Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Coronation Street

Coronation Street has been on the air since 1960, which makes it the U.K.’s longest-running soap opera. This show follows the everyday lives of regular, working-class people in Manchester, England.

The main characters on the show live around a fictional street called Coronation Street that was named after the coronation of King Edward VII. As of the end of June 2019, there have been 9,804 unique episodes of Coronation Street. That number is only increasing because this show airs a whopping six times a week. Keep reading to learn more about this strange and very British show.

More People Watched A Coronation Street Wedding Than A Real Royal Wedding

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla Parker-Bowles got married early in the day on April 8, 2005. That same day, Coronation Street characters Ken Barlow and Deirdre Rachid tied the knot for the second time. Seventeen million viewers tuned in to watch Ken and Deirdre get remarried. That’s four million more viewers than Charles’ second royal wedding got.

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Photo Credit: @Corriepedia / Twitter
Photo Credit: @Corriepedia / Twitter

Coincidentally, Ken and Deirdre actually got married for the first time in 1981, the same year Prince Charles married his first wife, Princess Diana.