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Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey

Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey

TV executive Phil Collinson has promised to ''pick up'' the pace on 'Coronation Street' over the next few months.

'Coronation Street' producer Phil Collinson wants to "pick up" the soap's pace.

The TV executive - who is planning to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary later this year with huge storylines - is determined to keep the ITV1 programme at its best with plenty of drama over the next few months.

He said: "When 'Coronation Street' is at its best, it's like a Lowry painting. There's a bit going on here, a bit going on there, a bit going on somewhere else. You try and pull as many of your cast into as many stories as you can and that's when it feels great. I want to do big seven-page scenes in the Rovers that go from character to character. I also want the pace to pick up.

"You can't be saying 'Look at this old thing', you've got to be saying 'Look at what this show can still do after all these years', so I have huge ambition for the 50th. It'll be 'Coronation Street' like you've never seen it: more spectacular - and more expensive - than it's ever been."

Weatherfield is set for disaster in December, when numerous residents will be killed in a devastating tram crash during a week of special shows. It is believed Jack Duckworth (Bill Tarmey) and Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns) are two of the character who could leave as part of the accident.

However, Phil and his fellow 'Coronation Street' colleagues have promised the next five months will be filled with their own share of drama too.

He added to the Guardian newspaper: "We're steaming towards December with five or six really big stories and when Monday hits and the week pans out, the tram crash will have sent off all those stories in completely different directions so that the people who have come to it will feel the need to stay on."

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