Coronation Street’s cast and crew have returned to work after an enforced production break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The production team for ITV’s flagship soap opera have commenced a health and safety induction to familiarise themselves with the new protocols that are now in place throughout the studios and on the Coronation Street set. The new safety measures are in accordance with the recently issued TV production guidelines which will be observed whilst filming the soap.
The crew are also undertaking the preparatory work necessary to recommence filming on June 9th at the programme’s studios in Trafford, Manchester. The pattern of recording will initially produce three episodes per week.
The return to filming will ensure the soap, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in December, stays on air in July. The new episodes will be scheduled following the instalments recorded earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic halted production.
Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North, John Whiston, commented: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming. And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”