Soap fans can't get enough of Road to Coronation Street for THIS reason

Coronation Street
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The Road to Coronation Street was been a huge hit yet again...

The Road to Coronation Street aired on ITV last night, and fans were full of praise for the Coronation Street spin off.

The hit drama documents the launch of Coronation Street as creator Tony Warren pitches the idea to Granada.

Road To Coronation Street

David Dawson plays legendary Coronation Street creator Tony Warren (Picture: ITV)

As the excitement behind the new TV drama builds, the cast is put together and the set is built... bringing Tony's idea to show what happens in a normal cobbled residential street in Manchester to life.

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But while fans enjoyed the nostalgia as the drama took them back 60 years, there was one particular star they couldn't get enough of.

Jessie Wallace wows fans 

EastEnders star Jessie Wallace, better known to soap fans as Walford's Kat Slater, stars as actress Pat Phoenix, who took on the role of Weatherfield's Elsie Tanner, and fans couldn't get enough.

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Fans couldn't get enough of Jessie Wallace as the legendary Pat Phoenix (Picture: ITV)

They took to social media to praise the show... and made sure Jessie knew how much they enjoyed seeing her on their screens in something so different to her usual EastEnders role...

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The Road to Coronation Street, written by Daran Little, was originally made by the BBC, despite the fact Coronation Street airs on ITV.

Fans thrilled as ITV air The Road to Coronation Street 

The drama was made a decade ago in celebration of Coronation Street's 50th anniversary in 2010, and aired on BBC Four.

Since then it has been shown on ITV3 a number of times, and it was also aired on ITV1 when Tony Warren died in 2016.

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Fans were full of praise for The Road to Coronation Street (Picture: ITV)

As well as starring Jessie Wallace as Pat, the drama also sees David Dawson take on the role of the legendary Tony Warren, while James Roache played his real-life father, Bill Roache, who of course still plays Weatherfield's legendary Ken Barlow to this day.

When The Road to Coronation Street was first aired 852,000 tuned in to watch and Jessie Wallace said it was an honour to play the role of Pat Phoenix.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.