Corrie Cast In Uproar Over Ratings Slide and Writer Favouritism

Coronation Street stars are said to have held crisis talks after news broke this week that the show has lost nearly three million viewers in the last twelve months.

Show boss Phil Collinson is facing a backlash from the cast after ratings slumped from 9.8million a year ago to 7.1million last week, following a series of long drawn-out and unrealistic plots.

A group of senior actors are also thought to be unhappy with the way they have been shunted to the sidelines – meaning a reduction in earnings – while others hog the limelight.

Some stars have even accused Collinson of ‘favouritism’ towards stars that he is close with. Antony Cotton is ­particularly well-liked by the producer and his character, factory worker Sean Tully, has become one of the central figures lately. Corrie veterans are also annoyed that Michelle Collins is getting prime exposure despite having a questionable Northern accent.

Collinson and Collins have previously worked together on Doctor Who and Sea of Souls, but her arrival hasn’t been the success that ITV bosses hoped it would be.

The news follows last week’s Daily Mail article from art critic Brian Sewell which suggested that Corrie had become “too gay”.

One star told The Mirror: “Things have not been going smoothly for a while and there is a growing discontent amongst some of the cast. Even some of the crew can’t believe where the show is going.

“There is talk of a clear-the-air meeting with the producer, he is a strong-minded individual who sticks to his guns once he has made his mind up about something.

“There is a feeling that some people are being frozen out and they have seen their income dwindle significantly due to severe lack of appearances. It is not good for morale.”

Collinson was quick to play down the story last night and said: “We have stories running which involve lots of different characters and we regularly have ­opportunities for the cast to chat to the producers and writers.”

ITV added: “We are extremely pleased with the work of Phil Collinson. The channel is also delighted with ­audience reaction to Stella’s arrival.

“The Street continues to be the UK’s most popular soap and this year’s storylines have helped increase both ­audience volume and share year-on-year.”