EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt shares ‘pain’ of filming behind perspex screens

EastEnders star Adam Woodyat has shared his frustrations when it comes to filming the hit BBC soap with new social distancing guidelines.

The BBC legend, 52, recently returned to Walford following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown but he admitted all is not as it seems.

EastEnders returns to screens this week with new explosive storylines and filming tricks as fans eagerly await the first episode of "season two".

Bosses have since been forced to introduce new methods of filming as cast members comply with government-issued legislation.

"Some days it works really well. Other times, it's been a pain," he told Radio Times magazine.

He went on to say: "If rain gets on the Perspex, you can't shoot through it and you can only wipe it dry with a certain type of cloth.

"And when we're inside, we're getting reflections."

Adam, who was recently written out of the show in order to take an extended "holiday", added: "Until everything gets back to normal if it ever does, this is the way we have to do things.

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"But it's honestly taking forever. I could fall asleep between takes."

Co-star Letitia Dean, famed for playing Sharon Watts told the publication: "You can't move for that two-metre stick and sanitiser!

"Filming with the screens took some getting used to, but we've been using them now for two months, so it's becoming second nature."

Letitia added: "And I don't mind the slower pace. If it means we can keep making television, then that's great."

Bosses on the soap were forced to bring in cast members' real-life partners in order to continue shooting intimate kissing scenes.

Executive producer Jon Snow says that EastEnders will return with "all the kissing and fighting that they [fans] expect to see".

Speaking about camera tricks, Snow said: "We also use plate shots, where two actors look like they are sitting at the same table but they have been filmed in isolation.

"You put the shots together."

It was recently revealed that episodes of EastEnders had been cut to 20 minutes when it returns this week.

The Beeb will broadcast four episodes a week.

EastEnders will air new episodes from Monday, September 7 on BBC One at 8.05pm

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