Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Oldies v young 'uns - Coronation Street's changing character profile

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2013, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Our blogger Llifon has done a fantastic job over the last few months in researching and presenting the 12 most used characters on Coronation Street, year by year, from 1960 to date.

You can read all about them here.

In each of the years profiled by Llifon, he worked out the average age of the top 12 most used characters each year.

In the graph above, we've plotted those average ages, year by year, so you can see how this has changed over the years and decades.

The years are across the bottom of the graph and the ages are up the left hand side.

Yes, it's real Corrie anorak fan stuff - and I love it! I can't thank Llifon enough for all his work.

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Anonymous said...

This raises more questions. Who were the producers and executive producers when the average age dipped so noticeably in 1997 and onward? Was it a deliberate policy decision? If so, who made it, and why?
It's also interesting that the average age is slowly rising again. Is this a deliberate choice too?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the average age is creeping back up simply because the regular main characters are getting older and are not being replaced or augmented by younger characters/actors.

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