Coronation Street may go off air completely if the UK lockdown is extended


Andy Whyment has revealed that Coronation Street may have to be taken off air if filming cannot be resumed by June.

The UK's longest-running soap, set and filmed in Manchester, has already been reduced to just three episodes a week due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Filming was suspended at the end of last month to ensure safety of the cast and crew.

The show currently airs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but now star Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland, has revealed it may be forced off screens completely if they run out of episodes to air.

Speaking on the 'MUTV Group Chat' UTD Podcast reaction show, he said: "I think we've got until the beginning of July in the can, so we need to get back hopefully by the middle of June with a bit of luck, otherwise it's going to go off air".

"We've cut down from six episodes a week to three episodes a week, obviously to stay, but hopefully we'll get back."

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He continued: "A lot of the airlines have announced they're going to start flying again mid-June, so I'm presuming if that's going to happen then hopefully we should be able to get back to work with a bit of luck, so fingers crossed".

In a post on Instagram toward the end of March, Andy also shared an insight with fans into the changes that have been made to the filming of the show, stating that: "[It's] been a tough week at work with rewrites and changes with some cast members having to self isolate".

"[I] just want to say I’m so proud of everyone [at] Coronation Street, the way people have mucked in this week has been incredible and shows how much love there is for the show".

"It’s a mad situation we all find ourselves in but we’ll get through this, stay safe everyone".


There has been no official comment, or confirmation on the above from ITV as of yet.

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