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Coronation Street is a British soap opera which chronicles the lives of the residents of a backstreet terrace in Weatherfield, a fictional town in the north of England. Created by Tony Warren and produced by Granada Television and then ITV plc for the country's main commercial network, it was first transmitted on 9th December 1960 and is the world's longest-running television drama series.


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A tearful Minnie Caldwell sees through the kindly deception being played out for her sake

28th September 1966: Despite the disapproval of Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell had always had a soft spot for Jed Stone ever since meeting him in 1961. She looked on him as a son she had never had and he looked after her in a way that few had during her life, even as Ena belatedly acknowledged. Jed though was always a petty criminal and his activities even while he lived with her at 5 Coronation Street crossed over the law. Inevitably the police were catching up with him and Jed received a tip-off that they were on his case in September 1966. He couldn't leave Minnie though as she was ill and needed looking after and then he had to stay for a birthday party for her in the Rovers. The police entered No. 5 and found five stolen blankets. They came for Jed in the Rovers during the party but the kindly officer went along with a deception played out by Jed and the other regulars that he was a friend of Jed's so as not to distress Minnie. At the same time, she knew full well what was happening but kept quiet. Nevertheless, she wept as her "Sunny Jim" was taken away. She never saw him again, nor did any other resident of the street for 42 years...


Ivy Brennan

Ivy Tilsley in 1981

Ivy Brennan was the God-fearing mother of Brian Tilsley and mother-in-law of Gail. A long-term employee at Baldwin's Casuals, Ivy was a resident of 5 Coronation Street from 1979 to 1994. Prior to living in the Street, Ivy had been employed at the Mark Brittain Warehouse and between 1976 and 1989 she was a machinist at Baldwin's denim factory, also serving as shop steward and supervisor at various times. She was never afraid to speak her mind and frequently stood up to Mike on behalf of her colleagues, including Ida Clough and best friend Vera Duckworth. 1979 saw Ivy, her husband Bert and 20-year-old son Brian move into No.5 and Brian fly the nest to marry Gail Potter. As a widow, Ivy's attentions were focused on Brian's family, including her grandchildren Nicky and Sarah Louise who Ivy doted on. A staunch Catholic, Ivy disapproved of Brian and Gail's decision to separate and ultimately divorce. After Brian was killed in a stabbing in 1989, Ivy continued to meddle under the guise of protecting his memory, notably attempting to thwart Gail's second husband Martin Platt's plans to adopt Brian's children.

Previous featured characters: Oliver Battersby, Summer Spellman, Amy Barlow; Bethany Platt; Mavis Wilton; Billy Walker.


...that Anthony Schaeffer holds the current record of most roles in the programme with fifteen credited to date?
...that the first episode of the programme ever transmitted that did not feature any of the original cast members from 1960 was Episode 1428 (23rd September 1974)?
...that Stanley Wood, who wrote Episode 1237 (22nd November 1972), was the father of comedian Victoria Wood?
...that in Episode 1183 (17th May 1972), the character of Rita Bates gave her maiden name as "Foster" and not the later-established "Littlewood"?
...that although the character of Armistead Caldwell had died in 1935, his voice was heard in Episode 1256 (29th January 1973)?
...that the first ever repeat of an episode of Coronation Street was on Friday 10th February 1961 when strike action prevented the transmission of that night's edition and Episode 1 was shown in its place?

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Coronation Street transmission patterns by country:

Africa, the Middle East and Asia

  • New episodes: Weekdays 4.10pm - UK Time (ITV Choice)
  • Current Pace: Two days behind UK broadcast


  • New episodes: Monday-Friday 9.00am and 7:20pm (UKTV)
  • Current Pace: Two weeks behind UK broadcast


  • New episodes: Monday to Friday 7.30pm (CBC)
  • Omnibus: Sunday 8.00am
  • Current Pace: Two weeks behind UK broadcast


  • New episodes: simulcast with UK (UTV Ireland)
  • Weekly episodes repeated on Sunday afternoons

New Zealand

  • New episodes: Tuesday through Thursday at 9.30pm (TV ONE)
  • Current Pace: One week behind behind UK broadcast
  • Catch-up (episodes from 2016 to 2018) - weekdays at 1.00pm

United States

  • New episodes: Daily at 3.00am - Eastern Time (Hulu)
  • Current Pace: Two weeks behind UK broadcast
  • Episodes available for viewing for one year

United Kingdom

  • New episodes:
    • Mondays 7.30pm & 8.30pm (ITV1)
    • Wednesdays 7.30pm & 8.30pm (ITV1)
    • Fridays 7.30pm (one hour) (ITV1)
  • Repeats on ITV2
    • After 6.00am, the weekday morning after original broadcast
    • Midday the weekday after original broadcast,
  • Omnibuses
    • Saturday, mid-morning, and Sunday, midnight ITV3


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