Special treat for Coronation Street fans

Fans of Coronation Street are in for a treat this week because as well as the normal weekly episodes there is also a special documentary.

When Coronation Street first started way back in 1960, viewers then tended to watch a drama, enjoy it and then move onto the next one. Unlike feature films, television programmes then very rarely showed any behind the scenes footage.

However in recent years all that has changed and viewers can now learn a lot about how their favourite shows were made as well as getting to know much more about the people who bring to life their favourite TV characters.

This hour long programme on ITV on Thursday night at nine o’clock was filmed over a two year period. It tells how Granada Television set about moving its popular soap from the studios where it has been since the very beginning - into a new home at Media City in Trafford.

Viewers will get the opportunity of seeing around the old studios as well as a chance of seeing the new main set which although similar to the old one, has some important changes incorporated into it. A number of cast members will be interviewed about their thoughts on the move – including Barbara Knox and Helen Worth - both of whom have spent a large part of their working lives at Granada Studios.

There will also be a special appearance by creator Tony Warren. Julie Goodyear, famous as barmaid Bet Lynch, will also be voicing her thoughts about the move. It is obvious from all the effort that has gone into this move that Granada Television is determined that Coronation Street will continue to be with us for a very long time to come. Ian K