1. ITV Report

Coronation Street to air six times a week from next year

Coronation Street will be on the television six days a week from 2017. Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Archive

Coronation Street fans will be able to watch six episodes a week from next year.

ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo, said the new schedule "will be the next exciting chapter in Corrie's story".

Britain's longest running soap drama can currently be seen on ITV on Monday and Friday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm and Wednesday at 7.30pm.

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, said the decision was an "extremely exciting development" for the entire Coronation Street team.

The writers, cast and crew were told about the new schedule today.

The change is expected to create employment opportunities, and the current layout of the 7.7-acre set site in Trafford in Manchester will also be extended to facilitate the expansion in production.