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Peaky Blinders producers ‘IGNORED positive Covid test on set’: Bosses ‘let filming of BBC gangster drama continue for hours despite swab result’

  • Peaky Blinders filming temporarily paused due to ‘a false positive test’ in crew 
  • Then took NHS Covid test which came back negative, allowing filming to resume
  • But crew members claim filming continued for several hours after first test 
  • Union Bectu is now investigating after workers felt their health was put at risk 
  • Filming delays for BBC One cost between £650,000 and £1million per hour 

Peaky Blinders cast and crew were told to continue filming after someone tested positive for Covid-19, insiders claim. 

Work on the sixth season of the hit BBC drama, set in Birmingham, was temporarily paused due to ‘a false positive test for a member of the crew’.

The person then took an NHS Covid test which came back negative – allowing filming to officially resume as per official protocol, a spokesperson said.

But crew members claim filming continued for several hours when the first test came in.

Union Bectu is now investigating after workers felt their health was put at risk, The Guardian reports.

Filming delays for BBC One cost between £650,000 and £1million per hour.

Peaky Blinders cast and crew were told to continue filming after someone tested positive for Covid-19, insiders claim. Pictured: Cast and crew of Peaky Blinders wearing masks as they resume filming. There is no suggestion the pictured crew members tested positive

Peaky Blinders cast and crew were told to continue filming after someone tested positive for Covid-19, insiders claim. Pictured: Cast and crew of Peaky Blinders wearing masks as they resume filming. There is no suggestion the pictured crew members tested positive

Peaky Blinders cast and crew were told to continue filming after someone tested positive for Covid-19, insiders claim. Pictured: Cast and crew of Peaky Blinders wearing masks as they resume filming. There is no suggestion the pictured crew members tested positive

Work on the sixth season of the hit BBC drama (the cast, pictured), set in Birmingham, was temporarily paused due to a 'a false positive test for a member of the crew'

Work on the sixth season of the hit BBC drama (the cast, pictured), set in Birmingham, was temporarily paused due to a 'a false positive test for a member of the crew'

Work on the sixth season of the hit BBC drama (the cast, pictured), set in Birmingham, was temporarily paused due to a ‘a false positive test for a member of the crew’

TV sets have put countless measures in place to ensure the safe return of cast and crew – including regular testing and social distancing.

The government last year launched a £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme to cover Covid-related insurance costs.

There are concerns a union investigation could harm the insurance of Peaky Blinders’ two production companies –  Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect. 

Cast and crew of Peaky Blinders wearing masks as they resume filming. There is no suggestion the pictured crew members tested positive

Cast and crew of Peaky Blinders wearing masks as they resume filming. There is no suggestion the pictured crew members tested positive

Cast and crew of Peaky Blinders wearing masks as they resume filming. There is no suggestion the pictured crew members tested positive

Union Bectu national secretary Spencer MacDonald told the paper: ‘The production should have informed everyone immediately and stopped filming.’

A spokesperson for the show insisted filming did stop when the first test came back. 

They added: ‘Filming was stood down for a short time on Peaky Blinders because of a false positive test result for a member of the crew. 

‘In line with protocol, this person took an NHS test and anyone who came into contact with them self-isolated – the safety of our team on Peaky Blinders is of paramount importance. 

‘The NHS test came back negative and filming resumed as normal on Thursday.’

The highly anticipated sixth season of Peaky Blinders was faced with tragedy when star Helen McCrory - who played Elizabeth 'Polly' Gray - died following a brave cancer battle last month

The highly anticipated sixth season of Peaky Blinders was faced with tragedy when star Helen McCrory - who played Elizabeth 'Polly' Gray - died following a brave cancer battle last month

The highly anticipated sixth season of Peaky Blinders was faced with tragedy when star Helen McCrory – who played Elizabeth ‘Polly’ Gray – died following a brave cancer battle last month 

The highly anticipated sixth season of Peaky Blinders was hit by tragedy when star Helen McCrory – who played Elizabeth ‘Polly’ Gray – died following a brave cancer battle last month. 

Actor Damian Lewis announced on April 16 that his wife had passed away aged 52, leaving behind her two teenage children.  

Friends of the couple have now revealed they only learned of Helen’s condition shortly before the tragic news was shared, while others were ‘sworn to secrecy.’ 

Actor David Harewood, who starred with Lewis in Homeland, said his co-star texted him about the diagnosis ‘a couple of days’ before the announcement of her death.  

In an interview with The Mirror, Harewood, 55, said: ‘None of us knew what she was battling’ before paying tribute to the late actress.  

 

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