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1969 was Coronation Street's tenth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1 Elsie Tanner Patricia Phoenix Full year 88 759 5
2 Hilda Ogden Jean Alexander Full year 85 393 8
3 Ena Sharples Violet Carson Full year 81 703 13
3 Jack Walker Arthur Leslie Full year 81 769 3
5 Annie Walker Doris Speed Full year 79 777 1
6 Stan Ogden Bernard Youens Full year 76 394 9
7 Ray Langton Neville Buswell Full year 74 140 14
8 Emily Nugent Eileen Derbyshire Full year 73 486 11
8 Len Fairclough Peter Adamson Full year except for November 73 740 2
10 Valerie Barlow Anne Reid Full year 70 562 6
11 Ken Barlow William Roache Full year 64 635 4
12 Minnie Caldwell Margot Bryant Full year 62 656 7
12 Maggie Clegg Irene Sutcliffe Full year 62 119 11
14 Audrey Fleming Gillian McCann Full year 59 96 17
15 Dickie Fleming Nigel Humphreys Full year 57 94 17
16 Betty Turpin Betty Driver From June 54 54 -
17 Albert Tatlock Jack Howarth January, March to April and from July 48 601 16
18 Lucille Hewitt Jennifer Moss February to August 44 494 10
19 Cyril Turpin William Moore From June 42 42 -
20 Gordon Clegg Bill Kenwright Until April 22 74 14
21 Ernest Bishop Stephen Hancock June to September and from December 16 17 -
22 Effie Spicer Anne Dyson Until March 15 43 21
23 Sandra Butler Patricia Fuller From November 14 14 -
24 Bernard Butler Gorden Kaye From November 10 10 -
24 Alan Howard Alan Browning From December 10 10 -
26 Billy Walker Kenneth Farrington January only 7 49 -
27 Irma Barlow Sandra Gough December only 6 290 22
28 Sheila Crossley Eileen Mayers June and November 4 157 -
29 Janet Reid Judith Barker June only 2 2 -

Production

Transition to colour

TV Times marks the programme's ninth birthday with a cast photoshoot in the Rovers set

John Finch's four-month stint as producer came to an end with Episode 856 on 5th March. H.V. Kershaw was producer for the rest of the year, his sixth time in the position.

The era of colour television began on ITV and BBC1 on Saturday 15th November. Granada was one of four regions to launch their full colour service on that date, the others being London Weekend Television (with the weekday Thames Television following two days later), ATV in the Midlands and Yorkshire Television. The first episode of Coronation Street which viewers saw in colour - at least, the 1% of the population who owned colour sets - was Episode 928 on Monday 17th November.

The programme's transition into colour had begun a few weeks earlier, with Episode 923 on 29th October. This episode - shot almost entirely on location at the Lake District and containing the climactic coach crash - was made in black and white but according to some sources, this occurred because the correct film stock couldn't be located, and executive producer H.V. Kershaw intended it to be made in colour. Whatever the case, Episode 924, set mostly in hospital after the crash, was the first episode made with colour cameras. However, only the studio recording was in colour; two film inserts were in monochrome, and the black and white title sequence remained in use for two more weeks. The next three episodes were made in the same way and were transmitted by the ITA in colour as test transmissions. By Episode 928, the entire programme was being made and shown in colour in the aforementioned ITV regions, and the new colour title sequence debuted a week later in Episode 930.

In anticipation of the changeover, several of the interior sets were redecorated, notably the Rovers Return public and snug and Elsie Tanner's living room. This was done because certain colour combinations which were chosen because of how they appeared under the black and white cameras did not necessarily translate well to colour.

The extra detail captured by the 625-line colour cameras also led to Granada rebuilding the outdoor Grape Street set in brick between November and December. This lengthy construction process resulted in the street exterior being off-screen during those months, except for one pre-filmed scene in early November. Although able to weather the elements better than its wooden predecessor, the set was still only a frontage and contained no back yards or ginnel.

All Star Comedy Carnival: Ena Sharples plays for the residents on Christmas Day

Within the programme, the new set debuted in Episode 944 the following January however a Coronation Street special which was aired as part of ITV's All Star Comedy Carnival was shot there a few weeks earlier and broadcast on 25th December. This was a specially-scripted mini-episode, introduced by host Des O'Connor, in which the residents sing Christmas carols only to be interrupted by a Salvation Army brass band.

Cast changes

A planned marriage between teenage tearaways Lucille Hewitt and Gordon Clegg was shelved when Bill Kenwright quit his role, having only ever intended to stay for a year. The storyline was re-written with Gordon jilting Lucille instead. Two months after his departure, Betty Driver and William Moore joined the cast as Maggie Clegg's overbearing sister Betty and her policeman husband Cyril. Brought in as support for Maggie in the wake of Gordon's departure, Betty was taken on at the Rovers by Jack Walker in the following episode, eventually to become the establishment's longest-serving barmaid.

Other cast changes included Stephen Hancock returning as shy photographer and lay preacher Ernest Bishop, and beginning his association with future wife Emily Nugent, who after eight years in the programme was finally credited by her full name. Meanwhile, Effie Spicer departed when Anne Dyson left the programme to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a new family was built up around Elsie Tanner with the arrival of her niece and nephew Sandra and Bernard Butler, played by Patricia Fuller and Gorden Kaye respectively, and a new man who would become her husband in the form of successful businessman Alan Howard, with Alan Browning joining the cast. Patricia Phoenix initially resisted the idea of Elsie marrying for a third time but she relented when producers offered to give her a say in the casting.

