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Coronation Street: The Early Days [VHS] [1960]


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  • Actors: Patricia Phoenix, Violet Carson, William Roach, Betty Alberge, Arthur Lowe
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • VHS Release Date: 7 May 2001
  • Run Time: 302 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AWFH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Opening twelve episodes of the world's longest-running television soap opera, originally conceived by creator Tony Warren as 'Florizel Street' and broadcast between December 1960 and January 1961. Early characters featured in the story of folk in an everyday northern street include Ken Barlow (William Roache) - who remains with the series to the present day - Rovers Return landlady Annie Walker (Doris Speed), sharp-tongued gossip Ena Sharples (Violet Carson), clothier Leonard Swindley (Arthur Lowe) and brassy divorcée Elsie Tanner (Patricia Phoenix).

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Yes the very first 12 episodes of coronation street. This is the best video that has ever been made of the street. People like Ena Sharples, Annie Walker and Jack Walker the very first owners of the Rovers Return and a very young Ken Barlow. This video I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the longest running soap, Coronation Street.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This video offers avid fans the chance to take a trip down the memory lane of 1977. Four complete programmes are offered from that year and each is introduced by a fresh-faced Helen Worth. It was enjoyable looking back at the early lives of some of the current cast members such as Gail, Deirdre, Ken, Mike, Emily and Rita. The video also gives a chance to look back at Stan and Hilda's hilarious exploits in a posh hotel and to watch Annie Walker (as Elizabeth I) and Ena Sharples (as Queen Victoria) compete for pole position on the Jubilee Float. Taking part are other characters long departed but never forgotten such as Eddie Yeats, Elsie Tanner, Mavis Riley and Bet Lynch. I'd forgotten what a tiger Bet Lynch was - a classic cat fight brought it all back !
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By johnmcintyre@ntlworld.ie on 7 Nov. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Episode1:Dennis'Concert, Dennis has organised a charity performance for the over 60s at the Mission Hall. Ena has refused to have anything to do with it.
Episode2:Christine's Breakdown,Christine becomes confused and distressed over her dull lifestyle. She finds herself climbing out of the factory window and onto the roof.
Episode3:Ken Marries Valerie, Valeries suprises everyone by not being nervous. Ken suffers from a hangover. Aniie gets drunk at the reception.
Episode1:The Walkers Silver Wedding, Annie neglects the bar all day to prepare for the party.Jack rows with her. Elsie borrows a dress from work, Swindley drops a trifle down her. This video is really enjoyable to watch and I would recomend to anyone who is a fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on 29 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This video is a particularly good example of colour episodes, presented by Betty Driver (Betty Turpin). It is nice to see old characters like Albert Tatlock, Minnie Caldwell and the formidable Ena Sharples (at the end of episode 4 on the video, you can easily see her trying to keep her false teeth in place...) Buy it today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
With the excess of 27 million viewers tuning into see the infamous "TRAM" Episode, and regualer attracting 20million. Coronation Street will stay as one of those significant programmes in television history.
This video focuses on the Alan Bradley days, from his exit from prison to his death in blackpool. Along with the distruction of mike baldwins factory, and Ken Barlows affair. These are some of the streets best episodes and are worth every penny, pricesless corrie at its besy.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is the best video ever produced about Coronation Street! It contains the first twelve episodes of the worlds longest running soap. It takes one or two episodes to get used to the style of filming, but afterwards you get get engrosed it the story lines and you just can't wait until the next episode. I recomend this video to anyone who is a fan of the street and wants to see how it all began and got the nation engrosed in the program!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Well Classic it certainly is. Coronation Street provides you a fantastic 4 episodes on the video presented by a much younger Johney Briggs (Mike Baldwin). Speaking of Mike he, Dreary Deirdre and Ken are the focus in the first episode featuring the ever favorite love triangle. Fantastic acting on William Roache's behalf, quite good from Johny Briggs and a load of rubbish from Anne Kirkbride and and her jumpy vains.
Episode 2- One of the most funniest episodes of Coronation Street I have EVER seen. The three main stars are Betty Driver (Betty Turpin/Williams) Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch/Gilroy) and Fred Feast (Fred Gee) all were great, they all provided good quality comedy acting. The end scene was great when Bet and Betty went for a plunge into the cold depth of the lake but funny.
Episode 3- The Ogden's 40th Aniversary. Well what an episode we finally but the traumas behind us and get on with some happy episodes like 2. 3 was meant to be but the end some tragic news was broken. Poor old Rita, Len was killed instantly in a car crash. More to this in episode 4......................
Episode 4- Rita's Trauma- Barbara Knox (Rita Fairclough/Sullivan) was great in this episode. She had some fantastic scenes that most of the other actors could never have managed in 1 million years such as (Anne Kirkbride, Eileen Derbyshire and Betty Driver) But still the best ep on the tape with a small comedy performance in the factory from Vera and Ivy.
It is great to see legendry actors like Pat Phoinex, Doris Speed, Barbara Knox, William Roache and Anne Kirkbride at their best or worse in Anne Kirkbride's case.
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