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Tony Warren tribute: 'He was that rare thing: a genuine television revolutionary'

7 March 2016 5:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The director of Bafta-winning The Road to Coronation Street on how he got to know the soap’s creator – and how he reacted to the drama about his life

Like most Granada drama directors, Coronation Street was my first drama directing job. I was 26 at the time and a snob. Contemptuous of lower-level TV drama, I had hidden in documentaries for two years making World in Action films but finally had to pass through the factory gates of Coronation Street before anything else was allowed.

Walking into that rehearsal room for the first time in 1978 was perhaps the most terrifying experience of my directing life but I immediately fell in love with it, both because of the incredible cast, Pat Phoenix, Violet Carson and Doris Speed were all still there, and because of the sharp-edged, comic writing that had been there since the beginning.

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- Charles Sturridge

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The Street Writing Man

5 March 2016 8:35 AM, PST | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Tony Warren 8th July 1936-1st March 2016

'The first Coronation Street writing team contained some of the biggest homophobes I've ever met. I remember getting on my feet in a story conference and saying "Gentlemen, I have sat here for two-and-a-half hours and listened to three poof jokes, a storyline dismissed as poofy, and an actor described as 'useless as he's a poof'. As a matter of fact he isn't! but I would like to point out that I am, and without a poof none of you would be in work today." So reflected the writer & television dramatist Tony Warren on his early uphill, but routine struggle with homophobia of late 1950s Britain. It was a brave and brazen stance given that homosexuality was still illegal. He also stated later that "the outsider sees more, hears more, and has to remember more to survive" and that in those days if »

- robert cochrane

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Tony Warren obituary: creator of Coronation Street

2 March 2016 5:48 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Writer, child actor and creator of Coronation Street who was inspired by the indomitable women of his northern childhood

The writer Tony Warren, who has died aged 79, brought his knowledge of north of England back streets and the rich lives of their working-class characters to television when he created Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running TV serial. For the first time, it gave viewers the authentic voices and speech patterns of those who lived there, as well as a wry humour that became more prominent over the years.

The programme began more than half a century ago as television’s equivalent to the stage plays of John Osborne and the novels of John Braine and Alan Sillitoe, as well as the cinema adaptations of those writers’ work, such as Look Back in Anger, Room at the Top and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Most striking about Coronation Street’s original cast of characters, »

- Anthony Hayward

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