After their terrible passing at age 86, a Coronation Street “legend” is being honored by the cast. Numerous commemorative soap opera sequences over the course of more than 400 episodes and 40 years on television were written by the legendary author John Stevenson.
With his final episode airing in 2006, Stevenson contributed to a total of 447 programs. He famously contributed to the two-person episode starring Curly Watts and Raquel (Sarah Lancashire and Kevin Kennedy). Mike Baldwin’s sad battle with dementia was also written by John.
Martin Platt actor Sean Wilson, a favorite of the audience, verified the awful news in a tribute posted on social media. He described John as a “craftsman of TV humor” and thanked him for his “kind words” to the “talismanic writer of many an episode.”
“Oh, it is with great regret that I hear of John Stevenson’s passing—the talismanic author of many episodes of the heyday of Coronation Street,” he wrote. John was the head of a creative team that guided the show into multiple stories with 20 million viewers while always keeping an eye on the humorous charms of Northern living.
John was a master of TV humor, whether it was a small knowing grin or a rip-roaring belly laugh. I swear, around 7.30 p.m., you could stroll down any street in the UK and hear the entire country giggling at John’s unique sense of humor.
“It appears that his like will never be seen again on TV.
Throughout my time there, he never failed to be supportive and some of my all-time favorite episodes were written by him. With a wry smile of contentment, rest well, John.
Sherrie Hewson, who formerly portrayed Maureen Holdsworth on the television show Corrie, posted: “So very sad xxx.” “What lovely words Sean,” one follower retorted. He was a great writer, and it was always enjoyable to read his screenplays.
Sean retorted: “The words just flow Janet..they were happy times for all.” A different fan commented, “As an avid Corry watcher, it’s a shame the current writers don’t live up to his storylines.”
At the British Soap Awards in 2005, John received the Lifetime Achievement Award.He also contributed to The Grimleys, Heartbeat, and The Brothers McGregor throughout his glittering career; two of these characters later joined Corrie in 1982.