ITV programme makers join forces with UCLan course

FILM MAKERS: UCLan students and staff with representatives from ITV
FILM MAKERS: UCLan students and staff with representatives from ITV
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It may be the nation’s favourite soap - but Corrie is about to taste a new breed of rivalry, thanks to its own bosses.

The paved streets of Preston will be thrown into the spotlight as TV crews roll into the city to film a new generation of soap opera.

The cast of Coronation Street

The cast of Coronation Street

Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with students to produce a soap in a week as part of a new partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.

Students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days.

The link-up is believed to be the first of its kind.

ITV will be there for guidance only, with the ideas and execution of the project done entirely by the students.

Dr Andrew Ireland, executive dean of UCLan’s College of Culture and the Creative Industries, said: “This is a really exciting and ground-breaking opportunity for UCLan students to get really strong, high-profile hands-on media industry experience.

“To become the first and only university to work with ITV on such a fantastic project is amazing and I know our students are really looking forward to the challenge. Challenge and opportunity – that’s what higher education is all about.”

John Whiston, ITV’s creative director for continuing drama will be leading the project, which is expected to start in February next year.

He said: “At ITV in the north we really believe in helping a whole new generation of potential programme makers understand what we do and hopefully make them want to join our industry.

“So what better way than throwing them all in at the deep end?

“But don’t worry, we’ll be there to equip them all with suitable water wings and other assorted flotation devices.”

Northern Lights is ITV’s educational outreach programme creating formal relationships and working with colleges and universities across the North of England.