How Neighbours helped Bold & Beautiful to film safely

10's Angela Bishop is spilling on Bold secrets in a special series on Facebook Watch.

In June 2020 The Bold & the Beautiful became the first production in L.A. to go back into the studio after COVID shutdowns.

The long-running soap came up with lots of novel ways to film their intimate scenes, drawing international headlines.

But what is less well-known is that it was Australia’s Neighbours which had been instrumental in helping them find a path forward. The link to that happening was 10’s Angela Bishop.

“I actually put them in touch,” she tells TV Tonight.

“They said ‘We hear Neighbours is up and running, could you give us some details?’

“They had a series of zoom meetings, and the Neighbours guys were so generous and said to them, ‘This is how we’ve done it.’

“The Bold team we’re really grateful to them for helping out.

“They were the first production in the United States to go back to work so before any other movies or series.”

Leveraging off the Neighbours model, Bold found creative ways to isolate cast and crew and shoot scenes by cheating camera angles.

Bold & the Beautiful is of course full of people pashing all the time. So they did all these scenes with blow up dolls or dropping in their actual husbands and wives.

“They even had a whole storyline about someone falling in love with a mannequin!”

Angela Bishop will now take fans behind the scenes of the hit soap in Ínside Bold, a series of special episodes screening on Facebook Watch.

Her 8 part series includes B&B follows from her close association with the show, in which she had two cameo appearances.

“I’ve interviewed all the cast, some of the creatives, as well as a couple of baddies from the past. This is one for the fans. You’re going to see original audition tapes, my secret footage that I filmed on the plane when the cast came to Australia.

“Fans can see the actors talking about some of the craziest storylines, some of those secrets, like get all that sort of stuff. And just get around out there.

“There’s one episode dropping each Sunday for eight weeks.”

Episode 1 of Inside Bold is now available at Facebook Watch.

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  1. The past attraction for employing Australian directors, writers and production crews was their ability to work with tight budgets, something Hollywood had issues with with at that time, Australian and US production companies have benefited from each others resources since then.

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