David Dawson as Tony Warren in The Road To Coronation Street

David Dawson performs Tony Warren in The Highway To Coronation Road (Image: ITV)

Corrie followers are in for a deal with tonight as The Highway To Coronation Road will get one other airing, a decade after it was first proven on BBC 4 in 2010.

The feature-length drama, whose solid consists of Jessie Wallace and Lynda Baron, takes us again to the earliest days of Coronation Road and its journey to the display screen, courtesy of creator Tony Warren.

Tony, who labored on the cleaning soap as a marketing consultant proper up till his dying, handed away in 2016 abandoning a legacy that might change the face of TV for ever – however how previous was he, and was he recognized for every other TV tasks?

Right here’s what it’s good to know…

How previous was Tony Warren when he died?

Tony, who died on 1 March 2016, was 79 years previous on the time of his dying.

Born as Anthony McVay Simpson in Eccles, Manchester beloved to go to the set and meet up with the solid and crew throughout breaks in filming. He would supply suggestions and reward on storylines and performances which had been welcomed.

Warren educated on the Elliott Clarke Theatre Faculty in Liverpool and have become a daily on Youngsters’s Hour on BBC Radio.  He additionally acted in lots of radio performs carried out with the actors who had been later to turn out to be family names in Coronation Road, similar to notably Violet Carson and Doris Pace.

Tony Warren

Tony Warren gained a clutch of awards in his lifetime (Image: Rex/Shutterstock)

He was simply 24 years previous when he devised the concept for Coronation Road, little understanding on the time it will turn out to be a nationwide establishment and well-known the world over.

Warren wrote scripts for the cleaning soap till 1968, after which he moved on to different fields – however continued to pen occasional scripts till the 1970s, and remained on as a marketing consultant to Corrie.

The cleaning soap was just about his life, with Warren successful a lifetime achievement award on the British Cleaning soap Awards in 2000, and the Nationwide Tv Awards Landmark Award in 2005.

He was awarded an MBE in 1994, and was given an honorary diploma from Manchester Metropolitan College in 2008 “in recognition for his contribution to ground-breaking tv and artistic writing which has helped put Manchester and Salford on the cultural map’.

His different accolades included a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Tv Society in 2010.

What different tasks was Tony Warren concerned with?

In addition to his early profession appearing in performs, Warren additionally penned 4 novels – The Lights of Manchester in 1991, Foot of the Rainbow in 1993, Behind Closed Doorways in 1995 and 1998’s Full Steam Forward.

In the meantime he additionally made a visitor look on the cobbles in 2010, within the cleaning soap’s 50th anniversary reside episode.

Warren was praised following his dying for spearheading a constructive change in the best way LGBT characters and portrayed on tv.

The author was brazenly homosexual at a time when homosexuality was unlawful and was himself a sufferer of homophobia from many.

The Highway To Coronation Road is on ITV tonight at 7.30pm.

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