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Coronation Street

Coronation Street

You learn a lot about a country from its soap operas. England’s longest running and most watched soap is Coronation Street (but it’s had ratings competition from EastEnders since 1985 and, recently, from Emmerdale and Hollyoaks).

Tony Warren’s aim when he created the programme (aged just 23-years-old) was to reflect life in the North West, something Granada Television had been set up for but had so far failed to do.

In just 24 hours Warren knocked out the first episode based on life in his grandmother’s area of Salford and two of his old rejected scripts, one of which was, significantly, a comedy.

This was Warren’s pitch: “A fascinating freemasonry, a volume of unwritten rules. These are the driving forces behind life in a working class street in the north of England. The purpose of (Coronation Street) is to examine a community of this nature, and to entertain.” 

Since its first transmission in December 1960, the show has been in continuous production and you can now catch four episodes a week – it’s as much a part of life as a reflection of it.


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