28 Facts About Coronation Street


Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960.

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Coronation Street is made by ITV Granada at MediaCityUK and shown in all ITV regions, as well as internationally.

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In March 1961, Coronation Street reached number 1 in the television ratings and remained there for the rest of the year.

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In spite of rising popularity with viewers, Coronation Street was criticised by some for its outdated portrayal of the urban working class, and its representation of a community that was a nostalgic fantasy.

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Coronation Street had worked on Granada comedy productions prior to his appointment.

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Coronation Street had little competition within its prime-time slot, and certain critics suggested that the programme had grown complacent, moving away from socially viable storylines, and again presenting a dated view of working-class life.

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Coronation Street had been warned by Granada Television for writing unauthorised newspaper articles criticising the show and cast.

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Coronation Street tried to protect a young lady from a group of thugs outside a nightclub, but was stabbed in the stomach.

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Between 1980 and 1989, Coronation Street underwent some of the most radical changes since its launch.

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Unlike Coronation Street, which had a very nostalgic view of working-class life, Brookside brought together working and middle-class families in a more contemporary environment.

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On 12 October 2021, it was announced that Coronation Street would partake in a special crossover event involving multiple British soaps to promote the topic of climate change ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Since 1960, Coronation Street has featured many characters whose popularity with viewers and critics has differed greatly.

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Coronation Street became known for the portrayal of strong female characters, including original cast characters like Ena, Annie and Elsie, and later Hilda Ogden, who first appeared in 1964; all four became household names during the 1960s.

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Coronation Street's longest-serving character, Ken Barlow entered the storyline as a young radical, reflecting the youth of 1960s Britain, where figures like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the model Twiggy were to reshape the concept of youthful rebellion.

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Coronation Street is currently the second longest-serving original cast member on the show.

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Between 9 December 1960 and 3 March 1961, Coronation Street was broadcast twice weekly, on Wednesday and Friday.

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Coronation Street remains the only person, along with John Finch, to have held the three posts of script editor, writer and producer.

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Coronation Street is known for sacking Peter Adamson, the show's Len Fairclough, in 1983.

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Regular exterior buildings shown in Coronation Street include a row of terrace houses, several townhouses, and communal areas including a newsagents, a cafe, a general grocery shop, a factory and Rovers Return Inn public house.

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Coronation Street has broadcast on each of the main Irish networks, except for the Irish language network TG4.

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Two Dutch stations have broadcast Coronation Street: VARA showed 428 episodes between 1967 and 1975, and SBS6 ran the show for a period starting in 2010.

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In South Africa, Coronation Street episodes were broadcast three days after the UK air date on ITV Choice until the channel ceased broadcasting in June 2020, episodes temporarily went off the air until they moved to M-Net City starting October 2020.

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Coronation Street was shown on USA Network for an unknown period starting in 1982.

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In 1995, to commemorate the programme's 35th anniversary, a CD titled The Coronation Street Album was released, featuring cover versions of modern songs and standards by contemporary cast members.

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Album charted a Top 40 hit when "The Coronation Street Single" reached number 35 in the Official UK charts.

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On 21 December 2012, Coronation Street produced a Text Santa special entitled A Christmas Corrie which featured Norris Cole in the style of Scrooge, being visited by the ghosts of dead characters.

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Coronation Street Uncovered: Live, hosted by Stephen Mulhern was shown after the episode with the tram crash was aired on ITV 2.

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In 1999, six special episodes of Coronation Street were produced, following the story of Steve McDonald and Vikram Desai in Brighton, which included the temporary returns of, Bet Gilroy, Reg Holdsworth and Vicky McDonald.

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