Emmerdale became the first British soap opera to resume filming as it embarked on a “gradual comeback” on Wednesday, ITV revealed Thursday.
And The Sun reported that some soap and Coronation Street stars feared being left out of the show due to the coronavirus crisis.
A celebrity agent spoke on Saturday of the publication and said he was contacted by “several people” asking for work because they feared fewer stars would be invited to return to the show.
Worried: Emmerdale and Corrie stars “fear being ripped off from soap in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis,” it was said Saturday (photo by Bill Roache and Sue Nicholls in Coronation Street)
The agent said some soap stars had also asked about voice-over work and other similar opportunities, and added, “These are people who have been on the show for years and they were worried for the future.
“Inevitably, the casting call will be much lower for each scene, which means that people will be left at home and not be paid.
“They also think the longer it lasts, the more ITV will realize that they don’t need as many people on the cast, so when contracts are renewed, some people just won’t see theirs renewed. “
ITV declined to comment on the MailOnline approach.
It’s back: Emmerdale has become the first British soap opera to resume filming as it begins a “gradual comeback” on Wednesday, ITV revealed on Thursday.
Fears: celebrity agent says “many people” fear fewer stars will be invited back (photo by Susan Cookson, Lesley Dunlop and Chris Chittell in Emmerdale)
Emmerdale star Danny Miller teased what was going to happen in the soap after taking part in the first day of filming during the show’s “gradual comeback”.
Speaking to Twitter, he wrote, “WOW – it was so good to be back at Aaron’s with his tenant.
“The episode of Aaron & Cain was the first of six locking episodes to be pulled out of this block and under the new structures and rules, so everyone was naturally concerned with how and what changes we would face .
“Well, I can tell you that the episode is incredible. You will love! I would not have liked to share the entry into this new world of television with many others than my good friend Jeff Hordley – who is incredible in this beautiful episode – written by our own Adam Sales ..
Excited: Emmerdale star Danny Miller teased what was going to happen in the soap opera after being on the first day of filming lock episodes, and said it was an “incredible” story
“And all the credit goes to our director @ianbevitt & @emmerdale – from paper to screen, for filming the production to do a great episode from a distance – so we may not see a kiss or a fight at the television for a while, but it shows that we can do without and do it safely. Well done.’
The soap’s production crew recorded six new episodes using a small crew in the show’s studios in Leeds, with stories focused on locked-out characters.
ITV confirmed that social distancing measures and safety protocols have been implemented and strictly adhered to by the team, with the episodes recorded over a two-week period.
The chain’s health and safety team and medical advisers have worked closely with the government to consult the guidelines on social distancing to ensure that the team works according to return-to-production protocols. .
This means that the filming units stay together while working in designated studios and that the team uses their own equipment that has been sanitized in advance while office staff continue to work from home.
ITV also revealed that they would not be filming on site, while the scripts were adapted to include fewer scenes and a smaller number of actors so that the cameras did not need to be moved around regularly.
New formula: the soap production team recorded six new episodes using a sleek team in the show’s studios in Leeds, with stories focused on characters locked out
Filming: the crew uses their own equipment which has been sanitized in advance while the office staff continue to work from home
Precautions: The chain’s health and safety team and medical advisers worked closely with the government to consult on the guidelines on social distancing
Directed by Ian Bevitt, the six new episodes focus on Cain and Aaron (Jeff Hordley and Danny Miller), Chas and Paddy (Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt), Sam and Lydia (James Hooton and Karen Blick), Marlon, Al and Ellis (Mark Charnock, Michael Wildman and Aaron Anthony), Mandy and Vinny (Lisa Riley and Bradley Johnson) and Jimmy and Nicola (Nick Miles and Nicola Wheeler).
ITV teased that the episodes will see “past resentments and quarrels resurface, old wounds more exposed, relationships examined, with doubts and insecurities exposed,” with a touch of romance.
It has also been confirmed that the characters will join the weekly “Clap For Carers” to show their support for the NHS and front line workers.
Stay positive: To start over, executive producer Jane Hudson said: ‘Lockdown has created an opportunity for us to focus on what’s important in our lives’
Moving: Jane added that thanks to the lockdown, “scripts have extra character and meaning” that will be evident to viewers when new episodes air
Rules: ITV also said they would not be filming on site, and the scripts were adapted to include fewer actors (L-R: Mark Charnock, Lucy Pargeter, Isabel Hodgins. And Max Parker)
Executive producer Jane Hudson said, “Lockdown has created an opportunity for us to focus on what’s important in our lives.
“When we first discussed commissioning these episodes in March, the writers immediately rose to the challenge.
“Seven weeks after the lockdown and the scripts have extra character and meaning. Everyone’s response to Emmerdale during the filming of these episodes was fantastic and we are truly grateful for their support.
Exciting: ITV teased that the episodes will see “past resentments and quarrels resurface, old wounds more exposed, [and] relationships reviewed ”(photo by Lisa Riley as Mandy Dingle)
John Whiston – CEO of Continuous Drama for ITV Studios and Head of ITV in the North – added: “It’s great that Jane and the Emmerdale team took on the challenge of running these episodes using the new protocols filming dramas while observing government guidelines on social distancing.
Which characters are in danger?
Played by Bill Roache, 88
Played by Barbara Knox, 86
Played by Sue Nicholls, 76
Played by David Neilson, 71
Played by Chris Chittell, 71
“Besides, it will be great to see what people like Chas and Paddy and Jimmy and Nicola did while they were experiencing the same lockdown as us!” “
Emmerdale announced in March that filming was suspended to comply with social distancing and government regulations in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
ITV boss Kevin Lygo has previously stated that the soap will remain on screens until the end of May and that older cast members are unlikely to return to the set for a while. some time, this could include Eric Pollard actor Chris Chittell, 71.
Like Coronation Street, Emmerdale had reduced its episodes from seven to three.
Earlier this month, networks such as Sky, BBC, ITV, ITN, Channel 4 and Channel 5, explained in a 15-page plan how they would launch the cameras in the near future, with rules for application such as setting up your own cutlery at work, prohibiting extras, encouraging indoor production and minimal makeup assistance.
The stars were used to being taxed, to lunch and to receiving a stylist will have to give up such treatment while social distancing is still in force.
What are the new rules?
- Talents and team will be encouraged to bring their own cutlery to work, and there will be staggered lunch breaks
- There will be no more drivers around, with travel advice stating that “single occupancy vehicles” should be used whenever possible
- The guidelines also require as much outdoor shooting as possible – but not in public space
- The scenes that are needed to shoot indoors should be in a “large open space with good ventilation” and should “avoid small rooms if possible”
- To avoid contact, touch-ups will be limited and, if necessary, guided by makeup artists from afar
- For scenes requiring animated sets, the extras are replaced by green screens, to avoid overcrowded sets
- Personal protective equipment will not be used unless “filming in high risk environments such as hospitals”
- It is still believed that actors over a certain age are advised not to return to work for the time being, although the guidelines are not explicit on this subject.
To avoid contact, makeup touch-ups will be limited and, if necessary, guided by makeup artists from afar.
There will be staggered lunch breaks and when someone brings their own cooking utensils, they “will be responsible for cleaning and making sure they are identifiable”.
There will be no more actors with drivers around, with travel advice stating that “single occupancy vehicles” should be used whenever possible.
The guidelines also require as much outdoor shooting as possible – but not in a public space.
The scenes that are needed to shoot indoors should be in a “large open space with good ventilation” and should “avoid small rooms if possible”.
For scenes requiring animated sets, the extras are replaced by green screens, to avoid overcrowded sets.
Personal protective equipment will not be used unless “filming in high risk environments such as hospitals”.
It is still believed that actors over a certain age are advised not to return to work for the time being, although the guidelines are not explicit on this subject.
How Broadcasters Plan To Launch Cameras On British Television Industry After Lockout
The broadcasters have detailed how they are preparing to restart the UK television industry once the coronavirus lockout is lifted.
In a 15-page plan, networks such as Sky, BBC, ITV, ITN, Channel 4 and Channel 5, explained how they were going to roll the cameras in the near future, with application rules such as bringing your own cutlery to work, banning extras, encouraging indoor production and minimal makeup assistance.
Coronation Street has confirmed that it is in the final stages of a “return to production protocol” after filming has been suspended to comply with COVID-19 regulations.
A representative told MailOnline exclusively: “ITV is in the final stages of collaborating with other industry players on a return-to-production protocol and we are in active talks with the government on this matter. We will share more updates in due course. “
Sources have since claimed that the bosses have worked out a plan for the cast to return to filming next month and film with smart camera angles to ensure the stars respect social distance.
