Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Top Gear are expected to start filming again in coming weeks following guidance published by UK broadcasters that lays out effective assessment and management of COVID-19 risk in TV production. The guidelines for television programmes come ahead of guidance from the British Film Institute (BFI) on how to manage high-end TV drama and film production, which is expected at the end of May.
The government is easing restrictions and audiovisual productions are once again in full swing in the Czech Republic. Restrictions which had resulted in the cessation of audiovisual productions and interrupted international film shoots in March have had positive results and self-regulatory guidelines for safe filmmaking have been published by the Czech Film Commission.
Documentary features, scripted drama shorts and web series are being made that capture the world during this unprecedented time. With much of the world under lockdown measures, sets and studios are empty but local production companies are using the time to make creative projects under the new, challenging conditions.
The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) has launched the AFCI Global Production Alert — a first-of-its-kind resource that provides updated information on COVID-19-related policies and restrictions impacting filming locales worldwide.
Filming for the final series of The Spanish Princess took place in Bristol on a full-scale interconnected Tudor-era Westminster Palace set. Closeby locations including Wells and Gloucester Cathedrals, and Berkely Castle were used during the sixth month shoot.
CBS have announced Hawaii Five-0 will end after a ten series run with a two-hour special airing in April. The series has filmed two-hundred-and-forty episodes in the Hawaii since 2010.
Principal production has begun on police corruption drama Line of Duty series six. The BBC One series has been filmed on location in Northern Ireland since the second series, moving from Birmingham to Belfast.
The international Netflix hit produced by the UK’s Eleven Films is predominantly shot on location in Wales. The setting remains ambiguous as American and British elements are combined against the Welsh backdrop. Netflix has confirmed a third series will go ahead, less than a month after releasing its second series.