The BBC have confirmed that EastEnders will begin filming in June, but it will likely go off air first as it runs out of pre-lockdown episodes.
Director of content Charlotte Moore said that "social distancing measures will be in place", and they will be asking cast to do their own hair and make-up, while following strict guidelines to ensure the safety of the crew.
Back in March it was announced that filming had been suspended altogether, with the soap reducing the number episodes broadcast to two per week to ensure they'd be able to keep the series going amid the outbreak.
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Now, it appears that the BBC are looking to start production on a selection of shows including EastEnders and Top Gear: "We're also exploring ways to re-start filming on more dramas and other major BBC shows as soon as possible.
"We've been looking very carefully at how we can safely put some of our shows back into production, and I'm pleased to announce that we plan to begin filming again on both EastEnders and Top Gear by the end of next month," Charlotte wrote in the Telegraph.
"Cast members will do their own hair and make-up. Social distancing measures will be in place."
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Episodes that had been filmed before the UK went into lockdown at the end of March were rationed and it's likely that there will be a gap before the new episodes are wrapped.
A spokesperson for the show said in a statement: "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice.
"The decision was made after the latest government update."
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The statement explained that the reduction of episodes will allow the BBC to keep the series going for "as long as possible".
It added: "We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England."
It is the first time since 2001 that the soap has broadcast less than four episodes per week.
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Other soaps like Emmerdale and Coronation Street also reduced the amount of episodes, and may be set to return to production with social distancing guidelines in place.
ITV have shared that Coronation Street have just enough episodes to last until ‘early summer’ whereas it has not been revealed how many more shows EastEnders has left – but there will inevitably be a break.
Aside from social distancing it is believed that the older cast members may be banned from set. This would mean that Coronation Street stars including Bill Roache, 88 and Barbara, 86 may not return due to the risk.
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