COULD Coronation Street be on the move from Manchester?
The news was broken in a front page exclusive in yesterday’s MEN.
Today’s Sunday Mirror followed up our story, some 24 hours later.
But they put their own “exclusive” tag on the top, which is a load of cobbles…if I say so myself.
CORONATION Street star John Savident is going into hospital to have a heart operation, he revealed today.
The veteran actor, who plays butcher Fred Elliott, gave the news during a live TV appearance this morning.
Guernsey-born John, 68, has already filmed his final scenes in Weatherfield – with Fred suffering a fatal heart attack.
THE stars of Coronation Street were out in London last night to reveal dramatic highlights of the show over the coming months.
Devastation, revelation, manipulation and celebration were the themes at a venue near Liverpool Street station, on the border of EastEnders country.
As well as chatting to cast, producer Steve Frost and other members of the Corrie team, we watched a showreel of what is to come.
“If you thought this summer was hot, then wait for the temperature to rise in Weatherfield this autumn and winter as the residents of Britain’s most famous street find themselves at the centre of some of the most gripping storylines viewers have ever seen,” said a Street spokeswoman.
AND talking of Coronation Street…
Reports that Roy Hudd suffered a suspected heart attack while filming on Sunday were wide of the mark, according to Corrie bosses.
As readers of later editions of yesterday’s MEN will know, Street star Roy was taken to hospital after becoming unwell while filming a funeral scene.
The 70-year-old, who plays undertaker Archie Shuttleworth, felt ill while working at Granada’s studios in Quay Street.
THERE’S been a long running debate at the MEN about soap spoilers.
Should we follow the route of the red tops and soap magazines in revealing future storylines in Coronation Street?
It’s easy enough to do and is treated by many as real life news. But some readers don’t like it. They say it spoils their enjoyment of the show.
So we tend not to reveal the outcome of Weatherfield storylines, although there are exceptions.
I was back at Coronation Street recently to talk to actress Julia Haworth (left), who plays troubled new mum Claire Peacock.
CHARLIE Stubbs was up to no good again in Coronation Street last night, tampering with the fuses in the flat he’s let to Maria.
Sarah and Jason made last gasp appeals to their mums, asking them to attend their big day. The young lovers are pictured heading for their wedding in tonight’s two visits to Weatherfield. But will it all end happily ever after?
Perhaps you stayed on your sofa to watch Where The Heart Is, featuring former Corrie star Shobna Gulati as a district nurse? A good piece of casting in what is a Sunday night favourite for millions.
Both programmes have come under the scrutiny of former ITV and Granada boss David Liddiment today.
KYM Ryder is back in Coronation Street – this time with two brothers who are set to rock the Rovers.
I met up with them all yesterday on the Corrie cobbles, where there’s quite a bit of excitement about the new Weatherfield arrivals.
Earlier this year I spoke to Kym for a TV feature just before she starred as singer Michelle in four episodes.
She later cracked open a bottle of champagne when her agent rang to say Corrie bosses wanted her to become a regular member of cast.