Coronation Street forced to rewrite scripts as its stars self-isolate, says Andy Whyment after ‘tough week’ – The Sun

CORONATION Street's Andy Whyment paid tribute to the show last night after what he called a "tough week at work".

The 38-year-old Kirk Sutherland actor explained that the soap had to put up with "rewrites and changes" after some of its stars went into coronavirus self-isolation.

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The I'm A Celeb favourite posted a picture with wife Nichola Willis as they cracked open bottles of beer together.

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 ❤️❤️❤️."

Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby, agreed: "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."

Corrie is still being filmed despite government guidelines on social distancing, but has dropped three episodes a week.

It is hoped the move will allow the soap – and its ITV stablemate Emmerdale – to stay on air until July even if production has to be shut down.

ITV explained yesterday that would mean certain events airing at times viewers may not expect – with Easter and VE Day among events mentioned in coming weeks.

An ITV rep said: “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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