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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Helen Worth ...
 Gail Platt / ... (1,616 episodes, 1974-2014)
Simon Gregson ...
 Steve McDonald (1,576 episodes, 1989-2014)
William Roache ...
 Ken Barlow / ... (1,487 episodes, 1960-2013)
Anne Kirkbride ...
 Deirdre Barlow / ... (1,321 episodes, 1972-2014)
Sally Dynevor ...
 Sally Webster / ... (1,340 episodes, 1986-2014)
Sue Nicholls ...
 Audrey Roberts / ... (1,332 episodes, 1979-2014)
Barbara Knox ...
 Rita Sullivan / ... (1,293 episodes, 1964-2014)
Jennie McAlpine ...
 Fiz Brown / ... (1,180 episodes, 2001-2014)
Samia Ghadie ...
 Maria Sutherland / ... (1,169 episodes, 2000-2014)
Michael Le Vell ...
 Kevin Webster / ... (1,139 episodes, 1981-2014)
Eileen Derbyshire ...
 Emily Bishop / ... (1,071 episodes, 1961-2014)
...
 Sean Tully (1,059 episodes, 2003-2014)
Jack P. Shepherd ...
 David Platt (1,058 episodes, 2000-2014)
Sue Cleaver ...
 Eileen Grimshaw / ... (1,054 episodes, 1994-2014)
Jane Danson ...
 Leanne Battersby / ... (1,056 episodes, 1997-2014)
Beverley Callard ...
 Liz McDonald (1,039 episodes, 1984-2014)
Malcolm Hebden ...
 Norris Cole / ... (953 episodes, 1974-2014)
Ryan Thomas ...
 Jason Grimshaw (959 episodes, 2000-2014)
...
 Rosie Webster (905 episodes, 2000-2012)
David Neilson ...
 Roy Cropper (957 episodes, 1995-2014)
Alan Halsall ...
 Tyrone Dobbs (944 episodes, 1998-2014)
Kym Marsh ...
 Michelle Connor (877 episodes, 2006-2014)
...
 Carla Connor / ... (867 episodes, 2004-2014)
Julie Hesmondhalgh ...
 Hayley Cropper / ... (825 episodes, 1998-2014)
...
 Tina McIntyre (835 episodes, 2008-2014)
Brooke Vincent ...
 Sophie Webster (809 episodes, 2004-2014)
...
 Lloyd Mullaney (767 episodes, 2005-2014)
...
 Becky Granger / ... (704 episodes, 2006-2012)
Jimmi Harkishin ...
 Dev Alahan (733 episodes, 1999-2014)
Chris Gascoyne ...
 Peter Barlow (737 episodes, 2000-2014)
Kate Ford ...
 Tracy Barlow / ... (697 episodes, 2002-2014)
...
 Jack Duckworth / ... (650 episodes, 1977-2010)
Vicky Entwistle ...
 Janice Battersby (650 episodes, 1997-2011)
Sam Aston ...
 Chesney Brown / ... (651 episodes, 2003-2014)
Philip Lowrie ...
 Dennis Tanner (648 episodes, 1960-2014)
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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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9 December 1960 (UK)  »

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(1960-1989)| (1990-)

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(1960-1969 and 1970-1971)| (1969-1970 and 1971-)

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Trivia

Only twice have any celebrities been allowed to play themselves on Coronation Street: the first occasion was when HRH Prince Charles made an appearance on the show's 40th Anniversary episode (2000), and was seen shaking hands with character Audrey Roberts. The second occasion featured Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of the British rock band Status Quo (the band itself also being a national institution). The band's drummer, Matt Lettley, also made a cameo in the episodes. (2005) Appearing in four episodes, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt call into the Rovers Return, and Francis Rossi attacks character Les Battersby (who is played by actor Bruce Jones, himself a massive fan of the group), as Battersby had previously caused him a grievous neck injury. The matter later gets resolved, and the band agree to play at Battersby's upcoming wedding. See more »

Goofs

In the episode after Katie kills Tommy, the expression on Tommy's face keeps changing throughout the episode. See more »

Quotes

[at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting]
Blanche Hunt: I've never heard such self-indulgent whinging in all my life. Is there some correlation between how boring you are and how much you drink?
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Referenced in The Thick of It: Episode #2.2 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I am, I feel
Written by Shellie Poole, Karen Poole and Terry Martin
Performed by Alisha's Attic
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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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