Frequently Asked Questions

Written by Glenda Young and Janice Gaffney
Maintained by Glenda Young. Please email me with any comments, changes, updates etc.
Last updated November 9 2013

Introduction
Where and when can I watch the show ?
Where can I find on-line updates for The Street ?
Where can I find Coronation Street websites ?
Are there any IRC (Chat) channels for Coronation Street ?
Can I visit the set of The Street ?
Are there any Coronation Street fan clubs ?
Are there any books about Coronation Street ?
Are there any academic references relating to Coronation Street?
What do they mean when they say... ?
Where has this actor, actress, character got to ?
How can I contact the Coronation Street office at Granada Television?


INTRODUCTION
Coronation Street is a UK based drama series centred around the imaginary town of Weatherfield, Manchester. It was first shown at 7:00pm on 9 December 1960 and is the longest running TV show in the UK. In 2005, it celebrates 45 years as the top soap opera with an average of 20 million viewers per episode. It is filmed at Granada Studios, Manchester.


WHERE AND WHEN CAN I WATCH THE SHOW?

In The UK
The programme is broadcast 5 times a week on ITV1. There are two episodes each Monday at 19.30 - 20.00 and 20.30 - 21.00 and one episode on Wednesday. There are also two episodes each Friday at 19.30 - 20.00 and 20.30 - 21.00. Catch ups are available at various times on ITV2.

In Ireland
Coronation Street is shown on TV3 at exactly the same time as on ITV, ie Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 19:30 with repeats shown the next day at 4pm, with a one-hour episode on Tuesdays (the two Monday episodes back to back).  The Friday episode is repeated on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm. In addition the omnibus is on Sunday lunchtime at 12.30.  
Ireland can pick up UTV (Ulster TV) and watch the repeats the following Wednesday,

In Canada
CS is carried on CBC Mondays to Fridays from 7:30pm - 8pm and again at midnight with Sundays at 8:00 am -10:30. CBC also puts episodes on their website (from the previous week) on Sunday afternoon once 10:30 am has happened in British Columbia.

In New Zealand

Coronation Street is broadcast on Thursday and Friday nights on channel 'TV1'.

In Australia

Corrie is shown Monday to Friday but at 7.30pm and is repeated next day at 05.35 am and 10.20am. Friday's episode is repeated on mondays. On Sundays we have a catch up from 9.05am of all 5 episodes.

In the USA
You can watch Coronation Street via Hulu.com

In Sweden
TV4 Sweden
Monday-Friday 13:00-13:30 hrs (subject to change)
Currently (May 1997) showing episodes from 1991


WHERE CAN I FIND ON-LINE UPDATES FOR THE STREET?

Got Kindle? Get Corrie weekly updates from 1995 onwards, 17 years in 17 ebooks - find out more here.

Coronation Street Blog

Weekly updates by Glenda Young
http://www.corrie.net/updates/

Episode updates are written by various willing volunteers.
Corrie.net also carries updates of Classic Coronation Street (1976 onwards); WTN (1989 onwards) and has a history of Coronation Street by year since 1960

To be included on email lists to receive the episode and weekly updates automatically, please look at:
http://www.corrie.net/updates/maillist.html
 
Monthly Corrie updates written by Glenda Young at The Union Jack website

WHERE CAN I FIND CORONATION STREET WEB SITES?

Official Coronation Street Website at ITV

corrie.net - Coronation Street Fan's Site 

Coro_street Homepage
All about the IRC channel (chat-line) for Coronation Street fans

Coronation Street Weekly Updates
website and blog

Coronation Street Guest Book

Coronation Street Mailist

Coronation Street Official Merchandise

Richard Peacock's Coronation Street page

Soap Heaven (gossip, IRC channel, mailist, etc.)

Tina O'Brien aka Sarah Platt

Jenny Platt web forum aka Violet the barmaid

The Soap Show, internet radio soap show


There's also a page about On-line Corrie fan get togethers

If you can add to this list of Corrie websites, please email Glenda


ARE THERE ANY IRC (CHAT) CHANNELS FOR CORONATION STREET?

There is a chat channel for Coronation Street named #coro_street, on the Sorcerynet IRC network. It's been going for nearly 5 years, and is busier than ever. The #coro_street webpage is at http://www.stormloader.com/coronation/



CAN I VISIT THE SET OF THE STREET?

Please note that the Granada Studios tour is currently closed to the general public (last updated October 2005). If you find out otherwise, do let me know.

However, it was reported in the UK national press on Monday 13 October, 2008 that the Street set could be re-opened to coincide with Corrie's 50th anniversary in 2010. The quote below comes from an article from The Guardian.
"ITV is also planning to reopen the Coronation Street set in Manchester to the public with behind-the-scenes tours."

Canadian fans: The World of Coronation Street Tour is located in Toronto, Canada and runs trips to the Coronation Street set every September.
The tour visits various outdoor locations in the Manchester area, a private group dinner with a Coronation Street Star as well as a coveted visit to Granada Studios.  The website is http://www.kemptvilletravel.com or the tour exclusive website is http://www.coronationstreettour.com.


ARE THERE ANY CORONATION STREET FAN CLUBS?

Canadian National Fan Club

Contact: Joan McCLement, email joan.mcclement@sympatico.ca
For information on the World of Coronation Street tour, go to http://www3.sympatico.ca/joan.mcclement

Other Canadian Fan Clubs:

Comox Valley Coronation Street Fan Club
C/O Louise DeArmond
22 - 1180 Braidwood Road
Courtenay BC  V9N 3R9
We meet the first Sunday of each month at Best Western Westerly Hotel in Courtenay in Comox.  Registration is from 2:15 to 2:45; the gathering begins at 2:45 to 3:45 pm.
Cost $3 for coffee/tea or ice water.  We are 40 strong and growing!  Everyone welcome.  If you require more information please email:  cvcorriefanclub@shaw.ca 
See our Facebook page - Coronation Street Fan Club (Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC)


Victoria Coronation Street Social Club
Contact: c/o 762 Canterbury Road, Victoria, BC V8X 3E3
Meet once a month

Rovers Hotpots
c/o K Jackson
#804 10175 109th Street
Edmonton, AB
CANADA T5J 3P2
Email:
edmontonhotpots@hotmail.com

DownEast Streeters Non-Profit Society
Contact Cheryl Lynn by email at info@downeaststreeters.ca
http://www.downeaststreeters.ca

UCCB Coronation Street Gang
Based at the University College of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Webpage: http://etcom.uccb.ns.ca/coronation/ping.htm

Qualicum Beach Coronation St. Club
President -  Marilyn Lambert,
mailto:westwynd@shaw.ca or phone 250 752 5771.
"We are now in our 17th year and still going strong."s

Strathcona Streeties
President - Bill Roberts
649 Village Drive
Sherwood Park, AB
T8A 4K7

Coronation Street Friends
Eugenie Thomas
105, 6880 Buswell Street
Richmond, B.C.
V6Y 2Y7

Brantford Senior Streeters
Katherine Mary Gregory
609, 640 West Street
Brantford, Ontario
N3R 6M3

South Surrey-White Rock Fan Club
Email Anita Hyndman
25765 40th Ave
Langley BC, V4W 1W3
 

Calgary Streetalkers
3611 - 1 Street N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2K 0W7

The Barmcakes
Mississauga, Ontario
Contact Joan McClement


ARE THERE ANY BOOKS ABOUT CORONATION STREET?

Note that this list is not a complete list and probably the best way to find a full range of Coronation Street books is at www.amazon.com Some of the older books which may now be out of print are usually available on www.ebay.com

NEW!
Coronation Street: The Complete Saga
is a novel written by Katherine Hardy. Our very own Coronation Street updater Glenda Young was recently commissioned to update the book with events from the cobbles from 2003 to date. The book is released in August 2008 and you can order it from Amazon here.

Access All Areas: Behind the Scenes at Coronation Street; David Hanson & Roger Dixon; 0233997229
Around The Houses, Daran Little, 0752211749
Coronation Street Quiz Book, Graeme Kaye, 1852832916
Coronation Street, Jack Tinker, 1850512299
Coronation Street, Richard Dyer, 0851701108
Coronation Street: 25 Years, Graham Nown, 0706364058
Coronation Street: 30 Years, Graeme Kaye, 0852832924
Coronation Street: Celebrating 35 Years, Daran Little 1852834641
Coronation Street: Early Days, H.V.Kershaw, 0727402684
Coronation Street: The Inside Story, Bill Podmore, 0356179710
Coronation Street Special book, 0862777914
Coronation Street At War; Daran Little; 0233997180
Coronation Street: The Way to Victory; Christine Green, 0233998993
Forty Years of Coronation Street, Daran Little, 0233998063
Forty Years of Coronation Street: A Collection of Memories, Judith Jones, Stephen Kelley; 0752223119
Life and Times at the Rovers Return, Daran Little, 1852834560
Life in the Street, Graeme Kaye
Real Soaps: Coronation Street;General Publications, 1903009057
Street Cred, Anthony Hayward, 1852836814
Street Talk -The Language of Coronation St, Jeffrey Miller, 0887943128
The Women of Coronation Street; Daran Little; 0752224433
Weatherfield Life, Daran Little, 1852831863


Biographies
Knowledge is Power, My Life on Coronation Street, Ken Morley 1857821521
Arthur Lowe - A Life, Stephen Lowe 1854592793
Arthur Lowe - Dad's Memory, Stephen Lowe 0753501708
All My Burning Bridges, Pat Phoenix, 0352398396
Johnny Briggs, the Autobiography; Johnny Briggs; 1857822064
How to Live the Life of Riley, Jack Duckworth
Ken and Me,William Roache, 0745176879
Ken and Me (different ISBN), William Roache, 0671850857
Secrets of the Street: Life as Ivy Tilsley, Lynne Perrie, 1857820983
The Importance of Being Percy, Bill Waddington, 1852831928
The Life and Loves of Elsie Tanner, Daran Little, 1852831774
The Ogdens of Number 13, Daran Little, 1852831782
The Other Side of the Street, Jean Alexander, 0745113230
The Street where I live, H.V.Kershaw, 0246117346
It's Not A Rehearsal: The Autobiography: Amanda Barrie (Published by Headline, London, 2000

Books with ISBN 185283... are published in the UK by Boxtree Ltd, Broadwall House, 21 Broadwall, LONDON SE1 9PL Telephone: +44 (0)20 7928-9696



ARE THERE ANY ACADEMIC REFERENCES RELATING TO CORONATION STREET?
This list of academic references has been compiled by Glenda Young . If you can add to this list or if you require a more extensive listing for specific academic purposes, please email me. I have researched and written on the representation of femininities in Coronation Street at both BA and MA level. I also suggest you search for Coronation Street at Google Scholar.

