When was the first episode of Coronation Street and who was the original cast?

Coronation Street fans are in for a treat as there’s set to be a second episode of the ITV soap on Monday, September 13, in the form of Coronation Street Icons.

The episode will be a tribute to Malcolm Hebden, and his character Norris Cole, as they depart from the show after 26 years. Loyal viewers will see Sally Lindsay, who played Shelley Unwin from 2001 to 2006, narrate the special.

As the longest-running soap in the entire world, Corrie has become a staple of British TV, and has a special place in people’s hearts across the country.

But when were fans of the soap first taken along Corrie’s cobbles, and who were the original cast members?

When was the first episode of Coronation Street?

The first ever episode of Coronation Street aired on December 9, 1960.

There have since been over 10,420 episodes and many famous faces have come and gone throughout the years including show favourites Ken and Deirdre Barlow, Gail Platt and Steve McDonald.

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Last year marked its sixtieth anniversary and diehard Corrie fans were thrilled to see the first episode of the soap aired on ITV to mark the occasion.

The black-and-white episode introduced Florrie Lindley (Betty Alberge), who bought up the local Corner Shop from Elsie Lappin (Maudie Edwards).

At No. 11, Elsie Tanner (Pat Phoenix) berated her 18-year-old son Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie), who had recently been released from prison for theft.

Elsie’s daughter Linda Cheveski (Anne Cunningham) came to inform her that she separated from her husband Ivan Cheveski (Ernst Walder) and is planning a divorce, but refused to explain why. 

At No. 3, Frank Barlow (Frank Pemberton) accused 21-year-old son Ken Barlow (William Roache) of being too snobbish and being embarrassed by his working-class family. Ken head to the Rovers Return Inn, where he befriended Dennis.

And the rest is history.

Who were the original cast members of Coronation Street?

The original cast includes the likes of William Roache as Ken Barlow and Pat Phoenix as Elsie Tanner.

Other cast members included:

  • Philip Lowrie as Dennis Tanner
  • Anne Cunningham as Linda Cheveski
  • Frank Pemberton as Frank Barlow
  • Noel Dyson as Ida Barlow
  • Alan Rothwell as David Barlow
  • Maudie Edwards as Elsie Lappin
  • Betty Alberge as Florrie Lindley
  • Violet Carson as Ena Sharples
  • Doris Speed as Annie Walker
  • Jack Howarth as Albert Tatlock
  • Patricia Shakesby as Susan Cunningham

Coronation Street Icons is on ITV on Monday night at 8pm.

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