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British Soap Awards 2017

Ladies and Gentleman, the biggest night in the awards calendar is here!

So polish your shoes and get your glad rags on as The British Soap Awards 2017 shortlist nominations have been announced!

Corrie needs you! This year the awards that rely on the public votes are hotter than ever with Coronation Street in the running for Best British Soap, Best Actor and Best Actress!

So what are you waiting for? See who's nominated below and get clicking for Corrie!

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New Coronation Street Theme Tune

We are delighted to announce plans to record a new version of the show’s iconic theme tune - with cast members singing specially written lyrics.

In the exclusive video above Producer Kate Oates reveals that for the first time the opening titles will no longer be purely instrumental.

Executive producer Kieran Roberts also explains that the decision was partly driven by the abundance of great singers in the cast.

Behind the scenes footage shows Faye Brookes, Cath Tyldesley and Shayne Ward recording the new theme tune and talking about how thrilled they are to be part of such an historic moment in the programme’s 56 year history.

The lyrics have been written to reflect the show’s unique DNA and include the lines:

It’s Coronation Street
Northern friends you’d like to meet
Hotpot, cobbles, murder and vice…
Sometimes not nice (but there’s comedy too…)

Rosie's Here To Stay!

Everything is coming up Rosie on the cobbles as we can today confirmed that Helen Flanagan has had her contract extended to December.

Rosie returned to Weatherfield on Monday night and immediately found herself at the centre of the drama when she and Sophie discovered they had been used as drugs mules.

Helen was originally contracted for three months but ITV have now announced that Rosie will be staying in Weatherfield with her family.

Viewers can expect lots of comedy and some romance for Rosie, she will also find a new unlikely career on the cobbles.

Producer Kate Oates said:

"We are thrilled to have Helen back and delighted that she is now going to become a more permanent fixture in Weatherfield.

"Rosie is a classic Coronation Street comedy character and we are looking forward to seeing more of her antics in the future."

Helen said:

"I am having so much fun being back here playing Rosie again. The writing is hilarious and I am delighted to be staying around. I can’t wait to see what Rosie is going to get up to.”

Ben Price to leave Coronation Street

We have confirmed reports that Ben Price is to leave show later this year after seven years playing Nick Tilsley.

Details of his exit are being kept under wraps for the storyline to unfold on screen for viewers.

Ben Price said:

"Coronation Street has been the most significant part of my career and I have had a fantastic seven years here. The decision to leave is purely personal - I want to be able to spend more time with my family.

"I have been supported by a terrific cast and crew and have had the most glorious storylines and for that I am most grateful."

Coronation Street Executive Producer Kieran Roberts said:

"We fully respect Ben's decision to leave Coronation Street. As Nick he has been at the centre of some of the biggest plots of the last 7 years.

"He is valued member of cast who will be greatly missed but we still have many months of great storylines with him leading to his dramatic exit later this year."

The Voice UK visits Coronation Street

We invited our new neighbours will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale from The Voice UK over for a cheeky hotpot in the Rovers with Beverley Callard!

Beverley Callard said:

“It was such an honour showing the coaches round the Rovers, my late mum was the biggest Tom Jones fan of all time and my Grandchildren are huge fans of Will.

"My mum would have been so thrilled to know he was behind the bar with me and I was a very cool grandma when I took home my photos of me showing Will how to pull a pint," continued Beverley.

"Will even said he’d like to film a pop video in our pub!"

Jennifer was so glam and gorgeous, Liz would love to have her work behind the bar,

– Beverley Callard

"Gavin told me he grew up in a pub so he was a natural when it came to how everything worked. And can you imagine Karaoke nights in the Rovers if these guys worked for Liz!”

Don't miss The Voice UK, Saturday 8pm on ITV and keep an eye out on Coronation Street's socials over the weekend for more from the Coaches' surprise visit!