THIS Christmas ITV will be looking back over nearly 60 years of Coronation Street drama with an hour-long special called Corrie at Christmas.
The show, airing in the run-up to the festive holiday, will feature clips of the most beloved Christmas moments in the soap.
Alongside the trip down memory lane will be interviews with cast members past and present.
“Corrie at Christmas promises to bring joy through iconic archive and cast memories from Christmases past in Weatherfield,” Executive Producer Sue Walton said.
“Peace and goodwill can be short-lived on the cobbles during the festive season which always brings drama as well as plenty of fun and heart-warming moments – all captured in this documentary which will pack a Christmas punch.”
There’s no shortage of drama during Christmas and the citizens of Weatherfield argue over more than what goes on the telly after dinner.
You’ll likely see no shortage of tear-jerkers – like Sally telling Kevin she has breast cancer just moments before he was about to leave her for another woman.
Or slightly more heartwarming moments, such as Hilda Ogden jubilant farewell in the Rovers Return after 23 years on the soap.
As for interviews, longtime fans would probably want the likes of Julie Goodyear (who played leopard print aficionado Bet Lynch), or newer stars who have left such as Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor).
However, behind the scenes things have not being going too well for the soap opera, according to reports.
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Actors are leaving the show – which is entering its 60th year in 2020 – in droves, with seven actors leaving in just three months earlier this year.
Sources say actors are fed up with gruelling hours, poor pay and a toxic atmosphere on set.
The younger actors are fed up of being paid much less than their veteran co-stars, being paid £50,000 compared to between £100,000 and £250,000 of the older stars.
Their pay is also dependent on appearances on set and they are also banned from taking advertising or product endorsement jobs.
Much of the blame is laid on producer Iain MacLeod, who took over the show in 2018.
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