The hit soap opera ITV suspended filming in March to comply with lock-in and social distancing regulations amid the coronavirus crisis.
Filming: Sources said the bosses had put in place a plan for the cast to come back next month with the use of smart camera angles to ensure the stars adhere to social distancing (Ian Bartholomew and Shelley King on the picture)
Charlotte Moore, director of content for the broadcaster, said that the BBC One soap opera will be operational again in a few weeks, with Top Gear, with a limited number of crew and cast members have asked to do their hair and make-up.
Builders were pictured last week working on the new £ 87m EastEnders package at London’s Elstree Studios.
BBC drama controller Piers Wenger had previously said that the broadcaster hoped to resume filming the soap operas “as soon as possible”.
He cited the example of the Australian soap Neighbors, which resumed filming but with social distancing rules in place and other limitations, including the ban on kissing on set.
Under construction: builders were pictured getting to work on the new £ 87m EastEnders complex at London’s Elstree studios last week
There is no news yet on the return of the production of the soap opera Channel 4, but the series would have enough episodes to last until the end of July and has reduced its weekly emissions from five to only two.
Channel 4 programming director Ian Katz said, “The coronavirus epidemic is a huge creative challenge for all broadcasters and, although it has a profound impact on the broadcast of some of our productions over the Internet. screen, when public service broadcasters like Channel 4 can take a step forward and help people overcome the extraordinary challenges we all face. “
While a soap representative added, “Dear viewers of Hollyoaks. It was with a heavy heart that we made the decision to stop filming Hollyoaks. Starting Monday, March 30, we will reduce the number of our new weekly episodes from five to three, which will air from Monday to Wednesday.
Social distancing: Hollyoaks announced in March that filming had been suspended to respect social distancing and government regulations in the context of the coronavirus crisis
Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty
The cast and crew of the two shows will “have to be two meters apart from each other and wash their hands regularly,” reports The Sun.
Peaky Blinders, who sees Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory as their leaders and follows a criminal gang from Birmingham in the 1920s, had not yet started filming series six.
While Line Of Duty, which sees Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar as its main actors in the British police drama, suspended filming in Belfast for season six in March to comply with COVID-19 regulations.
Back to work? Peaky Blinders, who sees Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory as their leaders and follows a criminal gang from Birmingham in the 1920s, had not yet started filming series six
Let’s go back: Line Of Duty sees Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston (L-R) at the head of the British police drama
Love Island was canceled this summer, but ITV bosses are planning to relaunch the show for the fall and film in the Canary Islands.
Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said, “We have tried by all means to make Love Island this summer, but logistically it is simply not possible to produce it in a way that preserves the well-being of everyone involved and which is our priority.
“Under normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon to go to Mallorca to prepare the villa, but it is clearly out of the question now.
Canceled: Love Island was canceled this summer, but ITV bosses would consider relaunching the show for the fall and filming in the Canary Islands (host Laura Whitmore in photo)
I am a celebrity
I’m a celebrity … get me out of here! would occur again later this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Sources tell The Sun that the show’s bosses are “having virtual discussions” to plan for the show’s return, as they anticipate a huge response from viewers after the crisis.
A TV source told the newspaper, “ITV is confident that the lockdown will have ended by the time I’m A Celeb begins normally in November.
I’m a celebrity … get me out of here! would still take place later this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic (hosts Ant and Dec in the photo)
Dance on ice
The producers of Dancing On Ice are implementing their plans for the 2021 series, apparently with a mega budget in the show’s coffers.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ITV does not seem to be worried about continued production in January of next year, and they have in mind a series of big stars to take to the rink.
A source told The Sun: “It’s steaming up for next year’s show and the casting is already well underway. Professional skaters will meet famous potential partners on the ice next month to see how they team up.
Big dollars! The producers of Dancing On Ice are implementing their plans for the 2021 series, apparently with a mega budget in the show’s coffers
Come strictly dance
BBC boss Charlotte has revealed that television executives are considering drastic measures to try to save the series amid the coronavirus crisis.
Producers are still evaluating emergency plans such as applying a rule over the face mask, dancing two yards apart, and even quarantining celebrities and professional dancers.
Television executives have also reportedly “made the difficult decision” to exclude some of the show’s most notable features in order to comply with current social distancing guidelines, including the removal of Blackpool week and group dances.
Never done before: quarantining participants is considered an option (photo by judges Bruno Tonioli, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood)