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The setting of both was a northern backstreet similar to the ones he remembered.
The script would eventually become the first episode of Coronation Street.Jack Howarth, Margot Bryant, Lynne Carol, Noel Dyson and Philip Lowrie played recast characters from the dry runs, in addition to Alan Rothwell playing the newly created David Barlow, Arthur Leslie as Jack Walker, and Ivan Beavis and Jennifer Moss as Harry Hewitt and his eleven-year-old daughter Lucille, the youngest member of the cast.Although Warren's preference was for Lancastrians to play anyone from Weatherfield, London-born Daphne Oxenford was cast as Esther Hayes, while Ernst Walder and Doreen Keogh played Ivan Cheveski and Concepta Riley, respectively Linda's husband and Rovers barmaid who were the only non-British characters.To accompany the script, Warren wrote a memo for the Granada board, explaining the series: "A fascinating freemasonary, a volume of unwritten rules.These are the driving forces behind life in a working class street in the north of England.To gain inspiration for the look of the street, set designer Denis Parkin visited the backstreets of Salford, ending up in Archie Street in Ordsall which was filmed for the programme's title sequence.
There were notable differences between Coronation and Archie Street, such as the lack of a pub and the row consisting of nine houses instead of seven, but these were not apparent in the sequence shot.
As the street had to share studio space with the house interiors, it was built to a smaller scale and never in its entirety in a single studio session.
The show's theme music, a cornet piece, accompanied by a brass band plus clarinet and double bass, reminiscent of northern band music, was written by Eric Spear, who was paid £6 for its use.
Tony Warren had written about a cobbled backstreet consisting of seven terraced houses, with the Rovers Return public house at one end and a Corner Shop (initially an off-licence) at the other, providing the residents with places to meet and gossip.
Most of the main characters were present in early drafts of scripts - Rovers landlords Annie and Jack Walker, Frank and Ida Barlow, their student son Kenneth (who at that point had a sister called Enid), Glad Tidings Mission Hall caretaker and battleaxe Ena Sharples, bus driver Harry Hewitt and his daughter Lucille (then named Janice), shop owner Florrie Lindley, and the lower-class Tanners: Elsie and her grown up children Dennis and Linda.
As no alternative would be ready in time, Coronation Street went ahead with its scheduled live transmission date of Friday 9th December but Elton was ordered to find a replacement as soon as possible.