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Coronation Street

Specials 1972
TV-PG

  • 1972-09-06T18:30:00Z on ITV
  • 25 mins
  • 20 hours, 50 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Soap

Coronation Street (colloquially known as Corrie, Corro, or The Street) is an award-winning prime time soap opera set and produced in Manchester created by Tony Warren. It is the longest running and most watched soap opera on British television. It was first broadcast on 9 December 1960, made by Granada Television (now ITV Studios) and broadcast in all regions of ITV almost throughout its existence.

56 episodes

Spectrum looks back at Coronation Street, 12 years after the start of the soap. Featuring interviews with Violet Carson (Ena Sharples), Doris Speed (Annie Walker) and Bill Roache (Ken Barlow). UTV's long-running culture programme takes a look back at the first 12 years of Britain's best loved soap... Little did they know it would still be running 38 years later...

Special 2 The Jubilee Years

  • 1985-08-30T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

Britain's best-loved TV serial started life on December 9, 1960. Granada Video now invites you to celebrate Coronation Street's Silver Jubilee with Ena Sharples, Elsie Tanner, Annie Walker, and many other known and loved residents of the street. Alice Hughes, born in Coronation Street in 1952, left for a new life in Australia. Now she returns for a fleeting visit with her daughter and joins Betty Turpin, Hilda Ogden, and Ken and Deirdre Barlow, in their reminiscences of The Jubilee Years. 1) The Blackpool Illuminations - October 1961 2) Elsie's Anonymous Letter - November 1961 3) The Viaduct Train Crash - May 1967 4) The Fancy Dress Party - December 1966 5) The Ogden's Second Honeymoon - November 1977 6) The Marriages of Ken Barlow - August 1962, October 1973, July 1981 7) The Barlow/Baldwin Love Triangle - February 1983

Special 3 The Coronation Street Years

  • 1995-12-03T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

This documentary delves into the archives to uncover how the Street and the nation have faced social change together, matching scenes from the programme with news footage spanning the sexual revolution, the growth of mass unemployment and Thatcherism.

Special 4 The Road to Coronation Street

  • 2010-09-16T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

6.53pm. December 9th 1960. Granada Studios, Manchester. With minutes to go until the live transmission of Episode One, creator Tony Warren is being sick in the toilets, actress Pat Phoenix is missing and so is the cat from the opening shot .... The Road to Coronation Street is the epic story of one man's struggle to make a programme that no one wanted. Granada's formidable bosses Sidney Bernstein and his brother Cecil are not enthusiastic. But together with producer Harry Elton and director Derek Bennett, Tony takes up the battle. He wants cobbles, a pub, seven houses and a shop, but above all he wants northern actors. Led by casting director Margaret Morris and her young assistant Josie Scott, the hunt begins for the legendary cast - Doris Speed, Pat Phoenix, Violet Carson and William Roache. With a last minute change of title, Coronation Street is born.

Special 5 A Knight's Tale

  • 2011-11-01T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Coronation Street's Curly Watts and Reg Holdsworth, two of Britain's most enduring characters are reunited in a special one-off feature length movie, A Knight's Tale. They are joined by Norris Cole, Mary Taylor, Rosie Webster and Jason Grimshaw in a comedy of errors set at a medieval weekend within a Gothic castle. A Knight's Tale also stars Brian Capron in a cameo as a 'Dickie the boatman' and Jeremy Edwards (Holby City, Dancing on Ice) as plastic surgeon Uri.

Special 6 Farewell Jack

  • 2010-11-10T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

As Bill Tarmey prepares to bid farewell to Coronation Street after three decades playing Jack Duckworth, this special programme pays tribute to both the actor and the character. The show looks back at Jack's reinvention as Vince St Clair, the time he dressed up as a woman in order to join the ladies' bowling team and the moment when his long-suffering wife Vera served up his beloved pigeons to him in a pie. Friends and Coronation Street colleagues celebrate Bill's work and recall Jack Duckworth's life. With contributions from Tarmey, Liz Dawn, Julie Goodyear, William Roache, Nigel Pivaro, Roy Barraclough, Vicky Binns, Alan Halsall, Katherine Kelly, John Stevenson and Daran Little.

First of two documentaries celebrating the greatest moments in the history of Coronation Street, to mark the show's 50th birthday. Earlier in the year, viewers had the chance to vote for their favourite moment from 50 nominations brought together by a distinguished panel of Corrie experts, including the show's creator Tony Warren and original cast member William Roache. Now the results are being revealed, and the programme will reveal the stories behind the clips - from the high emotion of teen mum Sarah-Louise Platt to the hilarity of Ken Barlow trying to teach French to Raquel Wolstenhulme and the national Free The Weatherfield One campaign. Featuring archive clips and interviews with the stars, writers, producers and directors who helped bring the show to the screen.

