The Secret of Soaps: The Story Behind the Stories

No one could accuse Coronation Street of taking it easy, even though this would be understandable for a middle-aged British telly institution. Over the last couple of years the ITV soap has given viewers multiple murders, deaths and suicides; explosions and a minibus crash; a pre-teen pregnancy; and even a gay vicar.

Audiences have been lapping up the drama, which regularly attracts more than 7 million viewers. Corrie remains the nation’s favourite soap.

Ten things you might not know about Coronation Street

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1. The Rovers by numbers

Everyone's favourite local watering hole the Rovers Return Inn may seem like a fake pub, but staff still pull a hefty number of pints each week, and Betty's famous hotpot lives on long after actress Betty Driver passed away in 2011. Weekly, The Rovers serves up 1,440 pints, 100 gin and tonics, and 84 hotpots - as well as 2,500 bags of crisps per year. The beer served is actually very weak - and very sweet - shandy, and the gin and tonics are just fizzy water and lime.


ITV commissions fourth series of Unforgotten

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The commission builds on the success of the critically-acclaimed third season, which peaked with 6.9 million viewers.

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, praised creator Chris Lang for his powerful and compelling writing. “We have been delighted with the reception of the first three series of Unforgotten and are thrilled to commission a fourth instalment. Chris Lang’s writing is incredibly powerful and his storytelling utterly compelling, so we have no doubt that the new case will have viewers gripped again.”

It’s a Full English for ITV

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Led by Harry Redknapp, a renowned manager who has led the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers to victory, the team consists of a who’s who of 1980s and 1990s footballing heroes. All a little over the hill, the goal is to get back in shape and on the pitch once more.

The team of eleven includes: John Barnes, David Seaman, Robbie Fowler, Mark Wright, Matthew Le Tissier, Chris Waddle, Rob Lee, Ray Parlour, Lee Sharpe,Mark Chamberlain, Paul Merson, and Razor Ruddock. They’ll be trying to prove that it’s never too late to get fit.

What's on TV: 30 July - 5 August

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Love Island - The Live Final

Monday: ITV2, 9pm

After a drama filled summer full of romance, betrayal and, above all, loyalty, it’s time to find out who will take home the coveted £50,000 prize. The couples left are Jack and Dani, Wes and Megan, Josh and Kaz, and Paul and Laura and it’s up to the voting public to decide who their favourite is.

ITV announces Torvill and Dean biopic

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The film has been written by prominent writer of film, television and theatre William Ivory (Made in Dagenham, Burton and Taylor), and will be directed by Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky, Small Faces)

Dramatising the story of Jayne Torvill and Chris Dean’s partnership, it will feature a host of British acting talent.

The story follows the pair’s motivations for taking to the ice, as Torvill found confidence in her dancing, and Dean channelled his anger from his parents’ separation into skating.

Major broadcasters take TV production to the regions, finds new Ofcom report

The results from the register show that the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 all met their value and volume-based regional production quotes in 2017. 

To be considered a regional production, Ofcom requires that productions to either be based outside of the M25, spend at least 70% of their budget outside the M25, or ensure that at least 50% of the production talent come from outside of London.