HarperCollins has signed a three-book deal with ITV Studios for Coronation Street prequels.
Senior commissioning editor Kate Bradley has bought three titles from ITV Studios Global Entertainment's head of publishing Shirley Patton. The novels will be set on the famous fictional street before the TV programme began in 1960 and will “tell the story of the early lives of the iconic matriarchs of the street”. The first book, Christmas on Coronation Street, will be published in November retailing at £12.99 with two more planned in 2018.
Manchester-based author Maggie Sullivan has been a fan of the show since childhood. She said: “It has been so exciting to work with HarperCollins and ITV on this project, a wonderful opportunity to explore the lives of the old favourites and to get to know them better.”
Bradley said she hoped to recruit new fans as well as the existing viewers: “Coronation Street is the most famous street in the world and we are absolutely delighted to have embarked on this initiative with ITV Studios, the country’s largest commercial production company. We’ll be working together to create new stories from Coronation Street’s rich heritage that will draw in the existing fan base and recruit a whole new audience.”
She added: “We are combining the expertise and assets of ITV and HarperCollins to deliver stories of enduring appeal.”
Patton said: “As Coronation Street goes from strength to strength, we are delighted to be collaborating with Kate and the HarperCollins team to create these exciting new novels that we hope will delight existing and new fans.”