Coronation Street

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.

William Roache

William Roache

Ken Barlow (1960 - )

Philip Lowrie

Philip Lowrie

Dennis Tanner (1960 - 1968; 2011 - )

Eileen Derbyshire

Eileen Derbyshire

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

Deirdre Hunt Langton Rachid Barlow (1972 - )

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Fan Reviews (102)

  • Why has it gone downhill?

    A loyal Corrie fan for over 30 years, I've had to stop watching as the scripts and new characters are dreadful! Short snippets of unbelievable storylines, with far too many characters and poor acting from newcomers. Bring back the old favourites and some decent plots, please!
  • Rubbish Coronation Street

    This show in the last 12 months has really gone down hill. Very poor acting, coupled with the introduction of new very boring characters make this soap not one to watch any more I'm afraid to say.

    The script writers quite honestly are talentless and the unrealistic story lines are pathetic as a result. The cast is way too big; way too PC with the so called plots they push down our throats, and quite frankly some of the risque in your face scenes should not be shown until after the watershed. Who are the scriptwriters trying to impress I wonder? Certainly not the general public I would suggest.

    It really wouldn't bother me now if ITV got rid of the lot including the lousy production team and script writers and make a completely fresh start. We, as the viewing public are fed up with Coronation Streets 3rd rate performances which have been going on for way too long now. Bring back the old style Corrie with decent plots, a decent bit of humour and decent actors who can portray real life believable situations that you could actually find in the North of England.moreless
  • need likeable characters and some fun story lines/ comedy

    There is very little comedy in this show, and too many rubbish story lines. There are too many arguments and characters which I do not like. I do not wish to switch on a soap and listen to seemingly endless shouting. I am sick of the character anna and her family. All she can do is yell at everyone and look worn out. Tracy and liz's boyfriend having an affair. character doesn't do anything other than meet up with him. The pregnancy storyline dragged on and filled out a lot of time but was pathetic.moreless
  • Not Corry - Corny

    Have watched Corrie illicitly all over the globe for the past ten years and its current content of a thousand storylines, one more boring than the next, has now reached a low that is unlikely to be ever attained again. Add to this a cast of hundreds, most of whom lack any credibility, and the series is doomed. None of the problems engage me, the people are nerds, idiots, the plot lines crass beyond belief and with all this going on, who needs continuity or reality?? The series is out of touch, an insult to the intelligence of even the dumbest viewers (Tip: there are some - they are the only ones still watching I'd rate it with a zero, but I can't.moreless
  • Over Hyped and weak Storylines are Killing The Street

    Am so disappointed with Corrie at the moment its one bad storyline after another, Please please please sort it out, you are losing touch with life today as nearly all of the things that happen are over hyped and lose all sense of connection to your regular viewer.

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