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This latter interest stemmed from childhood memories of his grandmother's neighbourhood in inner Salford.

While working at BBC Leeds in 1958 Warren had submitted a script entitled Our Street to his bosses, which was adapted from his unmade 1956 script Where No Birds Sing.

Coronation Street went before the cameras for the first time between 7.30pm and 8.00pm on Friday 18th November when the first of two pilot episodes (known as "dry runs" within Granada) was recorded in Studio 2.

Patricia Phoenix, Anne Cunningham, Frank Pemberton, William Roache, Betty Alberge and Christine Hargreaves had been cast by this stage as, respectively, Elsie Tanner, Linda Cheveski, Frank Barlow, Kenneth Barlow, Florrie Lindley and Christine Hardman.

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.

The characters of Dennis Tanner, Ida Barlow, Albert Tatlock and Ena Sharples appeared in the dry run but were subsequently recast.

The other pilot shot was the eventual Episode 3, which also featured the characters of Minnie Caldwell and Martha Longhurst (although not played by Margot Bryant and Lynne Carol).

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.The setting of both was a northern backstreet similar to the ones he remembered.The BBC never replied to Warren's pitch, but Elton liked his idea and gave Warren just one day to come up with an idea that would "take Britain by storm".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.News of the committee's verdict soon spread to the production team, leading Harry Elton to perform an act of showmanship meant to prove their programme's viability.

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.The setting of both was a northern backstreet similar to the ones he remembered.The BBC never replied to Warren's pitch, but Elton liked his idea and gave Warren just one day to come up with an idea that would "take Britain by storm".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.News of the committee's verdict soon spread to the production team, leading Harry Elton to perform an act of showmanship meant to prove their programme's viability.Albert Tatlock was added to the line-up when a Granada executive asked for someone of "age, charm and dignity".