Discuss how ‘Coronation Street’ has contributed to the representation of Britishness and how British people deal with universal issues and themes.
Coronation Street or 'Corrie' is an award winning, prime time soap opera, set and produced in Manchester, created by Tony Warren. The show was first broadcast in December of 1960 on ITV and is now the longest running and most watched soap opera of British television. Coronation Street introduced Britain to the society of Northwest England; it is arguable as to how accurate the representation of Britishness is within the show in how society deals with universal issues and themes. The late 1950s and early 1960s witnessed the rise of British New Wave, a trend in filmmaking which took up serious social issues and were placed within the contemporary cultural context. Coronation Street follows this pattern portraying the lives and struggles of the working class to its audience whilst offering an escapist break from it. Though ‘Coronation Street’ avoids the grittier aspects of social reality in its early years, it focuses on relatable issues for its audience demographic. The issues of the show are mainly familial in nature presenting challenges, fights and tensions within the home. Sometimes called kitchen-sink dramas, these storylines offer validity to viewers experiencing the same situations in their own lives. Not everyone can relate to drug abuse, domestic violence, hate crimes and teenage pregnancy however many viewers can relate to family arguments, financial stress, and parental expectations. Tony Warren said that he wanted to write something that “resembled closely the places where he grew up.” The accents, clothing and representation of society are reflective of this as they are typical of British life. In ‘Coronation Street’ life revolves around the pub or the café and everybody in this close-knit community wishes to know each other’s business. The show has been criticised for its inaccurate...
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