Coronation Street bosses fear show will look 'really dated' compared to EastEnders
CORONATION Street cast and crew fear they and fellow ITV soap Emmerdale will look outdated and like poor relations now BBC1’s EastEnders is back on air.
The ITV soaps made Covid-19 part of their storylines, with a socially distanced cast and one-way signs in shops.
EastEnders, meanwhile, used TV technology, perspex screens, clever editing and actors’ real-life partners to ensure the finished episodes bore no signs of the pandemic when screened post-lockdown.
An ITV source said: “Everyone backstage is miffed because they think both Corrie and Emmerdale are going to look really dated now Enders is back.
“They thought Enders would follow their lead with the social distancing measures but Enders kept their cards close to their chest and then announced all the unique steps they are taking to make it look good on screen.
“So whereas Corrie and Enders bosses ruled out perspex screens early on — so there’s no kissing or sex scenes and everyone is clearly two metres apart — they are now looking at copying the idea so they don’t look low-rent compared to Enders.
"But obviously it’s going to take a while before fans see the difference on screen, as they have already filmed so much.
“The feeling is they are going to look like the poor relation for a few weeks. That hasn’t gone down well because apparently a few crew tried to encourage the use of perspex screens but were knocked back.”
All three soaps had stopped filming for several weeks due to Covid-19 and reduced the number of episodes screened weekly. But the BBC ran out, so the Albert Square soap had been off air since June.
What EastEnders bosses are calling the 35-year-old soap’s second series limped in on Monday with just over three million watching.
All the perspex screens in the world can’t make up for weak storylines . . .
NEW drama Us will air on BBC1 on September 20. Based on the David Nicholls bestseller, the four-parter stars The Night Manager’s Tom Hollander as a man trying to win back his wife (Saskia Reeves) on a tour of Europe.
I predict a riot of colour
ONCE the wildman of rockers the Kaiser Chiefs, singer Ricky Wilson has turned his hand to art for a new children’s programme.
The frontman and former art teacher gave a one-off art lesson for kids in lockdown as part of CBBC’s Celebrity Supply Teacher series.
That went down so well that bosses at the channel have given Ricky his own show.
Called Art Jam, the ten-episode series is set to air in the autumn. It will see Ricky pair up with a different celebrity pal each week to discuss and delve into a favourite artist or piece of art.
Sounds like Ricky could be the next Neil Buchanan. He’ll be suspected of being Banksy next.
THE latest series of The Great British Bake Off will start on Channel 4 on September 22 at 8pm, with new presenter Matt Lucas joining regular host Noel Fielding and judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.
The King returns
CLAIRE King will return to Emmerdale next month after shielding due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Most of her co-stars on the ITV soap have already returned to the Dales.
But the actress, who plays Kim Tate, could not go back because she has a low immune system due to suffering from rheumatoid arthritis – a condition she has battled since her twenties.
Claire joked: “I do go back next month . . . if the old brain’s working OK. That’s the worry.”
WHAT? Council House Britain, Channel 4, 9pm.
WHY? Doc following local authority housing workers in Southwark, South London. Tonight they deal with a pigeon infestation and a tenant who owes rent of £10,000.
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