Coronation Street has managed to resume filming again after it was forced to shut down production earlier this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that the soap doesn’t have to go off the air — in spite of fears that it would run out of episodes.
After the serial drama suspended production, the decision was made to reduce the weekly transmissions from six to three in an effort to ensure it remained on air for as long as possible.
As a result, episodes centring around events such as Easter — as well as a special episode that was due to air on Stephen Lawrence day — were broadcast at a much later time than initially expected.
However, Head of Continuing Drama at ITV John Whiston has revealed that fears of a second lockdown aren’t far from the producers’ mind — especially with events such as the 60th anniversary and Christmas approaching.
John told Metro.co.uk: ‘We’ll get up to six [episodes] as soon as we can – it’s a phased return so we will build units up to three or four.
‘We will start producing more and build a buffer – the fear is a second lockdown and we have to close again so we don’t want to outright say.
‘We have our 60th coming up – we do have a plan for stories peak and of course Christmas – if we get knocked off kilter too much, we might have to do a Christmas bubble. We have lots of plans about all of that.’
Executive Producer Iain MacLeod explained: ‘What we have had to strip out for our 60th is the Hollywood spectacular elements as we didn’t have time to build and install what we had originally planned.
‘What we have discovered beneath the spectacular is a strong community story which has really resurged under lockdown.
‘We have stripped away the crash, bang wallop but still have some unmissable storylines.
‘If we lock down again, we will still have those episodes, it will just transmit later. But I am confident we can hit some classic Corrie episodes for the anniversary and Christmas.’
Coronation Street continues Monday 15 June at 7:30pm on ITV.
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