With thanks to Coronation Street fan Barrie Turnbull for alerting us to a couple of little gems. Barrie has found a couple of lovely little Coronation Street specials via the wonders of YouTube, as follows.
The first one is called: Coronation Street - They're Back! It's a Coronation Street: Granada Plus Special from 1996.
In October 1996, satellite channel Granada Plus began broadcasting classic episodes sequentially every weekday starting from the golden era of April 1976 (ep 1588). This 1996 promotional programme is introduced by Thelma Barlow. There are some lovely interviews and anecdotes with several cast members, writers & producers who worked on Coronation Street between 1976-1996. There are also some classic clips from upcoming 1976 episodes. The original plan was to re-broadcast the series from 1960, but this was scrapped in favour of Bill Podmores golden era. As 1976 was only 20 years ago it was thought that 1976 cast members would be more familiar to 1996 viewers. Original broadcasts were screened four times a day on Granada plus, being the unique selling point of the channel. In addition to a Sunday omnibus, and special block episodes of particular storylines on Saturday primetime. Indeed the first Christmas Day of 1996 saw a classic corrie marathon broadcast from 10am-6pm, showing the first 16 episodes from 1960.
You can watch it here.
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