‘All businesses are being deeply affected and ITV is no exception, but as a Public Service Broadcaster we remain committed to doing everything we can to continue to provide news, drama, entertainment and factual programmes to our viewers to keep them informed about this crisis and to offer them an escape from it.

‘The health of our own people and those who work with us remains our priority and we will implement the latest official guidance. I would like to thank everybody for the extra efforts being made in every team across ITV. We are also working closely with our partners in the industry to keep our shows on air.

‘Whatever happens, we will continue to broadcast our six channels, which, between them, offer hundreds of hours of content every week for free and accessible to everyone in the UK.’

Change of seasons: The hosts also did their best to lift viewers’ spirits amid huge numbers self isolating by bringing some summer to the virtual screens in the studio

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