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Coronation Street can start filming again after government gives go ahead

Good news!

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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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The Haunting of Bly Manor is now streaming on Netflix

Just in time for Halloween!

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The Haunting of Bly Manor comes to Netflix today, just in time for Halloween.

It’s the sequel to The Haunting of Hill House, the hit Netflix series that terrified everyone two years ago.

It’s part of The Haunting anthology and will have no connection to The Haunting of Hill House, with completely new storylines, characters and of course, a brand new terrifying house. 

And if you’re looking for something to binge, it’s being released with 10 episodes – making it the perfect thing to do this weekend (if you’re hard enough).

The Haunting of Bly Manor is based on Henry James’ ‘The Turn of the Screw’, a novella horror from 1898 that centres around two children, Flora and Miles, in a country house in Essex.

However, Netflix’s version will be set in the 1980s. Here’s what you can expect of the plot: “After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave hires a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose.

“But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.”

The series features newcomers Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, who play the orphaned niece and nephew duo, Flora and Miles. 

The show also features Rahul Kohli as chef Owen, Amelia Eve as the groundskeeper Jamie and T’Nia Miller who you might know from Sex Education as the housekeeper Mrs. Grose.

Bly Manor will also see the return of some of the original cast from Hill House, including Henry Thomas as Henry Wingrave and You’s Victoria Pedretti as Dani Clayton, the American nanny.

The Haunting of Bly Manor has dropped on Netflix today, just in time for a Friday night binge. 

 

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Paul Hollywood’s ‘rainbow bagels represent the NHS’ comment angers Bake Off fans

Twitter is unimpressed by the comment.

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Paul Hollywood has ruffled feathers on this week’s Bake Off episode, after saying rainbow bagels ‘represent the NHS’. 

The Great British Bake Off has been back on our screens for three weeks now, previously making headlines and even igniting enough anger in people to complain to Ofcom

This week, the headlines come after Paul referred to rainbow bagels – set as the technical challenge on this week’s episode – as representing the NHS. 

When describing the task in the clip where Paul and Pru try this week’s technical challenge, and we see what it’s actually supposed to look like, Paul said: “I think bagels are a great challenge when you’re making bread.

“You’ve gotta boil them which is unusual. I think the rainbow colours for me, although it originated over in the States, I think it represents the NHS. It does now certainly.”

However, Twitter was having none of it. 

The rainbow flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, has been used by the LGBTQ+ community since 1978, reflecting diversity and gay pride. 

Each chosen colour represents a specific meaning such as ‘Life’, ‘Art’, and ‘Spirit’. 

However most recently, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the rainbow has been used to demonstrate our thanks to frontline NHS staff who have worked throughout the pandemic. 

What do you think, are Bake Off’s rainbow bagels for the NHS, Pride or just bagels?

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Great British Bake Off opening episode hit with more than 200 Ofcom complaints

Oh here we go…

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Ofcom has received over 200 complaints following Matt Lucas’ sketch of Boris Johnson at the start of the new series of the Great British Bake Off. 

202 people have actually taken the time to complain about Matt’s very first scene presenting the show, after replacing Sandi Toksvig.  

Ofcom told Metro.co.uk: “We’ve received 202 complaints about the opening sketch.”

The clip sees Matt in a blonde wig standing behind a podium, surrounded with Union Jack flags, wafting a piece of paper.  

He began: “Right, good evening. Let’s get straight to it. Stay alert. Protect Cake. Save Loaves.

“We are now approaching phase 46, which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are seeing, with regards to baking… if you must bake in a tent, then bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent.

“And we are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of hundreds and thousands.”

Noel Fielding was then video called into the briefing to ask a very important question – is it Scone or Scone?

One person tweeted to let everyone know they weren’t happy with the sketch: “Mocking the prime minister straight after his address to the nation is distasteful and not funny.

“He is under a huge amount of pressure with the balancing act of the economy and people’s lives. Stick to baking.”

Someone replied: “I totally agree, why must ever single thing be politicised. I have complained to Off ok. Disgusting.”

Another added: “We want to escape and be entertained by our entertainment shows not annoyed by them”

Most people, however, found the comedy sketch hilarious! One wrote: “Can’t believe all the complaints about this! It was hilarious!” Another added: “Well I thought it was genius. We need cheering up during these awful times.”

What did you think of the sketch? Let us know! 

 

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