Second of two documentaries celebrating the greatest moments in the history of Coronation Street to mark its 50th birthday. Earlier in the year, ITV viewers voted for their favourite Corrie moment from 50 nominations brought together by a distinguished panel of Corrie experts, including the show's creator Tony Warren and original cast member William Roache, and the results will be revealed over the course of the show. Classic moments will be relived through a mix of archive clips and revealing interviews with the stars, writers, producers and directors who helped bring them to the screen.

Special 9 Uncovered Live

  • 2010-12-06T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Transmitted on ITV2 at 10.00pm on 6th December 2010, this live-audience show featured interviews with actors and fans about the night's episodes, and a look at how the tram crash was done. Presented by Stephen Mulhern.

Profile of the actress who found fame in Coronation Street and whose life offscreen was as colourful as that of Elsie Tanner, the character she played for 21 years. Close friends and co-stars, including Julie Goodyear, Helen Worth, Tony Booth and Coronation Street creator Tony Warren, share their touching and hilarious memories of this larger-than-life, spirited woman.

Special 11 The Corrie Years - Part 1

  • 2011-07-20T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

New three-part documentary series looking at past dramatic storylines from Coronation Street which have become talking points for the nation. The first episode examines some of the plots which made front-page news, from the Weatherfield One to Sarah-Louise Platt's teenage pregnancy. The programme reveals the stories behind the stories and also includes previously unseen footage of a 1960s plotline which was so controversial it was cut after being leaked by the papers. Narrated by David Morrissey.

Special 12 The Corrie Years - Part 2

  • 2011-07-27T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

The Firsts. Episode 2. Documentary series exploring the impact of the hugely popular show Coronation Street. The second episode examines how Britain's longest-running soap has consistently broken new ground. The programme looks at some of Corrie's firsts, including the first live episode for nearly 40 years, the first specially written hour-long episode and the show's first transsexual character. There are also interviews with cast members past and present including Kevin Kennedy, William Roache and Alan Rothwell.

Special 13 The Corrie Years - Part 3

  • 2011-08-03T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

The Changing Face of Britain. Episode 3. Last in the documentary series about Coronation Street's rich history. Over the past 50 years, the soap has moved with the times and held up a mirror to an ever-changing world. This episode examines how real life and life on the Street have often gone hand-in-hand - from the strikes which closed Mike Baldwin's factory and forced Corrie off the air in the late Seventies to the eco-warriors who inspired a tree-top protest by Emily Bishop.

Special 14 Farewell Liz

  • 2011-04-20T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

A tribute to Coronation Street favourite Liz McDonald - landlady of the Rovers and queen of the miniskirt - who is leaving Coronation Street after more than 20 years. In this special programme, friends and Corrie colleagues applaud the work of Beverley Callard, who plays Liz. The show reveals how Beverley made the character of Liz her own after arriving on the soap in 1989 and established Liz as the leader of the McDonald clan. It explains how the family was created and how Beverley had a part to play in casting her two onscreen sons. Plus there is a look at how Liz worked her way through a string of unsuitable men - and a wardrobe of unsuitable clothes.

Special 16 The Big 50

  • 2010-12-10T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Paul O'Grady celebrates 50 years of Coronation Street by hosting a quiz show consisting of four celebrity teams (three teams of famous faces from the show, one team of 'superfans').

Special 17 Gary's Army Diaries

  • 2011-01-31T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Special spin-off episode of Coronation Street focusing on Gary Windass's experiences in Afghanistan. Gary relives the horrors of Afghanistan with Izzy. She wants to help him move on, but can he ever truly forget?

Special 18 Goodbye Blanche

  • 2010-05-10T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

Blanche Hunt was one of Coronation Street's most popular characters and entertained millions. Maggie Jones, the actress who played her, died last year. She first stepped into the role in 1974 and went on to make the part her own, establishing Blanche as the mother-in-law from hell, with her outrageous one-liners aimed at son-in-law Ken's failures and daughter Deirdre's disastrous personal life. Her friends and colleagues pay tribute to Maggie and recall Blanche's best moments.

Special 19 Farewell Vera

  • 2008-02-03T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

This special pays tribute to the 33 years and 3,011 episodes in which actress Elizabeth Dawn played Vera Duckworth on Coronation Street. When Vera first appeared in the Street in 1974, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister, The Osmonds were at No 1 in the British charts with Love Me For A Reason, and Annie Walker was landlady of the Rovers Return. Among the famous faces in the documentary are a host of Liz Dawn's Coronation Street co-stars, including Nigel Pivaro, Johnny Briggs, Julie Goodyear, William Roach, Jenny McAlpine, Antony Cotton, Alan Halsall, Vicky Binns and, of course, Bill Tarmey, her long-suffering on-screen husband Jack. Liz Dawn, now 69, had to leave Coronation Street after her chronic (and incurable) lung disease emphysema worsened, the legacy of a lifetime of smoking. She kept her on-set struggles largely secret.

