Coronation Street (1960– )

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The UK's longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.

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Series cast summary:
Helen Worth ...
 Gail Platt / ... (1,735 episodes, 1974-2014)
Simon Gregson ...
 Steve McDonald (1,688 episodes, 1989-2014)
William Roache ...
 Ken Barlow / ... (1,570 episodes, 1960-2014)
Anne Kirkbride ...
 Deirdre Barlow / ... (1,432 episodes, 1972-2014)
Sue Nicholls ...
 Audrey Roberts / ... (1,429 episodes, 1979-2014)
Sally Dynevor ...
 Sally Webster / ... (1,417 episodes, 1986-2014)
Barbara Knox ...
 Rita Sullivan / ... (1,384 episodes, 1964-2014)
Jennie McAlpine ...
 Fiz Brown / ... (1,238 episodes, 2001-2014)
Samia Ghadie ...
 Maria Sutherland / ... (1,203 episodes, 2000-2014)
Michael Le Vell ...
 Kevin Webster / ... (1,180 episodes, 1981-2014)
Eileen Derbyshire ...
 Emily Bishop / ... (1,132 episodes, 1961-2014)
Jack P. Shepherd ...
 David Platt (1,128 episodes, 2000-2014)
Jane Danson ...
 Leanne Battersby / ... (1,123 episodes, 1997-2014)
Beverley Callard ...
 Liz McDonald / ... (1,113 episodes, 1984-2014)
Sue Cleaver ...
 Eileen Grimshaw / ... (1,109 episodes, 1994-2014)
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 Sean Tully (1,105 episodes, 2003-2014)
David Neilson ...
 Roy Cropper (1,019 episodes, 1995-2014)
Ryan Thomas ...
 Jason Grimshaw (1,017 episodes, 2000-2014)
Alan Halsall ...
 Tyrone Dobbs (1,011 episodes, 1998-2014)
Malcolm Hebden ...
 Norris Cole / ... (999 episodes, 1974-2014)
Kym Marsh ...
 Michelle Connor (934 episodes, 2006-2014)
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 Carla Connor / ... (928 episodes, 2004-2014)
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 Rosie Webster (894 episodes, 2000-2012)
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 Tina McIntyre (861 episodes, 2008-2014)
Julie Hesmondhalgh ...
 Hayley Cropper / ... (853 episodes, 1998-2014)
Brooke Vincent ...
 Sophie Webster (845 episodes, 2004-2014)
...
 Lloyd Mullaney (828 episodes, 2005-2014)
Chris Gascoyne ...
 Peter Barlow (813 episodes, 2000-2014)
Kate Ford ...
 Tracy Barlow / ... (778 episodes, 2002-2014)
Jimmi Harkishin ...
 Dev Alahan (772 episodes, 1999-2014)
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 Jack Duckworth / ... (737 episodes, 1976-2010)
Betty Driver ...
 Betty Turpin / ... (715 episodes, 1969-2012)
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 Becky Granger / ... (704 episodes, 2006-2012)
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The UK's longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.

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The first swear word heard on the soap was "bloody", said by Ken Barlow in January 1961 following an argument with his mother Ida. The second swear word was "bastard", spoken by Len Fairclough about Steve Tanner when Elsie returned to the Street in March 1968. See more »

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The night before Steve and Karen's wedding after Steve decides to let his mum invite Ken and Deidre, she walks out the front door, straight past the Barlows. Then, after they finish their dialog about Tracy, she comes out of the toilet. See more »

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[talking about Gail]
Blanche Hunt: Never happy unless she's got someone's hands round her throat.
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Corrie on regardless
30 November 2000 | by (York) – See all my reviews

TV is a fickle business and never more so than in one of its dramatic mainstays - the humble soap.

Getting the balance between comedy and drama can be a tricky affair, not to mention having (and keeping) a cast of likeable characters who make you want to tune in for more week after week.

While Eldorado and Albion Market failed to capture the imagination of the nation, there are others that manage to shrug off the birth pangs, cope with a difficult adolesence and settle down while seizing the heart of the nation.

In case you didn't know it, Corrie is 40 this year and as one of the world's longest running soaps it has earned its place in the record books.

It began not with a bang but with a whimper.

The opening scenes are still etched in the mind of creator Tony Warren, who developed the show while still a mere slip of a lad. Mrs Lappin slipped a coin into a bubblegum machine outside her corner shop, and Ena Sharples, scowling like a bulldog beneath THAT hairnet, demanded: "Are those fancies today's? I'll take half a dozen - and no eclairs. NO eclairs."

Lest we forget, the show gave rise to some of the best actors and writers in the business, including Joanna Lumley, Ben Kingsley and The Royle Family's much loved mate, Twiggy (Geoffrey Hughes).

Scriptwriters like Jack Rosenthal (Yentl, London's Burning) and Frank Cottrell Boyce (Jude, Hillary and Jackie) gave us dialogue and scenes that went above and beyond the realms of most shows while it enlivened many a dull night's TV by its very presence alone.

Over the years, we have relished the clashes between Ena (Violet Carson) and Elsie (Pat Phoenix), thrown soft furnishings at the TV while dithery Derek (Peter Baldwin) and Mavis (Thelma Barlow) tested the patience of saints and wept buckets as Judy Mallett (Gaynor Faye), Des Barnes (Phil Middlemiss) and most of Ken Barlow's (William Roache) wives became another statistic in the suspiciously high list of Weatherfield residents who met their maker far too early.

This year has been as unmissable as any in its four decade history with the Tony Horrocks murder and the 'Martn' (Sean Wilson) and Rebecca (Jill Halfpenny) affair coming to a head, not to mention Jez (the excellent Lee Boardman) and Alison (Naomi Radcliffe) reaching a sticky end as polar opposite characters both cut short by some brutal scripting.

The Street has become so ingrained in people's hearts that, over the years, many have lost sight of that thin line between fact and fiction.

When Elsie Tanner was lying unidentified in a London hospital after being knocked down by a taxi, viewers wrote to her husband to tell him where she was.

Dozens of women took up their knitting needles to make dustman Eddie Yates a new woolly hat when his own was shredded in the washing machine, and when Ena lost her post as secretary of the Glad Tidings mission, the job offers flooded in.

People have even tried to book Christmas parties at the Rovers Return and rent the houses which become vacant in Britain's most celebrated terraced street. Former producer Bill Podmore once said: 'All over the country, old terraces like Coronation Street are disappearing, but a change in the Street could destroy the roots of the programme, because the architecture is as much a part of its character as the people.'

But it was regular script writer Harry Kershaw who summed up it's enduring popularity and extraordinary success both at home and abroad. 'Coronation Street is about life,' he said, 'and life has its universal situations, its problems and laughter; therefore it has an international appeal.'

We have laughed, cried and run screaming by the sight of hamster-faced Gail (Helen Worth) and the haircut from Hell, poodle-haired Liz (Beverley Callard) dressing like a woman half her age and Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) working his way through the Street's female residents. How long can all this go on?

Well, as long as Granada keep hiring some of the best cast and crew in the business while putting a fresh spin on age old stories of love, lust, infidelity and, in Fred Elliott's case, fine meat products, let's hope it never ends.


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