Coronation Street was one of the many soaps forced to shut down production amid the coronavirus pandemic, and — while it’s currently unknown as to when the serial drama will resume filming — viewers have been eager to know as to whether or not Corrie will address the pandemic, or if it’ll be incorporated into the storylines.
Corrie boss Iain MacLeod has the answer to such a question, as he told Metro.co.uk: ‘Scripts are changing at the time – we have talked a lot about whether Coronation Street would exist in a parallel world or had a coronavirus in it.’
‘The Coronation Street we love reflects modern Britain albeit heightened. So to not reference it wouldn’t feel right. It has to exist but people also tune in for escapism and to see dramatic stories and stuff they don’t normally see in their own lives.’
‘The virus will exist but we’d be keen for it not to dominate everyone’s lives. It’s the only conversation in my house – but people don’t want to see that as the only topic of conversation on screen.’
‘We will see it reflected in how businesses are run, hand washing and the way people behave but we will still tell dramatic storylines and a dollop of comedy as we don’t want to lose what the show is.’
‘Our storytelling is business as usual. Coronation Street won’t stop being funny, not on my watch! But the reaction to the Geoff and Yasmeen story has been huge and has had a bigger impact in stories in 2-3 years. But people also want to watch hardhitting storylines and drama – people find it reassuring that they know what Corrie is and we don’t want to change it.
‘I thought about what people would want to watch and I wrote about the cinema industry at the start of the war. They thought people would want to watch whimsy because of the war but at the end of the war, people really wanted to watch war films.’
‘So it’s not true to say that people can’t cope with hard hitting stories even if something horrible is going on in the world. In the best tradition of Corrie stories, there is also the optimism of overcoming adversity where the good guys win in the end.’
The soap was forced to shut down amid the pandemic, and the episodes completed prior to the production halting have been rationed out in an effort to keep it on our screens for as long as possible.
Coronation Street continues Wednesday 6 May at 7:30pm on ITV.
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