Currently the UK is still in lockdown due to the ongoing health crisis.
But Australian soap Neighbours is shooting new episodes using camera tricks and putting cast members into smaller groups.
BBC drama controller Piers Wenger noted the Channel 5 show’s filming trickery. But he admitted the BBC serial drama trio are “not quite at that point yet”.
However, the BBC is making a new show, Talking Heads, at Elstree Studios. Piers admitted the corporation will “learn an awful lot” from how that is made amid the coronavirus pandemic.
What’s more, he admitted the BBC may consider “[quarantining] actors and crew in order to allow actors to interact in the same space”.
But he confessed it will be tough to make a drama “normally” until the social distancing rules are lifted.
Speaking in a YouTube Q&A staged by the Edinburgh TV Festival, he added: “Until you can put two actors together on a set, it is going to be very hard to make drama normally.”
Coronation Street and Emmerdale
Piers’ comments come after ITV’s chief executive Carolyn McCall claimed the government are keen for Coronation Street and Emmerdale to resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so.
She said: “ITV’s role is to inform people but also entertain and engage them – and that is vital at the moment.
“The government is very keen for us to bring back the soaps as soon as we can, while observing the social distancing measures.”
Potential measures to ensure a return to set may include one-way only staircases, or Perspex screens surrounding editing stations.
It’s said ITV are looking into a plan to allow production to resume, despite the current restrictions in place.
Both Emmerdale and Corrie are on breaks amid the ongoing health crisis. Episodes of each show rationed to three times a week.
Coronavirus in the UK
At the time of writing, there are 161,145 cases of coronavirus. There have been 21, 678 recorded deaths.
EastEnders next week airs Monday at 8pm and Tuesday at 7.30pm on BBC One.
Holby City is currently off air.
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