'Emmerdale' halts filming for a day after death of crew member

Rachel McGrath
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The Emmerdale village set, near Leeds, on the Press day of the soap's 30th anniversary celebrations.   (Photo by Tim Whitby - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Activity at the Emmerdale set, near Leeds, was temporarily halted. (Tim Whitby - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Emmerdale bosses halted filming this week following the death of a crew member.

The soap is filmed in Leeds and the set includes a purpose-built filming village and numerous indoors studios.

In a statement issued to Digital Spy, a spokesperson for the ITV programme confirmed that the locations were temporarily empty with bosses having halted activity following the sad news.

They said: "Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones of our colleague.

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"As a mark of respect, we have stood filming down for today. We'd like to abide by the family's wishes for privacy at this very sad time and we'd ask the media to be respectful of this."

FROM ITV

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Emmerdale - Ep 901011

Thursday 1st April 2021

Mandy Dingle [LISA RILEY] in her wedding dress

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Social distancing measures have been in place on the set sicne mid-2020 (ITV)

ITV has decided against naming the person who has died and there will be no reference to the death before or after tonight’s episode.

The Emmerdale set was one of many filming locations which temporarily shut down last year as the pandemic took hold.

The soap’s cast and crew were sent home for an indefinite period of time last March, as were those working on Coronation Street, EastEnders and Holby City.

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Emmerdale - Ep 8998

Thursday 18th March 2021 - 2nd Ep

Charity Dingle [EMMA ATKINS] finalises the sale of her share of the pub to Marlon Dingle [MARK CHARNOCK] - putting on a brave face. Soon she is summoned to sign the paperwork, Chas Dingle [LUCY PARGETER] is relieved but Charity can’t hide her sadness. 

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Charity Dingle [EMMA ATKINS] (ITV)

They then staged a “phased-return” to the set – which was given a small makeover to allow for Covid-safe and socially-distanced filming – in May.

On screen, the village’s residents were affected by the pandemic. Lockdown specials, which aired in June last year, revealed how Emmerdale’s much-loved characters had coped with issues including furlough, loneliness, shielding and grief.

The soap's regular schedule then resumed in July.

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