FANS of Coronation Street may be surprised to discover episodes of the soap are being directed by an ex-Carisbrooke High School pupil.
Suri Krishnamma, originally from Shanklin, has directed six episodes of the world’s longest running soap — two of which were aired on Friday — and has been asked to direct eight more episodes.
It is not the 55 year old’s first role in TV, as he has directed programmes including Cold Blood, Waking the Dead and Blue Murder.
However, shooting Corrie presented a unique challenge.
"Coronation Street is shot multi-camera and I’ve never shot multi-camera before, so I was quite curious about the process.
"I did a short training course in Leeds at the Emmerdale set and then they hired me," he said.
He added: "It’s a real privilege. I grew up on Coronation Street because my mother is from Skipton in Yorkshire.
"As a child I remember sitting on my grandmother’s knee and watching very early black and white episodes, so it’s something that has been a part of my culture.
"I got to work with some of the real legends, such as Bill Roach who plays Ken Barlow. He is an extraordinary man at the age of 84, who looks barely over the age of 44. He has a very young spirit and an extraordinary memory."
Suri has also directed feature films, such as New Year’s Day, Bad Karma and Dark Tourist, in addition to many award-winning short films. He has also been nominated for three BAFTAs.
Suri left the Island to study photography, film and television at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, now Arts University Bournemouth, of which he is an honorary fellow.
The director’s next challenge will be when he runs the London Marathon for The Samaritans on April 24.