Coronation Street autumn preview
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Whenever a new boss takes over at Coronation Street or any other soap, we here at count down the days before we can consider them officially settled and ready to answer our burning questions. Iain MacLeod has revealed his vision for his upcoming tenure – and the bottom line is he wont be changing the recipe of the show which has survived 60 years on air and is still going strong – but he was a little more of a closed book when it came to dropping spoilers.

Asked about his plans he said: I know theres been a lot of talk about the tone of show, I think the show always needs to have big material in it. But, as weve seen in the episodes around the double wedding, which I was fortunate enough to see as a viewer because they were in train before I got here, the shows at its best when theres comedy in it, when its got the low-key heart breaking poignant stuff like the Daniel and Sinead stuff weve just seen as well as some high drama and action-packed sequences. I think that was a really microcosm of what Corrie needs to be and its all about balance.

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New Coronation Street boss speaks out
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My background in Corrie is that I like all the funny stuff, but equally, Ive worked on the tram crash, in my previous incarnation of the show, Ive worked on Tyrone and Kirstys domestic violence story, I worked on Carlas rape, I worked on Peters alcoholism. So, my preferences are broad, and I think that is reflected in the audience really, you cant please people all the time but Corries been very good since it was first conceived at pleasing most of the people most of the time. So, Im hoping we can give everybody under my tenure a little of what they like. Well, a lot of what they like, I hope.

However, thats not to say that were totally spoiler free…

Iain drops spoilers

  • There is a big story coming up focusing on the older generation – and Iain said he was keen to give material to characters like Ken and Rita.
  • There is also an issue led story landing early next year but this will be character driven first and foremost.
  • Amy Barlow has a big story ahead, commencing next year.
  • Daniel and Sinead will face the toughest journey of their lives.
  • The week in October will lay the groundwork for the stories for the rest of the year – so expect a big aftermath from the car crash and the big reveals.
  • There will be a heightened comedy episode around a very chaotic nativity play.
  • Christmas will be warm and festive and reek of Christmas – but it wont be without heartbreak.
  • Ken has some comedy scenes coming up – could they be in relation to his budding friendship with Claudia?
  • There are some romantic scenes ahead at the start of December.
  • Christmas will end with a big shock – and a pay off to an ongoing storyline.
  • There will still be dark storylines, Iain argued that Corrie has always tackled these. But he is keen to ensure the balance of darkness and comedy remains strong.

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