In May, Coronation Street's former casting director Margaret Morris became its first female producer, replacing H.V. Kershaw. Kershaw continued to write for the programme and eventually committed to further stints as producer.
Writers were faced with writing out Doreen Lostock after Angela Crow decided to leave. Her last scenes were aired in October, when Doreen left to join the Women's Royal Army Corps. As regards Doreen's best friend Sheila Birtles, the writers considered keeping her on and having her marry Jerry Booth, before choosing to have her depart also at the end of Eileen Mayers's contract in September.
For Sheila's exit, Morris and the writers decided on a suicide after taking Sheila to her lowest ebb, sacked from the raincoat factory and being badly treated by her boyfriend Neil Crossley. Eileen Mayers recorded Sheila's suicide scene, in which the character was seen trying to take an overdose and then, after failing and vomiting into a wastebin, gassing herself. Before transmission, news of the storyline leaked and Granada was inundated with complaints, notably from the Deputy Manchester City Coroner Roderick Davies who accused the network of removing the stigma from suicide. Morris - who had issued a statement defending the storyline as being true-to-life - was ordered by Sidney and Cecil Bernstein not to transmit the ending of the episode to omit the suicide attempt (and to add insult to injury, Morris had to announce and explain the change, stating: "It was an idea of mine which did not come off.") In the eventually broadcast scene, Sheila only swallowed two aspirins before the episode was faded out and she thus become catatonic, remaining so until her rescue by Dennis Tanner, Len Fairclough and Walter Potts in the next episode. Sheila's re-written final appearance saw her leave Weatherfield to return to her parents in Rawtenstall.
As well as Eileen Mayers and Angela Crow, Christine Hargreaves departed, with her character Christine Appleby being transferred to another Miami Modes store shortly after breaking her engagement to Frank Barlow. Daphne Oxenford's occasional appearances as Esther Hayes since the end of the Equity actors' strike came to an end when the character moved to Glasgow for a new job; she would not be seen again until 1971. Lastly, Kenneth Cope left the show in March, returning to play Jed Stone again three years later.
Philip Lowrie returned as Dennis Tanner a year after the Equity strike forced his departure. Writer Jack Rosenthal, penning his return episode, was so fond of writing for the character that he shed a tear as he typed the words "ENTER DENNIS" into the script. Meanwhile, with Sheila having departed, Jerry Booth was given a new love interest in the form of pushy Myra Dickinson, played by Susan Jameson, and Christopher Sandford was cast as singing window cleaner Walter Potts, soon to be renamed "[[Brett Falcon]" by Dennis and hit the big time. The character's signature song Not Too Little, Not Too Much, which closed Episode 307 on 20th November, was released as a single two days later and reached No.17 in the charts.
Australia became the first country to buy Coronation Street, specifically the Sydney channel TCN9. Starting from the first episode, 26 episodes were shown, with the run continuing in December 1965. It quickly found a dedicated audience there which has remained ever since.
Coronation Street continued to outperform itself, gaining a yearly average of 17.79 million viewers and all months up on the same months in 1962. The biggest increases occurred in January and February, which were two million viewers above the figures the year before.
Episode 217 on 9th January gained the programme's highest viewing figures up to that point. This record was broken twice in November, reaching a peak with 9.1 million homes / 20.17 million viewers with Episode 306 on 18th November, which was the second highest viewing figure for any television broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1963 (behind the Royal Variety Performance).
Of the 104 episodes, 49 reached number one in the weekly viewing charts, eight less than in 1962.
