Double record-breaker Coronation Street

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 September 2010
Bill Roache

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache

'Coronation Street' has won two Guinness World Records and has officially been named as the world's longest-running TV soap opera

'Coronation Street' has won two Guinness World Records.

The ITV1 show - which first aired in 1960 - is now officially the longest-running television soap opera in the world.

Additionally, actor Bill Roache, who plays former teacher Ken Barlow, has been named as the world's longest-serving soap actor, after making his first appearance on the show's debut episode on December 9, 1960.

Kieran Roberts, executive producer of the soap, said: "These days it's rare for any drama to run for more than a few years. In fact, back in 1960, 'Coronation Street' was originally commissioned for just 13 episodes.

"Therefore, it truly is an extraordinary achievement, that 50 years later, the show which first aired just after The Beatles were formed remains hugely popular in Britain and around the world."

The producer also paid tribute to Bill, stating it is down to his skill that his character Ken has remained in the soap for nearly 50 years.

Kieran added: "Bill Roache has played Ken Barlow since episode one. His character has had 27 girlfriends, three wives, numerous scandals, accidents and memorable stories and he's still at the heart of our now 60-strong cast.

"Ken Barlow is one of British television's most iconic characters, thanks to Bill's tremendous skill as a character actor but also thanks to his wonderful professionalism."

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