Kenneth Farrington, Eileen Mayers and Sandra Gough also made short return appearances as their former characters Billy Walker, Sheila Crossley and Irma Barlow, while Elsie's longstanding friend Dot Greenhalgh, played by Joan Francis since 1961, was seen for the last time as Miami Modes department store was phased out of the programme. Janet Reid, introduced as Len Fairclough's girlfriend, debuted in two episodes before returning longer-term in the 1970s.

Additionally, Lucille Hewitt was absent for seven months from August to March 1970 as Jennifer Moss took maternity leave, and Peter Adamson was suspended for two months to deal with his alcoholism. The decision to suspend Adamson was taken when he was too inebriated to play a scene, causing recording to be suspended for the first time not for a technical issue. According to Kershaw, Adamson beat the bottle at the first attempt.

Viewing figures

Ratings chart for the year

The downward trend which had begun in 1965 continued for another year. Ratings fell by 700k viewers from 1968 to a yearly average of 15.07 million viewers. November and December were the only months which increased year-on-year, November marginally and December by 1.5 million viewers. March to May saw the biggest drops, with May falling by over two million viewers on May 1968.

The highest-rated episode of the year was Episode 854 on 26th February, in which Minnie Caldwell is located after being missing and Gordon Clegg decides not to marry Lucille Hewitt. This had an audience of 8.35 million homes, or 18.37 million viewers.

In the charts, 16 episodes reached number one - half of 1968's total and the lowest since 1961.

