Love Island ‘could be in Devon or Cornwall’ as Covid threatens travel plans
Love Island 2021 may have a different look to the show and be filmed at home, reports claim.
Cornwall or Devon could be used for the next series of the dating show, writes The Sun, if the Covid pandemic threatens travel plans to paradise overseas,
The usual Mallorca location may be impossible with travel restrictions and quarantine rules.
A TV insider told the paper: "Love Island is a huge franchise for the channel.
"As well as bringing in loads of much-needed younger viewers it’s a cash cow.
"But, as a precautionary measure, producers have looked at several UK sites to hold the series, so if travel restrictions remain strict they have a back-up plan.
"Cornwall has been optioned, as well as Torquay, the Isles of Scilly and even Barry Island, where Gavin and Stacey was filmed.
"ITV bosses are also worried about a fan backlash against the show if contestants are allowed to go away claiming work reasons but the rest of the country is still stuck at home.
"Of course, there are obvious weather restrictions with a UK location — and viewers will see a lot less skin."
ITV declined to comment when contacted by The Mirror.
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The show, which has given fans iconic moments in British TV history, usually films for two months in Mallorca.
The programme had the first winter edition early last year but the summer series proved impossible due to coronavirus.
ITV's Director of Television, Kevin Lygo, said at the time: "Logistically it's just not possible to produce it."
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Love Island began in 2015 and has aired six series in that time.
Reports suggest it'll follow I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! which was filmed in a Welsh castle late last year.
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ITV has been contacted by the Daily Star.
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