EMMERDALE has just nine episodes of the soap left before it runs out, it was claimed today.
A spokesperson for ITV refused to deny that there were now fewer than ten outings to the Dales in the can when contacted by HOAR Online.
Airing at its current rate of three episodes a week, that would mean episodes coming to an end early next month.
Concerns were raised when talk began circulating online that the soap was running so short of content that it would come to an end in just over two weeks’ time.
Long-running soap news site Eastieoaks tweeted: “There are 9 #Emmerdale episodes remaining at present with the last set to air on 5th June.”
A rep for the ITV drama declined to comment when contacted today.
The same Twitter account claimed that Coronation Street has more episodes left to run, with 21, because it has banked the double-bills that used to air before it slashed its output.
Both Emmerdale and Corrie stopped filming at the end of last month ahead of looming lockdown rules with schedulers showing each soap just three times a week.
However, if the soaps do drop off screen it may not be for long.
HOAR has revealed that both dramas will resume filming in June after bosses agreed an action plan to make working conditions safe.
A source said: “ITV are sure they’ve come up with a solution to keep everyone safe. Production is starting up again in June.
“Emmerdale is being used as the benchmark for safety guidelines as they have a lot of space and it’s the perfect location to put the social distancing measures into practice.
“Everyone will be adhering to social distancing and scenes will be filmed with smaller groups.
“The teams will be able to film in certain ways which will minimise distancing. The scripting teams are working on creating storylines with fewer characters.”