Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Coronation Street..........

Before I start telling you about our trip to Italy I must tell you about our day out yesterday, touring the original set of the dearly loved and longest running soap in Britain, first broadcast on December 9th 1960 - Coronation Street.      If you are thinking of doing the Coronation Street Tour yourself then don't read this, you can have your own experience and see it all for real, I can thoroughly recommend it.

This original set, on Quay Street in Manchester, has now been abandoned in favour of a brand new purpose built set at Media City in Salford and is only open to tourists until the end of this year, after which it will be demolished and the land sold off, so we just had to go see a piece of Northern Television History.

The tour started in the studios, unfortunately photographs were not allowed but you can see some here, though we did take a sneaky one of the real life BAFTA Coronation Street received in 2012.
 We were shown the different dressed sets for the various interiors of the houses of the residents of Coronation Street, and it was explained how the sets changed depending on what was being filmed.  On each of the sets was a video showing scenes of the residents of the various houses and it was fascinating to see the familiar furniture in the front rooms,  though it all looks so much smaller than it does on TV.    

We were, however allowed in the Rovers Return.

Here we are behind the bar

Then it was out the back door into the yard.

 Then into the Street

To visit No1 Ken & Dierdre and No 3 Emily & Norris, and the back of No 1 the extension.

No 5 Chesney & Sinead, No 7 Dev Alahan No 9 Tyrone & Fiz and No 11 Eileen
No 13 Sophie Webster and Maddie Heath.
Last on the row the Corner Shop, currently owned by Dev.
The back alley.

At the end of the street is The Bistro
 Across the road we visited the Kabin
Websters' Auto Centre

Underworld (aka the knicker factory)

Round the corner back onto Coronation Street and No 8 Gail McIntyre's. While MWM rang the bell at the front door I sneaked round the back to have a look at the garden.

 Then I went next door to Anna's No.6. but she wasn't in.
 If you want to know who lived in these properties previously with a brief history see here.

Audrey's Salon wasn't open either
so I sat on the bench outside for a while but she didn't arrive.
The plaque on the bench is dedicated to Maxine Peacock, Ashley's first wife and hairdresser at the salon.

Then we went round the corner on to Rosamund Street to see the viaduct,
 Looking up Rosamund Street from the viaduct.
 the medical centre and chip shop,

Barlow's  Buys,

 The bus stop and Street Cars.

Just round the corner is Victoria Street, the home to the kebab shop, Roy's Rolls and what was Elliott's Butchers shop.

On the opposite side of the Street is Tina McIntyre's flat and the builder's yard,

 **SPOILER ALERT** If you're not up to date with what's happened in the last couple of months on Corrie don't read any further!

where Tina met her death when she was pushed from the balcony by Rob Donovan,  but having survived the fall he battered her with a lead pipe and she died in hospital.

Map of Coronation Street and surrounding area here.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Coronation Street and the studios, it was really interesting and fascinating to see the actual set we have watched for so many years on TV.     Hope you enjoyed the tour, if you read it.


Anonymous said...

Wow wow wow! I love this! It's definitely changed a lot since I went back. Great photos and you look right at home behind that bar!

CJ x

Akelamalu said...

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks CJ x

Daryl said...

this is fun … i guess it was for a bit in the late 60s or early 70s that i watched Coronation Street on BBC America …. Dot .. Shel … some fellow who i think was Dot's son … oh so long ago

Akelamalu said...

I guess it doesn't mean much to you Daryl if you can't/don't watch it. It's a national institution here. Lol

Ron said...

Even though I have never seen this show, I found this post utterly fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable!!!'s so cool to see 'behind' the scenes of a TV show or movie. I LOVE seeing and reading about stuff like this!

"though it all looks so much smaller than it does on TV."

You are so right about that because I remember seeing the set of a TV show here in the U.S. (Bonanza) which was shot in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. looked so much smaller than it did on TV!

Great photographs! Love the one of you and MWM behind the bar. You look gorgeous in that red/orange top and scarf.

Thanks for sharing, m'dear! Enjoyed!


Valerie said...

Years ago I missed out on a trip to Coronation Street so you've done me a big favour by sharing your experience. In those days it was just the street... now it's more like a district!

Sometimes I wish the murder had been handled differently with the murderer unknown. It's almost on top of the last one when we knew 'who dun it' so I think a bit more mystery would have been better. Viewers might have liked to 'solve the crime' in their own minds.

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Akelamalu said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this Ron, I thought maybe it wouldn't be of interest to anyone who hadn't seen the show. Thanks for the compliment too. X

Glad to be of service Valerie, and I agree about the murder though it is quite interesting seeing Rob's reactions to various situations. X

Thanks Brac.

Beach Bum said...

Forgive this Who fan, but somehow I kept expecting to see the TARDIS. Great post!

Akelamalu said...

Lol sorry to disappoint Beach. X

Maggie May said...

Seems a pity that the original Coronation St is going to be demolished!
I believe East enders (that I watch more) is having an update too.
All in the name of progress!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Akelamalu said...

Yes it is a shame Maggie but I guess it's all about money.

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Secret Agent Woman said...

I have seen the show, but still enjoyed the tour!

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Flowerpot. X

Glad you enjoyed the tour SAW. X

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cheshire wife said...

I am surprised that the set is so big. I always thought that it was just one street.

Around My Kitchen Table said...

It must have been really strange to see all those iconic views "in real life"! Great pictures - felt like I was there with you.

Akelamalu said...

I was surprised too Cheshire Wife! x

It was , glad you enjoyed it. xx

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