27/07/2016 12:00 BST | Updated 27/07/2016 12:01 BST

‘Coronation Street’ Legend Roy Barraclough Slams Plan To Air Six Episodes A Week

'I don’t wish them ill but I fear it will all end in tears – the quality is bound to suffer.'

‘Coronation Street’ producer Kate Oates may be confident that the decision to air six episodes of the soap a week is a good one, but ‘Corrie’ legend Roy Barraclough definitely doesn’t agree.

The news divided fans when it was announced back in June, and Roy, whose character Alec Gilroy was a Weatherfield resident for 22 years, has now had his say.

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During an interview with The Mirror, he said: “I don’t wish them ill but I fear it will all end in tears – the quality is bound to suffer.

“The actors will not be able to cope, so they will inevitably have to get in more actors to play more characters. With such a huge cast it is very difficult to pull that off.

“Of course it can be done, but just how well is another matter.

“It is a mistake, it’s pure overkill.”

The plans won’t come into effect until late 2017, and the current 7.7 acre studio is being extended, to accommodate the extra filming.

The major change came just a few months into Kate Oates’ ongoing tenure as executive producer, and she’s also announced a number of other cast changes, as well as big storyline plans for the summer.

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