Sky Steps Up Scripted Production From Next Month; ‘Britannia,’ ‘Temple’ & ‘Breeders’ To Restart

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EXCLUSIVE: Comcast’s European pay-TV broadcaster Sky is aiming to get back into scripted production in a big way from August, with a number of its high-profile British shows under starters’ orders to get shooting again.

After War Of The Worlds became the first UK drama series to go into production during the pandemic this week, industry chatter around restarts is intensifying, and Sky is said to be among those leading the charge.

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Deadline has heard of at least five shows that are close to getting cameras rolling again over the coming weeks. August could see the return of Britannia, Temple, Breeders and Code 404. Other shows will start coming back online from September, including A Discovery Of Witches.

Of the August crop, Britannia is a full-blooded restart after Season 3 was forced to shut down

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Credit card spending fell 50% in first month of lockdown

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Credit card spending in April dropped by 50% to £8.7bn. Photo: Getty
Credit card spending in April dropped by 50% to £8.7bn. Photo: Getty

Credit card spending in April dropped by 50% to £8.7bn ($11bn), compared with April 2019, new data from UK Finance reveals.

The number of credit card transactions by UK cardholders also saw a notable fall of 46% to 163 million, the lowest level in over nine years, as borrowers cut down on credit card spending as the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.

Outstanding balances on credit cards fell by £4.7bn in April, the largest monthly drop in over a decade, and more than double the £3.1bn fall in outstanding balances in March, as many consumers chose to make repayments rather than spend on their credit cards.

Spending on debit cards, however, remained strong in April, with the total value of transactions increasing by 0.9% to £51.8bn. This is despite the number of debit card transactions falling by 5.1%

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