The Road to Coronation Street: cast, time, and what's the ITV drama about?

Coronation Street fans are in for a treat this weekend when the one-off drama The Road To Coronation Street airs on ITV.

Airing right before a special anniversary tribute to The British Soap Awards, the feature-length drama – originally shown on BBC Four in 2010 despite being an ITV production – goes all the way back to the earliest days of the soap, and how it came to be , with a pretty impressive case which sees Jessie Wallace swap Walford for Weatherfield.

We can’t wait to see it – but just what’s the show about, and who’s in the cast?

Here’s what you need to know…

What is The Road To Coronation Street about?

The Road To Coronation Street takes a nostalgic look back at how the iconic soap opera, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, came to be.

It sees creator Tony Warren, producer Harry Elton and director Derek Bennett as they make their bid to create the soap – but it’s not as easy as it might seem, given they’ve got to persuade then ITV bosses Sidney and Cecil Bernstein.

The show also follows how casting director Margaret Morris assembled the first stars of the soap – with names from the past including Pat Phoenix and Doris Speed.

Who is in the cast of The Road To Coronation Street?

The cast includes Jessie Wallace – best known as EastEnders’ Kat Moon – as actress Pat Phoenix, while Lynda Baron (Still Open All Hours) plays actress Violet Carson.

Meanwhile Jane Horrocks appears as casting director Margaret Morris, Celia Imrie plays Doris Speed and Steven Berkoff (Vikings) and Henry Goodman (The New Pope) play the Bernstein brothers.

Other cast members include David Dawson (The Last Kingdom, Ripper Street) as Tony Warren, Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles) as Harry Elton and Shaun Dooley (The Woman In Black) as Derek Bennett

When is The Road To Coronation Street on?

The Road To Coronation Street is on ITV on Sunday night at 7.30pm.

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