Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale to keep cameras rolling as UK enters third lockdown

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The country's top soaps will not shut down like last summer – despite the UK entering another national lockdown.

It appears EastEnders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street are to carry on filming despite the latest strict government coronavirus restrictions.

It's great news for the show's fans after some didn't air during the first national lockdown.

Viewers feared a repeat of what happened three months into the first lockdown last year as shows were suspended or reduced to just a handful of episodes every week.

The Sun reports that the cameras will continue to roll and there is unlikely to be watered down production over the months ahead.

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In May, BBC favourite EastEnders was taken off TV for the first time when it ran out of episodes.

Producers were eking out the shows for as long as possible but ran three months into the pandemic as they were forced to take drastic action.

Corrie and Emmerdale continued to run but shows were cut back so they could fill the weeks.

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Execs slashed the number of weekly episodes in a bid to keep the show on air for as long as possible.

A spokeswoman for ITV told the publication: "Filming continues on Coronation Street and Emmerdale as health and safety measures are in place in accordance with the Government guidelines".

The BBC's spokeswoman said: "EastEnders will continue filming during lockdown.

"Production will continue to strictly adhere to the social distancing and safety measures in place."

Fears were growing that production would halt again after strict measures were put into place by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

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According to the latest lockdown rules "some businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities".

However, one exemption includes: "for the purposes of film and TV filming".

That means shows won't have to even reduce the amount of time the stars are on set – and fans can look forward to plenty of action from all the soaps following the confirmation.

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