We’re used to believing that the soaps all have a rivalry – and to an extent they do – but Emmerdale boss Jane Hudson has confirmed that they all support one another and have been in touch throughout the lockdown that halted production.
And she has shared her delight that BBC soap EastEnders returned to our screens this week, saying that soaps are being looked up to as the beacon of getting the television industry running again.
She told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m really proud of all of us, I put a message on Facebook last night saying that there’s brand new episodes of Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders on the telly tonight and a huge congratulations to all of us because I think for all the soaps to be back on screen and back to full volume next week, it’s an incredible achievement.
‘It’s quite daunting because we all knew that the rest of the industry is watching us and not just in this country, around the world as well, to see if the quality is still the same so I’m just really proud of us all. It’s weird to think we started back on May 20th, I feel like we’re the grandparents of returning to shooting.
‘It feels like we’ve been at it for ages. It was great to see EastEnders back, I’m a big fan so I was really happy to see it back on. I think fair play to us.’
And not only are they cheering each other on but they have also been sharing tips and advice over returning to air.
Jane added: ‘From the very beginning we’ve been talking. Our production manager has been speaking to other production managers. We work hand in hand with Corrie anyway, but we’ve been chatting to EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Neighbours and Shortland Street.
‘I’ve spoken to lots of big independent production companies who are trying to get their big dramas back up and running. I think we’ve all got friends and family in this industry, it’s a small industry, we all know people who have lost their jobs, who are struggling to pay bills and that’s what it comes down to, you just want your mates to be working again and doing what they love.
‘We’ve all been massively supportive of each other. For us, the future is looking bright – we have some great storylines coming up!’
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