EastEnders hopes to soon be back filming, with BBC controller Charlotte Moore recently confirming it as one of the channel’s first programmes to work towards being back on set – and since then a flurry of rumours and speculation over what that’s going to look like and how that’s going to operate have been doing the rounds.
Metro.co.uk has done some digging with our sources and, while the first thing we will point out is the landscape and guidance is changing so much that absolutely nothing is 100% confirmed in terms of dates and exactly who can and can’t return to work.
However, we can clarify that while actors will be given tutorials on make-up, and will top up themselves between scenes due to the limitation of the amount of people allowed on set at one time, make-up artists are indeed returning to work to guide them through the process both on-set and digitally.
Our insider also confirmed that there will be a period of time when EastEnders is off air between the end of episodes already filmed and the beginning of new ones.
We also know that social distancing will be adhered to and there are no plans for crew members to double up as extras in scenes. A lot of work will be done in the editing afterwards and scenes may take longer to film as safety remains the top priority.
It is also understood that while script rewrites and storyline changes will be inevitable due to the time lost and the change in the way of working, coronavirus will be referenced but will not dominate storylines.
Bosses are keeping in touch with cast, crew and production to ensure that everyone involved is safe and able to work under the measures and the government guidelines for the operation of production.
In the meantime, there are big storylines to look forward to – such as Ben and Phil Mitchell’s criminal job getting underway. But with Ben desperate to impress Phil, how much risk will he put himself in given that he is in higher danger due to being deaf? And what will the consequences be for his relationship with Callum?
Elsewhere, there’s another heartbreaking twist in store for long suffering Keegan, a familiar face returns with some decisions to make and there may soon be tension between one Walford couple when secrets come to light.
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