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Ken and Deirdre's Bedtime Stories

Ken and Deirdre's Bedtime Stories is an online spin off from the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. The episodes have been available on the Coronation Street website from 14 February 2011 and will be broadcast within ten weeks.[1] The series featured the characters of Ken Barlow and his wife Deirdre Barlow talking in bed before going to sleep.

Ken and Deirdre's Bedtime Stories
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Opening titles.
GenreSoap opera, Comedy
Created byPhil Collinson
Written byJonathan Harvey
StarringWilliam Roache
Anne Kirkbride
Opening themeEric Spear
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)Phil Collinson
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time3 minutes
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Release
Original networkITV Player
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
(scaled down to 576i for web broadcast)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release14 February (2011-02-14) – 18 April 2011
External links
Website

ProductionEdit

In January 2011, Coronation Street producers confirmed that Ken and Deirdre Barlow would take centre stage in a series of special webisodes. The online-only content would explore the discussions and banter which takes place in the couple's bedroom before the lights go out each night. The show's official website confirmed that ten webisodes has been commissioned and each would run for three minutes.

Revealing details of what is in store, a statement said: "With spilt tea on the sheets, flickering street lights from the cobbles and snoring habits high on the agenda, the night-time natter provides one last chance before the day ends for the bickering Barlows to discuss their differing approaches to life and living." The series started airing on the show's website on 14 February and ran for ten weeks thereafter. News of the internet spinoff followed the success of exclusive online-only content which was introduced for Coronation Street's 50th anniversary the month before.[2]

EpisodesEdit

The series is made up of ten three-minute episodes.

# Title Written by Original airdate
1"The one after the wedding blessing"Jonathan Harvey14 February 2011 (2011-02-14)
Ken and Deirdre relax after the drama at Leanne & Peter's wedding.
2"The one with the sticky drawer"Jonathan Harvey21 February 2011 (2011-02-21)
Ken and Deirdre are both in the mood for talking but a sticky drawer gets in the way.
3"The one where Ken wears a bra"Jonathan Harvey28 February 2011 (2011-02-28)
Ken ends up wearing a bra when Deirdre gets sick of his loud snoring.
4"The one with the Street lamp"Jonathan Harvey7 March 2011 (2011-03-07)
Ken and Deirdre reminisce about childhood memories while a street light keeps them awake.
5"The one where Ken's had a lot to drink"Jonathan Harvey14 March 2011 (2011-03-14)
Ken's had a lot to drink and asks Deirdre to swap sides of the bed so he's closer to the bathroom.
6"The one with the damp bed"Jonathan Harvey21 March 2011 (2011-03-21)
Deirdre's side of the bed is wet because Ken left a damp towel there and she won't let the matter go.
7"The one with the coffee creams"Jonathan Harvey28 March 2011 (2011-03-28)
Ken and Deirdre enjoy a nice film with a box of chocolates.
8"The one with the spanner and an egg"Jonathan Harvey4 April 2011 (2011-04-04)
Deirdre can't remember how she ended up with a spanner and an egg.
9"The one with something in the loft"Jonathan Harvey11 April 2011 (2011-04-11)
Deirdre can't sleep when she worries there's someone in the loft.
10"The one where Ken forgets to put the bins out"Jonathan Harvey18 April 2011 (2011-04-18)
After weeks of asking Ken if he's put the bins out Deirdre asks him again this week and Ken hasn't.

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