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Coronation Street 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 Salford, its terraced houses, café, corner shop, newsagents, building yard, taxicab office, salon, restaurant, textile factory and The Rovers Return pub. In the show's fictional history, the street was built in the early 1900s and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII.

Coronation Street
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Genre Soap opera
Created by Tony Warren
Starring Present cast
Former cast
Theme music composer Eric Spear
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 9,059
(as of 16 December 2016)
Production
Executive producer(s) Various
(currently Kieran Roberts)
Producer(s) Kate Oates
Location(s) Granada Studios, Manchester
MediaCity, Trafford Wharf
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30 minutes
21–23 minutes
Production company(s) Granada Television
ITV Productions
ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 405-line Black & White
(4:3 SDTV,
576i Colour
(4:3 SDTV,
576i
(16:9 SDTV,
1080i
(16:9 HDTV,
Audio format Monaural
Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 9 December 1960 (1960-12-09)
Chronology
Related shows Pardon the Expression
Turn Out the Lights
Albion Market
The Road to Coronation Street
The Corrie Years (2010)
External links
Website

Coronation Street (informally 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 Salford, its terraced houses, café, corner shop, newsagents, building yard, taxicab office, salon, restaurant, textile factory and The Rovers Return pub. In the show's fictional history, the street was built in the early 1900s and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII.

The show typically airs five times a week; Monday and Friday 7.30–8 pm & 8.30–9 pm and Wednesday 7.30–8 pm, however this occasionally varies due to sport or around Christmas and New Year. From late 2017 the show will air 6 times a week. 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 thirteen 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 financially lucrative programmes on British commercial television, underpinning the success of Granada Television and ITV.

Coronation Street is made by Granada Television at MediaCity Manchester and shown in all ITV regions, as well as internationally. On 17 September 2010, it became the world's longest-running TV soap opera in production. On 23 September 2015, Coronation Street was broadcast live to mark ITV's 60th anniversary.

Coronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth working class community combined with light-hearted humour, and strong characters.