Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Coronation Street

I was watching a new channel called Granada , which is a television station in UK. This new channel was recently introduced by Astro ( Channel 735 ).   I almost fainted when I heard the oh so familiar signature tune of the series Coronation Street.

Now when I was a student in UK in the early 80s, I used to  follow this soap opera ! I knew even then the series was one of the longest running which started in 1960. When I was following it, it was already 20 years old.

But now, 30 years later, it is still running. !

 So hooked was I at that time, I wouldn't go out at night  until  that programme was over ! I cannot imagine it even now !

Anyway here's something from Wilkipidia.

Coronation Street (colloquially known as Corrie, Corror or The Street) is a British prime-time soap opera set in the fictional town of Weatherfield, four miles in either direction from the city of Manchester. Created by Tony Warren, Coronation Street is the longest running and most watched British soap opera. Coronation Street 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. In September 2010, the American soap opera As the World Turns will finish after 54 years on television. Coronation Street will at that time become the world's longest running television soap opera currently on the air.


Ken Barlow in the first episode of Coronation Street.

The series began on 9 December 1960 and was not initially a critical success. Granada Television commissioned only 13 episodes and some inside the company doubted the show would last its planned production run.[1] Despite the negativity, viewers were immediately drawn to the serial, won over by Coronation Street's 'ordinary' characters.[2] The programme also made use of Northern English language and dialect; affectionate local terms like "eh, chuck?", "nowt" (IPA:/naʊt/, rhymes with out, means nothing), and "by heck!" became widely heard on British television for the first time on British serialised television.[3]...........


2010 will be the 50th anniversary of Coronation Street. The year will include the marriage of Joe McIntyre and Gail Platt, Sally's breast cancer storyline, a reported kidnap storyline for Simon Barlow and the return of Jackie Dobbs who will be involved in the Kevin-Molly-Tyrone storyline. Tracy Barlow is also set to return in early 2010.[55] It is rumored there will be a lesbian relationship involving Sophie Webster and her best friend Sian Powers.[56][57] This is to happen in April and develop over the rest of the year. 2010 will also see the funeral of Coronation Street favorite Blanche Hunt, who was written out after the sudden death of her portrayer Maggie Jones.

In case you're wondering, the answer is "NO". I am not following it anymore. Thankfully I have grown out of it !

..........and now that theme song !

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