As of 2015, the most recent episodes of Coronation Street are available for free online streaming through the ITV.com and CBC.ca websites. Originally commissioned for 13 episodes, Coronation Street is currently the longest-running television soap in the world with more than 8,750 episodes.
Tony Warren created Coronation Street in 1960, and it originally aired in black and white on December 9 of the same year. It follows the daily lives of the working class in Manchester, England. The longest-running character on the show is Ken Barlow, played by William Roache. The actor is recognized in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest serving soap actor.