Coronation Street’s Jack P. Shepherd has aired his concerns about the proposed changes in the soap schedule: “I don’t know how the schedule will cope, but it will be interesting.”It was announced by bosses that next year the long-running ITV programme will up its weekly episodes from five to six which has been met with ‘dread’ from the cast and crew. Insiders said its stars and writers were “dreading” the extra workload the move would bring as they were “already stretched to breaking point.”
New assistant producer Tony Hammond has already caused anger with changes he’s introduced to improve lacklustre plots. One source said: “This new episode will cause a revolt among cast, crew and writers who are dreading the changes.
“Since he arrived from Emmerdale , he’s also put writers’ backs up by often ripping up episodes once they’ve been storylined. It basically puts an inordinate mount of pressure on an already pressured system.”
The soap star also confessed he had never cried at a script before – except when he read Kylie Platt’s tragic death: “They’re very harrowing and very emotional. I read them and I’ve never read any scenes before and cried unless I was reading them and I was meant to be crying. [So Kylie’s death scenes were the first time I’ve cried at a script].”