Producers of Coronation Street are taking dramatic action to keep their 50th anniversary storylines under wraps as filming is due to begin.

While it’s known that a tram will crash onto the street killing some characters and destroying buildings, ITV is taking serious steps to stop further details leaking out.

Speaking to the BBC News, William Roache, who plays the soap’s Ken Barlow, said: “We’re actually being given scripts with just our own parts in it.

“We don’t read the other people’s parts. I’ve never known such secrecy.”

When asked whether he thought Ken might be written out, William said: “They’re really keeping it close to their chests. So we don’t know. Some of us might make shrewd guesses but I’m not going to talk about those.”

Keith Duffy, who plays Claran McCarthy, said: “Everything is pretty much behind closed doors at the minute. Even the actors themselves don’t really know what’s happening.

“They want to keep it tight-lipped. Every good storyline in any good soap always gets leaks and they’re just trying their best this time around to keep it schtum”.

Producer Phil Collinson promised that the anniversary episodes would entail “tragedy and destruction on a previously unseen scale”.

A special effects company has been enlisted to make the episodes more spectacular as well as the show featuring a live episode depicting the aftermath of the tram crash.

“The special effects work we’ll do isn’t just about crashing the tram, we’re going to see Coronation Street in the context of the wider world,” Phil Collinson said.

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