Gulf News | Queen Elizabeth visits the set of the oldest TV series


Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday visited the fictional Rovers Return Pub, the location of the filming of Coronation Street, the world’s oldest television series.

The 95-year-old Queen, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, was greeted with cheers and applause as she arrived at the scene and got off the car on a red carpet covering the show’s famous cobbled street while music played his signature tune.

Then the Queen met some of the series’ long-time actors outside the bar, where she heard from them how they were coping with the restrictions of the Corona virus, allowing filming to continue during the pandemic.

“You lift our spirits with your arrival,” said Barbara Knox, who has played Rita Tanner since 1972. “Thank you very, very much.”

The Queen replied, “It’s great that you have been able to continue through the pandemic.”

“Madam, you’re the one who kept going,” said William Roach, the world’s oldest TV series star, who plays Ken Barlow since the first episode.

Coronation Street, with its finely detailed plot about life in a fictional neighborhood in North Manchester, has become a national institution since it began airing on December 9, 1960.

The number of episodes of the series exceeded ten thousand and was shown in more than 130 countries, with tens of millions of viewers.

Yesterday’s visit is the second for Queen Elizabeth to the site of the series, which is said to be a fan of the series, after she opened a new filming site in 1982.


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