Coronation Street

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Coronation Street (colloquially referred to as Corrie) is a British television soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960.[2] The programme centres on a cobbled, terraced street in the fictional Weatherfield, a town based on inner-city Salford, England.[3]

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Coronation Street
GenreSoap opera
Created byTony Warren
Theme music composerEric Spear
Opening theme"Coronation Street Theme"
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes11,072[needs update]
Production locations
Camera setupMultiple-camera
Running time30–60 minutes
Production companies
Original networkITV
Original release9 December 1960 (1960-12-09) 

Originally broadcast twice weekly, the series began airing six times a week in 2017.[4] The programme was conceived by scriptwriter Tony Warren.[5] Warren's initial proposal was rejected by the station's founder Sidney Bernstein, but he was persuaded by producer Harry Elton to produce the programme for 13 pilot episodes. The show has since become a significant part of British culture.[6]

Coronation Street is made by Granada's successor, ITV Studios, at MediaCityUK and shown in all ITV regions, as well as internationally. In 2010, upon its 50th anniversary, the series was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's longest-running television soap opera.[7][8] Initially influenced by the conventions of kitchen-sink realism, Coronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth, working-class community, combined with light-hearted humour and strong characters.[9] The show currently averages around five million viewers per episode.[10] The show premiered its 10,000th episode on 7 February 2020,[11] and celebrated its 60th anniversary later that year.[12]