Bafta for Corrie's backstage team

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The production team behind the soap favourite, which turns 50 this year, will be handed the prize at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in London on May 23.

Corrie's executive producer, Kieran Roberts, said: "The wonderful actors in the early episodes of Coronation Street rightly became celebrated, but behind the cameras there were many other stars in the birth of British television's most successful drama serial: creator Tony Warren, of course, and the writers who followed him."

He went on: "Fifty years on, Coronation Street is still brought to life and to screen by a huge team of dedicated and highly talented people behind the camera.

"We're delighted that the special award at this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards recognises the extraordinary contribution to British television made by the entire Coronation Street team, not just this year but in every single year across five decades."

Red Riding, the dark trilogy set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 1980s, leads the pack at the awards with seven nominations, including best costume and production design, original television music, and make-up and hair design.

Kenneth Branagh's brooding detective drama Wallander has four nods.

The Apprentice, Britain's Got Talent, Top Gear and The X Factor are battling it out inh a new entertainment production team category.

The awards will be hosted by The One Show's Christine Bleakley.

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