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Magic of CS
The Magic of Coronation Street
Release date 16th November 1982
Writer H.V. Kershaw
Director Bill Gilmour
BBFC rating Released prior to ratings system
Running time 172 min
Format VHS

The Magic of Coronation Street was a 1982 video spin-off containing six Coronation Street episodes from the 1960s, with newly recorded linking material with actors Patricia Phoenix, Peter Adamson and Doris Speed. The linking scenes were scripted and performed in-character, with Elsie Tanner, Len Fairclough and Annie Walker reminiscing in the Rovers Return Inn to introduce each episode. It was the first commercial release in the programme's history.

The special was produced by Bill Podmore, then-producer of Coronation Street, and directed as a normal episode, using the 1982 title sequence.

In 1985, The Magic of Coronation Street was re-issued as two separate videos, each featuring three episodes, by Vestron Video.



# No. Date
119th December 1960
21616th February 1961
310825th December 1961
416511th July 1962
531725th December 1963
642123rd December 1964


  • Within the narrative of the special, Elsie tells Len that her grandson Paul Cheveski has been made a petty officer. This is not referenced in any regular Coronation Street episode.
  • The subtitle on the cover reads Distant Memories 1960-64. The same title is given in an opening caption on the video.
  • The six episodes were presented without the "End of Part One" and "Part Two" breaks and the end credits.

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