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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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Tony Warren
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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
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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

ITV [UK] | official website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Coronation St See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Mono (1960-1989)| Stereo (1990-)

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

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Doctor Who (1963) producer John Nathan-Turner wanted to produce the series and his agent put his name forward to be considered, but he was unsuccessful. Nathan-Turner said prior to his death that he was a particular fan of the series and not becoming producer of Coronation Street was his biggest unfulfilled ambition. See more »

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The night before Steve and Karen's wedding after Steve decides to let his mum invite Ken and Deidre, she walks out the front door, straight past the Barlows. Then, after they finish their dialog about Tracy, she comes out of the toilet. See more »

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Mina Parekh: That's very clever to have a little sewing kit in your bag.
Maya Sharma: Yes, well, you never know when you might want to stitch someone up.
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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #19.72 (2014) See more »

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Coronation Street Theme
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Corrie on regardless
30 November 2000 | by Dodger-9See all my reviews

TV is a fickle business and never more so than in one of its dramatic mainstays - the humble soap.

Getting the balance between comedy and drama can be a tricky affair, not to mention having (and keeping) a cast of likeable characters who make you want to tune in for more week after week.

While Eldorado and Albion Market failed to capture the imagination of the nation, there are others that manage to shrug off the birth pangs, cope with a difficult adolesence and settle down while seizing the heart of the nation.

In case you didn't know it, Corrie is 40 this year and as one of the world's longest running soaps it has earned its place in the record books.

It began not with a bang but with a whimper.

The opening scenes are still etched in the mind of creator Tony Warren, who developed the show while still a mere slip of a lad. Mrs Lappin slipped a coin into a bubblegum machine outside her corner shop, and Ena Sharples, scowling like a bulldog beneath THAT hairnet, demanded: "Are those fancies today's? I'll take half a dozen - and no eclairs. NO eclairs."

Lest we forget, the show gave rise to some of the best actors and writers in the business, including Joanna Lumley, Ben Kingsley and The Royle Family's much loved mate, Twiggy (Geoffrey Hughes).

Scriptwriters like Jack Rosenthal (Yentl, London's Burning) and Frank Cottrell Boyce (Jude, Hillary and Jackie) gave us dialogue and scenes that went above and beyond the realms of most shows while it enlivened many a dull night's TV by its very presence alone.

Over the years, we have relished the clashes between Ena (Violet Carson) and Elsie (Pat Phoenix), thrown soft furnishings at the TV while dithery Derek (Peter Baldwin) and Mavis (Thelma Barlow) tested the patience of saints and wept buckets as Judy Mallett (Gaynor Faye), Des Barnes (Phil Middlemiss) and most of Ken Barlow's (William Roache) wives became another statistic in the suspiciously high list of Weatherfield residents who met their maker far too early.

This year has been as unmissable as any in its four decade history with the Tony Horrocks murder and the 'Martn' (Sean Wilson) and Rebecca (Jill Halfpenny) affair coming to a head, not to mention Jez (the excellent Lee Boardman) and Alison (Naomi Radcliffe) reaching a sticky end as polar opposite characters both cut short by some brutal scripting.

The Street has become so ingrained in people's hearts that, over the years, many have lost sight of that thin line between fact and fiction.

When Elsie Tanner was lying unidentified in a London hospital after being knocked down by a taxi, viewers wrote to her husband to tell him where she was.

Dozens of women took up their knitting needles to make dustman Eddie Yates a new woolly hat when his own was shredded in the washing machine, and when Ena lost her post as secretary of the Glad Tidings mission, the job offers flooded in.

People have even tried to book Christmas parties at the Rovers Return and rent the houses which become vacant in Britain's most celebrated terraced street. Former producer Bill Podmore once said: 'All over the country, old terraces like Coronation Street are disappearing, but a change in the Street could destroy the roots of the programme, because the architecture is as much a part of its character as the people.'

But it was regular script writer Harry Kershaw who summed up it's enduring popularity and extraordinary success both at home and abroad. 'Coronation Street is about life,' he said, 'and life has its universal situations, its problems and laughter; therefore it has an international appeal.'

We have laughed, cried and run screaming by the sight of hamster-faced Gail (Helen Worth) and the haircut from Hell, poodle-haired Liz (Beverley Callard) dressing like a woman half her age and Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) working his way through the Street's female residents. How long can all this go on?

Well, as long as Granada keep hiring some of the best cast and crew in the business while putting a fresh spin on age old stories of love, lust, infidelity and, in Fred Elliott's case, fine meat products, let's hope it never ends.


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