ITV has just announced a very exciting change that Coronation Street fans will love. The show, which is the UK's longest-running soap drama, will be broadcast six times a week starting from late 2017.
The plan was unveiled to writers, cast and crew earlier on Wednesday.
Corrie currently airs five episodes a week – two on Monday, one on Wednesday and two on Friday. It has not yet been revealed when the sixth episode will be scheduled for, although it could be broadcast on Sunday nights as it has previously been.
Coronation Street will be broadcast six times a week
ITV's director of television, Kevin Lygo, said that the news reflected the broadcaster's commitment to high quality soap for its hugely loyal audience.
He released a statement, saying: "I am a life-long fan of Coronation Street and one of the first things I wanted to explore when I became director of television was taking the production to six episodes a week.
"The soaps are the cornerstone of the ITV schedule, and Coronation Street continues to produce some of the finest drama and comedy on television. It is a hugely important part of what has defined ITV throughout its history, and I want it to continue to be right at the heart of what ITV defines in years to come.
"As a viewer I have watched the soap as it has continued to evolve, entertain, and grip the nation with fantastic storylines and this move will be the next exciting chapter in Corrie's story."
The show's creator Tony Warren sadly passed away in March
It is understood that the new change will create employment opportunities. The set in Trafford, Manchester will also be extended and a further filming zone built.
The soap was created in 1960 by the late Tony Warren, who sadly passed away at the age of 79 in March. It was originally named Florizel Street, but was later changed to Coronation Street.
In 2010 the Weatherfield-based show became the longest-running TV soap in the world.