The BBC is to air a drama telling the story of the “difficult birth” of one of its rival’s most popular shows – Coronation Street.

BBC Four’s show is named Florizel Street – the original title of what was to become Britain’s longest-running soap.

The ITV favourite, set in the fictional suburb of Weatherfield, celebrates its 50th birthday later this year.

The BBC drama is part of the channel’s Great Northern Season, which will celebrate the culture, history, life and architecture of northern England.

This includes 1960: Year Of The North, which sees author Andrew Martin exploring how new voices in books, film, TV and music ‘woke Britain from its post-war slumber’.

Florizel Street will chart writer Tony Warren’s dream of bringing characters from his youth to TV with an ongoing drama series set in a northern back-street.

His vision made it to screens despite ‘fierce opposition’ from his bosses.

The new spring/summer season on BBC Four also includes shows celebrating fatherhood and its history.

A Century Of Fatherhood will chart the ‘revolution’ of fatherhood in Britain, while child psychologist Laverne Antrobus will look at families in The Biology Of Dads.

John Lennon’s role as a father and the reappearance of his own dad into his life will be examined in the drama Lennon Naked, starring Christopher Eccleston.

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