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All star cast for BBC Four drama on birth of Coronation Street

Jessie Wallace plays Pat Phoenix, who became Tony’s "tart with the heart", Elsie Tanner; Celia Imrie plays Doris Speed, who became Tony’s "snob", Annie Walker; and Lynda Baron plays Violet Carson, who became Tony’s "harridan in a hair net", Ena Sharples.

Jane Horrocks plays Granada’s casting director Margaret Morris; Christian McKay plays Tony’s boss, Canadian producer Harry Elton; while Coronation Street’s longest-serving cast member, William Roache, will be played by his real-life son, James Roache (The Innocence Project, Cold Blood).

The stellar cast also includes Steven Berkoff (A Clockwork Orange, War And Remembrance); Sophia Di Martino (Casualty); John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet); Shaun Dooley (Five Days, Married, Single, Other); Henry Goodman (The Damned United); Michelle Holmes (The Red Riding 1980, The Chase); Phoebe Nicholls (Clapham Junction, Persuasion) and Tara Moran (Waterloo Road, The Bill).

Richard Klein, Controller BBC Four, says: "It’s wonderful to have such an amazing cast to tell the story of how Coronation Street was born. This one-off drama tells the story of how, in 1960, British Television changed for ever. BBC Four is the natural home for this story to be told and this one-off drama forms part of the Great Northern season on BBC Four this autumn, which celebrates the culture, history, life and architecture of northern England."

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