Coronation Street’s older stars to be ‘banned from filming’ for a year

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Coronation Street may stop shooting scenes with older cast members for their own protection during the pandemic.  

The ITV soap is currently off-air due to COVID-19, but there are suggestions that elderly, more vulnerable stars may need to stay away from set when filming resumes.

These new rules would stop the likes of William Roache and Sue Nicholls from shooting scenes until 2021, meaning the characters of Ken Barlow and Rita Tanner would be temporarily written out of the show.


Showrunners have been forced to shift writing and filming schedules in the current climate, with new storylines being introduced to incorporate COVID-19.

Series producer Iain MacLeod said the virus "has to exist in our world", but would be "handled with a light touch".

ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said that Corries is aiming resume filming when restrictions are lifted, but only if it safe to do so.


Mr. Lygo also confirmed that the soap will film with social distancing in mind - which may involve keeping two stars to a room (6ft apart) and editing later.

"Some people who are in a dangerous zone, by age or health reasons, they won't be there, I'm sure, for a time," said Lygo.

"I don't want Ken Barlow [played by William Roache, 88] to get sick on my watch."

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