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Les Dennis To Leave Coronation Street

Les Dennis has today announced his intention to leave Coronation Street later this year in a hugely dramatic storyline.

Les joined Coronation Street in 2014 as charming house burglar, Michael Rodwell, who then began a relationship with Gail Platt after she forgave her uninvited guest.

Following a storyline about restorative justice, their romance blossomed when she got know the ‘gentle’ man behind the burglary. Softhearted Michael soon made himself at home, working as a taxi driver for Steve MacDonald and becoming a regular in the Rovers.

The (not-often) Happy Couple - Michael and Gail Rodwell

However, his marriage to Gail hit the rocks within hours of the nuptials when he discovered Andy had been masquerading as his son, Gavin. Michael was horrified to discover Gail had lied to him and even worse, Gavin was actually dead and she'd kept that from him too.

Angry and betrayed, Les's character fell into the arms of Gail's nemesis, Eileen. This was fairly short lived as Eileen soon replaced Michael with local builder, Pat Phelan. Michael could see Pat for what he was, but Eileen refused to see it.

Of late, Michael’s confrontations with Pat have become legendary, as he seems to be one of the very few characters on the Street who’ve got the measure of evil and conniving Phelan.

Renowned for his stage and television work, Les has become a firm favourite with fans of the soap, fellow actors and colleagues at Coronation Street’s production base in Trafford, Manchester and having achieved a long held ambition, feels excited to move on to new projects.

Of his decision Les said:

"As a lifelong fan of the show, playing Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street has been a dream come true. Becoming part of the ITV Coronation Street family has been a wonderful experience and my decision to leave was a hard one.

“Earlier this year, thanks to Coronation Street giving me a sabbatical from the show, I was thrilled to be able to produce and star in a sell-out production of Alan Bleasdale's Down the Dock Road at The Royal Court Liverpool. I always knew that the time would come when I would want the freedom to do more projects, and now feels like the right time.

“The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film. I’ll treasure the two and a half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved."

Coronation Street producer Kate Oates commented:

“We’re very sad to see Les leave Coronation Street as he’s an enormously popular and talented actor. He’s brought warmth, wit and integrity to the character of Michael. We have worked on giving him a great story to ensure a fantastic and dramatic end to his time on the Street. I can't wait to see it unfold!

"He will be very much missed and we wish him many successes with his new ventures."

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’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo.

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.

– ITV Studios Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North, John Whiston.

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.

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Ian Kelsey joins Coronation Street

Watch out Weatherfield - there’s a new bad guy in town and what’s more he is in cahoots with Pat Phelan!

Former Where the Heart Is, Emmerdale and Doctors actor Ian Kelsey has been cast as dodgy businessman Vinny, an old associate of Phelan.

With Jason off the scene, Phelan is helping Eileen look after his business interests but he has big plans of his own - which is where property developer Vinny comes in...

Ian, who also starred in Blue Murder and Casualty, started filming today (Friday June 17th) and will be on screen from August.

It remains to be seen just what the scheming pair will get up to but it certainly spells Double Trouble for the residents of Coronation Street.

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British Soap Awards: Winners

The biggest event in the soap calendar returned in celebration of a mammoth twelve months of murder, mystery, make ups, break ups, trials, tribulations and tears.

Tune in to the full awards show on Sunday 29th May at 8pm on ITV.

But if you can't wait that long to see what Coronation Street won, look below!

Buried Secrets!

COMING SOON...

The residents of Coronation Street are about to discover that you can’t keep secrets buried forever!

Carla is heading towards her wedding to Nick, while desperately trying to stop Tracy from spilling the beans about her ill-judged one night stand with Robert.

And over at number 8 the Platt family are still hiding the grisly secret of Callum's body being buried under the floor of Gail’s granny flat.

Now their past actions look set to catch up with them all as Callum’s corpse is finally unearthed and Tracy does her best to ruin Carla’s dream wedding.

The unmissable episodes will run over five days but will cover a dramatic 24-hour period in the lives of Weatherfield’s residents.

The week starts with the whole street preparing for the wedding of Nick and Carla which in true soap style is packed with shocks and surprises.

The stakes could not be higher for Carla. As the day of the wedding draws closer Johnny is determined to ensure that Tracy will not destroy his daughter’s big day but when he discovers that her sabotage has already started he is forced to resort to desperate measures to keep her away from the ceremony.

As he argues with Tracy in the factory he seizes the opportunity and locks her in the store cupboard. Has Johnny done enough to stop Tracy revealing all about Carla and Robert? Will Carla make it down the aisle to become Mrs Tilsley? Will Nick’s brain injury halt the proceedings?

With Alison King about to leave the cobbles, is Carla driving off happily into the sunset with Tracy glad to see the back of her, or does her arch nemesis have other plans?

As if the drama of the wedding is not enough for one week, things take a sinister turn over at the Platts when a dramatic sequence of events leads to the discovery of a body at number 8.

As the police knock on the door is this finally the end of the road for Sarah, Kylie and David?

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