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Tanner's return to the Street sets new TV record

The return of Coronation Street bad boy Dennis Tanner after 43 years has set a new world record.

The character -- played by Philip Lowrie (below) -- has established a record for the longest gap between appearances for the same role.

Tanner left the street in 1968 but returned in May. The feat will feature in the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records.

Lowrie said: "I've always been proud to have been a member of the original cast of Coronation Street and now I'm doubly proud to be honoured with an entry in the Guinness World Records book for returning to play a part that I've always loved."

The new edition reveals that the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton was also a record-breaker. An official YouTube channel was viewed by 72 million people to set a new record as the most live streams for a single event.