Books:

Dyer, Richard. "Coronation Street", BFI Monograph No. 13, London, 1981. ISBN: 85170 110 8 (Collection of essays on realism and convention, ideology, representation, narrative etc.).

Geraghty, Christine. "Women and Soap Opera", Polity Press, London, 1991. ISBN: 07456 05680 (A fascinating book, excellent reading for anyone interested in how women are represented in popular television drama. Examination of various soap operas. Whilst not exclusively concentrated on Coronation Street, the programme is analysed extensively along with Eastenders, Crossroads, Dallas and Dynasty).

Articles, Chapters etc in books

ARTICLE: Audience Reception: The Role of the Viewer in Retelling Romantic Drama AUTHOR: Livingstone, Sonia M. IN: London School Economics & Political Science, WC2A 2AE England PB: Chapter in MASS MEDIA AND SOCIETY, Curran, James, & Gurevitch, Michael [Eds], London, England: Edward Arnold, 1991, pp 285-306. IB: 034051759X

CHAPTER: Soap Opera and Women AUTHOR: Richard Dyer, Terry Lovell, Jean McCrindle FROM: Edinburgh International Television Festival 1977 - Official Programme (Broadcast, 1977) IN: Studying Culture: an introductory reader. Eds. Ann Gray, Jim McGuigan, Edward Arnold, 1993, pages 35-41.

ARTICLE: Language about Women and Men: An Example from Popular Culture AUTHOR: Weatherall,-Ann IN: Victoria U, Wellington New Zealand SO: Journal-of-Language-and-Social-Psychology; 1996, 15, 1, Mar, 59-75. JN: Journal-of-Language-and-Social-Psychology IS: 0261-927X

ARTICLE: Interpreting a Television Narrative: How Different Viewers See a Story AUTHOR: Livingstone,-Sonia-M. IN: Dept Social Psychology London School Economics & Political Science, Aldwych WC2A 2AE England SO: Journal-of-Communication; 1990, 40, 1, winter, 72-85. JN: Journal-of-Communication

ARTICLE: Realism, Naturalism and Television Soap Opera AUTHOR: Longhurst,-Brian IN: Dept Social Policy & Social Work U Edinburgh, EH8 9YL Scotland SO: Theory,-Culture-and-Society; 1987, 4, 4, Nov, 633-649. JN: Theory,-Culture-&-Society IS: 0263-2764

ARTICLE: Crime hits 'the street'. AUTHOR: D. A. Wisemore Police Review 97 (14 Apr 89), p.756-7. ISSN: 03091414
ABSTRACT: Draws lessons in jurisprudence from popular television series such as Coronation Street.

ARTICLE: From the Soap Queen to the Aga-Saga: different discursive frameworks of familial feminity in contemporary women's genres. AUTHOR: Liladhar, J. (2000) in Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1 pp.5-12. (This is a great one, a personal favourite of mine, perfect for deconstructing the Bet Lynch stereotype)


WHAT DO THEY MEAN WHEN THEY SAY... ?

ANSWERS TO THOSE TRULY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's a ginnel ?
It's a narrow passage or lane between terraced houses

Why did Jim McDonald call Alec Gilroy "Sandy" ?
Sandy is short for Alexander

Why did Fred Elliot ask for a "Scotch and threat" in the Rovers ?
He's asking for his whisky with just the slightest hint (a threat) of water

What and where is the Red Rec?
The Red Rec is short for the "Red Recreation Ground". Recreation grounds can be anything from a bit of tarmac with a children's play area (a few swings, roundabout, helter skelter, etc) through to huge grassed areas where football (soccer) pitches are marked out. In the case of the Weatherfield Red Rec, the 'Red' comes from the surface which is either red shale or crushed bricks packed down very tightly - but there is also a large grassed and woodland park area.


What was the name of Minnie Caldwell's cat?
Bobby


WHERE HAS THIS ACTOR, ACTRESS, CHARACTER GOT TO ?

First, try looking at the actor and character indexes of the corrie.net website.

There may also be gossip in the Weatherfield Recorder pages of corrie.net.

If they don't help try ratucs - the rec.arts.tv.uk.coronation-st newsgroup. Someone there is normally able to help - with any kind of Corrie query!


HOW CAN I CONTACT THE CORONATION STREET OFFICE AT GRANADA TELEVISION? 

The contact details for Granada Media Manchester are available on the Granada Media website














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