A Place In The Sun host struck down with illness days into filming abroad ‘It’s terrible’

A Place In The Sun host struck down with illness days into filming abroad ‘It’s terrible’

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Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, A Place In The Sun host Ben Hillman said he was forced to take half a day off filming for the show due to suffering with food poisoning. The presenter has been filming in Portugal for new episodes of the programme.

It threw everything up into the air.

Ben Hillman

He said: “It’s been a bit of a topsy-turvy filming week.

“I came down with food poisoning midway through shooting, Oh my god, it threw everything up into the air.

“So, it’s just been the most upside down topsy-turvy week. I kind of don’t know where I’m at at the moment.”

Ben went on to say he is unsure where he got food poisoning from because he and the crew had “eaten similar things”.

“It’s the first time I’ve experienced it and I was like yeah, that’s not good. It’s terrible,” he added.

On whether it affected the show’s filming schedule, he added: “So, I managed to have half a day off and then we needed to get the job done, so I had to go back to filming.

“It all worked out in the end, I’m fine now.”

Being a trooper, Ben said he threw himself back into work and put on a smile for the cameras.

He added: “I’ve filmed this when I’ve been really ill before and stuff, not really ill but like come down with a really bad cold and all that kind of stuff, when you just feel absolutely rotten.

“You pick yourself up and get on with it!

“You can feel really bad, but as soon as the camera starts rolling you put on a big old smile.

“Fortunately, it was through the night so the worst happened through the night.”

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Presenters began re-filming for the show back in July, when lockdown measures were eased.

As expected, safety precautions have been put in place in line with the Government’s coronavirus pandemic advice.

Despite this, the property expert said the show is still “as good as it’s ever been”.

He explained: “We’re wearing masks when we’re not filming and what have you, but it feels as good as it’s ever been.

“I don’t think we’ve had to compromise and sacrifice on the quality of the show, which is fabulous, it’s really amazing.

“But, obviously we do take all the precautions we need to take, but I don’t think people even notice when it comes on the tele.

“Obviously, we keep our social distance when we’re filming, I’m just a little bit further away from the house hunters when we’re going into the rooms and set ups.

“We’re sort of reducing the number of set ups we’re doing in the houses.”

“I don’t think you do [notice] because we can cheat angles on camera, so even though I’m standing away from them when you’re filming from a certain angle it makes us look closer and there’s all that kind of stuff,” he added. “It works quite well.”

A Place In The Sun continues today at 3pm on Channel 4.

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