The Road To Coronation Street
Saturday at 8.30pm on TV ONE
6.55 pm. December 9th 1960. Granada Studios Manchester.
With minutes to go until the live transmission of Episode One, creator Tony Warren is being sick in the toilets, actress Pat Phoenix is missing and so is the cat from the opening shot...
The Road to Coronation Street is the epic story of one man's struggle to make a program that no one wanted. Granada's formidable bosses Sidney Bernstein (Steven Berkoff) and his brother Cecil (Henry Goodman) are not enthusiastic.
But together with producer Harry Elton (Christian McKay) and director Derek Bennett (Shaun Dooley), Tony takes up the battle. He wants cobbles, a pub, seven houses and a shop but above all he wants Northern actors.
Led by Casting Director Margaret Morris (Jane Horrocks) and her
young assistant Josie Scott (Sophia Di Martino), the hunt begins
for the legendary cast - Doris Speed (Celia Imrie), Pat Phoenix
(Jessie Wallace), Violet Carson (Lynda Baron) and William Roache
(played by his son James Roache). With a last minute change of
title, Coronation Street is born.