Coronation Street film facility to expand
The Trafford Wharf studio at MediaCityUK used to film ITV’s soap Coronation Street will be expanded as the programme extends broadcasting from five to six nights a week.
Coronation Street currently occupies four studio stages in addition to the exterior street set, but more space will be made available for filming.
The show had a set redesign in 2013 when it moved from its old Quay Street setting in Manchester which saw physical features slightly enlarged to accommodate the demands of high-definition broadcasting.
“From a creative perspective this is an extremely exciting development for the production team, writers, cast and crew who work on our globally renowned soap drama,” said John Whiston, ITV Studios’ managing director of continuing drama and head of ITV in the North.
“Coronation Street’s new producer Kate Oates, modern filming and editing facilities at the programme’s Production Centre and our fantastic, peerless drama teams will help turn this great idea into reality.”
Liverpool, Manchester and Yorkshire are becoming more popular as UK filming locations. Manchester offers five stages at purpose-built production facility The Space Project, and an industry report from late 2015 revealed the cost of studio space in Manchester can undercut London prices by as much as 30%.
Also on The Knowledge
Hertsmere Borough Council has given the green light for construction to begin on Sky Studios Elstree, due to open in 2022.
Dagenham Studios – set to be the largest film facility in London – looks set to go ahead after unanimous planning approval was granted at a Barking and Dagenham council meeting last night (6 July).
The British Film Commission (BFC) has received £4.8m from this week’s Budget to expand its remit of promoting the UK as a production hub for studio space investment.
Apple has commissioned a new high-octane drama starring Uma Thurman.
ITV has commissioned two new, non-scripted formats for weekend mornings, to begin transmission in April.
The BFI has released figures illustrating the record-breaking impact made by inward investment high-end TV projects over the last year.