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New filming guidelines have been issued by the UK’s biggest broadcasters. 

Actors will have to stand 2m apart and film in front of green screens more often when TV shows resume. 

The guidelines have been adopted by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky to protect actors and crews during the pandemic. 

It is hoped that soaps including EastEnders and Coronation Street will start filming again in June. 

Among the measures recommended in the 15-page guidelines are: 

Delivering scripts earlier, to help plan a safe work environment on set 

Changing scripts and scenes to enable social distancing 

Requiring actors to pick up their own costumes, to avoid direct contact 

Asking actors and presenters to put on their own make-up and microphones 

Using green screens - which allow actors to be in front of different backgrounds - to minimise the number of people on set 

Prioritising outdoor filming over confined spaces 

Using floor markings to mark 2m distances 

Using local film crews to minimise the need for travel 

The guidelines also urge caution over high-risk scenarios involving stunts or special effects, saying producers should consider the "potential demands on emergency services". 

Mental health is also addressed, with producers advised to schedule down-time, along with access to support. 

Although some TV shows have continued to film during the lockdown, most major productions have been shut down.

18 May 2020                                            Back to the headlines

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