Michelle Collins unhappy with new Rovers

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 May 2013
The new-look Rovers Return

The new-look Rovers Return

Michelle Collins doesn't like the new-look Rovers Return's pale cream seats, though she is glad its makeover hasn't been too "modern"

Michelle Collins doesn't like the new-look Rovers Return.

The iconic 'Coronation Street' pub has undergone a £100,000 makeover following a storyline which saw it burned down in an arson attack by Karl Munro (John Michie) earlier this year, but the actress - who plays landlady Stella Price - is less-than-impressed by her new surroundings, despite set designers deliberately making it very similar to its old appearance.

She said: "I don't like those seats. They're too pale. And the stains! All those little old men sitting on them with their drinks."

However, she insisted she "quite" liked the fact the new set doesn't look too "modern".

She said: "I quite like it, I suppose, because it's not too removed from the old Rovers and it's not black. Everyone thinks black is modern."

Michelle admitted the cast don't enjoy filming in the pub because of its cramped conditions and unflattering lighting.

She said: "It's always a nightmare to film in the Rovers and everyone always looks horrendous. Apart from Michelle Keegan, we all look bloody awful. You get used to it."

The re-opening of the Rovers goes far from smoothly for Stella, with barmaid Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) going into early labour, Dev Alahan raising concerns about his late wife Sunita's alleged involvement in the fire, and Karl's increasingly erratic behaviour as he tries to cover his actions.

Michelle explained: "Running the Rovers is not just Stella's job it is a way of life. So she is thrilled to be back.

"But Tina going into labour, Dev still niggling away about whether Sunita really started the fire and Karl's increasingly erratic behaviour are all a bit of a dampener.

"Still, nothing in Soapland ever runs smoothly."

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