Stephen Hancock

We are saddened to hear of Stephen's death and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

In Ernest Bishop, Stephen created a character that will always be remembered by Coronation Street fans, Ernest's dramatic exit from the soap is still one of the most memorable moments in the show's history.

Make the most of your extra hour!

The clocks go back on Sunday and that means a whole extra 60 minutes (or 3,600 extra seconds) to do as you please!

Don't waste it sleeping - here's a host of things to do to make the most of it!

Peter Baldwin

It is with great sadness we've learned respected former Coronation Street actor Peter Baldwin has died. Peter passed away at his home in north London last night (21 October) after a short illness.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

Peter played Derek Wilton between 1976 and 1997.

ITV First Look: Jekyll and Hyde

Take a first look at ITV's brand new action-adventure drama Jekyll and Hyde, starring Tom Bateman and Coronation Street's Natalie Gumede.

Jekyll is a young, sensitive and naive man of intellect and morality, a well meaning if slightly repressed character who slips between his two personas unwillingly.

Hyde is a totally different person; a superhero with super powers, great strength, speed and invulnerability. He is confident, risk-taking and lives life on the edge. His self-destructive nature gets him into trouble, and yet he is an incredibly powerful force. He is a man of action who gets things done despite the consequences!

Throughout the series we will witness Jekyll wrestling with the dark, brooding personality of Hyde as he struggles to come to terms with his superhero alter ego.

Jekyll and Hyde begins Sunday 25th October, 6.30pm.

Confirmation: Ryan Thomas Departure

ITV has confirmed that Ryan Thomas is to leave Coronation Street next year. Having been on the soap for 15 years, playing builder Jason Grimshaw, Ryan has decided to pursue new challenges.

Ryan has been an important part of Coronation Street for 15 years. We wish him every success when he moves on next year and we appreciate his desire to try new things. In the coming months he'll be at the heart of a massive story, affecting not just his family but the Websters and the Windasses too which will take us well into 2016.

– Producer Stuart Blackburn

"It has been a great privilege to be in Coronation Street for the past 15 years," said Ryan.

"The cast and crew are amongst the best in the business and to have had the chance to be a part of it for so long has been an amazing experience.

"The decision to leave was an extremely difficult one but I felt that now was the right time to spread my wings and try other roles.

"I'm just excited now to see what exit storyline the writers give Jason."

National Television Awards 2016: Voting now open!

The National Television Awards is Britain's leading TV awards event where all the winners are chosen exclusively by viewers. Many millions of votes are cast each year via post, telephone, online and app. The results will be revealed live at the NTAs in January from The O2 London, in a celebration of the nation's most loved stars and shows.

Coronation Street Nominations

SERIAL DRAMA – Coronation Street

NEWCOMER – Shayne Ward, Aidan Connor


Alison King, Carla Connor
Ben Price, Nick Tilsley
David Neilson, Roy Cropper
Jack P Shepherd, David Platt
Paula Lane, Kylie Platt
Sally Dynevor, Sally Webster

How To Vote

Voting is easy –you can vote for your tv favorites online at

The shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on 20th January 2016. (see full terms and conditions at

All Change At The Top

After 3 years Producer Stuart Blackburn is saying goodbye to Coronation Street, handing over the reigns to Emmerdale’s Kate Oates.

During his time as Coronation Street’s Producer Stuart has overseen an array of significantly memorable storylines. These have included the death of Hayley Cropper, the devastating minibus crash and the explosive fire at Carla’s flat in Victoria Court.

Stuart Blackburn will remain with ITV and ITV Studios and will continue to produce Coronation Street until he leaves in the New Year including producing the live episode on Wednesday 23 September.

Stuart is the only Producer in modern soap history to produce two live episodes and also guided Coronation Street to two successive BAFTA wins.

“I’ve loved every minute of producing Coronation Street,” said Stuart. “What a rollercoaster ride the last three years has been. We’ve met every challenge along the way and I can’t praise the cast, crew and writers highly enough for rising to the occasion with each storyline.

He continued: “For the next few months my focus will remain entirely on all things Corrie, as we have massive stories coming up taking us in to the Spring and Summer of 2016. I wish my friend Kate well in her role as she takes on one of the best jobs in television.”

Coronation Street’s Executive Producer and ITV’s Creative Director of Drama in the North, Kieran Roberts said:

"Stuart has been a wonderful Producer of Coronation Street and a fantastic colleague. The skill, professionalism and care he has brought to the job shows in everything he does.”

Kate Oates takes over as Producer in the New Year. A former Producer of Radio 4’s The Archers from 2003-2010, Kate has successfully produced Emmerdale since January 2013. She previously worked as Coronation Street’s Assistant Producer following a stint as Emmerdale’s Story Editor and is passionate about both soaps.

“I’m delighted to accept the role as Coronation Street’s new Producer,” said Kate. “It’s really exciting to be moving from one amazing soap to another and I feel very blessed.”

Managing Director, Continuing Drama John Whiston commented: “Everywhere you go these days everyone is talking about Emmerdale. Kate Oates has been responsible for the show’s on-going resurgence. She has that rare combination, a sharp editorial eye for a compelling story together with deep understanding of what drives characters caught up in such drama.”

Iain MacLeod will become the new Emmerdale Producer. This appointment will take effect at the end of this year.

Rhea Bailey is coming to the Cobbles

Rhea Bailey has landed the role of Caz - the soldier fiancée of Kate Connor played by Faye Brookes.

Rhea played PC Mel Ryder in the Bill from 2008 to 2010. Some of her other credits include Blue Murder and The Mentalist.

She filmed her first scenes today and will be on screen in November when Caz arrives in Weatherfield for Kate’s birthday and to set the date for their wedding.

Rhea who has spent the last 4 years living in LA said:

“Too much sun isn’t good for ya’. Really excited to be swapping my surfboard for a brolly, and joining the cast on the Nation’s Favorite show!”