According to ITV’s new director of television Kevin Lygo, Coronation Street is due to be extended to six episodes a week in 2017. This makes for an unprecedented move for a UK television soap opera. The show began in the late 1980s with just two episodes a week before expanding to its current maximum of five shows a week in 2009.
“I am a life-long fan of Coronation Street and one of the first things I wanted to explore when I became director of television was taking the production to six episodes a week.
“The soaps are the cornerstone of the ITV schedule, and Coronation Street continues to produce some of the finest drama and comedy on television. It is a hugely important part of what has defined ITV throughout its history, and I want it to continue to be right at the heart of what ITV defines in years to come”.