Coronation Street (also known as “Corrie”) is a soap opera shown during primetime. It is now the longest running TV soap in the world, having first been shown on 9 December 1960; its 50th birthday is next week. The series’ creator, Tony Warren, had to fight to persuade the Granada Television executives that the show could be a success; there had never before been a soap that centred around working class characters (at least in the English-speaking world).
The series is set in a fictional suburb of Manchester, a large city in the northwest of England. It exposed southern English audiences to a northern urban landscape, as well as a northern accent, for the first time. However, critics complained that the programme portrayed a northern working class community as it might have been in the 1950s; following this, various efforts were made to give Corrie a more up-to-date feel.
Coronation St is or has been shown in various countries, including Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. The German soap “Lindenstraße” was inspired by Coronation St.