Plus Natalie Gumede says Kirsty Soames is “verging on evil”
However, it seems that they’re quite happy for Corrie cast members to take part in ITV reality shows, such as I’m A Celebrity – which Antony Cotton took part in last year – and Dancing On Ice.
A Corrie source told the paper, “It’s a no-brainer for us. Why would we allow cast members time off to go to film a show for a rival channel?”
There were of course recent media rumours that Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina McIntyre, was a target for the new Strictly, but the source added, “The BBC’s offer never got off the ground — we wouldn’t release her from her contract.
“That goes for everyone else in the cast but we are more open when it comes to ITV shows.”
In other news, the Daily Mirror reports that the show’s new set – which is estimated to have cost around £30million to build –has been delayed by up to six months due to construction problems…
However, ITV insisted it would only be a “slight” hold-up, adding, “Construction of the main building and the Coronation Street lot continues uninterrupted, as does production.”
The revamp is part of the show’s relocation to MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester, where a new TV studio for the soap is being built on a 7.7-acre site next to the Imperial War Museum North.
The new premises include a new external film set for Corrie, as well as two sound stage buildings, specialist production facilities and offices as well as dressing rooms and meeting space for production staff and cast.
Finally today, Natalie Gumede has revealed to Soaplife how her cunning character Kirsty Soames turns the tables on fiancé Tyrone so that people think he’s hitting her! And then, to add insult to injury, she leaves him!
It all begins when Deirdre overhears Tyrone and Kirsty rowing, and just as she’s walking past their back yard, she sees Kirsty falling to the ground and suspect that Tyrone pushed her.
Their row is prompted when Tyrone – who is of course the victim in that household, not Kirsty – begs his fiancé to get professional help to control her temper, Kirsty goes to the doctors, which is where Deirdre works as a receptionist.
Natalie said, “She knows she has to do something because she wants to save her relationship with Tyrone. But she has reached the point where, while she knows her violence is wrong, she is finding ways to justify it.
“So the idea of actually talking to somebody about it is terrifying her because that means she has to admit she is the problem.
“She gets as far as the surgery and checks in with Deirdre, but she loses her nerve. She tells Tyrone she saw the doctor, but he finds out she’s lying when Deirdre asks Tyrone if Kirsty is OK because she didn’t keep her appointment.
“Tyrone confronts Kirsty and they have a very tense argument. The argument takes place in the back yard, but when Tyrone decides he’s not getting any sense out of Kirsty he heads back into the house to leave for work.
“Kirsty throws herself at him, but she loses her balance and ends up smacking her head on a concrete plant pot…
“The back gate’s open and she sees Kirsty on the floor. Kirsty realises she can make this look like Tyrone’s the violent one and stop the truth coming out.
“If that means that Tyrone is the bad guy then so be it. Kirsty tells Tyrone she wouldn’t have to do these things if he didn’t make her.”
And of Kirsty walking out on Tyrone, Natalie said, “I think that when Kirsty does have moments of clarity, she realises she’s making Tyrone very unhappy.
“She can see the manipulation and that she is destroying the person that she loves and she doesn’t like that about herself. She knows she needs to get away for a while.”
And finally, when asked if Kirsty’s evil or “damaged” by the abuse she saw at home during her childhood, Natalie said, “Damaged. She’s verging on evil now, but it’s because she is damaged.”
More Corrie news soon!