It is with great sadness that Coronation Street confirms legendary creator and acclaimed writer Tony Warren MBE, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by his loving friends (1 March 2016), aged 79, after a short illness.
All who worked with Tony throughout his illustrious career had the utmost respect for his achievements and he remained a Consultant on the show until the day he died.
He was considered one of the television industry’s greatest minds as he devised the idea for the Weatherfield soap at the age of 24 at the very beginning of his acclaimed writing career.
John Whiston, Creative Director, Soaps for ITV Studios paid a moving tribute to Tony:
“Amid the many and much deserved tributes to Tony Warren, surely there can be no greater tribute than that the show he created 56 years ago is still the number one show on British TV. Tony infused Coronation Street with his own spirit, one that was at the same time dramatic and credible, exciting and grounded, funny and humane.
"It is Tony's spirit that has kept the show fresh and relevant all these years and will do for years to come. All who are lucky enough to work on the show owe Tony a huge amount of gratitude. As do all the millions who tune into Coronation Street week after week.”
Born Anthony McVay Simpson in Eccles, Manchester, Tony was a regular visitor to the soap’s set in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and loved nothing more than to catch up with the cast and crew during breaks in filming whilst offering the actors insightful feedback about their characters and storylines.
Coronation Street’s Executive Producer Kieran Roberts has spent nearly 15 years working alongside Tony:
“Tony Warren the writer was a pioneer, a revolutionary, a true genius, a giant of British television. He will rightly be remembered around the world as the creator of Coronation Street but those of us lucky enough to have worked on his wonderful show and to have known him will also remember the man: the razor-sharp intelligence; the brilliant, often mischievous sense of humour, the courage and conviction, the passion for people, the immense generosity of spirit and capacity for love.
"We all deeply mourn his passing but celebrate his work and his life, both of which have made the world an infinitely richer place.”
Coronation Street actress Paula Lane is to leave the show after six years playing troubled Kylie Platt.
Paula will be at the centre of a huge top secret storyline which will be on screen this summer. She will finish filming as she goes on maternity leave in June.
She notified ITV of her intention to leave the show a few weeks ago, the producers and writing team discussed her exit at the story conference and came up with an exciting storyline for her departure which will coincide with the timing of her maternity leave.
Writers and storyliners are now working on the details of her dramatic exit which will focus on the climax of the storyline which saw Callum Logan murdered and buried under Gail’s granny flat in the live episode last September.
Producer Stuart Blackburn said:
“Paula is one of the most talented and dedicated actors I know and in Kylie she has created an unforgettable Corrie character.
"I for one will miss both the character and the actor and on behalf of all at Coronation Street wish Paula all the love and luck in the world and I'm certain that Paula's future will be full of continued success.”
Paula Lane said:
“This has not been an easy decision for me to make. I have enjoyed every moment of my time on Coronation Street and learnt so much in the process.
"I have an amazing on-screen family who have become friends for life so this decision was not taken lightly. But sometimes you just have to follow your heart and I am excited about what the future has to offer both personally and professionally.”
Michelle Connor’s marriage to Steve McDonald will be put to the test this spring when her first love arrives in Weatherfield.
Will turns up in the Rovers to book Michelle as his wedding planner but she is stunned to realise her new client is an old flame from her teenage years.
Leon Ockenden, best known for his roles in Waterloo Road and Mr Selfridge, has been cast as the charming ex-boyfriend and it isn’t long before Will and Michelle are taking a trip down memory lane.
With Steve McDonald still over in Spain helping out brother Andy, Michelle has been left running the pub and helping with Steve’s daughter Amy, whilst trying to run her own business.
And it soon becomes clear that there is unfinished business for the former lovebirds as they spend more and more time together planning the wedding.
Can Michelle and Will avoid temptation or will they risk both their relationships by letting their feelings for each other take over? Will Steve arrive back in Weatherfield in the nick of time?
Will’s first scenes will be screened in April, Leon and Kym started filming together this week.
Shayne Ward collected the award for Best Newcomer in the National Television Award for his role as Aidan Connor!
It was a fabulous night of fun and frolics and we wouldn’t be anywhere without you, our fans, so thank you the bottom of our hearts.
Here’s some pics from the night (SEE MORE HERE) - cheers!
The votes are in, the viewers have spoken and Britain’s best-loved programmes and performers are lined up on the shortlist for the 21st National Television Awards!
Coronation Street is nominated in the Serial Drama category, watch the montage above to remind yourself of all the great moments!
But that's not Coronation Street's only nomination...
Alison King has been nominated for her portrayal of Carla Connor.
Carla isn't the only Connor to be up for a prestigious award! New kid on the block, Shayne Ward has been nominated for his turn as Aidan.
VOTES MUST BE IN BY NOON ON WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY 2016.
All new votes will be added to those already submitted in the first round and the results will be revealed at the ceremony on ITV from The O2 London on 20 January 2016 - find out more here!