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Gangs of London series two is forced to stop filming after member of crew tests positive for Covid

Gangs of London series two is forced to stop filming and cast in isolation after crew member tests positive for Covid

Gangs of London has been forced to pause filming after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19.

The action–crime drama, which stars the likes of Joe Cole and Sope Dirisu, is now on a ten-day break from filming because of the positive case and members of the cast and crew have been forced into self-isolation.

A spokesperson for Sky told RadioTimes.com: ‘Throughout this time, the safety of our colleagues and customers remains our number one priority.

Set back: Gangs of London has been forced to pause filming after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19

‘Gangs of London season two production has temporarily been suspended with cast and crew now self-isolating. We will return to production as soon as it is safe to do so.’

Sky explained that only the people who have been in close contact with the individual have been asked to self-isolate.

Meanwhile, Joe – who plays Sean Wallace, the son of a drug kingpin, in the show – previously revealed that he took inspiration from boxing promoter Eddie Hearn ahead of playing the part for the first time.

Not ideal: The action-crime drama, which stars the likes of Joe Cole and Sope Dirisu, is now on a ten-day break from filming because of the positive case

Not ideal: The action-crime drama, which stars the likes of Joe Cole and Sope Dirisu, is now on a ten-day break from filming because of the positive case

The actor explained he was interested to see how Eddie was following in the footsteps of his dad Barry Hearn, who was a major figure in British boxing in the 80s and 90s.

He explained: ‘I was quite interested in Barry Hearn’s son Eddie.

‘They’re not gangsters but you get a definite sense of him trying to step out of his father’s shadow and I find those kind of people fascinating. In most storytelling in the gangster genre the son grows up to be his father, and that’s the case in [‘Gangs of London’] but I think Sean is conflicted.’

It was in June last year that the immensely popular crime drama had been recommissioned for a second series.

The show was one of Sky’s most successful scripted series when it aired in 2020, and will be back on screens in 2022.

Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content Zai Bennett said: ‘Not only is Gangs of London Sky’s most binged premiere box-set this year, it’s the biggest original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years.

Unfortunate: Sky explained that only the people who have been in close contact with the individual have been asked to self-isolate

Unfortunate: Sky explained that only the people who have been in close contact with the individual have been asked to self-isolate

‘It’s dark, dangerous and we are thrilled it is coming back for a second series. Will the Wallace family rise again, will the Dumanis remain loyal to their new allies and who is Elliot really working for?

‘All these questions and more will be waiting for Sky viewers when Gangs of London returns to screens in 2022.’ 

Likened to Peaky Blinders but with a modern twist, the series shocked viewers with its gory and gritty scenes, but was hailed a runaway hit.

It’s premiere episode was the most-watched Sky Original drama on Sky Atlantic in the past five years, and garnered am audience of 2.23m viewers during its first week alone.

The show follows London’s most powerful criminal family, whose big boss is assassinated.

The show stars the likes of Colm Meaney, Joe Cole, Lucian Msamati and Sope Dirisu and Endeavor Content brokered the deal with AMC. 

Gritty! It's premiere episode was the most-watched Sky Original drama on Sky Atlantic in the past five years, and garnered am audience of 2.23m viewers during its first week alone

Gritty! It’s premiere episode was the most-watched Sky Original drama on Sky Atlantic in the past five years, and garnered am audience of 2.23m viewers during its first week alone

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