|1||215||Wednesday 2nd January||Jack Rosenthal||Richard Everitt||8,740,000|
|2||216||Monday 7th January||Jack Rosenthal||Max Morgan-Witts||8,870,000|
|3||217||Wednesday 9th January||John Finch||Max Morgan-Witts||9,116,000|
|4||218||Monday 14th January||Tony Warren||Pauline Shaw||8,385,000|
|5||219||Wednesday 16th January||Eddie Maguire||Pauline Shaw||8,385,000|
|6||220||Monday 21st January||Adele Rose||Gerard Dynevor||8,636,000|
|7||221||Wednesday 23rd January||Peter Eckersley||Gerard Dynevor||8,389,000|
|8||222||Monday 28th January||Jack Rosenthal||Howard Baker||8,764,000|
|9||223||Wednesday 30th January||John Finch||Howard Baker||8,393,000|
|10||224||Monday 4th February||Tony Warren||Pauline Shaw||8,768,000|
|11||225||Wednesday 6th February||Adele Rose||Pauline Shaw||8,891,000|
|12||226||Monday 11th February||Ray H. Dunbobbin||Gerard Dynevor||8,918,000|
|13||227||Wednesday 13th February||Peter Eckersley||Gerard Dynevor||8,299,000|
|14||228||Monday 18th February||Peter Eckersley||Howard Baker||8,796,000|
|15||229||Wednesday 20th February||John Finch||Howard Baker||8,425,000|
|16||230||Monday 25th February||Jack Rosenthal||Pauline Shaw||8,677,000|
|17||231||Wednesday 27th February||Adele Rose||Pauline Shaw||8,553,000|
|18||232||Monday 4th March||Jack Rosenthal||Gerard Dynevor||8,432,000|
|19||233||Wednesday 6th March||Tony Warren||Gerard Dynevor||8,432,000|
|20||234||Monday 11th March||John Finch||Christopher McMaster||8,562,000|
|21||235||Wednesday 13th March||Peter Eckersley||Christopher McMaster||8,562,000|
|22||236||Monday 18th March||Tony Warren||Pauline Shaw||8,567,000|
|23||237||Wednesday 20th March||Adele Rose||Pauline Shaw||8,319,000|
|24||238||Monday 25th March||Jack Rosenthal||Howard Baker||8,698,000|
|25||239||Wednesday 27th March||Jack Rosenthal||Howard Baker||8,449,000|
|26||240||Monday 1st April||Jack Rosenthal||Max Morgan-Witts||8,455,000|
|27||241||Wednesday 3rd April||Peter Eckersley||Max Morgan-Witts||8,331,000|
|28||242||Monday 8th April||John Finch||Gerard Dynevor||8,459,000|
|29||243||Wednesday 10th April||Adele Rose||Gerard Dynevor||8,334,000|
|30||244||Monday 15th April||Jack Rosenthal||Howard Baker||6,224,000|
|31||245||Wednesday 17th April||Peter Eckersley||Howard Baker||8,339,000|
|32||246||Monday 22nd April||Peter Eckersley||Christopher McMaster||8,223,000|
|33||247||Wednesday 24th April||Adele Rose||Christopher McMaster||7,475,000|
|34||248||Monday 29th April||Alec Travis||Gerard Dynevor||7,978,000|
|35||249||Wednesday 1st May||Jack Rosenthal||Gerard Dynevor||8,228,000|
|36||250||Monday 6th May||John Pennington||Howard Baker||8,358,000|
|37||251||Wednesday 8th May||John Finch||Howard Baker||7,735,000|
|38||252||Monday 13th May||Jack Rosenthal||Christopher McMaster||8,114,000|
|39||253||Wednesday 15th May||Peter Eckersley||Christopher McMaster||7,864,000|
|40||254||Monday 20th May||Adele Rose||Vivian Milroy||8,119,000|
|41||255||Wednesday 22nd May||John Finch||Vivian Milroy||7,494,000|
|42||256||Monday 27th May||Jack Rosenthal||Howard Baker||7,749,000|
|43||257||Wednesday 29th May||Adele Rose||Howard Baker||7,499,000|
|44||258||Monday 3rd June||Peter Eckersley||Christopher McMaster||5,383,000|
|45||259||Wednesday 5th June||John Finch||Christopher McMaster||7,386,000|
|46||260||Monday 10th June||John Pennington||Vivian Milroy||6,956,000|
|47||261||Wednesday 12th June||Adele Rose||Vivian Milroy||6,956,000|
|48||262||Monday 17th June||Jack Rosenthal||Peter Plummer||7,847,000|
|49||263||Wednesday 19th June||H.V. Kershaw||Peter Plummer||7,594,000|
|50||264||Monday 24th June||Peter Eckersley||Christopher McMaster||7,851,000|
|51||265||Wednesday 26th June||John Finch||Christopher McMaster||7,345,000|
|52||266||Monday 1st July||Tony Warren||Howard Baker||7,736,000|
|53||267||Wednesday 3rd July||H.V. Kershaw||Howard Baker||7,482,000|
