A historic day on the Coronation Street cobbles.

The press launch yesterday marking the countdown to the 50th anniversary on December 9, complete with a very special Street Party.

I was among 235 guests who gathered in Studio 12 at ITV Granada in Manchester for the event.

Hosted in some style by Boyzone star Keith Duffy, who plays Rovers barman Ciaran McCarthy.

(Lots of audio / video further down this blog)

Before a party out on the cobbles and tours of the studio sets.

Adrian Chiles

IT was one of those moments where you can’t quite believe what is happening.

The nation sat down last night to watch England’s first match in the 2010 World Cup against the USA.

In pubs, clubs, living rooms, kitchens and back gardens across the land.

Some, like me, were watching ITV1’s coverage on their HD channel.

Four minutes into the game, the picture suddenly switched to an ad for one of the sponsors of ITV’s World Cup coverage.

Cutting back to the football as England captain Steven Gerrard was embraced by team mates after scoring a goal an estimated 1.5 million out of 15 million viewers missed.

Piers, Amanda and Simon
YOU can rest easy. Britain has still got talent.

There was no repeat of last year’s dramatic SuBo moment at today’s London launch for series four of Britain’s Got Talent.

When 12 months ago a cinema full of cynical media folk suddenly fell silent before a few tears were shed.

No hankies were required this morning, although it was a close run thing.

Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane

REGULAR readers of The Life of Wylie blog over on the MEN Movable Type platform may have been wondering where I’ve been for the last fortnight.

The simple answer is – I’ve gone freelance.

There’s a full explanation here and you can check out today’s first small step as a freelance over at The Guardian’s TV&Radio Blog here.

For those who want to know more about Murderland, check out the below.