Minnie Caldwell Remembered - A Tribute to Margot Bryant was a half-hour tribute programme to the actress who had died on 1st January 1988. The programme was transmitted at 8.00pm on Thursday 4th February, just over one month later. Minnie Caldwell Remembered Title caption card for the programme The programme was presented by Kenneth Cope with inserts filmed on the 1982 outdoor set. This was Cope's first involvement with Coronation Street since his departure twenty-two years before in 1966 (aside from co-writing two episodes of the spin-off Turn out the Lights in 1967) . His presentation was partially in the character of Jed Stone, the part he had played intermittently in the 1960s, and partly as himself but throughout he wore Jed's trademark cap.

Special 21 The Coronation Street Years

  • 1995-12-03T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

This documentary delves into the archives to uncover how the Street and the nation have faced social change together, matching scenes from the programme with news footage spanning the sexual revolution, the growth of mass unemployment and Thatcherism.

Spectrum looks back at Coronation Street, 12 years after the start of the soap. Featuring interviews with Violet Carson (Ena Sharples), Doris Speed (Annie Walker) and Bill Roache (Ken Barlow). UTV's long-running culture programme takes a look back at the first 12 years of Britain's best loved soap... Little did they know it would still be running 38 years later...

Anne Kirkbride celebrates 40 years of playing the well-loved character of Deirdre in Coronation Street this year. This hour-long documentary special looks at the woman behind those famous glasses, taking the cameras backstage as she discusses everything from her cancer diagnosis to her battle with depression. She also tells of her close relationships with fellow cast members and how she met her future husband on set, and talks us through the highs and lows of her Corrie career, including the storyline which rocked the Street almost 30 years ago when Ken discovered Deirdre's affair with Mike Baldwin. Featuring appearances from cast members past and present, including William Roache, Michelle Keegan, Chris Gascoyne and Johnny Briggs.

Special 25 Tram Crash Documentary

  • 2010-12-12T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Behind the scenes of the 50th anniversary episodes.

Special 26 Ken And Me

  • 2001-01-03T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

As the UK's (and probably the world's) longest serving soap actor, William Roache has seen many highs and lows during his forty year stint as Coronation Street's Ken Barlow. This documentary charts his career, including his thoughts on his character and details of the infamous suit against the newspaper which called him "boring"

Special 27 Peter Barlow Exposed

  • 2010-01-01T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

The inside story of the Street's bigamous love cheat Peter Barlow, including interviews with actor Chris Gascoyne.

Special 28 McDonald Family Album

  • 2004-09-08T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

This episode is about The McDonalds, about their lives and based mainly on the characters: Liz, Jim, Steve, Andy, & Karen

Special 30 Baldwin Family Album

  • 2001-01-01T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

A look back at the members of the Baldwin family

Special 31 Battersby Family Album

  • 2001-01-08T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

A look back at the Battersby Family

Special 32 Duckworth Family Album

  • 2006-01-01T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

The highs and lows of the Duckworth family

Special 33 Barlow Family Album

  • 2009-01-01T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

The Highs and lows of the Barlow family

Special 34 Platt Family Album

  • 2008-01-01T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

The highs and lows of the Platt family

Special 35 The Street Undressed

  • 2003-11-21T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

The cutting edge of Coronation Street fashion comes into focus as we take a look at the handbags and the gladrags that have graced the Weatherfield cobbles over the past 40 years. Ena's hairnet, Hilda's rollers, Bet's beehive, Deidre's glasses and Liz McDonald's minis are all here. We go behind the scenes in wardrobe with today's young cast and take a trip back in time with some of the Street's greatest fashion icons.

Special 36 Corrie Controversies

  • 2004-04-12T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

Controversial storylines that have featured on the soap over the years, including transsexuals, bigamists, arranged marriages, rape, teenage pregnancies and homosexuality. With contributions from Tina O'Brien, Bruno Langley, Shobna Gulati, Helen Worth, David Neilson, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Georgia Taylor

Special 37 Farewell Mike

  • 2006-04-07T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

A look at the colourful street life of Mike Baldwin played by Johnny Briggs from 1976 to 2006.

Special 38 Tracy Barlow Exposed

  • 2003-10-21T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

Who would have thought that Corrie's whining teenager - Tracy Barlow - would grow up into soapland's public enemy number 1? When the Street's "girl next door" returned, she was transformed into a beautiful man-eater, bedding a string of men, including her Grandmother's boyfriend. But she took wickedness to new levels with her deception of resident odd couple, Roy and Hayley.

