Corrie Murals

Corrie Murals

Artist John Bratby was probably the ideal choice to create a portrait of the Coronation Street cast in the 1960s. His ‘kitchen-sink’ realism and no-nonsense style perfectly matched the gritty Northern tone of the popular Granada soap. All the Street’s stars were...
Liverpool 70s and 80s TV

Liverpool 70s and 80s TV

Writer Carla Lane’s smash-hit TV comedy The Liver Birds had an unusual recipe for success – Pernod milkshakes! The programme’s stars, Polly James and Nerys Hughes, used to sip them together to help learn their lines. The magic ingredient did the trick. The Liver...
Manchester TV Dramas of the 80s

Manchester TV Dramas of the 80s

It was the TV show billed as the new Coronation Street when it launched to great fanfare on Friday August 30th 1985. Granada had high hopes for it. Set in Salford, they described it as a ‘continuing drama series’ rather than a ‘soap opera’. The TV studios confidently...
Jean Alexander

Jean Alexander

Commuters catching the train from Southport to Manchester in the 1980s probably paid little attention to the TV star in the same carriage. After all, they saw her every day. For the neatly dressed woman doing the crossword was none other than Liverpool actress Jean...
Corrie Women in Prison

Corrie Women in Prison

It’s probably little comfort to Sally Metcalfe, but she’s not the first woman to be wrongly imprisoned on Granada’s TV soap Coronation Street. Sally, played by Middleton actress Sally Dynevor, was jailed for 18 months for fraud last week after being framed by bogus...
Corrie’s New Faces 1968

Corrie’s New Faces 1968

Weddings on Coronation Street are always a hit-and-miss affair – witness Steve and Tracey’s recent nuptials – but one of the happiest took place in May 1968. Newlyweds Jenny Sutton, played by Mitzi Rogers, and Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie) danced down the cobbles to a...