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Jez10,798 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I saw the poll on DS. Only 13% thought it was a good idea to add a 6th episode last time i checked. Id love to know why those 13% think its a good idea, especially given the current state of Corrie.

I have never cared very much for Jason as a character and was glad to see him go. But it was a poor and very rushed exit i agree. They could do with getting rid of a few others. I was very disappointed with Carla's exit a few weeks ago, once a great character but they ruined her by letting Tracy walk all over her. Carla would never have allowed that.
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Square Eyes7,705 posts since 31 Mar 2001
Maybe they will go for doubles on a Wednesday as well. These episodes are supposed to give a leg up to the 9pm offerings but I really don't think 'audience inheritance' is a thing any more.

Kate Oates arrival can't come quick enough. I think the Blackburn era has been poor.
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Brekkie31,225 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I guess they could move the Thursday 8pm Emmerdale and have hour long editions of them both on Wednesdays, moving the midweek entertainment shows to Thursday.

What is notable is the comparison to the Aussie soaps and how they have produced 5 episodes a week for decades with a core cast of around 20 whilst Corrie is at something like 50-60 characters. Indeed wouldn't be surprised if some of the older cast appear in no more episodes per year now than they did 15 years ago.
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At least there take breaks for xmas/summer.
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knack441 posts since 31 May 2010
STV Central Reporting Scotland
They even do it for Holby and Casualty, often shifting them to other days

Possibly because booting the regular soaps out of the way annoys those viewers, booting them off entirely would annoy them even more.

Plus there may be a budgetary reason where producing a couple less episodes barely saves any money as everyone is staff.


Casualty quite often has a week off without the episode being moved to another day to make way for special events such as Eurovision, Six Nations, Last night of the proms, Festival of Remembrance and this year, Euro football.

You're right that viewers are annoyed by it - there are lots of ignorant comments (disrespectful comments when the cancellation is due to Festival of Remembrance) on the Facebook page.
Jez10,798 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Maybe they will go for doubles on a Wednesday as well. These episodes are supposed to give a leg up to the 9pm offerings but I really don't think 'audience inheritance' is a thing any more.

Kate Oates arrival can't come quick enough. I think the Blackburn era has been poor.

I agree. Kate Oates has been fantastic at Emmerdale. I hope she can improve Corrie. I think she has been at Corrie for a while now but hasnt been credited as producer yet and her episodses wont start to air until the autumn. Hopefully Corrie will be in a better state than it is currently when the 6th episode starts in 2017.


I guess they could move the Thursday 8pm Emmerdale and have hour long editions of them both on Wednesdays, moving the midweek entertainment shows to Thursday.

What is notable is the comparison to the Aussie soaps and how they have produced 5 episodes a week for decades with a core cast of around 20 whilst Corrie is at something like 50-60 characters. Indeed wouldn't be surprised if some of the older cast appear in no more episodes per year now than they did 15 years ago.


Neighbours is different to Corrie though in that its very rare that any character will appear in all 5 episodes each week. They may have a big storyline going on and it will be the focus of say 3 epsiodes then it wont continue until the following week with other storylines taking over in the meantime. WIth Corrie they seem to focus on the same characters and storys for weeks. How long has this Michelle and Steve story been going on.

Id rather they kept away from double episodes or hour long episodes if possible. As much as id hate it maybe Sunday-Friday for half hour per night is the best way forward. Or even 1 double on a Monday and one episode per night for the rest of the week.
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Ben Shatliff1,021 posts since 30 Aug 2003
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Neighbours is different to Corrie though in that its very rare that any character will appear in all 5 episodes each week. They may have a big storyline going on and it will be the focus of say 3 epsiodes then it wont continue until the following week with other storylines taking over in the meantime. WIth Corrie they seem to focus on the same characters and storys for weeks. How long has this Michelle and Steve story been going on.

Id rather they kept away from double episodes or hour long episodes if possible. As much as id hate it maybe Sunday-Friday for half hour per night is the best way forward. Or even 1 double on a Monday and one episode per night for the rest of the week.[/quote]

It is the same with Home and Away; all principal and guest characters get three episodes per week although sometimes on Neighbours they may alter that format and bring ever cast member into the episode if it is a special one.
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Riaz577 posts since 6 Jan 2016
Casualty has nowhere near the number of viewers as it did back in the 1980s and 90s. Although, like every programme, it has its hardcore followers it is no longer the popular staple of Saturday night it once was and plenty of former viewers say that it is long in the tooth or a hanger on from a previous era. This probably explains why the BBC is prepared to axe an episode when special events occur.

One episode of Casualty featuring an air crash was axed because its broadcast date corresponded with an anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing.
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cityprod1,937 posts since 3 Oct 2005
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Over-reliance on a select few programmes has been an ongoing problem for many channels. They get great numbers for one or two shows a week, and the rest of the time, the schedules languishes in the doldrums. With ITV, it's one or two shows are more like a dozen or so, but even then, the lack of diversity doesn't really help attract viewers to the channels.