Ghosts: BBC Comedy Forced To Chop Series 3 Characters
The upcoming new chapter wrapped filming just a few weeks ago, however, due to a number of strict Covid-19 restrictions on set, some characters will not be making appearances this time around.
Metro.co.uk met lead writers Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Dogulas and Laurence Rickard ahead of this year’s TV Baftas and discussed how the show needs to transform to be safely produced.
‘We were doing [have to axe some scenes], Said Mathew. “ There are certain characters who by their nature are constantly in a massive group, so we left them in the basement where they live and we’ll have to see them again in the fourth series.
“ But right now they’re in their shoes and we can tell the audience they’re perfectly happy there, they’re going to be fine, you’re just not going to see them. ”
Each scene required a lot of planning due to the limit on the number of actors that could be on stage at a time.
“Each week we had to choose groups of no more than three or four people who could get close to each other but not to anyone else in another group,” added Mathew.
“ Normally in episodes of Ghosts there would be a lot of scenes where there are only 10 people huddled around a couch. So there are shots where you’ll see that, but actually we had to do it as a special effects shot where you knock the camera down, half of you stand there and do your part, and then goes away and then the other half stand in the other half of the frame.
“One of our longest scenes was a scene where we were all having dinner around the table,” Laurence said. “ You were shooting people, they would come out, a green screen would come in, two more people would have to come in, it would take forever. ”
Despite the rigorous new protocols, the team were thrilled to meet again – especially since they hadn’t seen each other in real life since the end of Series Two in early 2020.
“Everyone was so happy to finally be back to work and out of the house that we found everyone in a good mood,” said Mathew enthusiastically.
Ghosts is nominated for Best Scripted Comedy on Baftas TV this year and will compete against This Country, Man Like Mobeen and Inside Number Nine for the gong.
The British Academy Television Craft Awards will take place on Monday 24 May and will be broadcast from 7:00 p.m. BST on the BAFTA Youtube channel.
Ghosts is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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