Coronation Street is a British soap opera which chronicles the lives of the residents of a backstreet terrace in Weatherfield, a fictional town in the north of England. Created by Tony Warren and produced by Granada Television and then ITV plc for the country's main commercial network, it was first transmitted on 9th December1960 and is the longest running drama series in the world still in production.
Read about every episode from 1960 to the present day
24th February2003: After more than a year of deception, Richard Hillman confessed a multitude of crimes to wife Gail, all committed to secure the finances of him and his family or to cover up other crimes. His deeds included leaving Duggie Ferguson for dead, killing his ex-wife Patricia, trying to kill Gail's mother Audrey Roberts and then convince everyone she was going mad, attempting to kill Emily Bishop, killing Maxine Peacock and framing Aidan Critchley for killing Maxine and Emily. His hand had been forced when Gail learned that Aidan had been drugged with Diazepam (by Richard) on the night in question and couldn't have killed Maxine. Gail was stunned, and turned against Richard, but while she was on the phone to Audrey, Richard left the No.8.
Maggie Cooke was Betty Turpin's younger sister and owner of the Coronation StreetCorner Shop from 1968 to 1976. Maggie was born and raised in Tile Street, Weatherfield. She moved to Birmingham with her husband Les Clegg when they adopted their son Gordon, in order to protect their secret that he was Betty's illegitimate son. The Corner Shop was a fresh start for the Cleggs eighteen years later, intended to help Les beat the bottle. Les relapsed after a few weeks of sobriety and became abusive towards Maggie. After a two-year separation, the couple divorced. Maggie stayed on at the Corner Shop, running it with the help of various assistants, including Irma Barlow who was Maggie's partner in the business from 1970 to 1972. She was close to Alf Roberts, but a romance never formed. In 1974, Maggie married Ron Cooke and emigrated to Zaire, leaving Gordon to look after the shop. She visited to the Street for the final time that Christmas, when she informed Gordon that Betty was his real mother.
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