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The character was one of the few to have experienced life outside of Coronation Street.
In some ways this predicts the growth of globalisation, and the decline of similar communities.
Influenced by the conventions of the kitchen sink drama, Coronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth, working-class community, combined with light-hearted humour and strong characters.
The first episode was aired on 9 December 1960 at 7 pm, and was not initially a critical success; Daily Mirror columnist Ken Irwin claimed the series would only last three weeks.
Elsie resented Ena's interference and gossip, which most of the time had little basis in reality.