The Line of Duty cast have revealed how the most iconic scenes were forced to change due to coronavirus regulations.
Series six of the police drama is returning to BBC on Sunday, with the AC-12 crew – Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) and Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) getting stuck into a new investigation.
Chatting about what fans can expect from the new episodes, the stars revealed that while plots stayed the same, one of the most iconic parts of the show, the interview scenes, faced huge changes due to the global pandemic.
‘I actually don’t think Jed [Mercurio, creator] changed anything massively in terms of action and stunts that was originally in the scripts,’ Vicky told us. ‘Because there was a possibility that he was going to have to change certain things.
‘The biggest changes for us was studio set. Say like the AC-12 interview room, that’s like a no-no for Covid-19 because it’s an enclosed space and this glass box, and we shoot it in the BT tower in Belfast.
‘We built that into a studio so there was no roof and it was ventilated and it’s much safer to do 20 minute, half an hour scenes in that environment.
‘So things like that changed, but we were set into these cohorts and there was so much safety put in place that we were able to do the scenes.’
Despite the changes, Vicky teased that we’ll still be given the dramatic scenes we’re used to.
‘There is some action in there, of course,’ she continued. ‘Me, Martin and Ady have said it feels a bit like series three, it’s got that similar tone to it again.
‘So yeah there’s a fair amount of action in there.’
Martin, who stars as Steve Arnott, confessed that he found it tough getting to grips with some of the more intense moments – due to social distancing.
He added: ‘I think Shalom [Brune-Franklin, aka Chloe Bishop], it was me and you in a scene with somebody else, and I have to shout at somebody and get in their face, but you can’t.
‘You have to film it from a distance and this weird… I find that quite…
‘It was tough, it was bizarre because you want to feel it and be real but you’re shouting into thin air.’
We’re sure Martin still nailed it.
While the cast had to deal with shooting throughout constant guideline changes, Kelly Macdonald, who has joined the cast for series six, joked that it was fitting that they were filming while donning forensic suits.
Which is fair enough.
Kelly will be playing Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case.
She unwittingly finds herself under the AC-12 microscope when her unconventional conduct raises alarm bells on the case.
So it looks like we’ll be seeing her sitting in on those interview scenes…
Line of Duty series six kicks off on Sunday, at 9pm, on BBC One. Series one – five are available to stream on iPlayer now.
Credit: Original article published here.