- Actors: William Roache, Patricia Phoenix, Arthur Lowe, Violet Carson, Doris Speed
- Directors: Derek Bennett, Michael Scott, Eric Price, Vivian Milroy, Pauline Shaw
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 10
- Studio: Network
- DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2011
- Run Time: 2000 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004W2JW9C
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,613 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Voted ITV s Greatest Programme in a national poll and described as the most successful programme in television history , this collection of eighty episodes of Coronation Street represents the cream of this acclaimed TV drama. You can now relive the trials, tribulations, joy and jubilation as encountered by the folk of Manchester s Coronation Street in the UK s most compelling soap a show that has become a national treasure and which will forever have a place in our hearts. With many episodes from this celebrated and award-winning series not seen since their original broadcast, this is an opportunity to revisit old friends and relive some of the key moments and dramatic storylines, including: Dennis Tanner s arrest The infamous bar brawl between Ken and Len Fairclough Sheila s attempted suicide Florrie s shop rage The birth of Ken and Val s twins Ena s alleged shoplifting The terrifying train crash Val Barlow s hostage experience And much more
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say I remember, casting and all, to have made an impact on me as a child,
and, since the broadcasting of the Tony Warren story and as to how he
wrote and strived, if you like, to achieve such 'Pat Phoenix' and
'Violet Carson' 'Grandure' ....
All acted live before the camera, as nanny-nancies are not particularly
capable of today, (although Corry still on occassion), 't was an excellently
portrayed Drama in front of a live audience, with the occassional cough,
of a typical northern community and I cannot fault any part of that era.
Summat of a shame it aint still t' same.
At 46 and Old School, and all things seem to be going along with 'americanisms',
ie: 'bastardised 'English'', I Highly recommend this 1960's full decade
selection to relax and dismiss all crap to !!
Like every other Corrie release from Network, there are no subtitles, no extras, and no remastering, but what you have with the 1960s especially, is quality, kitchen sink drama with highly believable, likeable characters, and a real large helping of warmth and humour.
On the first disc you have the first eight episodes, written by the show's creator Tony Warren, and vintage 1960s performances from the legendary Violet Carson as the battleaxe Ena Sharples, Doris Speed as snooty Rovers Return landlady Annie Walker, and Pat Phoenix as the worldly, feisty Elsie Tanner. It's all great stuff, and real down-to-earth, gritty Northern drama. It's a different show to the often appalling one which is on our television screens today, because it was character driven, not the sensationalist rubbish that makes 'Corrie' so popular today.
The actors back then, by and large were so good, particularly when you consider the show actually went out live, which most always be a nerve wrecking experience. The characters come and go, but the sense of community spirit still shines through. Look out for a young Julie Goodyear as Bet Lynch, back when she was just a factory girl for a few episodes before the character returned in 1970, and the wonderful, late Jenny Moss, who was a great child actress in the role of the troublesome Lucille Hewitt. A few of the cast are still with us today, Emily Bishop (then Nugent) and Ken Barlow, who wasn't a great actor even at the start. Arthur Lowe was particularly good as Emily's love interest Leonard Swindley, and Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander as Stan and Hilda Ogden were soap's answer to Laurel and Hardy.
Buy this set and travel back in time. Once you watch these classic black and white episodes, you'll soon realise why the public quickly fell in love with 'Coronation Street'.
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