|Ken Barlow in Corrie's first ever episode, December 9 1960|
"In our dreams and in our nightmares, we live in the shadow of the Victorians," says Dominic towards the end of next week's episode of his survey of British culture. Coronation Street's Ken Barlow, he suggests, is the modern equivalent of Pip in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations - a man striving to escape his social class.
Tune in to find out what on earth he means on Wednesday 18 November at 9pm on BBC2.
You can watch a clip from the programme here.
Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.
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