Coronation Street street actress Maureen Lipman has described filming the Weatherfield based soap, while maintaining a social distance, as "really weird". 

The long-running soap halted production in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Filming resumed in June, with strict safety measures in place. Corrie bosses have announced this week that the show will return to 6 episodes a week after catching up on production.

74-year-old Lipman, who plays Evelyn Plummer has revealed that is has been 'challenging", and that the cast have had to be "resourceful" to get the show back on our screens. 

Speaking on The One Show she said: "It's really weird, I can't begin to describe how weird it is.

"We did a sort of fight scene last week and I'm trying to get between two men who are two metres apart, and I'm in the middle going 'pack it in, pack it in'.

"It's challenging, we are having to be resourceful, it's a war, a war against a virus and we're having to throw everything we've got (at it)."

Lipman also addressed the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the arts.

Many venues are facing dire financial difficulties as a result of closing their doors during lockdown and she said it is vital to support out-of-work actors.

"We have to look after the actors, because they can't do anything else," she said.

"We have to furlough the actors and all of the people, including myself, who make enough money and have been working throughout, should help those kids. We should all put in something to a pot, in my opinion."

Lipman added: "Look after the actors and everything else will look after itself."

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