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The Secret of Soaps: The Story Behind the Stories

No one could accuse Coronation Street of taking it easy, even though this would be understandable for a middle-aged British telly institution. Over the last couple of years the ITV soap has given viewers multiple murders, deaths and suicides; explosions and a minibus crash; a pre-teen pregnancy; and even a gay vicar.

Audiences have been lapping up the drama, which regularly attracts more than 7 million viewers. Corrie remains the nation’s favourite soap.

Ten things you might not know about Coronation Street

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1. The Rovers by numbers

Everyone's favourite local watering hole the Rovers Return Inn may seem like a fake pub, but staff still pull a hefty number of pints each week, and Betty's famous hotpot lives on long after actress Betty Driver passed away in 2011. Weekly, The Rovers serves up 1,440 pints, 100 gin and tonics, and 84 hotpots - as well as 2,500 bags of crisps per year. The beer served is actually very weak - and very sweet - shandy, and the gin and tonics are just fizzy water and lime.

 

ITV’s new crime drama Grace begins filming

Based on the first two acclaimed novels by Peter James called Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead, the two films star Jon Simm (Doctor Who) as Roy Grace, the tenacious Brighton based Detective Superintendent.

Lewis said: “Each story is a fantastic, hair-raising, twisting, switch-back of a roller-coaster ride that grips the reader from first to last, and the opportunity to translate that best-selling magic to television is like all one’s Christmases and birthdays come at once.”

Doc Martin to end after upcoming 10th series

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The medical comedy drama first started in 2004, and stars Martin Clunes as the titular doctor.

Set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn, the series follows the grouchy Cornish GP Dr Martin Ellingham as he learns that his bad-tempered bed side manner fails to impress the locals.

Doc Martin’s on-off love affair and eventual marriage to Louisa (Caroline Catz) won the hearts of fans, showing a rare tender side to the serious doctor who struggled to express his feelings.

The Singapore Grip: An epic story of imperial hubris

‘It’s a false sense of entitlement that we have to get rid of, because it can have catastrophic results. This is a story that recommends modesty. I think arrogance was the main problem and it’s big a problem today in the way things have been handled recently in this country.”

Screenwriter Christopher Hampton, who has adapted The Singapore Grip for the small screen, clearly sees recent parallels to the tale told in JG Farrell’s last novel.

ITV announces specially commissioned shows for Black History Month

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Celebrating the contribution of black people in television, comedy, history and wider culture, ITV will broadcast a host of new programmes and will promote the work of Black artists in the channel’s on-air branding throughout the month.

Alison Hammond: Back To School (w/t)

In this one-hour special, Good Morning Britain’s beloved Brummie Alison Hammond will be going on the definitive school trip.

From Hadrian’s Wall to Hampton Court, Alison will travel across Britain to discover a different side to the history that is taught in schools.