BBC to run Corrie show

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 May 2010
Bill Roache

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache

The BBC are planning to celebrate ITV soap 'Coronation Street's upcoming 50th anniversary with a 90-minute drama show called 'Florizel Street'

The BBC will celebrate 'Coronation Street's 50th anniversary with a 90-minute drama show.

Bosses on the network - which is home to rival soap 'EastEnders' - are planning to run a one-off show later in the year to mark the ups and downs of their competitor's early years.

The programme will be called 'Florizel Street' - which was the working title originally given to the Weatherfield soap - will also focus on some of the show's iconic characters in their younger years.

A BBC insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's a bit mischievous - but ITV don't seem to have much of a clue what to do to mark this event.

"So we're getting in first because the Street is part of our national culture and should be given a proper salute. Our show is going to be a must for all 'Corrie' fans."

Producers are currently searching for new actors and actresses to portray the original characters, including Elsie Tanner (Pat Phoenix), Ena Sharples (Violet Carson) and Annie Walker (Doris Speed).

An actor could also be found to portray Ken Barlow in his younger years - even though original actor Bill Roache is still working on 'Coronation Street', aged 78.

The idea behind the upcoming drama lies with Daran Little - a former 'Coronation Street' archivist, who currently works on 'EastEnders'.

Daran is a close pal of BBC North boss Peter Salmon - who previously wrote 95 episodes of the ITV soap.

The new show will also include details of how producer Harry Elton and writer Tony Warren first penned the script.

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