Soap star Mikey North has said it was "nerve-wracking" filming an upcoming stunt for Coronation Street while maintaining social distance.  

In scenes due to be aired next week, North's character Gary Windass will be knocked down by an oncoming car, and the scene was reworked to adhere to new safety precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

When Rick Neelan's engraved watch is found in the woods, Sarah (Tina O'Brien) demands answers from Gary about his involvement in the loan shark's disappearance and his web of lies unravel.

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Terrified by Gary's admissions, Sarah runs away from him to call the police. As Gary chases Sarah down the street, a car hurtles towards her and Gary dives into the path of danger, pushing her to safety and saving her life.

To avoid contact between the actors and to adhere to social distancing guidelines, a mannequin was dressed in Sarah's clothes and used in place of O'Brien in certain shots.

North said: "We are having to shoot things quite differently, there's more camera trickery to making us look closer than we are.

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"The stunt was me acting with the dummy Sarah at times and it's not easy but we have done as best we can, it's just really nice to get back there and the crew have been fantastic and the scripts have been edited in a way where we can film it.

"It's changed quite a lot from what we had for this week before lockdown but hopefully we've not lost any of the effect from it."

Discussing doing his own stunt, he said: "It's always nice to get involved and do that, I always ask to do my own stunts if I can.

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"I enjoy it, it's one of the best parts of the job for me so luckily they let me do it and I was on the bonnet of the car and it was good fun, I really enjoy it, getting bashed about.

"The stunt guy showed me what to do and it was quite wet on the bonnet actually and I thought I'm going to lose my grip and probably get hit by the car but luckily I got away with it somehow but it was pretty nerve-wracking the first take."

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The episodes will air on July 29. 

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