The pandemic is causing another shut down for the soaps of ITV, but for different reasons this time.
First up, production shut down on Emmerdale due to a number of cases cropping up amongst the cast and crew. The production was a fairly short one and production ill resume on Jan. 25.
ITV’s biggest soap, Coronation Street, however, is going to be shutting down for two weeks as some adjustments need to be made.
“Coronation Street will pause filming from next Monday, Jan. 25, for two weeks to undertake some rewriting of stories and scripts as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic,” an ITV spokesperson told Variety.
“We will also be taking the opportunity to review all health and safety requirements to ensure we continue to provide a safe working environment for the cast, crew and production team,” the spokesperson continued.
While the U.K. is in a third national lockdown, television and movie production has been allowed to continue this time around. What the changes are that are needed for the scripts is anyone’s guess.
ITV does not expect to have to cut or delay any episodes from the schedule to make up for the hiatus.
Coronation Street and Emmerdale are both broadcast on ITV in the U.K., and can be watched on the Brit Box service in the U.S.