|54||268||Monday 8th July||Peter Eckersley||Peter Plummer||7,489,000|
|55||269||Wednesday 10th July||John Finch||Peter Plummer||7,489,000|
|56||270||Monday 15th July||Jack Rosenthal||Pauline Shaw||7,748,000|
|57||271||Wednesday 17th July||Jack Rosenthal||Pauline Shaw||7,494,000|
|58||272||Monday 22nd July||Adele Rose||Richard Everitt||6,862,000|
|59||273||Wednesday 24th July||H.V. Kershaw||Richard Everitt||7,116,000|
|60||274||Monday 29th July||John Finch||Peter Plummer||6,482,000|
|61||275||Wednesday 31st July||Jack Rosenthal||Peter Plummer||6,609,000|
|62||276||Monday 5th August||Tony Warren||Christopher McMaster||4,958,000|
|63||277||Wednesday 7th August||H.V. Kershaw||Christopher McMaster||7,119,000|
|64||278||Monday 12th August||Peter Eckersley||Howard Baker||7,630,000|
|65||279||Wednesday 14th August||Adele Rose||Howard Baker||7,248,000|
|66||280||Monday 19th August||John Pennington||Peter Plummer||7,760,000|
|67||281||Wednesday 21st August||John Pennington||Peter Plummer||7,379,000|
|68||282||Monday 26th August||Jack Rosenthal||Christopher McMaster||8,147,000|
|69||283||Wednesday 28th August||Peter Berry||Christopher McMaster||7,637,000|
|70||284||Monday 2nd September||Ray Butler||Howard Baker||8,279,000|
|71||285||Wednesday 4th September||Jack Rosenthal||Howard Baker||7,642,000|
|72||286||Monday 9th September||John Finch||Peter Plummer||8,284,000|
|73||287||Wednesday 11th September||Adele Rose||Peter Plummer||8,284,000|
|74||288||Monday 16th September||H.V. Kershaw||Christopher McMaster||8,418,000|
|75||289||Wednesday 18th September||Alan Hardman||Christopher McMaster||8,290,000|
|76||290||Monday 23rd September||Jack Rosenthal||Howard Baker||8,806,000|
|77||291||Wednesday 25th September||John Finch||Howard Baker||7,785,000|
|78||292||Monday 30th September||Adele Rose||Michael Beckham||8,557,000|
|79||293||Wednesday 2nd October||H.V. Kershaw||Michael Beckham||8,301,000|
|80||294||Monday 7th October||John Pennington||Vivian Milroy||8,492,000|
|81||295||Wednesday 9th October||Lynn Foster||Vivian Milroy||8,363,000|
|82||296||Monday 14th October||Tony Williamson||Pauline Shaw||8,238,000|
|83||297||Wednesday 16th October||Adele Rose|
|84||298||Monday 21st October||Jack Rosenthal||Michael Beckham||9,015,000|
|85||299||Wednesday 23rd October||H.V. Kershaw||Michael Beckham||8,628,000|
|86||300||Monday 28th October||John Finch||Christopher McMaster||8,762,000|
|87||301||Wednesday 30th October||Robert Holles||Christopher McMaster||8,891,000|
|88||302||Monday 4th November||Robert Holles||Peter Plummer||9,027,000|
|89||303||Wednesday 6th November||Peter Berry||Peter Plummer||9,155,000|
|90||304||Monday 11th November||John Pennington||Michael Beckham||9,163,000|
|91||305||Wednesday 13th November||Jack Rosenthal||Michael Beckham||7,873,000|
|92||306||Monday 18th November||John Finch||Christopher McMaster||9,170,000|
|93||307||Wednesday 20th November||Tony Warren||Christopher McMaster||8,782,000|
|94||308||Monday 25th November||Peter Eckersley||Peter Plummer||8,400,000|
|95||309||Wednesday 27th November||Tony Williamson||Peter Plummer||8,271,000|
|96||310||Monday 2nd December||Tony Warren||Michael Beckham||8,925,000|
|97||311||Wednesday 4th December||Adele Rose||Michael Beckham||8,796,000|
|98||312||Monday 9th December||George Maber||Christopher McMaster||8,546,000|
|99||313||Wednesday 11th December||H.V. Kershaw||Christopher McMaster||8,417,000|
|100||314||Monday 16th December||Adele Rose||Vivian Milroy||8,941,000|
|101||315||Wednesday 18th December||John Finch||Vivian Milroy||8,423,000|
|102||316||Monday 23rd December||Jack Rosenthal||Michael Beckham||8,559,000|
|103||317||Wednesday 25th December||H.V. Kershaw||Michael Beckham||4,539,000|
|104||318||Monday 30th December||Tony Warren||Peter Plummer||8,954,000|
- Len Fairclough comes clean and tells everyone that wife Nellie has left him.
