Coronation Street felt 'wrong' without senior citizens

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 December 2020
Barbara Knox

Barbara Knox

John Whiston, Managing Director of Continuing Drama & Head of ITV in the North, has admitted 'Coronation Street' felt "wrong" when some of the older members of the cast weren't on the soap shortly after the first national lockdown

'Coronation Street' felt "wrong" when the soap's senior citizens weren't part of the cast shortly after the first national lockdown.

That's according to John Whiston, Managing Director of Continuing Drama & Head of ITV in the North, who admitted some of the older members of the ITV show's cast are the "at the heart of the community" and some viewers have known them for longer than people in their real lives.

He said: "It would be very hard to imagine the Street without the Barlows.

"There was a point where we didn't have the senior citizens in our cast and it felt wrong.

"'Coronation Street' is a community and those characters are at the heart of that community.

"Some people have known them longer than people in their own lives. And they mean so much to our audience.

"It felt wrong for them not to be there, so it was fantastic we found a way to bring them back safely, and be at the heart of the show."

Some of the older members of the cast didn't return to filming with the other cobbles stars because they were more at-risk of testing positive for coronavirus.

John has insisted 'Corrie' – which celebrated its 60th anniversary on December 9th – wouldn't function without its senior citizens, who include the likes of Bill Roache (Ken Barlow), who appeared on the show's first-ever episode in 1960, and Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox), and he praised them for often being the funniest characters.

He added: "They're often the funniest people in the show, they're often the ones that move you most. They're so much at the heart of it, Bill particularly, we couldn't be without them."

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