World's longest running drama
The story of everyday life in a small, tightly-knit community.
For over 50 years, Coronation Street has uniquely combined cult status with popularity and durability and today is the world's longest running primetime drama serial.
Believable characters, a large helping of humour and themes of love, passion, deception, greed and intrigue keep it as popular with today’s youth as it is with their grandparents.
Coronation Street began at 7pm on Friday 9th December 1960.
The first episode was transmitted live and over 8000 amazing episodes later Coronation Street continues to be a ratings success, captivating audiences worldwide.
Aince 1960 six couples have married each other twice: Brian & Gail Tilsley, Jim & Liz McDonald, Kevin & Sally Webster, Steve & Karen McDonald, Ken & Deirdre Barlow, and Nick & Leanne Tilsley. Of these characters Gail McIntyre and Steve McDonald are the most-married characters, each having walked down the aisle five times respectively.
The most enduring marriage on the Street was that of Jack and Vera Duckworth, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary for 50 years just months before Vera’s death in January 2008. The first Street wedding was that of Jack and Annie Walker’s daughter Joan to Gordon Davies on 8th March 1961. The most recent marriage was that of Peter Barlow and Carla Connor on 4th December 2013.
The first death to reach Coronation Street was the original resident of No.13, May Hardman, in Episode 7 on 31st December 1960. As of July 2014, there have been 44 births, 148 deaths and 102 weddings.
Out of the 148 deaths, there have been eighteen murders!
The first MBE awarded to the cast of Coronation Street was to Doris Speed by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 29th November 1977.
Subsequently another three have been collected the honours. On 14th December 1994 Tony Warren collected his MBE from Buckingham Palace and in HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 2010 birthday honours, Barbara Knox and Eileen Derbyshire were also recipients.