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Coronation Street wins special Bafta craft prize

Coronation Street
Coronation Street was first aired on 9 December 1960

Coronation Street's production team will receive a special Bafta Craft prize in the year the soap celebrates its 50th birthday.

Behind-the-scenes staff from the past five decades will be honoured at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in London on 23 May.

The soap's executive producer, Kieran Roberts, said he was "delighted".

Dark Yorkshire drama Red Riding has landed seven nominations including best costume and production design.

New category

A range of British writing talent including Paul Abbott, Jimmy McGovern and Kay Mellor have all worked on episodes of Coronation Street through the years.

"The wonderful actors in the early episodes of Coronation Street rightly became celebrated, but behind the cameras there were many other stars in the birth of British television's most successful drama serial - creator Tony Warren, of course, and the writers who followed him," said Roberts.

"Fifty years on, Coronation Street is still brought to life and to screen by a huge team of dedicated and highly talented people behind the camera," he added.

Britain's Got Talent, Top Gear, The X-Factor and The Apprentice are all nominated in a new entertainment production team category.

Detective drama Wallander, which won four craft Baftas in 2009, is nominated in four categories this year.

The awards will be hosted by The One Show's Christine Bleakley.

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