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
1 838 Wednesday 1st January Adele Rose Tony Wharmby 7,250,000
15,950,000
3
2 839 Monday 6th January James Bryant Les Chatfield 7,550,000
16,610,000
1
3 840 Wednesday 8th January Geoffrey Lancashire Les Chatfield 7,250,000
15,950,000
4
4 841 Monday 13th January Tony Warren Tim Jones 7,500,000
16,500,000
2
5 842 Wednesday 15th January H.V. Kershaw Tim Jones 7,250,000
15,950,000
2
6 843 Monday 20th January Susan Pleat Tony Wharmby 7,700,000
16,940,000
1
7 844 Wednesday 22nd January Peter Eckersley Tony Wharmby 7,500,000
16,500,000
3
8 845 Monday 27th January Leslie Duxbury Les Chatfield 7,750,000
17,050,000
2
9 846 Wednesday 29th January Malcolm Lynch Les Chatfield 7,250,000
15,950,000
4
10 847 Monday 3rd February Malcolm Lynch Tim Jones 7,900,000
17,380,000
2
11 848 Wednesday 5th February Geoffrey Lancashire Tim Jones 7,500,000
16,500,000
4
12 849 Monday 10th February Ron McDonnell Tony Wharmby 7,900,000
17,380,000
1
13 850 Wednesday 12th February Malcolm Lynch Tony Wharmby 7,550,000
16,610,000
4
14 851 Monday 17th February Susan Pleat Les Chatfield 7,750,000
17,050,000
2
15 852 Wednesday 19th February Leslie Duxbury Les Chatfield 7,750,000
17,050,000
2
16 853 Monday 24th February Peter Eckersley Tim Jones 7,950,000
17,490,000
2
17 854 Wednesday 26th February Adele Rose Tim Jones 8,350,000
18,370,000
1
18 855 Monday 3rd March Geoffrey Lancashire Tony Wharmby 7,800,000
17,160,000
2
19 856 Wednesday 5th March Malcolm Lynch Tony Wharmby 7,600,000
16,720,000
3
20 857 Monday 10th March Peter Eckersley Les Chatfield 7,850,000
17,270,000
2
21 858 Wednesday 12th March Leslie Duxbury Les Chatfield 7,900,000
17,380,000
1
22 859 Monday 17th March Susan Pleat Tim Jones 6,750,000
14,850,000
2
23 860 Wednesday 19th March Ron McDonnell Tim Jones 7,100,000
15,620,000
1
24 861 Monday 24th March James Bryant Tony Wharmby 6,750,000
14,850,000
3
25 862 Wednesday 26th March Geoffrey Lancashire Tony Wharmby 7,100,000
15,620,000
2
26 863 Monday 31st March Adele Rose Les Chatfield 6,650,000
14,630,000
2
27 864 Wednesday 2nd April Malcolm Lynch Les Chatfield 6,700,000
14,740,000
1
28 865 Monday 7th April Peter Eckersley Tim Jones 5,400,000
11,880,000
9
29 866 Wednesday 9th April Susan Pleat Tim Jones 6,400,000
14,080,000
2
30 867 Monday 14th April Geoffrey Lancashire Tony Wharmby 6,150,000
13,530,000
5
31 868 Wednesday 16th April Leslie Duxbury Tony Wharmby 6,200,000
13,640,000
4
32 869 Monday 21st April Ron McDonnell Gerry Mill 7,500,000
16,500,000
1
33 870 Wednesday 23rd April Jack Rosenthal Gerry Mill 7,450,000
16,390,000
2
34 871 Monday 28th April Susan Pleat Tim Jones 6,700,000
14,740,000
2
35 872 Wednesday 30th April Geoffrey Lancashire Tim Jones 6,900,000
15,180,000
1
36 873 Monday 5th May Peter Eckersley Tony Wharmby 6,950,000
15,290,000
2
37 874 Wednesday 7th May Adele Rose Tony Wharmby 5,850,000
12,870,000
13
38 875 Monday 12th May Leslie Duxbury Gerry Mill 6,700,000
14,740,000
1
39 876 Wednesday 14th May Malcolm Lynch Gerry Mill 6,350,000
13,970,000
3
40 877 Monday 19th May Peter Eckersley Tim Jones 6,600,000
14,520,000
5
41 878 Wednesday 21st May James Bryant Tim Jones 6,050,000
13,310,000
7
42 879 Monday 26th May Ron McDonnell Tony Wharmby 5,100,000
11,220,000
14
43 880 Wednesday 28th May Adele Rose Tony Wharmby 5,900,000
12,980,000
6
44 881 Monday 2nd June Adele Rose Michael Cox 6,550,000
14,410,000
5
45 882 Wednesday 4th June Geoffrey Lancashire Michael Cox 6,300,000
13,860,000
9
46 883 Monday 9th June Malcolm Lynch Eric Prytherch 6,000,000
13,200,000
5
47 884 Wednesday 11th June Geoffrey Lancashire Eric Prytherch 5,750,000
12,650,000
7
48 885 Monday 16th June H.V. Kershaw Vic Hughes 6,250,000
13,750,000
6
49 886 Wednesday 18th June Leslie Duxbury Vic Hughes 6,500,000
14,300,000
4
50 887 Monday 23rd June Adele Rose Joe Boyer 6,650,000
14,630,000
1
51 888 Wednesday 25th June Leslie Duxbury Joe Boyer 6,400,000
14,080,000
4
52 889 Monday 30th June Malcolm Lynch Eric Prytherch 5,800,000
12,760,000
7
53 890 Wednesday 2nd July Susan Pleat Eric Prytherch 6,400,000
14,080,000
3
54 891 Monday 7th July James Bryant Tony Wharmby 6,150,000
13,530,000
4
55 892 Wednesday 9th July Geoffrey Lancashire Tony Wharmby 6,300,000
13,860,000
3
56 893 Wednesday 16th July Ron McDonnell Joe Boyer 5,950,000
13,090,000
4
57 894 Monday 21st July John Finch Joe Boyer 5,500,000
12,100,000
8
58 895 Wednesday 23rd July Susan Pleat Eric Prytherch 6,050,000
13,310,000
3
59 896 Monday 28th July Leslie Duxbury Eric Prytherch 5,050,000
11,110,000
10
60 897 Wednesday 30th July Leslie Duxbury Tony Wharmby 5,450,000
11,990,000
7
61 898 Monday 4th August Peter Eckersley Tony Wharmby 5,450,000
11,990,000
5
62 899 Wednesday 6th August Geoffrey Lancashire Joe Boyer 5,700,000
12,540,000
2
63 900 Monday 11th August James Bryant Joe Boyer 5,100,000
11,220,000
9
64 901 Wednesday 13th August Malcolm Lynch Tony Wharmby 5,750,000
12,650,000
4
65 902 Monday 18th August Adele Rose Tony Wharmby 5,450,000
11,990,000
9
66 903 Wednesday 20th August Susan Pleat Eric Prytherch 6,350,000
13,970,000
3
67 904 Monday 25th August Malcolm Lynch Eric Prytherch 5,750,000
12,650,000
10
68 905 Wednesday 27th August Geoffrey Lancashire Joe Boyer 6,350,000
13,970,000
6
69 906 Monday 1st September Geoffrey Lancashire Joe Boyer 5,150,000
11,330,000
9
70 907 Wednesday 3rd September Adele Rose Tim Jones 6,300,000
13,860,000
4
71 908 Monday 8th September John Finch Tim Jones 6,250,000
13,750,000
6
72 909 Wednesday 10th September Susan Pleat Tony Wharmby 5,900,000
12,980,000
7
73 910 Monday 15th September Leslie Duxbury Tony Wharmby 6,750,000
14,850,000
3
74 911 Wednesday 17th September Adele Rose Joe Boyer 6,250,000
13,750,000
10
75 912 Monday 22nd September James Bryant Joe Boyer 6,650,000
14,630,000
5
76 913 Wednesday 24th September Peter Eckersley June Howson 6,800,000
14,960,000
2
77 914 Monday 29th September Ron McDonnell June Howson 6,900,000
15,180,000
4
78 915 Wednesday 1st October Leslie Duxbury Eric Prytherch 6,800,000
14,960,000
7
79 916 Monday 6th October Malcolm Lynch Eric Prytherch 6,950,000
15,290,000
3
80 917 Wednesday 8th October John Finch Michael Cox 7,100,000
15,620,000
2
81 918 Monday 13th October Leslie Duxbury Michael Cox 7,050,000
15,510,000
3
82 919 Wednesday 15th October James Bryant Joe Boyer 6,950,000
15,290,000
5
83 920 Monday 20th October Susan Pleat Joe Boyer 7,250,000
15,950,000
3
84 921 Wednesday 22nd October Adele Rose Eric Prytherch 6,350,000
13,970,000
16
85 922 Monday 27th October Adele Rose Eric Prytherch 7,350,000
16,170,000
5
86 923 Wednesday 29th October H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker 7,550,000
16,610,000
3
87 924 Monday 3rd November Malcolm Lynch Joe Boyer 8,250,000
18,150,000
2
88 925 Wednesday 5th November Peter Eckersley Joe Boyer 7,400,000
16,280,000
4
89 926 Monday 10th November Leslie Duxbury Eric Prytherch 7,850,000
17,270,000
4
90 927 Wednesday 12th November James Bryant Eric Prytherch 7,950,000
17,490,000
3
91 928 Monday 17th November Leslie Duxbury Brian Mills 8,050,000
17,710,000
1
92 929 Wednesday 19th November Susan Pleat Brian Mills 8,000,000
17,600,000
3
93 930 Monday 24th November Malcolm Lynch Joe Boyer 7,750,000
17,050,000
3
94 931 Wednesday 26th November Ron McDonnell Joe Boyer 8,000,000
17,600,000
2
95 932 Monday 1st December Leslie Duxbury Eric Prytherch 7,650,000
16,830,000
4
96 933 Wednesday 3rd December Adele Rose Eric Prytherch 8,200,000
18,040,000
1
97 934 Monday 8th December James Bryant Brian Mills 7,750,000
17,050,000
2
98 935 Wednesday 10th December Leslie Duxbury Brian Mills 7,900,000
17,380,000
1
99 936 Monday 15th December Susan Pleat Joe Boyer 7,900,000
17,380,000
1
100 937 Wednesday 17th December Malcolm Lynch Joe Boyer 7,900,000
17,380,000
1
101 938 Monday 22nd December Adele Rose Eric Prytherch 7,100,000
15,620,000
3
102 939 Wednesday 24th December Leslie Duxbury Eric Prytherch 7,200,000
15,840,000
2
103 940 Monday 29th December Geoffrey Lancashire Brian Mills 7,450,000
16,390,000
2
104 941 Wednesday 31st December Susan Pleat Brian Mills 7,450,000
16,390,000
2

