Coronation Street

Coronation Street Theme ( 1992 )


Coronation Street is a British television soap opera that was first broadcast on Granada Television on 9 December 1960. It was soon syndicated on other ITV franchises. The programme centres on the lives of the residents of Coronation Street in the fictional town of Weatherfield, a town based on Salford

Coronation Street


Coronation Street



Helen Worth … Gail Platt / … 2,245 episodes, 1974-2017
William Roache … Ken Barlow / … 2,067 episodes, 1960-2017
Simon Gregson … Steve McDonald 2,045 episodes, 1989-2017
Sally Dynevor … Sally Webster / … 1,912 episodes, 1986-2017
Sue Nicholls … Audrey Roberts / … 1,830 episodes, 1979-2017
Barbara Knox … Rita Sullivan / … 1,776 episodes, 1964-2017
Michael Le Vell … Kevin Webster / … 1,639 episodes, 1981-2017
Jack P. Shepherd … David Platt 1,570 episodes, 2000-2017
Anne Kirkbride … Deirdre Barlow / … 1,561 episodes, 1972-2014
Beverley Callard … Liz McDonald / … 1,537 episodes, 1984-2017
Jane Danson … Leanne Battersby / … 1,513 episodes, 1997-2017
Jennie McAlpine … Fiz Stape / … 1,483 episodes, 2001-2017
Sue Cleaver … Eileen Grimshaw / … 1,469 episodes, 1994-2017
Samia Longchambon … Maria Connor / … 1,438 episodes, 2000-2017
Antony Cotton … Sean Tully 1,420 episodes, 2003-2017
David Neilson … Roy Cropper 1,383 episodes, 1995-2017
Kym Marsh … Michelle Connor 1,380 episodes, 2006-2017
Eileen Derbyshire … Emily Bishop / … 1,343 episodes, 1961-2016
Alan Halsall … Tyrone Dobbs 1,308 episodes, 1998-2017
Malcolm Hebden … Norris Cole / … 1,280 episodes, 1974-2017
Ryan Thomas … Jason Grimshaw 1,191 episodes, 2000-2016
Kate Ford … Tracy Barlow / … 1,180 episodes, 2002-2017
Alison King … Carla Connor / … 1,162 episodes, 2004-2016
Brooke Vincent … Sophie Webster 1,100 episodes, 2004-2017
Debbie Rush … Anna Windass 1,038 episodes, 2008-2017
Jimmi Harkishin … Dev Alahan 1,000 episodes, 1999-2017
Chris Gascoyne … Peter Barlow 979 episodes, 2000-2017
Helen Flanagan … Rosie Webster 959 episodes, 2000-2017
Ben Price … Nick Tilsley 952 episodes, 2009-2017
Andrew Whyment … Kirk Sutherland / … 930 episodes, 1999-2017
Betty Driver … Betty Turpin / … 929 episodes, 1969-2012
Craig Charles … Lloyd Mullaney 913 episodes, 2005-2015
Sam Aston … Chesney Brown / … 914 episodes, 2003-2017

The programme was devised in 1960 by scriptwriter Tony Warren at Granada Television in Manchester. Warren’s initial kitchen sink drama proposal was rejected by the station’s founder Sidney Bernstein but he was persuaded by producer Harry Elton to produce the programme for thirteen pilot episodes. It was first broadcast on 9 December 1960 and within six months had become the most-watched programme on British television. It has been one of the most financially lucrative programmes on British commercial television, underpinning the success of Granada Television and ITV.

Coronation Street is made by Granada Television at MediaCityUK in Greater Manchester. It is shown in all ITV regions as well as internationally. On 17 September 2010, it became the world’s longest-running TV soap opera in production.Coronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth working class community combined with light-hearted humour and strong characters

First episode date: 9 December 1960
Theme song: Coronation Street Theme Song
Writers: Peter Whalley, Jonathan Harvey, Phil Collinson
Filming Locations: Granada Studios, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK 

Only twice have any celebrities been allowed to play themselves on Coronation Street: the first occasion was when HRH Prince Charles made an appearance on the show’s 40th Anniversary episode (2000), and was seen shaking hands with character Audrey Roberts. The second occasion featured Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of the British rock band Status Quo (the band itself also being a national institution). The band’s drummer, Matt Lettley, also made a cameo in the episodes. (2005) Appearing in four episodes, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt call into the Rovers Return, and Francis Rossi attacks character Les Battersby (who is played by actor Bruce Jones, himself a massive fan of the group), as Battersby had previously caused him a grievous neck injury. The matter later gets resolved, and the band agree to play at Battersby’s upcoming wedding.

In the episode, 22/11/2004, (where Dev’s corner shops are blown up by Maya) Dev drives his Saab to the shop which is about to be blown up, he parks the car directly outside the shop. Also parked directly outside the shop is another car. As the shop blows up, the camera changes angle to show the blast and Dev’s car has somehow disappeared, just leaving the other car in shot.

Eric Spear (18 April 1908 – 3 November 1966) was an English composer of film music most noted for writing the theme tune to the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. 

Spear is best known for composing the original theme tune for the UK’s longest-running television soap opera, Coronation Street, for which he was paid £6. The theme, originally entitled “Lancashire Blues” was commissioned by Peter Taylor, at De Wolfe Music, for a new television soap opera called “Florizel Street”. The name of the serial was changed to “Coronation Street” because cast member William Roache (Ken Barlow) could not pronounce the title and because it was felt that the name bore a resemblance to Zoflora, a popular floral concentrated disinfectant


On Friday, April 8, 2005 How many viewers watched episode 5,998, in which Ken Barlow remarried ex-wife Deirdre Rachid.


    On Friday, April 8, 2005, seventeen million viewers watched episode 5,998, in which Ken Barlow remarried ex-wife Deirdre Rachid. This was four million more than had watched the real-life Royal Wedding between the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles earlier that day. The fictional pair had also been the “other” big wedding event in 1981, the year Prince Charles married his first wife, Lady Diana Spencer.

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