|Overview||:|| Coronation Street is a British television soap opera first broadcast on Granada Television in 1960. It was soon syndicated on other ITV franchises. The programme concerns the lives of the residents of Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional area of Salford, and centres around its terraced houses, cafe, corner shop, newsagents, textile factory and the Rovers Return pub.
The programme was devised in 1960 by local scriptwriter Tony Warren at the recently formed 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 the Granada Television franchise and the broadcaster ITV.
Coronation Street is made by Granada Television at Granada Studios in 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.|
|Stars||:|| Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald), William Roache (Ken Barlow), Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs), Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby / Leanne Tilsley), Julia Goulding (Shona Ramsey), Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan), Jack P. Shepherd (David Platt), Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer), Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow), Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw), Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster), Samia Longchambon (Maria Connor), David Neilson (Roy Cropper), Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts), Lorna Laidlaw (Aggie Bailey), Ryan Russell (Michael Bailey), Sair Khan (Alya Nazir), Harriet Bibby (Summer Spellman), Helen Worth (Gail Platt), Sally Dynevor (Sally Webster / Sally Metcalfe / Sally Seddon), Jimmi Harkishin (Dev Alahan), Mikey North (Gary Windass), Shelley King (Yasmeen Metcalfe), Sally Carman (Abi Franklin), Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow / Tracy McDonald / Tracy Preston), Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Stape), Tina O'Brien (Sarah Barlow), Ellie Leach (Faye Windass), Sam Aston (Chesney Brown), Georgia Taylor (Toyah Battersby), Andrew Whyment (Kirk Sutherland), Alison King (Carla Connor / Carla Barlow / Carla Gordon), Patti Clare (Mary Taylor / Mary Cole), Daniel Brocklebank (Billy Mayhew), Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Bradley / Jenny Connor), Ben Price (Nick Tilsley), Peter Ash (Paul Foreman), Paula Wilcox (Elaine Jones), Mark Frost (Ray Crosby), Samuel Robertson (Adam Barlow), Charlotte Jordan (Daisy Midgeley), Dolly-Rose Campbell (Gemma Winter), Jane Hazlegrove (Bernie Winter), Vinta Morgan (Ronnie Bailey)|