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1974 was Coronation Street's fifteenth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Betty TurpinBetty DriverFull year854132
2Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year except for May8111181
3Bet LynchJulie GoodyearFull year783343
4Rita LittlewoodBarbara MullaneyFull year except for November731957
5Ray LangtonNeville BuswellFull year714974
5Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year7111347
7Jerry BoothGraham HaberfieldFull year695955
8Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year689587
8Billy WalkerKenneth FarringtonFull year6829724
10Deirdre HuntAnne KirkbrideFull year6710023
11Emily BishopEileen DerbyshireFull year6579517
12Alf RobertsBryan MosleyFull year6326513
13Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year6170010
14Ernest BishopStephen HancockFull year except for May5722920
14Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year577196
16Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantFull year except for March5392917
16Mavis RileyThelma BarlowJanuary, April and from July538922
18Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year except for August5186315
19Maggie Clegg/CookeIrene SutcliffeUntil July and from December4141219
20Idris HopkinsRichard DaviesFrom July3838 -
21Granny HopkinsJessie EvansFrom July3636 -
22Lucille HewittJennifer MossUntil July3174714
23Tricia HopkinsKathy JonesFrom July303228
24Janet BarlowJudith BarkerUntil June266025
25Vera HopkinsKathy StaffFebruary to March, July and September to December222329
26Ena SharplesViolet CarsonUntil February and in December1394720
27Blanche HuntPatricia Cutts and Maggie JonesAugust to October and from December1212 -
28Gail PotterHelen WorthJuly to August and November1010 -
29Ivy TilsleyLynne PerrieAugust and November828 -
29Gordon CleggBill KenwrightJuly and from December882 -
31Sheila CrossleyEileen MayersSeptember and October4162 -
32Norma FordDiana DaviesJuly only212210
32Alan HowardAlan BrowningJanuary only225516
32Eddie YeatsGeoffrey HughesFrom December22 -
35Vera DuckworthElizabeth DawnAugust only11 -
35Peter BarlowLinus RoacheMarch only12526
35Susan BarlowWendy Jane WalkerMarch only12626

Production

A poisoned chalice

Eric Prytherch

Eric Prytherch produced Coronation Street from 1972 to 1974

Eric Prytherch completed his two-year stint as producer in May after a three-week handover period between Prytherch and Susi Hush. The rest of the year's episodes beginning with Episode 1386 were produced by Hush, except for episodes 1416 to 1421 which Leslie Duxbury produced.

Following Patricia Phoenix's resignation, Alan Howard made a brief re-appearance in January to tie up the Howards' affairs, after which he too left the series. A month later, Violet Carson suffered a stroke, resulting in Ena Sharples disappearing from screens until the end of the year. Carson's stroke was the end of Ena as a full-time character; upon her return in December, Ena's role was reduced due to the actress's continuing health problems and she appeared much less than the rest of the cast.

While Coronation Street soldiered on without two of its most recognisable stars, some housekeeping took place. Cyril Turpin was killed off in February, two years after William Moore last played the role, when it became clear that the actor had no interest in coming back. Billy Walker became owner of the Canal Garage again with the return of Kenneth Farrington, and Mavis Riley was back on-screen in April after Thelma Barlow signed a longer contract, though her familiar post at The Kabin would be held by Lucille Hewitt for several months.

Susi Hush

Susi Hush was a Granada drama producer who had joined the company in 1969 as a researcher. She was one of the few Coronation Street producers of the period who came to the programme not having worked on it before in some capacity, and she would prove to be one of its most polarizing.

Irene Sutcliffe had recently quit the show after six years and Hush arrived while Maggie Clegg's departure storyline was being scripted. Maggie left Weatherfield in July, after marrying her old flame Ron Cooke and emigrating to Zaire. Bill Kenwright agreed to return as Gordon for the wedding, and a reunion between Gordon and Lucille Hewitt was planned to take place afterwards. However, the latter storyline was aborted when Jennifer Moss was fired from the programme shortly after recording Episode 1404. Hush made the decision with regret due to Moss's heavy drinking which had caused numerous problems both on-set and in the writers' room. Moss was dismissed with immediate effect and an off-screen exit for Lucille was added two episodes later, where Annie Walker revealed that her ward had gone to Ireland to stay with stepmother Concepta Regan.

With the loss of three popular characters, Hush faced the challenge of plugging the gap. Rita Littlewood, Deirdre Hunt and Bet Lynch rose in prominence, starring in heavier storylines akin to the heyday of Elsie Tanner. Deirdre's mother Blanche Hunt debuted, played initially by Patricia Cutts and then by Maggie Jones. The role was recast when Cutts committed suicide after recording two episodes. The Mark Brittain Warehouse re-appeared after a two year absence, with Ivy Tilsley and Edna Gee returning alongside Vera Duckworth, played by Elizabeth Dawn who had previously worked as an extra in the programme.

Hopkins family

The Hopkins family: the beginning of a new era?

