The Road To Coronation Street
Saturday 14th July, 8.30pm – TV ONE
It’s 6.55 pm. December 9th 1960. Granada Studios, Manchester.
With minutes to go until the live transmission of Episode One, creator Tony Warren is being sick in the toilets, actress Pat Phoenix is missing and so is the cat from the opening shot. What is soon to become television history is hanging by a thread.
The Road to Coronation Street is the epic story of one man’s struggle to make a programme that no one wanted. Granada’s formidable bosses are not enthusiastic, but Tony takes up the battle.
He wants cobbles, a pub, seven houses and a shop but above all he wants Northern actors. And with a last minute change of title, Coronation Street is born.