Wednesday 26 July 2017

Coronation Street boss has her eye on Aidan Turner for starring role

Aidan Turner in the BBC drama Poldark.
Aidan Turner in the BBC drama Poldark.
Tom Hiddleston

Meadhbh McGrath

New Coronation Street producer Kate Oates is on the hunt for some eye candy to give the UTV Ireland soap a ratings boost.

Kate, who recently left her role at the head of Emmerdale, has her eye on Aidan Turner, the Irish star of hit BBC drama Poldark.

“There is a lot of talent out there and some of it is very handsome. Someone like Aidan would be brilliant. Everyone says, will I shake it up?

“It’s such a long-standing show that you have to respect what is there and its history. For me, it’s about telling the best stories and using the characters the best I can,” she told the Mirror.

Emmerdale producer Kate Oates is moving to Coronation Street (ITV/PA)
Emmerdale producer Kate Oates is moving to Coronation Street (ITV/PA)

Other possibilities for the role include reality TV personality Mark Wright, I’m A Celebrity runner-up George Shelley, or even The Night Manager Tom Hiddleston – if Barbara Broccoli doesn’t snap him up for Bond first.

The soap chief is credited with revamping Emmerdale, which won several awards and saw a huge rise in ratings during her tenure.

Now she's been drafted in to save Coronation Street, and has already spoken about bringing back some popular characters like Curly Watts, Becky McDonald or Bet Lynch, saying: “I’ve been tossing around a few ideas in my head about who will be back. I need to talk to the writers first.

“Corrie has a strong cast and strong history. It’s nice to mix and match.”

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston

She also addressed the rumours of an upcoming storyline tackling extremism, adding: “It’s sensitive at any time. With a storyline like that, if you are going to look at it, you would have to look at it responsibly.

“Everyone would have to comfortably uncomfortable with it. I wouldn’t be closed to it. It’s very sensitive and people are affected by it in a very real way.”

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