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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 Gail Platt / ... (2,052 episodes, 1974-2016)
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 Steve McDonald (1,892 episodes, 1989-2016)
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 Ken Barlow / ... (1,844 episodes, 1960-2016)
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 Sally Webster / ... (1,721 episodes, 1986-2016)
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 Audrey Roberts / ... (1,681 episodes, 1979-2016)
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 Rita Sullivan / ... (1,583 episodes, 1964-2016)
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 Deirdre Barlow / ... (1,491 episodes, 1972-2014)
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 David Platt (1,431 episodes, 2000-2016)
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 Kevin Webster / ... (1,419 episodes, 1981-2016)
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 Liz McDonald / ... (1,401 episodes, 1984-2016)
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 Fiz Stape / ... (1,379 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Eileen Grimshaw / ... (1,359 episodes, 1994-2016)
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 Leanne Battersby / ... (1,350 episodes, 1997-2016)
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 Maria Connor / ... (1,347 episodes, 2000-2016)
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 Sean Tully (1,332 episodes, 2003-2016)
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 Roy Cropper (1,260 episodes, 1995-2016)
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 Emily Bishop / ... (1,233 episodes, 1961-2016)
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 Michelle Connor (1,208 episodes, 2006-2016)
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 Tyrone Dobbs (1,202 episodes, 1998-2016)
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 Jason Grimshaw (1,189 episodes, 2000-2016)
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 Norris Cole / ... (1,175 episodes, 1974-2016)
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 Carla Connor / ... (1,162 episodes, 2004-2016)
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 Sophie Webster (1,039 episodes, 2004-2016)
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 Tracy Barlow / ... (1,035 episodes, 2002-2016)
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 Lloyd Mullaney (913 episodes, 2005-2015)
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 Dev Alahan (911 episodes, 1999-2016)
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 Anna Windass (894 episodes, 2008-2016)
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 Rosie Webster (884 episodes, 2000-2012)
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 Hayley Cropper / ... (866 episodes, 1998-2014)
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 Tina McIntyre (861 episodes, 2008-2014)
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 Nick Tilsley (854 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Peter Barlow (840 episodes, 2000-2015)
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 Kirk Sutherland / ... (835 episodes, 1999-2016)
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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Norris Cole was voted "One of Coronation Street's most disliked characters". See more »

Goofs

In the episode where Candice is going out with Vik, he gives her a ride home. You can clearly see the reflection of a cameraman, his camera and microphone in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Fred Elliott: Ta-ra me ducks!
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Connections

Referenced in Nearest and Dearest: The One That Got Away (1973) See more »

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I am, I feel
Written by Shellie Poole, Karen Poole and Terry Martin
Performed by Alisha's Attic
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As far as soaps go this is by far my all time favorite
21 September 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Coronation Street is now nearing its 50th birthday and even today it remains one of Britain's most popular series. The reason for its continuous popularity is very simple. It has good story lines, humor and wit, drama and tension, colorful characters, excellent lightning and direction, simple locations and it evokes the majority's emotions on a weekly basis.

These things are very simple and most soap operas incorporate them but Coronation Street has the upper hand continuously because they juggle all them in every episode and there is never central focus on any particular theme it is all dealt with equality of division.

The star of the show is not the actors or the story lines but the characters. When people tune in they do not do so to watch Bruce Jones who plays Les Battersby but they do so to watch Les Battersby. Les Battersby and the other characters have become as real as the actors that are playing them and in most cases more famous. The characters are wonderfully written and in most cases portrayed by very talented individuals who seldom over act but are willing. They successfully cover a wide spectrum of human emotions and their acting ability should be honored considering that being an actor on Coronation Street could sometimes mean story lines that require 24:7 attendances on the set.

The story lines are very good also and they always have two to three separate story lines going at all times. But there will always be a major theme covered over a pro-longed period. At the moment they are dealing with Post-Natal Depression a topic that has been touched upon before in many soaps but not as vividly as it has been done in Coronation Street. Not only is it a hooking storyline but also it is very educational on it can manifest itself in different people and the adverse effect it can have on the families and friends that are involved.

Coronation Street has consistently been the publics favorite for many years because of it's down to earth approach to characters and story lines but it only loses out to other soaps because it has a reluctance to over do it with crime or natural disaster stories. It does from time to time have larger than life story lines consisting of serial killers or murders but these are few and far between. Unfortunately it's attempts to keep with up with rival soaps means that it is transmitted four times a week also means that this provides me with my only fault and this is viewers can be over exposed to heavy story lines and this can be quite daunting even for the most hardcore fan. Other than this I would say you could do a lot worse.


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