Noel Clarke and Catherine Tyldesley
ITV police drama Viewpoint ‘suspends filming after positive coronavirus test’ (Picture: Getty)

ITV is said to have suspended filming for its new police drama Viewpoint after someone tested positive for coronavirus on set.

The show stars the likes of Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley as well as the leading man, Noel Clarke, who were recently spotted filming in the streets of Manchester.

The duo will also be joined by The Model’s Dominic Allburn, Sanditon’s Alexandra Roach, The Fall’s Bronagh Waugh and Poldark’s Phil Davis.

It remains unclear whether or not it’s a cast or crew member who has tested positive.

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‘We can confirm there was a positive test for coronavirus on Viewpoint which resulted in a very short suspension of filming,’ a spokesperson for the show told the Mail Online.

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‘There are specific protocols in place for this eventuality which have been implemented and, as a result, filming has recommenced.’

Alexandra Roach
Alexandra Roach will also star in the mini-series (Picture: Getty Images)

The show is the first ITV drama to begin filming since all UK production went into lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Lucy Bedford will executive produce while Fleabag’s Harry Bradbeer and Manhunt’s Ed Whitmore have co-written the five-part series.

Bedford said in a statement: ‘Harry and Ed have crafted a compelling, tense, claustrophobic thriller that turns the spotlight on the observer rather than the observed.  

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Viewpoint is written by Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer (Picture: BBC)

‘With the incredible Noel Clarke and Alexandra Roach leading the cast, we are extremely excited to be back in production.’

The official synopsis reads: ‘The gripping drama follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tight knit Manchester community and explores whether it is ever possible to observe the lives of others with true objectivity and zero effect.’

Clarke has been cast as the surveillance detective, DC Martin King, who sets up his observation post in the home of single mum Zoe Sterling (Roach).

Here, he can keep a close watch the home of missing teacher Gemma Hillman (Amy Wren) where she lives with her boyfriend and prime suspect Greg Sullivan (Fehinti Balogun).

Metro.co.uk has reached out to ITV for further comment.

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