Storylines

January

  • Len Fairclough pulls out all the stops to put his "fiancée" Marj Griffin off him. Ray Langton lends his friend a hand by passing off two boys as Len's children, which scares Marj off - but she leaves behind her monkey Marlon.
  • Billy Walker returns to the Street with his girlfriend Jasmine Choong. Annie pretends to approve of Jasmine but Emily Nugent, sharing a room with Jasmine, tells Jasmine that Annie's niceness is put on and Annie actually objects to the relationship as Jasmine is Chinese. After collapsing at the bar, Annie is looked after by Jasmine and reveals her true feelings when Jasmine tells her that Billy wants to marry her. Jasmine breaks her relationship with Billy and leaves, making it clear it's because of Annie. Billy also leaves as he can't stand being around Annie any more. Looking for a scapegoat, Annie throws Emily out of the Rovers. Elsie Tanner takes her in at No.11.
  • Dickie Fleming is jealous of Richard Matthews, a customer at the petrol station who takes a fancy to Audrey. When Richard gives them cinema tickets, Gordon escorts Audrey. Hilda Ogden spreads it around that they're having an affair, little realising that a kiss they shared was for her benefit.

The arrival of Janice Langton causes problems for Ray

  • Ray's sister Janice Langton turns up, after giving her probation officer the slip. Ray doesn't like her flaunting herself at men. She considers going out with Len but doesn't as she knows Ray won't like it.
  • Stan Ogden decides to go into the antique business and buys Albert Tatlock's sideboard for £5, but Hilda bargains for a refund when it turns out to be too heavy for Stan to move.
  • Ena Sharples and Minnie Caldwell becomes babysitters for Peter and Susan Barlow. Ken gives Ena a baby alarm so she can hear the twins from her flat, but she uses it to eavesdrop on the Barlows.
  • Gordon goes for Ray when he jokes about Maggie being Len's bird. Maggie tells Gordon to stay out of her private life.
  • Hilda starts practicing clairvoyancy.
  • Dave Smith's Jaguar is stolen.

February

Hilda Ogden tells the future...

  • Hilda sets up professionally as a clairvoyant, believing she has "the vision". She's unaware that her success is due to Stan working behind the scenes to make her predictions come true, as he thinks she could earn a fortune for them. He comes clean with Hilda when a reporter investigates her talent. To put the man off, Hilda tells him the gift has left her.
  • Elsie and Dave try to make Emily uncomfortable at No.11 so that she will want to move back to the Rovers. The residents send Emily and Annie presents from each other but Emily takes "Annie"'s present as a bribe. When Annie expresses her regrets over her earlier behaviour and apologises, Emily agrees to return.
  • Janice confesses to Ray that she and Bob Neale took Dave's car. Ray returns it and takes the blame but Dave says £550 and two gold watches are missing. Janice claims to know nothing about it but Ray later catches Janice and Bob splitting the proceeds and goes for Bob. Janice leaves the Street. Ray thinks about disappearing with the money but Ena convinces him to return it to Dave through her.
  • Lucille Hewitt returns from staying with Concepta in Ireland. Gordon passes his Accountancy exams and wins £5 for being the youngest to do so. The couple start planning their wedding, with Gordon buying Lucille an engagement ring, but Gordon later starts being off with Lucille and admits to Maggie that he doesn't want to marry her any more.
  • Minnie's debt at Dave Smith's Betting Shop has reached £10 but Dave decides to wipe the slate clean as a favour to Elsie. He reverses his decision when Ena rows with him, accusing him of making children starve. A guilty Ena tries to help Minnie raise the money but he demands immediate payment. Ena appears to win when she finds out about Dave not telling the taxman about the £550 in the car and blackmails him, but Minnie is ashamed and disappears, leaving a note asking Ena to look after Sonny Jim. The residents pull their efforts as they search Weatherfield for Minnie, while Ena blames herself, fearing that Minnie could be dead. She's informed when Minnie is hospitalised after sleeping rough on a park bench for two nights, but Minnie doesn't want to see her. Dave tells Minnie he's limiting her betting.

March

  • Gordon decides not to marry Lucille and breaks the news to her after seeing her in her wedding dress. After a night out to commiserate, Lucille makes a fresh start, quitting The Pink Posy for a job at Dave Smith's Betting Shop. She enjoys it when people think she's going out with Dave and buys a new bracelet, making out it's from him, but Dave puts everyone right.
  • The residents throw Elsie a party for her 46th birthday. She rows with Hilda in the Street when Hilda jeers at her over Dave and Lucille. Later in the month, Elsie starts thinking a man is following her and hears someone trying to get into her house.
  • The local community centre falling out of use, the Reverend Reggie James holds a meeting to rally the residents but people aren't interested. When the side chapel is ransacked, Emily pays the residents to clean it up, hoping to show James that the community spirit in the Street is not dead.
  • Effie Spicer decorates No.1 as a surprise for Albert but Albert doesn't like the changes and, refusing to pay the bill, he moves in with the Flemings. Effie gets one over on Albert by moving out, leaving to live with her niece, and inviting Alice Pickins to move in. Albert promptly moves back to No.1 and throws Alice, and her bird Kitchener, out on the Street.
  • Ken starts doing the cooking at the Barlow household and surprisingly turns out to be a good cook.
  • The Street has a power cut.