- Ivan and Linda Cheveski return to Canada.
- Frank Barlow decides he wants to marry Christine Hardman and falls out with Ken, Val Barlow and Florrie Lindley over his infatuation. Elsie Tanner and Ena Sharples are more sympathetic and work together to spread a false rumour that Christine has another man to give the two some breathing space. Unfortunately they don't neglect to tell Frank of their plot and he believes the rumours.
- Jed Stone falls behind with his rent because he can't sell his stock of Cyprus sherry. A sympathetic Jack Walker buys it from him. Sheila Birtles works on the market with Jed which worries the residents of the Street. After Jed jokingly tells Florrie that he and Sheila are going to get married, she alerts her parents who arrive from Rawtenstall to look over Jed, much to his alarm.
- Black bus conductor Johnny Alexander accuses Len of not paying his fare. Harry Hewitt takes Len's side and reports Johnny who is sacked. Len then admits that Johnny was telling the truth. Harry admits this to his bosses, who offer Johnny his job back but, bitter at his treatment, he refuses. Harry becomes disillusioned with working on the buses and wants to leave. Concepta Hewitt blames Len for Harry's attitude.
- Gamma Garments' sales are down and under pressure from Mr Papagopolous, Leonard Swindley makes Emily Nugent redundant as she earns more than Doreen Lostock and drastic savings are needed.
- Harry and Concepta worry about Lucille Hewitt's performance in school but are told by her teacher that they are the ones pushing her too hard. Lucille starts to do a study on Coronation Street in the 1930s.
- Swindley threatens to resign unless Emily is reinstated and Mr Papagopolous agrees to a six week trial period during which sales must increase or her job doesn't last. During that period the sales increase when the residents flock to the shop in a show of sympathy.
- Frank proposes to Christine who delays answering but starts to see Joe Makinson again behind Frank's back. Christine falls out further with Ken and Val over her relationship with Frank but Alf Roberts takes his side and threatens Joe to put him off Christine. Eventually she tires of Joe herself but before she can take any action, he finishes with her. Christine then accepts Frank's proposal.
- Annie Walker serves some of Jed's Cyprus sherry in the Rovers and is caught out by brewery rep Mr Henshaw. Jack is summoned to the brewery to explain himself but the residents have sent a shoal of letters ahead of him supporting the Walkers and Jack is let off.
- The rents on the houses in Coronation Street and Mawdsley Street are substantially increased.
- Sheila agrees to a date with Jerry Booth on the condition that he finds a date for Doreen Lostock. To Doreen's horror, he sets her up with Jed who takes the party to a strip night at the Orinoco Club.
- On her birthday, Elsie finds out that her rent is going up by 10/- a week. Dennis sends her an expensive watch as a present which she later finds she has to pay for herself.
- Lucille's researches uncover the fact that Annie once played Lady Godiva in a pageant. The news stays under wraps until a horrified Annie finds out that Lucille got the information from an old newspaper kept by Ena. Annie accuses her of blackmail and Ena gets back at her by telling everyone about Annie's "shameful" past.
- Frank and Christine set their wedding day, despite further opposition from Ken and Val.
- Martha becomes the Rovers' cleaner.
- Emily is told that her position at Gamma Garments is permanent again.
- The residents start to campaign against the rent increase but the landlord retaliates by telling Elsie that it is against her tenancy agreement to rent out a room to Christine. Elsie blames Val for telling Mr Wormold about Christine's occupancy. Esther Hayes offers Christine a room and she takes up the suggestion, causing Elsie to argue with Esther as well. She then suspects Len of telling Wormold but Christine confesses to Concepta that she herself wrote the letter, wanting to get away from Frank and Elsie but not knowing how to tell them.
- Ena hears that her sister Alice Raynould is seriously ill and dying in Sheffield. Ena goes to stay with her for a week during which time Jed runs a bingo session and dance for the over-sixties club in the Mission. After the event is over, Jed disturbs the neighbours with his records and the matter is reported to the police. They interview Ena on her return and she puts them onto Swindley. The matter is dropped when no more complaints are received.
