"The Road to Coronation Street" is the astonishing story of how the genius and passion of a young scriptwriter gave birth to a national treasure. Coronation Street is the longest-running drama in British television history but fifty years ago it nearly didn't make it on air. Tony Warren, played by David Dawson, had a dream of bringing to screen characters from the working class Salford he knew and loved. But could he persuade his bosses to turn his dream into reality? Jessie Wallace plays Pat Phoenix, who became Tony's "tart with a heart" Elsie Tanner; Celia Imrie plays Doris Speed, who became Tony's "snob" Annie Walker; Lynda Baron plays Violet Carson, who became Tony's "harridan in a hair net" Ena Sharpies and James Roache plays his real-life father William Roache who was cast as Coronation Street's Ken Barlow.