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EastEnders will go off air before restricted filming resumes

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EastEnders will be forced off the air in June before filming gets the chance to resume.

Production on TV and film stopped completely in March due to the lockdown put in place because of the ongoing health crisis.

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Episodes of EastEnders were reduced to two a week but it won't be enough to keep the series on air.

The show will be forced to take a break next month (June) when pre-recorded episodes run out.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "There will be a break for the soap next month.

"Everyone wants to get back to work of course but the health and safety of cast and crew is the most important thing. It will only happen when it can be done safely."

With some lockdown restrictions now being lifted, producers are looking at how they can resume production in the new era of social distancing.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore has revealed that limited filming will soon begin on EastEnders.

She said in The Telegraph: "Crews will be strictly limited. Cast members will do their own hair and make-up. Social distancing measures will be in place."

Moore added: "We're also exploring ways to re-start filming on more dramas and other major BBC shows as soon as possible."

ITV are also working on restarting work on their soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

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Production is due to begin in June with social distancing measures in place.

The channel previously revealed that Emmerdale and Coronation Street would run out of episodes in May and June respectively after they also halted filming earlier this year.

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