Ant and Dec BGT Credit: ITV

Britain’s Got Talent start date announced by ITV

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ITV has announced the new series of Britain’s Got Talent will start in just under two weeks.

It was recently revealed that auditions would broadcast in the next few weeks however, the live shows will be postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, ITV has confirmed the new series will start on Saturday, April 11.

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ITV tweeted on Wednesday, April 1: “Confirmed: Britain’s Got Talent returns Saturday 11 April at 8pm on ITV #bgt @antanddec.”

The talent show – which is hosted by Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly – recently said the live programmes will broadcast “later in the year”.

ITV’s full statement

ITV said in a statement: “The Britain’s Got Talent audition shows are due to be broadcast in the next few weeks as planned.”

The show has been “working with brilliant production teams” to find a way of “making the live finals work”, which were due to broadcast at the end of May.

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The new series of Britain’s Got Talent starts on April 11 (Credit: ITV)

“However, in light of the latest government health guidelines, production of the live shows cannot go ahead as planned.”

The statement concluded that the live finals will therefore broadcast “later in the year”.

There have been huge changes to the TV schedules after Prime Minister Boris Johnson enforced a three-week lockdown in the UK.

Last month, Ant and Dec hosted their show Saturday Night Takeaway without a studio audience.

Meanwhile, last weekend’s show saw the pair host separately from their houses.

Daytime shows Lorraine and Loose Women have been pulled from the ITV schedule.

Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway - Credit: ITV
Ant and Dec hosted Saturday Night Takeaway from their homes (Credit: ITV)

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Good Morning Britain now airs from 6am to 10am, with Lorraine Kelly joining from 9am.

Meanwhile, This Morning – hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield – airs from 10am to 12:30pm before a repeat episode of Loose Women follows.

Elsewhere, there’s been changes to the soaps.

Emmerdale is airing half an hour episodes at 7pm Monday to Friday on ITV

Coronation Street has cut episodes from six a week to three and EastEnders has cut episodes down to two a week.

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