The Road to Coronation Street

BAFTA winner – single drama

An ITV Production for BBC 4

Written by Daran Little
Produced by Rebecca Hodgson
Directed by Charles Sturridge
DOP Tim Palmer
Focus Puller Darren Ravencroft

Camera and lighting  rental plus technical support provide by Adrian Wolfson @RGB Photographic


6.55 pm. December 9th 1960. Granada Studios Manchester. With minutes to go until the live transmission of Episode One, creator Tony Warren is being sick in the toilets, actress Pat Phoenix is missing and so is the cat from the opening shot ….

Florizel Street is the epic story of one man’s struggle to make a program that no one wanted. Granada’s formidable bosses Sidney Bernstein (Stephen Berkoff) and his brother Cecil (Henry Goodman) are not enthusiastic. But together with producer Harry Elton (Christian McKay) and director Derek Bennett (Shaun Dooley), Tony takes up the battle. He wants cobbles, a pub, seven houses and a shop but above all he wants Northern actors. Led by Casting Director Margaret Morris (Jane Horrocks) and her young assistant Josie Scott (Sophia Di Martino), the hunt begins for the legendary cast – Doris Speed (Celia Imrie), Pat Phoenix (Jessie Wallace), Violet Carson (Lynda Baron) and William Roache (played by his son James Roache). Coronation Street, the longest running series in television history, is born.

RGB Photographic supplied all the digital equipment on the drama. There were lots of tests to be done on moire, aliasing and rolling shutter issues before the start. The BBC insisted on having rushes sent to them everyday during the shoot, to test how the 5D would look after transmission. They finally approved the footage as it passed all their rigorous tests.

Equipment used:
Canon 5dmkII’s, Chrosziel Matte box and follow focus, RGB’s customised Nikon AIS primes, Zacuto rigging, Marshall monitors and O’Connor head.