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25/08/2020 11:03 BST | Updated 25/08/2020 11:03 BST

EastEnders Bosses Have Come Up With A Seriously Inventive Way To Get Around Kissing Scenes

Social distancing has presented its challenges as TV production has resumed.

EastEnders bosses have come up with an inventive way to get round the challenges of social distancing while filming kissing scenes. 

While you may have thought any saucy shenanigans between the Albert Square residents would have to be implied with longing looks and lusty dialogue, they’ll now be able to display their affection thanks to the help of a perspex sheet.

Speaking at the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival on Monday, BBC drama boss Piers Wenger explained the “ingenious” technique that allows the characters to get up close and personal, while the actors keep a safe distance. 

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Ben and Callum kissing in an EastEnders scene recorded prior to the pandemic

He revealed how some cast members have been kissing each other through a plastic pane, which is then edited out of shots in post production. 

This technique could prove to be especially handy if rumours about a new affair storyline are to be believed. 

The Sun reported back in May that two Walford residents will be embarking on an illicit tryst when the soap returns to screens in September. 

EastEnders fell off the air for the first time in its 35-year history in June when it ran out of episodes that were recorded before the coronavirus pandemic shut down production in March. 

Filming resumed in July when new safety measures were introduced, while it has also been confirmed coronavirus will feature in upcoming storylines. 

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The EastEnders cast returned to filming in July

The TV industry is slowly beginning to find its feet again after experiencing a widespread production shutdown at the start of the pandemic. 

Strictly Come Dancing’s team of professional dancers are currently all in isolation together in order to record all of the group dances for the upcoming series.

Filming on the new series of The Great British Bake Off saw all contestants, cast, crew and production staying together in a “bubble” at a hotel for the duration of the six-week shoot.

Meanwhile, the US version of Love Island has moved from Fiji to a Las Vegas hotel in order to get round travel restrictions. 

EastEnders returns to BBC One on Monday 7 September at 8pm.