Coronation Street turns 60
The world's longest-running television soap opera notches up another anniversary.
December 9 marks the 60th anniversary for iconic British soap Coronation Street.
‘Corrie’ began on December 9th 1960, created by Tony Warren, revolving around the residents of a cobbled, terraced street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on inner-city Salford.
But it was not initially a critical success – Daily Mirror columnist Ken Irwin claimed the series would only last three weeks (embarrassing).
Since then it has notched up 10190 episodes, sales to over 130 countries, and counts tens of millions of viewers amongst its fans. In 2010 it became the world’s longest-running television soap opera and into the Guinness World Records.
The original cast of just 12 were filmed in Studio 2 at Granada Television with a wooden set representing the street and cobbles painted onto the studio floor with actors pretending to ‘step up’ on to an imaginary kerb.
Actor William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, has appeared on the show since its debut -now the longest-serving male television star in a continuous role.
ITV Studios has released two aerial views of its present ‘home’ next to a photo of the studio where it all started.
Showing what is now ‘the biggest single television production site in the world’ – the 3.12 hectare site in Trafford, MediaCityUK, is home to the 400 plus people it takes to make a single episode.
‘Corrie’ has been situated at MediaCityUK since 2014 and in 2018 a Victoria Street extension and another two studios were added, leading to a total of six dedicated studios.
It still screens in Australia on UKTV.