Jason Manford was told to self-isolate by NHS as he was preparing to film Unbeatable

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 April 2021
Jason Manford

Jason Manford

Jason Manford has told how he was in the make-up chair on the set of his new gameshow 'Unbeatable' preparing to film four episodes when he was told to self-isolate immediately, after the NHS Test and Trace app showed he'd come into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus

Filming on Jason Manford's gameshow 'Unbeatable' was thrown into chaos when he was told to self-isolate.

The 39-year-old comedian was sat in the make-up chair ahead of shooting four episodes of the BBC series when he received a phone call telling him to isolate immediately, after the NHS Test and Trace app showed he had come into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

He said: "I got track and traced. I’m one of the few people in the country who’ve downloaded the ‘grass yourself up’ app, and it’s somebody that I’ve been in contact with the weekend before last.

"In the middle of the week I get a phone call. I’m already in the make-up chair. I’m just about to go and record four episodes of this new show Unbeatable.

"We’re 20 episodes in of 50. There’s 60 people on set waiting – contestants have flown up from all over the country.

"There’s this phone call, 'You’ve been track and traced, you need to isolate for the next ten days.' I was like, 'What, can I just do a test?’ It was, 'No.' "

Jason admitted he considered for "a second" not telling the producers about the call, before admitting he needed to isolate for 10 days.

He added to The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "There was a second where I just thought, 'Should I just keep my mouth shut.' Then I thought, 'What a hypocrite Jason you would be if you did that.'

"I’ve been giving it out for the last year about people not being responsible.

"I felt an incredible amount of pressure on my shoulders about telling this multi-million pound production, 'You can’t film for 10 days.' "

Jason was tested every day afterwards and was "fine".

He spent his 10 days playing football management simulation game 'Football Manager', and admitted he "quite enjoyed" having some time to himself.

Jason recently admitted he is looking forward to hosting the new daytime quiz show, which sees four contestants battling it out to give the best answers to a series of questions.

He said: "I know how important daytime quizzes are for a lot of people. I used to sit with my Nana Manford and mum watching them.

"They keep the brain going, they’re a chuckle and I’m really looking forward to being a part of this exciting new one.

"The great thing about 'Unbeatable' is you don’t even need to know the actual answer to appear clever.

"I feel like this is the quiz show I’ve been waiting for my whole life."

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