Coronation Street bosses 'panicking' at running out of episodes amid coronavirus

Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard has revealed soap bosses are ‘panicking like mad’ over the possibility of running out of episodes amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Production on the ITV soap was halted last month as a precaution, while the UK deals with the pandemic.

Bosses are currently airing the remaining episodes on a reduced schedule, with viewers given three instalments a week instead of the usual six.

And, speaking about the situation, Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Brown) and Beverley (Liz McDonald) opened up about what is happening behind the scenes.

During a chat on Radio 5 Live, Jennie explained: ‘I know our bosses are working really hard every day assessing the situation.’

Agreeing, her co-star continued: ‘And they’re panicking like mad, aren’t they? But, of course, you can’t not.

‘Even if it does come to an end and we run out of episodes, the writers will be going mad, they’ll be excited to create new storylines and everything. 

‘Because we’ve got a massive team of writers, so they’ll keep it going.’

It’s not only viewers who are struggling to get used to Corrie’s new reduced schedule, as Jennie admitted there were times she settled down to get an update from the cobbles – only to find it wasn’t on.

‘I keep putting it on at half-eight, but then I think, “Oh no, Corrie‘s not on”,’ she added. ‘They’ve limited our Corrie output now, so there’s only three on instead of six.

‘I know people might be missing those three episodes but at least it means we’ve got a bit more time.’

It was recently confirmed that lockdown in the UK has been extended by three weeks, as the coronavirus death toll rises to more than 14,000.

And Coronation Street’s Colson Smith confirmed the soap will be introducing Covid-19 storylines when production is eventually restarted.

The Craig Tinker announced the news while appearing on Good Morning Britain, telling Lorraine Kelly he’s excited to get back to Weatherfield.

‘It will be interesting,’ he told the host. ‘I think we’re all looking forward to, when we get the nod to say we’re going back, reading them scripts and reading how we show the guidelines, the social distancing. 

‘How we show from what we missed. It’s an exciting time, we’ve got a great team of writers behind us, I’m sure they’re all working hard right now to make sure that when we do come back, we’re right and we’re ready.’

We can’t wait to see what soap bosses come up with.

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