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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.

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.

Preview Clips: Monday 4th July

Tonight on Coronation Street...

7.30pm

David and Kylie brace themselves as Sarah opens up to her psychiatrist.

Whatever you have to do or say to make yourself better, you do it.

– Kylie Platt

Under pressure from Phelan, Eileen hands Andy and Steph a notice of rent increase on their flat.
Tracy's upset when Amy refuses to visit her in hospital.
And, Gail suggests she should find herself a summer job.

8.30pm

Dev and Mary arrive at the spa hotel only to find there’s been a mix-up with the booking and they have to share a room...

We are both grown ups

– Mary Taylor

Bethany’s frightened and upset when Lauren and the rest of the bullies strike.
Michael comes up with a plan thwart Phelan's schemes.
And, finding himself snowed under at the flower shop, Todd’s grateful when Billy offers to help out.

Picture Previews: Mon 4 July - Fri 8 July

This week on Coronation Street: Todd and Billy kiss, Tracy struggles a year on since Deirdre's death, Dev and Mary go for a spa day and Michael's back and he's got Phelan's number.

Finding himself snowed under at the flower shop, Todd's grateful when Billy offers to help out.

Billy calls in the pub and tells Sean he can spend the week with him in London. Sean's delighted, while Todd quietly fumes.

Sean and Billy set off for London, but spotting Todd outside the flower shop, Billy can no longer contain his feelings and orders the driver to stop.

While Billy gathers the last of his things from No.11, Todd leans in for a kiss.

Billy tries to resist but his feelings get the better of him and they kiss passionately.

Tracy arrives home from hospital to find Ken and Amy having lunch. Amy quickly grabs her school bag and heads out ignoring her Mum.

It's Simon's birthday and everyone gathers to give him his presents.

Tracy arrives at Simon's party armed with presents for Amy - who's furious!

Later, Tracy sits at Deirdre's graveside and cries as she talks to her about Amy.

Sarah opens up to the psychiatrist about her ordeal with Callum. Will she reveal everything that happened?

An excited Bethany shows Kylie her gym application form.

Later, Lauren parks herself next to Bethany and makes out she's sorry for bullying her, could things be on the up for her at last?

Elsewhere, Dev and Mary arrive at the spa hotel only to find there's been a mix-up with the booking and they have to share a room.

After a night raiding the minibar Dev's horrified to realise he's spent the night with Mary!

While Mary enthuses about what a fantastic time she had.

Could this be the start of something beautiful?

Macca and his mate demand free kebabs from Gemma...

When Chesney arrives back from Wolverhampton, Macca and his mate slink out, leaving Gemma relieved to see the back of them.

Steph and Andy approach Eileen and confirm that they're happy with the rent increase as Michael has agreed to move in.

Eileen's delighted while Phelan quietly fumes. Taking Phelan to one side, Michael warns him that he might have Eileen fooled, but not him.

First Pics: Mary and Dev!

Wowsers! Could this be the start of something beautiful?

What would Mary's Mother say?

Dev and Mary arrive at the spa hotel only to find there's been a mix-up with the booking and they have to share a room.

Of course that's all fine, they are good friends after all...

But the next morning Dev's horrified to realise he’s spent the night with Mary!

While Mary enthuses about what a fantastic time she had.

We wouldn't want to be in Dev's shoes when Erica finds out...

Bon Voyage Michelle?

Is this the end for Steve and Michelle? Kym Marsh hints at the heartbreak to come...

Talk us through how Michelle’s feeling since Steve found out the truth about Will?

It has been really difficult for her as Steve has frozen her out and she can’t get through to him. She has got to the point where she really doesn’t feel there is anything more she can do to try and get him to come round and forgive her.

She didn't properly cheat but did cross a line – out of the two ofthem who do you sympathise with more?

She is the first person to admit what she did was wrong and she could have done a lot worse. Remember she was left on her own for months and he hadn’t even turned up for her birthday, or so she thought.

I’m not condoning what she did, as it was wrong but Steve does need to cut her some slack. She did confess and now she is paying the price.

What response have you had from the viewers? Are they on Michelle’s side?

The viewers do seem to really love Steve and Michelle as a couple and most people seem to want them to sort out their differences and move on. They do think that he is being a bit harsh considering what he has done to Michelle in the past.

Steve did properly cheat on Michelle with Becky back in the day. Is she quick to remind him of that?

Exactly and yes she does remind him, what he did was much much worse but they are older now and more settled and he is obviously hurt. He was ill after all with the depression and he knows he stayed away too long so he probably blames himself a bit but he won’t admit that.

Steve and Becky

Does she have any idea that Steve’s secretly pining for her?

No, he is doing far too good a job of being cross with her and freezing her out. She genuinely believes that this is the end and that he is never going to forgive her. The viewers will be wanting to bang their heads together, it is one of those times when you are shouting at the screen. It is areal Ross and Rachel storyline.

Are they both being a bit stubborn?

Yes, they are as stubborn as each other. If they could just admit that they have both made mistakes and forgive each other and move on then it would all be OK but neither of them is going to back down.

How does Michelle feel about the prospect of working away on a cruise ship?

She has got to the point where she just thinks there is nothing left for her. Carla has gone, her son is abroad and now it looks like her marriage is over so when her friend tells her about the job on the cruise ship it just seems like the right thing to do. She still loves singing and it feels like a fresh start for her. She can’t bear the thought of staying in Weatherfield and seeing Steve every day.

Do you think she’s right to consider going, or should she stay andfight for her marriage?

If Steve is not going to forgive her I can totally understand her desire to get away. She probably is also doing it to try and call his bluff, but that is a dangerous game as it looks very much as though he is going to let her go.

Now that Carla is gone,who can you picture Michelle becoming good mates with?

That’s the thing, she has got the rest of the Connors but it isn’t the same as having your best mate around. She does chat with Maria, but with everything that is going on she has lost Liz’s friendship too. She does need some girlfriends.

Has it been strange not having Alison King on set, seeing as you had a lot of scenes together?

Yes it is really strange as I also shared a dressing room with her so I will miss having her around. I have been away on holiday though so I haven’t had too much time to miss her properly yet and now Simon and Bev are both back so the McDonald crew is back to full strength which is always good fun.

Preview Clips: Friday 1st July

Tonight on Coronation Street...

7.30pm

Luke spots something suspicious about Caz at Liam's party.

Must be tough for you, being away so much.

– Luke Briton

Amy makes it clear Tracy isn't welcome at her violin recital.
Izzy faces her final moments of freedom.
And, will Phelan be the cat that gets the cream?

8.30pm

When Beth finds Eccles wondering the streets alone she worries what could have happened to Tracy.

Where's Tracy?

– Beth Sutherland

Izzy suggests she and Gary should get back together. How will he respond?
Sophie and Luke join forces against Caz.
And, Eileen has grand designs!