Emmerdale becomes first soap to resume filming with six new lockdown episodes coming out in June

Emmerdale has become the first British soap opera to resume filming as the cast and crew are back on set to produce six new episodes, eight weeks after it was forced to pause.

Soap expert Sharon Marshall announced the exciting news on ITV's This Morning while speaking to presenters Holly Willoughby, 39, and 58 year old Phillip Schofield, who recently drank a gin and tonic while out on a run.

Sharon explained that the new episodes, which are going to be aired on TV in June, are being called "lockdown episodes" because they'll focus on the relationships in various households.

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She said: "They're called the lockdown episodes and they are what we refer to as two-hander episodes, paired down.

"So it's two cast members, very paired down."

The 48 year old revealed that the filmed episodes will include: Cain and Aaron (Jeff Hordley and Danny Miller), Chas and Paddy (Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt), Sam and Lydia (James Hooton and Karen Blick), Marlon, Al and Ellis (Mark Charnock, Michael Wildman, Aaron Anthony), Mandy and Vinny (Lisa Riley and Bradley Johnson) and Jimmy and Nicola (Nick Miles and Nicola Wheeler).

After expressing how proud she is of the crew and cast for all the work they've been doing from behind the scenes, Sharon then played a clip of Emmerdale boss Jane Hudson speaking from the set.

"We're back on set today, back with Emmerdale shooting our very special lockdown episodes," Jane said.

"We're currently on set with Cain and Aaron, working on our scenes, social distancing on and off set, which isn't easy but we're getting used to it and I think everybody's glad to be back."

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Sharon went on to explain that everyone has been adhering to social distancing measures and are doing their own make-up, as well as sorting out their own clothes.

To ensure everyone will be safe throughout the process, the crew have been instructed to use their own sanitised equipment. Office staff are still working from home and there has been a ban on location filming for the time being, too.

The crew also recently attended a meeting with the company's medical adviser and sat through a health and safety induction, where new working procedures were explained in full.

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Revealing that filming had started yesterday on 20 May, Sharon shared a clip from the set and said some scenes were even filmed on an iPhone.

ITV's Managing Director of Continuing Drama John Whiston said: "It's brilliant that Jane and the team at Emmerdale have risen to the challenge of getting these episodes shot using the new protocols for filming drama while observing the Government's social distancing guidelines.

"Also, it will be great to see what the likes of Chas and Paddy and Jimmy and Nicola have got up to while they've been going through lockdown the same as the rest of us!"

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