Dancing on Ice: Phillip Schofield gives behind the scenes look at new series from social distancing to perspex screens

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Dancing On Ice is set to go ahead this year, and while fans of the ITV show are over the moon that it is returning to our screens, the show will be filmed very differently.

Amid the current lockdown rules, the show is set to have strict safety guidelines, with Phillip Schofield teasing a socially distanced behind the scenes clip ahead of Sunday’s launch show.

From face masks to perspex screens, we take a look at how the show will be filmed this year…

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Masks

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were clearly excited for the launch of the new series of Dancing on Ice on Sunday 17 January.

The TV besties and presenting duo snapped and shared selfies of themselves making their way to the Dancing on Ice studios before filming kicks off.

Holly, 39, looked stunning on the photograph she shared on her Instagram story.

In the image, the blonde star is wearing a black face covering over her nose and mouth. But, her stunning beauty still shines through as she looked at the camera with her piercing eyes.

Meanwhile her DOI co-host Phillip, 58, shared a matching selfie of himself sitting in a car and making his way to the Dancing on Ice studios.

Social distancing

While Holly and Phil are used to following social distancing measures on This Morning, the duo couldn’t believe quite how far apart they were placed in rehearsals.

Taking to Instagram ahead of the show, Phil shared a clip in which they’re seen rehearsing their lines, telling viewers: “We are finally reunited – well, we're a long way apart – but we are in the Dancing On Ice studio.

"We're all here, and it looks like this."

Phil later joked: "This is so weird, we are so far apart. Where even is she?"

Perspex screens

Phil then panned over to judges Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo, who are all divided by perspex screens.

“There's the incredibly lovely judges," Phil said, "and they're all in their own little perspex compartments."

John Barrowman is then heard shouting from his new booth: "It's the Titanic!"

"For the first time ever I feel like John Barrowman is in a safe place," Phil quipped, "Locked in!"

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It was previously feared the show wouldn’t go ahead amid the ongoing lockdown rules, however ITV later confirmed the start date and judges that would be returning.

A source told The Sun: “Everyone is worried to be honest. "They can't practise and the celebs are nowhere near the standard they usually are.

"There's people scrambling around backstage with no real idea how it's going to come together. It's a bit of a mess!"

Despite this, rules have been put in place to manage the celebrities and their partners during filming.

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