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Tony Warren to receive media award

Tony Warren Credit: PA

The creator of Coronation Street, Tony Warren, is to receive the inaugural Nations and Regions Media Achievement Award at this year’s Salford International Media Festival.

The award recognises his outstanding contribution to, and impact on, the development of media in the Nations and Regions of the UK.

Tony Warren established the world’s longest running TV soap opera in production, Coronation Street. He is still a consultant to the show. The Royal Television Society has labelled the show as “the most successful television programme in British history”.

“We’re delighted that the legendary creator of Coronation Street, Tony Warren, will be receiving the inaugural NARM Achievement Award at the Salford International Media Festival. Few people have done more for regional broadcasting; he helped to put Manchester and Salford on the cultural map. He is shows why regional television is vital to our country’s media landscape and was a trailblazer for so many people who will be attending our Nations and Regions Media Conference.”

– Beth Hewitt, Director of Salford International Media Festival

The Salford International Media Festival runs at the University of Salford from Monday 16th to Thursday 19th November


Actor Peter Baldwin, who played Derek Wilton in Coronation Street, dies aged 82

Peter Baldwin played Derek Wilton in Coronation Street for 21 years. Credit: ITV

The actor Peter Baldwin, who played Derek Wilton in Coronation Street for 21 years, has died aged 82.

A Coronation Street spokesperson said:

It is with great sadness we've learned respected former Coronation Street actor Peter Baldwin has died. Peter passed away at his home in north London last night after a short illness.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

– Coronation Street spokesperson

Baldwin first appeared as Derek in Coronation Street in 1976, with his character marrying Mavis in 1988.

Derek Wilton was written out of the soap in 1997 when he had a heart attack after arguing with a driver in a road rage incident.

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Newcomers set to cause a stir on the Corrie cobbles

The new additions to the Connor family hit screens on Monday. Credit: ITV Studios.

For nine years now the Connor clan have caused havoc on Coronation Street, now it's time for new life to be breathed into this family unit as Johnny and Kate burst onto the scene on Monday.

We have already seen the recent arrival of Aidan Connor played by Shayne Ward who we first saw on screen in August.

He invested in Carla's underwear factory Underworld but wasn't exactly truthful where his funds had come from.

Carla soon realises this when Aidan's dad Johnny (played by Prime suspect actor Richard Hawley) and his sister Kate (played by Faye Brookes) start taking an interest in Carla's books.

Johnny is a self made businessman who has been in the rag trade for years and despite being a lover of family he's certainly no pushover.

Aidan's sister Kate is mischievous but passionate about family.

She joins the street engaged to female soldier Caz.

Kate is played by theatre actress Faye Brookes who you may recognise from Legally Blonde or Shrek the musical.

Faye's a local girl from Urmston so landing the corrie role is like her dream job on her doorstep.

Faye is currently dating Pop Idol runner up Gareth Gates and can be seen on screen alongside Richard Hawley in Coronation Street from Monday, October 5.

Shayne Ward, Faye Brookes and Richard Hawley. Credit: ITV Studios


Watch: Trailer released ahead of Coronation Street's live special to mark 60-years of ITV

Coronation Street fans have been given a teaser of what they can expect from the live episode later this month.

The ITV drama will broadcast a live, one-hour long special programme to mark the network's 60th anniversary later this month.

Show bosses have titled the programme Nowhere Left To Run and say the programme will see David, Kylie and Sarah Platt pushed to the edge by evil drug dealer Callum Logan.

Video report: Farewell to Deirdre Barlow

Credit: ITV

Coronation Street will say an emotional farewell to one of its best loved characters tonight.

Viewers will see Deirdre Barlow's husband Ken and best friend Liz carrying her coffin into church.

Actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for four decades, died in January this year.

By way of a spoiler alert, if you're an avid Corrie fan you might want to cover your eyes for just a few moments!!

Our report tonight comes from Victoria Grimes:

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