Coronation Street and its characters often rely heavily on archetypes, with the characterisation of some of its current and recent cast based loosely on past characters.
The show's former archivist and scriptwriter Daran Little disagreed with the characterisation of the show as a collection of stereotypes. If later characters are stereotypes, it's because they are from the same original mould. It is the hundreds of programmes that have followed which have copied Coronation Street. The series was transmitted in black and white for the majority of the s. Preparations were made to film episode , to be transmitted Wednesday 29 October , in colour.
This instalment featured the street's residents on a coach trip to the Lake District. In the end, suitable colour film stock for the cameras could not be found and the footage was shot in black and white. The following episode, transmitted Monday 3 November, was videotaped in colour but featured black and white film inserts and title sequence. Like BBC1 , the ITV network was officially broadcast in black and white at this point though programmes were actually broadcast in colour as early as July that year for colour transmission testing and adjustment so the episode was seen by most in black and white.
Daran Little, for many years the official programme archivist, claims that the first episode to be transmitted in colour was episode shown on 24 November In October a technicians' dispute turned into a work-to-rule when sound staff were denied a pay rise given to camera staff the year before for working with colour recording equipment. The terms of the work-to-rule were that staff refused to work with the new equipment though the old black and white equipment had been disposed of by then and therefore programmes were recorded and transmitted in black and white, including Coronation Street  The dispute was resolved in early and the last black and white episode was broadcast on 8 February Episode , originally broadcast on 7 January , was the first to be broadcast in widescreen format.
Coronation Street was the last UK-wide soap to make the switch to Take the High Road remained in until it finished in The first transmission in this format was episode on 31 May with a new set of titles and re-recorded theme tune. Coronation Street's creator, Tony Warren , wrote the first 13 episodes of the programme in , and continued to write for the programme intermittently until Harry Kershaw  was the script editor for Coronation Street when the programme began in , working alongside Tony Warren.
Kershaw was also a script writer for the programme and the show's producer between and He remains the only person, along with John Finch, to have held the three posts of script editor, writer and producer.
Kershaw continued to write for the programme until his retirement in January Adele Rose was the longest-serving Coronation Street writer, completing scripts between and She also created Byker Grove. Bill Podmore was the show's longest serving producer. By the time he stepped down in he had completed 13 years at the production helm.
Nicknamed the "godfather" by the tabloid press,  he was renowned for his tough, uncompromising style and was feared by both crew and cast alike. He is probably most famous for sacking Peter Adamson , the show's Len Fairclough, in Michael Apted , best known for the Up! This period of his career marked the first of his many collaborations with writer Jack Rosenthal.
Rosenthal, noted for such television plays as Bar Mitzvah Boy , began his career on the show, writing over episodes between and The show's theme music , a cornet piece, accompanied by a brass band plus clarinet and double bass, reminiscent of northern band music, was written by Eric Spear.
Bill introduced Jim to Michelle who was working the bar that night and things looked to be going well until Liz showed up and was frosty towards Jim. Michael Apted , best known for the Up! These tapes were distributed by Granada Video for viewing in the UK. When Ken learns of this, he persuades Sinead to get an abortion. She even dug up a box of toys for my six-year-old daughter to play with. This came to be because Liz was offered the position by Newton and Ridley.
The identity of the trumpeter was not public knowledge until , when jazz musician and journalist Ron Simmonds revealed that it was the Surrey musician Ronnie Hunt. He added, "an attempt was made in later years to re-record that solo, using Stan Roderick, but it sounded too good, and they reverted to the old one.
Browning conceded that Hunt recorded the original in , but believed that his own re-recording in  or had been used since that date. ITV then confirmed to the Mail that a second version had been recorded in the s, but was only used for a very short while before reverting to Hunt's recording.
get link In the s the same version was converted to stereo. After taking a break in a local pub, Hunt achieved the desired mournful sound by playing very close to the microphone. A new, completely re-recorded version of the theme tune replaced the original when the series started broadcasting in HD on 31 May It accompanied a new montage-style credits sequence featuring images of Manchester and Weatherfield. On 31 March , it was revealed on the YouTube channel of Corrie that some of the soap's cast would sing a specially-written lyric, of which will be added to the new theme song that will be played, as of the first episode of the evening of Monday, 3 April , but it turned out to be an April Fools joke.
Coronation Street rates as one of the most watched programmes on UK television for every day it is aired. The episode that aired on 2 January , where Bet Lynch Julie Goodyear finds out she has got the job as manager of the Rovers Return, is the highest-rated single episode in the show's history, attracting The show attracted its highest-ever combined rating of The Rovers Return Inn is the main meeting place for the show's characters.
In , a permanent full-street set was built in the Granada backlot , an area between Quay Street and Liverpool Road in Manchester. Between and , the Granada Studios Tour allowed members of the public to visit the set. The exterior set was extended and updated in Most interior scenes are shot in the adjoining purpose-built studio. In , Victoria Court , an apartment building full of luxury flats, was started on Victoria Street. In , production moved to a new site at Trafford Wharf, a former dock area about two miles to the east, part of the MediaCityUK complex.
