Coronation Street star Paula Lane says soap lost some magic when it moved from Manchester to Salford

IT’S never easy when a major show like Coronation Street or EastEnders finally waves goodbye to a home it has had for decades.

But one ex-soap star reckons her old stomping ground lost some of the magic when it made the leap in 2014.

Corrie actress Paula Lane, who played Kylie Platt on the ITV show for six great years, says bosses made a mistake when they moved production out of Manchester to Salford.

She said: “I absolutely loved it at the old set and genuinely believe if we hadn’t moved I might have stayed, because from a personal point of view getting to work was so much easier when we were in the centre of Manchester.

“I don’t know, it gave so much scope for filming when we did move because the sets were bigger. But I feel like it did lose a little bit. It just had so much history and magic to it.

“When you were at the original set at Granada, you were aware that so many people had physically walked on those cobbles.

"You had all the stories about people’s dressing rooms and if there was a ghost. It was authentic, it was the real deal there.”

Paula briefly left the soap in 2014 for maternity leave, and was planning to do the same for her second pregnancy in 2016.

But bosses decided to kill her character off, which upset her.

Kylie was murdered by Clayton Hibbs while trying to protect her pal Gemma Winter and died in the arms of her on-screen hubby David.

Talking to the Soap From The Box podcast, out this Sunday, Paula said: “I didn’t ask to be killed off.

“That decision was made for me. I was up for maybe having Penny [her daughter] and then coming back for a bit and then going again.

“But I think they felt it muddied the water a bit and they wanted a clean exit.

“Across the board they were quite split about it, the writers were very torn. It was Stuart Blackburn who made the call, he was the producer at the time.

“I was so shocked, I was heartbroken. I really didn’t see that coming and I think the audience was equally shocked.

“It’s just the way the cookie crumbles, I guess.

“Even now I still get people saying, ‘Oh I loved her’.

“People get angry about it even now.

“I’m just like, ‘I don’t know why they did that, but they did’.”

Her character was one of my all-time favourites.

They were mad to get rid of her.

Scarlett blushes

SCARLETT Moffatt looks shocked when she joins comic Rosie Jones as a special guest on her new Channel 4 travelogue tonight.

But former Gogglebox star Scarlett is just goofing around on the show, called Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure, as Rosie has a go at working an antique sausage-making machine in Cumberland, Cumbria.

Sheridan drama is delayed

THE long-awaited Sheridan Smith drama Four Lives probably won’t be broadcast until 2022 now – almost three years after filming started.

It can only air after the inquest into the victims at the heart of the true crime story – Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25.

Now Covid has forced a coroner to delay the hearing until October, which means the Jeff Pope drama may not go out until next year.

Stephen Port, played by Stephen Merchant, killed the four men after luring each to his flat in Barking, East London. He was jailed for life in 2016.

The families of the victims, including Anthony’s mother, Sarah Sak, who is portrayed by Sheridan, are looking to the BBC drama to scrutinise how police handled the murder investigation.

Great Patricia Hodge

PATRICIA Hodge is to replace late acting legend Dame Diana Rigg in the new series of Channel 5’s All Creatures Great And Small.

Diana died aged 82 last September, having played the larger-than-life character Mrs Pumphrey in the remake of the classic vet series.

Miranda star Patricia will take on the role as filming resumes.

Host Dan goes out of Focus

DAN Walker is stepping aside after more than a decade at the helm of Football Focus.

The BBC Breakfast host’s last show will be Saturday, May 22, on the final weekend of the season.

Dan said: “It has been an amazing 12 years and I have loved every second of it.

"I am so proud of the job we’ve done, the changes we’ve made and issues we’ve looked at while the football landscape changed immeasurably.

“I’d like to say thank you to the amazing team at Focus who put so much into the show each week and to the audience for tuning in.”

Whoever replaces him has big shoes to fill. Seriously, Dan’s feet are massive.

A scandalous podcast

ANOTHER day, another podcast.

The latest is called British Scandal, which will look at some of the UK’s biggest, erm, scandals of the last few years.

The series, made by Wondery, will be fronted by Alice Levine and Matt Forde and looks first at the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko.

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