The cast and crew of EastEnders have given diehard fans a look behind-the-scenes to show how they are continuing to make the BBC soap despite strict COVID-19 regulations.
Actors including Lorraine Stanley and Milly Zero, spoke directly from the Albert Square set and let viewers into some top secrets about how they’re keeping the popular show on air.
These include the clever camera tricks the crew are using to fake shots, and even how the stars are having to act opposite a tennis ball at times instead of their co-stars.
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Lorraine Stanley, who fans will know and love as Karen, said she’s been finding it tough not to touch or hug her co-stars in scenes as they have to stay two meters apart at all times.
She said: “Karen’s so tactile, so for me [the biggest challenge] is not being able to touch people in the scenes, which is really natural for her.
“Even if it’s just a little pat on the back, having a laugh or a hug, now you’ve got to find it using other ways in the eyes and any other way you can find really, but it’s really difficult.”
Lorraine also went on to joke about what it’s like to pretend that a tennis ball is one of her co-stars, saying it’s much harder than it looks.
She explained: “When I first got confronted with a tennis ball, I was like, ‘how am I going to do this?’
“It’s difficult, it’s really tricky, because I kind of go a little bit boss eyed when you’re trying to imagine that the eyes are there, and the face – it’s better with a real person but you’ve just got to go with it,” Lorraine added.
Lorraine’s co-star Milly Zero, who plays Dotty, also explained how the tennis balls have been a regular fixture on set.
She explained: “So we use the tennis balls in place of faces. They’re put exactly where the other actors eyes would be so it gives us exactly the right eye line to perform to.”
Milly added: “It sounds crazy but it actually really works and keeps us safe, which is the most important thing.”
In other parts of the clip, the crew explain how the stars can’t all be in one shot together.
Instead, they use the magic of camerawork and trickery to make it appear that the cast are much closer together than they actually are.
Meanwhile, Milly and Stevie Basaula, who is best known as Isaac Baptiste, show viewers around the set, as they show the other measures in place, including temperature checks, a one-way system and the cast doing their own hair and make-up.
EastEnders continues on BBC One