- Harry sells his car to Jed but doesn't receive all of the money for it. Jed wants to move on and, unable to face Minnie Caldwell with the news that he's leaving, does a moonlight flit.
- Albert Tatlock and Frank cave in and pay the rent increase but Elsie holds out, even when she is threatened by bailiffs. The residents support Elsie but matters reach a crisis when she is forced to barricade herself in No. 11 however Dennis returns unexpectedly from London and, unaware of developments, lets the bailiffs into the house. They start to evict Elsie and she is forced to give in.
- At almost the last moment, Christine backs out her wedding to Frank. Saddened, he goes to Scarborough to recover from his disappointment. After a couple of weeks he returns, full of plans to leave the GPO and open a DIY Shop.
- Dennis tells Elsie he's back for good and that Lenny Phillips plans to open another club in the area. A young girl, Mavis Fox appears on the Street, looking for Dennis's poor old gran who lives in No.11 and claiming that he lives in a large house and manages his father's mill. An amused Elsie pretends to be "gran"'s cleaner but insists that he tells Mavis the truth.
- Teenage schoolgirl Rita Spears has a crush on Ken which amuses Val. When Sheila kids Jerry that she has another man, he picks up Rita on Dennis's advice to make Sheila jealous in turn. Ken tells Jerry Rita's true age when he sees the two of them in the Rovers.
- Emily and Doreen are taken with two van drivers who arrive at Gamma to transfer some stock to another branch. They then realise that the drivers were bogus and that the stock has been stolen. The police investigate but Papagopolous is pleased because the old, unsalable stock was insured.
- Under pressure from Elsie, Dennis tells Mavis the truth about his background. She returns to London to think things over. Elsie is horrified to find out how well off Mavis's family are.
- The police recover the stolen Gamma stock. Swindley is promoted to Head Office and prepares to leave the Rosamund Street branch.
- Ken opposes Frank's plans to open the shop, thinking that he's giving up too much security. Frank perseveres, signs the lease and prepares for the opening.
- Martha loses Ena's pension book. It is found by schoolboy Michael Butterworth but less one week's entitlement. Ken stands by his pupil Michael but Ena gets the truth out of the boy – that he did cash in the pension and has spent the money. She reports him to the police but the residents turn against her for this act. Michael is put on probation.
- Supervisor Mrs Dumbarton leaves Miami Modes. Elsie, Christine and Dot Greenhalgh are all in the frame for the position but Christine is the lucky candidate. She starts to annoy Elsie with her high-handed manner when she assumes the position.
- Jerry and Sheila start to go steady.
- Elsie is double-booked when Dennis books a table at a posh restaurant and Len gets her tickets to a Builder's Federation dance. She goes with Len while Dennis takes Doreen out. Len and Elsie start to grow intimate but Elsie backs off because he is still married.
- Concepta's father falls ill at home in Ireland and is forced to retire. Concepta goes to see him and sends Harry a telegram telling him to hand in his notice at the bus company in order that he can join her and run her father's garage permanently.
- Arthur Forsythe-Jones, who Annie met on her holiday the previous July, writes to say he is coming to visit her. She sends Jack off on holiday to Scotland and awaits his arrival.
- Concepta returns from Ireland. Harry resigns as requested however Lucille doesn't want to go. Harry takes Lucille's side in the dispute and Concepta walks out on him. Events reach a crisis between the Hewitts until Concepta sees the effect that it is having on Lucille and backs down. Harry though is now unemployed and finds it hard to find work.
- Arthur Forsythe-Jones arrives at the Rovers and settles in. A jealous Jack returns early from his holiday when he rings and Arthur answers the phone. Arthur takes Annie to the theatre and the two don’t get back until very late but Arthur soon takes his leave of the Walkers and Annie admits that she went out with him only to make Jack jealous.
- Swindley leaves the shop to work at Gamma's head office..
- Despite rent arrears problems from Ethel Tyson who occupies the flat above the shop premises, Frank Barlow's DIY shop has its grand opening and he is delighted when David Barlow makes a flying visit to Weatherfield to see him and the shop. Elsie takes time off work to go to the opening and give her support and is reprimanded by Christine for doing so. The two row and Elsie reports her to personnel.
- Dennis discovers that Len and Elsie are together, seemingly on holiday, in Blackpool. He shows his disapproval when they return however Elsie calms him when she says they only spent one afternoon together.
