Coronation Street

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Tuesday 7:30 PM on ITV Premiered Dec 09, 1960 In Season

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AIRED ON 3/3/2014

Season 55 : Episode 296

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Coronation Street is credited as being one of the longest running soaps in the world and the longest running television soap in Britain (with the longest running overall being The Archers on BBC radio). The show has been on British TV screens since 1960 and has aired over 6,000 episodes. Coronation Street was created by Tony Warren, who drew on his own experiences living in Salford when developing the show for Granada Television in Manchester. The show's working title was Florizel Street. In a memo from Tony Warren to Granada, he explains the basis of the show: "A fascinating freemasonary, a volume of unwritten rules. These are the driving forces behind life in a working class street in the north of England. The purpose of Florizel Street is to examine a community of this nature, and to entertain." The first episode of Coronation Street, written by Tony Warren and containing the first airing of the iconic theme music (composed by Eric Spear), was transmitted live at 7.00pm on Friday 9th December 1960 and was an instant success due to its eliment of "realism". The series began as a twice weekly serial (airing originally on Wednesdays and Fridays) and was initially only commissioned for twelve episodes but due to the series' success with the viewers it became a perminant fixture, soon changing its transmission days to Monday and Wednesdays. Almost 30 years later the number of episodes increased to three per week in 1989 (additional episode on Fridays) and then to four in 1996 (additional episode on Sundays). Recently that has increased again with a second episode being added on a Monday night at 8.30, leaving a half hour gap between the end of the first episode of the evening and the start of the second. Coronation Street, Corrie or The Street (however you know it) has been at the top of the ratings for most of it's long run and despite tough competition from new soaps and even new TV channels it remains the highest rated programme on British television. William Roache is now the only original cast member remaining - he's played Ken Barlow since episode one. The Set: In early 1960, after Granada Television commissioned twelve episodes of Coronation Street, the set designer Denis Parkin was taken on a tour of Salford by series creator Tony Warren for inspiration on the set. The street's set was based on Archie Street in the Ordsall district, a film shot of which was used in the opening credits of the programme from 1960 to 1964. Archie Street itself was knocked down in 1971. The original television set was built indoors, the cobbles and paving slabs were painted to the floor and the houses were made out of wood. The set was so big and the studio so small that it had to be erected in two parts which explains why shots of the entire street were not seen until 1968 when Granada decided that the interior set was too limiting and so re-erected the set outside in a yard rented from British Railways on Grape Street on Manchester, behind the Granada studios. The cast hated it! They complained that it was draughty and cold; nevertheless it was soon re-built in bricks and mortar and survived until the end of the 1970s when the decision was made to incorporate the set into the Granada Studios Tour. By 1982 a brand new set had been erected on a new site just a few hundred yards away. When the set was complete it was opened by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The new set was first seen on-screen in episode 2210, broadcast on Monday 7 June 1982. From 1982 up until 1999, it was possible for fans of the show to visit the exterior set as part of the Granada Studios Tour. With the closure of the tour, Granada were able to expanded the exterior set to incorporate further buildings on Rosamund Street (the Health Centre) and later on Victoria Street (Roy's Rolls & Elliot and Son). Coronation Street currently airs on the following days in the UK: Monday @ 7.30pm & 8.30pm, Wednesday @ 7.30pm, Friday @ 7.30pm, Sunday @ 7.30pm. Note: This episode guide mirrors the episode numbers that are used by Granada Television. These, in turn, are based on the episode production numbers. On the odd occasion over the years these have proven to be slightly haphazard. To explain; the first episode of the programme was production code P228/1, the second P228/2, etc. In 1970, the production team reached episode 999 with the episode that was broadcast on Wednesday 19th August that year. The next episode, the 1000th, was not given the production code of P228/1000 but instead was given the new production code of P694 and the number 1! (To confuse matters more, Granada also publicised episode 999 as the 1000th episode!). The actual 1000th episode was therefore known as episode P694/1. As the seventies went on, two episodes (P694/26 and P694/27) were edited down into one half-hour episode, supposedly because Doris Speed - playing Annie Walker - was ill, and four episode numbers were not used at all - P694/503, P694/504, P694/505 and P694/549. You will therefore not find episodes 1503, 1504, 1505 or 1549 in this guide - because they were never made! When the 4000th episode was broadcast in April 1996, Granada's production codes skipped from P694/2999 to P694/4000, thereby mirroring better the actual episode number being shown and publicised. The fact remains though that other episode numbers have been skipped or counted as double episodes and therefore the publicity over episodes such as number 6000 in 2005 are a few episodes out. This is no big secret and, on occasion, comments have appeared in the UK press about this anomoly.

