Coronation Street may increase to SEVEN episodes per week to compete with Emmerdale but writer fears it will put too much strain on cast and crew

Coronation Street could be set to increase to seven episodes a week as it follows in the footsteps of rival soap Emmerdale.

The ITV mainstay currently airs six episodes a week, but writer Ellen Taylor fears the expansion could add too much strain to the show's cast and crew, reports the Sun.

Ellen, who was writer behind the Sinead Tinker cancer story line, said that the actors are already feeling the pressure from increasingly dramatic episodes.

The battle is on! Coronation Street could be set to increase to seven episodes a week as it follows in the footsteps of rival soap Emmerdale (pictured Bill Roach's character Ken Barlow)

The battle is on! Coronation Street could be set to increase to seven episodes a week as it follows in the footsteps of rival soap Emmerdale (pictured Bill Roach's character Ken Barlow)

Speaking on the Conversation Street podcast she admitted: 'Increased volume isn't always a good thing. It's a lot more work for everyone. It's great for more Corrie, but is it best in the long run? I don't know.

'We're never going to go back down. Emmerdale are already at seven episodes so you know it's going to happen at some point.'

She added: 'There are a lot of challenges in terms of production obviously, you need more cast and you need a bigger set.

Hard work: The ITV mainstay currently airs six episodes a week, but writer Ellen Taylor fears the expansion could add too much strain to the show's cast and crew

Hard work: The ITV mainstay currently airs six episodes a week, but writer Ellen Taylor fears the expansion could add too much strain to the show's cast and crew

Pressure: Ellen, who was writer behind the Sinead Tinker cancer story line, said that the actors are already feeling the pressure from increasingly dramatic episodes (pictured Barbara Knox's character Rita Sullivan)

Pressure: Ellen, who was writer behind the Sinead Tinker cancer story line, said that the actors are already feeling the pressure from increasingly dramatic episodes (pictured Barbara Knox's character Rita Sullivan)

'Also, it throws up challenges, for me, in terms of stories, and not always good ones if I'm honest'

Ellen admitted that due to the way the show airs the producers and writers have to get the story line going quickly in order to keep viewers hooked.

She added that due to the way television is these days there is a need to fill soaps with action even if traditionally it wouldn't previously have been there.  

Writer: Ellen (pictured) said that she thinks adding another episode may not be beneficial

Writer: Ellen (pictured) said that she thinks adding another episode may not be beneficial

Speaking on the Conversation Street podcast she admitted: 'Increased volume isn't always a good thing. It's a lot more work for everyone. It's great for more Corrie, but is it best in the long run? I don't know' (pictured Helen Worth's character Gail Rodwell)

Speaking on the Conversation Street podcast she admitted: 'Increased volume isn't always a good thing. It's a lot more work for everyone. It's great for more Corrie, but is it best in the long run? I don't know' (pictured Helen Worth's character Gail Rodwell)

She said: 'We're never going to go back down. Emmerdale are already at seven episodes so you know it's going to happen at some point' (pictured Ken Barlow, Adam Barlow and Claudia Colby)

She said: 'We're never going to go back down. Emmerdale are already at seven episodes so you know it's going to happen at some point' (pictured Ken Barlow, Adam Barlow and Claudia Colby)

Ellen insisted that she thinks Coronation Street manages to keep the balance between energy and tradition well. However she did admit some story lines 'drop off a cliff' because their are already so many episodes in one week. 

The writer recently worked on Sinead's tear-jerking terminal illness story line which saw the character lose her battle with cancer last month.

Ellen has been tipped to receive a series of accolades for her writing. 

Quick-thinking: Ellen admitted that due to the way the show airs the producers and writers have to get the story line going quickly in order to keep viewers hooked

Quick-thinking: Ellen admitted that due to the way the show airs the producers and writers have to get the story line going quickly in order to keep viewers hooked

Coronation Street may increase to SEVEN episodes per week

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