Jed Mercurio Has Told How The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Made It Tough To Film

The BBC show’s creator admitted the crew have had to adapt to filming amid the global health crisis, and there are some alterations being made as work continues on the sixth season.

Appearing on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’ on Wednesday (18.11.20), he said: “It’s been pretty tough to be honest for you.

“I have to pay tribute to our brilliant cast and crew. We’re diligently wearing masks the whole time, we clean things that are passed from one person to another…

“[We had to change] scenes from interior locations to exterior locations, some of our location shoots were changed to in the studio.”

However, Jed is hoping fans won’t be able to pick up on what changes were made with the pandemic in mind.

The sixth series which is said to be planned for some time next year – also had an added challenge with the show’s glass-walled interrogation room.

In the police corruption drama, the main trio – DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and SI Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) – interrogate suspects in scenes which can take days to film, and so plans had to change.

Jed previously explained: “We have created much more ventilation around that box and altered how we go about shooting it.

“The cameras are further away and we’re using remote control cameras, so the crew can be some distance away.”

The new episodes will feature a brand new case for team as they investigate DCI Joanne Davidson – played by Kelly Macdonald – after she looked into an unsolved murder case.

Martin said: “It’s been a long few months and it will be a different way of working from when we stopped, but I’m delighted to be back on the case with the ‘Line Of Duty’ team!”

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