Coronation Street needs more black and Asian characters, admits soap boss

"It's important to keep the show strong and relevant, so that it's running long after everyone's forgotten who I am," says producer Kate Oates

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Coronation Street producer Kate Oates has promised to show more diversity on the ITV soap, admitting that she needs to recruit writers from a wider range of ethnic backgrounds.

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Speaking in the new issue of Radio Times, the show boss said: “In terms of reflecting diversity and showing black and Asian characters, yes, we absolutely need to do more of it.

“And we need more black and Asian writers, to bring out the truth of those voices. It’s important to keep the show strong and relevant, so that it’s running long after everyone’s forgotten who I am.”

The first Muslim family on Coronation Street was introduced as late as 2014,while scriptwriter Jonathan Harvey called for more diversity in Weatherfield back in December 2016.

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Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) with Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) on Coronation Street

Talking to the Daily Star, Harvey said: “It [Coronation Street] could certainly do with a better racial mix. It’s supposed to represent the world and life.”

You can read the full interview with Kate Oates (in which she also discusses the return of Carla Connor and the soap’s move to six episodes a week) in the new issue of Radio Times – out today. 

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below

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