Amazon Prime Video have announced that Peppa Pig will be free to stream during the coronavirus pandemic.
After school closures were announced by the UK government to help tackle the spread of coronavirus, the streaming service has decided to make a selection of its family friendly content available to users for free.
Children’s favourite Peppa Pig is now free to stream on Amazon Prime Video, along with In The Night Garden and Fireman Sam.
To access the free content, families do not need a Prime membership, they only need an Amazon account, that can be set up for free online.
It will no doubt come as great news to Peppa Pig fans, after it was confirmed tour dates for the show’s UK tour have now been cancelled.
All performances until 19 April for the Peppa Pig: Best Day Ever tour will no longer go ahead.
A statement read on the show’s website: ‘Due to official recommendations made by the government, the producers have taken the decision to cancel all Peppa Pig Best Day Ever performances for dates up to and including Sun 19 April.
‘We will continue to follow government guidelines on a daily basis concerning performances after the 19th April and will update customers for those future dates as soon as possible.’
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Coronavirus has led to many music gigs and festivals being either cancelled or postponed, while many movies and TV shows have seen production shut down.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 scheduled to take place in May has been cancelled and Glastonbury was the latest festival to confirm it won’t go ahead this year.
What is the coronavirus and where did it start?
Coronaviruses are a family of diseases which include the common cold and the virus which caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which originated in China in 2002 and killed nearly 800 people around the world.
The virus causing concern now is a new strain which has made the jump from animals to people, named Covid-19.
It causes fever and a cough and can make it hard for people to breathe, causing viral pneumonia in severe cases.
Over 2,700 people worldwide have now died after contracting the illness.
How does it affect the lungs?
What are the symptoms of the virus?
The virus is more likely to progress into a severe illness or prove fatal among older patients or those with weakened immune systems.
As it is a viral illness, antibiotics will not help and there is no known cure or vaccine.
To avoid the illness, take usual hygiene precautions, such as using a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, and making sure to wash your hands.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching things like poles on public transport and avoid close contact with people suffering an acute respiratory infection.
You should also avoid unprotected contact with wild or farm animals.
So far, 13 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK.
Hundreds have been tested for it here, with most of the tests coming back negative.
How many people in the UK have it?
Is Coronavirus in the UK?
Where is Wuhan in China, where coronavirus started?
The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in China, where it is believed to have made the jump from animals to people at a seafood market.
Wuhan is the capital of China’s Hubei province, a landlocked province in central China.
It is built along the Yangtze river, and is around 500 miles west of Shanghai and 690 miles north of Hong Kong.
It is the largest and most populous city in central China, although estimates over its population vary.
But, as the UK goes into self-isolation to help tackle the spread of coronavirus, some stars are now taking it upon themselves to keep the nation entertained.
We’ve seen live performances streamed on Instagram from the likes of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Legend and Niall Horan, and fitness expert Joe Wicks has taken it upon himself to keep the UK’s kids fit and healthy while they’re forced to stay at home.
He launched PE lessons with Joe on his YouTube channel and has vowed to host classes every day until schools reopen.
Rose McGowan says she had to forgo having children so she could ‘take down’ Harvey Weinstein and insists she won’t be free of disgraced producer ‘until he’s dead – or I am’
Rose McGowan, 46, was leading #MeToo activist after Weinstein accusations
Claims despite conviction she won’t be free of mogul until one of them is ‘dead’
Says she never had children so she could ‘keep fighting’ against the producer
Rose McGowan says she had to forgo having children so she could ‘keep on fighting’ against Harvey Weinstein, and insisted she won’t be free of the disgraced mogul until one of them is dead.
The American former actress, 46, was one of the leading activists of the global #MeToo movement after accusing Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s.
Weinstein was convicted last Monday of sexual assault and rape, more than two years after allegations of the disgraced movie mogul’s sexual misconduct sparked the #MeToo movement.
McGowan claimed she never felt able to have children, because she wouldn’t have been able ‘take down’ the mogul if she had others depending on her.
In an interview with The Guardian, she told that her battle against the producer has been ‘very calculated’, but insisted it will not be over until ‘he’s dead – or I am’
Rose McGowan (pictured) says she had to forgo having children so she could ‘keep on fighting’ against Harvey Weinstein, and insisted she won’t be free of the disgraced mogul until one of them is dead
Weinstein (pictured) was convicted last month of sexual assault and rape, more than two years after allegations of the disgraced movie mogul’s sexual misconduct sparked the global #MeToo movement
‘If I had had a child, I couldn’t have taken Harvey Weinstein down, said Rose, ‘So I had to forego that so I could keep on fighting. I had to basically have no dependants. It’s been very calculated.’
She added: ‘I probably am not going to be free of him until he’s dead or I’m dead’.
The 67-year-old producer was acquitted of the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault but faces a lengthy jail term that could be up to 29 years and Rose said to finally get a conviction was like ‘500,000lb lifted off her shoulders’.
She told that the years prior to his conviction felt like her ‘cells were dissolving’, because she was constantly working at a ‘high anxiety level’.
McGowan was pictured speaking to reporters outside New York Criminal Court on the first day of Weinstein’s sexual assault trial in Manhattan
Weinstein arriving at New York City Supreme Court on Monday before he was found guilty of third-degree rape and committing a first-degree criminal sexual act
Harvey Weinstein (center) being led out of Manhattan Supreme Court by court officers after a jury convicted him of rape and sexual assault last Monday
Last year, Rose insisted she is ‘not ashamed’ to admit she once had an abortion, after she posted on Twitter that she had undergone the procedure after her own birth control failed.
‘I have had an abortion and I support this message,’ she tweeted in response to the stats, posted by UltraViolet. ‘I am not ashamed, nor should you be. That 60% of those who choose to have abortions are already mothers says a lot- they understand more than anyone.
‘I was on birth control and it failed. I realized I could not bring a child into my world and simultaneously change the world. I do not regret my decision and it was not made lightly.
‘If you do not want an abortion, don’t get one. My body, my choice, my life. ‘
McGowan made the revelation on Twitter last year, after reading a statistic about abortion
On the day of the conviction, McGowan claimed that Weinstein was running a ‘rape factory’ and feared he would be exonerated in his New York trial, and also admitted said she feared he would hire a hitman to kill her in the wake of her claims.
McGowan told GMB today the guilty verdicts were a ‘huge moment’ and that she hoped it would lead to more predators being convicted.
McGowan said: ‘This is a huge victory for all of us who have ever been affected by Harvey Weinstein. This affects so many. It’s a huge moment. I thought he was going to exonerated.’
‘I never really had hope you see. I realized the last time I had hope was the moment before I was raped by him and after that it became survival.
‘I didn’t have hope but not because of the jury, I’m very grateful to that jury for getting further than most jury’s get in rape cases.
‘I was worried, it’s hard to speak publicly about it without getting sued. But it’s an extraordinary moment and it’s a watershed moment.
‘It’s a never-ending kind of situation. This is an unbelievable achievement to have a woman who was raped by an accuser in court and saying ”you did this to me”. That is a privilege. There’s an astounding number of victims who never get any kind of measure of justice.
‘So, I found it, we were winning by even having it in court. That’s how little we’ve been taught to expect.’