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In 2010, Coronation Street marked its fiftieth anniversary. The programme itself celebrated the milestone in a week of episodes transmitted between 6th and 10th December, with an hour-long live episode on 9th December.

In the lead-up to the anniversary, ITV celebrated the date in style, with a host of events, merchandise and programming. Below is an exhaustive list of 50th anniversary ephemera.


Coronation Street and spin-offsEdit


The cast of The Road to Coronation Street

Related programmesEdit

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50 Years, 50 Moments title caption

  • Coronation Street Uncovered: Live - Transmitted on ITV2 at 10.00pm on 6th December, this live-audience show featured interviews with actors and fans about the night's episodes, and a look at how the tram crash was done. Presented by Stephen Mulhern.
  • Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments - A two-part tribute programme, counting down the soap's fifty best moments. The entries were panel chosen, with the order decided by viewers through the official website. The winner was Blanche Hunt's visit to the AA meeting from Episode 7124 on 20th July 2009. Transmitted on 7th and 9th December on ITV1.
  • Coronation Street: The Big 50 - A Coronation Street quiz featuring cast members and other celebrity fans. Hosted by Paul O'Grady, this was transmitted on ITV1 at 9.00pm on Friday 10th December, immediately after the final installment of that week's Street episodes.
  • Celebrity Juice - A Coronation Street special of the popular comedy panel show, hosted by Keith Lemon. Transmitted on ITV1 at 10.00pm on Thursday 9th December.
  • Come Dine With Me - Former cast members Julie Goodyear, Ken Morley, Philip Middlemiss and Tupele Dorgu compete in a Coronation Street edition of the Channel 4 culinary programme. Transmitted on Sunday 5th December.



The Golden Anniversary Collection (outside the case)

In addition, Radio Times, the BBC-originated listings magazine celebrated the landmark with a special interview with Tony Warren and twelve different covers to choose from the programme's iconic female characters.



The Corrie! stage play

  • Corrie! - Stage play written by Jonathan Harvey, depicting the first fifty years of the programme's history in condensed form. The play premiered at the Lowry in Salford on 12th August 2010. Its initial run ended on 28th August and this was followed by a national tour in 2011.

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