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extra episodes Fair City bosses determined to make up lost time after filming was suspended for four months

The soap is expected to return back to its original schedule of four times a week.

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Fair City went off-air last year for the first time in its history after filming was suspended for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now the producers are determined to make up for lost time, with plans to bring the long-running soap back to its original schedule of four times a week.

Executive producer Brigie de Courcy said adding an extra episode to the schedule was one of its plans for 2021.

"One of the big things we're trying to do is to get back to doing four episodes a week, and we really are hoping in the new year that we're going to be able to do that," she said.

Scripts and storylines had to be "completely parked" due to the Covid crisis.

In the case of some plotlines, they had to start all over again.

"We had a wonderful court case that was coming up and there's no way of telling that in the same way now, so all of our 'whodunnit' things had to be wiped out," Ms de Courcy said.

"The story will probably be 18 months on from when we thought it would originally hit the screens.

"But we have, in fact, written four episodes a week and then, because we had to compress episodes and bring things back, we suddenly realised we were telling an incredibly inappropriate story on Christmas Day.

"So we had to rewrite that and drop these funny episodes in, so the story has been pushed back out to where it's supposed to be."

Since filming resumed on-set last July, it has been "very challenging" to ensure everyone adhered to the strictest health and safety regulations.

"We haven't had a single case of Covid and, fingers crossed, we won't, because it's a nasty old virus and there's no way of knowing where it's going to go next." Ms de Courcy added.


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