Neighbours star Stefan Dennis has detailed how the 10 Peach drama is succeeding with its model of filming under COVID-19 restrictions.
Since the Fremantle drama signalled a return it has won praise from around the world.
“It’s really weird. On the one hand it’s fantastic, because we’ve got the opportunity to go back to work. And little did we know the production of Neighbours has pretty much paved the way with this blueprinted model that we’re doing now,” he told UK show This Morning.
“I have to say it’s working, it’s actually working,” he added, comparing it to “walking into a surgery” with crew members wearing rubber gloves, masks and gowns.
“Obviously we have to keep the one-and-a-half metre distance rule, that is extremely strict,” Stefan continued. “What we have done is we’ve actually broken the studios up into four groups, four teams, which are all colour-coded.
“If you’re in team A as opposed to team B, we cannot cross over. That’s really weird, because when my son was working a few weeks ago, he was at work and I was at work, and I couldn’t even see him. It wasn’t that I wasn’t working with him, I couldn’t see him as he was on one side of the building and I was on the other.”
“We have medical officers, and a nurse who does a temperature check, you’re not even allowed into the building without being temperature-checked by the nurse and given the all-clear.
“The alleyways and hallways are divided in half and you have to get well to the wall so you have that distance. We do see other cast members and other people, and when you’re in a studio it’s inevitable. You have to, we’re still working. But there’s no touching and a certain amount of actors on set at one time.”
Central to Neighbours success is its large backlot at Nunawading, where the show is the sole site occupant.
But the Erinsborough drama has also chosen not to incorporate coronavirus into storylines.
“It’s a funny old thing, because we’re working on a soap filming three months ahead,” he explained. “It’s a different story when you’re working on a film that might not be released for a year or two years and has a particular story. Neighbours is carrying on with day-to-day life.”
Source: Digital Spy