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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.


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Kevin Webster catches a lift from Alf Roberts

19th October 1983: Fresh from completing a Youth Opportunity Scheme, 19-year-old Kevin Webster had a lucky encounter with Alf Roberts while hitchhiking to Weatherfield. Alf's car broke down while passing him by, and Alf offered to give Kevin a lift home if he could get it going. When Kevin carried out the repairs with no trouble, the grateful shopkeeper bought him a drink in the Rovers Return - Kevin's first visit to Coronation Street - and recommended him to Brian Tilsley, owner of Tilsley's Garage in Albert Street, as Brian was looking for a mechanic to work alongside him. After a successful interview, Kevin was taken on.


Phil Jennings

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Phil Jennings in 1991

Phil Jennings was a businessman who dated Deirdre Barlow a year after her separation from Ken. At the centre of Phil's empire was PJ Leisure, owner of a string of amusement arcades. In 1991, he bought Unit 14 in Coronation Street from Maurice Jones and started up PJ Promotions, which Deirdre ran as an equal partner. A run of bad luck followed leading Phil and his wife Valerie to flee the country to escape debtors. Philip Smith, as he was known then, was a small-time crook who mixed with some dodgy characters. Alec Gilroy knew him during this period when he was managing the Graffiti Club, and was aware of his reputation for tax dodging. At one point, Phil did time in prison for assaulting a man he was trying to steal from. Upon his release, he legally changed his surname to Jennings and started building a legitimate empire.

The Featured Character is the latest Main character article upgraded to "good" status on Corriepedia.
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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?
"When I were 'is age, I 'ad to beat 'em off with a stick! And I didn't 'ave a car! No, all's I 'ad was an old rubber tire I used to roll down the street. Eventually, I got a clapped-out old banger. Oh, not a car. Our Vera, I'm talkin' about."
Jack Duckworth

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Coronation Street transmission patterns by country:

Africa, the Middle East and Asia

  • New episodes: Weekdays 7.20pm - UK Time (ITV Choice)
  • Current Pace: Two days behind UK broadcast


  • New episodes: Monday-Friday 6:50pm (UKTV)
  • Current Pace: Four 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:
    • Tuesday and Wednesday 1.30pm
    • Thursday and Friday 1.00pm (TV ONE)
  • Omnibus: Saturday 9.00pm
  • Current Pace: eighteen months behind UK broadcast

United Kingdom

  • New episodes:
    • Mondays 7.30pm & 8.30pm (ITV1)
    • Wednesdays 7.30pm (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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