One of the most inspiring things to come out of lockdown has been the creative ways people have risen to the challenges it presents – and that includes the Emmerdale team.
Production on the ITV soap ground to a halt when the UK first went into lockdown, but this week sees the first of six specially-created episodes, each focussing on two key characters living through the pandemic.
As the first soap to resume filming in the wake of coronavirus, the episodes were produced under strict health and safety guidelines. They included stripped-back crews and actors adhering to social distancing rules – creating some interesting challenges for executive producer Jane Hudson and her team.
Speaking to The Big Issue in this week’s magazine, she revealed the lengths they had to go to in order to bring the episodes to the screen – including a two-metre pole used to enforce social distancing.
“We literally have a pole that is two metres long to check our distancing, and spots on the floor two metres apart for people to stand on,” Hudson said.
— Emmerdale (@emmerdale) May 28, 2020