Corrie star Jack P Shepherd says the cast are “terrified” of cull as new producer takes over

by Lynn Connolly

A few weeks ago, when it was reported that Emmerdale’s current series producer Stuart Blackburn was to take over from Corrie producer Phil Collinson early next year, it was claimed that up to ten Coronation Street characters could be axed in a shake-up of the soap.

At the time, ITV denied that would be the case, however an spokesperson added the caveat that they couldn’t comment on what Blackburn would or wouldn’t do in the role.

However today, it’s been reported that Corrie star Jack P Shepherd, who of course plays David Platt, reckons that he and his fellow cast members are “terrified” at the prospect of being written out.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Jack said, “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…”

Jack was of course referring to the fact that Blackburn has formerly worked on the show as story editor, and as such he had a good deal of input regarding Corrie’s landmark live episode storylines which saw characters Ashley Peacock and Molly Dobbs – who were played by Steven Arnold and Vicky Binns – written out as they died in the wreckage of the crash.

Blackburn was also of course in overall charge of Emmerdale’s 40th anniversary live show, which saw Carl King (Tom Lister) murdered by Cameron Murray (Dominic Power).

Meanwhile, Collinson said of leaving Corrie, “It’s been an honour to produce Coronation Street and I’ll be sad to leave.

“But the drama can only stay at the top of its game if the producer is re-energised every two to three years.

“By the time I say farewell I’ll have been with the programme for nearly three years and produced almost 750 episodes…

“It’s an achievement I’m hugely proud of, but I know I couldn’t have done it without the amazing production team, writers, cast and crew who work tirelessly to produce the best drama on television.

“I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”

He added, “I wish Stuart every success, and look forward now to taking up my new role developing drama and producing brand new drama from our base in Manchester.”

Here’s a reminder of Corrie’s live episode…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.