James Martin 's Saturday Morning viewers were concerned when watching the show as guests shook hands and sat close together, despite social distancing rules due to coronavirus.

James was joined by guests Beverley Callard from Coronation Street and Nick Nairn, a fellow chef.

He shook hands with Nick straight away when the Scotsman walked on to the studio, and when Beverley joined she sat right next to Nick, defying social distancing rules which advise people keep two metres apart.

Viewers took to Twitter to voice their concern.

James, Beverley and Nick shook hands and toasted before sitting next to each other

"Sad to see you guys not listening to the social distancing advice" wrote one.

"Why are you and your guests not Social Distancing or is your prog pre recorded ?" added another.

" #jamesmartin watching his programme, no social distancing sharing food. Can't be live surely," questioned a third.

"Does social distancing apply to tv shows? James Martin Saturday morning they’re sitting on each other’s lap," added a fourth.

Nick and James shook hands, defying social distancing rules

When Beverley tweeted to say she was appearing on the show this morning, a fan queried: "Assume this was pre-recorded Beverley".

But Nick also tweeted to say he was starring in today's episode, and established the show was indeed pre-recorded, though he did not state how far in advance.

He wrote: "Just remembered, I’m on @sat_jamesmartin in the morning. Filmed before the world turned upside down".

Viewers were concerned and asked if the show was recorded before the coronavirus

MirrorOnline has reached out to a rep for ITV for comment.

Beverley's adorable pooch Norman also made an appearance, running into the studio with his eye on the delicious Moussaka.

James petted Norman awkwardly as Beverley declared he was "my baby!"

Beverley's dog Norman ran on set

"Baby?! look at the size of him!" exclaimed James.

James Martin's Saturday Morning is not the only ITV show that's received criticism for not practising social distancing.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have been sat two metres apart all week, but Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have been close together while presenting This Morning.

But it's for good reason - Eamonn was forced to point out that they live together - while Ruth joked a lot of people think their marriage is 'fake'.

Eamonn and Ruth explain why they are not social distancing from each other after ridiculous complaints

He said: "As regards to social distancing, don't bother phoning in and saying, 'Why are these two together?'.

We're together all day in the house. We live together. In case a lot of you don't know this we actually do."

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Giggling Ruth said: "A lot of people think it’s a fake marriage darling. A TV marriage."

Ruth explained that they are allowed to be sat together because they are from the same household.