BBC announces entertainment programming amid coronavirus pandemic

BBC announces entertainment programming amid coronavirus pandemic

BBC is filming new weekly episodes of ‘The Graham Norton Show’, ‘The Mash Report’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’.
The broadcaster has announced a range of programmes to bring the nation together and provide entertainment to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Graham Norton’s chat show will air throughout the crisis, alongside the two current events programmes to "keep the finger on the pulse" as events unfold.
Director-General Tony Hall said: "The BBC is determined to do all it can to raise a smile and keep the country entertained during these testing times. We have lots of great shows already recorded, but we have also found ways to keep many other shows going so that the familiar faces people love will still be in their living rooms in the weeks and months ahead.
"I think that is incredibly important. The BBC will also deliver a range of virtual events to replace some of those that have now had to be cancelled.
"We can all still have a Eurovision moment, even if it is different from the past. Our pledge is offer the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs."
While ‘Eurovision’ and Glastonbury Festival have been cancelled along with Euro 2020, the Beeb has promised to fill the gap and Peter Crouch is set to ‘Save Our Summer’ with a new show.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone will be back on air, with the upcoming schedule will also include ‘The Kemps’, Rylan Clark-Neal’s ‘You Are What You Wear’, plus shows new series such as ‘Your Home Made Perfect’ and ‘Sewing Bee’.
Elsewhere, Saturday nights will see the return of comedies ‘Gavin and Stacey’ and ‘Outnumbered’ on BBC One – with more to come – while BBC Two will broadcast programmes like ‘Alma’s Not Normal’, ‘There She Goes’ and ‘The Other One’.
Meanwhile, new dramas include ‘Killing Eve’, ‘Normal People’, ‘The Luminaries’ and ‘Between The Lines’, plus classic drama adaptations of ‘King Lear’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Pride And Prejudice’, ‘An Inspector Calls’ and more.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, commented: "Bringing the nation together to be entertained is a vital public service. Throughout this crisis we will respond to the mood of the nation and provide programmes to help us escape and laugh; and create memorable events which we can all enjoy from home to replace those we’re going to be missing this summer."