- The Hewitts find themselves in financial difficulties as a result of Harry being unemployed. He grows depressed on the dole but refuses to allow Concepta to restart work at the Rovers. He also refuses Dave Smith's job offer as a Bookie's clerk. After having to refuse Lucille's request for money for a school trip he gains employment as a driver for local firm Marshalls.
- Miami Modes' personnel officer sympathises with Christine over her dispute with Elsie but ends up transferring Christine to another branch. Christine leaves the area.
- Marian Lund has married and tries to arrange a dinner with her husband, Val and Ken. Val can't make the date and as Marion's husband falls ill just before the get-together, Ken sees her on his own – much to Val's anger. They are brought together again when Ken convinces Val that he loves her.
- Gamma Garments' takings improve significantly with Emily in charge of the branch but she is disappointed to be told that Neil Crossley will be made the new manager. He arrives and seems a charmer but this conceals his true nature which is that of a workshy, uncaring conman, blaming Emily for his errors and raiding the petty cash. Oblivious to his faults, Sheila starts to see him behind Jerry's back and Elsie tries to warn him off but she won't listen. Jerry, smitten and thinking of proposing to Sheila, sees her and Neil together.
- Dennis sets up Tanner Enterprises and auditions showbiz acts in No.11. He thinks he's hit the big time when he hears young window cleaner Walter Potts singing and signs him up, renaming him "Brett Falcon". Walter is thrown out of his lodgings and Dennis puts him up at No. 11 behind Elsie's back.
- Ena finds out that Walter is lodging at the Tanners', as does Elsie who lets him stay permanently for £1, 10/- a week.
- Jerry hears that Sheila has been seeing Neil for some time and the two men fight. Jerry bests his opponent who swears revenge but Neil himself grows tired of Sheila and starts to avoid her, then slaps her when they row. Emily loses her patience with him over his activities at the bookies which interferes with his work and demands his removal from the shop. Emily is duly made manageress and Neil is fired. He leaves, still owing the petty cash.
- Len gets his divorce from Nellie and asks Elsie to marry him. Elsie is reluctant, scared after her marriage failure with Arnold Tanner but Dennis and Ena tell her to accept. After several week's considering, Elsie turns down the proposal on the basis that she gets on too well with him and doesn't want to spoil their friendship.
- The menfolk go on a darts team annual outing to New Brighton. They get drunk and when the police intervene, Alf and Albert fight with them and are arrested. As driver of the coach, Harry is nervous that it will affect his job application with Amalgamated Steel.
- Walter gets his first gig but the police are called when he sings in the Rovers.
- Alf, Walter and Albert are all fined in court for their various misdemeanours. The regulars have a whip-round to help Albert pay his £5 fine.
- Cheques that Neil gave to Frank for money cashed bounce and Ken decides to track him down. They trace him to Walkden and get some of their money back. Lucille gives Sheila his address and, still smitten, she goes after him but he rejects her. Distraught, she attempts to take her own life in the Corner Shop flat but is saved by Dennis. She leaves the Street for Rawtenstall and to live with her parents.
- Jerry, Doreen and Lucille go to see Walter's debut concert which is a huge success and Jerry meets the concert organiser’s daughter, Myra Dickenson who falls for him. As Sheila has rejected Jerry, he starts to date Myra. She moves the relationship on several stages at once and assumes that they are engaged to be married. As Jerry’s apprenticeship ends and his wages increase they decide to buy the empty No. 13 and set their wedding date.
- Swindley is unhappy at Gamma’s Head Office and misses the Rosamund Street shop. Emily resigns in order that he can take up his old position.
- Frank puts up Ethel Tyson’s rent and she refuses to pay it. She brings in her brother and nephew – George and Jim Pickup to intimidate Frank but ends up paying the arrears after Frank has served her notice to quit.
- Doreen decides she wants to do more with her life and applies to join the Women's Royal Army Corps.
- Doreen leaves the Street after a farewell party at which Walter provides the entertainment.
- Jim Pickup starts a fire in Frank's shop, using Lucille as an alibi for his movements, but she later confesses that she saw him going into the premises before the fire started. Frank threatens Ethel with the police and she agrees to vacate the flat permanently.
- Myra asks Dennis to be Jerry's best man, not knowing Jerry has already asked a cycling friend of his called Vincent. Myra meets Vincent and talks him out of fulfilling his obligation.
