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Could 'Coronation Street' extend to seven episodes a week?

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A general view of the Coronation Street sign in Manchester, as the Duchess of Cornwall visited the set today.
Coronation Street currently airs six episodes a week (PA)

Coronation Street could soon be airing seven times a week, according to one of the soap’s writers.

The ITV soap already runs for six episodes aired over three evenings a week. Now scriptwriter Ellen Taylor – who worked on the recent Sinead Tinker cancer storyline – has said it is only a matter of time before the show follows Emmerdale’s lead and is stretched across seven episodes.

Taylor told the Conversation Street podcast: “Increased volume isn’t always a good thing. It’s great for more Corrie, but is it best in the long run? I don’t know.

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Members of the cast walk along the new set of long running British soap opera Coronation Street now based on a 7.7-acre site at Trafford Wharf in Salford Quays, Manchester, England, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The original set based in the central Manchester was opened by the Queen in 1982 and is only three-quarters of real size. Another new road, known as Mawdsley Street, which was until now only seen as a backdrop has also been added to the set. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Cast members of Coronation Street on its famous cobbles in 2013 (AP)

“We’re never going to go back down. Emmerdale are already at seven [episodes] so you know it’s going to happen at some point.”

While Corrie fans may be delighted at the thought of even more of their favourite soap, Taylor believes storylines can suffer from increased production, as more episodes increases the call for cliffhanger endings.

She explained: “There are a lot of challenges – you need more cast and you need a bigger set.

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“When it’s six episodes a week you have to ramp everything up more for the next Monday and I think it makes the story telling more heightened... I still think Corrie maintains the balance very well, but I think because of those six episodes a week those high-octane storylines and hooks to keep the viewers there have become a more dominant feature of the process.”

The cast and crew of Coronation Street accept the award for Best Serial Drama on stage during the 2014 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.   (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street's cast and crew at the National Television Awards 2014 (Getty Images)

And Taylor admitted other characters and plots can be sidelined during a big storyline running across one week, adding: “Some stories disappear off a cliff.”

Corrie began airing five episodes a week in 2006, and extended to six episodes in 2017.

The soap has been contacted for comment.

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