By Rachael Grealish
The UK’s favourite soaps may be returning to our screens after new guidelines have been issued to production companies – but they may not be as we know them.
A list of measures sent to the UK’s biggest broadcasters, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, to protect actors and crews during the COVID-19 crisis say actors may need to be two metres apart and filmed in front of green screens in order to resume filming.
The news comes after William Roachem, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, told listeners of BBC Radio Derby he and fellow cast members may be starting back in June.
During the broadcast he said: “They’ve said it’s all going to be very, very different. Scenes will be about the lockdown, so people will be isolating. Scenes will be shot more simply with less people.
“Obviously cameras and booms will be placed where there’s the required distance. So it’s all going to be very, very different when we do get back.”
However, as with continuing with the Government’s guidelines for people over 70, some of Corrie’s aging actors may not be able to return yet.
The 88-year-old sadly said: “Senior members of the cast will not be called back for some time, sadly. I’d like to get back.”
In the new broadcasting guidelines (which can be read here) it says production companies may have to change scripts in order to adhere to social distancing, ask actors to apply their own make up and use green screens in order to minimise the number of people on set.
The news to resume filming comes soon after the Premier League announced shareholders had voted unanimously for football clubs to return to small-group training.