April

  • The Barlows take Alice in. When the pensioners boycott Albert's Easter Monday coach trip to the Fusiliers' Museum in Bury, Albert feels guilty and offers Alice her room back but she moves into No.5 with Minnie.
  • Len catches Arthur Green, a private detective, snooping the Street. He's spying for Lillian Smith, Dave's wife, who soon arrives in Weatherfield from London to tell Dave she wants a divorce on terms of adultery, citing Elsie. Dave defends the divorce and denies a relationship, worrying Elsie that her name is going to be dragged through the courts. When she realises she would lose Dave's inheritance money if she divorced him, Lillian decided to drop the divorce and have more money from him instead and returned to London. Elsie dumps Dave.

The pensioners prove that it's not only students who can be radical

  • The pensioners of the Street form a committee to save the OAP clubhouse after finding out it's going to be demolished. Ena, Minnie, Alice and Albert form a sit-down outside the Council offices in protest, but it ends with Ena being carried off by a policeman and getting a caution. Undeterred, they have a sit-in at the Club house which is duly saved.
  • The Ogdens go walking and get lost. They return on a milk float.
  • Gordon considers working at head office in London.
  • Hilda discovers Stan has a tax bill for £42. He takes a barman job at the Rovers but drinks away his earnings. Hilda solves the problem by selling Stan's window cleaning round to Ray, with Ray taking on the outstanding debt, but Ray is now Stan's boss.
  • On learning that the brewery is holding a Perfect Landlady contest, Annie behaves overly nice to the customers to get a nomination. When Ray nominates her, Annie installs a suggestion box and even gives Hilda a rise in exchange for her support.
  • Unhappy Dickie skives off tech and goes to the amusement arcade instead. He meets Sandra there and is offered a job as engineer. He takes it but doesn't tell Audrey.
  • Val has trouble with her knee and bangs it badly.

May

  • Val needs a knee operation. Ken wants her to have it done privately and goes so far as to sell his car to pay for it. Val is angry when Ken invites her mother Edith Tatlock to stay over the operation period. Val goes into hospital while Ena helps out in the Corner Shop to cover for her.
  • Edith arrives and although she approves of the No.14, she doesn't feel that the Street is not right for the Barlows. After Val returns from hospital. Edith takes the them round a show house but Val doesn't want to leave the Street. Edith even offers financial help but is refused.
  • Lucille tells Audrey about Dickie's job. He wins Audrey over with by giving her his £25 salary. This sends her on a spending spree and she racks up HP debts of over £200. Dickie is threatened by thugs at the and is too frightened to go back to work and a colleague, Eddie Goulden, also pushes him to fix the machines for him. Audrey tells Dickie he's not to go back to the arcade but he reminds her of the £200 on HP. Ena tries to get Len to get the arcade closed but he refuses. Audrey warns Eddie with the police if he touches Dickie although Dickie agrees to fix the machines for him. Dickie is given the sack because he's an easy touch. He then gets a job on a building site and then his old boss takes him back on to his apprenticeship.
  • Audrey celebrates her 18th birthday and Ray buys Audrey her first legal drink in the Rovers. Dickie buys her a watch.

Trouble at t'yard

  • Emily tells Ray that Len is drawing more money than usual on expenses. Len is £50 overdrawn at the Yard.
  • In her continuing efforts to win the competition, Annie covers the pub in old Lancashire memorabilia including clogs and miners' lamps. Ray gets friend Connie Robinson to pose as a pub landlady also in the competition and cons Annie into starting an organist and hotpot as that what Connie is supposedly doing. Annie realises Connie is a fake and makes everyone pay for salty hotpots. Brewery representative Mr Bracegirdle gets drunk and flirts with Annie. A jealous Jack throws him out, making Annie think it's jeopardised her chances in the competition. Annie wins but Jack refuses the prize of a trip to Majorca as he's afraid of flying. Annie asks Ena to go with her, thinking that she can't because of the shop job but, to her horror, Ena agrees and they leave together.
  • Hilda and Ray gang up on Stan to get him working more. The Ogdens plan a Spring Bank Holiday bring-a-bottle party but the rain ruins Stan's barbecue.
  • Val asks for her job back at the shop but Maggie tells her that her sister, Betty Turpin, is coming to stay and help run it with her. Edith is too much for Val to cope with. Edith takes the twins to Belle Vue's fairground where she loses them in the crowd.

June

  • Well-meaning Mrs Allendale brings the twins back after finding them but keeping them for several hours to give them their teas. Maggie has to stop Val from going for her. Val takes her frustration out on Edith who packs and leaves. Back in Glasgow, she takes to her bed, crying and Ken persuades Val that they ought to go up there for the weekend and make their peace.
  • Betty and her husband Cyril arrive and move into the shop flat. Betty is also taken on at the Rovers. Val and Betty do shifts at the shop. Betty shows her finesse at darts and is challenged to a match which she loses deliberately so that Ray will have to pay out money on the bets he laid behind her back. Tired of being bossed around, Maggie tells Betty she does not want her help at the shop as Val is her assistant.
  • Hilda finds two library books, overdue by five years. Hilda plots with Cyril on how to get rid of them before discovering he's a police sergeant. Cyril tells the Ogdens they have to pay the library fine but Stan is let off when returns the items.

Len hears the truth about his money from Jack

  • Elsie gives Jack £300 to give to Len in his name, not hers, in order that she can alleviate his money troubles. Len takes Elsie out and tells her he's getting married to a girl he’s been seeing called Janet Reid as he couldn't wait for her forever. Elsie finds out from Janet that she doesn't love Len and is dreading him proposing. When she rejects his offer, Len suspects Elsie put her off and hits her. A furious Jack tells Len where the money came from. Elsie packs and leaves the Street. Lucille and Ray trace her to the Scarborough home of Sheila Crossley. Len travels there and apologises to Elsie but she tells him she wants nothing to do with him. She returns to the street, but refuses to speak to him.
  • Ena returns alone from Majorca a week early and tells Jack that Annie is staying on for another week beyond the expected time. She also tells a shocked Emily that Annie spent all her time with another man there and says she's got a letter breaking the news to Jack. She refuses to hurt him by giving it to him. After a few weeks, Annie returns with Douglas Cresswell of Newton & Ridley. Annie explains to Jack that she was helping Douglas out at the Brewery hotel on the island, and that was what was in the letter. Annie tells Jack of Douglas's proposal for them to go and live in Majorca running a pub. She is furious with Ena and Emily for suspecting her morals.
  • Ena decides she doesn't like her maisonette any more. Ena, Minnie and Emily go to the funeral of old friend Carrie Bishop. There they meet her son Ernie who shows Emily around his camera shop and tells her he's looking for a caretaker. Ena tells him she'll take the job. Ernie asks Emily to be his assistant in the shop. They both give up their present employments.
  • Jack tells Ray of a building job at the Brewery which he manages to get but he tells Lucille he wants it for himself, not Len. Len hears about the contract and is delighted with the prospect of work, not realising he’s being cut out of the picture.

July

  • The Walkers pretend their marriage is over to teach Emily a lesson. Annie asks Ena and Emily to read her letter. They do so and Emily feels ashamed although Ena is unfazed. The Walkers decide to take the Majorca pub and Jack goes for a medical at the Brewery where Sir Hubert Ridley tells Douglas that the Walkers are too old for the Majorca pub and stops the plan. Annie refuses to get upset, but not knowing the true reason behind their disappointment, she worries that Jack's medical let them down and his health is suspect. To please her, he goes to Doctor Mackay who clears him and persuades Annie that there's nothing wrong with him.
  • Len takes the news badly of the brewery deal badly and throws Ray out of No.9. Dickie invites Ray to lodge with them but his presence makes Audrey feel uncomfortable. Ray needs three months’ rent in advance for a builders yard and Elsie gives him a reference from Dave Smith and the money herself.
  • Ena moves into the camera shop flat where, a few weeks' later, she hears noises in the night at the studio and she catches Cliff Stone in the studio with the floorboards up.
  • Alice Pickins visits Albert at the Museum as he’s lecturing a group of pensioners. He's startled and fall offs the box he’s stood on. He is put to bed at No.1 with broken ribs and an arm and Alice becomes Albert's resident nurse. The Barlows return from Glasgow and refuse to take over from her.
  • Elsie lends Stan £50 on the spur of the moment. He tries to sell suit lengths bought with the money. Betty tells Hilda that some cloth has been stolen from a tailor. Panicking, Hilda takes charge of the suit lengths. Cyril tells the Ogdens he wants to see the suit lengths and Hilda quickly sells them to Ray for £1 each. Cyril tells the Ogdens he only wanted to buy the cloth and buys one off Ray for £5. Stan spends all his money on drink and discovers he has to find Elsie's £50 by the weekend. Elsie lets Stan find the money in more time but when Hilda slags her off she demands £5 a week.
  • Annie doesn't like having Betty behind the bar and fires her for reasons of incompatibility but Betty refuses to leave.
  • Len sells his van for £300 to a friend of Ken's. Len tells Elsie he needs to hold on to her £300 for a bit but she coldly takes it back. Jack tells Elsie that Len could lose his Council seat because of non-attendance due to work but Len plans to leave the Council anyway. Elsie wants Ena to help Len but Ena tells her only she can help. Len and Elsie make up.

August

  • Stone tells Ena he's after his £74 savings under the floorboards which date from a previous occupancy. Ena keeps the money, telling him he can have it in the morning. Later, Cyril picks Stone up, with £300 on him from a Post Office robbery and Ena finds the camera shop petty cash has gone.

The Rev Lingard can't get himself to the church on time

  • Alice tells Albert she has to go - for the sake of their good names. To get her to stay, he proposes to her although in no way is his heart in it. Beattie Pearson arrives, concerned that her inheritance is at stake. She discovers Alice has no money but Cyril convinces Beattie that Albert has no money either to leave Alice. Alice's son Douglas Pickins turns up to check Albert out and takes a dislike to him. Alice makes Douglas realise she really wants to marry Albert and Douglas is determined that the groom will go through with the ceremony although he tries his best to dodge out of it. On the day of the wedding, the residents assemble at St. Mary's Church but the Rev Lingard's car breaks down on the way there.
  • Stan tells Emily he wants to be a street photographer. Under pressure, she takes him on and Stan borrows Marlon the monkey off Marj Griffin as a gimmick. He gets loose whilst in Hilda's care but Stan manages to get him back after he bites Dave Smith's leg.
  • Ray in for a chance of a corporation tender but needs up front money. Dave gives Ray £2,000 and becomes a partner in his business. Ray puts in the tender to the council for the OAP homes. Len tells Ray he has to check his work out on behalf of the council for the tender. He decides to recommend Ray for it, not knowing of Dave's involvement and thinking that he can't afford it. Ray gets the tender and Audrey leaves the garage to become Ray's secretary. Lucille is annoyed that Ray didn't take her on while Dickie is annoyed that Audrey is working for Ray and throws him out of No.3. The Flemings make up while Minnie invites Ray to lodge with her. Lucille goes to Ireland for a rest to get away from Ray.
  • Jack refuses to fire Betty. Annie tries to get Cyril to persuade Betty to leave but it doesn't work. Annie tells Jack it's her or Betty. He gives Betty a week's notice but then goes on a bowling holiday for a week. Betty tells Annie she'll not work her notice and goes. Annie can't cope with serving on her own. She is forced to apologise to Betty and she returns to work.
  • Betty match-makes between Maggie and Len.
  • Lillian arrives to see Dave - he wonders what she is after.

