ITV’s new Director of Television Kevin Lygo has announced plans to expand Coronation Street to SIX times a week.
The sixth episode will be added to ITV schedules late next year. Speaking of his decision Lygo said,
“I am a life-long fan of Coronation Street and one of the first things I wanted to explore when I became Director of Television was taking the production to six episodes a week.
“The soaps are the cornerstone of the ITV schedule, and Coronation Street continues to produce some of the finest drama and comedy on television. It is a hugely important part of what has defined ITV throughout its history, and I want it to continue to be right at the heart of what ITV defines in years to come.
“As a viewer I have watched the soap as it has continued to evolve, entertain, and grip the nation with fantastic storylines and this move will be the next exciting chapter in Corrie’s story.”
ITV Studios Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North, John Whiston, who has responsibility for overseeing both Coronation Street and Emmerdale, said:
“From a creative perspective this is an extremely exciting development for the production team, writers, cast and crew who work on our globally renowned soap drama.”