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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Interview with Corrie's Executive Producer Kieran Roberts

Producers have come and gone while Kieran Roberts has been in charge at Coronation Street. He's the Executive Producer, the real fella in charge. And he's given an interview to Slate magazine (where for some odd reason they've named him Kiernan).

Slate's interview with Kieran Roberts is primarily aimed at Corrie's US audience as Corrie is now available online to American viewers at Hulu.  But it's still a very good read.

Kieran talks about achieving the balance between keeping long-term and new fans happy; the importance of creating storylines for old and young actors; diversity on the Street and why he has to keep his wife's grandmother happy!

Read the interview here.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is just bland, uninspiring PR speak. The programme does not respect its great tradition, they might talk to experts about story lines but then realism is sacrificed for sensationalism and the humour has all but disappeared. This old fan hasn't been kept happy.

Wake me up when one of these producers says something interesting.

Frosty the Snowman said...

Agree - instead of spouting sentimental rubbish about "me old mum" and "me old gran" just get your writers and researchers to do a proper job - you are paid enough mate!!

Anonymous said...

Agreed - sick to the back teeth of killers on the street, one after the other in a regular procession.

abbyk said...

That interview wasn't for long term fans, it was for 313 million people who say 'What Street? You mean Eastenders?' because they've never had access to Corrie. I think he did a fair job explaining the types of stories they try to tell. It's how I got hooked all those years ago - a short term story that caught my eye, sandwiched between longer dramatic roles that settled in over time. With an accent and vocabulary nearly incomprehensible to my then tender Yankee ears (think Fred Elliot), it was the little stories like last night's Tender Bubbles that draw you in, make you stay a while and let the universal stories seep in slowly.

Corrie isn't like anything on American tv. It isn't sexy or sunny, the police can't solve a sudoku, and the laws, language (yup!), and customs are very different. If you're just surfing through, you'd probably skip right past it like I did for years when I had access to Canadian tv. But the kind of people who read Slate are the same kind who subscribe to Hulu. I think he did enough to pique their interest.

Chatty Kathy said...

abbyk, I'm a Yank, too. :) It's a shame we have nothing like Corrie in the US. I watch it mainly on You Tube because the episodes are current and ad free.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I didn't know it was on Hulu. I'm a US watcher on a Canadian channel carried on cable. I got hooked when I was recording Corrie for a Canadian friend in Texas.

Anonymous said...

He claimed in this interview that he was keeping long term fans happy. The comments on this blog suggest that he is not.

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