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Friday 3 July 2015

Coronation Street wins award for greenest soap

Coronation Street was awarded an Observer Ethical Award last night. The Bafta film and television award went to Coronation Street as the TV drama of the highest quality, with the lowest possible environmental impact.

The Manchester Evening News reports that Corrie was praised for recycling and using electronic scripts as they picked up the prize in the Film and Television Industry category at the first ever Observer Ethical Awards

That’s on top of green-related storylines such as Beth and Kirk’s recycled wedding and Roy’s search for a local food supplier that led him to setting up an allotment.

Picking up the award at the V&A Museum in London, the show’s Executive Producer Kieran Roberts said: “This is a very special and important award, one which we are all very proud to receive.

“Coronation Street has strived to improve the sustainability of every element of the production from how we power our site, to how we encourage electronic working for scripts and paperwork, to how we minimise waste and recycle wherever possible, to how we produce food, source costumes, and create sets. Without preaching, we also haven’t been afraid of engaging with our audience through storylines about sustainability.

“Coronation street aims to be the first carbon literate television programme in the world and we are training all our cast and crew in carbon literacy to understand what it’s all about and how they can take control at work and at home. Our sustainability work is an ongoing journey and now an integral part of the day to day workings of the programme.”

Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, told the Observer:  “As a young man growing up, environmental issues probably weren’t that important to me. But what’s happening here has had a knock-on effect. Now I’m taking a bit home with me. At home we’re considering solar panels and ground-source heat pumps for a building project we’re working on.”

David Neilson (Roy Cropper) said: “There are people that drop litter and people that pick litter up, and Roy would be as obsessive about picking up as I am. I find with sustainability that with a little bit of thought you can change things. It’s kind of essential, isn’t it? But we don’t preach. It has to be right for the character. Roy is naturally green.” (As apparently is David Neilson, who rides a bicycle to the set).

Production manager Dan Jackson is particularly proud that 80% of the production staff have now completed a carbon literacy training course for TV professionals as Corrie edges towards becoming the first carbon-literate production in the world.

So one day could we see solar panels on the Platts’ roof? “We’ve had the quote,” says Jackson. “When it’s true to character on screen it’s absolutely possible. And we’ll probably get some comedy out of it, too. At the end of the day Corrie’s a really fun show.”

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Anonymous said...

I wonder how much carbon was generated by holding these awards?

Anonymous said...

Recycling scriрts is their new рolicy, but is it eco-friendly as it leads to deрression for viewers?

maggie muggins said...

Well, for me it's just another reason to love Corrie! I wasn't aware the show was so into being green. It's great to hear that it's more than just recycling a few cans and bottles, but also educating the whole crew and actors on the effects of spewing CO2, in a non-preachy way, which is not always easy to do.

I'd love to run into David Neilson cycling to work!


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