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Revolution372 posts since 27 Oct 2005
London London
I wonder how ITV3 will handle the hour long episodes which became more frequent in the late 1990s, both Emmerdale and Corrie. I guess if the hour long episodes falls as the 'first' episode of the double bill they will just air the 1 hour, but if it falls as the second episode I guess they will just air it and push the next show back. Cant see them cutting them into 2 halves, unless they were done so for overseas sales. I remember when Granada Plus were showing late 90s Emmerdale whenever there was an hour long episode they simply dropped Corrie that day and aired Emmerdale in the hour long soap repeat slots. Corrie of course only reached Feb 1994 on Granada Plus so it was never an issue with hour long episodes.

Bet's departure was definitely a huge loss for the show and a big reason why 1996 was a poor year. At the moment Bet is off screen and I didn't really like the replacement temporary manager to be honest. Thought Raquel being given the chance to run the pub would have been much better. Didnt like Bet's eventual replacements in the Rovers when she left the show either. No wonder they backtracked a few years later.

Still enjoying Classic Corrie in the main apart from the ridiculous storylines with Reg, Maureen and Curly. I don't like Tricia and Jamie very much. Josie is awful as well. None of these are remembered much 25 years later. Cant stand Des either, much prefer Sean Skinner, its a pity they didn't make more of his character. Thought they should have written Des out after the Tanya storyline ended. Tanya was a huge loss as well. Des I never really took too, a total waste of time IMO. Its is interesting to see some characters who became Corrie regulars making their debuts - Ashley, Fred and Norris to name a few, all only guest characters at the moment in Classic Corrie. I think Ashley has been in 1 episode so far. We have Roy and Maxine as well as Gary and Judy Mallet all arriving in 1995.

Tanya was a very good character and in hindsight she was a big loss. Not as big as Raquel or Bet mind, but she carried the show throughout 1994. Pretty much in the same way Alma and Gail are now.


The thing with Bet's departure was it did leave a massive void. But the show did move on, characters came and went, producers sharpened the axe and restructured the show. So by the time Julie Goodyear returned in 2002, it was *big* news but her return was purely a nostalgic nod and served no purpose in the long run. She was meant to return as landlady but Shelley, Geena and Fred were a good team, as was Natalie with her boyfriend and Leanne.

I think 1996 was the year of Ivy's ghost? Or was it Deirdre's specs needing repairing? No wonder Brian Park came in...
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Brekkie33,925 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I do worry rather than cutting their losses that ITV will pile on the extra episodes once some kind of normality returns.

Are you just trying to wind Jez up?

No, if I was doing that I'd suggest they'd finally go for hour long eps of Emmerdale every night at 7pm and Corrie for an hour at 8pm. Very Happy


I might be wrong but I would guess almost for every month they're not filming we may get two months of reduced episodes as it'll take a while to ramp up production to full levels and always a risk they'll be another pause, so even if they're filming before they run out of episodes I suspect we'll see reduced episodes for most of the summer. Big stunts are probably out of the question for the rest of the year too, which is no bad thing.
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Andrew14,286 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
One medium term issue is that even if they get back up to the normal rate of production, the storylining will be all out of time, which will effect what ever they are planning for the December anniversary. We will either get something special at a different time, or a storyline will suddenly ramp up quicker than they planned.


Earlier than that, assuming they’ve filmed ‘BGT Week’ that’ll now straddle almost 2 weeks probably in about July!
Brekkie33,925 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I don't think they'll have quite got there.

Not sure how ahead of filming the writing is - and althought writing could absoulutely continue remotely not knowing when the show will return and the time scale makes it tricky, though I guess they can keep it as generic as possible initially.
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Jez10,846 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I do worry rather than cutting their losses that ITV will pile on the extra episodes once some kind of normality returns.

Are you just trying to wind Jez up?

He isn't winding me up. He is right, it really wouldn't surprise me if they sneaked in an extra episode or two of both soaps once production is back to normal. If that happened id prob just watch Corrie as there would be too many episodes to keep up with of both soaps. BGT week wouldn't have been filmed yet as that is usually end of May. They film around 6-8 weeks in advance.
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JamesWorldNews8,829 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
It would be nice if some of the displaced Corrie slots were filled with some Corrie Nostalgia. Not just classic episodes, but specials. Birthday celebrations. Corrie stars on This Is Your Life. Milestone anniversaries. Etc. etc.

