Things are going to get much 'lighter' in her opinion.

Coronation Street has covered some dark subjects in recent years, praised for its handling of both child grooming and male suicide.

But that might all be set to change when new boss Iain McLeod starts his role, according to actress Catherine Tyldesley. Catherine played Eva Price and has recently left the soap.

She predicts that the storylines will become ‘lighter’ under the the new producer.

“I understand it,” she said of the criticism to the soap’s darker storylines. “But I’m Team Kate Oates [the soap’s producer] – she’s such a powerhouse, and sometimes that’s what happens in life. Sometimes things do get really dark.

“Bad things happen in succession – we’ve raised awareness of things like rape, child grooming, suicide…

“Yes, it was crammed into a small space of time, but I think we’ll see that flip a little bit now under the new producer. I do appreciate that some people will have found recent months quite tough,” she told The Sun.

“Things are very different from how they were before Corrie. There’s a lot of self-taping now where you video your audition on your phone in the comfort of your own home.

“The other week I was recording an audition for a period drama and I came downstairs in a wig, a corset and my pyjama bottoms, because you’re only filming from the waist up. Tom [Pitfield, Catherine’s husband] was like: ‘What are you doing?!'”

Since leaving the show, Catherine’s undergone somewhat of an image overhaul, chopping off her signature long blonde locks in favour of a sleek bob.

“I feel more confident,” she said. “It took me a long time after Alfie to feel like myself again, like any other mum after a baby. I felt a little bit wobbly, I have a few stretch marks, and your confidence can sometimes go a bit. It’s really helped with that.

“It’s about being the best you can be, which is all I want.”

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.