In Tribute To Jean Alexander, Who Died On Friday Night, Aged 90

One of the great things about the British sense of humour is that it manages to creep everywhere, creating some of television’s most memorable characters.  Whilst we don’t really want to cover soaps on this site, Coronation Street, with it’s vast array of colourful characters and some great comic moments, has to be an exception.

Coronation Street was and still is the great British soap opera set in the fictional town of Weatherfield, Greater Manchester.  Starting out in 1960 it’s been running for over fifty years and shows no signs of stopping.

During it’s mammoth run it’s brought us some television’s best loved characters who have injected some great humour into a program that has become as much as a part of the British way of life as a cup of tea.  In fact, it has been one of the most financially lucrative programs on British Commercial Television, underpinning the success of its broadcaster ITV and it’s franchise Granada Television.

On 17th September 2010, it became the world’s longest-running TV soap opera in production, after the United States soap opera: As The World Turns, ended


The program revolves around the lives of the residents of Coronation Street, dealing with their ups and downs and everything else in between.  Over it’s run an array of colourful characters have provided us with plenty of laughs

Whilst as the years have rolled on and the residents have changed and these days it is more to do with the big storylines dealing with sometimes sensitive subjects than in it’s early days.  However in characters like Norris Cole and Roy Cropper the show still retains it’s humorous element.













William Roach as Ken Barlow.

Many cast members have come and gone over the years here are a few

Doris Speed – Annie Walker
Liz Dawn – Vera Duckworth
Bill Tarmey – Jack Duckworth
Jean Alexander – Hilda Ogden
Bernard Youens – Stan Ogden
Arthur Lowe – Leonard Swindley
Roy Barraclough – Alec Gilroy


Channel: ITV
Created By: Tony Warren
Production Company:
Granada Television (1960–2004)
Granada Productions (2004–2006)
ITV Productions (2006–2009)
ITV Studios (2009–present)
Original Transmission Dates: 9th December 1960 – Present


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