BBC4 commissions drama about Coronation Street’s troubled birth

BBC4 has commissioned a drama that tells the story of how Coronation Street was created and made it to the screen.

Florizel Street, which was the ITV soap’s original name, follows the series; writer, Tony Warren, in the sixties as he prepares to bring to television characters from the Salford area.

The drama, made by ITV Productions, charts how Warren’s vision made it to the screen against fierce opposition from his bosses and forms part of BBC4′s The Great Northern season.

Other drama in BBC4′s spring and summer season, launched today, includes The First Men in the Moon, an adaptation of HG Wells’s book, starring Mark Gatiss, and Lennon Naked, about John Lennon and starring Christopher Eccleston.

Meanwhile, BBC4 will also take a major role in A Passion For Opera, which a pan-BBC season with BBC2, Radio3 and Radio2.

In Opera Italia, Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera, traces the history of Italian opera and the role that it plays in the country’s history and culture, while Stephen Fry will explore the German composer Richard Wagner in Stephen Fry On Wagner.

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