Saturday, 10 August 2013

Corrie A-Z: O is for Originals

There were twenty-one original characters in Coronation Street in 1960. These being Florrie Lindley, Harry Hewitt, Minnie Caldwell, Martha Longhurst, Ena Sharples, Linda Cheveski, Ida Barlow, Christine Hardman, Albert Tatlock, Concepta Riley, Jack Walker, Leonard Swindley, Dennis Tanner, Lucille Hewitt, Esther Hayes, Frank Barlow, Elsie Tanner, Ken Barlow, David Barlow, Annie Walker and Ivan Cheveski.

Ken Barlow is the only character to remain since its inception. Of those originals actors still alive there is Anne Cunningham (Linda Cheveski), Doreen Keogh (Concepta Riley), Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner), William Roache (Ken Barlow) and Alan Rothwell (David Barlow). Out of these, only Rothwell’s character has been killed off in the show.

The first original character to leave was David Barlow in 1961 although he would return before his final appearance in 1968. The first original character to die was Ida Barlow in 1961 when Noel Dyson, who played, decided to leave. Six originals were axed between 1964 and 1965. The first member of the cast to die was Arthur Leslie, who played Jack Walker, in 1970. The latest original character to leave was Linda Cheveski back in 1984 although both Elsie Tanner and Albert Tatlock made their final appearances the same year. The latest original member of the cast to die is Daphne Oxenford, who died in 2012, 40 years after her last appearance as Esther Hayes.

To see a more detailed account of the original cast, take a look at the profiles I did here.

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Anonymous said...

Lifton, you should be congratulated on all the hard work you have done. I've never enjoyed the alphabet more! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Llifon, I agree! I almost never respond to posts, but read all of your detailed information with great interest! Just so that you know that your hard work is appreciated!

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