Coronation Street bosses stopped filming for the first time in 10 years after three tragic deaths hit the soap.
Cast and crew are in mourning following the deaths of Kym Marsh’s baby boy and Bill Roache’s wife Sara (pictured) last week. The sad news came shortly after one of the production crew, vision mixer Therese Meek, died suddenly.
The set will close tomorrow so that all staff can attend a memorial service for Sara, 58, who died of a suspected heart attack last week.
A show source told The Sun: “We have never known anything like this. Some people say there’s a jinx on the show but we see it as a combination of bad luck and coincidence. The priority is to look after the welfare of our cast.”
Kym, who plays barmaid Michelle Connor, is grieving for the loss of son Archie, who died in hospital after being born 18 weeks prematurely.
Storylines are expected to change in order to give the bereaved stars as much time off as they need. Both Kym, 32, and Bill, who plays Ken Barlow, were due to be involved in major plot lines.
A Corrie spokesperson told the newspaper: “We will have to tinker with scripts but we will be back to filming on Wednesday.”
The news came as Alison King, Jack P Shepherd and Wanda Opalinska, who stars as factory worker Wiki Dankowska, celebrated the birth of new babies.