COULD Coronation Street be flooded?
That’s the question after an online revelation by former producer Steve Frost.
Watered down bitter in the Rovers will be the least of the regulars’ worries if the storyline goes ahead.
You can also take your pick of possible headlines, from Cor-row-nation Street to the Row-vers Return via Coronation Fleet.
Steve, who left the cobbles last month, told itv.com: “I would love to have flooded the Street.
“It would have been great to see a natural weather disaster on the Street.
“And we did speak about it. We keep touching on it, thinking, ‘Can we tank the whole street, can we fill it with water?’
“I really just fell in love at one point with the idea of somebody in a rowing boat coming round the corner by the Rovers, people climbing out of the top floor of the Rovers into rowing boats.
“It would have been a view of the Street never seen before, probably never seen again. But it proved a bit difficult to pull off.”
Even so, plans to make waves may still be floated. “One day, though, one day I think it will happen because it would be marvellous,” said Steve.
The opportunity could, of course, arise if ITV bosses decide to move Granada’s current Manchester HQ in Quay Street to Media City in Salford.
A decision on whether to stay in Manchester or move to Salford has yet to be taken.
But industry experts believe building an exact replica of Weatherfield in a different location would be possible.
If ITV take the decision to move, leaving the Street behind as a separate operation would cause problems in terms of the noise of site redevelopment all around the famous exterior set.
Coronation Street is also set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2010. Some fans may think the time would then be right to make a big splash.
Steve was Street producer from December 2006 to March of this year, when new producer Kim Crowther stepped into the hot seat.
He confessed: “My initial thoughts on taking the job were mostly fear. Complete terror – that this is such an extraordinarily huge and cherished part of British TV history.
“That nobody owns the show, nobody controls the show. It’s very much in all the viewers’ hearts. It’s the viewers’ show. And that fear that the viewers might hate it, that you might actually mess it up, make a mistake.
“And you’d probably be torn to shreds, I think, in the street for damaging Corrie. So I wanted people to like it very much.”
He presided over several major storylines, including the exits of John Savident and Vera Duckworth, Tracy killing Charlie, the rise of bad boy David Platt and the development of characters like Becky Grainger.
“When I first arrived on the show I was faced with a big task, which was replacing, effectively, the Baldwins. Mike Baldwin was dying, his death was scripted and being shot as I arrived, so that was out of my hands.
“And I was faced pretty much immediately with how to replace the Baldwin family, who had been at the centre of so much of the Street for so long.
“The Connors – Liam, Carla, Michelle, Ryan – they all have been marvellous in different ways and have very quickly bedded into the Street and given us the drama that the Baldwins used to.”
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