‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’ will return to six episodes per week from mid-September.
ITV have confirmed the channel’s soaps will be back at their “normal pattern” after reducing output when the coronavirus pandemic first began, as filming had to be halted due to lockdown measures being enforced in the UK.
As part of the channel’s autumn schedule announcement, ITV said in a statement: “We’re very pleased to announce that ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’ will resume airing the normal pattern of six episodes each week from mid-September.”
ITV also praised the soaps’ bosses for their “incredible work”.
They said: “This is testament to the incredible work that has been achieved in Manchester and Leeds by John Whiston, Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North for ITV Studios, and his dedicated and hard-working production teams, crews, writers and actors.
“Both shows continue to film safely whilst adhering to the health and safety guidelines issued by the film and TV industry.”
In late May, ‘Emmerdale’ announced they were cutting their weekly output to two episodes per week from June 8th, to ensure the soap remained on air during the coronavirus pandemic.
They also aired six special coronavirus episodes, which featured characters Cain and Aaron (Jeff Hordley and Danny Miller), Chas and Paddy (Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt), Sam and Lydia (James Hooton and Karen Blick), Marlon, Al and Ellis (Mark Charnock, Michael Wildman and Aaron Anthony), Mandy and Vinny (Lisa Riley and Bradley Johnson), and Jimmy and Nicola (Nick Miles and Nicola Wheeler).
The stars returned to the set for the socially distanced filming for the eps, which told all about how the characters were coping during lockdown.
What’s more, ‘Corrie’ actors resumed filming last month. Both soaps suspended filming on March 22nd as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.