Special 39 When Karen Met Steve

  • 2003-10-28T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

The couple that married for a bet, and staged a sham divorce now plan a remarriage on a scale only previously seen in Hollywood. We talk to Jonathan Wrather about his role in their divorce and Anne Kirkbride talks about the shock of a blood tie with the MacDonald clan.

A countdown from 50 - 25 of the best characters on the street

A countdown from 25 - 1 of the best characters on the street.

Special 42 I Am Ken Eternal

  • 2010-12-10T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Ken in his first music video!!

Special programme following the Street's move from its 53-year-old base at Granada Studios. With contributions from Tony Warren, Barbara Knox, Julie Goodyear and many more.

Special 44 Farewell Tina

  • 2014-06-06T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

As Michelle Keegan leaves the cast of Coronation Street after six eventful years, this documentary tells the story of the Salford-born actress who achieved stardom by playing the feisty, funny but ultimately fallible character of Tina McIntyre. For the very first time, the off-screen stories behind the dramatic on-screen plotlines are revealed, with contributions from Helen Worth and Jack P Shepherd. There is home video footage of Michelle in a school production playing Sporty Spice and a chance to watch her reaction to her original Coronation Street audition tape from 2007. Michelle's parents reveal that she was a plain but rebellious teenager - not so very different from the character she would go on to play. Behind the scenes on the Corrie set Tina's last appearances are filmed - watched by Michelle's fiancé Mark Wright. Other cast members sharing their reminiscences include Chris Gascoyne, Beverley Callard, Ryan Thomas and Paula Lane.

Documentary tribute to Helen Worth, whose character Gail has been a major figure in Coronation Street since 1974. Forty years ago, Helen was brought in as a glamorous young character to freshen up the Street with Cheryl Murray, who played Suzie Birchall. Amanda Barrie, who played Alma Halliwell, meets up with Helen in the Street's cafe and actor Brian Capron, alias Gail's former husband - and serial killer Richard Hillman - returns to the cobbles to recall the storyline that rocked a nation. The programme tracks Gail's disastrous love life and marriages, examines her relationship with son from hell David and focuses on one of the Street's greatest rivalries - Gail and Eileen. Sue Nicholls reveals how Helen sends her a mother's day card every year, and there are contributions from other cast members past and present including Jack P Shepherd, Paula Lane, Sue Cleaver, Ben Price and Tina O'Brien, and crew Stuart Blackburn, Kieran Roberts and Martin Sterling. Narrated by Thelma Barlow.

The programme marks 50 years since actress Barbara Knox first appeared as Rita in Coronation Street in December 1964. After eight years away, she joined the regular cast in 1972 and has been there ever since, playing one of British television's most famous characters. In this hour-long documentary, Barbara looks back on some of Rita's greatest moments and tells her own story of an Oldham girl who became one of soap opera's biggest stars. She retraces her childhood holidays on the coast and visits the Blackpool Tower Ballroom where she caught the performing bug and the Oldham Coliseum, where her earliest performances took place. Barbara also talks about her work away from the cobbles, including her singing career and appearances alongside greats such as Ken Dodd.

A Special Edition Of Granada Reports - A Tribute To Anne Kirkbride who sadly passed away yesterday (19th Jan 2015)

Anne Kirkbride celebrates and discusses 40 years of playing Deirdre in Coronation Street. Re-aired in January 2015 after the passing of Anne Kirkbride.

Following Coronation Street's action-packed live episode over on ITV, Stephen Mulhern reports live from the heart of the action, getting immediate reactions from the cast and crew.

Special celebrating the work of actress Jean Alexander who died in October having played one of the most popular Coronation Street characters of all time, Hilda Ogden.

Special 60 Coronation Street's DNA Secrets

  • 2018-09-05T18:30:00Z — 25 mins

Nicky Campbell meets past and present cast members of Coronation Street, who have been DNA tested en masse, in the hope of uncovering their amazing ancestral stories.

In 2003–4, the soap showed its first homosexual kiss when Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) kissed Nick Tilsley (played by Adam Rickitt). When Todd could no longer deny his sexuality he fell into a relationship with Karl Foster, a co-worker, even though he was engaged to Sarah-Louise and she was expecting his child.

In 2003–4, the soap showed its first homosexual kiss when Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) kissed Nick Tilsley (played by Adam Rickitt). When Todd could no longer deny his sexuality he fell into a relationship with Karl Foster, a co-worker, even though he was engaged to Sarah-Louise and she was expecting his child.

In 2003–4, the soap showed its first homosexual kiss when Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) kissed Nick Tilsley (played by Adam Rickitt). When Todd could no longer deny his sexuality he fell into a relationship with Karl Foster, a co-worker, even though he was engaged to Sarah-Louise and she was expecting his child.

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