As the longest-running tv show in the world at 61 years, 10,230 episodes, and counting, Coronation street remains the most popular and regularly watched programme on British Television. It first aired in 1960 to very few viewing figures. In fact, there was some debate about whether it would be aired at all.
The producers, Granada, were skeptical and rejected it at first. They grudgingly agreed to give it 13 starting episodes. It soon grew to be a cultural phenomenon and to establish itself as an icon of British Television. Back then, as with now, you’d need a decent reception to see it. It’s where you’ll need the services of the TV aerial installation Gloucester based company http://steveunettaerials to come and set it up for you.
Coronation Street, or “Corrie” as it is affectionately known, has always had a strong format ideal. It’s about families and is heavily influenced by the concept of the Kitchen Sink drama. In UK films and plays at the time, there was a focus on reality. The family and families would be at the heart of the show. We would step into their homes and see their lives up close. We would meet them down the local pub, the Rovers Return, where they would all gather to discuss their lives or provide even more drama.
The idea of realism persists, but to gain ratings and keep ahead of its great rivals, Eastenders and Emmerdale, it has needed to come up with some rather sensational storylines.