- Albion Market
Infobox British television
show_name = Albion Market
runtime = 30 minutes
starring = A sizable list of regulars
first_aired = August, 1985
last_aired = 1986
num_episodes = 100
related = "
imdb_id = 0134236
"Albion Market" was a short-lived soap opera, intended as a companion to "
Coronation Street" on ITV.
ITV's perennial soap opera, celebrated its 25th anniversary in December 1985. Granada launched "Albion Market" in August of that year, six months after the BBC's conceptually similar EastEnders. Albion Market was a "continuing drama series" - Granada TV had always refused to use the term "soap opera", considering it derogatory - that was set in a street market in Salford, a city with a direct border across the River Irwell with Manchester, in the North West of England. At launch the chairman of Granada claimed that "When "Coronation Street" celebrates its Golden anniversary, "Albion Market" will be celebrating its silver anniversary..."Fact|date=February 2007 However, the show lasted for only one year.
The show ran twice weekly on Friday and Sunday night; at the time, 7.00pm on Fridays and Sundays were considered "graveyard slots", usually broadcasting American imports or British game shows such as "Play Your Cards Right". The critics disliked it, and the viewing public were simply indifferent, despite an attempt to re-launch it by bringing in veteran television actor Tony Booth and 60's singer
Helen Shapiro. After exactly 100 episodes, the market closed.
For many years the outdoor set, complete with its distinctive arch-shaped "Albion Market" sign, perched regally over the River Irwell, could be spotted from Bridge Street in Salford, Lancashire. When the Granada Tours Experience was closed in 1999, the sign was removed, and the building which was once Albion Market now forms part of the Victoria and Albert Hotel.
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