Coronavirus guidelines for the public are expected to make their way to new episodes of 'Coronation Street' after the soap began to pick up filming once again.
Fans of the soap will be glad to hear that ITV has returned to filming 'Coronation Street', and a regular weekly schedule will be on the cards very soon. With only three episodes airing weekly in recent weeks, down from the usual six, the soap will introduce the real-world happenings of Coronavirus on Weatherfield this July 24.
Speaking to the New York Times, series producer Iain Macleod spoke of what safety measures characters will be adhering to in the return to the cobbles. He said there will be a "light touch" of referencing, after he and his writer's team "agonized long and hard" about whether to include the real-world happenings at all in the forthcoming episodes.
He continued that the references made in the soap's return "will mainly be the visual element," adding "there will be a lot of evidence of social distancing: people won’t touch, they’ll conspicuously stand apart, older relatives will be sequestered and shielding".
However, he did admit that there might be a "continuity error" in episodes by the time viewers see them, as some normality might have returned to civilisation by the time the episodes air on ITV.
Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy Mayhew in the soap, tweeted his excitement of receiving his first 'Coronation Street' script in months. Anthony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully, also tweeted that heading back to work felt "a bit weird".
My first post lockdown @itvcorrie scripts have arrived!
I literally feel like a kid on Christmas morning. ❤️❤️❤️
— Daniel Brocklebank (@Dan_Brocklebank) June 23, 2020
Feels good, and a bit weird at the same time.... pic.twitter.com/BYopy8KcAT
— Antony Cotton (@antonycotton) June 23, 2020
Here's a teaser of what fans of the soap can expect in the coming weeks. Ben Price, Jane Danson, Georgia Taylor, Sally Dynevor and Iain Bartholomew all chatted to the team about what it's like going back on the cobbles, this time in a socially-distanced way.
'Emmerdale' was the first TV soap to return to filming earlier in May. The first episode of 'Coronation Street' to air with these safety measures in mind will broadcast on ITV and Virgin Media One on July 24.