Emmerdale’s special lockdown episodes — which will ensure the soap doesn’t go off the air after production was shut down — begin airing tomorrow, which means that viewers will have to wait a little while longer to see what’s next for many of the current storylines.
Discussing the time frame of the lockdown episodes, Producer Kate Brooks said: ‘We have done an unspecified amount of time during lockdown.’
‘You will see them on day two, day seven – we will jump into their world. We will see their ructions, their relationships. We are just diving straight on in and drip feeding the time lapse of the lockdown.’
When production halted, the soap was in the middle of several storylines — which obviously won’t be continued during the lockdown episodes, but following that, the soap will seemingly return to a certain degree of its regular format — but the timeline might vary a bit.
Producer Laura Shaw added: ‘It’s quite complicated to explain. When Emmerdale shut down and we went into lockdown period, we were mid block. We have a whole lot of scenes pre lockdown and a whole lot of scenes now. We end on a cliffhanger on Friday then it’s onto lockdown episodes.
‘The next day it will be like lockdown never happened. Those episodes are part shot, so we will see three weeks of Emmerdale in the same world as before – some of it will be shot with social distancing but with editing and camera trickery hopefully we won’t notice.
‘Then we set a new block of filming, we will reference coronavirus. The café and Woolpack will be takeaway only. But the specifics of the isolation episodes, the secrets we find out will feed into the future but it won’t be a direct pick up.’
The latest episode revealed Andrea Tate’s (Anna Nightingale) fate after she disappeared in an effort to get revenge on Jamie (Alexander Lincoln), which means viewers will have to wait quite some time to find out what happens next in this particular story.
Emmerdale continues Monday 8 June at 7pm on ITV.
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