- The Booth's are married and go on honeymoon to Torquay.
- Swindley tries to organise a children's party in the Mission but Ena refuses to let him. The residents turn on her for her lack of charity although Minnie finds it difficult sending her old friend to Coventry. Ena is even snubbed at the Booth's wedding and returns to find the Vestry wrecked and her harmonium smashed. She breaks down and the residents feel guilty for their stance towards her. As she moves in with Minnie to recover, the police investigate and suspicion falls on Len who has a key to the building but admits he was too drunk after the reception to remember his actions. When the police find one of Jerry's hammers was used in the vandalism, Len is taken to the police station.
- Len's key to the Mission is missing. Elsie provides him with an alibi which is quickly proven to be false. Ena and Ken remember the incident with Michael Butterworth back in May and alert the police to their suspicions. The police find the key in Michael's possession and Len is declared innocent.
- Despite Swindley finding her replacement furniture and a new harmonium, Ena at first doesn't feel she wants to return to the Vestry but she eventually relents.
- Walter is depressed that his career is not going as well as expected however his luck turns when he goes to London and records a record: Not Too Little, Not Too Much.
- Lenny Phillips sends up his partner Laurie Frazer from London to handle his Northern office. Dennis is nervous as to what this means for him and his fears are realised when it becomes clear that he never signed up Walter to a proper agreement and a London manager has got in first. Dennis's bacon is saved though as Laurie has started a fling with Elsie and this saves him being sacked.
- Frank considers opening a second shop with Alf as manager. Alf hands in his resignation at the Post Office only to find that it was a pipe dream on Frank's part.
- The Booths return from honeymoon and after a couple of weeks lodging with Jerry's parents move into No. 13. They receive a load of new furniture which is all on Hire Purchase.
- Ken takes over director duties on the school production of Julius Caesar.
- Walter goes to London for a personal appearance and asks Lucille to go with him. Despite the fact that she has exams she sneaks out of the house and hitches a lift on lorry. When he discovers that she is missing, Harry calls the police and she is returned. After playing truant from school, she is banned from going to the school party.
- Florrie has a win at bingo but is mugged on her way home however Jerry saves her bag for her.
- Ken's involvement in the play takes up more and more of his time to Val's annoyance. He and fellow teacher Dave Robbins take over No.9 for rehearsals, use their furniture for stage furniture and Ken uses Val's Christmas money for money for the play. Dave Robbins is even invited by Ken to stay at their house over Christmas when his landlady is unable to put him up for the season.
- Walter plans a "thank you" party for the residents as his sales and fame start to increase. Myra makes a suggestion for a This Is Your Life to be sprung on one of the residents and the arrangements are made. Dennis stages the show and his "victim" is Annie. Billy Walker and Joan Davies are two of the surprise guests and another is Esther who announces she is leaving the area to move to Glasgow. Annie is mortified when one of the stories which comes out is her appearance as Lady Godiva from thirty years before.
- Joan stays for Christmas and seems irritable about going back to Derby.
- Dennis is stunned when Laurie's nephew Norman Phillips arrives to take over his job and he is sacked.
Who lives where
- Rovers Return Inn - Jack and Annie Walker
- 1 Coronation Street - Albert Tatlock
- 3 Coronation Street - Frank Barlow
- 5 Coronation Street - Minnie Caldwell. Jed Stone (until March). Ena Sharples (October to November)
- 7 Coronation Street - Harry, Concepta, Lucille and Christopher Hewitt
- 9 Coronation Street - Ken and Valerie Barlow. Dave Robbins (December onwards)
- 11 Coronation Street - Elsie Tanner. Christine Appleby (until March), Dennis Tanner (from April onwards), Walter Potts (July onwards).
- 13 Coronation Street - (Empty until November) Jerry and Myra Booth (November onwards)
- Corner Shop (No.15) - Florrie Lindley
- Corner Shop Flat (No.15a) - Doreen Lostock (until October) and Sheila Birtles (until September)
- Glad Tidings Vestry - Ena Sharples (except October to November)
- 7 Mawdsley Street - Martha Longhurst
- 15 Mawdsley Street - Len Fairclough
- 62 Viaduct Street - Ernest and Nellie Booth. Jerry Booth Until September
|Coronation Street in the 1960s|
|1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 →|