Just watched Thelma Barlow, Julie Goodyear and Jack Howarth TIYL. Nice tv.
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Jez10,846 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I wonder how ITV3 will handle the hour long episodes which became more frequent in the late 1990s, both Emmerdale and Corrie. I guess if the hour long episodes falls as the 'first' episode of the double bill they will just air the 1 hour, but if it falls as the second episode I guess they will just air it and push the next show back. Cant see them cutting them into 2 halves, unless they were done so for overseas sales. I remember when Granada Plus were showing late 90s Emmerdale whenever there was an hour long episode they simply dropped Corrie that day and aired Emmerdale in the hour long soap repeat slots. Corrie of course only reached Feb 1994 on Granada Plus so it was never an issue with hour long episodes.

Bet's departure was definitely a huge loss for the show and a big reason why 1996 was a poor year. At the moment Bet is off screen and I didn't really like the replacement temporary manager to be honest. Thought Raquel being given the chance to run the pub would have been much better. Didnt like Bet's eventual replacements in the Rovers when she left the show either. No wonder they backtracked a few years later.

Still enjoying Classic Corrie in the main apart from the ridiculous storylines with Reg, Maureen and Curly. I don't like Tricia and Jamie very much. Josie is awful as well. None of these are remembered much 25 years later. Cant stand Des either, much prefer Sean Skinner, its a pity they didn't make more of his character. Thought they should have written Des out after the Tanya storyline ended. Tanya was a huge loss as well. Des I never really took too, a total waste of time IMO. Its is interesting to see some characters who became Corrie regulars making their debuts - Ashley, Fred and Norris to name a few, all only guest characters at the moment in Classic Corrie. I think Ashley has been in 1 episode so far. We have Roy and Maxine as well as Gary and Judy Mallet all arriving in 1995.

Tanya was a very good character and in hindsight she was a big loss. Not as big as Raquel or Bet mind, but she carried the show throughout 1994. Pretty much in the same way Alma and Gail are now.


The thing with Bet's departure was it did leave a massive void. But the show did move on, characters came and went, producers sharpened the axe and restructured the show. So by the time Julie Goodyear returned in 2002, it was *big* news but her return was purely a nostalgic nod and served no purpose in the long run. She was meant to return as landlady but Shelley, Geena and Fred were a good team, as was Natalie with her boyfriend and Leanne.

I think 1996 was the year of Ivy's ghost? Or was it Deirdre's specs needing repairing? No wonder Brian Park came in...

Yes Ivys ghost was indeed 1996. I think Deirdres glasses needing repair was sometime during the early 2000s
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Jez10,846 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I guess I loved to hate Tanya as she was written and acted so well. She was absolutely vile to the lovely Raquel. But it never came across as forced like so many villans are. Not liking Martin Platt in these classic episodes at the moment. He seems to think it's ok to cheat on Gail as long as it's a one off and she doesn't find out.... then when she does find out as long as you tell her to get over it and she is overreacting everything should be fine. Helen Worth and Amanda Barrie both great in these episodes I agree.
Jez10,846 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I don't think they'll have quite got there.

Not sure how ahead of filming the writing is - and althought writing could absoulutely continue remotely not knowing when the show will return and the time scale makes it tricky, though I guess they can keep it as generic as possible initially.


Im not sure how far ahead of filming the writing is but I heard a while back that the actors are given the completed scripts around a month before filming. So say the episodes are written and ready to film about 3 months before they are on screen, currently they should have episodes for mid to late June ready to be filmed even if they were filming episodes to air in the middle of May when filming stopped. Im guessing when planning the storylines for future episodes it would be around 6 months ahead of going to air, possibly more when you consider they have to plan storylines, then writers have to write their individual scripts, then there is script editing etc. It wouldn't surprise me if they are already working on storylines for the autumn if not the 60th in December with it being such a landmark anniversary.

They also have to consider things like Bank Holidays when they don't always film, the Christmas Break when they shut down for 2 weeks. That's why the window is 6-8 weeks as depending on circumstances they could be anywhere between that time ahead with filming. Guessing before they break for Christmas they are usually up to mid/late Feb to ensure they are still 6 weeks ahead when filming resumes in January. Plus things are filmed out of sequence and they have location filming to consider, although much of that is done around the studios now like the outside of the Prison, Police Station and Hospital are at the Corrie studios. I remember in the lead up to the 50th they were filming way ahead of where they usually were, I could be wrong but I think it was around 3 months at one point as they needed to leave time to rehearse the live episode as that blocked off 2 weeks straight away. Plus the 50th week of episodes that weren't live took weeks to film. They had to film the rest of December and into January before working on the live episode to ensure they had enough episodes in the can.

Im sure they have big plans for the 60th so this couldn't have come at a worst time really if they might have been intending to do another live episode but safety has to come first.