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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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~ 1972 ~

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The return of Rita Littlewood led to an increase in showbusiness-related storylines under producer Eric Prytherch

The main addition to the cast was Barbara Mullaney as Rita Littlewood. Although this was eventually revealed to be the same character Mullaney played in Episode 415 in 1964, the role was originally an entirely new one named Mrs Bates, who had a husband named Harry and two children. It was only after Mullaney had been playing the part for several weeks that producers decided to link her characters together, giving Mrs Bates the first name Rita and tweaking her background, making her Harry's common-law wife and not the children's biological mother. This allowed writers to phase out the Bates family and instead concentrate on Rita's cabaret career and her romance with Len Fairclough. By the end of the year, Rita and Len were established as the programme's new power couple.

An expansion of the Grape Street set occurred with the construction of the rears of the houses, the back yards and the ginnel. These locations had rarely been seen since the debut of the outdoor set in 1968, as Coronation Street abandoned studio recording for scenes set outdoors at the same time. Episode 1245 on 20th December was the first episode to include a ginnel scene.

To celebrate 60 years of Coronation Street on television, we're going through the programme's entire history a year at a time. The full version of this article can be found here. Check back on 1st April for 1973!


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Amy Barlow

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Amy Barlow in 2019

Amy Barlow is the daughter of Steve McDonald and Tracy Barlow, and half-sister to Emma Brooker and Oliver Battersby. As a newborn in 2004, Amy was sold to Roy and Hayley Cropper, who had been fooled by Tracy into believing that Roy was her biological father. However, after handing the baby over Tracy had a change of heart and exposed Steve as the real father at his and Karen McDonald's wedding. Tracy spent the next couple of years pursuing Steve, using Amy as a pawn to sabotage his other relationships. Ultimately Tracy managed to worm her way back into Steve's life. When they became a couple again in 2017, Amy found it hard to get used to them not being at each other's throats. In recent years, Amy has been impregnated at fourteen by Tyler Jefferies, had an abortion, and become close to her half-sister Emma Brooker. Like her mother, Amy doesn't suffer fools gladly, though she is kinder and more sensitive than Tracy. Currently attending Weatherfield High, she is friends with Asha Alahan and Summer Spellman and plays the violin. She lives at 15a Victoria Street with Tracy, Steve and her grandmother Liz McDonald.

Previous featured characters: Bethany Platt; Mavis Wilton; Billy Walker; David Barlow; Maggie Cooke; Steph Barnes.


Didyouknow


...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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Les Battersby confronts the majesty of the law

31st March 2003: Les Battersby had never got over the end of his marriage to Janice. The fact that she had left him for his mate Dennis Stringer had been bad enough but when she took up with Mick Hopwood, he saw red. For Mick was a policeman and his occupation was anathema to Les. Never one to be able to hold back his feelings, Les goaded Janice and Mick at every opportunity presented to him. Janice was easily able to dismiss the taunts but someone like Les was new territory for Mick. One day, he and Emma Watts were on patrol duty when they saw a car jump a red light. They gave chase and found that Les was the driver. Pulled over and asked to step out of the car, he immediately began a tirade of abuse which sent Mick over the edge and he violently assaulted Les. Mick then arrested Les for turning on him and demanded that Emma back him up. Reluctantly she did so, and almost caused the end of her own marriage as a result when husband Curly found out about her corrupt action.


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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

Australia

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

Canada

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

Ireland

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

New Zealand

  • New episodes: Wednesday through Friday after 9.00pm (TV ONE)
  • Current Pace: One week behind behind UK broadcast
  • Catch-up (episodes from 2016 to 2018) - weekdays at 1.00pm

United Kingdom

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


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