In a bid to drastically cut costs, Coronation Street today made an aggressive bid for a majority shareholding in East Enders. If successful, merging the two soaps together will generate a fortune. The name of the new programme is subject to speculation, but Corrieâ€“Ender and East End Street are touted as favourites.
This move will drastically cut administration and staffing costs said Steve McDonald, landlord of The Roverâ€™s Return and co-owner of the Street Cars taxi company in Coronation Streetâ€™. As such, he will assume the role of Chief Executive of the new venture.
He continued, â€œThere will be changes. Weatherfield will go head-to- head with Walford. Tina of The Rovers and Tracey of the Queen Vic will compete for jobs as barmaids
in a new local pub, to be named â€˜Roy of the Rovers, Returnsâ€™. Similarly, Roy Cropper and Ian Beale will be up against each other to run the local cafÃ©.
William Roche who plays Ken Barlow and longest serving actor in â€˜The Streetâ€™ said that heâ€™d seen a number of changes to the programme over the years. â€œThe script writers have always been kind to me in that Iâ€™ve always had a number of extra-marital affairs over the years. Iâ€™m just hoping that Iâ€™ll continue to get my fair share of nookie on the side, in the new merged programmeâ€