Coronation Street to air first kiss between two actors since social distancing rules were enforced


Coronation Street to air its first-onscreen kiss since social distancing rules were enforced with footballer James Bailey set to share a smooch with Danny Tomlinson for Pride Month

Coronation Street is set to air its first kiss between two actors since strict social distancing rules were enforced at the start of the Covid pandemic.

In Wednesday night’s episode – which was written by Damon Alexis-Rochefort to honour Pride Month – footballer James Bailey faces questions from journalists about his sexuality after pictures of him and Danny Tomlinson are leaked online.

As he takes the stage at his promotion’s press conference, James, played by Nathan Graham, prepares to tell the truth and announce he’s gay. 

Return to normality: Coronation Street is set to air its first kiss between two male actors since strict social distancing rules were enforced at the start of the pandemic

When he returns to the Cobbles, Danny, portrayed by Dylan Brady, reveals to the athlete that he watched the press conference.

As he tells James he wants to be with him, the pair wrap their arms around each other and share a passionate embrace.

The kiss was filmed after the two actors became part of a tested cohort so they could safely work closer than two metres and share the intimate smooch.

Earlier in the year, a real-life couple stood in for actors Alan Halsall and Ruxandra Porojnicu when their characters Tyrone Dobbs and Alina Pop started their affair with a kiss. 

Love: On Wednesday night’s episode, James Bailey, played by Nathan Graham, and Danny Tomlinson, portrayed by Dylan Brady, share a passionate embrace on the Cobbles

Love: On Wednesday night’s episode, James Bailey, played by Nathan Graham, and Danny Tomlinson, portrayed by Dylan Brady, share a passionate embrace on the Cobbles

However, Wednesday’s episode mark the first time two performers have been able to film a kissing scene without the need of acting doubles. 

Other pre-tested close cohorts have been formed previously on the show, such as for a fire stunt with Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew), Alya (Sair Khan) and Yasmeen Nazir (Shelley King) on the 60th anniversary episodes. 

Pre-testing measures were also enforced for scenes where Kevin and Debbie Webster, played by Michael Le Vell and Sue Devaney, were locked in a freezer together.

Coronation Street was forced to halt filming last year due to the pandemic. 

Standstill: Coronation Street was forced to halt filming last year due to the pandemic, and production has only resumed with the use of strict social distancing measures

Standstill: Coronation Street was forced to halt filming last year due to the pandemic, and production has only resumed with the use of strict social distancing measures

Things have slowly been getting back to normality albeit with filming restrictions still in place. The ITV soap still maintains strict filming protocols, with actors having to keep a distance of two metres when necessary. 

Scenes are typically limited to just four cast members at-a-time, meaning producers are tasked with coming up with creative ways to tell the story and keep viewers at home entertained.

Coronation Street producer and team manager Iain MacLeod, confirmed the show will feature explosive episodes and spectacular storylines in the coming months. 

Speaking to The Sun earlier this month, he said: ‘There are loads of key rivalries across the Cobbles this summer and I think it will be like following your favourite team – there will be times where they let you down, make mistakes and maybe score a few own goals. 

‘But you’ll back them till the end and woe betide anyone else who criticises them.

‘Given how exciting the stories are, it’s great that fans will have the chance to binge watch all the episodes on ITV Hub – as with football, sometimes when it’s an exciting face-off, you really want extra time.’

You can watch all next week’s episodes on the ITV Hub from Monday June 28th and watch James and Danny’s scenes on Wednesday June 30th.

Big things coming: Things have slowly been getting back to normality with producer Iain MacLeod confirming the show will feature spectacular storylines in the coming months

Big things coming: Things have slowly been getting back to normality with producer Iain MacLeod confirming the show will feature spectacular storylines in the coming months

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