More than 100 writers have written for Coronation Street, and many of them have become famous names. We would be grateful for any information you could supply on missing details.

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Coronation Street's top ten writers
(to the end of 2002)
1 Adele Rose 455 episodes (+ 4 co-written)
2 Leslie Duxbury 411 episodes (+ 2 co-written)
3 John Stevenson 399 episodes (+ 1 co-written)
4 Peter Whalley 379 episodes (+ 1 co-written)
5 HV Kershaw 305 episodes (+ 1 co-written)
6 Julian Roach 267 episodes
7 Barry Hill 263 episodes
8 Brian Finch 150 episodes (+ 1 co-written)
9 John Finch 135 episodes (+ 2 co-written)
10 Martin Allen 131 episodes

Paul Abbott
Paul cut his teeth on radio drama with single plays on Radio 4, before moving to television and Coronation Street in 1984 as a story editor, eventually becoming one of the regular scriptwriters in February 1989. Paul wrote 53 episodes, finishing in June 1995.

He co-created the award-winning children's series, Children's Ward for Granada and in 1995 he won a BAFTA for producing the second series of Cracker. The following year he went on to write two of the three films in series three (Best Boys and True Romance), for which he shared the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award in 1996. He was one of the leading writers on ITV in 1997, creating three major dramas series - Reckless, Touching Evil and Police 2020 the first two both having six part runs. In 1997 he also signed movie deals with two American networks, Fox and HBO, to develop original projects. Along with fellow Street writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, he also created Springhill. His latest works were the BBC1 series Clocking On and Channel 4's The Secret Life of Michael Fry.

John Alldridge
Co-wrote two episodes in February 1961 with Wyn Davies

Elizabeth Allen
Wrote two episodes in January and April 1968

Jim Allen
Wrote 36 episodes between January 1965 and September 1967; also co-wrote two episodes with John Finch in May 1967.Other writing credits include: Land and Freedom, Raining Stones, Hidden Agenda, United Kingdom, The Spongers, Days of Hope, The Rank and File and The Lump

Martin Allen
On the current writing team; his first episode was in December 1996, and had written 131 episodes by the end of 2002. Other writing credits include: Bad Girls, Touch & Go, Resurrected.

David Anderson
Wrote one episode in May 1974

Jim Andrew
Wrote one episode in March 1968

Andy Armitage
Wrote eight episodes between June 1997 and March 1998. Wrote for The Bill in 2000

Sue Ashby
Wrote four episodes between September 1989 and January 1990

Bernard Aspen
Wrote 20 episodes between January 1971 and February 1974, and then a further 17 episodes under his real name of Leo Knowles between April 1974 and January 1976.

Tim Aspinall
Wrote two episodes in May and October 1975

Alec Baron
Wrote two episodes in May 1979 and February 1980

Stephen Bennett
Wrote his first episode in January 1999, and he had written 19 episodes by the time he finished in April 2000. Other credits include Where The Heart Is

Peter Berry
Wrote six episodes; five between August 1963 and September 1964, and another one in February 1968

Ken Blakeson
Ken had two spells on the Coronation Street writing team, producing a total of 104 episodes by the end of 2002, plus one episode co-written with Jan McVerry. He first started writing in July 1989, finishing his first tenure in December 1994. He wrote the TV film Bare Necessities and then re-joined Coronation Street as a writer in March 1997, finishing in June 2000. Other writing credits include: Emmerdale, September Song. Following the departure of Jane Macnaught, Ken once again re-joined the current writing team in April 2002.

James Bryant
Wrote 21 episodes between September 1967 and December 1969

Frank Bryce
Wrote one episode in June 1964

Ray Butler
Wrote two episodes in September 1963 and July 1964

Clifford Buttery
Wrote one episode in October 1962

Maureen Chadwick
Before writing for Coronation Street, Maureen wrote for the BBC's Angels and EastEnders. She has also had two plays transmitted on national television in BBC1's Screen One series: Watch with Mother and Two Golden Balls. Her theatre credits include Josephine, a musical play about Josephine Baker, and a black comedy, Dust. In 1999 she was series deviser and lead scriptwriter for ITV's Bad Girls. Maureen became a member of the writing team in June 1997, and had written 36 scripts by the time she left in October 1999.

Barbara Clegg
Wrote seven episodes between May and October 1961. Went on to write for Dr Who.

Paul Cornell
Wrote one episode in May 1997. Other writing credits include: Wavelength, Springhill, Love in the 21st Century

Frank Cottrell Boyce
Frank was on the Coronation Street writing team between February 1991 and September 1996, writing 43 episodes. He had previously created A Woman's Guide to Adultery and went on the write the screeenplays for the films Welcome to Sarajevo and Hilary and Jackie. Along with fellow Street writer Paul Abbott, he also created Springhill. Other writing credits include: Kingdom Come, Pandemonium, Saint-Ex, New York Crossing, Butterfly Kiss

Anthony Couch
Wrote one episode in August 1974

David Crane
Wrote two episodes in December 1976 and June 1977

Wyn Davies
Co-wrote two episodes in February 1961 with John Alldridge

Michael Dives
Wrote two episodes in February 1961

Nick Doughty
Wrote his first episode in October 2000, and had completed 8 scripts by the time he left the writing team in May 2001.

