ITV have announced today that the documentary made by Coronation Street stars Brooke Vincent, Sue Cleaver, Ben Price and Ryan Thomas, which is entitled, Corrie Goes to Kenya, will air on Friday, August 17 at 9pm on ITV1.
The airdate for the second part of the emotional film is expected to be confirmed soon, but in its first edition, we see the Corrie stars jetting out to Kenya where they work with the charity S.A.F.E. on a mission to use performing arts to educate people on the dangers of HIV and drug abuse.
ITV’s press release states, “Using their Coronation Street storyline experience, the foursome had just over a week to recruit local actors and workshop their story ideas into a series of soap-like plays with a warning message which were then performed by them and S.A.F.E.’s Kenyan actors to a live audience in the African bush.”
The first episode sees the Corrie stars arriving in the “biggest slum” area of Mombasa, which is home to 20,000 people who have no running water, a poor sewage system and who run a high risk of contracting cholera or dysentery…
Brooke – who of course plays Sophie Webster – was especially moved by the plight of the children who live in these terrible conditions, and she will be heard saying, “I don’t think I have seen so many people in one place before.
“I’m an emotional person and I know I’m going to want to take all of these people home with me, that’s what I’m like.”
Sue, who plays Eileen Grimshaw and who contracted a mystery bug while on the trip, adds, “The poverty and the problems that people have here, you cannot fail to see. What’s got me is the way that they deal with it.
“To be able to make just a tiny weeny bit of difference, I was like, ‘Yes, absolutely, I’m on board.’”
And Ben, who portrays Nick Tilsley, concluded by saying, “Becoming a dad was a very big moment in my life and, if I can, in someway, help those children while I’m there, then it seems a personal angle for me.
“It’s not in my comfort zone, or within my experience, but I think that’s a great reason to do it.”
We’ll keep you posted as to when the second part of the film will air.