Coronation Street legend Bill Roache has assured fans that the beloved soap isn’t going anywhere despite coronavirus halting filming.
As government guidelines caused all soaps of cease production in a bid to prevent the spread of the life-threatening virus, Corrie bosses have stepped in with an action plan to ensure new episodes stretch out as long as possible.
Bill, who has played Ken Barlow on the show for the past 60 years, has now said that they could be carrying on well into the new year before it becomes a real problem.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain alongside his daughter, Verity, the 88-year-old actor said: ‘I gather we had, I think quite a while. Because it was going out six times a week, they’re rationing it to three times a week, and I think we had about two months.
‘So I’m not quite sure, but I think we have maybe about four months to go.’
And now we can all relax, for now anyways.
Despite Piers saying that fans could be worried about the show’s future, Bill dismissed any fears completely and said: We’ve got 60 years to draw on, so I don’t think we’ll be going off-air, even when they run out!
‘There’s plenty they can be showing and doing. But I think we have got about four months in all, or probably three more, I’m not quite sure.’
Bill’s comments come after Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland, has said that the team need to return by mid-June in order to ride the production halt without any issue.
In the meantime, Bill’s character Ken is set to cause heartache on the cobbles – with his romance with Claudia (Rula Lenska) ending up on the rocks.
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