Logo 1964

1965 was Coronation Street's sixth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year904191
2Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year874451
3Jack WalkerArthur LeslieFull year864393
4Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year8312517
5Elsie TannerPatricia PhoenixFull year814384
5Irma Ogden/BarlowSandra GoughFull year8113314
7Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year8011722
8Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantFull year704027
9Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year683767
10Dennis TannerPhilip LowrieFull year672986
10Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year6738210
12Valerie BarlowAnne ReidFull year662917
13Emily NugentEileen DerbyshireFull year except for April6328810
14David BarlowAlan RothwellJanuary and April onwards629625
15Lucille HewittJennifer MossFull year6126112
16Charlie MoffittGordon RollingsUntil December5910216
17Ena SharplesViolet CarsonUntil June and from October564095
18Jerry BoothGraham HaberfieldFebruary to April and from August4918323
19Lionel PettyEdward Evansfrom May4242 -
20Sandra PettyHeather MooreMay to December383927
21Florrie LindleyBetty AlbergeUntil June 2831013
22Leonard SwindleyArthur LoweUntil March1119719
23Harry HewittIvan BeavisJune only230418


Ken Twins

Ken and Val welcome twins Susan and Peter

Two of Coronation Street 's former directors served terms as producer - Richard Everitt between episodes 428 and 435, and Howard Baker between episodes 458 and 469, 472 and 481, and again after 494. All other episodes were produced by H.V. Kershaw, the programme's former script editor and now prolific writer. This marked the beginning of a trend in which short-term producers alternated with Kershaw, a pattern which continued until 1971, giving the series a greater consistency in its tone and story patterns. Kershaw was also credited as executive producer between episodes 482 and 493.

Since the previous summer, Coronation Street had been running with a reduced cast. It was still Granada's most-watched programme, but faced severe budgetary restrictions, particularly with new cast signings. Going into 1965, there were 18 full-time cast members, with two more originals departing in the course of the year. A year after Tim Aspinall's purge, two houses in Coronation Street were still empty, and so writers decided to rid themselves of No.7 by having a faulty beam cause the front of the house to collapse. This had the added benefit of splitting the street down the middle, making it easier to erect in studio.

Betty Alberge was the last to leave as a result of Aspinall's purge. She departed the programme in June, when her character Florrie Lindley emigrated to Canada with her husband Norman. The storyline retconned Florrie's backstory, making her a married woman estranged from Norman rather than the widow she had always presented herself as. Edward Evans joined the cast as ex-sergeant major Lionel Petty, the Corner Shop's new owner. Lionel's daughter Sandra had already appeared in 1964 when she set her cap at Dennis Tanner, and her storylines continued in a comedic vein until Heather Moore left the series at the end of her six-month contract in December. Charlie Moffitt, former comic turned insurance agent, left the programme that same month.

Arthur Lowe's character Leonard Swindley had a low-key exit in May. Swindley's appearance, coming two months after Lowe had departed as a full-time cast member, was fleeting as the lay preacher said goodbye to the street's residents before leaving for pastures new. Two days later, on 2nd June, viewers found out where Swindley was going when Granada's new sitcom Pardon the Expression premiered, the first Coronation Street spin-off. Pardon depicted the comedic exploits of Mr. Swindley in his new role as assistant manager of department store Dobson and Hawks. Produced by H.V. Kershaw, it ran for two seasons and co-starred Betty Driver, Joe Stewart and Robert Dorning, witih many familiar faces from Coronation Street both behind and in front of the cameras.

Meanwhile, Graham Haberfield returned as Jerry Booth in February after a break of nine months, Jerry's marriage to Myra having broken down off-screen, and in April Alan Rothwell made a full-time return as David Barlow. The Barlows were re-established as the central family in the programme with the birth of Ken and Val's twins Susan and Peter, played by an uncredited Katie and Robert Heanue, and David marrying Irma Ogden and retiring from football due to a leg injury. Due to the difficulty of recording scenes with the twins, their appearances were kept to a minimum and were often recorded separately and inserted into the finished episode.

Another notable cast change was the temporary departure of Ena Sharples, who was absent for three months between Episode 473 and Episode 502 when Violet Carson took a sabbatical.

Viewing figures

1965 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

Coronation Street experienced its first drop year-on-year, averaging 17.95 million viewers, losing 400,000 viewers on its all-time 1964 peak. It was also the first year in which no episode achieved the programme's highest audience to date. The main reason for the drop was that for the first time since the programme began the BBC made a concerted attack on its popularity by scheduling the fourth season of their successful sitcom Steptoe and Son directly opposite the Monday edition of the Street between October and November. As a result, six Monday episodes failed to make the top twenty, the worst showing for the Street since early 1961.

June experienced a small drop year-on-year, with October to December falling by 2.5 million (December) to 5 million viewers. All other months were up on 1964, with July and September experiencing the largest gains.

For the second year after 1962, more episodes of Coronation Street reached number one in the charts than there were weeks in the year due to several episodes tying for first place. 56 episodes reached the top, with Episode 429 on 20th January gaining the largest audience of the year on 9.66 million homes (or 21.25 million viewers). The main storyline featured in that episode was Elsie Tanner and Ena Sharples's battle over 11 Coronation Street; Elsie's home which was recently left to Ena in a will.


# Ep.
Date Writer Director Viewing
1424Monday 4th JanuaryJohn FinchMichael Cox9,100,000
2425Wednesday 6th JanuaryJim AllenMichael Cox9,240,000
3426Monday 11th JanuaryJack RosenthalDavid Boisseau9,240,000
4427Wednesday 13th JanuaryJack RosenthalDavid Boisseau9,380,000
5428Monday 18th JanuaryPeter EckersleyChristopher McMaster9,390,000
6429Wednesday 20th JanuaryAdele RoseChristopher McMaster9,660,000
7430Monday 25th JanuaryJohn FinchMichael Cox9,120,000
8431Wednesday 27th JanuaryPeter EckersleyMichael Cox9,390,000
9432Monday 1st FebruaryJack RosenthalWalter Butler9,260,000
10433Wednesday 3rd FebruaryAdele RoseWalter Butler9,260,000
11434Monday 8th FebruaryJim AllenChristopher McMaster9,260,000
12435Wednesday 10th FebruaryJohn FinchChristopher McMaster9,260,000
13436Monday 15th FebruaryAdele RoseMichael Cox9,300,000
14437Wednesday 17th FebruaryJohn FinchMichael Cox9,440,000
15438Monday 22nd FebruaryJack RosenthalDouglas Hurn9,170,000
16439Wednesday 24th FebruaryAdele RoseDouglas Hurn9,310,000
17440Monday 1st MarchJohn FinchChristopher McMaster9,450,000
18441Wednesday 3rd MarchGeoffrey LancashireChristopher McMaster9,450,000
19442Monday 8th MarchJim AllenMichael Cox9,320,000
20443Wednesday 10th MarchJack RosenthalMichael Cox9,320,000
21444Monday 15th MarchVince PowellRichmond Harding9,190,000
22445Wednesday 17th MarchAdele RoseRichmond Harding8,910,000
23446Monday 22nd MarchJim AllenChristopher McMaster9,330,000
24447Wednesday 24th MarchAdele RoseChristopher McMaster9,050,000
25448Monday 29th MarchJack RosenthalWalter Butler8,780,000
26449Wednesday 31st MarchJohn FinchWalter Butler8,640,000
27450Monday 5th AprilGeoffrey LancashireRichmond Harding8,640,000
28451Wednesday 7th AprilVince PowellRichmond Harding8,500,000
29452Monday 12th AprilJim AllenChristopher McMaster8,790,000
30453Wednesday 14th AprilJim AllenChristopher McMaster9,070,000
31454Monday 19th AprilJohn FinchMichael Cox7,390,000
32455Wednesday 21st AprilJohn FinchMichael Cox8,650,000
33456Monday 26th AprilAdele RoseRichmond Harding8,650,000
34457Wednesday 28th AprilJack RosenthalRichmond Harding8,650,000
35458Monday 3rd MayVince PowellChristopher McMaster8,800,000
36459Wednesday 5th MayJim AllenChristopher McMaster8,660,000
37460Monday 10th MayVince PowellMichael Cox7,960,000
38461Wednesday 12th MayVince PowellMichael Cox6,850,000
39462Monday 17th MayJim AllenRichmond Harding8,530,000
40463Wednesday 19th MayGeoffrey LancashireRichmond Harding6,570,000
41464Monday 24th MayJohn FinchChristopher McMaster8,390,000
42465Wednesday 26th MayVince PowellChristopher McMaster8,670,000
43466Monday 31st MayJack RosenthalMichael Cox8,260,000
44467Wednesday 2nd JuneAdele RoseMichael Cox7,840,000
45468Monday 7th JuneJohn FinchRichmond Harding6,300,000
46469Wednesday 9th JuneGeoffrey LancashireRichmond Harding7,840,000
47470Monday 14th JuneVince PowellChristopher McMaster7,670,000
48471Wednesday 16th JuneAdele RoseChristopher McMaster8,380,000
49472Monday 21st JuneJim AllenRichard Argent8,530,000
50473Wednesday 23rd JuneJack RosenthalRichard Argent8,670,000
51474Monday 28th JuneJohn FinchRichmond Harding7,400,000
52475Wednesday 30th JuneH.V. KershawRichmond Harding8,110,000
53476Monday 5th JulyAdele RoseBob Hird8,110,000
54477Wednesday 7th JulyGeoffrey LancashireBob Hird8,110,000
55478Monday 12th JulyJim AllenChristopher McMaster7,970,000
56479Wednesday 14th JulyVince PowellChristopher McMaster7,970,000
57480Monday 19th JulyPam TickellMichael Beckham7,550,000
58481Wednesday 21st JulyJohn FinchMichael Beckham7,550,000
59482Monday 26th JulyJack RosenthalDavid Boisseau7,270,000
60483Wednesday 28th JulyJack RosenthalDavid Boisseau7,690,000
61484Monday 2nd AugustVince PowellBob Hird6,980,000
62485Wednesday 4th AugustRon McDonnellBob Hird7,840,000
63486Monday 9th AugustJohn FinchRichard Argent7,130,000
64487Wednesday 11th AugustJim AllenRichard Argent7,410,000
65488Monday 16th AugustJack RosenthalMichael Beckham7,560,000
66489Wednesday 18th AugustAdele RoseMichael Beckham7,850,000
67490Monday 23rd AugustJim AllenBob Hird7,710,000
68491Wednesday 25th AugustGeoffrey LancashireBob Hird8,140,000
69492Monday 30th AugustJohn FinchRichard Argent6,000,000
70493Wednesday 1st SeptemberJohn FinchRichard Argent8,570,000
71494Monday 6th SeptemberJack RosenthalChristopher McMaster8,430,000
72495Wednesday 8th SeptemberAdele RoseChristopher McMaster9,140,000
73496Monday 13th SeptemberJack RosenthalBob Hird8,290,000
74497Wednesday 15th SeptemberJohn FinchBob Hird8,860,000
75498Monday 20th SeptemberVince PowellRichard Argent8,720,000
76499Wednesday 22nd SeptemberGeoffrey LancashireRichard Argent9,150,000
77500Monday 27th SeptemberJohn FinchPauline Shaw8,730,000
78501Wednesday 29th SeptemberVince PowellPauline Shaw9,440,000
79502Monday 4th OctoberAdele RoseBob Hird5,870,000
80503Wednesday 6th OctoberJack RosenthalBob Hird8,440,000
81504Monday 11th OctoberJohn FinchRichard Argent5,230,000
82505Wednesday 13th OctoberRon McDonnellRichard Argent8,360,000
83506Monday 18th OctoberJim AllenChristopher McMaster4,550,000
84507Wednesday 20th OctoberVince PowellChristopher McMaster8,300,000
85508Monday 25th OctoberJohn FinchBob Hird4,930,000
86509Wednesday 27th OctoberJack RosenthalBob Hird8,620,000
87510Monday 1st NovemberGeoffrey LancashireRichard Argent4,990,000
88511Wednesday 3rd NovemberPam TickellRichard Argent8,390,000
89512Monday 8th NovemberVince PowellChristopher McMaster4,880,000
90513Wednesday 10th NovemberJack RosenthalChristopher McMaster8,200,000
91514Monday 15th NovemberVince PowellBob Hird4,710,000
92515Wednesday 17th NovemberJim AllenBob Hird8,660,000
93516Monday 22nd NovemberPeter EckersleyPauline Shaw7,020,000
94517Wednesday 24th NovemberGeoffrey LancashirePauline Shaw8,410,000
95518Monday 29th NovemberJack RosenthalRichard Argent6,900,000
96519Wednesday 1st DecemberAdele RoseRichard Argent8,570,000
97520Monday 6th DecemberJohn FinchChristopher McMaster7,740,000
98521Wednesday 8th DecemberVince PowellChristopher McMaster9,140,000
99522Monday 13th DecemberAdele RoseBob Hird7,180,000
100523Wednesday 15th DecemberJim AllenBob Hird8,690,000
101524Monday 20th DecemberGeoffrey LancashireWalter Butler7,090,000
102525Wednesday 22nd DecemberJack RosenthalWalter Butler8,390,000
103526Monday 27th DecemberVince PowellRichard Argent6,250,000
104527Wednesday 29th DecemberJohn FinchRichard Argent8,650,000



Episode 431

Ena plays dirty when the Mission is threatened with closure

  • Ena Sharples visits Edward Wormold who tells her that Mrs. Briggs, owner of houses on the Street has died and left No. 11 to her. Elsie Tanner is not pleased to find that Ena is her new landlord but a conflict arises when Stuart Hodges decides that the Mission of Glad Tidings is to close when it is merged with the Bold Street Mission and Ena will therefore be homeless. She tells Elsie that she will have to move out in order that she can have the house herself. Elsie claims that the house is falling to pieces but Ena is not deceived and issues her with a written eviction notice in the Rovers. Elsie immediately initiates a huge fight with Ena which spills out onto the Street and is only stopped when Leonard Swindley intervenes and tells them that there has been a change of plan and the Bold Street Mission is to close instead.
  • After hearing the suspension story, Stan Ogden refuses to let Irma see David Barlow again. David is cleared of the accusation but he and Ken Barlow brawl in the Rovers as David realises that Ken believed the accusation. David heads back to London, his relationship with his brother on ice.
  • Stan's plans to make a living from buying and selling waste paper fails. No. 13 is filled with paper which they cannot sell at the market price. Hilda Ogden sells the mountains of paper to Bernie Sparks for a knock-down price, only making them a small profit.
  • Len Fairclough advertises for a housekeeper and takes on Norma Gee for the job but she is on the rebound from her marriage and her husband, Harry, comes looking for her. Len is not the first person she has held the position of housekeeper for with a view to future marriage. To Len's relief, Norma returns to her husband.
  • Swidnley starts a lucky dip at Gamma Garments. Stan wins a bracelet in it which he gives to Hilda however Annie Walker recognises the item of jewellery as hers and claims it back.
  • Charlie Moffitt decides on his next career move - an insurance man.
  • Stan decides to become a milkman when he discovers that their working day finishes at noon.


  • Minnie Caldwell becomes Ena's paid rent collector but the job doesn't last long as Ena decides to sell No. 11 back to Wormold for £350.00 with a promise that repairs that Elsie needs to the house will be carried out after Dennis Tanner tells her of his mother's depression over her lot in life.
February 1965

Jerry returns to the Street

  • Jerry Booth returns to the Street. His marriage to Myra is over and the baby they were expecting died prematurely. Jerry is now out of work so Len takes him on again. He moves into the Corner Shop flat. He is lonely and Len encourages Irma to become friends with him.
  • Swindley is promoted area manager for Gamma leaving Emily Nugent in charge of the Rosamund Street branch.
  • Stan begins his new career as a milkman, rising at 4.00am every morning.
  • Willie Piggott's court case begins. He is bailed and the case is set for the Crown Court.
  • To everyone's surprise, Florrie Lindley is found not to be a widow when her separated engineering husband, Norman turns up in Weatherfield after having lived and worked in India. He doesn't want a divorce but to be reconciled with his wife, but he has to work in Iceland for a short time and then Canada for two years. While she is making up her mind whether or not to go with him, he takes an interest in Elsie and after taking her to a trade exhibition, she admits that the attraction is mutual. Their relationship causes gossip but the fling makes Florrie realise that she does want to start a new life in Canada with her husband. Norman accepts her wish and reluctantly finishes with Elsie, leaving for his short work assignment in Iceland.
  • Charlie gets his job as an insurance man but needs £50 deposit money for the job but can't afford that and his rent money to Minnie. Ena lends him the money.
  • Emily buys a second hand car and asks the menfolk to give her driving lessons. All except Ken back out and he finds it an ordeal as she has no sense of danger.


  • Valerie Barlow closes down the Hair Salon as her pregnancy nears its end but no one wants to buy the equipment. Ken goes to a staff dinner at the Tech alone when she decides not to go with him due to her condition.
  • Emily has her first professional driving lesson and promptly crashes, hurting her leg. Swindley gives her a lesson during which she goes down a one-way street the wrong way. The police stop them and Swindley is caught with an expired licence. They both go to court where Emily is fined £5 and Swindley £20 after a threat of imprisonment. He suffers adverse headlines in the press.
  • George Dickinson turns up and tries to persuade Jerry to return to Myra. Jerry refuses so Dickinson demands £30 off Jerry that he owes him and accuses him of having an affair with Irma. Len pays him the money to get rid of him.
  • Lucille Hewitt takes part in a school play in a joint production with the local boys' boys' grammar school where she is attracted to pupil Roger Wain. Annie invites him to tea at the Rovers, expecting a mod or a rocker, and is shocked when he is of a higher class than her. As he is a vegetarian, Lucille is similarly influenced and stops eating meat, much to Annie's annoyance. Roger gets Lucille to help him look after elderly folks.
  • Hilda suspects Stan of having an affair when he starts coming home later than his shift finishes. She serves him his tea in the Rovers on the basis that as he virtually lives there, he might as well eat there and harangues him when he gives Albert Tatlock a handmade sweater. Stan swears he found it on his float. Hilda makes him sleep on the sofa and is made more suspicious as to who feeds him when he throws his packed lunch away. She follows him and discovers that he spends his time at the home of a little old lady, Mrs Sugden, to keep her company.
  • Elsie walks out of her job after rowing with her supervisor and under pressure from Dennis gets alternative employment - working at Gamma Garments under a horrified Emily Nugent.
  • Frank Barlow sends his son and daughter-in-law a large, expensive pram. Val breaks the news to Ken that she's expecting twins. She lets this latest bit of gossip slip to Elsie and Ena. Albert is annoyed that he was the last to know and Val asks him to be a godfather to keep him happy. Val goes into labour.



Val gives birth to twins

  • Len takes Val to the hospital in his van. Ken waits nervously in the Rovers and celebrates with the residents when the news come through that Val has given birth to a boy and a girl. They name them Peter and Susan Ida.
  • Willie Piggott is fined £150 for bribing Ken but seeing that he's just become a father himself, tells him that he holds no grudges. He asks Len to help him convert six houses in Blackburn into flats but Len refuses as he's landed a contract with Arnold Jenkinson to work on a supermarket. Piggott tells Jenkinson that Len won't have time for the job and the contract is ended. Despondent, Len decides to spend some time with Stanley in Nottingham and leaves, refusing Piggott's offer of work. The Builder's Yard is left in Jerry's hands and Piggott offers him the job. Jerry accepts money off Piggott to repay his debts and closes the Yard to work with Piggott.
  • Val comes home with Peter and Susan following a couple of weeks later after staying in hospital for observation.
  • In London, David is carried off the pitch with a torn ligament. Val persuades Ken to write to him and end their three-month old feud. Ken does so and David invites himself to return, staying with Albert as there's no room now in No. 9. He immediately takes up again with Irma and reveals that he's given up professional football but gives Albert complimentary tickets to the Cup Final. Albert goes with Stan and Charlie after Stan is given permission by Hilda for a reward for doing jobs around the house.
  • Lucille starts helping the OAP's with Roger but finds they are ungrateful with her assistance.
  • Two of Dennis's hairdressing clients, Caroline Critchley and Jane Maxwell, invite him to Oulton Park race track for the day.


  • Albert and Charlie return alone from London, having lost Stan in Soho. He hitches a lift home on a truck after a fight with a Leeds United supporter.
  • Len returns to the area and discovers that Jerry has left.
  • Despite warnings from Elsie that he is being used by Caroline, Jane and their Cheshire set for their amusement, Dennis continues to socialise with them. Len warns him off them.
  • Lucille celebrates her sixteenth birthday. Still missing her parents, Jack and Annie ask her to call them "Uncle" and "Auntie". She feels that she and Roger have grown apart.
  • David and Irma's relationship continues but she feels uncomfortable when he takes her to his favourite jazz club and they argue about her working evenings in the Rovers.
  • Emily passes her driving test. She kids Len that she is willing to go on a holiday with him. She is made Mission supervisor when Swindley leaves the area.
  • Hilda finds a cigarette packet on the bar of the Rovers with £20 inside it. She keeps the notes, not knowing it is Charlie's insurance collection money. After spending some of it on clothes she discovers whose money it is and doesn't know what to do. Charlie is under suspicion of the theft of the money by his insurance boss and the police are called in. Charlie does a flit from the Street but is tracked down by Albert on behalf of an upset Minnie. He is brought home and £20 is mysteriously pushed through the letterbox of No. 5 to make up for the lost funds.
  • A Royal visit to Granston Technical College sees Ken presented to The Queen and the cortege is planned to be diverted down the Street when a water mains bursts on Rosamund Street. The council and residents prepare Coronation Street for the new route but at the last moment the leak is repaired and the procession takes its original course.

Ken and Val adjust to parenthood

  • Peter and Susan are christened, despite some objections from Ken.
  • Norman Lindley returns from Iceland, determined to go ahead with his plans to emigrate with Florrie to Canada. She puts the Corner Shop up for sale and demands repayment of the tick money owing to her. Sandra Petty persuades her military father Lionel to look over the shop and buy it but her real motive is to be closer to Dennis. She tells him how much she loves him and is determined to marry him.


  • Florrie sells the shop to Lionel and despite finding it hard to say goodbye, she and Norman leave the Street for Canada. Lionel takes over the shop and starts running it along his accustomed military lines. He keeps Irma on in the shop but on a three-month trial. His harsh manner soon starts to alienate the residents and Irma who bunks off work to get away from him. Emily offers him advice on how to get on with the customers and his relationship with them improves.
  • David signs up on a two-year contract as player-coach with Weatherfield Athletic and starts to write a football column for the Weatherfield Advertiser newspaper.
  • Ken thinks of moving to a house with a garden but Val is reluctant to go through the upheaval of a move.
  • Ena reads a newspaper notice asking her to contact a firm of solicitors. It leads her to receive a visit from Tom Schofield, a nephew from the United States of America who has come to escort her back to that country and a stay with her brother, Tom, who she has lost contact with since he sailed for the new world in 1912. As Ena prepares for her trip, Tom gets to know the residents but falls foul of Len when he gets friendly with Elsie. When Ena and Elsie accuse him of being jealous, Len apologises to Tom and four days later Ena and Tom leave on their trip.
  • Dennis is horrified that Lionel likes him and looks on him as a prospective son-in-law. Sandra celebrates her nineteenth birthday and has a party. Dennis tries to get out of going but in the end is forced to attend where he endures Sandra's attention all night.
  • Stan tries to give up smoking to leave himself more money for beer but fails almost instantly in his resolve.
  • Lucille takes her 'O'-levels. She is delighted when Harry Hewitt comes to visit for a week and to sort out her future. Now that her exams are over she is put under pressure to join her family in Ireland but she wants to stay with the Walkers.

The residents at the Blue John Mines

  • Emily organises a visit to the Blue John Mines in Derbyshire. After a last minute hitch with the coach booking, the visit goes as planned. On the trip, David buys a ring for Irma and the two become engaged.


  • While Hilda is delighted at the news of the engagement, Ken is horrified to realise that he will be related to the Ogdens when David and Irma marry. Irma is equally unsure about being joined with the Barlow family. Ken and David argue about the marriage and David makes Ken see that he really loves Irma. Despite this the young couple has their first row when Irma goes dancing without him. They briefly split up but are quickly reconciled.
  • Unhappy with his work, Dennis decides to leave Gerard's Salon but finds that the expensive diploma he gained there is not recognised anywhere else. Nevertheless he leaves his job so Elsie makes him do the housework while he is at home all day but he persuades Sandra to carry out the chores for him.
  • Albert needs extra money and looks for work. Unable to get any odd jobs he decides to sell his coin collection but finds that it is only worth £2, 10/-.
  • Val contracts chicken pox and has to be isolated for two weeks. Hilda tries to assist but Ken refuses to let her babysit.
  • Lucille gets a summer job in a local factory.
  • Lionel gives Dennis a job in the shop to try and keep a closer leash on Sandra. Dennis soon starts to hate the work.
  • Emily plans to go on holiday and recommends that Elsie is made temporary manager in her absence but Mr Papagopolous wants to put someone else in. When Elsie rows with him, he tells Emily to sack her. Elsie leaves anyway and starts a new job as laundry manageress.
  • Clara Midgeley starts as Mission cleaner in Ena's absence, upsetting Minnie when she sees her getting her feet under the table in the Vestry. They soon make up and become friends.

Annie meets Nellie Harvey

  • Jack enters for a bowling competition but it clashes with a Licenced Victualler's meeting that Annie wants to attend. The two argue over this clash. Annie starts to court fellow landlady Nellie Harvey of the LV's but is shocked when she starts being familiar with Jack. Nellie plans to put Annie forward as chairman of the LV's and Annie realises that this social promotion is thanks to Jack's influence with Nellie.
  • Stan starts to brew his own beer in the back yard but Hilda doesn't want the equipment and bottles around. Charlie takes it all in and Len joins him and Stan in their scheme.


  • David organises a dance at the Athletic's Club after a dispute with two workmen there, Johnny and Tony when he gives work to Len rather than them. The two workmen cause trouble at the dance and have to be evicted and is warned by club manager Sid Lambert not to exceed his authority. David's team wins its first match but he spends his pay packet on a new suit rather than saving for his wedding, causing a row with Irma.
  • Dennis gets a new job as a rep for a children's toy company and tries out all of his samples on an exasperated Elsie. He takes Sandra to the Athletic's dance and she makes an effort to attract his attention. She decides her appearance is too drab for him and gets a job at Gamma but shocks Dennis by refusing to go out with him. As part of her makeover she has a new hair do.
  • The foul smell of Charlie and Stan's beer starts to infiltrate the Street. Stan bottles the beer in happy expectation of drinking it but they start to explode, scaring Bobby, Minnie's cat. Minnie still thinks it's a tonic and she and Emily "sample" some, getting drunk in the process. Badly hungover the next day, she orders Charlie to get rid of the remainder. Annie asks her to Sunday lunch when she realises that she is lonely and missing Ena.
  • Ken buys a car.
  • Jack wins his bowl's competition. He buys Annie a necklace for her birthday and her happiness is completed when she wins the election for the LV chairman. However she annoys Jack by her continual references to Arthur Forsyth-Jones and when he tells her he's sick of hearing of the man she tries to make him jealous by flirting with Lionel.
  • Jerry returns from working for Piggott, having found out what Len suspected - that the butcher wanted a cheap job, not a quality one and the job folded. Len is unsympathetic to his plight and throws him out of the Yard when he sleeps rough there but the residents are angry at Len's attitude and side with Jerry. Elsie persuades him to lodge at No. 11 but a guilty Len soon changes his mind and gives Jerry his old job back and a room at his Mawdsley Street house. When his birthday comes round gives him a partnership in the builder's firm as his present. He also throws a party for him but the remains of the home-made beer are used for drinks but it all goes off.

