Coronation Street The War Years Saga
By Katherine Hardy
In Part I, 'Coronation Street at War', it is September 1939 and 16 year-old Elsie Tanner walks into
Coronation Street. Newly married, pregnant and full of hopes and dreams, she has little idea of the difficult
But within days her husband has enlisted, leaving his teenage bride to face the neighbours alone: snotty Annie
Walker; shy Esther Hayes; cocky Jim Todd and Ena Sharples.
With their menfolk overseas, the women of Coronation Street are forced to make do, supporting each other through
the tragedies of the War. In Part II 'The Way to Victory' the German bombing continues, the Yanks have been posted
overseas and, for Elsie Tanner, the world seems to be a colourless place of dreary munitions work and the
restrictions of rationing...But all this is about to change as the end of the war draws nearer.
Coronation Street: The War Years Saga tells the story of the enduring resilience of the plucky residents of
Weatherfield, as they struggle through hardship, absent sweethearts and loss, to emerge as the more mature
characters that formed the backbone of the longest-running serial drama. on TV.
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