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  • 1960
  • Drama
  • Soap
  • 12


"Coronation Street", created in 1960 by Tony Warren, is the world's longest running soap. After debuting on December 9 of that year, the ITV show, which was expected to run for just a few episodes, soon struck a chord with millions. Centring on a typical Manchester cobbled street in working class Weatherfield, where local residents laughed and cried between the local pub, corner shop or their respective houses, the show has seen a handful of key figures become household names: Ken Barlow, the studious teacher who romanced just about every attractive lady that passed through; Emily Bishop, the do-gooder who has spent almost as much time in the soap, local businessman - and mayor - Alf Roberts, and classic, much missed characters such as warbling cleaner Hilda Ogden, pompous Rovers landlady Annie Walker, love rat builder Ray Langton, Foghorn Leghorn-style butcher Fred Elliott, amorous supermarket manager Reg Holdsworth and those feuding legends Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner. Plots have involved armed sieges at the local supermarket, a lorry crashing into the Rovers Return, murderous Tracy Barlow beating her two-timing boyfriend (Charlie Stubbs) to death, along with assorted affairs, scandals, and those unhinged characters we loved to hate, such as Alan Bradley, Jez Quigley, Richard Hillman and Tony Gordon. However, if one storyline really caught the imaginations of millions it was the love triangle between Ken Barlow, wife Deirdre and knicker factory boss Mike Baldwin. Thanks to some stunning acting from William Roache (Ken), the end of the affair made TV history and helped turn soap stars into tabloid favourites. Aside from making the likes of Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre) and Johnny Briggs (Mike) household names, Corrie has attracted no end of famous faces, including Joanna Lumley, Ben Kingsley, Ian McKellen, Noddy Holder, Molly Sugden, Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd.


Episode 10458: 18/10/2021-1


Harvey orchestrates his escape from custody and Abi sets off for Corey's house with a gun


This is one of those high-profile weeks where Corrie forgets that it’s a drama about an ordinary backstreet and decides to be a 1970s’ disaster movie instead. 

We’ve got the Platts’ sinkhole becoming unstable and swallowing up half the residents, Dev having to decide which of his kids he’s going to rescue from a burning car, escaped convict Harvey menacing Leanne, plus Abi pulling a gun on killer Corey. Completely crackers, then. And while in real life, everyone involved would have lifelong PTSD, you can bet that by a week on Monday, this lot will all by supping pints again in the Rovers like none of it ever happened. Well, those who are still alive anyway.





Harvey GaskellWill Mellor
Leanne BattersbyJane Danson
Dev AlahanJimmi Harkishin
Abi FranklinSally Carman
Jenny ConnorSally Ann Matthews
Johnny ConnorRichard Hawley
Debbie WebsterSue Devaney
Ryan ConnorRyan Prescott
Kevin WebsterMichael Le Vell
Corey BrentMaximus Evans
Danny TomlinsonDylan Brady
Ronnie BaileyVinta Morgan
Kirk SutherlandAndrew Whyment
Sam BlakemanJude Riordan
Natasha BlakemanRachel Leskovac
Peter BarlowChris Gascoyne
Carla BarlowAlison King
Simon BarlowAlex Bain
Amy BarlowElle Mulvaney
Aadi AlahanAdam Hussain
Asha AlahanTanisha Gorey
Nina LucasMollie Gallagher
Roy CropperDavid Neilson
David PlattJack P Shepherd
Shona PlattJulia Goulding
Toyah BattersbyGeorgia Taylor
Imran HabeebCharlie de Melo
Summer SpellmanHarriet Bibby
Leo ThompkinsJoe Frost
Nick TilsleyBen Price
Curtis DelamereSam Retford
Emma BrookerAlexandra Mardell
Jack WebsterKyran Bowes
Stu CarpenterBill Fellows
Prison OfficerChris Campbell
Prison Van DriverJason Ward
PC WindsorDavid Campbell
PC BradyChristopher Hollinshead
PC MillsSerena Ryan
Paramedic FiEve Shotton
DoctorMudassar Dar
DC AhmadiMushi Noor
DS AbneyFiona Skinner
CyclistCallum Anderson
Fire OfficerDanny Ryder


ProducerIain MacLeod
WriterAlasdair Morrison
DirectorBrett Fallis
DirectorSuri Krishnamma
DirectorGeorge C Siougas
DirectorPip Short

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