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Coronation Street

  • 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 10494: 29/11/2021 - 1


Ryan confronts Zeedan with the bag of cash and demands an explanation. Daisy seeks attention elsewhere following a row with Daniel. Curtis and Emma make plans for a small wedding


This The Fault in Our Stars-style storyline that’s been handed to Emma (Alexandra Mardell) and Curtis (Sam Retford) has got me suspicious, as I fret that the bride-to-be is being duped. Rather than losing Curtis to illness, is it possible that Emma is destined to face a different kind of heartbreak before anyone gets to say, “I do”?

After all, Corrie is turning Emma is this generation’s Raquel Wolstenhulme, the Rovers barmaid played by Sarah Lancashire who was perennially ill-used by the men in her life. So, I fear that, pretty soon, we’ll get a scene where reality hits the ditzy Emma. And seeing as she’s so sweet and innocent, my worry is that it’ll hit hard.





Zeedan NazirQasim Akhtar
Ryan ConnorRyan Prescott
Alya NazirSair Khan
Daisy MidgeleyCharlotte Jordan
Jenny ConnorSally Ann Matthews
Daniel OsbourneRob Mallard
Emma BrookerAlexandra Mardell
Curtis DelamereSam Retford
Debbie WebsterSue Devaney
Bernie WinterJane Hazlegrove
James BaileyNathan Graham
Ashley HardcastleLamin Touray
Amy BarlowElle Mulvaney
Kelly NeelanMillie Gibson
Maria ConnorSamia Longchambon
Gary WindassMikey North
Mary TaylorPatti Clare
Sally MetcalfeSally Dynevor
Chesney BrownSam Aston
Gemma WinterDolly-Rose Campbell
Grace VickersKate Spencer
Paul ForemanPeter Ash
Nina LucasMollie Gallagher
Michael BaileyRyan Russell
Stu CarpenterBill Fellows
Hashim ElaminVincent Ebrahim
Steve McDonaldSimon Gregson
Yasmeen MetcalfeShelley King
Clint StubbinsFergus O'Donnell
Aggie BaileyLorna Laidlaw
Simon BarlowAlex Bain
Summer SpellmanHarriet Bibby
Billy MayhewDaniel Brocklebank
Ed BaileyTrevor Michael Georges
Dr HandleyGeoffrey Newland
Adam BarlowSamuel Robertson
ReceptionistBrianna Douglas
Neville DelamereMark Cameron
Beth SutherlandLisa George
Sean TullyAntony Cotton
Asha AlahanTanisha Gorey
Max TurnerPaddy Bever
Tyrone DobbsAlan Halsall
Fiz StapeJennie McAlpine
Mimi HallidayMargot Leicester
Phill WhittakerJamie Kenna


WriterSimon Crowther
ProducerIain MacLeod
DirectorGill Wilkinson

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