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Sign language choir to star in Corrie

A sign language choir are set to star in Coronation Street.

Later this month Warrington BSL Signing Choir will appear on screens in a Christmas episode of the soap.

Paul Crone visited them on the cobbled streets.


Funeral of Coronation Street's Liz Dawn to take place at Salford Cathedral

Liz Dawn Credit: PA images

The funeral of Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn will take place at 2pm on Friday October 6 at Salford Cathedral, her family have said.

The service will be conducted by Father Brendan Curley, the former dean of Salford Cathedral and a friend of Dawn and her family, alongside the cathedral's current dean, Father Michael Jones.

Following the funeral, the family will have a private family committal.

Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap for more than 30 years, died on Monday aged 77, her family said in a statement.


Coronation Street: Will tonight's double wedding go without a hitch?

Fans of Coronation Street will know that weddings in the soap rarely go without a hitch - in fact most of them are a complete disaster. Will tonight's double wedding be the same or will the couples live happily ever after?

Victoria Grimes joined the brides and grooms on the cobbles to find out more:

One of Britain's favourite funnymen says it's a dream come true to join Coronation Street

Vic Reeves AKA Jim Moir joins cast of his Mum's favourite show Credit: PA

Coronation Street is welcoming a new face. Jim Moir also known as Vic Reeves plays Colin. Colin had a number of newsagents until his wife took them in a divorce. He wants to get them back and Jim says he's looking forward to some entertaining scenes with Norris and Mary.

Jim reveals on tonight's Granada Reports that as a child he used to watch Corrie with his Mum so it's a dream come true to join the cast - and it's made his 90 year old Mum very proud.

He says his character should provide some humour along the way.

Coronation Street needs more diversity - producer

Coronation Street producer Kate Oates has said more needs to be done in terms of increasing racial diversity among the soap's cast and crew.

Oates, who has been at the helm of the ITV serial drama for a year, has also said she was very aware that she had been "punishing the women" while working as a producer on rival soap Emmerdale, and that she did not want to repeat this on Corrie.

Queens of the Street Credit: Radio Times

In terms of reflecting diversity and showing black and Asian characters, yes, we absolutely need to do more of it.

– Kate Oates
Alya Nazir played by Sair Khan Credit: itv
Bhavna Limbachia plays Rana Nazir who captured Zeedan's heart Credit: ITV
Zeddan played by Qasim Aktar Credit: ITV

And we need more black and Asian writers, to bring out the truth of those voices.

– Kates Oates
Yasmeen Nazir played by Shelley King Credit: ITV
Long-established Jimmy Harkishan who plays Dev Alahan Credit: ITV

It's important to keep the show strong and relevant, so that it's running long after everyone's forgotten who I am.

The presence of strong women was the backbone of the show as Tony Warren created it.

The tone and content of the stories have moved on, and so have the female characters, but that strength has still to be there for it to be truly Corrie. On Emmerdale, I was uncomfortably aware that I'd been responsible for the deaths of a number of women characters and I didn't want to repeat that. I did feel like I was punishing the women.

– Kate Oates
Strong women:Catherine Tyldesley plays Eva intent on revenge Credit: itv

Oates said, to avoid the audience from disengaging, "there had to be journeys of triumph and strength".

Oates took over from previous Corrie series producer Stuart Blackburn, who was the soap's boss since 2013.

She has been hailed by fans for bringing back a number of popular Corrie characters including Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne), Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) and Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan), and also for giving the female cast heavy but empowering storylines.

Recent storylines on the soap have included Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) taking action after being groomed by her partner Nathan Curtis (Chris Harper) for a sex ring, and Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley) plotting revenge on her cheating fiance Aidan Connor (Shayne Ward).

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