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Channel Ten forced to hire a body double replacement for Tim Robards' kissing scenes on Neighbours amid COVID-19 intimacy ban

By Mary Mrad For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:41 BST, 20 September 2020 | Updated: 04:00 BST, 20 September 2020

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Channel Ten's long-running soap Neighbours was forced to use a body double replacement for Tim Robards' kissing scenes amid the COVID-19 intimacy ban.

Tim's character Pierce Greyson is set to embark on a scandalous affair with Sharon Johal's character Dipi Rebecchi and the scene involves a passionate kiss.

However, due to coronavirus distancing restrictions, Ten chose to hire Sharon's husband Ankur as a body double for the storyline.

Replacement:Channel Ten has been forced to hire a body double replacement for Tim Robards' (pictured) kissing scenes on Neighbours amid COVID-19 intimacy ban

Replacement:Channel Ten has been forced to hire a body double replacement for Tim Robards' (pictured) kissing scenes on Neighbours amid COVID-19 intimacy ban 

Speaking to the Herald Sun on Sunday, Ankur revealed his wife made him 'practice pretend kissing the night before filming the scene'.

'I thought my kissing skills were up to scratch but obviously not,' he said.

'She told me it was more for blocking because she had spoken to the director and producers about what they were planning to show of me, mainly the back of my head, so she was experimenting with different angles,' he explained.

Intimate scenes: Tim's character Pierce Greyson (right) is set to embark on a scandalous affair with Sharon Johal's character Dipi Rebecchi (centre) but due to coronavirus distancing restrictions, Ten hired Sharon's husband Ankur (left) as a body double

Intimate scenes: Tim's character Pierce Greyson (right) is set to embark

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