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:
 Gail Platt / ... (2,136 episodes, 1974-2017)
 Steve McDonald (1,991 episodes, 1989-2017)
 Ken Barlow / ... (1,951 episodes, 1960-2017)
 Sally Webster / ... (1,789 episodes, 1986-2017)
 Audrey Roberts / ... (1,736 episodes, 1979-2017)
 Rita Sullivan / ... (1,649 episodes, 1964-2017)
 Kevin Webster / ... (1,519 episodes, 1981-2017)
 David Platt (1,514 episodes, 2000-2017)
 Deirdre Barlow / ... (1,505 episodes, 1972-2014)
 Liz McDonald / ... (1,471 episodes, 1984-2017)
 Leanne Battersby / ... (1,450 episodes, 1997-2017)
 Fiz Stape / ... (1,423 episodes, 2001-2017)
 Eileen Grimshaw / ... (1,411 episodes, 1994-2017)
 Maria Connor / ... (1,395 episodes, 2000-2017)
 Sean Tully (1,367 episodes, 2003-2017)
 Roy Cropper (1,342 episodes, 1995-2017)
 Michelle Connor (1,297 episodes, 2006-2017)
 Emily Bishop / ... (1,268 episodes, 1961-2016)
 Tyrone Dobbs (1,259 episodes, 1998-2017)
 Norris Cole / ... (1,218 episodes, 1974-2017)
 Jason Grimshaw (1,191 episodes, 2000-2016)
 Carla Connor / ... (1,162 episodes, 2004-2016)
 Tracy Barlow / ... (1,131 episodes, 2002-2017)
 Sophie Webster (1,073 episodes, 2004-2017)
 Anna Windass (973 episodes, 2008-2017)
 Dev Alahan (946 episodes, 1999-2017)
 Nick Tilsley (944 episodes, 2009-2017)
 Peter Barlow (940 episodes, 2000-2017)
 Rosie Webster (921 episodes, 2000-2017)
 Lloyd Mullaney (913 episodes, 2005-2015)
 Kirk Sutherland / ... (883 episodes, 1999-2017)
 Hayley Cropper / ... (870 episodes, 1998-2014)
 Tina McIntyre (861 episodes, 2008-2014)
 Betty Turpin / ... (855 episodes, 1969-2012)


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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Release Date:

9 December 1960 (UK)  »

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(1960-1989)| (1990-)


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

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1.33 : 1
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Yorkshire born session musician Ronnie Hunt performed the solo in the title music. He was paid £6. After many takes, composer Eric Spear was unsatisfied by the recording takes. Ronnie Hunt asked him what the music was for, where was the program was set. Once he knew, he created the sound by using a mute on his trumpet to create a cornet 'northern' brass band sound. See more »


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 »


[Sally hands Kevin a leaflet]
Kevin Webster: "Websters' Auto Centre"?
Sally Seddon: Yeah, re-branding they call it. All the big firms are doing it. It's all about image these days. Now, the thing about flyers is it's all about the artwork and the larger the print run, the cheaper they are. You can claim it back on tax as an employment expense. I've had 10,000 run.
Kevin Webster: Sal! We are working flat out to try and get work done and you're wasting money!
Sally Seddon: Do you know what you sound like? You sound like a parent whose kids go to ...
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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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