Corrie fans are in for a treat tonight as The Road To Coronation Street gets another airing, a decade after it was first shown on BBC Four in 2010.
The feature-length drama, whose cast includes Jessie Wallace and Lynda Baron, takes us back to the earliest days of Coronation Street and its journey to the screen, courtesy of creator Tony Warren.
Tony, who worked on the soap as a consultant right up until his death, passed away in 2016 leaving behind a legacy that would change the face of TV for ever – but how old was he, and was he known for any other TV projects?
Here’s what you need to know…
Tony, who died on 1 March 2016, was 79 years old at the time of his death.
Born as Anthony McVay Simpson in Eccles, Manchester loved to visit the set and catch up with the cast and crew during breaks in filming. He would offer feedback and praise on storylines and performances which were welcomed.
Warren trained at the Elliott Clarke Theatre School in Liverpool and became a regular on Children’s Hour on BBC Radio. He also acted in many radio plays performed with the actors who were later to become household names in Coronation Street, such as notably Violet Carson and Doris Speed.
He was just 24 years old when he devised the idea for Coronation Street, little knowing at the time it would become a national institution and famous the world over.
Warren wrote scripts for the soap until 1968, after which he moved on to other fields – but continued to pen occasional scripts until the 1970s, and remained on as a consultant to Corrie.
The soap was pretty much his life, with Warren winning a lifetime achievement award at the British Soap Awards in 2000, and the National Television Awards Landmark Award in 2005.
He was awarded an MBE in 1994, and was given an honorary degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 “in recognition for his contribution to ground-breaking television and creative writing which has helped put Manchester and Salford on the cultural map’.
His other accolades included a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Television Society in 2010.
As well as his early career acting in plays, Warren also penned four novels – The Lights of Manchester in 1991, Foot of the Rainbow in 1993, Behind Closed Doors in 1995 and 1998’s Full Steam Ahead.
Meanwhile he also made a guest appearance on the cobbles in 2010, in the soap’s 50th anniversary live episode.
Warren was praised following his death for spearheading a positive change in the way LGBT characters and portrayed on television.
The writer was openly gay at a time when homosexuality was illegal and was himself a victim of homophobia from many.
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