Now that the CBC is running the new opening title sequence for Corrie to correspond with the show’s switch from standard to high definition, let’s have a look at how the opening titles have changed over the years:
1960: The Very First Title Sequence
The classic cornet melody, accompanied by a simple shot of the street (which, as a set, would change greatly over the years). This established the template for all title sequences to come.
This time, a shot of the rooftops shows us the type of neighbourhood in which the characters live and that, apparently, all homes are warmed by coal fire. We also see the back alley.
In colour! I’m not sure why the shot pans from an apartment block to the street, except perhaps to contrast contemporary housing with the traditional. Also, a dog!
Probably the biggest change here is the number of rapidly changing shots of street life.
Similar to 1975, except there’s now a cat, a feature which will be part of the opening titles from then on. I believe these particular titles started in 1976.
Probably the oddest titles with the opening shot of tower blocks flanking what, I guess, is a nuclear power plant and then ending with freeze frames of pigeons.
A simpler montage now, again with the cat, and closer to the ones we’ve been watching for the past eight years.
These were the first opening titles to use CGI as the surrounding neighbourhood and viaduct were created on a computer.
The current ones with all the soft focus and slow motion pigeons making a comeback.