Coronation Street and Emmerdale
Coronation Street and Emmerdale have confirmed that fans will notice continuity problems as a result of the rescheduling of episodes. ITV also revealed that Corrie would cut to three episodes per week from Monday, March 30, while Emmerdale would drop to five episodes a week. The last-minute change allows all soaps to stay on the air for as long as possible in the wake of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, Digital Spy can only exclusively that this would cause a range of timeline problems, with holidays such as Easter already being marked on the wrong dates on the screen. Producers are hoping that in this unusual situation, beyond the control of production managers, audiences can demonstrate empathy.
In a statement released to Digital Spy, the ITV spokesperson explained: “Over the coming weeks, several episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will understandably be out of kilter due to the temporary broadcasting schedule for both shows, which will take place as of Monday, March 30.’ Episodes due to broadcast at Easter and those commissioned and filmed to commemorate VE Day, for instance, will not take effect as of now. We would hope that the viewer will understand the reasons for this and continue to appreciate the performances. ITV has addressed the fact that the characters in Coronation Street and Emmerdale would be seen drinking at The Rovers Return and The Woolpack. Government advice indicated that the public would stop clubs, bars, and restaurants to prevent the transmission of the virus.
The ITV spokesperson added: “However, as both Coronation Street and Emmerdale were filming many weeks before they were broadcast on ITV, episodes will continue to feature scenes shot in The Rovers and Woolpack and other communal areas. “While the latest government recommendations recommend that people should avoid these public areas, we should ask fans to make exceptions for the fact that shooting took place due to the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that they obey the most recent government safety guidance.” Coronation Street and Emmerdale are still both shooting scenes in Manchester and Leeds while focusing on violence.