The Yorkshire soap Emmerdale will remain on air and broadcast newly filmed episodes, ITV announced today.

A phased return to shooting started last week at it's Leeds studios with a pared back cast and crew whilst observing the recently published health and safety guidelines for TV productions.

Emmerdale will alter its transmission pattern to two episodes from 8 June in order to stay on air.

The episodes scheduled will be those filmed featuring characters in lockdown, and the impact it has on their lives.

The programmes will involve storylines featuring characters Sam and Lydia, Cain and Aaron, Mandy and Vinny, Marlon, Al and Ellis, Nicola and Jimmy and Chas and Paddy.

The two episodes will air on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm on ITV for three weeks, before Emmerdale will then resume a three episode each week pattern.

Special "lockdown episodes" have been filmed with the soap stars Credit: ITV

Filming of the soap had been paused in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After filming for the soaps was stopped, ITV reduced the amount of episodes being aired each week to three in an effort to make the content they had already filmed last longer.

ITV also made classic episodes of the soaps available on its on-demand platform, ITV Hub.

Emmerdale is to stay on our screens with new episodes Credit: ITV