A recent article by Screen Daily revealed that the UK film and television industry could soon resume work, which would be fantastic news for Tom Riley fans. The Nevers, created by Joss Whedon, shut down production in March 2020 probably about half way through shooting the 10 episode series. Episode 1 filmed last summer, finishing at the end of August. The shoot restarted on the rest of the series in January 2020. Tom Riley plays Augustus Bidlow in the sci-fi drama series which HBO plans to release in 2021.
Film and television production in the UK are permitted to restart providing all involved abide by social distancing guidelines, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed to Screen. The change comes as part of the government’s latest guidelines for the coronavirus pandemic, which include the instruction “All workers who cannot work from home should travel to work if their workplace is open.”
Workplaces that do reopen – including screen productions – should “ensure employees can maintain a two-metre distance from others, and wash their hands regularly”, according to the Covid-19 guidelines on the government’s website.
The Telegraph (sorry) has shared an interesting video looking at how film and television shoots could adapt in the current covid-19 pandemic. Another event which could hopefully offer a ray of light to fans of The Nevers and Tom Riley is San Diego Comic Con. The organisers have announced that it will go ahead online, and it would be worth keeping an eye out on the SDCC website in case a teaser for The Nevers is launched. SDCC should have run from 23rd July 2020 before it was cancelled.
The photo above of Tom Riley and Lizzy Caplan was recently shared on Instagram by photographer Faye Thomas. During lockdown, Lizzy has participated in a couple of interviews, including a hilarious one with Conan. Tom even gets a mention.