Ben Price: Corrie has to move on to be relevant

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 July 2011
Ben Price

Ben Price

Ben Price thinks 'Coronation Street' has had to abandon its comedic roots in favour of grittier storylines in order to remain relevant after 50 years on air

Ben Price thinks 'Coronation Street' has had to move away from its comedic roots to stay relevant.

Although the show has been criticised for its focus on controversial storylines including murder, adultery and attempted suicide, Ben - who plays Nick Tilsley in the ITV1 soap - has claimed the new storylines are important to keep the modern audience interested.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I think the show has definitely steered away from what it started as, but it was launched in black and white. If you don't move on or try anything new you'll still be stuck in black and white with Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner sweeping up the street.

"It was 50 years ago, it's not a series that has been running for three years - it's 50 years old and you have to keep coming up with new storylines to keep the audience involved and interested.

"The viewing figures are actually up and the audience clearly like these shocking storylines, as they're watching them. That's what matters."

While Ben - whose character has been involved in a steamy affair with ex-wife Leanne Barlow (Jane Danson) - admitted 'Coronation Street' is now grittier like its London-based counterpart 'EastEnders', he believes this is what the viewers want.

Ben added: "We're probably going into the arena that used to be occupied solely by 'EastEnders' and I think people are perhaps making a bit too much of it all. It's good to have been talking about it, we shouldn't forget that.

"'Coronation Street' is very personal to people and they like to get involved in it. It's the nature of soaps.

"If there has been a crisis, I've definitely missed it. Everyone here just wants the show to be the best it can possibly be. There is no crisis."

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