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The Rovers Return: The Official Coronation Street Companion by Tim Randall

The Rovers Return: The Official Coronation Street Companion

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The Rovers Return – a key Coronation Street location from its appearance in the very first programme transmitted in 1960 down to the recent explosion and fire. A newly rebuilt Rovers Return has emerged, no doubt to carry on for another 50 years. Plenty of new and archive material in Tim Randall’s book together with newly commissioned and archive photographs.

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The Rovers Return: The Official Coronation Street Companion by Tim Randall

From the moment The Rovers Return opened its doors to television viewers more than fifty years ago, the iconic public house has witnessed everything from births, deaths, brawls and break-ups, to weddings, wakes and even its own ghost, all under the watchful eye of legendary landladies such as Annie Walker, Bet Gilroy and Liz McDonald. From its early days with the Walkers at the helm and Stan Ogden propping up the bar, to 2013's devastating fire and the subsequent renovations and revelations, this is the story of the many dramas that have played out both in the bar and the back-room through the decades. Central to so many of these dramas have been the pub's barmaids, pot-men and even its cleaners. Queen of them all was Betty Williams, Newton & Ridley's longest serving barmaid who, along with the hotpot that bore her name, was a mainstay of the Rovers for over forty years. The Rovers Return is the hub of Coronation Street and this picture-filled volume is sure to remind fans of many memorable moments. A phoenix rising from the flames - what better time to celebrate more than five decades of tears and laughter inside our favourite backstreet boozer...

About the Author

With an inquisitiveness second only to Norris Cole, Tim Randall became a journalist, writing about television and interviewing some of TV's most familiar faces for newspaper supplements and magazines. A British TV buff, his recent books include the bestselling Fifty Years Of Coronation Street and Rainbow Unzipped.

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Publication date

10th October 2013


Tim Randall

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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


272 pages


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