Catherine Tyldesley's new drama Viewpoint shuts down production as crew member tests positive for coronavirus

CATHERINE Tyldesley's new drama Viewpoint had to shut down production after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus.

The drama had only resumed filming earlier this month and had social distancing measures in place, however, a member of the production tested positive for Covid-19.

While it is not clear if the person was a crew member of actor, it meant show bosses had to take the decision to suspend filming in Manchester.

A spokesperson confirmed the halt in production, telling the Mail Online: "There are specific protocols in place for this eventuality which have been implemented and, as a result, filming has recommenced."

The series stars Catherine, former Hollyoaks actress Bronagh Waugh and Noel Clarke and centres around a police surveillance operation.

Noel's character DC Martin King sets up an observation post in the home of a single mother, Zoey Sterling, played by Alexandra Roach.

Zoey's house has views of the home of a missing primary school teacher, and the prime suspect in her disappearance is her live-in boyfriend.

Head of ITV, Polly Hill previously told the Express about the new drama: "It's hard to find a crime series that feels new and fresh, which is why I am delighted to commission Viewpoint.

"Martin, the police surveillance officer watching a community to discover why a local teacher has gone missing, is in Zoe's flat who secretly watches her neighbours because she's lonely.

"The lines between the two and who can and can't spy on us, is beautifully blurred.'

She added: "It creates a crime series that has a touch of Rear Window."

The series was created by Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer and written by Silent Witness writer Ed Whitmore.

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