Coronation Street is the longest running soap opera in the world. The show set in the fictional city of Weatherfield, a northern working class town based on Salford in Greater Manchester, has been around since 1960. After 53 years of filming at the Granada Studios, the show is now moving filming locations to MediaCityUK in Greater Manchester.
Having been around for so long, there has been a whole host of memorable quotes over the years. In celebration of the upcoming move, Gala Bingo, official partners with the show, have put together a list of the most famous Coronation Street quotes to celebrate their Corrie games on-site. But will your favourite character’s quote make it into the Top 5?
“Lovely – she just sat up, broke wind, and died.”
This blunt quote was uttered by Ena Sharples in the second episode, which aired in 1960. She is discussing death with Martha and says that she would like to go out just like her mother did. Martha says she thinks that is a lovely thought, to which Ena replies with the above quote.
“Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir?”
In 1993 the audience found out that Raquel’s French skills leave a little bit to be desired. Teacher Ken Barlow tries to teach Raquel some French, who was already told how to say “Isn’t it a lovely day today?” by a man she met in Corfu. This mysterious stranger fooled the naive Raquel, who believed him. This led to the comedy gold she delivered when Ken asks her to say “Hello Ken. My name is Raquel. Isn’t it a lovely day today?” She confidently replies: “Bonjour Ken. Je m’appelle Raquel. Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir?”
“Skirt no bigger than a belt, too much eyeliner, and roots as dark as her soul.”
Blanche Hunt was well known for her blunt utterances. In an episode in 2005 she made this snide remark about Liz McDonald, which is a perfect example of her punchy one-liners.
“What do you want most in all the world? – A wardrobe.”
In 1973 a drunk Deirdre Hunt asks Alan Howard to ask her what she wants most in all the world. He complies and it turns out that Deirdre wants nothing more than a wardrobe. Such simplicity is simply endearing and somehow sticks in your brain.
And last but not least, this line delivered by Hilda Ogden in an episode in 1977: “Woman, Stanley – woman!” She is on the second honeymoon with her husband Stan, who kisses her and then asks “What’s that lipstick taste of?” to which Hilda replies with this punchy remark.
Coronation Street has been around for such a long time now that it is no surprise that there are plenty of memorable quotes from the show. The Gala list is only a small taster and you can find more quotes on Coronation Street’s IMDB. We all hope that the new cobbled streets of Weatherfield will bring some more great quotes with them.