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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.

  1. Tony Warren

    Creator

Series Cast

  1. William Roache

    William Roache

    Ken Barlow

    1510 Episodes

  2. Barbara Knox

    Barbara Knox

    Rita Sullivan

    1462 Episodes

  3. Helen Worth

    Helen Worth

    Gail Platt

    1444 Episodes

  4. Sue Nicholls

    Sue Nicholls

    Audrey Roberts

    1434 Episodes

  5. Beverley Callard

    Liz McDonald

    1424 Episodes

  6. Simon Gregson

    Simon Gregson

    Steve McDonald

    1412 Episodes

  7. David Neilson

    David Neilson

    Roy Cropper

    1378 Episodes

  8. Jane Danson

    Jane Danson

    Leanne Battersby, Leanne Battersby / Leanne Tilsley

    1363 Episodes

  9. Jack P. Shepherd

    Jack P. Shepherd

    David Platt

    1363 Episodes

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Current Season

Season 61

2019 | 68 Episodes

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

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