Coronation Street (informally known as Corrie) is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on inner-city Salford, its terraced houses, café, corner shop, newsagents, building yard, taxicab office, salon, restaurant, textile factory and the Rovers Returnpub. In the show’s fictional history, the street was built in 1902 and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII.
The show typically airs five times a week: Monday and Friday 7:30–8 pm and 8:30–9 pm, and Wednesday 7:30–8 pm, however this occasionally varies due to sport or around Christmas and New Year. From late 2017, the show will air six times a week. The programme was conceived in 1960 by scriptwriter Tony Warren at Granada Television in Manchester. Warren’s initial kitchen sink drama proposal was rejected by the station’s founder Sidney Bernstein, but he was persuaded by producer Harry Elton to produce the programme for 13 pilot episodes. Within six months of the show’s first broadcast, it had become the most-watched programme on British television, and is now a significant part of British culture. The show has been one of the most lucrative programmes on British commercial television, underpinning the success of Granada Television and ITV.