It is reported that the professional dancers on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing are facing a six-week lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 so that the new series can go ahead.

The Sun claims the lockdown will last into September, and that the professional dancers will live and rehearse at a London hotel. It says the pro dancers will film their group routines at Strictly's base at Elstree Studios outside London before the series returns to screens.

"These are unprecedented times," an unnamed source told the tabloid. "The crew and dancers are still reeling at being told how extreme the measures have to be. They've left one lockdown for another. They've got girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands, children and pets - it's not going to be easy being separated for that length of time."

"Nevertheless, they love the show and are determined to bring it back to our screens," they added.

The new series of Strictly is due to begin on October 24 - a month later than usual. It is reported that the series will run for nine weeks rather than the usual 13 because of Covid-19. The celebrity line-up has yet to be announced. 

A BBC spokesperson said: "Getting production up and running safely is our priority."

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