Line of Duty set to resume filming next month as BBC eases social distancing measures on set

POLICE corruption thriller Line of Duty is one step closer to being back on screen after it was revealed filming will resume next month.

The cast of the BBC drama had been forced off-set by the coronavirus pandemic, in a scenario mirrored across almost every TV show and film currently in production.

Yet with coronavirus-imposed social distancing measures now easing in the UK, bosses have told how the scripts will again be brought to life.

A BBC spokesperson told Variety: “Getting TV production back up and running safely is our priority."

“The BBC has already produced popular shows during lockdown following social distancing – from Have I Got News For You to Talking Heads.

“But, if we are to get back to producing the range and quality of programs that the public love which reflect real life interactions, we are going to need to film scenes and shows where people are closer than two metres apart."

Recently, the UK government relaxed the restrictions for those heading out in public spaces, reducing the distance those not from the same bubble, or household, would need to stay apart from two metres to one metre, or one plus – a space larger than one metre if available, with precautions taken.

The switch was made in an attempt to reignite the UK economy – of which the TV and film business plays a huge part.

The BBC spokesperson outlined yet further changes to the Line of Duty set, and told the same publication: “There will be increased screening for these groups, alongside daily symptom checks and close contact periods would be restricted on set.

“Close contact groups will be asked to follow social distancing rules during the time between an antigen test and their arrival on set, as well as observing social distancing in their daily life during the filming period. We will keep this advice under review if the situation changes.”

Meanwhile, the BBC series will resume on season six.

The creator previously revealed season six might have to be totally rewritten because of the delays.

He told BBC News: "We’re all considering [a re-write], we shot for four weeks in a pre-lockdown world, and all that material would have to be re-shot if we were going to change things.

"That would have huge cost implications, but we are considering it."

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