This Morning 's Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield had cameras fitted in their homes in preparation for a 'worst case' scenario during the pandemic.

According to the show's editor Martin Frizell, the television duo, as well as Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were ready to present from home should they be unable to make it to the ITV studios.

Although the show was allowed to continue during the height of the pandemic, Martin explained there had been several test runs across the team to see if they could get a show produced while all working from separate homes.

Speaking on the Media Masters podcast, the television editor recalled the forward planning that the cast and crew had faced.

"We went to the point... if somehow we were going to be stopped from getting to the building, we put cameras into their homes.

This Morning's Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have continued to present from the ITV studios

"So, Holly had a camera in her home as did Phillip, and Eamonn and Ruth had a camera too. They also rehearsed."

Martin explained that the cast did a number of test runs at getting stuff on air should they have been forced to work at home during the pandemic.

"So we did a few dummy runs along with GMB and it worked, it wasn't fantastically perfect but we still would get a programme out there. So we were determined, if anything, to get it out."

Martin revealed in a recent podcast that lots of safety measures have been put in place

He also detailed a list of safety measures that have since been put into place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As well as having 80% of the This Morning team work from home, the number of cameras used in the filming have also been cut from five to three.

Martin, who is married to Fiona Phillips, also spoke of the changes that Holly and Phillip have adjusted to in order to continue working safely.

The ITV editor is married to television star Fiona Phillips

"Phillip and Holly do their own makeup, their own hair. I've seen Holly in her wardrobe - which is empty now - steaming her own dress, and they drive themselves to work," Martin explained.

"So they're just cutting down as much contact with anyone. They put their own microphones on, so we're making it as safe as we can."

Martin sees the ITV show as an 'essential service', arguing: "We're the comfort blanket of the nation."

He also revealed how the team had been brought together thanks to their hard work during the difficult time.

Holly and Phillip had cameras installed at home
This Morning's Eamonn and Ruth were also given a camera just in case they had to film at home

"We have, I felt, certainly played a very good service in terms of getting people through this, but also given them a bit of light relief," he added.

Like many in the television industry, This Morning has faced difficult hurdles in regards to adjusting in the pandemic world.

However, This Morning's presenters have continued to offer a window of hope and lightheartedness during the lockdown.

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