TWO EastEnders characters are set to have an affair — but won’t be able to snog on screen.
Soap bosses are pressing ahead with the major storyline despite sex scenes being scrapped due to social distancing rules.
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The future of the Square’s Queen Vic is also up in the air as Britain’s pubs wait to reopen after coronavirus.
Insiders revealed two of the BBC show’s biggest stars will start a passionate fling but won’t be seen getting intimate.
A source said: “Scriptwriters have been working on an explosive affair storyline but now they’ve got to work around social distancing.
“Any sexy scenes between the characters have been binned.
“The affair will still go ahead but any passionate scenes will be suggested and nuanced, rather than acted out on screen.
“All the scripts which are being worked on currently have been tinkered with and are being re-worked.
“The bosses are adamant the affair storyline can go ahead and be filmed safely.
“The welfare of the cast is the priority but they also want to keep the standard of EastEnders high — and that means some shocking storylines in the coming months.” EastEnders resumes filming next week after a two-month break due to Covid-19.
The source added: “EastEnders will be referencing the lockdown in dialogue and obviously, with all the boozers in the UK having been shut, they’re working out whether the Vic will be kept open.
“They want to strike the right balance between giving viewers a sense of realism and a show where they can escape from the real world.”
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