Think you know Coronation Street? Think again! The street is packed with more secrets than the Bermuda Triangle – or Ken Barlow’s little black book. We’ve gone full Indiana Jones to unearth the best of the street’s secrets… Here’s what we discovered.
Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh auditioned for the role of Maria Sutherland in 2000, losing out to Samia Smith. Instead, Kimberley went on to find fame on Popstars The Rivals, and the rest as they say is history!
Fern Britton has a secret ambition: to seduce Ken Barlow! Her dream role in Corrie would be a saleswoman who finds her hotel overbooked for the night and is forced to stay at the Barlow’s house - where she could seduce Ken. Sounds like the plot to a good horror film to us!
Back in the 1990s Coronation Street was open to the public for tours. And even better, the streets post box was in full working order. If you posted a letter to your friends through this post box they would arrive bearing a Weatherfield postmark! We’re totally jealous.
The original street was built in an indoor studio, followed by an outside set in 1968. The street as we know it today wasn’t built until 1982 in the Granada backlot in central Manchester, and was constructed from reclaimed Salford brick.
Bet you didn’t know this… There are actually two Rovers Returns! As well as the one we see on our screens every episode, there’s a second one tucked around the back of the set. This second, secret Rovers is used for rehearsals and corporate entertaining. Wish we could sneak in there for a pint or two…
Every new cast member is taken on a shopping trip with the wardrobe team to buy clothes for their character. Cast members claim this is an efficient way to get a feel for their new alter ego before filming starts – but we think it’s just a great excuse to go shopping!
The Kabin looks choc-a-block full of goodies, right? Well we thought so too. But once you walk through the door Norris and his goods are nowhere to be found. In fact, none of the doors from the outdoor set lead anywhere because interior filming is done a studio a few metres away. Crafty…
David Browning played the trumpet on both the original recording of the theme in 1960 and the re-recording in 1964. Instead of making millions from playing the country’s best-known TV theme tune, he opted to receive a one-off payment of £36. If he had gone for royalty payments instead, he would now be a very wealthy man indeed!
Coronation Street isn’t only home to soap royalty… An hour-long live episode was screened in December 2000 to celebrate the soap’s 40th anniversary, and Prince Wales even made a cameo appearance! The live transmission featured a pre-recorded clip, which showed the prince in a television news bulletin meeting Audrey Roberts. Our minds were blown.
It’s not all fun and games on the set. Filming was cancelled for the first time in 10 years so that cast and staff could attend the memorial service for Bill Roache’s late wife Sara. The last time filming ground to a complete halt was when Bryan Mosley, who played Alf Roberts, died in April 1999.
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