Emmerdale has resumed production after it was forced to shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, and a series of special episodes sets during lockdown will air next week in order to ensure the soap doesn’t go off the air.
Of course, in order for production to have resumed, a lot of changes were implemented — such as social distancing and camera trickery in order to ensure the cast and crew were protected.
Speaking about the differences made to filming, Executive Producer Jane Hudson told Metro.co.uk: ‘The biggest difference is the social distancing. We have our famous 2 metre pole and we physically bring it out on the set and hold it between actors and the crew.
‘We have two metre distanced dots across every set and you stand on your dot – it’s like a big game of Twister. Everyone who walks onto set to adjust a light, they have masks.
‘The actors are in charge of their own props, which have been sanitised, cleaned and wiped down – no-one is allowed to touch them, the actors have full responsibility in bringing them on and off.
‘In one episode Lydia is reading a letter and Sam picks it up but we stopped the take in between and it was a different letter – Karen had to take hers away and James had to put his down before we got going again.
‘It’s very smoke and mirrors. Danny Miller has had to wash up saucepans in a scene – it’s the most he’s touched saucepans, like ever. Costume and makeup are in different rooms and radio through for continuity. It’s interesting how quick you get used to it.
‘Our instinct is to hug each other so there’s that awkward moment at the start of a shoot but then once you get going, it feels normal and cast and crew have felt it’s the safest place to be right now.
‘We have routes through the building, temperature checking, everyone is completely safe.
The first of Emmerdale’s special lockdown episodes — which commence next week — features Cain and Aaron Dingle (Jeff Hordley and Danny Miller) and Lydia and Sam Dingle (Karen Blick and James Hooton).
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