Lights, camera ... no action. Sex scenes are screwed thanks to ...

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Lights, camera ... no action. Sex scenes are screwed thanks to Covid-19

TV and film dramas made in lockdown have to adapt to new social-distancing rules. Cue the imagination

Anita Singh

The lights are low, the passion is high ... and the characters are staying 2m apart to respect the rules on social distancing. Welcome to television sex scenes, Covid-19 style.

The BBC’s latest drama, Normal People, is a tender tale of first love that features a number of intimate moments between its two leads, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. But the show’s intimacy coordinator, Ita O’Brien, has said it may be among the last for some time to feature scenes in which the actors are within touching distance of each other.

Instead, dramas filmed during lockdown will have to rely on a healthy dose of imagination...

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