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BBC actors kissed on PERSPEX screens to circumvent the rules of Covid, reveals the drama boss


EastEnders stars kissed over PERSPEX screens to circumvent the rules of Covid, reveals the BBC drama boss

  • BBC drama boss Piers Wenger said sheets of plexiglass were used for kissing
  • At the Edinburgh TV Festival, he said the screens would be cut out
  • It has also been suggested to put actors and film crews in "bubbles".

A BBC boss has announced that EastEnders actors kissed over plexiglass screens during filming to ensure social distancing guidelines were followed.

BBC drama boss Piers Wenger said at the Edinburgh TV Festival today that the shows need to find "brilliant" new ways to film scenes of close physical contact.

Plexiglass sheets were introduced for scenes with kisses so that the actors do not touch their lips while filming.

At the Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC drama boss Piers Wenger (pictured in the middle on April 8, 2017 at the BFI & Radio Times TV Festival) said the shows need to find “brilliant” new ways to film scenes with tight-bodied contact

The screens are then cut out of the footage during post production.

Another social distancing solution mentioned by Wenger was to keep the cast and crew members in "bubbles" so they wouldn't have to socially distance themselves while filming.

The drama boss said shows like Eastenders and The Pursuit of Love are among the productions that are finding new ways to bypass restrictions.

BBC content director Charlotte Moore also spoke at the festival, saying the BBC needed to be nimble and agile in producing shows to figure out what to do and what to edit.

The drama boss said shows like Eastenders and The Pursuit of Love are among the productions finding new ways to bypass restrictions (file image)

The drama boss said shows like Eastenders and The Pursuit of Love are among the productions finding new ways to bypass restrictions (file image)

Wenger also commented on diversity during his appearance, saying: “The industry is not diverse, as Steve McQueen said, it is racist. Something went wrong and we are working to fix it. & # 39;

The BBC has also reportedly considered removing Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia from last night of the Proms for fear of criticism from the Black Lives Matter movement for their obvious links to colonialism and slavery.

However, in a statement that evening, the BBC said that a new arrangement from Jerusalem will be performed along with orchestral versions of Land Of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia!

The BBC was reported to be considering removing Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia from Last Night of the Proms, but in a statement tonight they confirmed that orchestral versions will be played this year

The BBC was reported to be considering removing Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia from Last Night of the Proms, but in a statement tonight they confirmed that orchestral versions will be played this year

The statement read: "With greatly reduced musical powers and no live audience, the Proms will curate a concert that will incorporate familiar, patriotic elements such as Jerusalem and the national anthem, and bring in new moments that encapsulate the mood of this unique time, including you" I will never go alone and present a poignant and comprehensive event for 2020. "

Finland's 35-year-old conductor Dalia Stasevska is said to believe this year's no-audience ceremony "is the perfect moment to bring about change," but critics have accused the BBC of indulging in political correctness.

The BBC said: “We deeply regret the unjustified personal attacks on Dalia Stasevska, the main guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which have been carried out on social media and elsewhere. As always, decisions about the proms are made by the BBC in consultation with all of the artists involved. & # 39;

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