Casualty and Holby City to continue filming during lockdown

Susannah Alexander
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Photo credit: BBC

From Digital Spy

Casualty and Holby City will both continue filming under new lockdown measures, it has been confirmed.

A second lockdown will be in place in England between November 5 and December 2 which requires a number of businesses to temporarily close, while Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also under their own restrictions.

The lockdown announcement has raised questions among viewers about whether TV production will be able to continue but, as TV and film sets tend to be COVID-secure workplaces, most should be able to do so under new rules.

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Photo credit: BBC

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Digital Spy has learned that BBC medical dramas Casualty and Holby City will both be able to continue filming as they have been. Both productions are being filmed in a COVID-safe manner with strict health and safety measures in place which comply with government guidelines.

The news follows confirmation that ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale will also both continue filming during the next lockdown, with other UK soaps also likely to continue production.

Most soaps and continuing dramas suspended filming in March during the first UK lockdown, but TV productions have since returned to production having made a number of changes to the way they film which to ensure they're safe.

Casualty has been off our screens since late August and is likely to begin airing new episodes again in 2021, while Holby City also took a break in August but is returning sooner, with the drama due back on our screens on November 10.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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We've been getting hints about what's to come on both shows from some of their respective cast members, with Casualty star Charles Venn (Jacob Masters) teasing a "cataclysmic" 35th anniversary celebration for the drama in 2021.

Meanwhile, Holby returns next week with a hugely dramatic episode, with CEO Max McGerry (Jo Martin) trying to help her staff through the enormous challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) waking up from his coma to a very different world.

Casualty and Holby City usually air on Saturdays and Tuesdays respectively on BBC One.

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