September

  • With Lingard stuck in a country lane, the wedding guests have their photos taken to save time. Alice and Albert have the reception first. Alice realises it isn't meant to be. She goes on the honeymoon to Morecambe alone.
  • Lillian tells Dave she wants a divorce to marry Leo Slater. Dave wants to give him the once over before he agrees. Cyril recognises Leo as a former crook from Birmingham. Elsie tells Dave who informs Lillian - she knows about Leo's past. Although he initially refuses, he eventually gives in and grants the divorce.
  • Douglas takes a fancy to Emily but a mix-up from Minnie causes him to think that her name is Mrs Tanner. Elsie starts to receive anonymous and expensive gifts. Douglas calls in The Pink Posy and asks Elsie to send flowers to herself! Elsie tells Emily about Douglas. She is flattered and Douglas takes Emily out before he has to return to Portsmouth.
  • Annie puts tables and chairs on the pavement to make the Rovers more Parisian.

Hilda is surprised to hear Stan's latest plan.

  • Stan's bike is flattened by a steam roller and it gives him the idea to take up scrap art. An impressed Emily tries to market his work. Gallery owner Bernard Fielding offers him a solo exhibition but the dustmen take away his sculptures, thinking they are discarded junk.
  • The Turpins are getting to be too much for Maggie. Val tells Betty that Maggie doesn't want her around. Maggie and Elsie stage a slanging match over Len and give Betty something to think about. Elsie asks Len to go easy with Maggie. Maggie discovers Betty has held a card from Gordon from her and hits the roof. Len goes off on an all-night job and lets Maggie stay the night at No.9, away from Betty. Ena catches Maggie having her breakfast there the next morning and thinks the worst. Ena threatens to inform Les about Maggie and Len unless Len stops a plan build a shopping precinct on North Cross Cemetery, on top of her Grandad. Len announces to everyone at the Rovers that Maggie stayed the night in his absence and tells Ena that the cemetery is to be used for a college, not a supermarket. She backs down.
  • Ray persuades Minnie to take him in as a lodger at No.5. Ray moves into one of the Albert Park flats for convenience for work, leaving Audrey in charge of his yard.
  • The residents sign up for a football match against The Flying Horse. Cyril makes himself Captain of the Rovers soccer team but the others elect Betty. Albert trains the team and they plan to kidnap Dolores - The Flying Horse's donkey mascot. The Ogdens fail in the task when she stamps on Stan's toe. Albert and Hilda attempt to get Tommy Deakin, the opposing team's captain, drunk but end up legless themselves.
  • Audrey gets annoyed as Dickie doesn't pull his weight at No.3. Dickie thinks Audrey is pregnant and she lets him get busy around her. Ken tells Dickie about Audrey's game and they hatch a plot for Dickie to smothers her with attention. She finds it suffocating and makes up with Dickie.
  • Jack is asked to help out nights for a landlord friend.

October

  • Ken tells Val that Dave Robbins is coming to dinner. Val is nervous about seeing him again but Dave’s main interest is an empty maisonette where he moves in a mother and her four homeless children as squatters. The move divides the street with Ken and Audrey on their side and Dickie and Val against them. The squatters barricade themselves into No.12. Cyril tells the residents that the squatter's father has been arrested and imprisoned for three years. The squatters are evicted following legal action.

Hilda demands a kiss from her unenthusiastic team-mates for scoring a goal

  • The residents watch the football match. At half time the scores are 3 - 2 to The Flying Horse. Hilda scores the equaliser. The Rovers win at the toss of a coin and celebrate in the pub.
  • Minnie has her birthday and Ena persuades Minnie to change Sunny Jim's name to Bobby. Annie presents her with a birthday cake in the Rovers.
  • Annie receives an invitation to speak at the Lady Victuallers. Jack discovers his regimental reunion and Annie's talk are both on 1st December. Jack decides Annie can't give her talk however his brother Arthur can't look after the bar to cover for him for the reunion do.
  • Stan puzzles Hilda when he tries to better himself. She thinks he’s got another woman but in reality he’s doing it for her. He and Betty attend weight-watching classes. Hilda follows him one night and observes his weigh-in where he gains two pounds and is asked to resign. Stan tries to keep to his diet but Betty gives up to please Cyril.
  • Dave Smith comes down on Elsie over her time-keeping she walks out of the shop. Walter leaves Dot and she turns to Elsie for support and moves in with her. Dot gets Elsie her job back at Miami Modes on £14 a week. At Dot’s request, Elsie takes her bag out of work and is caught with stolen dresses in it. Elsie thinks Dot made a mistake over them and is surprised when Dot denies any knowledge of the bag, saying Elsie got her message wrong. The store manager, Mr Travers, tells Elsie that he has to go on the evidence provided and suspects her of shoplifting. Cyril charges her. Ken arranges a solicitor while Ena suspects Dot of not being straight. However Elsie can't believe Dot would stand by and let her take the blame.
  • Len tells Elsie he has a contract in Leeds and is going to be away for a while.
  • Emily plans a coach outing for the Street to the Lake District.

Ena reaches journey's end...

