Friday 23 March 2018

It's all change at Corrie... New producer is unveiled 'to save the soap'

Residents of the Cobbles are set for a big shake-up

Emmerdale producer Kate Oates is moving to Coronation Street (ITV/PA)
Emmerdale producer Kate Oates is moving to Coronation Street (ITV/PA)
Michelle Keegan attends the TV Choice Awards 2015 at Hilton Park Lane on September 7, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Big changes are afoot in the world of soap Coronation Street is set to get a brand new producer.

Kate Oates leaves Emmerdale to take over Coronation Street after giving the village soap a massive resurgence during her tenure there.

Kate recently oversaw the dramatic helicopter crash which rocked Emmerdale and is currently overseeing another blockbuster plotline which sees Robert Sugden shot by an unknown assailant.

Stuart Blackburn, current producer at Corrie will oversee next Tuesday's live episode, where viewers will see the culmination of the extremely tense Platt family/Callum plotline.

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However his recent stewardship of the popular soap has not proved popular with ITV bosses.

Since he took over in 2013 key cast members such as Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper), Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow) Charlie Condou (Marcus Dent) and Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) have all quit their roles, leaving viewers frustrated.

Alison King who plays knicker factory boss Carla Connor allegedly threatened to quit the soap but she was persuaded to take a 12-month sabbatical instead.

It is rumoured that TV bosses were also not satisfied with the fluffy storylines that Blackburn devised such as Beth and Kirk's camping trip and the unrealistic 'fake Gavin' storyline.

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Meanwhile actor Simon Gregson who plays the hapless but lovable Steve McDonald is to take three months leave from the show due to illness.

He recently received praise from fans for his portrayal of his character's descent into depression.

Oates is due to begin work at Weatherfield in February 2016.

We can’t wait to see what she has in store for the residents of Weatherfield!

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