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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

Helen Worth as Gail Platt (Credit: ITV)

 

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.

 

Cast of The Bay talk twists and turns at RTS North West screening

Morven Christie and Daragh Carville (Credit: JesRPB photography)

Following the screening of episode one, executive producer Catherine Oldfield, co-creator and writer Daragh Carville, and actors Morven Christie and Daniel Ryan were on hand to discuss the show with ITV Granada Reports presenter Ann O’Connor.

Christie plays a detective sergeant and family liaison officer, who is embedded to offer support to the family of missing teenage twins, which allows her to investigate their disappearance from within.

Production Focus: Who Do You Think You Are

Charles Dance (Credit: BBC)

Graham, who founded the programme’s producer Wall to Wall, came up with the idea for a genealogy series in which famous faces discover the truth about their ancestors – but it took a decade and a half for a commissioner to bite.

“This show is 15 years old this year but this year is also the 30th anniversary of me trying to sell it to the BBC,” he said.

Sara Cox to present new ITV morning show

Sara Cox (Credit: ITV)

Airing on Saturday and Sunday mornings, it will feature live music and different celebrity guests discussing arts and culture, including books, theatre, TV and podcasts.

Sara Cox presented The Radio 1 Breakfast Show between 2000 and 2003, and is the current host of Drivetime, BBC Radio 2’s flagship music and chat show.

Speaking about her new ITV weekend show, Cox commented: “I can’t wait to keep people company on a weekend morning as they mooch about in their jamas, making crumpets and sorting the kids out.”

Celebs bare all for ITV's All New Monty

Love Island winner Jack Fincham to join celebrity line up in The All New Monty 2019 (Credit: ITV)

The All New Monty 2019: Who Bares Wins, which follows on from The Real Full Monty, sees eight celebs learning extravagant dance routines, demonstrating the importance of carrying out intimate checks for cancer prevention and being body-positive in the process.

Former Love Island contestant Jack Fincham and Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez are among the familiar faces ‘baring all’ for a cause close to their hearts, alongside Rav Wilding (Crimewatch) and Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher.

Applications open for Media Trust and ITV News’ Breaking into News competition

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Communications charity Media Trust has teamed up with ITV News to launch Breaking into News, a nationwide competition to search for ITV’s next up and coming broadcast journalist.

The initiative was founded eight years ago and aims to promote diversity in broadcast journalism.

Fronted by journalists Charlene White and Ria Chatterjee, Breaking Into News is now open to everyone of all ages and backgrounds and welcomes individuals with little or no media experience.

John Barrowman to host ITV’s new musical entertainment series

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The show will follow seven celebrities as they undertake musical theatre masterclasses from choreographers and vocal coaches and prepare to perform on the London Palladium stage.

Supported by a West End chorus line, the famous acts will be judged by both the panel and a theatre audience, with the latter deciding who deserves to win at the end of each night.

All Star Musicals will also feature performances from John Barrowman, Elaine Paige and other critics.