Corrie star Colson Smith confirms soap will write coronavirus stories

Coronation Street star Colson Smith has announced that the soap will indeed be writing coronavrius-centric stories after filming recommences after the pandemic.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly today, the Craig Tinker actor confirmed that writers will tackle topics brought up by the COVID-19 outbreak once they’re set to get back to work.

This follows earlier reports that the long-running drama ‘may’ tackle the crisis when the cameras start rolling again.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain with Lorraine, Colson explained that he’s excited to get back to work on new scripts, which may well incorporate Craig’s on-going fitness journey and his new role as a police officer – a key worker in the crisis.

‘It will be interesting,’ he confirmed. ‘I think we’re all looking forward to, when we get the nod to say we’re going back, reading them scripts and reading how we show the guidelines, the social distancing.

‘How we show from what we missed. It’s an exciting time, we’ve got a great team of writers behind us, I’m sure they’re all working hard right now to make sure that when we do come back, we’re right and we’re ready.’

Due to the outbreak, ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale have furloughed hundreds of members of staff.

ITV has confirmed that the remainder of staff wages will be topped up by the company so the workers won’t be losing out on their salary – and they insist that it is the plan for all staff to return once the crisis lifts and work on the shows resumes.

Metro.co.uk understands that similar steps have been taken with Hollyoaks staff. It is said that the measures impact over 500 staff working on UK soaps, which are currently airing a reduced number of episodes.

An ITV spokesperson stated: ‘Because the soaps have shut down, members of the crew have been notified that their roles are being furloughed in line with the government’s scheme for those who can’t work during the coronavirus crisis.’

Meanwhile, the ITV soaps have reached agreements with Equity to protect cast members during this time although details of individual conracts are understandably private.

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