Coronation Street forced to scrap filming on Sunday to keep big stars after five quit the soap – The Sun

CORONATION Street bosses are 'confident they’ve stemmed the exodus of stars' after telling them they don’t have to work on a Sunday, say soap insiders.

The cast have now been told that they will never have to work on Sundays, in a move that producers hope will stop its actors quitting the show.

A source revealed: “The cast has been told that Sundays are safe and weekend work will only be on a Saturday and by no means every Saturday.

“It was the younger ones who seemed to get really vexed about weekend work.

"They weren’t working seven days a week but they need time off with their loved ones and having a Thursday off midweek didn’t help because the pressure of acting is there all the time, because they know they’ve got to come in at the weekend.”

However, another soap insider adds that the cast working weekends was "rare" and that normally, the cast work Monday to Friday and only come in on weekends in extreme circumstances.

And it seems to have worked, as a string of big name actors have announced they've signed news contracts in recent weeks.

Sam Robertson (Adam Barlow), Samia Longchambon (Maria) and Daniel Brocklebank (Billy) have all put pen to paper this month.

The Sun Online has contacted a representative for Coronation Street for comment.

The show has been rocked by a string of high-profile departures this year.

In recent months, it's been confirmed that several cast members are quitting, including Faye Brookes and Katie McGlynn,

Lucy Fallon is also set to leave the show, along with Kym Marsh and Tristan Gemmill.

The source added: “It was a worrying time for the show because the cast members were doing down like dominoes, but, at the end of the day, no one is bigger than Corrie.”

On-set insiders say that a 'toxic' atmosphere, long hours and pay differences between the older and younger cast members were to blame.

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