Recent Event Highlights: Corrie's 50th anniversary, Death of Jack Duckworth, Claire Peacock's lesbian bombshell, Corrie's first lesbian plot, Sally Webster tells Kevin she has cancer, Liam Connor killed, and 92 more...
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Last updated: 11/23/10 at 11:16 AM
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THE tram crash heading for Coronation Street to mark the show’s 50th anniversary on December 9 is one of the biggest and most expensive stunts ever seen on the show. Soap bosses have promised three deaths, a birth and a wedding during the week-long anniversary celebrations, which will air in the second week of December.
Jack (Bill Tarmey) dies of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma sitting in the armchair that his beloved Vera died in. Her ghost comes to guide him to 'the other side' in one of the soap's weepiest scenes in years.
On Roy and Hayley Cropper's wedding day, Claire Peacock reveals that Sophie Webster and Sian Powers are in a lesbian relationship.
Having been jailed for plotting the murder of Liam Connor, businessman Tony Gordon - played by Scots star Gray O’Brien - escaped from prison and headed to Weatherfield hell bent on revenge. He took Hayley Cropper, Carla Connor (Alison King) and Maria Connor (Samia Smith) hostage in a siege at the Underworld factory and - after killing his accomplice Robbie Sloan (James Fleet) - set the building ablaze. After letting Hayley and Maria go, he tried to blow up both himself and Carla but she escaped, leaving him to face a fiery death alone.
Blanche Hunt is laid to rest, after passing away in Portugal. Her funeral also marks the return of granddaughter Tracy Barlow.
Sophie Webster becomes the show's first lesbian character, after she shares a kiss with best friend Sian Powers
Gail Platt gets married for the fifth time, to Joe McIntyre. But any hopes poor Gail has of a happy ever after are soon as dead in the water as her new husband. Just hours after the ceremony he drowns in the Lake District after a plan to fake his own death to evade money lenders goes horribly wrong.
Sally Webster tells husband Kevin that she has breast cancer.
Tyrone Dobbs and Molly Compton marry.
Liam Connor is mowed down and killed outside a club by a driver hired by Tony Gordon whilst celebrating Tony's stag night.
David Platt pushes his mother Gail down the stairs on Richard Hillman's five year death anniversary
Violet Wilson gives birth to her son, Dylan in the Rovers with Sean Tully at her side and Marcus the sonographer delivers him. Later on Violet is taken to Weatherfield General Hospital. At the hospital with herself and her new son Dylan, both Sean and her boyfriend Jamie Baldwin are there.
After 34 years on the show Vera Duckworth dies of Heart Failure. Jack, Molly and Tyrone were at the Rovers when she died. But when Jack returns later, he finds Vera in her in her chair. Thinking she is asleep, he talks to her normally and asks her for a cup of tea. Without a response, Jack finds that she has died.
Paul Connor is killed in a car crash after kidnapping Leanne Battersby and holding her hostage in his car boot. He skips a red light and ploughs into a lorry. Leanne suffers minor injuries and is released from hospital the next day.
After a nerve-wrecking Trial, Tracy Barlow is shocked to be found guilty in court. She is sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 15 years before she is eligible for parole. This means that Tracy cannot be released until 2022.
Bad boy builder Charlie Stubbs (Bill Ward) was a ladies' man and secret control freak but he met his match in Tracy Barlow, played by Kate Ford, who was even more twisted than him. Enraged by his womanising, Tracy planned to murder him in cold blood and after giving him a lap dance, she smacked him twice him over the head with a metal ornament. Despite staging the scene to make it look like she had acted in self-defence and planting evidence that he had abused her, her scheme failed and she was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Fred Elliott dies from a heart attack on the day of his wedding to Bev Unwin, during a visit to Audrey Roberts. After telling Audrey he will marry Bev, he collapses and dies in Audrey's hallway on his way out. Audrey is subsequently vilified as a "scarlet woman".
Mike dies in the arms of Ken Barlow after having a heart attack outside his factory.he had been earlier diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease
Mike Baldwin is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Status Quo perform at Cilla Brown and Les Battersby's wedding reception.
Danny Baldwin discovers that Mike Baldwin is not his uncle, but his father.
Shelley Unwin jilts husband-to-be Charlie Stubbs at the altar.
Ray Langton dies in the Rovers Return during Ken and Deirdre's wedding reception as a result of stomach cancer.
Ken Barlow and Deirdre Rachid remarry
Tommy Harris is beaten to death by his 18-year-old diabetic daughter Katy, who later dies of a self-induced sugar overdose. Tommys wife is chief suspect for his murder until she is found not guilty but she is still put in prison for pleading guilty to protect her daughter.
