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The Road to Coronation Street


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  • Actors: David Dawson, Steven Berkoff
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PHE9JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Road to Coronation Street is the dramatized story of how Coronation Street, Britain's best-loved series, was created - and how it almost never made it on air. Set in Manchester's Granada TV Studios circa 1960, passionate young scriptwriter Tony Warren had a vision of bringing to life a program about real people and everyday situations on the streets of working-class Manchester. Portraying Tony's boardroom battles to convince network executives that his idea for a dramatic series would be both popular and commercially successful - and the gamble executives took to bring this show to the screen - this film marks the milestone 50 Year Anniversary of Coronation Street.

Bonus Disc: Coronation Street - The Beginning: The very first episode of Coronation Street as broadcast on December 9, 1960. REMASTERED (approx. 25 mins. B&W)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Goodman on July 3, 2011
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This was a very interesting DVD about how Coronation Street began as just an idea and has been going on since the 1960's. I have watched Coronation Street for about 30 yrs on the Canadian TV channel & I tape the episodes & send them to my son who moved to FL & can't watch it on TV there. We both love this program very much. I thought this DVD would be more like a documentary but was very pleased it was more like a movie. I think people would find it a pleasant surprise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on January 30, 2012
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This film is a first rate dramatic documentation about how a young man named Tony Warren took the British television world by storm in 1960. With an idea about reflecting the reality of Northern British street life, he created unforgettable characters like Annie Walker, Ena Sharples, Elsie Tanner, Kenneth Barlow, and Albert Tatlock to name a few. Their portrayers were ordinary Northern people.

Doris Speed was a cast member on a radio show called Children's Hour with a then known Tony Simpson. He wrote Annie Walker especially for her. Celia Imrie does a fantastic job in portraying her so well.

Violet Carson's character, Ena Sharples, was the last cast member to join the show. What a character! She was a real battle axe of a woman--fearless and intimidating. They had originally cast Nita Valerie for the character but she was all wrong because she was so likable. When Tony had mentioned Violet Carson's name as a possible Ena Sharples, he remembered her for trying to spank his bottom as a child. Lynda Baron is incredible in the performance of Violet Carson and Ena Sharples all at once.

Then there is the incredible and beautiful Pat Phoenix's character, Elsie Tanner, who shows up late for the audition and is on the verge of quitting the business. Thank God, she didn't!

William Roache's Kenneth Barlow is still going strong after 5 decades on television. In 2016, he will be the longest running character played by a single actor in Guinness Book of World History Record surpassing American actress Helen Wagner's Nancy Hughes on "As The World Turns" who only had 54 years.

While the casting process was difficult, Tony wanted Northern actors and actresses for the parts.
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By Tillie on August 13, 2013
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I've been a fan of "Coronation Street" for years and am fortunate enough to live close to the Canadian border so I can watch it on TV. This comedy/drama traces its origins and how it finally got on the air as a ground-breaking look at the middle class. I highly recommend it for "Corrie" fans.
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I saw the very first episode of Coronation Street when it appeared on ITV in 1960. Like most of the men and boys in the UK, I 'fancied' Elsie Tanner and soon 'got into the swing' of the street. I watched each episode when it appears at 7.30 pm on Monday and Wednesday evening. It was a great show with great character actors.

I remember going to Blackpool a year later to 'see' the stars turn-on the illuminations. Once I went off to college, I would only catch the odd episode when at home - and only if Elsie was in it. She had some great storylines over the years - the best were her disagreements with Ena and with the snobby Annie Walker and those with her son Dennis, once his role took on some depth.

This is a remarkable film in that the characters now playing the original actors of the programme are quite spectacular - and topping them all is the great and talented JESSE WALLACE - she IS Elsie/Pat Phoenix - she must have watched old shows again and again as she has captured the essence of both Pat Phoenix and Elsie Tanner. She is to be congratulated for her performance.

It is a tragedy that Britain no longer has a film industry as Ms Wallace is a natural for the big screen. In the past, a few films made in the UK would garland an actress of her talents a Hollywood contract and then, BINGO, she'd be a worldwide star. Sadly, today, few will know her. This is a great loss. And what are we left with? Rubbish big-budget trash from the U.S.

I recommend this DVD to everyone.
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By Carol on September 24, 2014
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Great to see the effort behind this program, a true icon of English Television
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