The Corrie Years

The Changing Face of Britain

Series 1 - Episode 3 The Changing Face of Britain

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Review

Those who think that Corrie exists in a cosy neverland are forgetting that it has, at times, held a mirror up to the ever-changing world. In the 1970s, Ivy took the factory girls out on strike after Mike Baldwin refused to buy Hilda a new broom. Rioting ensued after Baldwin stooped to bring in blackleggers.

Of course, the true political mouthpiece has always been Ken, shown here marching for CND back in the 60s. But his position as Weatherfield’s top campaigner was threatened in 1998 when Emily went eco and protested against the Red Rec development by spending a night 30ft up a tree with her nephew — the much-missed Spider Nugent.

Summary

How events in the outside world have played a part in creating Coronation Street storylines, from Ken Barlow's `ban the bomb' march in 1961 to the eco-warriors who inspired a treetop protest by Emily Bishop in 1997. The documentary also recalls the strike at Mike Baldwin's factory in 1978, which was followed by a real-life three-month one at programme-makers ITV a year later. Narrated by David Morrissey. Last in the series.
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