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Coronation Street's first Muslim family to move in

Jimi Mistry pictured with Strictly Come Dancing dancer Flavia Cacae. The pair married in December. Credit: PA

Coronation Street is to get its first Muslim family in the soap's 53-year history, according to a report.

The Daily Star says relatives of current character Kal Nazir, played by former EastEnders actor Jimy Mistry, will soon become permanent residents of the Street.

"We've established that Kal's two kids, his daughter and son, live with his mum and dad," executive producer Stuart Blackburn said.

"We've already cast his dad, Sharif, who is retired. He's not rich but he's made enough money he doesn't need to work."

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Cheryl Cole heads to Coronation Street for charity

Cheryl Cole has joined regulars at Coronation Street's Rovers Return to film a special episode that will be screened as part of ITV's Text Santa campaign.

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Cheryl Cole will make an appearance in Coronation Street to help raise money for Text Santa. Credit: ITV

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The former Girls Aloud songstress is to star alongside soap stars Michelle Keegan (Tina), Simon Gregson (Steve), Kym Marsh (Michelle) and Andy Whyment (Kirk) in the episode that will be screened as part of ITV's Text Santa programme on Friday 20th December.

Cheryl Cole with Michelle Keegan Credit: ITV

In the storyline Cheryl heads to the Rovers, looking for her childhood friend, barmaid Tina, and aims to take her up to Newcastle to celebrate Christmas - but things do not go according to plan.

The former X Factor judge said: "It has always been part of my life, we'd all watch it as kids every night. It's surreal to be part of something I've watched my whole life.

"It's great to be able to support six wonderful charities and I really hope that this year's appeal makes a difference to many lives."

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A new home for the world's longest running soap

The new Coronation Street set was revealed today, although viewers are unlikely to notice any difference as it is an exact replica in a new location.

It took around 3,000 workers more than two years to create the new set based at Salford Quays.

Stars of the soap hailed the new purpose-built set as "amazing" after its launch.

ITV News' Nina Nannar reports:

New Corrie cobbles: Facts on the set and the soap

Coronation Street stars hail 'amazing' new set

Stars of Coronation Street have hailed the soap's new purpose-built set after its launch today.

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Just left our new set at media city.. What an amazing job they hav done recreating the worlds most famous street! #corrie #exciting times! ?

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Just been to the new Corrie set, it's absolutely amazing! I can't wait to start filming now. #newchapter

The new set, based at Salford Quays, is the fifth interpretation of the famous street.

It took around 3,000 workers more than two years to create the exact replica.

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Corrie creator: They're all my favourite houses

Scriptwriter Tony Warren, the man who created Coronation Street, visited the famous soap's new set today and said of the houses on the Street "They're all my favourite."

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Tony Warren, creator of Coronation Street: "They're all my favourite houses on this Street." #CorrieReveal http://t.co/UhfeWsT84W

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Read: Spot the difference: New Corrie replica set

Spot the difference: New Corrie replica set

It took two years to recreate the iconic Coronation Street cobbles in Manchester's Media City but today the new set was unveiled by the cast.

Spot the difference: The new Coronation Street set, right, and the original
Spot the difference: The new Coronation Street set, right, and the original Credit: PA

The Media City set is an exact replica of the original and filming will begin there early next year.

Roy's Rolls and the kebab shop have been recreated in Media City.
Roy's Rolls and the kebab shop have been recreated in Media City. Credit: PA

Michelle Keegan, who plays the Street's Tina McIntyre, wrote on Twitter: "The new Corrie set is amazing!!!! So strange, it's exactly the same but so different at the same time!! Hahah!"

Cast members from Coronation Street walk along the cobbles of the new set during a photocall at Media City, Manchester
Cast members from Coronation Street walk along the cobbles of the new set during a photocall at Media City, Manchester Credit: PA

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