EXCLUSIVE: The BBC and Twenty Twenty, owned by Warner Bros., have postponed production of David Olusoga’s hit historic series A house through time as the UK remains grappling with the coronavirus crisis.
Deadline learns that Season 4 was set to film in Leeds earlier this year, but has been put on hold until spring at the earliest, when the country is expected to emerge from a potentially months-long lockdown.
A house through time uses a single house as a time machine to examine British history. Olusoga traces the former residents of the house in the history books and tells their stories.
By its very nature, Olusoga needs to enter the property to help bring the story to life. This would be very difficult to achieve under confinement conditions and could pose a risk to the safety of current residents.
A BBC spokeswoman said: “Production has been postponed on the series and will resume as soon as possible within filming guidelines during the coronavirus.”
Season 3 premiered last May and since then Olusoga has made headlines in the back of his mind-blowing MacTaggart talk at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
Olusoga spoke about his own experiences of racism and inequality in the television industry, admitting that he sees himself as a “survivor” rather than an achievement.
He said, “I was so overwhelmed by my experiences, so isolated and helpless by the culture that exists in our industry, that I had to seek medical treatment for clinical depression. I almost quit this industry several times. And I know a lot of black and brunette people who have similar stories to tell.
A house through time is produced by Mary Crisp for Twenty Twenty.