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Britain’s biggest TV shows are at risk as Elstree Studios suffers a deadly asbestos outbreak

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Britain’s biggest TV shows put in jeopardy as Elstree Studios where The Crown was filmed suffers deadly asbestos outbreak

  • Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to several dangerous lung diseases – including cancer – and the mineral is considered a serious health risk
  • According to The Sun, the fibers were found in the antiquated building in north-west London where The Crown and Strictly are produced, among others.
  • The health and safety issue means the shows’ filming schedules could be thrown into chaos until the studios are back to work
  • An Elstree Studios spokesperson said: ‘As a precautionary measure, we are organizing asbestos checks in some areas of Elstree Film Studios to ensure they meet health and safety standards’

Deadly asbestos has reportedly been found at Elstree Studios, which make some of Britain’s most popular TV shows.

Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to several dangerous lung diseases – including cancer – and the mineral is considered a serious health risk.

According to The sunare the fibers found in the outdated building in north-west London where, among other things, The Crown is produced.

Health scares: Deadly asbestos has reportedly been found at Elstree Studios, where some of Britain’s hottest TV shows are made

The health and safety issue means the shows’ filming schedules could be thrown into chaos until the studios are back to work.

An Elstree Studios spokesperson said: ‘As a precautionary measure, we are organizing asbestos checks in some areas of Elstree Film Studios to ensure they meet health and safety standards.

“Our activities will resume once the investigations and any repairs are completed.”

The filming of Strictly Come Dancing will reportedly not be delayed as it is filming in a different part of Elstree Studios.

An Elstree Studios spokesperson said: 'As a precautionary measure, we are organizing asbestos checks in some areas of Elstree Film Studios to ensure they meet health and safety standards' (Imelda Staunton pictured in The Crown)

An Elstree Studios spokesperson said: ‘As a precautionary measure, we are organizing asbestos checks in some areas of Elstree Film Studios to ensure they meet health and safety standards’ (Imelda Staunton pictured in The Crown)

Producers of The Crown would just continue filming until Elstree tells them otherwise.

A Netflix spokesperson said: “The Crown is not filming in the affected areas and production is continuing as planned. We are awaiting further information from Elstree regarding any repairs.’

Other shows filmed at Elstree Studios include A League Of Their Own, The Chase, and Pointless.

Production: Other shows filmed at Elstree Studios include A League Of Their Own, The Chase and Pointless (The Chase host Bradley Walsh pictured)

Production: Other shows filmed at Elstree Studios include A League Of Their Own, The Chase and Pointless (The Chase host Bradley Walsh pictured)

On Friday, The Crown bosses confirmed that they were temporarily halting filming out of respect after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death, but they have quickly returned to work on the show after only suspending production for one day.

Undoubtedly, The Crown sticks to a strict filming schedule to ensure its sixth and final series is released on time by Netflix, having been pushed back by a daylong hiatus following The Queen’s passing.

Elizabeth Debicki, who takes on the role of Princess Dian, was seen on Tuesday filming one of the late royals’ last public appearances, when she visited the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.

Break: On Friday, The Crown bosses confirmed they were temporarily suspending shooting as a sign of respect after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen's death (Elizabeth Debicki pictured)

Break: On Friday, The Crown bosses confirmed they were temporarily suspending filming as a sign of respect after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death (Elizabeth Debicki pictured)

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