Sally Dynevor talks Coronation Street U-turn during pandemic ‘We lost that dimension’

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Filming for Coronation Street was put on hold during the first lockdown amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In June, the cast and crew returned to the set with social distancing guidelines in place. The new guidelines meant that fewer people were allowed on set at one time, meaning some scenes went on for longer than planned.

We can get more into the mindset of our characters.

Sally Dynevor

While producers originally doubted filming for the soap’s 60th anniversary and Christmas would be able to go ahead, producer Iain MacLeod has revealed they have managed to complete the schedule.

“We’ve just wrapped on it and Christmas is also on course. So I’m in good spirits,” he revealed.

He went on to say however: “A lot of the hallmarks of modern soap haven’t been possible.

“As a result, Coronation Street has become more conversational. Characters have more time to stop and smell the roses.”

Sally Dynevor agreed, adding that changes to the soap have had a positive effect.

She said: “We can get more into the mindset of our characters.

“We’d lost that dimension over the years, as we’d been trying to keep up with other shows,

“But we’re now going back to how it was years ago, which is wonderful,” she added to Radio Times Magazine.

Iain went on to say that while Corrie are in competition with other soaps such as Emmerdale, he believes they have a “distinctive tone of voice”.

Echoing this, Sally added: “We’re an individual programme with its own fanbase.”

The soap first came to screens in December 1960, with Sally joining in 1986.

Her character is currently trying to help prove Yasmeen Nazir’s (played by Shelley King) innocence after she was sent to prison for her attack on husband Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew).

Yasmeen suffered months of emotional and psychological abuse before lashing out at her spouse with a broken wine bottle.

Sally, who is married to Geoff’s son Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine), is amongst other residents determined to help protest her innocence.

In upcoming scenes, Geoff and Yasmeen share their version of events in court.

Geoff does his best to paint Yasmeen as a violent alcoholic while Yasmeen tries to explain how she’s been the victim of domestic abuse.

Taking to the stand, lawyer Imran Habeeb (played by Charlie de Melo) shows the court the phone footage of Geoff’s abusive behaviour.

Read the full interview in Radio Times Magazine [RADIOTIMES]

Sally also takes to the stand as a witness, but she faces a tough time when she’s told her evidence is based on hearsay.

The Corrie resident tries to justify her evidence but the prosecution continues to try and convince the jury she shouldn’t be trusted.

The trial verdict will be revealed next month during Coronation Street’s 60th anniversary week.

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV at 7.30pm.

Read the full interview in Radio Times Magazine out now.

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