While the UK had not yet introduced social distancing measures before last week's show, this week's show 'Saturday Night Takeaway' went to air - albeit without a live studio audience.
Given how much of the show is based around interaction with the audience, Ant & Dec did what they could to make the show without it and had their crew stand in for applause moments and the like. This week's show had much of the same moments, including an excellent 'Undercover' segment with Bradley Walsh that reportedly took three years to pull off.
However, the show's official Twitter account confirmed what most people suspected already - that the series will not be live for the remainder, and that last night's show was the last in front of an audience, or rather, not an audience at all.
Here's the tweet itself.
Thank you all for joining us tonight! Sadly that was our final live show of the series. We hope it sparked some joy when we all need it most. 💙 We'll be back next week with something a bit different. Stay safe everyone! #SaturdayNightTakeaway pic.twitter.com/nzhtA6MGAi
— Saturday Night Takeaway (@itvtakeaway) March 21, 2020
Of course, the efforts by the crew and the hosts themselves didn't go unnoticed by people watching at home, with the show's account and Ant & Dec's account flooded with well-wishers and thank yous for their efforts.
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) March 21, 2020
Thankyou from one tired emergency nurse wh o laughed like a drain at the antics, happy hour very precious , thankyou for that #happy times
— mariska hemens (@sparkleyfrog) March 21, 2020
Wow! Overwhelmed by your lovely messages tonight. It was a privilege to be on air this evening.
Stay safe everyone.
Much love to you all. ♥️
— antanddec (@antanddec) March 21, 2020