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  Coronation Street's new look
Updated 21 December 2001, 11.44
The virtual street
The new virtual street

Coronation Street has been given a virtual facelift just in time for the New Year.

The opening titles reveal more of Weatherfield than has ever been seen before.

But many of the houses don't actually exist in real life, and aren't part of the soap's set.

Instead, they've been added using modern computer wizardry.

A whole new neighbourhood

Among the new features are:

  • the Rover's Return pub backing onto a row of computer-generated houses

  • a whole new neighbourhood behind Dev's corner shop

  • a street behind the railway bridge

It's only the fifth time in 41 years that the soap has made changes to its opening titles, and they'll be shown for the first time on 7 January.

There will also be two cats instead of one, called Pandora and Smokey Joe.

But Corrie fans need not worry, as the famous theme tune will stay exactly the same!

You can see how Coronation Street received its new computer-generated buildings in our picture gallery - by clicking on the picture link at the top.

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