Coronation Street first appeared on British screens on 9 December 1960. Sixty years later, millions are still tuning to watch the drama unfolding across the cobbled streets of Weatherfield.
Salford’s flagship soap screened its 10,000th episode in 2020 – but showrunners have been unable to truly revel in the achievement due to a challenging few months.
Corrie was temporarily taken off air when the pandemic hit, with shooting paused until “extensive protocols” were introduced.
Some cast members temporarily stepped aside for health and safety reasons, whilst storylines featuring coronavirus were written into the show.
After a difficult year, showrunners were still keen to commemorate the incredible landmark – 60 years on tele – in some way. And now ITV has unveiled an official 60th anniversary photograph.
The photo – which features the first seven and most recent seven of current regular cast members – is a combination of individual portraits.
COVID regulations prevented the cast from uniting as one – meaning ITV staff had to draw on photoshop skills and digitally squeeze the stars together.
14 performers appear in the photo, including:
- William Roache (Ken Barlow) – 9 December 1960
- Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner) – 2 December 1964
- Helen Worth (Gail Platt) – 29 July 1974
- Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) – 16 April 1979
- Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster) – 19 October 1983
- Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Connor) – 6 January 1986
- Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalf) – 27 January 1986
- Ryan Russell (Michael Bailey) – 12 June 2019
- Lorna Laidlaw (Aggie Bailey) – 12 June 2019
- Jane Hazelgrove (Bernie Winter) – 24 July 2019
- Mollie Gallagher (Nina Lucas) – 11 November 2019
- Adam Hussain (Aadi Alahan) – 15 April 2020
- Tony Maudsley (George Shuttleworth) -16 September 2020
- Gareth Pierce (Todd Grimshaw) – 7 October 2020
Hilda Ogden’s iconic ducks have also been added to the image.
Celebrities have been queuing up to wish Coronation Street a happy 60th – including the likes of Sir Cliff Richard, Clint Boon, and This Morning anchors Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.