It took two years from start to finish to recreate the iconic Street. The houses were built to almost full scale after previously being three-quarter size. On 5 April , the staff began to allow booked public visits to the old Quay Street set. An advert, with a voiceover from Victoria Wood , appeared on TV to advertise the tour. On 12 March , the extension of the Victoria Street set was officially unveiled. The new set features a garden, featuring a memorial bench paying tribute to the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing , including Coronation Street super fan Martyn Hett.
As part of a product placement deal between three companies and ITV Studios , new additions include a Tram stop station which is named Weatherfield North with Transport for Greater Manchester Metrolink branding, and shop front facades of Costa Coffee and the Weatherfield branded Co-op Food store interior scenes have been screened and exterior scenes at the new set first aired on 20 April Tours commenced on weekends from 26 May onwards.
As the ITV network grew over the next few years, the programme was transmitted by these new stations on these dates onward: Westward Television from episode 40 on 1 May , Border Television from episode 76 on 4 September , Grampian Television from episode 84 on 2 October , Channel Television from episode on 3 September and Teledu Cymru north and west Wales from episode on 17 September Additional episodes have been broadcast during the weekly schedule of ITV at certain times, notably in when, between 22 and 26 November, eight episodes were shown.
Older episodes had been broadcast by satellite and cable channel Granada Plus from launch in The first episodes shown were from episode originally transmitted on Monday 5 April onwards. Originally listed and promoted as Classic Coronation Street , the "classic" was dropped in early , at which stage the episodes were from late By the time of the channel's closure in , the repeats had reached February In addition to this, "specials" were broadcast on Saturday afternoons in the early years of the channel with several episodes based on a particular theme or character s were shown.
The latest episode shown in these specials was from In addition, on 27 and 28 December , several Christmas Day editions of the show were broadcast. The Thursday episode replaced the former Wednesday show. In May it moved to Sunday mornings until August when it returned to Saturdays. In January it moved back to Sunday mornings usually broadcasting at around 9.
However, as of 22 October the omnibus moved back to Saturday mornings at 9. The first episodes shown were from episode originally transmitted on Wednesday 15 January onwards. Coronation Street is shown in various countries worldwide. YouTube has the first episode and many others available as reruns. It briefly returned to the Nine Network in a daytime slot during — In , CBC moved the weekday airings from their daytime slot to prime time.
If it didn't come back, something would happen on Parliament Hill.
The show was first aired in , beginning with episodes from Ireland eventually caught up with the current UK episodes in Coronation Street has broadcast on each of the main Irish networks, except for the Irish language network TG4. The show is consistently the channels most viewed programme every week.
Because TV One has never upgraded to showing the equivalent of five or six episodes per week, New Zealand continues to fall further and further behind with episodes, and is 23 months behind Britain as of 28 March The move proved unpopular with fans,  and the series was quickly moved into its present prime-time slot within weeks.
Episodes , , and were screened on 16 May These were originally aired in the UK between 4 and 11 June On 10 May it was announced that the current episodes would be moved to 1 p. Monday-Friday titled 'Catch-up Episodes' and for primetime Wednesday-Friday express episodes would be airing in New Zealand a week behind The United Kingdom titled ' Episodes' these changes would be taking place from 11 June In the United States, Coronation Street is available by broadcast or cable only in northern markets where CBC coverage from Canada overlaps the border or is available on local cable systems.
Beginning in , episodes were available in the United States through Amazon. On 15 January , online distributor Hulu began airing episodes of the show, posting a new episode daily, two weeks after their original airdates. It used to be shown on BFBS1. Several classic episodes were released on VHS video in the s and s in different sets, while a number of specially recorded feature-length episodes were released exclusively to video see Coronation Street VHS and DVD releases.
The Street , a magazine dedicated to the show, was launched in Edited by Bill Hill, the magazine contained a summary of recent storylines, interviews, articles about classic episodes, and stories that occurred from before The format was initially A5 size , expanding to A4 from the seventh issue. During the time when the studio tour was operating, a huge amount of branded merchandise was available from an on-site shop—everything from soap, to tea-towels, to model houses. These items gradually became scarce as the tours complex was wound down.
Although there were large numbers produced, these items are becoming collectable by fans. On 25 June , a video game of the show was released on Nintendo DS. Players take the role of a detective as they work through a brand new storyline and befriend the various characters from the street, including Ken Barlow , Norris Cole , Maria Connor and Blanche Hunt.
In , to commemorate the programme's 35th anniversary, a CD called The Coronation Street Album was released, featuring cover versions of modern songs and standards by contemporary cast members. An album featuring songs sung by some of the cast was released for the show's 50th anniversary. Granada launched one spin-off in , Pardon the Expression , following the story of clothing store manager Leonard Swindley Arthur Lowe after he left Weatherfield.
Swindley's management experience was tested when he was appointed assistant manager at a fictional department store , Dobson and Hawks. Granada produced two series of the spin-off, which ended in It ran for just one series of six episodes before it was cancelled. From to Granada TV produced a sitcom called The Brothers McGregor featuring a pair of half-brothers one black, one white who had appeared in a single episode of Coronation Street as old friends of Eddie Yeats and guests at his wedding. The original actors were unavailable so the characters were recast with Paul Barber and Philip Whitchurch.