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Sunday 21st April 2019

Coronation Street 'mutiny' behind the scenes over soap's heavy workload

Report claims it is "chaos" backstage

Stressed Corrie cast and crew fear becoming overwhelmed by the scheduling demands of the ITV soap, a report has claimed.

According to The Sun, there were those working in front and behind the cameras who complained the show was not equipped to make six episodes a week after an extra show was added to the weekly TV timetable in 2017.

And even though several on-screen Weatherfield characters were brought back to boost the ranks, it is claimed some of the cast and crew are still "unhappy" with the pressure to produce.

Toyah Battersby, Brian Packham and Daniel Osbourne all returned as part of efforts to generate more telly content.

There are reportedly cast and crew that are "unhappy" (Credit: ITV)

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The news outlet also reckons a consultant from outside of the series could be recruited to troubleshoot and fix problems on the cobbles.

An unnamed insider is reported to have told the newspaper that a feeling of doom exists among struggling production staff.

The crew are even referring to Corrie as the Titanic as they fear they are all going down with the ship.

They are quoted as saying: "It’s chaos backstage as the filming schedules to keep up with six episodes a week have been putting everyone under huge pressure. Lots of people are stressed and very unhappy.

"The crew are even referring to Corrie as the Titanic as they fear they are all going down with the ship."

Toyah was revived to boost the ranks (Credit: ITV)

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However, it seems there is a belief backstage that TV bosses are tackling concerns.

The source continued: "Different departments have been called in individually to ask how the system can be improved and people are relieved they are finally being listened to."

ED! has contacted a Corrie rep for comment.

Brian was also brought back to Weatherfield (Credit: ITV)

- Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV

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