It's been a testing time in the Serial Drama world amid CoronaVirus (COVID-19) monopolising every day life including the production of Great Britain's most much-loved programmes - including Emmerdale - to seize with immediate effect.
The cast and at ITV Yorkshire may have stopped producing traditional episodes but on Wednesday 20 May of 2020, Emmerdale initiated a phased return to filming with strict Government regulations in place.
Today - Monday 22 June 2020 - it was over to The Woolpack for Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) and Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) to pick up their COVID-19 Lockdown story.
Here's a few things we learnt in this lockdown episode.
Andrea is still ringing a Belle:
Chas told Paddy that Belle is still stressing over Andrea's sudden disappearance following Jamie's affair with Belle. Chas believes Belle brought it on herself.
Farmer Briggs' metre is a bit short:
Returning from a callout, Paddy rails at one of his clients, Farmer Briggs, for not honouring the 2 metre social distancing rule when the vet had his hand up one poor cow's anal region.
Chas is feeling the pinch:
An alternative fast food joint have recently opened up serving basic foodstuffs to the local community. Chas feared her customers will go elsewhere, permanently, even when The Woolpack reopens. Chas feels she is failing to pull her weight as Paddy is the only one earning while she's not getting paid due to the pub closure.
Chris Whitty gets a mention:
Paddy said "when that Whitty chap" which meant Professor Chris Whitty got a mention. Professor Whitty has a unique fan base who'll be delighted at this.
Paddy wants to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet again:
Having a heart-to-heart with Chas over the CoronaVirus Pandemic, the pair discuss decorating Grace's bedroom and the conversation winded to Eve (Chas & Paddy's only living daughter). Paddy let slip and asked Chas "do you ever think she'll have a little brother or sister?" much to Chas' amazement. Will Chas and Paddy have another child?
Chas and Paddy appreciate the support:
Talking about the 8PM Thursday clapping for the NHS, Paddy & Chas have an emotional moment going over how much help the doctors and nurses were at the medical facility when Grace was born. They are all heroes.
Emmerdale is back this Wednesday at 19:00 on ITV/STV.
Andy Gibson for AndyGibsonTV.com