Dev and his wife Sunita are nearly killed when Dev's ex Maya sets fire to corner shop, They are rescued and Maya is sent to prison.
Sarah Platt finds out that Todd Grimshaw has been seeing Karl Foster behind her back; this leads to a massive brawl in the street between their mothers Gail Platt and Eileen Grimshaw.
Janice Battersby drops a lit cigarette in the Underworld storeroom, setting the place alight. She is rescued by Nick Tilsley.
Martin Platt crashes his car, and is pulled out by Tommy Harris just before the vehicle explodes in a fireball.
The programme's first homosexual storyline is set in motion when Todd Grimshaw attempts to kiss Nick Tilsley, the brother of Todd's fiancée, Sarah Platt. Todd cannot hide his feelings from his bride-to-be and eventually comes out
One of Coronation Street’s most infamous storylines began when long-suffering Gail Platt (Helen Worth) married Richard Hillman (Brian Capron), a seemingly mild-mannered financial advisor with a dark secret. Tricky Dicky’liked to get his own way and didn’t take too kindly to anyone who stopped him. Duggie Ferguson, his ex-wife Patricia and Maxine Peacock all fell by his hand while he attempted to do away with his mother-in-law Audrey Roberts and Emily Bishop. Hillman topped it off by attempting to kill Gail, her daughter Sarah-Louise, son David (Jack P Shepherd), and her granddaughter Bethany by driving them all into a canal, drawing an audience of more than 19million.
Toyah Battersby departs Coronation Street for London in Spider Nugent's juice van after learning from flatmate Fiz Brown that Maria Sutherland had become pregnant by Toyah's boyfriend, university lecturer John.
Maxine Peacock is killed by Richard Hillman.
Richard Hillman murders his ex-wife Patricia with a shovel after an argument.
Duggie Ferguson dies after falling from a fourth-story banister while arguing with Richard Hillman. Richard flees the scene, leaving Duggie to die from his injuries.
Alma Baldwin dies of cancer.
Ken Barlow's daughter, Susan, is killed in a car accident
After 40 hours of rehearsal, a special live episode of Coronation Street is broadcast to celebrate the programme's 40th anniversary. It is the first live episode since 1961 and features guest appearances by Prince Charles, Noddy Holder and Sir Trevor McDonald.
The most controversial birth on Coronation Street by some margin,
Sarah Louise Platt was only a 12-year old schoolgirl when she fell pregnant by classmate Neil Fearns, later bemoaning that they had "only done it once".
Sarah Louise didn't realise she was pregnant until five months later, when it was too late for an abortion, and so had to give birth to the child.
Although her pregnancy and birth went smoothly, she rapidly realised that her childhood had ended and her life would never be the same again.
Sarah-Louise Platt, at the age of 13, discovers that she is five months pregnant
Scots producer Brian Park culled a number of well known names when he took over at the show in 1997 and he also introduced Hayley Patterson (Julie Hesmondhalgh) as the first transsexual person in British soap history. Initially seen as a ratings-grabbing gimmick, Hayley quickly won over fans and her storylines highlighted transgender issues. For tax purposes she remained registered as a bloke called Harold - a fact her boss Mike Baldwin was only too glad to highlight. Since marrying Roy Cropper (David Neilson), Hayley has become part of one of the show’s formidable double acts.
Alf Roberts dies from a heart attack during Nicky Tilsley's birthday party
19 million people watched Deirdre Rachid wrongfully imprisoned after conman Jon Lindsay (Owen Aaronovitch) implicated her in a bank fraud scheme. The trial sparked a media frenzy to “Free the Weatherfield One” and a petition was sent to the Home Secretary to become involved on Deirdre’s behalf. It became such a cause celebre, even then Prime Minister Tony Blair called for Deirdre to be freed. She was released after three weeks, with Granada claiming she was always going to be freed.
Ken Barlow's blind-date, Babs Fanshawe (aka Brigit Forsyth, aka Thelma from The Likely Lads), drops dead during their night out.
17-year old Nick Tilsley marries his 16-year-old girlfriend Leanne Battersby.
Don Brennan's death completes a reign of terror in which he set fire to Mike Baldwin's factory and drove his taxi into the River Irwell in an attempt to kill himself and passenger Alma Baldwin
Derek Wilton dies from heart attack during a road rage incident.
Bet Gilroy leaves Coronation Street.
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Samir Rachid dies in hospital after being waylaid by a group of youths while on his way to donate a kidney to Tracy Barlow.