Harry Driver
Wrote nine episodes with Vince Powell between September 1961 and December 1964, and a further two episodes with Jack Rosenthal in July 1964. He left to act as comedy advisor for Thames Television, and has many comedy series to his credit, including: George & The Dragon; Never Mind The Quality, Feel the Width; Nearest & Dearest; For The Love Of Ada; Bless This House; Love Thy Neighbour

Alan Downer
Wrote five episodes between June 1979 and June 1980

Harry Duffin
Wrote 17 episodes between January 1991 and April 1993. Other writing credits include: Boon and Emmerdale

R H Dunbobbin
Wrote three episodes between August 1962 and February 1963

Leslie Duxbury
Leslie was one of the major writers for Coronation Street. Starting with episode 560 in April 1966, he had written 411 scripts by the time he retired in November 1991. He also co-wrote two episodes: one with Susan Pleat in May 1967, and the other with John Stevenson in December 1991. Additionally he had two spells as Producer of Coronation Street in 1974 and 1977.

Kenneth Eastaugh
Wrote two episodes in November 1976 and March 1977

Peter Eckersley
Wrote 62 episodes between April 1962 and November 1969. He went on to produce Nearest & Dearest

Tom Elliott
Tom was born in Gorton, Manchester, and started writing in 1974 with magazine features and radio plays. In 1982 he wrote the stage play Ward Games, which starred Roy Barraclough, and the next year joined Coronation Street as a storyliner. He wrote his first Street episode in November 1990 and by the time he retired from the writing team in June 1997 he had written 72 scripts. Tom still retains strong links with Roy - indeed, Roy left The Street in 1992 to tour with his play Feed, which won awards from the Manchester Evening News. In 1999, Tom returned to the Street writing team to pen two editions of the spin-off "Coronation Street - After Hours".

 

Douglas Enefer
Wrote two episodes in July and October 1961

John Fay
On the current wriring team; wrote his first episode in May 2002, and had completed 10 episodes by the end of 2002.

Brian Finch
Wrote 150 episodes between January 1970 and January 1989, and co-wrote one episode with Susan Pleat in July 1970. He has since written episodes of Hetty Wainthrop Investigates and currently writes for Heartbeat. Other writing credits include: All Creatures Great and Small

John Finch
John's first Coronation Street script was commissioned in November 1960 for episode 24, screened in March 1961. He became Script Editor for a year in 1961. He wrote 135 scripts with his final episode screened in December 1970; he and also co-wrote two episodes with Jim Allen in May 1967. He became Producer of Coronation Street in 1968 and along with HV Kershaw is the only person to have done all three jobs for The Street.

Whilst he was writing for Coronation Street he also wrote several plays for BBC television and some adaptations for Granada. He was an early contributor to The Power Game and other series of that period. He devised and produced City 68 and The System for Granada in 1968-69, and then famously created, edited and wrote A Family At War (52 hours), followed by Sam (39 hours) which won Broadcasting Press Guild and Writers Guild Awards. These were follwed by This Year Next Year (13 hours), Spoils of War (20 hours) and then for the BBC Flesh and Blood (20 hours). He also wrote for The Hard Word (Thames), The Life of Riley alongside H. V. Kershaw and produced The Dustbinmen

John has also written several plays and one novel. He is currently writing and editing a selection of prose and poetry about the war at sea in World War II based on his experiences in the Merchant Navy.

Phil Ford
Phil started writing for Coronation Street in December 1997 and had written 86 scripts when he left in May 2002. He has also penned episodes of Taggart, Heartbeat and Bad Girls. Also wrote an episode of the spin-off "Coronation Street - After Hours".

Lynn Foster
Wrote nine episodes between October 1963 and May 1964

Julie Gearey
Julie's first script was in November 1999, and by the end of 2002 she had written 42 episodes, plus one co-written script with David Lane.

Cliff Gerrard
Wrote three episodes between December 1981 and May 1982

Bryan Hales
Wrote one episode in April 1968

Alan Hardman
Wrote one episode in September 1963, and co-wrote one episode with Adele Rose in October 1963

Alick Hayes
Wrote one episode - episode 17 in February 1961

Catherine Hayes
Having decided that neither selling screws or cakes nor being a French teacher was thrilling enough Cath embarked upon a writing career. Bringing her unique life experiences to her work Cath's first play Life's Simplest Tasks was produced by the Liverpool Playhouse. A long and fruitful partnership with the Liverpool Playhouse produced numerous plays including the critically acclaimed Skirmishes and also included a period as the Playhouse's Resident Writer.

Amongst Cath's many television credits include writing for established programmes such as Brookside, Families, EastEnders, Revelations, Emmerdale, The Ward and