AFTER 60 years on our TV screens, Coronation Avenue has develop into a part of the nation’s material.
However it got here from humble beginnings, as our wonderful two photos present.
The Coronation Avenue set has modified vastly for the reason that Nineteen Sixties
The cleaning soap’s set is now a sprawling 7.7-acre out of doors lot in Salford’s MediaCity
It has gone from a flimsy 1960 set in Granada TV’s Studio 2, with cobbles painted on the ground, to as we speak’s sprawling 7.7-acre out of doors lot in Salford’s MediaCity.
And one girl has been there throughout.
Gillian Metcalfe has watched virtually each episode of the hit ITV cleaning soap.
The 74-year-old from Accrington, Lancs, acquired hooked on the dramas of Weatherfield aged 14, when she sat down along with her mum to look at the primary episode on December 9, 1960.
Gillian, aged 14, when she noticed her first episode of Coronation AvenueCredit score: Glen Minikin
She instantly acquired the Corrie bug and, since then, she estimates she has spent greater than 4,000 hours — or 166 DAYS — watching the present.
The previous accounts clerk instructed The Solar: “I like Corrie for the escapism. However it’s additionally as a result of it’s enjoyable to look at. Corrie is certainly the cheeriest of the soaps, it’s like a comedy.”
Coronation Avenue celebrates 60 years tomorrow and Gillian says it nonetheless has the identical magic.
For her, it’s the cleaning soap’s string of matriarchal characters, together with the unique Rovers Return landlady Annie Walker and battleaxe Ena Sharples, that make it particular.
Gillian continues to be hooked on the cleaning soap at age 74Credit score: Glen Minikin
Gran Gillian stated: “To have such sturdy feminine characters is sensible. I used to love Pat Phoenix as Elsie Tanner and Violet Carson as Ena Sharples too. They had been grittier than as we speak’s characters, however I do like Carla Connor now, performed by Alison King.”
Gillian — who, in 2015, celebrated her fiftieth marriage ceremony anniversary with husband Len, 75, by visiting the Weatherfield set — stated a few of her favorite Corrie storylines have been weddings.
She stated: “Deidre and Rita have each had a number of. I all the time appreciated their characters as typical northern girls who don’t let issues go by.”
Gillian counts Gail Platt’s relationship with serial killer Richard Hillman as one other spotlight.
Gillian visited the Weatherfield set in 2015Credit score: Glen Minikin
She added: “I all the time discuss concerning the cleaning soap with my buddies and we discuss as if the characters are actual. However once we get a bit heated we now have to remind ourselves that it isn’t actual and have amusing.”
Gillian’s dedication to the programme has solely ever been put to the take a look at 5 occasions, when she and Len travelled to America on vacation, which means she missed a number of episodes.
She stated: “I don’t assume they’re large followers in America so I couldn’t watch it. Fortunately I managed to catch up once I acquired again house.”
And he or she revealed Len has to play second fiddle to her dependancy if he ever needs to look at something when Corrie is on. She stated: “If the rest is on that Len needs to look at on the identical time he has to go within the kitchen and watch it.”
Gillian says Coronation Avenue nonetheless has the identical magic
Gillian, who additionally watches Emmerdale however avoids EastEnders as “any individual is all the time dying”, additionally praised Corrie scriptwriters for his or her work throughout the pandemic to maintain the present going. She stated: “They’ve finished a extremely good job.
They’ve finished social distancing however had been simply beginning on actually good storylines earlier than lockdown and have managed to maintain them going.
“I don’t know what I’d have finished with out my Corrie in all this.”
Gillian says she loves Corrie for the escapismCredit score: Glen Minikin
Gillian additionally watches Emmerdale however avoids EastEnders
SOAP BY NUMBERS
CORRIE has seen many twists and turns in 60 years. Listed here are a few of them in numbers:
66 barmaids and 30 barmen on the Rovers
20 licensees of the Rovers
8 actors taking part in Amy Barlow, and 7 taking part in her uncle Peter
7 weddings by one character – Steve McDonald
58 named animals, together with Chesney’s Nice Dane Schmeichel
2 disasters from the identical viaduct – a freight practice crash in 1967 and 2010’s tram tragedy
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