Phillip Schofield grimaces as he gets Covid test to film Christmas special of How To Spend It Well

PHILLIP Schofield was left grimacing as he filmed his coronavirus test before shooting the latest installment of How To Spend It Well At Christmas.

The show sees the 58-year-old offering the essential guide on what gifts and gadgets to buy this festive season – and how to get the most from your money for all the other trimmings such as food, decorations and toys.

However with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, TV and film sets are taking the upmost precautions to shoot with all carrying out Covid tests with their cast and crew.

Abiding by the guidelines, Phil undertook a test ahead of his How To Spend It Well At Christmas shoot and shared the experience on his Instagram Stories yesterday.

The ITV presenter was clad in a black padded jacket as he spoke to his followers before the test began and said: "Get ready".

Phil then grimaced in the clip he captioned, "Keeping #Howtospendit safe" as a health professional carried out the first step – swabbing his throat.


After the first step was quickly complete, the This Morning star said: "That's horrible" before the healthcare worker started the second part of the test.

As she placed a swab up his nostril, Phil's eyes began to water and he started to cough as the health professional then swabbed his second nostril.

The TV star cheekily captioned the final clip: "All for a festive show. Merry fecking Christmas".

In March, Phil's travel show How To Spend It Well On Holiday was pulled from ITV's schedules as the coronavirus threw global travel into chaos.

The channel admitted it had postponed the programme, which was due to start on March 5 – but replaced it with another travel show starring Griff Rhys Jones.

ITV told The Sun Online at the time: "To reflect the latest situation on travelling abroad at this time, this series has been postponed for now and will be screened later in the year."

Phillip had been set to team up with a new host Lucy Verasamy, who is best known for fronting the weather.

The series was supposed to begin with a prime 8.30pm slot – straight after Emmerdale – with the pair travelling to the Mediterranean.


However, with cases of the coronavirus soaring, the show was suspended at the last minute.

In its place was Griff's Great Australian Adventure, which sees the It'll Be Alright On The Night host journeying from Perth to Kalgoorlie.

The new show was announced by 39-year-old Lucy in January, with the Good Morning Britain and ITV Racing weather presenter posting pictures of her with Phillip.

She wrote: "Fun Friday filming in the weather studio with @schofe : all will be revealed in the spring."

Elsewhere, Phil released his autobiography Life's What You Make It yesterday.

The star's new book is currently causing shockwaves as he details drugs and wild nights out as well as the moment he proposed to wife Steph naked.

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