Coronation Street fans are to get the chance to rewind the clock when ITV3 starts showing classic episodes of the soap from next month.
Beginning on Monday 2 October, the broadcaster will be screening two episodes per day of vintage Corrie dating from 1986, starting with the first appearance of infamous Street villain Alan Bradley (Mark Eden).
Alan does, of course, still have links with characters who remain on the cobbles in 2017, notably daughter Jenny (Sally Ann Matthews) and former partner Rita (Barbara Knox), both of whom currently have high-profile storylines.
Devotees will also get the chance to reacquaint themselves with the likes of such quintessential Coronation Street characters as Jack Duckworth (William Tarmey), Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride).
Classic Coronation Street was once a mainstay of satellite broadcaster Granada Plus before it closed down in 2004, since when the drama’s 57-year archive of episodes have been largely absent from the schedules.
The move by ITV3 comes just as ITV has added an extra sixth weekly episode of Coronation Street, with visits to modern-day Weatherfield now coming in double bills on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
Classic Coronation Street will be shown Monday to Friday at 2.40 and 3.15pm on ITV3.
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below
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