The masterclass on Coronation Street (50 soon) had as its main guest Tony Warren, its originator, who rarely speaks about his child. Well prompted by the independent producer and BBC trustee David Liddiment, Warren revealed himself as one whose homosexuality ? much earlier and more boldly proclaimed than later became relatively easy ? and ambiguous place in society had given rise to an imagined society, a street as rooted in working class Manchester as he was rootless; as defiantly itself as he strove, ultimately successfully, to be. Though he was comic, his account was moving, and it revealed at least some of the truth about the creative process. He showed that the best of it is imbued with what TV people bandy about with ruthless promiscuity: that is, passion, a real passion in this case, never wholly consummated, to bring together in one?s mental universe images, insights and imaginary characters around a narrative, and to publish that narrative in some form.