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http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/coronation-street-broadcast-sixth-weekly-episode

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Coronation Street to broadcast sixth weekly episode

The nation’s most successful and popular soap drama, Coronation Street, is to broadcast a sixth weekly episode from late 2017, ITV announced today.

ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo, said the news reflected the broadcaster’s commitment to high quality soap for its hugely loyal audience.

"I am a life-long fan of Coronation Street and one of the first things I wanted to explore when I became Director of Television was taking the production to six episodes a week.

“The soaps are the cornerstone of the ITV schedule, and Coronation Street continues to produce some of the finest drama and comedy on television. It is a hugely important part of what has defined ITV throughout its history, and I want it to continue to be right at the heart of what ITV defines in years to come.

“As a viewer I have watched the soap as it has continued to evolve, entertain, and grip the nation with fantastic storylines and this move will be the next exciting chapter in Corrie's story."

ITV Studios Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North, John Whiston, who has responsibility for overseeing both Coronation Street and Emmerdale, said:

“From a creative perspective this is an extremely exciting development for the production team, writers, cast and crew who work on our globally renowned soap drama.”

“Coronation Street’s new producer Kate Oates, modern filming and editing facilities at the programme’s Production Centre and our fantastic, peerless drama teams will help turn this great idea into reality,” he added.

The plan, which was unveiled to the writers, cast and crew today, will create employment opportunities adding a new and exciting dimension to filming the UK’s longest running soap drama.

The current layout of the set will be extended to facilitate the expansion in production, and create additional studio space on the 7.7-acre site in Trafford, Manchester. The programme currently has four operational studios, as well as the exterior lot of Coronation Street, and space has been identified on site for the creation of a further filming zone.


Does ITV have nothing else to broadcast? I think this is overkill like Emmerdale, but does this mean Sundays will get the soaps back?

Personnel I think both should only have five per week striped Sun- Thursday
Last edited by 623058 on 30 January 2018 6:21pm - 3 times in total
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tomo359971 posts since 18 Oct 2009
Border (England)
They need to drop an episode, not add one! They should drop an ep of Corrie and an ep of Emmerdale and free up more time for new drama, comedy, factual etc.

But typical ITV thinking the whole nation is addicted to soaps and doesn't want anything else. Don't get me wrong, I am a big soap fan myself, but there are times I feel inundated with them and have nearly stopped with Corrie altogether.
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VMPhil9,613 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I think I've had conversations with people on here and on Twitter about how there seems to be too much from the soaps on nowadays. Even with EastEnders, it's on four times a week, two hours in total. I'd prefer it to go back to two nights a week, but evidently the argument that more episodes = less quality = fewer viewers doesn't really have much to stand on, as all the soaps have continued to have their usual highs and lows even as they become more and more saturated in the schedules.


That's one less reason for me to be watching itv.

ITV could show the second coming of Christ and you still wouldn't be happy, so I'm not sure what difference an extra episode of Corrie makes
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tweedledum950 posts since 2 Jun 2012
Border (England) Look North (North East)
I have to agree, Coronation Street is on far too much! I would welcome the soaps returning to Sunday (presuming this when the sixth weekly episode will air) I do think that they need to reduce to about 3 episodes per week. I hope they move the Thursday 8pm Emmerdale episode to Sundays, along with this.

Speaking of Corrie, when are Kate Oates episodes expected to begin?
Brekkie31,397 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today

It is news worthy of its own thread, even if it news nobody wanted. Agree with the concensus that ITV should be looking to be less reliant rather than more reliant on their soaps, and having resisted the urge for so long I'm surprised they've made it now. You'd think it would make it harder to sell internationally too - 5 eps a week fits into schedules nicely.

I guess the episode will slot in either on Sundays at 7.30 or Thursdays at 8.30. Wouldn't be to surprised either if it led to EastEnders going 5 nights a week.
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Jay Lee567 posts since 7 Apr 2015
London
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I guess the episode will slot in either on Sundays at 7.30 or Thursdays at 8.30. Wouldn't be to surprised either if it led to EastEnders going 5 nights a week.


That would be the final nail in the coffin for EastEnders if the BBC did pursue that route. It's barely been able to pump out decent episodes 4 times a week over the last 15 years.
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VMPhil9,613 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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That's one less reason for me to be watching itv.

ITV could show the second coming of Christ and you still wouldn't be happy, so I'm not sure what difference an extra episode of Corrie makes


Thanks for that. Sorry my viewing habits / posts are a problem for some people.

I don't have a problem with you not liking ITV shows, most of them are pretty bad, it just seemed like an excuse to bash ITV for no reason Smile
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Jay Lee567 posts since 7 Apr 2015
London

ITV could show the second coming of Christ and you still wouldn't be happy, so I'm not sure what difference an extra episode of Corrie makes


Thanks for that. Sorry my viewing habits / posts are a problem for some people.

I don't have a problem with you not liking ITV shows, most of them are pretty bad, it just seemed like an excuse to bash ITV for no reason Smile


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Neil Jones5,245 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I've mentioned this before but the amount of soap on the channel is a corner ITV painted themselves into many years ago, and the net result is: Nothing else, bar football, attracts that number of viewers. Many years ago it was a schedule along the lines of 7pm game show, 7:30 Corrie, 8pm comedy show, 8:30pm World in Action or similar, 9pm drama/entertainment, 10pm news.

ITV's main problem now is they are dependent on a handful of programmes for their money. Somebody posted a mock schedule a while back that was basically Ant & Dec presenting everything. If human cloning was legal and ethical, Ant & Dec clones would no doubt be on every ITV programme going.
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Andrew13,578 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
They need to drop an episode, not add one! They should drop an ep of Corrie and an ep of Emmerdale and free up more time for new drama, comedy, factual etc.



Whereas I'm not exactly thrilled by this idea, an extra half an hour is hardly going to effect the amount of those programmes on ITV. There are extensive dramas and factual on ITV. There isn't much comedy but that isn't an ITV specific issue.

Broadcasters don't like "freed up" schedules. They like as much regular scheduled programmes as possible to leave as little as possible to fill with anything new.
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