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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 December 1960 and is the longest running drama series in the world still in production.


Richard confesses

Richard confesses to Gail

24th February 2003: 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

Maggie clegg

Maggie Clegg in 1972

Maggie Cooke was Betty Turpin's younger sister and owner of the Coronation Street Corner 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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...that the first episode of the programme ever transmitted that did not feature any of the original cast members from 1960 was Episode 1428 (23rd September 1974)?
...that Stanley Wood, who wrote Episode 1237 (22nd November 1972), was the father of comedian Victoria Wood?
...that in Episode 1183 (17th May 1972), the character of Rita Bates gave her maiden name as "Foster" and not the later-established "Littlewood"?
...that although the character of Armistead Caldwell had died in 1935, his voice was heard in Episode 1256 (29th January 1973)?
...that the first ever repeat of an episode of Coronation Street was on Friday 10th February 1961 when strike action prevented the transmission of that night's edition and Episode 1 was shown in its place?

...that the entire plotline of Episode 1524 (25th August 1975) takes place in the Rovers Return Inn over one night and the following day?
"I've left home so many times me suitcases pack themselves every time I whistle"
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Coronation Street transmission patterns by country:

Africa, the Middle East and Asia

  • New episodes: Weekdays 4.10pm - UK Time (ITV Choice)
  • Current Pace: Two days behind UK broadcast


  • New episodes: Monday-Friday 9.00am and 7:20pm (UKTV)
  • Current Pace: Two weeks behind UK broadcast


  • New episodes: Monday to Friday 7.30pm (CBC)
  • Omnibus: Sunday 8.00am
  • Current Pace: Two weeks behind UK broadcast


  • New episodes: simulcast with UK (UTV Ireland)
  • Weekly episodes repeated on Sunday afternoons

New Zealand

  • New episodes: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, mid-evening (TV ONE)
  • Current Pace: eighteen months behind UK broadcast

United Kingdom

  • New episodes:
    • Mondays 7.30pm & 8.30pm (ITV1)
    • Wednesdays 7.30pm & 8.30pm (ITV1)
    • Fridays 7.30pm & 8.30pm (ITV1)
  • Repeats on ITV2
    • After 6.00am, the weekday morning after original broadcast
    • Midday the weekday after original broadcast,
  • Omnibuses
    • Saturday and Sunday, mid-morning ITV2


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