Emmerdale has resumed filming for a special series of lockdown episodes, ITV has announced.
The soap shut down filming two months ago as the UK entered coronavirus lockdown but full production resumed yesterday in Leeds with the first of six special episodes.
Each of the episodes will feature a different pair or trio of characters and will be recorded over a two-week period using the same director and a small crew, with medical advisers present to ensure social distancing.
In a press release, ITV said of the episodes: "Inevitably, with time on their hands the characters will begin to think about what's important in life. We'll see resentments and past feuds resurface, old wounds further exposed, relationships scrutinised, with doubts and insecurities laid bare.
"Some seize the opportunity lockdown presents to heal divisions, whilst others get some sizzle back into their lives! With the backdrop of the pandemic, the characters also reflect the nation's immense gratitude and thanks for the NHS with the weekly clap for carers and the people working on the frontline keeping our country safe."
The six episodes will feature Cain and Aaron (Jeff Hordley and Danny Miller), Chas and Paddy (Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt), Sam and Lydia (James Hooton and Karen Blick), Marlon, Al and Ellis (Mark Charnock, Michael Wildman, Aaron Anthony), Mandy and Vinny (Lisa Riley and Bradley Johnson) and Jimmy and Nicola (Nick Miles and Nicola Wheeler).
Jane Hudson, Emmerdale's executive producer, said: "Lockdown has created an opportunity for us to focus on what is important in our lives. When we first discussed commissioning these episodes back in March the writers instantly rose to the challenge.
"Seven weeks into lockdown and the scripts have an added poignancy and meaning. The response from everyone at Emmerdale to filming these episodes has been fantastic and we're really grateful for their support."
Emmerdale is due to run out of episodes recorded before lockdown on June 5, but the filming of new episodes means that the soap can remain on air for the rest of the month.Follow us on Twitter @SMEntsFeed and like us on Facebook for the latest entertainment news alerts.