Updated: Nov 10, 2020
Last week, the UK Government announced that a second England-wide lockdown would commence starting November 5th and this news made quite a few people nervous. We've had a number of people reach out to us expressing their concern for the production of The Nevers and asking if another shutdown could spell the end of the series. These worries were compounded by unconfirmed reports that production on The Wheel of Time might not resume until April 2021 due to the fact that a large portion of the production is filmed in the Czech Republic - one of the European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus.
We're happy to report that production on The Nevers will continue during lockdown. As set out in a recently broadcast press conference as well as on GOV.UK, the Government has announced that workers "who cannot work from home should go to their place of work".
This second lockdown affects the closure of:
all non-essential retail
personal care facilities
Oliver Downden, the Secretary of State for DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) also confirmed that TV and Film production will continue while adhering to safety protocols. Confirming last Saturday via Twitter Downden said: "The changes mean people should WFH [Work From Home] where possible. But where this is not possible, travel to a place of work will be permitted - e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors, film & tv production, telecoms workers..."
Chief Executive of the British Film Commission Adrian Wootton expressed his relief, saying: “Despite the extraordinary and difficult circumstances surrounding this second national lockdown, it’s a great relief to see confirmation from the Culture Secretary that we have Government’s support to continue Film and TV Production in the UK during lockdown, so long as productions are safely working within the extremely rigorous and comprehensive COVID safety guidance prepared by the British Film Commission, developed in liaison with Government and industry.” Film and television production is also permitted under current restrictions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The Nevers has been quietly filming away, finishing the last five of it's ten episode count for season one following a six month break in production due to the first country-wide lockdown. Various cast members have taken to social media to share "going back to work" posts. They've even been doing publicity for The Nevers which will be released publicly at a later date.
So, filming on season one of The Nevers continues and assuming that each episode takes approximately two weeks to shoot, filming is likely to wrap by the end of this month. And it does seem that they're nearing completion. Yesterday, Amy Manson shared via an Instagram Story that she had wrapped on The Nevers: "And to my @hbo family, thank you wholeheartedly for the inclusive care you have given cast and crew from day one. THAT'S A WRAP...FOR NOW...ON THE NEVERS...Roll on 2021."
It's also worth mentioning that Tom Riley and Nick Frost are both currently in Los Angeles; Joss is expected to return to L.A. this month and Jane Espenson (co-executive producer on the series) is also back in L.A. after being over in London for the filming of The Nevers. One could surmise that Joss & Co. are returning to Los Angeles to continue post production or possibly for the filming of additional VFX/SFX. Either way, we're nearing the end of a very long journey and I, for one, am very excited for what comes next!