Coronation Street’s new producer Stuart Blackburn to introduce more ethnic characters to the show!

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It’s been reported today that Corrie’s new series producer Stuart Blackburn – who’s about to leave his role at Emmerdale to take over at Coronation Street from Phil Collinson – is planning to introduce more ethnic character to the soap.

Speaking to the Daily Star about his plans to shake-up the show, Blackburn said, “This is a show about a community in 21st century class Britain.

“The characters have to be recognisable to people living that life.

“All modern cities now have a massively diverse ethnicity. That’s what we’ve got to address.”

The paper adds, “Last year soap bosses brought in the show’s first black family after Craig Charles, 48, who plays Lloyd Mullaney, was joined by ex-girlfriend Mandy Kamara (Pamela Nomvete) and a daughter he never knew existed Jenna Kamara (Krissi Bohn, 29).”

Other than those characters, the only others who represent the diversity of ethnicity that Blackburn mentioned are Dev Alahan, who’s played by Jimmi Harkishin and Sunita Alahan, who’s played by Shobna Gulati.

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However, as we reported last week, it seems many of the show’s existing cast members are worried that their characters may be axed when Blackburn takes over.

Jack P Shepherd, who of course plays David Platt, told Digital Spy, “We’re terrified. It’s always the same, with people asking, ‘Have you heard? New boss, what’s he like?’

“But I remember Stuart. Thankfully, I’ve a good relationship with him…”

Blackburn was formerly a story editor on Corrie.

So, what do you think of the plan to introduce new characters? Do you like meeting new folks on the Street or would you rather Blackburn stuck with the existing characters?

For now, here’s a look at Stuart talking about Emmerdale last year…

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3 Responses to “Coronation Street’s new producer Stuart Blackburn to introduce more ethnic characters to the show!”

  1. Daisy Chain says:

    I have no issue with introducing ethnic characters providing they can ACT. Sadly ‘Mandy and Jenna’ cannot, they are toe curlingly bad ,as are St.Stella,Karl and Izzy in my view. Blackburn would do well to address the ludicrous storylines and lose the wooden actors before tackling anything else.

  2. Joanne says:

    He’s not ABOUT to leave Emmerdale. He’s been at Corrie for 2 weeks.

  3. Granny Di says:

    I thought this was supposed to be about soap spoilers, at least that’s what I clicked on to read. What the new producer decides to do about ethnic minorities has nothing to do with it. As long as it doesn’t turn into another Emmerdale or Eastenders I’ll be happy. I used to watch both of them but no longer watch either. Corrie has always been a good mix of comedy and tradgedy, young and old, I hope it doesn’t turn into teenage angst and violence like the others. If it does I’ll soon have my fingers on the remote and find something else to watch.