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Coronation Street stars mark filming final scenes on Quay Street cobbles

20 Dec 2013 13:55

Cast and crew on the soap were shooting the last scenes before their Christmas break today, which will also see Granada's six decades of filming at the site come to an end.

Coronation Street was filming its final scenes at Manchester's Granada Studios today, as it prepares to move to its new home at MediaCityUK after 53 years on Quay Street.

Cast and crew on the soap were shooting the last scenes before their Christmas break today, which will also see Granada's six decades of filming at the site come to an end.

The historic day was marked by the water tower on the site being brightly lit with the old Granada symbol for the first time in 20 years.

And Corrie's cast and crew were set to toast the end of filming with an informal drinks reception tonight.

Corrie executive producer Kieran Roberts said: “Today we are filming our last ever scenes at Quay Street and at the end of the day we will be toasting this historical occasion, and the Quay Street site that has served Coronation Street so brilliantly for 53 years.

“We'll also be toasting the move to our amazing new home in Trafford which will serve us brilliantly for the next 53 years."

Cast and crew formerly move to the new Trafford Wharf Road site in January, although bosses are not yet stating when that first date of filming will start, or when those scenes will first air on screen.

Plans are in place for a meticulous changeover between the two sites – and it's hoped viewers will barely notice the new Coronation Street from the old.

The new street, unveiled to the world's media last month, is an exact replica of the old site – save for two changes that bosses hope will barely be noticed.

They are a slightly wider cobbled street, which will allow cars to pass for the first time in front of the famous terraces, and a second bedroom window above the Rovers Return pub – which is also slightly larger than the old.

Not all cast are involved in today's final scenes, and stars have been seen tweeting throughout the week when they have finished for the Christmas break as a goodbye to Granada.

It initially caused confusion when soap favourites Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone, and Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz, tweeted about their “final day filming” - which caused fans to believe they were leaving the soap altogether.

Alongside a festive photo of the pair standing next to a Christmas tree in funny festive hats, Alan tweeted: "A very Merry Christmas from me and @jenniemcalpine our last day filming @itvcorrie!"

And Jennie's tweet "My last day filming at Quay Street today. Gonna miss this place. Some great memories #endofanera" also prompted viewers to wonder if she was leaving Weatherfield for good.

One worried fan said: "I can't believe @alanhalsall is leaving Corrie. But I wish him well. Good luck Alan."

An hour later he clarified the situation, saying: "Sorry for the confusion folks. I meant our last day filming @itvcorrie at Quay Street!!!"

But when the concerned tweets kept coming in, he replied: "To clarify one last time me and @jenniemcalpine are not leaving Corrie. It wasn't an intended wind up, but I'm gonna take credit for it anyway."

Coronation Street is the last show to move from Granada Studios, which was first founded in Manchester by Sidney Bernstein in 1954. Transmissions first began in 1956, and it has gone on to film a host of famous TV series, game shows and news broadcasts over those years at the Quay Street site.

Plans have now been submitted to Manchester Council for the soon-to-be vacant site to temporarily become a Granada Studios Tour, before it is redeveloped by its new owners, Allied London and the council.
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.../coronation-street-stars-mark-filming-6435520
 

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The former set of Coronation Street will open to the public in April.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/news/a546240/coronation-street-set-tour-to-open-in-april.html

First Corrie, now Eastenders are also getting a new set, but on the same site as the current one:

EastEnders has been granted approval to rebuild and expand the exterior set at Elstree.

The new build will help secure the long-term future of both the show and the site, with completion expected in 2018.

The set will provide a modern, upgraded exterior filming resource for EastEnders, and will copy the appearance of the existing buildings.

However, it will be 20% bigger than the current set, in order to enable greater editorial ambition and improve working conditions for staff.

A temporary set will be created on site to enable filming to continue while the permanent structure is rebuilt.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s...ans-to-build-new-exterior-set-at-elstree.html
 

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This is starting to look really nice. Its got better the closer construction has come to completion.
 

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I hope they don't try and spin mud as some sort of 'post modern alternative to grass'

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I know I think it's unsuitable laziness when they can't be bothered to landscape something and just let weeds grow over it instead. Truly annoying but hopefully they won't do that here.
All public realm is down to Peel.

Right now its a bit of a mud bath.
 

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You've got to be kidding!
Nah I think the whole project looks fine, as far as production studios go. Look in LA, London, New York at any production studio, bar a couple that buck the trend, they arent beautiful buildings.

This is better than most. The evidence is there for all to see.
 

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ITV tonight 9pm - showing the inside of the new Coro Site
 

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Under plans approved by Trafford Council, ITV will construct a three-story, multipurpose building to serve as a home for Coronation Street Tours, the popular attraction that gives fans a 90-minute guided tour through the fictional town of Weatherfield, where the programme is set.

Those who join the tour are currently asked to assemble at MediaCityUK, on the opposite side of the Manchester Ship Canal from the Coronation Street studios, before being walked over to participate in the tour.

The new facility will negate the need for fans to walk to the studios, and therefore improve the experience.

The project includes a first-floor Coronation Street visitor experience area, as well as a café bar on the ground floor, merchandising and ticket sales facilities, and exhibition and conference space.

ITV’s television studios occupy a ten-acre site off Trafford Wharf Road next to the Imperial War Museum. The new tour building is to be erected to the southeast of the site next to Studio Four.

The architect for the scheme is Jenkins Design Group, which also designed the Coronation Street set when the show relocated to Trafford from its Quay Street studios in 2013. WYG acted as transport consultant.

Quay Street is now being redeveloped by Manchester Quays, a joint venture between Allied London and Manchester City Council, as part of the St John’s regeneration zone.

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