Coronation Street to air 10,000th episode


Coronation Street fans will take a trip down memory lane in the 10,000th episode of the world’s longest running soap.

Episode 10,000 will air on Friday 7 February. Viewers will see the residents of Coronation Street head for Blackpool on a very special mission.

Coronation Street plot

Rita is shocked when a parcel arrives containing the ashes of her estranged husband Dennis Tanner. The package also contains a note requesting she scatter them in Blackpool.

Taking in the sad news of Dennis’ death she confides in Ken who agrees to go with her.

Deciding a day trip is something everyone needs, Jenny books a coach and invites a group residents to join them.

Amy, Audrey, Carla, Eileen, Emma, Evelyn, Gail, Jenny, Ken, Mary, Nina, Sean, Tracy, Sally, Yasmeen and Rita, clutching Dennis’s urn, set off for Blackpool.

The day out is a comedy of errors from the start with the coach turning out to be a blacked-out party bus driven by grumpy driver Des, played by renowned comedy actor John Henshaw.

Memories are shared, secrets aired and tensions rise as it starts to look as though they won’t make it to Blackpool before nightfall, if at all.

By the end of the trip lives will have changed. One resident realises the time has come to leave the cobbles for pastures new!

“Doomed from the outset”

“10,000 episodes! Not bad for a programme which one newspaper said in 1960 was ‘doomed from the outset’, said Producer Iain MacLeod.

“I am first and foremost a massive fan of the show and I watched this landmark episode with absolute glee.

“It is uniquely Corrie: funny, poignant and characterful – and a glorious homage to the comedic charabanc trips of times past, packed with strong female characters and sparkling dialogue.

“It’s a really great exhibition of Coronation Street’s classic qualities as we start a new decade on the cobbles.”