By Anna Darafeja – Chief News Reporter
‘Soap in a Week’ will be cooperatively produced by ITV Studios and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Both UCLan and ITV Studios have partnered up in order to bring this project to life and inspire students by sharing skills and sourcing future talents. ‘Soap in a Week’ will have all “continuing drama’s” features and will be created just in one week.
Cast and crew from Coronation Street and Emmerdale will fully support UCLan students by hosting courses and inspiring ideas, guiding the first’s episode storyline; scripting, rehearsing, shooting and showing it, all in five days. The idea and execution will be realized by students entirely, as ITV will provide only guidance.
“To become the first and only University to work with ITV on such a fantastic project is amazing and I know our students are really looking forward to the challenge.”
Project’s leader and ITV’s Creative Director for Continuing Drama John Whiston commented: “At ITV in the North we really believe in helping a whole new generation of potential programme makers understand what we do and hopefully make them want to join our industry. So what better way than throwing them all in at the deep end! But don’t worry, we’ll be there to equip them all with suitable water wings and other assorted flotation devices.”
Dr Andrew Ireland, Executive Dean of UCLan’s College of Culture and the Creative Industries, said: “This is a really exciting and ground-breaking opportunity for UCLan students to get really strong, high-profile hands-on media industry experience. To become the first and only University to work with ITV on such a fantastic project is amazing and I know our students are really looking forward to the challenge. Challenge and opportunity – that’s what Higher Education is all about.”
‘Soap in a Week’ will be held at UCLan’s Preston Campus during 22-27 February 2016.