Saturday, 11 September 2010

before coronation street

Casting was another challenge. Northerners were still so marginalised by the television industry that finding actors who were equal to Warren's demanding writing was tough. They went to a couple of veterans, Doris Speed [who would become Ena Sharples] and Violet Carson (Annie Walker], with whom Warren had workd on radio and television. Both had effectively given up on acting. Speed, already 60, was working as a secretary in a Guinness factory.
- article in this week's Radio Times on a drama re the beginnings of Coronation Street