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Hollyoaks to resume production after coronavirus break


Hollyoaks is to resume production this week, with filming set to begin again next month.

Channel 4 has confirmed that the soap – produced by Liverpool-based Lime Pictures – will recommence production in Liverpool this week, three months after filming was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cast members will begin filming on-set again in July, with “new work protocols” in place.

The broadcaster will continue its current scheduling pattern of two episodes a week until September, when it will increase to four episodes a week.

The soap is planning to return to its usual transmission schedule of showing five episodes per week in 2021.

A Channel 4 spokesperson: “Hollyoaks will be resuming production this week in Liverpool ahead of a return to recording on set in July. The Channel 4 drama, which is shot differently to other soaps with single-camera, will increase in episodes from its current two nights a week to four nights a week from September, the current plan being to return to five episodes in 2021.

“To safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all involved in the production of Hollyoaks, new work protocols will be in place. All cast and crew will attend a safety induction to familiarise themselves with the revised way of working prior to production re-starting.

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