Coronation Street

Season 1 Episode 1

Fri 9 Dec, 1960

4
Aired Tuesday 7:30 PM Dec 09, 1960 on ITV
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  • A great beginning!

    9.0
    An excellent first episode which can perhaps seem a bit slow. When watched in conjunction with episode 2 (which was taped immediately after the live transmission of the first episode), the slower pacing makes a lot more sense as it would be wrong to bombard the audience with so much background and so many characters. It would perhaps be a cliche to say that all of the major star are introduced in this first episode as several integral characters to the early 1960's are presented here but it is true that five characters are introduced who would be with the programme until the early 1980's (Elsie Tanner, Ken Barlow, Annie Walker, Ena Sharples and Albert Tatlock) and one of them - Ken Barlow - is still with the programme as of 2005! As a Mancunian, I feel that the sense of those back streets in the early sixties is brilliantly captured and the feeling of community. so important in this programme's history, well realised. An excellent beginning to this programme's long continuation!
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