Czech TV to Show Virus Lockdown Sitcom

Czech Television said Monday it was planning to shoot a “Love in the Time of Corona” sitcom on the spread of the novel coronavirus and screen it by the end of April.

“One house, three generations and a global pandemic,” reads the trailer for the six-episode series on the public broadcaster’s website.

The show, an apparent paraphrase of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel “Love in the Time of Cholera”, will be filmed in a Prague block of flats from April 14 and screened from April 27.

Photo: Česká televize

The characters are a teenager whose parents are locked down abroad, an old man who has to live on his own with his wife stuck outside their city and a young married couple whose relationship is put to an isolation test, Czech TV said.

It called on viewers to send in anecdotes related to quarantine as the authors have the script only for the opening episode.

“We only have one screenplay and we’ll definitely need help,” said producer Tomas Baldynsky.

To comply with stringent security measures, the series will be recorded on robotic cameras and only the actors will be present on the site.

The Czech Republic, which had declared 4,591 cases of the virus and 72 deaths by Monday morning, closed its borders last month as well as most shops and all pubs, cinemas, theaters and museums to combat the disease.

It has also ordered all citizens to wear a face mask outside their homes and banned meetings of more than two people with the exception of families, workplaces and funerals.

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