  • Dickie revises for his exams and feels he can't go on the trip. Ray returns. Audrey realises she wants him and is pleased when he kisses her. Ray agrees to go on the trip, supposedly to keep Audrey company but Betty realises what his plans are and warns Dickie to go on the outing with his wife. Ray and Audrey flirt on the coach to Dickie's anger and Ray persuades Audrey to go off with him from the crowd. Dickie goes after Audrey and finds her and Ray together. Ken stops the two men fighting.
  • After the residents’ departure from Weatherfield, the coach company discovers that the driver has taken the wrong coach - it has faulty steering. They get in touch with the police who are on alert to stop them but Ray persuades the driver to take an alternative route and the coach cannot be located. Its steering suddenly fails and it crashes into a tree.

November

The residents recover in hospital

  • The residents are rushed to casualty. Annie and Hilda break down, worried about their husbands. Ena faints in the waiting area and Elsie is stunned. Val comes to in a hospital bed. Ena discovers Minnie is unconscious and in a bad way. She prays at her bedside all night. Ray is moved to an orthopaedic hospital. Most of the residents are discharged. The doctor tells Ena that Minnie is going to be alright. She comes round and Ena talks the hospital into letting her stay on as well until her friend is ready to leave.
  • Elsie disappears from hospital and turns up back at No.11, surprising Dot who gets upset about the impending court case. Sheila arrives to look after Elsie. Before leaving for the hearing, Dot confesses to Elsie that she took the dresses but begs her to keep her out of it. Elsie goes to court. The case is presented but the magistrates dismiss it on the grounds of insufficient evidence. Mr Maddox-Smith of Miami Modes calls on Elsie and Dot and asks them to resign as they will always be under suspicion. They do and Dot leaves Elsie's with their friendship broken forever.
  • Ray is the most seriously injured in the crash and is the only one to be detained in hospital as he has no feeling in his legs. He is given a wheelchair and he worries about his yard as Dave Smith takes over it. Doctor Grant tells Ray he's suffering from Transverse myelitis, a serious spinal virus condition. The Ogdens offer to take Ray in as a lodger to look good but once they hear about his condition they withdraw their offer. Ray is offered accommodation in a disabled home but Dickie tells him he can stay at No.3. After some initial reluctance, he arrives there in his wheelchair. Ray tells Ena he'd rather have died than be in his state and wears the Flemings out as they look after him.
  • Albert the invalid dumps himself on Val. Albert wants to move into the Barlows permanently but Val refuses to have him. Val gets back at invalid Ken by agreeing to Albert staying.
  • Elsie's niece Sandra Butler moves in from Saddleworth as her mother has gone into hospital and She has packed in her job. Sandra refuses a job at a hair salon but goes out with the owner, Phillipe.
  • Elsie is horrified when Sandra’s brother Bernard moves in as well. He settles into the street by collecting jumble for Ena for a sale at St. Mary's Church. Val gives Bernard Ken's jacket and Betty gives him Annie's castanets, thinking that she doesn’t want them. Ken tries urgently to retrieve his jacket from the jumble while Annie demands Betty gets her castanets back. The residents run the sale where Annie buys her castanets back for more than their original cost. Betty buys Ken's jacket for Cyril and finds a love letter in the pocket. She gives it to Val who discovers that it is letter from an admirer to Ken.
  • Hilda writes to Irma about the crash in the hope she'll come over to see them.
  • Elsie hears noises coming from a supposedly empty No.9.

December

  • Businessman, and friend of Len’s, Alan Howard, moves into No.9. An unimpressed Elsie is annoyed at the way all the womenfolk fall for him. Alan upsets Hilda when he rows with her for prying into his business and Elsie stands up for her. Alan tries to get on with Elsie but she doesn't like him and refuses to have anything to do with him. After several weeks, Elsie agrees to go out with him on New Year’s Eve but he stands her up and goes by himself to a club.
  • Ray worries that Dave Smith will squeeze him out of their yard. Dave tells Ray to stay away from the business and tells him that if he's not better in three months he'll be out of a job. Audrey finds it hard looking after Ray and collapses. She refuses to go to her mothers' for a rest because of her duty to Dickie and Ray. Elsie offers Sandra to look after them but Audrey is too jealous of her. Emily agrees to look after the men so that Audrey can go away.
  • Val suspects Sandra of writing the letter. Maggie advices Val to tear the letter up. Ken shows Val another similar letter and tells her of a 17-year old pupil of his who has a crush on him.

Alan Howard's Salon is prepared for business

  • Len returns, with a moustache. He is angry over the way Dave has mucked Ray about and offers Ray his job back. Alan plans to open a salon in the premises of The Pink Posy and the shop next door. Ray takes on the contract to convert it and he and Len get it ready for the start of business. After several weeks of preparation, it opens just before Christmas with a cocktail party. Val takes up the position of head hairdresser and Elsie, with some reluctance, becomes manageress with Sandra and Bernard both employed there as well, however Elsie and Val soon clash for superiority.
  • Irma visits for Christmas and helps out Maggie in the shop as she's bored. Hilda and Irma are disgusted with Stan for still being off work, convalesing from the crash, and living off their money. Hilda feels there's something wrong between Irma and David. At Irma's request, Alan gets Stan a job as Car Park Attendant but he refuses to take another outside job, annoying Alan. Irma tells Elsie she doesn't want to go back to Australia. Hilda slaps Irma's face for calling Stan a liar and a cheat. Irma returns to Australia.
  • Ernie and Emily mount a Christmas Eve concert in the Rovers with most of the regulars taking part.

Who lives where

Coronation Street

Rosamund Street

Others

  • Fusiliers' Museum, Bury - Albert Tatlock (until July).
  • Albert Park flats - Ray Langton (from October to November)
Coronation Street in the 1960s
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