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Coronation Street 

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The U.K.'s longest-running television soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.


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Series cast summary:
William Roache ...  Ken Barlow / ... 3,244 episodes, 1960-2018
Helen Worth ...  Gail Platt / ... 3,073 episodes, 1974-2018
Sally Dynevor ...  Sally Webster / ... 2,705 episodes, 1986-2018
Simon Gregson ...  Steve McDonald 2,659 episodes, 1989-2018
Barbara Knox ...  Rita Sullivan / ... 2,623 episodes, 1964-2018
Sue Nicholls ...  Audrey Roberts / ... 2,590 episodes, 1979-2018
Anne Kirkbride ...  Deirdre Barlow / ... 2,510 episodes, 1972-2014
Michael Le Vell ...  Kevin Webster / ... 2,350 episodes, 1981-2018
Eileen Derbyshire ...  Emily Bishop / ... 2,168 episodes, 1961-2016
Sue Cleaver ...  Eileen Grimshaw / ... 1,891 episodes, 1994-2018
David Neilson ...  Roy Cropper 1,875 episodes, 1995-2018
Beverley Callard ...  Liz McDonald / ... 1,850 episodes, 1984-2018
Jack P. Shepherd ...  David Platt 1,822 episodes, 2000-2018
Jennie McAlpine ...  Fiz Stape / ... 1,785 episodes, 2001-2018
Jane Danson ...  Leanne Battersby / ... 1,770 episodes, 1997-2018
Alan Halsall ...  Tyrone Dobbs 1,665 episodes, 1998-2018
Malcolm Hebden ...  Norris Cole / ... 1,544 episodes, 1974-2017
Samia Longchambon ...  Maria Connor / ... 1,534 episodes, 2000-2018
Antony Cotton ...  Sean Tully 1,522 episodes, 2003-2018
Kym Marsh ...  Michelle Connor 1,517 episodes, 2006-2018
Kate Ford ...  Tracy Barlow / ... 1,464 episodes, 2002-2018
Betty Driver ...  Betty Turpin / ... 1,400 episodes, 1969-2012
Ryan Thomas ...  Jason Grimshaw 1,385 episodes, 2000-2016
Tina O'Brien Tina O'Brien ...  Sarah Platt / ... 1,333 episodes, 1999-2018
Alison King ...  Carla Connor / ... 1,323 episodes, 2004-2018
Chris Gascoyne ...  Peter Barlow 1,301 episodes, 2000-2018


The U.K.'s longest-running television soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

9 December 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (1960-1989)| Stereo (1990-)


Black and White (1960-1969 and 1970-1971)| Color (1969-1970 and 1971-)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anne Reid, who played Valerie Barlow from 1961-1971, and Thelma Barlow, who played Mavis Wilton from 1971-1997, both went on to co-star in Victoria Wood's sitcom Dinnerladies (1998-2000). Shobna Gulati, Andrew Dunn, Maxine Peake, and Sue Cleaver appeared alongside them in the latter, and all would go on to appear in this show. See more »


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


[on hearing that Peter and Leanne want their own bar]
Blanche Hunt: An alcoholic and an arsonist open a bar? Sounds like the start of a joke.
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Spin-off Coronation Street: Out of Africa (2008) See more »

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Lost it's way
3 December 2005 | by walfordqueenSee all my reviews

Coronation Street was very good last year and lucky because EastEnders which was usually the no.1 soap in the UK was having a bit of bad luck, this gave Coronation Street the chance to shine and be noticed and they did use this chance. We had some excellent story lines, some very strong writing and the right balance between comedy and drama which is what the show usually does best. However they have totally lost the plot this year, the writing is no longer good it's amateurish and often lazy and the plot lines are so bizarre especially the comedy ones which have been pure panto. Too much comedy and not enough action as forced this show to take a back seat whilst EastEnders bounces back. I have no doubt Coronation Street will be able to pull itself back soon, they always do but the stuff they're churning out now leaves a lot to be desired. Stupid larger than life panto characters like Diggory the baker and the notoriously unrealistic Cilla are what has dragged the show down. The main storyline of the year was the Shelley/Charlie fiasco which to an extent was good but there was just not enough interest in the storyline and it dragged on too long. They tried to play it for realism rather than conforming to the soap code and it didn't work for them. Soap viewers today aren't interested in such tosh and especially when it's tedious and repetitive, I can't count how many times the same scenes occurred with practically the same dialogue. I'm yawning just thinking about it and the scriptwriters probably didn't pen anything new they probably just made slight edits to existing scripts for the pair. Bad continuity, scripts, story lines together with rubbish characters and appalling acting from some of their "stars" has resulted in 2005 being one of Corrie's worst years ever in my opinion. ITV haven't helped the show either they churn out far too many episodes which has affected the show enough yet they still add extra episodes when they feel like it or to prop up their other shows which don't need propping up well except in the case of Celebrity Love Island. Corrie will never be as good as it once was when more of it's big stars were there but it proved last year that it can still be great but I'm really disappointed this year. Awful I expect more from Corrie afterall it's probably the second longest running soap behind The Guiding Light.

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