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British friends held in Italy call for Netflix to turn quarantine ordeal into 2021 documentary

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Three British friends who found themselves held in Italy for up to nine weeks after testing positive for coronavirus are now calling on Netflix to turn their quarantine ordeal into a documentary.

Will Castle, 22, Rhys James, 23 and Quinn Paczesny, 20, came down with Covid-19 last month while overseas and were placed into forced quarantine in Florence, Italy.

The boys were told they needed to test negative in two consecutive tests 24 hours apart for them to be released and able to return home to the UK.

It was a policy in place by the Italian system that has now been overturned, but led to the trio being held in separate hotel rooms for eight to nine weeks, with Will, from West Sussex, telling he had felt ‘powerless and drained’ while isolating.

Now, all three boys have been able to return to the UK and they’re now calling for Netflix to turn their ordeal into a documentary to be released next year.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Rhys revealed he and his pals have already come up with a title for the doc as he pitched the idea live on air.

Rhys James pitched the trio’s quarantine ordeal to Netflix to make a documentary (Picture: ITV)

Footage showed him and Quinn arriving back on home soil, holding a banner that read: ‘Netflix, where’s our documentary?’

He told hosts Kate Garraway and Ranvir Singh that the boys have called their planned doc ‘Free the Florence Three’.

‘We want it on Netflix by 2021, if that’s alright?’ Rhys teased, as he explained that none of the boys had known each other before flying out to Italy nearly four months ago, as they had all travelled there individually to work at a summer camp in Florence.

‘It’s experiences like this that are so unique, that you don’t have with anyone else that bond for you life,’ Rhys said.

Quinn, Rhys and Will spent over 60 days in quarantine in Italy

‘As soon as these restrictions end, we’re hoping we can all meet up and see each other again.’

Will was the first to return home, after testing negative for coronavirus in two consecutive tests following eight weeks spent in quarantine.

Rhys and Quinn were forced to stay in Italy, as their second test came back negative – however, thanks to a change in rules in place in Italy, the pair were able to fly home over the weekend.

The emergency law stating the need for two negative test results came to an end last week, with a new agreement stating that only one negative test is required and 21 days of isolation without symptoms.

The boys had completed 61 days in quarantine and therefore were given the green light to head back to the UK.

They landed just before Italy was added to the UK’s quarantine list when it comes to travel – meaning those returning to the UK from Italy will now have to isolate for 14 days.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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