Coronation Street is a British drama serial set in the north of England, chronicling the professional and private lives of the residents of a backstreet in Weatherfield, a fictional suburb of Greater Manchester. Created by Tony Warren and produced by Granada Television for ITV, it first transmitted on 9th December1960 and is the longest running drama series in the world still in production.
24th October1966: In October 1965, Elsie Tanner decided to improve her taste in men and went to the upmarket Fox and Hounds pub in Cheshire. There she met businessman Robert Maxwell who confessed his unhappy marriage to her and offered her a lift home. On the way, he suffered a fatal heart attack at the wheel and crashed. Although she fled the scene, Elsie was tracked down and forced to attend his inquest where she met his distraught widow Moira. A year later, Elsie started to receive anonymous phone calls and various Street residents came under her suspicion. Eventually Moira turned up at No. 11, knife in hand, and blaming Elsie for wrecking her marriage and killing her husband. She was saved by Len Fairclough who broke into the house and wrestled the knife away from her before the police arrived.
Hilda Ogden was a resident of 13 Coronation Street from 1964 to 1987. The devoted wife of Stan, Hilda and her husband were the roughnecks of Coronation Street and had frequent clashes with their neighbours. Hilda and Stan were life's losers. Due to Stan's drunken rages, two of their children - Tony and Sylvia - were taken into council care, and their other two children - Irma and Trevor - ran away from home. They lived on the breadline, with Hilda holding up to five charing jobs at once just to keep the house going, compensating for Stan who ducked out of work whenever possible to drink and laze around. No one knew Stan's flaws better than Hilda, who often had to nag him out to work, but for the most part she doted on him and defended him vehemently against his detractors. Except for the rare social occasions, Hilda wore her hair in curlers and a headscarf. She was the Street's principal gossip and revelled in spreading it around, particularly if it could cause trouble. As a result, she had no real friends in the Street, and the neighbours treated her and Stan like a joke - a matter which greatly upset Hilda. As part of her continuing quest to gain the respect and envy of the neighbours, Hilda erected a mural on No.13's parlour wall. She also considered herself a skilled clairvoyant, and offered teacup readings for a fee.
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