Ted Bates turns up looking for Albert

  • A man who looks like a tramp turns up in the Street looking for Albert. He turns out to be an old friend, Ted Bates, who has run away from his OAP home. Albert takes him in permanently but comes under pressure from the OAP home and Ted's daughter to not do so.
  • Lucille starts work at Mitchell's and goes to a party with her workmates after being chatted up by Barry, one of the loaders. She gains four 'O'-levels.
  • Strange events starts to happen in the Street when Albert's sideboard moves in the night and Hilda thinks there is a poltergeist. David thinks it is subsidence from the disused Barton Colliery and he is seemingly proven right when the empty No. 7 suddenly collapses.



The residents react to the collapse of No.7

  • The residents evacuate their homes as everyone fears that the rest of the Street will fall down. Lucille is missing and it is feared that she is under the rubble but she turns up safe, although upset at the destruction to her childhood home. Edward Wormold and a surveyor look over the house and conclude that a faulty beam and not subsidence caused the collapse. Len is paid to demolish what remains of the shell of the house but rows with Ken when his work causes the twins to be kept awake.
  • Ted Bates goes back to his family.
  • David buys Irma a proper engagement ring. Hilda dreams about her daughter having the wedding that she didn't due to wartime conditions while Stan loses sleep over the cost. David assures him that he doesn't while at the same time Hilda assures Irma that David's wish is for a big do. She also pushes her to suggest to her husband-to-be that they buy No. 3, upset at the thought of her daughter moving away. The engaged couple grow tired with the pressure they are under from their families.
  • Lucille, growing up fast, starts to rebel at the strictures imposed on her by the Walkers, staying out late and finding work difficult as her colleagues resent her qualifications. She and the Walkers reach a compromise. She turns her bedroom into a bedsit. She fails to get a secretarial job and Jack suggests it's because of her accent, prompting Annie to give her elocution lessons.
  • Customs and Excise inspect the Rovers cellar.
  • The Walkers go for a drink at the "Fox and Hounds" pub in Wilmslow. When Elsie hears of the rich men they saw in the pub she goes there herself and gets picked up by Robert Maxwell. He offers her a lift home but crashes on the way and dies behind the wheel. Elsie flees the scene in a panic and asks for Len's help as she left her gloves in the car. The police have got to the car before him but he discovers that Bob and Elsie were together for several hours and tells her he's finished with her. Elsie convinces him nothing happened but the police trace her through talk of the Walkers in the bar of the Wilmslow pub. Elsie is told she'll have to appear at the inquest while Dennis rows with Annie for shopping Elsie. Annie convinces Elsie that she has the neighbour's sympathy.
  • Emily takes Sandra on as an assistant at Gamma but in opposition to Lionel who says she has to look after him and the Corner Shop. Sandra threatens to leave home if she can't have her own way.
  • Minnie is upset when Ena doesn't send a birthday card from the USA. She has a small party with Albert, Clara, Charlie and Jerry and is delighted to receive a telegram from Ena saying her return is imminent.


  • Sandra starts at Gamma but Lionel accuses Emily of coming between him and his daughter and splitting up his home. Emily sees a similarity between Lionel's behaviour and that of her own father, James Nugent. Annie persuades Lionel to give Sandra some slack.
  • Ena returns from the USA. Clara is nervous that she is going to be sidelined but Ena allows her to join her and Minnie in the Snug of the Rovers. She brings back three presents for a delighted Minnie.
  • Elsie goes to the inquest on Robert Maxwell and tries to speak to his widow, Moira but doesn't want to know. She then turns up at No. 11 where she verbally attacks Elsie who realises that she is grief-stricken and lets her carry on, to avoid her blaming herself for her husband's death.
  • Ena spots surveyors in the Street and makes enquiries. Fobbed off with evasive answers she finally gets one of the surveyors to tell he what is going on and she announces to the residents that a ring road is going to be built through both Coronation Street and Mawdsley Street. Ken, however, makes his own enquiries and discovers that Ena has jumped ahead to a conclusion and that it is only a proposal that is at an investigative stage.
  • Dennis worries about his weight and health. To everyone's amusement, David starts a training programme with him and Jerry lends him dumb bells. The health initiative doesn't last long. Dennis then launches a trading company - Tanner's Enterprises - and orders a phone for No. 11.
  • Val gets annoyed with Ken treating her as unintelligent; she forces him to treat her with more respect and takes up sociology at evening classes.
  • After turning down a filing clerk's job, Lucille obtains a job in the Research and Development department at Marshall's Cotton Mill.
  • As David and Irma move closer to their wedding, Stan catches his future son-in-law in Irma's bedroom and slaps her face. She walks out of No. 13 and David makes sure everyone knows what sort of father his fiancée has. Hilda forces a reconciliation between the two. David tells Irma of his finances and his plans to marry her and move to Cheshire.
  • Emily decides to organise a fashion show to promote Gamma's goods.
  • Albert organises a bonfire night. Jerry catches a young teenager, Alan Platt, stealing wood for the fire from the Yard and after talking to him he agrees to give him woodwork lessons in secret. Unfortunately Alan soon drops Len's treasured model wooden plane and breaks it in two.


