BBC soap EastEnders will soon disappear from TV screens because the network may no longer have episodes.
Episodes have already been reduced to just two shows a week as the coronavirus pandemic stopped filming and the output was rationed.
EastEnders has been reported to be taken off the air next month due to running out of episodes remaining – but shooting will begin again in late June, MirrorOnline reports.
The BBC declined to comment.
A source told The Sun Online: “There will be a break for the soap next month.
“Everyone wants to go back to work, of course, but the health and safety of the cast and crew is the most important thing. It will only happen if it is safe to do so.”
It comes after BBC content director Charlotte Moore revealed that filming will resume late next month.
She wrote in The Telegraph: “We have looked very carefully at how we can safely put some of our shows back into production, and I am delighted to announce that we are planning to film again on both EastEnders and Top Gear through the late next month.
“Cast members will do their own hair and makeup. Social distance measures will be taken.”
The show’s official Twitter account also confirmed the news.
It was tweeted: “#EastEnders will resume filming in late June.
“Strict social distance measures will be taken. We will announce more news soon …”
The cast responded to the news, with Karen Taylor actress Lorraine Stanley replying, “I’d better stop eating the cookies.”
About Instagram, Jags Panesar actor Amar Adatia said, “Absolutely buzzing to be back with the family.”