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Coronation Street
Coronation Street Titles
Genre Soap opera
Created by Tony Warren
Starring Present cast
Former cast
Theme music composer Eric Spear
Opening theme "Coronation Street Theme"
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 9,769
Production
Producer(s) Various
(currently Iain MacLeod)
Location(s) Granada Studios, Manchester (1960–2013)
MediaCity, Trafford Wharf, Manchester (2014–present)
Camera setup Videotape; Multiple-camera
Running time 30 minutes
23–25 minutes
(excluding advertisements, with occasional 60 minute episodes)
Production company(s) Granada Television (1960–2006)
ITV Productions (2006–2009)
ITV Studios (2009–present)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 405-line Black-and-white
(4:3 SDTV, 1960–1969)
576i
(4:3 SDTV, 1969–2001)
576i
(16:9 SDTV, 2002–2010)
1080i
(16:9 HDTV, 2010–present)
Audio format Mono (1960–1990)
Stereo (1990–2010)
Dolby Surround (2010–present)
Original airing 9 December 1960 (1960-12-09) – present
Chronology
Related shows Pardon the Expression
Turn Out the Lights
The Brothers McGregor
Albion Market
The Road to Coronation Street
The Corrie Years (2010)

Coronation Street (also known as Corrie) is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on inner-city Salford. In the show's fictional history, the street was built in 1902 and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII.

The show airs six times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30-8 pm and 8:30-9 pm. Since 2017, ten sequential classic episodes of the series from 1986 onwards have been broadcast weekly on ITV3. The programme was conceived in 1960 by scriptwriter Tony Warren at Granada Television in Manchester. Warren's initial kitchen sink drama proposal was rejected by the station's founder Sidney Bernstein, but he was persuaded by producer Harry Elton to produce the programme for 13 pilot episodes. Within six months of the show's first broadcast, it had become the most-watched programme on British television, and is now a significant part of British culture. The show has been one of the most lucrative programmes on British commercial television, underpinning the success of Granada Television and wider ITV network.

Coronation Street is made by Granada Television at MediaCityUK and shown in all ITV regions, as well as internationally. On 17 September 2010, it became the world's longest-running television soap opera and was listed in Guinness World Records. On 23 September 2015, Coronation Street was broadcast live to mark ITV's sixtieth anniversary.

Influenced by the conventions of the kitchen sink drama, Coronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth, working-class community, combined with light-hearted humour and strong characters. The show currently averages 8 million viewers per episode.


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