EastEnders will go off air next month if they run out of episodes before filming can resume.
The BBC soap has been limited to broadcasting just two episodes a week to try episodes that had already been filmed, but it has now been confirmed that the show will not be on the screens sometime in June.
It is in response to reports that Coronation Street and Emmerdale also plan to resume filming in early June after production was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Away: EastEnders will air next month as they run out of episodes before filming can resume
A spokesperson for the soap told MailOnline that there will be a time when the soap will be off the air before the newly filmed episodes can bring it to the screen.
Typically, the soap is broadcast about six to eight weeks in advance, along with time to adapt to new distance measures.
The news comes just hours after reports that Emmerdale and Coronation Street would resume filming in early June after production was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Returns? The news comes just hours after reports that Emmerdale and Coronation Street will resume filming in early June
A source said The sun that bosses use Emmerdale as a benchmark for filming while adhering to social distance, as the soap has a big set.
Sources have confirmed that bosses have a plan in place for the cast to return to set next month and film using smart camera angles to ensure stars stick to social distance.
It comes just days after MailOnline confirmed that Corrie bosses have established a ‘return to production protocol’ after filming was suspended to follow COVID-19 regulations.
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Part of the cast is thought to go back into production in smaller groups, with scenes filmed using smart camera angles to ensure stars stay at least two feet apart.
A soap insider said, “Production will start again in June. Emmerdale is used as a benchmark for safety guidelines because they have a lot of space and it is the perfect location to put the social distance measures into practice.
Everyone keeps to social distance and scenes are filmed with smaller groups.
Separated: Some of the cast is thought to go back into production in smaller groups, with scenes filmed using smart camera angles to ensure they are spaced two meters apart
“The teams can film in certain ways, so that the distance is minimal. The scripting teams work on creating storylines with fewer characters. ‘
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Coronation Street and Emmerdale for further comments.
It comes just days after BBC bosses confirmed filming for EastEnders will resume next month.
Charlotte Moore, the content director of the broadcaster, said that the BBC One soap would be operational again within a few weeks, along with Top Gear, with limited crew and cast asked to do their own hair and makeup.
Important: It is thought that Emmerdale will be used as the benchmark for ITV’s new COVID-19 safe guildelines due to the large space (exterior of the kit in the photo)
Moore said The Telegraph: “We have carefully considered how to safely bring some of our shows back into production, and I am delighted to announce that we plan to start filming again on both EastEnders and Top Gear by the end of June.
“We are also investigating ways to restart the recording of dramas and other major BBC shows.”
She added, “Of course we work within government guidelines. Crews are strictly limited. Cast members do their own hair and makeup.
“There will be social distance.”
Earlier this week, a Coronation Street spokesperson told MailOnline that bosses were in the “ final stage of a return to production protocol ” after filming ended March 23.
Filming: Earlier this week, a Coronation Street spokesperson told MailOnline that bosses were in the ‘final stages of a return-to-production protocol’
They’re back! It also comes just days after BBC bosses confirmed filming for EastEnders will resume in weeks
A representative told MailOnline exclusively: “ITV is in the final stages of working with others across the industry on a return-to-production protocol and we are actively engaged in discussions with the government.
“We will share further updates in due course.”
Both Coronation Street and Emmerdale have scaled back their weekly episodes in an attempt to ration rations already filming, with both now only airing three shows a week.
There were concerns that both episodes might run out before filming could resume, with ITV confirming that Emmerdale would remain on air until late May and Coronation Street in late June.
Exciting: Charlotte Moore, the broadcaster’s content director, said the cast will be asked to do their own hair and makeup so they can keep their distance while filming
It is also claimed that older soap stars can be banned from the set with storylines targeting younger cast members.
In beloved Coronation Street stars, Bill Roache, 88, Barbara Knox, 86, David Neilson, 71, and Sue Nicholls, 76, can be told not to return, because it is “too risky.”
ITV boss Kevin Lygo recently confirmed that it is likely that older cast members in Coronation Street and Emmerdale will not be returning to the set for a while, saying; “I don’t want Ken Barlow to get sick.”
Worries: ITV boss Kevin Lygo also recently confirmed it’s likely older cast members on Coronation Street and Emmerdale won’t be returning to the set for a while
He also confirmed that the soap will “adapt” his pre-written scripts to account for the COVID-19 crisis, he said, “They are incredibly inventive and creative in re-imagining storylines.
Clearly, many scripts have been written for this film period, but they are adapting some. I think we have to accept that there are more “two people talking in a room” things of the type. ‘
While Broadcast magazine claimed the ITV soap could make changes to sets in an effort to respect social distance with ‘one-way systems’ and ‘perspex screens’ while editing.
EastEnders has narrowed their broadcasts down to just two episodes a week to ‘ration’ their filmed content.
Hollyoaks also announced in March that filming has been suspended to comply with social distancing and government rules amid the corona virus crisis.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for comments on when filming will resume.
The Channel 4 soap is said to have enough episodes to last through to the end of July and has cut its weekly shows from five to just two.
Social Distance: Hollyoaks also announced in March that filming has been suspended to comply with social distance and government rules amid the Corona virus crisis