Coronation Street and Emmerdale stars have caused chaos with filming by changing their hair in lockdown, an ITV boss has revealed.
Managing Director of Continuing Drama John Whiston told Lorraine Kelly on Wednesday that writers have been forced to change scripts as stars including Danny Miller have been shaving their hair in the absence of a barber during the lockdown.
John also confirmed that when Corrie resumes filming next week after the lockdown there are no plans to film episodes focusing on the virus, but did say viewers will notice some differences when the scenes air this summer.
Hilarious: Coronation Street and Emmerdale stars (Sue Cleaver left and Danny Miller right) have caused chaos with filming by changing their hair in lockdown, an ITV boss has revealed
John first spoke to Lorraine about Emmerdale which returned to filming last month, and will air a series of lock-down themed episodes beginning next week.
He admitted that many of the cast decided to change their hair during lockdown by either colouring it, or in many of the men's cases shaving it completely, including Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Dingle.
He said: 'You can also see my biggest problem with Aaron's haircut, most of the cast decided to shave their heads, and lots of the female cast members deciding to dye their hair. So we had to put in a lot of lines taking the p**s out of his hair.'
Funny: Managing Director of Continuing Drama John Whiston said on Wednesday writers have been forced to change scripts as stars have been shaving or dyeing their hair during lockdown
John went onto explain some of the more complicated elements of filming with social distancing in place, with all cast and crew ordered to stay at least two metres apart.
He added: 'We've been putting in lots of new things, new protocols, the two metre distancing.
'Our production manager has been given a re traction pole, we've put shields on the camera, we've had to make a lot of this up ourselves because there's no guidelines for it, guidelines had come out but no one had done drama in a socially distanced way.
'If someone picks up a letter, another cast member can't pick up the same letter... you have think about that.'
Transition: Emmerdale resumed filming last month with a series of special lockdown-themed episodes, with Coronation Street (pictured) to resume filming next week
Speaking about the lockdown episodes, John added; 'It doesn't look like they're standing two metres away from each other. I think we'll get complaints from people saying they're not standing two metres apart!'
Despite Emmerdale's special lockdown-themed episodes, John told Lorraine there are currently no plans for similar episodes when Corrie resumes filming on Tuesday.
He explained that while there will be a sense of change on the cobbles due to the virus, he would prefer to keep the soap as an escape for viewers during the crisis.
'Our audience do give us some latitude, I mean there is some research came and one of the people said if we do normal social distancing, one of ht peoepl would just go down to Dev's once a day,' he added.
'We'll do it quite lightly, the Rovers will do takeaway, you'll see the odd person wearing masks, if things loosen up than it's easier to build it into the scripts, we will be reflecting the pandemic, Underworld may indeed be making PPE equipment.'
Changes: Despite Emmerdale's special lockdown-themed episodes, John told Lorraine there are currently no plans for similar episodes when Corrie resumes filming on Tuesday
The ITV boss added that certain storylines have become even more important during the current lockdown, in particular a Corrie plot which has seen Yasmeen Nazir abused by her husband Geoff Metcalfe.
He told Lorraine: 'I know the timing with domestic abuse being on everybody's agenda, we've had a huge number of letters on that story, and that was based on going out, getting the research from people.
'I think it's just normality, I find that myself, you watch the news at 6 and then you watch the telly, you just need something that takes you out of it.'
Coronation Street confirmed their plans to resume filming last week, but announced that for the timebeing cast members of the age of 70 will remain and home and won't return to set.
Funny: John also joked that with social distancing in place viewers may have to use their imagination when it comes to passionate scenes
John insisting bosses are constantly reviewing the situation in the hope that cast members can return to set soon, saying: 'It's their safety we're most concerned about, and Coronation Street wouldn't be Coronation Street without those characters in it.
'We'll do everything we can to film