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
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?
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?
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,
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'.
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.
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
To be included on email lists to receive the
episode and weekly updates automatically, please look at:
Monthly Corrie updates written by Glenda Young at The Union Jack website
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
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
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/
ARE THERE ANY CORONATION STREET FAN CLUBS?
Canadian National Fan Club
Contact: Joan McCLement, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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
c/o K Jackson
#804 10175 109th Street
CANADA T5J 3P2
Streeters Non-Profit Society
Contact Cheryl Lynn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
UCCB Coronation Street Gang
Based at the University College of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Qualicum Beach Coronation St. Club
President - Marilyn Lambert, mailto:email@example.com or phone 250 752 5771.
"We are now in our 17th year and still going strong."s
3611 - 1 Street N.W.
Contact Joan McClement
ARE THERE ANY BOOKS ABOUT
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Compiled by Glenda Young Please email me with changes and updates to this FAQ, thanks!