EastEnders bosses have found a way to film kissing scenes again - with stars simulating smooches through a plastic shield.
The perspex screen can be digitally edited out before broadcast, providing a loophole to social distanced filming measures introduced in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
BBC drama boss Piers Wenger revealed at the Edinburgh Television Festival: “The remarkable thing about this time is just how much people want to work and how much writers are willing to think laterally to facilitate that.
“Everyone is massively determined. Both on EastEnders and on Pursuit of Love – which we’re filming in the West Country at the moment – amazing, ingenious ways have been found to get around the need to put actors in close proximity to each other.”
He also revealed plans to quarantine cast and crew members together, without seeing family or friends, in a “bubble” to allow them to film in close proximity.
The BBC soap was forced off air in June for the first time in 35 years, after filming was halted during lockdown.
Production has now resumed, with cast and crew adhering to the two-metre social distancing rule, and EastEnders will be returning to BBC One on 7 September.
The soap will return to broadcasting four nights a week, however, the episode length has been reduced from 30 minutes to 20.
It had been reduced to two episodes a week in order to make the pre-filmed instalments last longer.
During the hiatus the BBC has been airing airing classic episodes as well as behind-the-scenes interviews in Secrets From the Square as hosted by Stacey Dooley.
It was previously revealed the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, STV and ITN have teamed up to create guidelines for how filming could take place without social distancing, but with other measures put in place to help limit the spread of coronavirus.