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Dennis Tanner (1960 - 1968; 2011 - )

Eileen Derbyshire

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Emily Nugent Swain Bishop (1961 - )

Betty Driver

Betty Driver

Betty Turpin Williams (1969 - )

Barbara Knox

Barbara Knox

Rita Littlewood Fairclough Sullivan (1972 - )

Anne Kirkbride

Anne Kirkbride

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Fan Reviews (106)

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  • what's with the copycat

    2.0
    I absolutely cannot stand the way



    Corrie - single teenager mom can't cope mum takes over

    eastenders - single teenager mom can't cope mum takes over



    I could go on and on and on but we all know it's true

    I know watch it on YouTube and fast forward all the boring parts which is most all of it.



    Eastenders is amazing and I sometimes go on YouTube and watch episodes from 2008 it's brilliant.



    Coronation street writers do you not see how pathetic and downhill the show is going!!@ good griefmoreless
  • Poor Acting and rubrish story lines

    1.0
    Making an unrecognised new family the main characters overnight - especially militant granny with fake accent replacing popular characters such as Ken, Dierdre etc with militant poor replacements ie Emily (library story) side-lining Owen and his family etc is just a turn off - wind on of the recording- no one wants to see this dross - get back to basics Coronation Street - clever humour and strong characters/Months later still the same old garbage get rid of the very poor Asian family story line - totally ridiculous - the Platts - gangsta storyline - rubbish - get back to basics fun and humour - starting to be a not watchable show - very sadmoreless
  • CORRI NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE :(

    1.0
    I was weaned on Coronation Street and now have grandchildren! Corri has lost it's way. The storyline with Gayle Platt and her ridiculous robber man, Bethany Platt, David taking off again, the drug pushing twit of a boyfriend .. it's all gone off the rails and almost the final straw for us. I like Steve but his portrayal of being depressed was not great.. I could go on and on...



    The lovely humour that used to be around - the real human pathos just seems to have gone. It feels like it has lost its way trying to be all things to all people, instead of being the unique show it is full of great acting and good quirky storylines.



    Roy and Hayley together were brilliant and you have killed that off, Roy is a treasure and so was Norris but his lines don't suit him any more he has turned into a nasty little man when he used to be amusing little man with a good heart before. Eileen is great and Mary and Julie but seems to hardly be in it now . Raquel was fab .. but sadly she has gone too. Our family used to look forward to it and watch it all the time, and we don't watch loads of TV, we just used to really like Corri, now if we watch once a week we don't feel like we have missed anything and that is really sad.



    Corri is a national treasure and it has lost it's lustre and lovely sparkle, get some new polish Corri and your elbow grease going, before you are completely covered in dust and lost to us all!!!!moreless
  • Spoilt Brat - Bethany Platt

    1.0
    What is going on writers? She and her mother are just beyond a joke. Surely with the storyline of her mother all those years ago, the writers could have shown a positive outcome . show that a single mother can make good and not bring up a daughter to mimic herself! Sorry but the writers really need to start re-thinking the storylines not to twin those of their arch rival Eastenders! Corrie used to have funny lines but they seem to be gone. Single 12 yr old mother, Nick an unmarried father, Bethany child from hell, Callum it goes on and on. Get your act together Please please pleasemoreless
  • a psychopath in the making.

    2.0
    First and foremost it's bloody difficult to get in here I must say. I filled in the form but couldn't 'click' on anything in the email - nothing to click! You could do with sharpening it up a bit I do have to say!



    Anyway, Bethany Platt is completely unbelievable - unless she is a psychopath in the making. She has no empathy with anyone, no understanding of anything, no manners, nothing. I wouldn't be surprised if she stole one of the Street's new chickens and boiled it on the stove in the near future.

    Is any teenager really that impervious? I mean I thought Tracey was a bit OTT but compared to Bethany she's Mother Theresa!

    Please, could we have a bit more reality in this story? No one seems remotely shocked by the way she behaves - her mother alternately shouts at her or laughs with her, it's so unrealistic! When do we watch her tipping Sinead out of her wheelchair and chuckling as she skips off down the road while everyone else just sighs, raises their eyes and gets on with their own business?

    Come on Corrie, you're the only one I've stuck with (except the Archers) and I did it because I believed in most of your characters, but the whole thing is getting completely out of hand these days!moreless
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