Peter Whalley was born in Colne, Lancashire. He started writing when teaching at a school in Pontefract, but gave this up after joining Coronation Street as a scriptwriter in 1979. He is now the senior writer on the Coronation Street team and has penned more than 500 episodes. Peter also wrote two episodes of the Corrie spin-off Coronation Street - After Hours and he wrote the live 40th anniversary episode of Corrie in 2000.In addition to writing for our favourite telly show, Peter Whalley has written forty radio plays, two stage plays and ten novels. He's also written more for TV including The Good Samaritan, a one-off drama starring Shane Ritchie and has penned episodes of Angels, The Jury, Albion Market, Families, Revelations and created and wrote Castles.In May 2009 Peter Whalley was given a Special Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards.