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Coronation Street cast 'worried about cut in hours'

Coronation Street cast 'worried about cut in hours'
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Some members of the Coronation Street cast are reportedly concerned about changes to their working patterns.

Some members of the Coronation Street cast have reportedly grown concerned about recent changes to working patterns.

A report in The Mirror alleges that in order to help cut costs, ensemble scenes - such as in the Rovers or Underworld - will utilise fewer actors in future, which will also reduce the amount spent on travel to set, hair styling and makeup.

The newspaper quotes a source as saying that the number of extras used for scenes has also been reduced, while the number of back-to-back filming days with 7am starts has increased.

The source said: "The bosses have decided we will take a far more minimal approach to storylines going forward, and are cutting the number of actors who appear in them. As large numbers of the cast are paid by the scene, that means paying fewer actors to be on set.

"The changes haven't gone down well with the cast. Many of them are panicking about what these cuts mean for their futures. The Corrie cast is absolutely massive – it has well over 50 cast members in total – and some of them haven't filmed for weeks, so they are starting to get really worried about the axe falling on them before long. There is currently a real feeling of disquiet behind the scenes and people are openly sharing their concerns."

Another source is quoted as saying: "In the past, actors would come in for short periods over a number of days. But now they are in from 7am until late, filming back-to-back scenes, and could be standing in when in the past extras might have been used. But then they might be off set for ages.

"The bosses are clearly trying to cut down on additional costs that are deemed surplus to requirements, which makes a lot of sense when you look at the pressures being felt all across the industry. But it has been quite unsettling for the cast and crew, and it feels like a very uncertain time."

The supposed changes come as Kate Brooks settles into her new role as producer of the soap this month.

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