Home & Away confirms whether coronavirus storylines are coming

Dan Seddon

From Digital Spy

Home and Away producer Lucy Addario has confirmed that the Australian soap will not incorporate coronavirus storylines.

Following a production hiatus due to lockdown, the cameras started shooting again earlier this month, but Addario questioned whether viewers would want to relive the nightmare we've been experiencing since March on screen.

She told BBC: "We did think about it but we really know that people love to come to Summer Bay to escape.

Photo credit: Channel 5

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"By the time the episodes we shoot get shown, if we are doing COVID stories, it'll be the last thing people want."

Meanwhile, Roo Stewart actress Georgie Parker also commented: "Who wants to see COVID on a beach?"

Photo credit: Channel 5

On the other side of the same coin, Emmerdale has decided to produce special lockdown episodes featuring certain groups of characters – incorporating COVID-19 into its storylines rather than ignoring the pandemic altogether, much like fellow ITV soap Coronation Street.

The six upcoming special episodes will show certain characters in lockdown, making these some of the most topical editions we've ever seen from the show.

We'll see how the villagers have been coping at home and how the pandemic has affected their lives and existing storylines.

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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