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 / ... (1,873 episodes, 1974-2015)
Simon Gregson ...
 Steve McDonald (1,793 episodes, 1989-2015)
William Roache ...
 Ken Barlow / ... (1,658 episodes, 1960-2015)
Sue Nicholls ...
 Audrey Roberts / ... (1,536 episodes, 1979-2015)
Sally Dynevor ...
 Sally Webster / ... (1,523 episodes, 1986-2015)
Anne Kirkbride ...
 Deirdre Barlow / ... (1,454 episodes, 1972-2014)
Barbara Knox ...
 Rita Sullivan / ... (1,451 episodes, 1964-2015)
Jennie McAlpine ...
 Fiz Stape / ... (1,280 episodes, 2001-2015)
Michael Le Vell ...
 Kevin Webster / ... (1,272 episodes, 1981-2015)
Jack P. Shepherd ...
 David Platt (1,267 episodes, 2000-2015)
Samia Ghadie ...
 Maria Connor / ... (1,260 episodes, 2000-2015)
Beverley Callard ...
 Liz McDonald / ... (1,243 episodes, 1984-2015)
Sue Cleaver ...
 Eileen Grimshaw / ... (1,222 episodes, 1994-2015)
...
 Sean Tully (1,198 episodes, 2003-2015)
Jane Danson ...
 Leanne Battersby / ... (1,195 episodes, 1997-2015)
Eileen Derbyshire ...
 Emily Bishop / ... (1,179 episodes, 1961-2015)
David Neilson ...
 Roy Cropper (1,113 episodes, 1995-2015)
Alan Halsall ...
 Tyrone Dobbs (1,093 episodes, 1998-2015)
Ryan Thomas ...
 Jason Grimshaw (1,091 episodes, 2000-2015)
Malcolm Hebden ...
 Norris Cole / ... (1,084 episodes, 1974-2015)
Kym Marsh ...
 Michelle Connor (1,044 episodes, 2006-2015)
...
 Carla Connor / ... (1,018 episodes, 2004-2015)
Brooke Vincent ...
 Sophie Webster (932 episodes, 2004-2015)
Kate Ford ...
 Tracy Barlow / ... (895 episodes, 2002-2015)
...
 Rosie Webster (887 episodes, 2000-2012)
...
 Lloyd Mullaney (871 episodes, 2005-2015)
...
 Tina McIntyre (861 episodes, 2008-2014)
Julie Hesmondhalgh ...
 Hayley Cropper / ... (859 episodes, 1998-2014)
Chris Gascoyne ...
 Peter Barlow (836 episodes, 2000-2014)
Jimmi Harkishin ...
 Dev Alahan (825 episodes, 1999-2015)
Betty Driver ...
 Betty Turpin / ... (780 episodes, 1969-2012)
...
 Jack Duckworth / ... (774 episodes, 1976-2010)
Elizabeth Dawn ...
 Vera Duckworth / ... (753 episodes, 1972-2010)
Sam Aston ...
 Chesney Brown / ... (753 episodes, 2003-2015)
Debbie Rush ...
 Anna Windass (754 episodes, 2008-2015)
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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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Laurence Olivier was once offered a guest role. 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

Gail Potter: [to Richard Hillman] You're Norman Bates with a briefcase.
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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #17.105 (2012) 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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