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Coronation Street can start filming again after government gives go ahead

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There’s some good news for Corrie fans as soaps have been given the green light from the government to begin filming again.

Soaps like Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks have been given the go ahead in terms of returning to filming, although they’ll have to stick to new safety conditions and social distancing rules, Metro reports.

It’s good news for the industry as a whole, as the future of the shows looked uncertain – although when they return it will be a very different landscape, with busy pubs and kissing scenes likely to be dropped for the time being.

Corrie had enough shows filmed to last through July, and now it may not even need to leave the air at all, if they can get started soon enough.

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However, at this point no soap is ready to start laying out concrete plans for returning to filming, because consultation on broadcasting and filming guidelines isn’t set to finish until this Friday.

Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod told Metro.co.uk: “Scripts are changing all the time – we have talked a lot about whether Coronation Street would exist in a parallel world or had a coronavirus in it.

“The Coronation Street we love reflects modern Britain albeit heightened. So to not reference it wouldn’t feel right. It has to exist but people also tune in for escapism and to see dramatic stories and stuff they don’t normally see in their own lives.

“The virus will exist but we’d be keen for it not to dominate everyone’s lives. It’s the only conversation in my house – but people don’t want to see that as the only topic of conversation on screen.

“We will see it reflected in how businesses are run, hand washing and the way people behave but we will still tell dramatic storylines and a dollop of comedy as we don’t want to lose what the show is. Our storytelling is business as usual.”

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Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Stockport to film a new crime drama

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If you’re already missing Line of Duty, which finished last Sunday with a final episode that divided opinion among viewers, then we’ve got some good news.

Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Greater Manchester to film a new crime drama on Monday.

Compston is coming to Stockport to film the new series of Traces, a show following the team behind SIFA (the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy) as they investigate a bomb plot.

As well as Compston, the series will also star Molly Windsor and Laura Fraser – who played Lydia Rodarte-Quayle in Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul.

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Traces producers, in a letter sent to local residents and businesses, said: “As part of the economic recovery, filming on location is allowed to proceed, provided government guidance surrounding work activities is observed and industry guidelines are adhered to.

“We want to reassure you that our work is in line with the government guidance and has been approved in consultation with all relevant authorities.”

Filming for the second series of the BBC show will happen around Stockport town centre, beginning at The Arden Arms on Millgate at 8am on Monday.

Next the action will head to Great Underbank, followed by Freedmans clothes hire on Little Underbank, before heading to The Angel Inn at Market Place later in the day.

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While the first series of Traces told the story of Emma, a young forensic lab assistant who discovered the truth behind a fictitious case study with links to her past, the second promises to ramp up the stakes with the bomb storyline.

The letter says: “While Emma and Daniel anxiously await Phil McAfee’s murder trial, a series of homemade bombs go off in Dundee.

“The targets make no sense. The only clues they have about the bomber are the bombs themselves.”

The new series is set to be released later this year, and you can catch the first series on BBC iPlayer now.

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Come Dine With Me is looking for Mancunians for the new series

Calling all amateur chefs, now’s your chance to win £1,000

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Popular culinary TV show Come Dine With Me is coming to Manchester this summer, and they’re on the lookout for contestants.

Filming is set to take place over June and July, and they need some top tier home chefs from around Greater Manchester.

The hit Channel 4 series pits amateur cooks against each other for the chance to win a £1,000 cash prize, and has become a British institution.

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The press release reads: “Are you bored of cooking for your partner? Housemates? Children? Think your cooking skills have improved over lockdown and finally ready to test them out on the wider world?!

“Do you think you’ve got what it takes to host the perfect dinner party and walk away with £1000?”

Casting Producer Sasha Risner added: “Following the success of previous episodes in Manchester we are back looking for hosts to create the recipe for success. We are looking for keen cooks with bags of energy and who are up for the challenge of winning £1,000!”

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If you want to get involved, you need to be aged over 18 and not working or trained as a professional chef. You also need to be currently living in Greater Manchester.

Due to Covid, for this series Come Dine With Me is using a centralised house to host the dinner parties rather than people’s homes.

Shooting will take place between June 28th and July 2nd, and to apply either head here or email cdwm@multistory.tv.

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Line of Duty star says final episode is the ‘perfect ending’

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The bad news for Line of Duty fans is that the new series is coming to an end this weekend, with what promises to be an action packed episode.

Series six will conclude with the seventh episode this Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, with a trailer hinting that H’s identity will be revealed.

As well as that, the trailer shows AC-12 going all out on one suspect, with another police chase and gun wielding action thrown in for good measure.

And now one of the star’s has revealed that he thinks the upcoming series finale is the ‘perfect ending’.

Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott in the BBC series, spoke to the Shrine of Duty podcast, and while he refused to reveal the identity of H he did have a few interesting things to say.

He told the podcast: “What I will tell you is I think there’s a lot of pay offs coming this Sunday.

“There’s a lot of big answers and it’s deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end.”

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When asked if there would be another series, he said: “We don’t know [if there will be another] – that’s nothing new… Jed always takes time after a series, like a couple of months.

“There’s a lot of stuff above my pay grade like analytics and audience scores. He takes the emotion out of it and looks at all that.”

Martin continued: “It’s different this year, because we have to look at it in terms of, do people want us back? 10 years in you start to think of legacy, and if it goes down that well it might be the perfect ending.

“But then we might go another couple of months and… what I will say is we won’t do one just for the sake of doing it. Jed will only do it if there’s a story to be told.”

More than 11 million people tuned into the latest episode, so it’s a safe bet that people do want the Line of Duty gang back on their screens catching bent coppers.

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