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.
22nd May2005: Conman Lionel Hipkis, using the name of author Mel Hutchwright, prepared to leave Weatherfield, having charmed the members of Roy Cropper's Book Club enough to persuade them to invest in his latest novel, The Canary's Last Song. Little did the club members realise that no such novel existed and Mel/Lionel was robbing them, having made a living from using the scheme on people for years. This time, his luck seemed to be over when Ken Barlow apprehended him before he could leave and unmasked his true identity in front of the Book Club members. Mel/Lionel talked his way out of being reported to the police, warning the club about the negative publicity it would attract them. A triumphant but grim-faced Lionel left Coronation Street without looking back.
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Elsie Tanner was a Coronation Street resident from 1939 to 1973, and then again from 1976 to 1984. For all of that time, she lived at No.11, first moving in after marrying Arnold Tanner at sixteen and raising her children Linda and Dennis herself after splitting from Arnold. During the war, Elsie had an affair with an American GI, Steve Tanner. Many men came and went from No.11 during and after this period, but as Elsie was still married to Arnold, she gained a reputation for being a tart. One particular opponent of Elsie was Ena Sharples, the self-appointed moral guardian of the Street, with whom Elsie locked horns on many occasions. Despite her critics, Elsie was fiercely protective of her children, herself and her good name, and gave as good as she got, which over time earned even Ena's grudging admiration.
The Featured Character is the latest Main character article upgraded to "good" status on Corriepedia. For more about Elsie Tanner, go here.
"There was life before "Coronation Street", but it didn't add up to much."
"When you're as old as I am, and your whole world's beginning to crumble, until there's absolutely nothing left, then you fight for what you still 'ave, even if it's only a chair and a lot of old memories."