'Britain's Got Talent's Christmas special has suspended production work due to a coronavirus outbreak on set.

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon

At least three members of the show's crew have tested positive for the illness prior to the first day of filming, meaning that all production work has been put on hold for the time being.

A source said: "It’s the last thing 'Britain’s Got Talent' bosses would have wanted on day one of the new production.

"Everything was ready to go so they’re gutted it’s immediately ground to a halt. Everyone was told to stay away and those involved now must self-isolate.

"They can take no chances, particularly with some of the returning winners potentially vulnerable."

The Christmas special is set to see the return of some of the most-loved stars in the show's history, but the crew have been told not to turn up to work following the coronavirus outbreak on set.

A spokeswoman for the ITV show - which stars Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon - has confirmed that filming has been paused and that everyone connected to the programme is following the government's coronavirus protocols.

She told The Sun newspaper: "As a result of a positive Covid-19 result received yesterday we have implemented our protocols and a number of crew members are self-isolating at home.

"As a result, we are unable to continue filming our 'BGT Christmas Special' today and have taken the decision to postpone.

"The safety of all those involved in the show is our number one priority and we follow extensive Covid-19 related procedures to adhere to all government guidelines."