In very disappointing news for Seven, TV Tonight can reveal reality series SAS: Who Dares Wins has stopped production in New Zealand.
A Seven spokesperson confirmed, “Seven and Screentime advised today that as a result of the continually evolving situation with COVID-19, production of SAS: Australia has been suspended until further notice.”
The series, based on the UK action contest, put through a gruelling two week training course led by Chief Instructor Ant Middleton (pictured).
The celebrities include Jackson Warne, son of Shane Warne, former ironwoman Candice Warner, former Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson, Olympian Jana Pittman and swimmer Shayna Jack.
It was hoped that being on the ground in NZ before the country’s 14 day isolation ban was announced that it would finish shooting.
Now the stars and crew will face a 14 day isolation when they return to Australia.
But the shutdown comes rather embarrassingly for Middleton, who had taken to Instagram with a video declaring “‘COVID-19 doesn’t affect me. So the experts, thank you for advice, but it’s not needed for me.”
The shutdown for Seven comes on top of the closure of Holey Moley, Back to the Rafters, delays to Australia’s Got Talent, and an unclear future for AFL and the Olympics.