03 March 2016 Current Affairs: Tony Warren, the beloved “father” of British drama Coronation Street, who created a show that became the world’s longest-running TV soap, has died. He was 79.Born Anthony McVay Simpson near Manchester in 1936, Warren first adopted his stage name as a child actor, becoming a regular on BBC radio.At the age of 23 in 1959, he conceived the idea for the famous creation. Reportedly, he was on a sleeper train when he conceived the idea of becoming a producer.He had said he had a "wonderful idea" about a "little back street with a pub at one end and a shop at the other, and all the lives of the people there, just ordinary things" -- the concept of "Coronation Street", which eventually became the most watched show in Britain and changed the face of British TV. In 2010, it became the world's longest running TV soap opera in production.
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