Belfast Telegraph

New Corrie cliffhanger as ITV announcer jumps the gun

Soap viewers were left with an unexpected cliffhanger last night when an ITV announcer told them Coronation Street had finished just 15 minutes into the show.

The voiceover blunder came during the first of Monday's two episodes of the programme, when fans were told the show was over as it cut to an ad break.

Coronation Street airs at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Mondays, but at the break 15 minutes into the first episode, the announcer said: "Return to Coronation Street in half an hour."

Viewers had been waiting to see a dramatic development in Maria Connor's storyline as former pal Caz Hammond is framing her for Caz's apparent disappearance.

As the programme cut to a break, Maria was shown hesitating over whether to go inside her flat, not realising Caz was hiding just inside the doorway.

One viewer tweeted: "I'm pretty sure there's still another 15 minutes of #Corrie to go, @itv voiceover guy."

Another added: "Voiceover on ITV just confused me so much, it was break time not the end!! #Corrie."

An ITV spokeswoman said: "W e're sorry for any confusion this might have caused as it was genuine human error."

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