New Corrie boss planning huge cast shake up... and younger stars could be axed

25 April 2018, 13:32 | Updated: 19 October 2018, 17:09

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Reports claim the ITV soap will start focusing on older characters and the gentle humour that made it a fan favourite.

New executive producer Ian McLeod is reportedly planning to axe a string of younger cast members, in a bid to give older Weatherfield characters more airtime.

Reports by The Sun claim younger members of the cast "fearing for their roles", with the likes of Katie McGlynn, 24 (Sinead Tinker), Colson Smith, 19 (Craig Tinker), Harry Visinoni, 18 (Seb Franklyn) and Julia Goulding, 32 (Shona Ramsey).

McLeod, who will join from rival ITV soap Emmerdale, keen to give veteran characters such as Ken Barlow played Bill Roache, 85, and Audrey Roberts played by Sue Nicholls, 75, meatier storylines.

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A source said: “Iain intends to bring back a bit of Corrie’s light-hearted past while still delivering big stories.

“There’s been a feeling that some of the younger cast members just sleep-walk through their lines and act on social media that they are huge stars.

“I think they might have a rude awakening in store.”

ITV latest appointment was announced on Tuesday, after former boss Kate Oates stepped down amid backlash over controversial storylines during her two-year-stint at the show's helm.

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A source said: “Kate was particularly popular with the younger stars.

“Her departure has left people worried the new producer will want to end the violent stuff and start again. And lots are worried about a cull.”

Its thought the shake-up to the cobbles will see humour being central to the show, in hope it will bring back some of Coronation Street's loyal fan base and appease older cast members.

Other character said to be safe include Michael Le Vell, 53 (Kevin Webster), Sally Dynevor, 54 (Sally Webster), Simon Gregson, 43 (Steve McDonald), and Kym Marsh, 41 (Michelle Connor).

ITV have since dismissed the reports as pure "speculation".