Legendary Coronation Street producer John Goldie Temple has died aged 84.

John first worked on the ITV soap as a storyliner in the early 1970s, penning more than 200 episodes, before returning as producer for two shows in October 1984 before a much longer stint in March 1986.

After nearly two-and-a-half years at the helm, John said goodbye to the cobbles in August 1987, with his biggest storyline being when The Rovers was dramatically burned down in 1986.

Sally Dynevor, who was brought in by John to play Sally Webster in the 80s, led tributes from the Corrie cast.


Giving her sympathies on Twitter, Sally thanked John for giving the actress her big break on Corrie in 1986

She said: “The wonderful John Temple gave me my opportunity on Corrie and I’m forever grateful #restinpleacelovelyman”

John passed away on January 15 at a care home in Leicestershire with his daughters by his side after suffering a series of strokes.

Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor
Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor paid tribute on Twitter

The Scottish producer started working in a bank but quickly moved to showbiz, working as a stand-up comic and scriptwriter.

His career was put on hold during a stint of national service in the RAF, before he returned as a continutiy announcer for Scottish Television.

He was initially on a three-moth contract as a Corrie storyliner, so he moved up to Manchester.

John lived with scriptwriter Geoffrey Lancashire, whose daughter Sarah played Raquel Watts on the show.

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John was at the helm when Sally was introduced to the soap
Coronation Street – Sally Webster [SALLY DYNEVOR] and Kevin Webster [MICHAEL LE VELL]

The popular producer described his early days on the soap as invaluable training for the top role.

According to an obituary in the Scottish Herald , he said: “Those years working as a storyliner were the most beneficial period of my entire working life.

“The discipline of churning out storylines day in day out, 52 weeks of the year is an unbelievable learning curve.”



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