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In the show's fictional history, the street was built in and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII.

The show airs six times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7: Within six months of the show's first broadcast, it had become the most-watched programme on British television, and is now a significant part of British culture. On 17 Septemberit became the world's longest-running television soap opera and was listed in Guinness World Records.

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Influenced by the conventions of the kitchen sink dramaCoronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth, working-class community, combined with light-hearted humour and strong characters. Granada Television had commissioned only 13 episodes, and some inside the company doubted the show would last beyond its planned production run. Early episodes told the story of student Kenneth Barlow William Roachewho had won a place at university, Bbw pleases a man from the street thus found his working-class background—as well as his parents, Frank and Ida Frank Pemberton and Noel Dyson —something of an embarrassment.

In some ways this predicts the growth of globalisationand the decline of similar communities. In an episode fromBarlow declares: We're living with people on the other side of the world. There's more to worry about than Elsie Tanner and her boyfriends. The trio were likened to the Greek chorusand the three witches in William Shakespeare 's Macbethas they would sit in the snug bar of the Rovers Returnpassing judgement over family, neighbours and frequently each other.

Elsie resented Ena's interference and gossip, which most of the time had little basis in reality. In AprilJed Stone Kenneth Cope made his first appearance and returned the following year in He left inbut returned three years later in He left again and then returned 42 years later in In MarchCoronation Street reached No.

Storylines throughout the decade included a mystery poison-pen letter received by Elsie Tanner, the marriage of Ken Barlow and Valerie Tatlock Anne Reidthe death of Martha Longhurst inthe birth of the Barlow twins inElsie Tanner's wedding to Steve Tanner Paul Maxwell and a train crashing from the viaduct both inSteve Tanner's murder inand a coach crash in In spite of rising popularity with viewers, Coronation Street was criticised by some for its outdated portrayal of the urban working class, and its representation of a community that was a nostalgic fantasy.

For there is little reality in this new serial, which apparently, we have to suffer twice a week. Granada hurried to update the programme, with the hope of introducing more issue-driven stories, including Lucille Hewitt Jennifer Moss becoming addicted to drugs, Jerry Booth Graham Haberfield being in a storyline about homosexuality, Emily Nugent Eileen Derbyshire having an out-of-wedlock Bbw pleases a man from the street, and introducing a black family, but all of these ideas were dropped for fear of upsetting viewers.

The show's production team was tested when many core cast members left the programme in the early s.

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When Arthur Leslie died suddenly inhis character, Rovers' landlord Jack Walkerdied with him. These characters would remain at the centre of the programme for many years. Comic storylines had been popular in the series in the s, but had become sparse during the early s.

These were re-introduced by new producer Bill Podmore who joined the series in He had worked on Granada comedy productions prior to his appointment. InPat Phoenix returned to her role as Elsie Tanner and, after a spate of ill health, Violet Carson returned on a more regular basis as Ena. Storylines throughout the decade included Bbw pleases a man from the street warehouse fire inthe birth of Tracy Langton inthe murder of Ernest Bishop Stephen Hancock ina lorry crashing into the Rovers Return inand the marriage of Brian Tilsley Christopher Quinten and Gail Potter also in When ITV did return, its first evening schedule included a special "catch-up" edition of Coronation Street.

This included storylines which would have taken place during the strike, and they were explained in the form of a narrative chat between Bet Lynch and popular character Len Fairclough Peter Adamson. For several weeks the channel had very few fresh episodes to show, and episodes of the game show were screened in its place. Coronation Street returned to ITV screens with a regular scheduled time closer to the end of Coronation Street had little competition within its prime time slot, and certain critics suggested that the programme had grown complacent, moving away from socially viable storylines and again presenting a dated view of working class life.

Between andCoronation Street underwent some of the biggest changes since its launch. Kershaw declared that "There are no stars in Coronation Street. InShirley Armitage Lisa Lewis became the first major black character in her role as machinist at Baldwin's Casuals. Inthe arrival of Channel 4and its edgy new soap opera Brooksidewas one of the biggest changes for Coronation Street.

Unlike Coronation Streetwhich had a very nostalgic view of working-class life, Brookside brought together working and middle-class families in a more contemporary environment. The dialogue often included expletives and the stories were more hard-hitting, and of the current Zeitgeist.

Whereas stories at this time in Coronation Street were largely about family affairs, Brookside concentrated on social affairs such as industrial actionunemployment, and the black market.

While ratings for Coronation Street remained consistent throughout the decade, EastEnders regularly obtained higher viewing figures due to its omnibus episodes shown at weekends. With prime time competition, Corrie was again seen as being old fashioned, with the introduction of the 'normal' Clayton family in being a failure with viewers.

A new exterior set had been built inand in it was redeveloped to include new houses and shops. Production techniques were also changed with a new studio being built, and the inclusion of more location filming, which had moved Bbw pleases a man from the street show from being shot on film to videotape in The s featured some of the most prominent storylines in the programme's history, such as Deirdre Barlow's affair with Mike Baldwin Johnny Briggs inthe first soap storyline to receive widespread media attention.

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Inthere was a fire at the Rovers Return. The episode that aired on 25 Decemberattracted a combined audience original and omnibus of Between andthe story of Rita Fairclough 's Barbara Knox psychological abuse at the hands of Alan Bradley Mark Edenand then his subsequent death under the wheels of a Blackpool tramwas played out. This storyline gave the show its highest combined viewing figure in its history with This rating is sometimes incorrectly credited to the 8 December tram death episode.

In spite of updated sets and production changes, Coronation Street still received criticism. Inchairman of the Broadcasting Standards CouncilLord Rees-Moggcriticised the low representation of ethnic minoritiesand the programme's portrayal of the cosy familiarity of a bygone era.

The amount of slapstick and physical humour in storylines increased during the s, with comical characters such as Reg Holdsworth Ken Morley and his water bed. InJulie Goodyear Bet Lynch left the show. She made brief return appearances inand InBrian Park took over as producer, with the idea of promoting young characters as opposed to the older cast.

In line with Park's suggestion, younger characters were introduced: Storylines focussed on tackling 'issues', such as drug dealers, eco-warriors, religious cults, and a transsexual woman. Some viewers were alienated by the new Coronation Streetand sections of the media voiced their disapproval.

Having received criticism of being too out of touch, Corrie now struggled to emulate the more modern Brookside and EastEnders. On 8 Decemberthe show celebrated its fortieth year by broadcasting a live, hour-long episode.

The episode attracted an audience of Corrie continued to struggle in the ratings, with EastEnders introducing some of its strongest stories.

InKieran Roberts was appointed as producer and aimed to re-introduce "gentle storylines and humour", after deciding that the Street should not try to compete with other soaps.

Shepherdand her granddaughter Bethany, by driving them into a canal. The storyline received wide press attention, and viewing figures peaked at Until this time, Mike Baldwin had been portrayed as an only childwith his father also called Frankie and portrayed by Sam Kydd appearing in the programme between and confirming the fact.

InTracy Barlow Kate Ford murdered Charlie Stubbs and claiming it was self-defence; the audience during this storyline peaked at The Connor family were central to many storylines during — the accidental death of a Polish worker at Underworld due to overworking, Michelle's discovery that her brothers Paul Sean Gallagher and Liam Rob James-Collier were the cause of her husband's death, Paul's use of an escort service, his kidnapping of Leanne and his subsequent Bbw pleases a man from the street. In Julyafter 34 years in the role of Vera DuckworthElizabeth Dawn left the show due to ill health.

Carla Connor Alison King turned to Liam for comfort and developed feelings for him. Maria and Liam's baby son was stillborn in April, and during an estrangement from Maria upon the death of their baby, Liam had a one-night stand with Carla, a story which helped pave Bbw pleases a man from the street way for his departure. Shepherd pushed her down the stairs. Enraged that Gail refused to press charges, David vandalised the Street and was sent to a young offenders' facility for several Bbw pleases a man from the street. In MayGail finally met Ted Page Michael Byrnethe father she had never known and inGail's boyfriend Joe McIntyre Reece Dinsdale became addicted to painkillers, which came to a head when he broke into the medical centre.

Liam Connor and his ex-sister-in-law Carla gave into their feelings for each other and began an affair.

Carla struggled to come to terms with Liam's death, but decided she still loved Tony and married him on 3 December, in an episode attracting The show began broadcasting in high-definition in Mayand on 17 September that year, Coronation Street entered Guinness World Records as the world's longest-running television soap opera after the American soap opera As the World Turns concluded. William Roache was listed as the world's longest-running soap actor.

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