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Emmerdale resumes filming with social distancing in place

Show's production team has introduced special measures including fewer scenes to avoid camera movement

ITV soap Emmerdale has resumed filming, with production under way on six special lockdown episodes.

The production team began work in the show’s Leeds studios yesterday with a smaller crew in order to adhere to social distancing measures.

Special measures being introduced for the resumption of filming include social distancing, filming units staying together to work in designated studios with crew using their own sanitised equipment, no location filming, scripts featuring a smaller number of actors and fewer scenes to avoid camera moves.

The Emmerdale team back in the studio

ITV said the six special episodes will ensure Emmerdale stays on air during June.

John Whiston, managing director of Continuing Drama for ITV Studios and head of ITV in the North has overseen the return to filming. He said, “It’s brilliant that Jane Hudson and the team at Emmerdale have risen to the challenge of getting these episodes shot using the new protocols for filming drama while observing the government’s social distancing guidelines.”