The lockdown has seen a boom in creative ideas from the TV industry to keep audiences entertained.

Like many in Hollywood, British actors Sean Maguire and Rebecca Mader, who starred together in the US fantasy drama Once Upon A Time, would usually be auditioning for the annual pilot season. Instead they have created their own YouTube show, At Home With Sean And Bex.

Mader, who also starred in Lost, said: “Imagine if this had been 20 years ago, we wouldn’t have had the same way to entertain ourselves and be connected.

“I think it’s going to be really fun for artists to realise that they can create their own content at home and not just sit there and wait for the phone to ring, or be told by a producer or a network that they are good enough.”

Former EastEnders star Maguire said viewers will continue to see an impact of the lockdown.

He said: “What you can’t do is rush scripted content. There is a process you can’t just gallop through to catch up so people will just have to understand there’s going to be a little bit of a gap in the market before their favourite shows and movies can resume.

“I think the industry will look different when we’re finished.”

Even the very basics of production will need to change.

“What happens when you have to kiss someone in a scene? It is a really intimate business,” said Mader.


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