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Coronation Street 

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The U.K.'s longest-running television soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.


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Series cast summary:
William Roache ...  Ken Barlow / ... 3,487 episodes, 1960-2019
Helen Worth ...  Gail Platt / ... 3,373 episodes, 1974-2019
Sally Dynevor ...  Sally Webster / ... 2,950 episodes, 1986-2019
Simon Gregson ...  Steve McDonald 2,918 episodes, 1989-2019
Barbara Knox ...  Rita Sullivan / ... 2,887 episodes, 1964-2019
Sue Nicholls ...  Audrey Roberts / ... 2,819 episodes, 1979-2019
Anne Kirkbride ...  Deirdre Barlow / ... 2,701 episodes, 1972-2014
Michael Le Vell ...  Kevin Webster / ... 2,564 episodes, 1981-2019
Eileen Derbyshire ...  Emily Bishop / ... 2,317 episodes, 1961-2016
Beverley Callard ...  Liz McDonald / ... 2,117 episodes, 1984-2019
David Neilson ...  Roy Cropper 2,008 episodes, 1995-2019
Sue Cleaver ...  Eileen Grimshaw / ... 1,964 episodes, 1994-2019
Jack P. Shepherd ...  David Platt 1,919 episodes, 2000-2019
Jane Danson ...  Leanne Battersby / ... 1,845 episodes, 1997-2019
Jennie McAlpine ...  Fiz Stape / ... 1,797 episodes, 2001-2019
Alan Halsall ...  Tyrone Dobbs 1,733 episodes, 1998-2019
Kym Marsh ...  Michelle Connor 1,603 episodes, 2006-2019
Antony Cotton ...  Sean Tully 1,598 episodes, 2003-2019
Samia Longchambon ...  Maria Connor / ... 1,591 episodes, 2000-2019
Betty Driver ...  Betty Turpin / ... 1,581 episodes, 1969-2012
Malcolm Hebden ...  Norris Cole / ... 1,563 episodes, 1974-2019
Kate Ford ...  Tracy Barlow / ... 1,544 episodes, 2002-2019
William Tarmey ...  Jack Duckworth / ... 1,492 episodes, 1976-2010
Elizabeth Dawn ...  Vera Duckworth / ... 1,474 episodes, 1972-2010
Johnny Briggs ...  Mike Baldwin / ... 1,456 episodes, 1974-2006
Tina O'Brien Tina O'Brien ...  Sarah Platt / ... 1,451 episodes, 1999-2019
Alison King ...  Carla Connor / ... 1,418 episodes, 2004-2019


The U.K.'s longest-running television soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

9 December 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (1960-1989)| Stereo (1990-)


Black and White (1960-1969 and 1970-1971)| Color (1969-1970 and 1971-)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original recording of the title music made in 1960, was recorded at IBC Studios in London. An ad-hoc ensemble of session musicians recorded it under the baton of Composer Eric Spear. See more »


In the episode after Katie kills Tommy, the expression on Tommy's face keeps changing throughout the episode. See more »


[talking about café owner Roy Cropper and his transsexual wife Hayley]
Blanche Hunt: He's a looney and she's a man.
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Featured in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 17 May 2017 (2017) See more »


Coronation Street Theme
Written by Eric Spear
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Lost it's way
3 December 2005 | by walfordqueenSee all my reviews

Coronation Street was very good last year and lucky because EastEnders which was usually the no.1 soap in the UK was having a bit of bad luck, this gave Coronation Street the chance to shine and be noticed and they did use this chance. We had some excellent story lines, some very strong writing and the right balance between comedy and drama which is what the show usually does best. However they have totally lost the plot this year, the writing is no longer good it's amateurish and often lazy and the plot lines are so bizarre especially the comedy ones which have been pure panto. Too much comedy and not enough action as forced this show to take a back seat whilst EastEnders bounces back. I have no doubt Coronation Street will be able to pull itself back soon, they always do but the stuff they're churning out now leaves a lot to be desired. Stupid larger than life panto characters like Diggory the baker and the notoriously unrealistic Cilla are what has dragged the show down. The main storyline of the year was the Shelley/Charlie fiasco which to an extent was good but there was just not enough interest in the storyline and it dragged on too long. They tried to play it for realism rather than conforming to the soap code and it didn't work for them. Soap viewers today aren't interested in such tosh and especially when it's tedious and repetitive, I can't count how many times the same scenes occurred with practically the same dialogue. I'm yawning just thinking about it and the scriptwriters probably didn't pen anything new they probably just made slight edits to existing scripts for the pair. Bad continuity, scripts, story lines together with rubbish characters and appalling acting from some of their "stars" has resulted in 2005 being one of Corrie's worst years ever in my opinion. ITV haven't helped the show either they churn out far too many episodes which has affected the show enough yet they still add extra episodes when they feel like it or to prop up their other shows which don't need propping up well except in the case of Celebrity Love Island. Corrie will never be as good as it once was when more of it's big stars were there but it proved last year that it can still be great but I'm really disappointed this year. Awful I expect more from Corrie afterall it's probably the second longest running soap behind The Guiding Light.

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