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Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments

Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
17 December 2010

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The longest running soap opera in Britain has reached a pinnacle, and it was not only going live for an hour on the anniversary day, but there was also this two part documentary looking back on all those years finding the most memorable story lines and scenes. Narrated by Victoria Wood, and featuring the members of cast and crew who have brought us these moments in the five decades, including Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden), Amanda Barrie (Alma Halliwell), Sasha Behar (Maya Sharma), Johnny Briggs (Mike Baldwin), Brian Capron (Richard Hillman), Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), Elizabeth 'Liz' Dawn (Vera Duckworth), Betty Driver (Betty Williams), Sally Dynevor (Sally Webster), Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow), Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow), Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch), Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper), Suranne Jones (Karen McDonald), Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald), Alison King (Carla Connor), Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre Barlow), Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan), Bruno Langley (Todd Grimshaw), Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster), Ken Morley (Reg Holdsworth), David Neilson (Roy Cropper), Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts), Gray O'Brien (Tony Gordon), Tina O'Brien (Sarah Louise Platt), Wendi Peters (Cilla Battersby-Brown), Nigel Pivaro (Terry Duckworth), Anne Reid, William 'Bill' Tarmey (Jack Duckworth), Bill Ward (Charlie Stubbs), Sean Wilson (Martin Platt), Helen Worth (Gail Potter/Platt/McIntyre) and many more. Moments in the countdown included Bet Lynch leaving, Reg and the water bed, Richard "Tricky Dickie" Hillman the killer, Sally's breast cancer, the first ever episode, Jack Duckworth's blind date, Mike Baldwin's death, Maya's Mad Monday, Tracy barging into Steve and Karen's wedding, Sarah Louise pregnant at thirteen, Tony Gordon's explosive return and death, Deirdre wrongfully put in prison, Sir Ian McKellen in the street, Charlie abusing Shelley and her refusing to marry him, Rita's abusive husband Alan Bradley hit by a tram in Blackpool, Tracy pretending to sleep with Roy, Todd admitting he's gay after the first ever gay kiss, Becky and Steve's two weddings, Roy and Hayley and the transsexual revelation, the Ken, Deirdre and Mike love triangle, Tracy murdering Charlie, and a great number one with Blanche putting down drunks and her family members at an alcoholics anonymous meeting. Bet Lynch was number 79, Jack Duckworth number 74 and Hilda Ogen number 66 on The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Ken Barlow was number 3 on 5 TV Characters We Love To Hate, William Roache was number 48 on TV's 50 Greatest Stars, Christmas on Coronation Street was number 33 on The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments, Richard the Killer was number 32 on The 100 Greatest Scary Moments, the programme was number 67 for Alma Sedgewick's death, and number 40 for Stan Ogden's death on The 100 Greatest Tearjerkers, it was number 55 on The 100 Greatest Pop Culture Icons, it was number 40 on The 100 Greatest TV Shows, and it was number 1 on ITV's 50 Greatest Shows. Very good!

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