  • Jerry tells Len he was the one who broke the model plane and will replace it. Alan makes Jerry a toast rack but Len becomes suspicious when after taking it for a piece of junk and putting it with the collected wood for the bonfire, Jerry goes to great lengths to save it. He and Jerry row over Alan's lessons but quickly make up however Alan soon gives up the lessons when he discovers the charms of the female sex.
  • The new phone at No. 11 will share a party line with that of the Barlow's. Engineer Jim Mount arrives to install it and Elsie is taken with him.
  • David buys a new coat for Albert who is apparently ungrateful but secretly delighted.
  • Lucille starts her new job and comes to an agreement with the Walkers for a low level of housekeeping money provided she save a portion of the remainder. She makes the acquaintance of Kenny Stevens at work and is amazed at his nonchalant attitude to his job. After a few weeks she agrees to go out on a date with him, despite the warnings given to her by her fellow workmates.
  • The bonfire goes ahead with Len and Dennis both making a guy, unaware the other is doing so.

The fashion show turns into a fiasco

  • Despite promises of help, Emily is left to prepare the fashion show herself and stays up until the small hours to prepare when the gowns need altering. The show is put on in the Mission but is a disaster when her three models - Val, Lucille and Irma - are unable to change their dresses in a timely manner.
  • 108 Christmas trees arrive for Dennis and his new company. Elsie is not pleased. He tries to store them in all the neighbour's back yards but unsurprisingly encounters opposition. For a fee he then stores them at the Yard. He also takes stock of 144 boxes of crackers which he gets Sandra to stock in the loft at Gamma but Emily finds out and is not pleased with her assistant. As a result of these fiascos, Sandra starts to see another side to Dennis and goes off him, much to Lionel's relief however she then breaks the news that she's moving away to a flat on Leestand Road on the other side of town. She comes to terms with the fact that she means nothing to Dennis.
  • While Val is at night school, Ken nips into the Rovers for a quick drink leaving the twins alone at No. 9. A fire starts when a piece of burning coal falls out of the fireplace. A horrified Val arrives home in time to put out the blaze and is furious with her husband. Ken asks Jerry to convert the front room into a playroom.
  • Clara starts to housekeep at No. 1.
  • Tired of the fuss over their wedding plans, David and Irma agree to secretly get married at the Ridgeway Road Registry Office on 8th December.


  • Sandra moves away from the Street.
  • Clara moves the furniture around in No. 1, causing Val to argue with her.

David and Irma are married

  • Len accidentally discovers from a taxi driver about a booking to take David and Irma from the registry office to a restaurant after their wedding. He tells Stan who breaks the news to an upset Hilda but the residents gatecrash the restaurant and present the surprised newlyweds with a cake. David and Irma move into interim digs at 17 Attlee Street and start to plan their new life when David is injured with a bad tackle from Larry Palmer on the football field at a charity match and told he can't play any more. His coaching job is ended and he and Irma have to make new plans for their future.
  • To attend the Barlow's reception, Jack asks his brother Arthur Walker to look after the Rovers for the afternoon. He does so but has just nipped out for a moment when petty crook Frank Turner comes in and buys a drink from Lucille. He realises the girl is sixteen and starts to blackmail Jack and Annie for free drinks for letting an underage girl work behind the bar and then puts additional pressure on them for money. Jack has a breakdown and Annie is put on mild tranquilizers. She confesses what is happening to Stan and Len and Turner is badly beaten up one night but by someone else, not the two angry men. Len thinks Lionel did the deed but it later transpires that it was Jerry who did the deed.
  • With Sandra gone, Emily is given a new assistant at Gamma in the form of lazy Brenda Hartley. Emily mistakenly believes she is Mr Papagopolous's niece and goes easy on her until she discovers that she is no relation and makes her work harder.
  • With Jack still incapacitated, Annie goes to the Licenced Victualler's ball with Lionel who charms Nellie Harvey.
  • Charlie decides to resume his showbusiness career, repays Ena the £50 he owes her and leaves the Street, much to Minnie's distress.
  • Realising that he is headed for financial difficulties, Lionel decides to close the money-losing sub post office in the Corner Shop and starts to cut down on the credit he allows to his customers.
  • At Christmas, Val and Ken entertain the Street's pensioners. Ena receives a present of a rocking chair from her brother in America.
  • Emily takes up photography for a hobby.

Who lives where

Coronation Street

Mawdsley Street

Coronation Street in the 1960s
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