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COVID-19: Midsomer Murders and Pointless among shows getting government funding to restart production

Written by on 15 March 2021

Midsomer Murders and Pointless are among the projects receiving government support as part of a scheme to restart TV productions in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The shows are being funded by the £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme, which will support a total of 230 productions.

The government scheme, which was extended for a further six months in the budget, provides help for productions struggling to secure insurance related to COVID-19 pandemic.

Shows that begin filming before the end of October can submit claims for compensation for pandemic-related losses, including cast and crew illness, before March 2022.

It is hoped the scheme will support about 20,000 jobs over the next year as productions begin to stabilise as lockdown is eased.

As well as whodunnit Midsomer Murders and quiz Pointless, shows like cooking competition Ready, Steady, Cook, reality show Celebs Go Dating and Sky drama Breeders will also get government cash.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our Restart Scheme has already helped the UK’s world class film and TV sector bounce back strongly, with studio business booming, filling film studios and helping generate more than a billion pounds in production spend.

“Now we’re standing by it for another six months, supporting tens of thousands more jobs and many more box sets and box office hits.”

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our world-leading film and TV industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and is a significant driver of economic activity.

“As part of our plan for jobs, we extended the Restart Scheme to continue giving productions the confidence they need to keep shooting, and it’s great to see so many are benefitting from it.”