Never let it be said that we won’t react to a story mere days after it’s been posted on our forum.

So, thanks to Timestone2000 for bringing this Digital Spy article about Craig’s appearance on ITV’s This Morning to our attention. Armed with this new information, I will now diligently copy and paste their transcribed quotes:

“It is exciting. The last series was 1998 – and we started it in ’87… but I’ll be back in the leathers, back in the dreadlocks. Everyone is back on board and they are building the sets now at Shepperton.”

Firstly, I still find it amusing that to the cast most series are a year earlier in their heads because that’s when they were filmed rather than aired. Well, I say “amusing”, but what I really mean is “barely worth mentioning”.

Secondly, we’ve known for a while that the pre-production was starting this month, but it’s heartening to hear about the sets being built. It’s real, and tangible. At the moment all we can do is guess, but the hope is that we’ll be seeing more studio sets for this series due to it being more than twice the length of BtE and so the need for variety and, hopefully, the budget for such things will be greater.

We know that BtE relied heavily on CGI environments, but it’s still unknown just how much CGI work can be done now that we’re talking about a proper series rather than a one off relying on favours. We can only hope that Mike Seymour is still willing to use his fxphd students for cheap labour leaving some money to allow Mike Tucker’s Model Unit to get involved with the visual effects as much as possible.

“It’s going to be like the old days, we are going to rehearse, and record it in front of a live studio audience. Everyone’s older, but I could still fit in the costumes!”

Now, this is very interesting. If Craig simply said there was going to be an audience I’d be wary to take it as a proper confirmation as he could be jumping the gun like so many previous times. However, the mention of rehearsals mixed in there hints at the old schedule of rehearsing Monday to Wednesday, pre recording Thursday and shooting in front of the audience on Friday. Not only that, but if the sets really are being built at the moment, you would assume the audience decision must’ve been made, as that would affect how the studio and sets are laid out and built.

“We all really wanted to do it… the only problem was trying to get some time off Coronation Street, but they’ve been really good to me and given me the time off. It would’ve been terrible if they went off to do it without me!”

Thanks, Corrie!

Speaking about his role as cabbie Lloyd in the ITV1 soap, Charles told presenters [snip]

Whoops, gone too far. Nothing to see here.

So, there we have it. By Craig’s account, series X is being made right fucking now. It’s still a difficult thing to grasp until Andrew TOSes off an official confirmation of the details, but hopefully that will be coming soon. I’ll certainly be poised by the official site at 11:30 on Friday, just in case.

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