Coronation Street boss throws shade at dark EastEnders Christmas tradition and promises a festive cobbles

CORONATION Street boss Iain Macleod has thrown shade at rival soap EastEnders for going dark at Christmas – insisting the cobbles won’t be going down that route this year.

The BBC soap is known for its dramatic and dark storylines with this year set to feature a terrorist bombing and a serial killer unmasking.


Corrie is set for a cheerful Christmas – unlike EastEnders[/caption]

But producer Iain teased an upbeat festive season on the cobbles with the “funniest fight” the soap has ever done.

He said: “It’s quite jolly, actually.

“Obviously there’s a tradition on some soaps of going really big and dark and kind of gothic at Christmas and we’ve occasionally dipped our toe in that water, but I think it’s fair to say this year is maybe more akin to a traditional Coronation Street Christmas. 

“It’s very funny in places, it’s very silly, and it’s really heartwarming and joyous. 

“There’s a really strong community vibe this year where actually we were able to film it at a time when there was a window of opportunity to do some stuff with actors didn’t have to be two meters apart all the time. 

“So it’s got more of that Coronation Street Community on the cobbles type feeling than some of the previous Christmases had certainly last Christmas. 

“We were shooting it in the midst of the strictest of restrictions so we couldn’t really do that. 

“But this year it’s it’s very jolly and very community focused, very family focused.”

Teasing the fight, Iain revealed: “It has one of the silliest fights I’ve ever seen in anything ever. 

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“Which involves the immortal line ‘smell my Marigold’, which I’ll leave for you to work out what that might refer to.

“But it’s a fantastically good hour of television.”

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And Iain revealed that watching the hour-long episode left him in tears.

“I have to say and I watched it when I wasn’t feeling very festive, because in television, everything’s so far in advance,” he said.

“And I sort of watched it in mid November not feeling terribly festive, and by the end I had a kind of mince pie shaped lump in my throat.

“Really it was just really heartwarming and, you know, tears of joy I should say rather than misery. 

“It was just a glorious thing. So I’m really hoping the audience will like it as much as I did.”


EastEnders will expose a serial killer on Christmas[/caption]

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