Corrie’s Andrew Whyment admits to ‘tough week’ for soap’s cast following rewrites

Several cast members are in self-isolation

Andrew Whyment

by William Marriott |

Following both ITV and the BBC's announcement that soaps on each channel will reduce to just two episodes a week in order to get through the COVID-19 outbreak, cast members are now starting to speak out about the impact it is having on their schedules.

And the latest to voice how 'tough' filming has been is Coronation Street's Andrew Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland in the soap.

The actor, who came second in I'm A Celebrity 2019, took to Instagram to post a photo of himself with his wife drinking a beer after a stressful week at work.

He wrote, "So ready for a drink tonight been a tough week at work with rewrites and changes with some cast members having to self isolate.

"I just want to say I’m so proud of everyone @coronationstreet the way people have mucked in this week has been incredible and shows how much love there is for the show.

"It’s a mad situation we all find ourselves in but we’ll get through this, stay safe everyone ❤️❤️❤️."

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Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby, commented beneath the post, "Everyone has been incredible haven’t they?

"I was saying to Mark tonight how I feel so lucky to work with such an outstanding team. And all done with such good grace and humour xxx."

Coronation Street bosses revealed plans to only air two episodes per week earlier this week, in attempt to make sure they have enough content to output amid uncertainty around coronavirus.

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It has been reported pre-recorded episodes could potentially last until July. However, as an ITV representative told The Sun, “In the coming weeks some episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will understandably be out of kilter due to the temporary transmission pattern for both programmes, which takes effect from Monday 30 March.

“Episodes due to broadcast at Easter and those commissioned and filmed to commemorate VE Day, for instance, won’t now air on the dates we’d anticipated.

"We’d hope the audience will understand the reasons for this and continue to enjoy the shows.”

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