love island. Photo: Pinterest
love island. Photo: Pinterest

Love Island will return to screens this summer, nearly 18 months since it was last on air, ITV has confirmed.

However, the broadcaster has not announced any further details, such as the location of the villa.

Previous summer series have taken place in Mallorca, but reports this week suggested ITV had identified the island of Jersey as a possible back-up.

The channel has also announced a slate of new dramas and entertainment shows which will air in the coming months.

Earlier this year, ITV's CEO Dame Carolyn McCall said they were "looking at all options" to bring Love Island back.

She told the BBC's Amol Rajan: "We will want to put Love Island on air because it's been off air for a little while, we didn't do it last summer. We're looking at all our options at the moment because the pandemic makes that hard."

Love Island will return to screens this summer, nearly 18 months since it was last on air, ITV has confirmed.

However, the broadcaster has not announced any further details, such as the location of the villa.

Previous summer series have taken place in Mallorca, but reports this week suggested ITV had identified the island of Jersey as a possible back-up.

The channel has also announced a slate of new dramas and entertainment shows which will air in the coming months.

Earlier this year, ITV's CEO Dame Carolyn McCall said they were "looking at all options" to bring Love Island back.

She told the BBC's Amol Rajan: "We will want to put Love Island on air because it's been off air for a little while, we didn't do it last summer. We're looking at all our options at the moment because the pandemic makes that hard."

Laura Whitmore will likely return to hosting duties, after she previously stood in for former presenter Caroline Flack, who died last February.

It's unclear how the show would operate if social distancing measures remain in place by this summer.

However, it's likely that Covid-19 restrictions will be significantly reduced by then, in light of the government's four-step plan to ease most lockdown rules by June, and the continued success of the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

Story by BBC