Monday, 10 December 2012

New Coronation Street to be even bigger

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog October 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Any Corrie fans who have visited the Coronation Street set will have noticed how small everything seems compared to how it looks on screen. And that's because it is small, it's only three-quarters the size it appears.  STV reports that when the set was first built in 1960s a lack of space in the studio meant that the wooden house fronts all had to be built smaller than than they appear.

Over the years the set was moved outside and in 1982 a permanent street was built from reclaimed Salford brick, but the scale was maintained. The show's production team used a number of tricks to hide the building's real size, including training the actors to walk more slowly in front of them.

Speaking to The Sun, Corrie director Tony Prescott said: "We use camera tricks - you can do anything with a wide lens - to get it to look normal."

This will no longer be a problem for the show, however, as it leaves its historic Manchester studios to a new set at MediaCityUK in Salford. And, Prescott revealed, "the new set will be scaled up." But ITV boss John Whiston reassured fans that the street will still look the same. He said: "We will be using the same factory that made the old bricks and I will be making sure that each one is exactly the same as all the others."

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