Coronation Street has announced the death of scriptwriter Peter Whalley.
The soap’s official website notes that Whalley wrote more episodes of the long-running show than any other writer has in its history, clocking up 600 over a thirty-five-year span.
“Peter was not just a prolific and brilliant writer, he was also an invaluable source of great ideas and equally great wisdom in our story conferences.
“Everyone who knew Peter will also remember the lovely man behind the great writing talent.” – Kieran Roberts, Executive Producer at Coronation Street
Daran Little, who was on the Corrie writing team between 2000-2010, paid tribute on Twitter writing, “Devastated by the death of a great friend Peter Whalley who wrote more Coronation Street eps than anyone else. He was a story genius.”
Whalley was honoured at the British Soap Awards in 2009, and retired from the street in 2013 with his last episodes airing early the following year. Before his switch to Granada Television Peter had worked for a number of years as an English teacher.
For Granada he penned episodes across several of their dramas, and serials, including companion saga to Corrie Albion Market, soap opera Families which saw plots based in the UK and Australia, criminal case drama The Jury and serial Revelations which revolved around the life of a far from perfect priest. Whalley also worked for the BBC on their medical series Angels.