EastEnders resumed filming from June 2020! But how do the stars manage the kiss scenes while social distancing?
Filming for BBC soaps had stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. Social distancing is still in place and the stars of these TV shows have to adhere to them as much as possible. But kissing scenes are part of the show even after the lockdown easing. So how to go about having a star kiss another star in the show? Should the scenes be deleted from the shot or is there a way out? The bosses of the popular show EastEnders have a solution.
Kiss scenes and TV shows
Even though the lockdown has been relaxed and filming for BBC shows has begun, social distancing is still in place. Care is still required since the coronavirus threat is far from over. Kiss is very much a part of the UK culture and also the soap operas. But how to get the stars to do it without breaking the rules of social distancing?
The bosses of the show EastEnders have found a way out of this dilemma. The stars are now kissing through a transparent plastic screen and not directly. There are filming safety and health restrictions in place during filming. But show producers, directors, and the crew are finding ingenious ways to bypass them and yet be safe.
Kiss through a plastic screen
One of these ingenious ways to overcome the hurdle of safety and health regulations during filming is to use a sheet of transparent perspex while the actors kiss and then in the post-production phase, this sheet is removed digitally.
The other thing that the bosses are doing is to have the cast and the crew in work bubbles. Most of the show owners and cast and crew had a difficult time during the pandemic high and lockdown. EastEnders, the award-winning show has been running since 1985 and it was the first time in 35 years that its production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resuming of filming for popular BBC soaps
On 29 June 2020, the shows on BBC could resume shooting for the episodes. The fans and viewers are happy about this return of their favorite shows on TV. Anyway, people were also bored since there was not much to do as businesses were also shut, and schools and colleges, malls, and gyms were also not open. So the comeback of the TV shows was welcome!
But the new episodes of the show EastEnders last only for 20 minutes from the previous 30 minutes. Additionally, it airs only four days a week. Stacey Dooley has been the host of the special episodes that are airing now. She sits down with the cast of the show and reflects on some of the interesting storylines in the soap’s long history which the viewers liked the most and enjoyed them. She also discusses the behind-the-scenes events of some of the classic scenes of the show.