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… Read more & comment »
Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw in the award-winning ITV soap, has been admitted to hospital after contracting a mystery illness whilst filming in Kenya.
Cleaver had been over in Kenya taking part in a documentary called Corrie Goes To Kenya with fellow cast members Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster), Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw) and Ben Price (Nick Tilsley).
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Fans of Ryan Thomas, who of course plays the role of Jason Grimshaw in Corrie, will doubtless be pleased to hear that he has renewed his contract to stay with the soap for at least another year.
Likewise, Alan Halsall, who plays battered husband Tyrone Dobbs, has also renewed his contract with the show.
Alan took to Twitter to announce the good news, writing, “Exclusive! Ha not much of 1. I’m delighted to say I signed my new contract 2day @ corrie!
“Good news if ya a fan but not for @NatalieGumede x”
He was of course joking about his co-star Natalie, who plays Tyrone’s fiancé Kirsty Soames… Read more & comment »
Various members of the cast of Coronation Street can quite frequently be found in Africa, such as Helen Worth, who, when she’s not playing unlucky in love Gail McIntyre, supports charity Born Free, an organization which works tirelessly to save wild animals, such as elephants, and keep them in their natural environments.
John Michie, who plays Karl Munro likewise supports charities that provide equipment and wells, ensuring supplies of clean water to the country’s poorest areas…
And in the next few weeks, stars Michelle Keegan and Ryan Thomas – who play the roles of Tina McIntyre and Jason Grimshaw – will also be heading out there to make a special documentary for ITV… Read more & comment »