Emmerdale fans BAFFLED after THIS 'weird' continuity error last night

(Image credit: ITV)

A break in filming has played havoc with Emmerdale's continuity...

Eagle-eyed Emmerdale fans spotted a hilarious mistake in last night's episode as the soap returns to its usual storylines after the lockdown episodes.

After ITV studios were forced to close down thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there was a break in the usual storylines that we had been enjoying before episodes ran out.

Andrea Jamie Tate and policeman Emmerdale

Fans could spot scenes filmed before lockdown because there was zero social distancing going on... (Picture: ITV)

However, ITV got Emmerdale filming up and running as lockdown restrictions eased, and now cast and crew are back making episodes, just with social distancing measures in place.

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Last night's Emmerdale was made up of some episodes that had been filmed before lockdown, while others were filmed since the studios re-opened.

A new way of filming...

Fans had a great time trying to guess which scenes were pre-lockdown and which were filmed using the new 2 metre ruling.

Andrea Jamie Tate and policeman Emmerdale

The police officer's beard was looking very trim in scenes filmed before lockdown (Picture: ITV)

However, it wasn't just seeing characters maintaining social distancing that gave post-lockdown scenes away... fans also spotted there were other subtle changes, too.

Not only had Jamie Tate managed to get himself a very impressive tan over the last few months in the sunny Yorkshire Dales, but there was also a facial hair continuity error too.

Continuity nightmare 

The policeman in charge of tracking down Andrea Tate was seen at the start of the episode with a very neat looking beard as he found her hiding in a hotel.

Andrea Jamie Tate and policeman Emmerdale

The officer's beard seemed to have grown a lot between leaving the hotel and arriving at Home Farm (Picture: ITV)

However, by the time he got to Home Farm in Emmerdale to tell Jamie that his wife had been found, the police officer's beard was looking significantly bushier.

Eagle-eyed fans took to social media to share their findings...

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With social distancing set to become our new normal for the foreseeable future, it seems we will have to get used to seeing characters in soaps keeping their distance from one another.

Andrea Jamie Tate and policeman Emmerdale

Jamie Tate was looking very tanned last night (Picture: ITV)

But how many more changes will we be able to spot before the pre-lockdown scenes have all aired?

Emmerdale will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.