ITV has announced it will begin broadcasting Coronation Street in high definition from 31 May on ITV1 HD.
Peter Fincham, ITV's Director of Television, Channels and Online, said: "It is fitting that, in its golden anniversary year, Coronation Street should be entering the era of high definition. It is fantastic news for ITV viewers who will be able to enjoy a better than ever experience of their favourite soap, and joins an impressive range of high definition shows available on ITV1 HD, including this summer's World Cup."
The Coronation Street production team has upgraded to high definition equipment, including cameras, production vehicles, lighting and editing facilities. The exteriors of some of the sets have also been upgraded to bring them up to high definition standard.
Kieran Roberts, Coronation Street Executive Producer, said: "Coronation Street is known for its wonderful writing and performances but we're also very proud of the technical expertise and excellence that goes into making the programme. Our engineers and crews have done a fantastic job in taking the show to high definition and I'm especially pleased that it's happening in the year Coronation Street celebrates being fifty years young."
Upcoming ITV programmes being produced and broadcast in 'native' high definition include Britain's Got Talent, Survival with Ray Mears, The FA Cup Final, the UEFA Champions League Final and The FIFA 2010 World Cup.
DTG Staff | 12.05.2010