The Corner Shop, left empty by Maggie, housed new arrivals the Hopkins family. Vera and her teenage daughter Tricia had appeared in 1973, with three further appearances by Vera sprinkled throughout the first half of 1974. Tricia was played by Granada starlet Kathy Jones, and her mother by Kathy Staff. Joining them were Vera's husband Idris, a Welsh foundry worker on nights, and Idris's mother, callous pensioner Megan Hopkins, generally known as Gran. Granny Hopkins was in some ways reminiscent of the still-absent Ena in her earliest days. As well as Coronation Street, Staff was appearing in Last of the Summer Wine on the BBC and filming commitments on the latter caused Vera to be absent for two months from July to September. By the end of the year, the Hopkins' central storyline was underway, in which Vera and Granny Hopkins found Gordon Clegg's birth certificate stuck to the back of a drawer and discovered that he was actually Betty Turpin's illegitimate son. The decision to rewrite established Coronation Street history greatly upset Irene Sutcliffe, who had always played Maggie as Gordon's real mother. Maggie and Gordon returned over Christmas as the story built up to Gordon finding out his true parentage.

Another character brought in with Tricia was her friend Gail Potter, with Helen Worth making her debut appearance in July. Other comings and goings included the debut of Geoffrey Hughes as Scouse jailbird Eddie Yeats, a flying visit for Maggie's wedding by Norma Ford, and a longer one by Sheila Crossley, with Diana Davies and Eileen Mayers taking their final bows as those characters. Janet Barlow was also written out following the breakdown of her doomed marriage to Ken. Peter and Susan Barlow made one appearance in March, with Susan's being her last until 1979.

Hush was also behind the Street's first foreign location shoot as Bet, Deirdre, Rita, Mavis, Betty, Emily, Annie and Hilda went to Majorca.

No episode was transmitted on 25th December, even though it fell on a Wednesday. This was because Coronation Street traditionally rated low on Christmas Day (and other public holidays), a situation which would remain until the late 1980s.

Viewing figures

1974 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

The 1973 turnaround in ratings continued in 1974, increasing by 300k to an average of 15.56 million viewers. Eight months were up year-on-year, with only August and September dropping significantly. The biggest rise occurred in December, which was above 1973 by 2.4 million viewers, while five of the first six months rose by more than 5%.

Episode 1375 was the most-watched episode of the year, with 8.3 million homes watching (or 18.26 million viewers). In the charts, five episodes reached number one.

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
11353Wednesday 2nd JanuaryBrian FinchBill Gilmour6,950,000
15,290,000
14
21354Monday 7th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyJune Wyndham Davies7,650,000
16,830,000
5
31355Wednesday 9th JanuaryJulian RoachJune Wyndham Davies7,200,000
15,840,000
11
41356Monday 14th JanuaryAdele RoseRoland Joffe7,450,000
16,390,000
6
51357Wednesday 16th JanuaryMalcolm LynchRoland Joffe7,150,000
15,730,000
11
61358Monday 21st JanuaryLeslie DuxburyStephen Butcher7,800,000
17,160,000
5
71359Wednesday 23rd JanuaryBarry HillStephen Butcher7,400,000
16,280,000
8
81360Monday 28th JanuaryBrian FinchBill Gilmour7,700,000
16,940,000
6
91361Wednesday 30th JanuarySusan PleatBill Gilmour7,850,000
17,270,000
5
101362Monday 4th FebruaryLal SandsRoland Joffe7,800,000
17,160,000
6
111363Wednesday 6th FebruaryJulian RoachRoland Joffe7,550,000
16,610,000
8
121364Monday 11th FebruaryBernard AspenStephen Butcher7,850,000
17,270,000
7
131365Wednesday 13th FebruaryJulian RoachStephen Butcher8,050,000
17,710,000
5
141366Monday 18th FebruaryLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour7,950,000
17,490,000
8
151367Wednesday 20th FebruaryBrian FinchBill Gilmour7,700,000
16,940,000
10
161368Monday 25th FebruarySusan PleatNick Burrell-Davis7,850,000
17,270,000
5
171369Wednesday 27th FebruaryH.V. KershawNick Burrell-Davis7,550,000
16,610,000
7
181370Monday 4th MarchH.V. KershawEric Prytherch7,950,000
17,490,000
8
191371Wednesday 6th MarchH.V. KershawEric Prytherch7,750,000
17,050,000
9
201372Monday 11th MarchLal SandsBill Gilmour8,200,000
18,040,000
6
211373Wednesday 13th MarchBarry HillBill Gilmour7,750,000
17,050,000
9
221374Monday 18th MarchLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis7,950,000
17,490,000
6
231375Wednesday 20th MarchBrian FinchNick Burrell-Davis8,300,000
18,260,000
3
241376Monday 25th MarchLeo KnowlesLaurence Moody7,800,000
17,160,000
5
251377Wednesday 27th MarchJulian RoachLaurence Moody7,350,000
16,170,000
10
261378Monday 1st AprilJulian RoachBill Gilmour7,850,000
17,270,000
6
271379Wednesday 3rd AprilBrian FinchBill Gilmour7,050,000
15,510,000
11
281380Monday 8th AprilLeo KnowlesNick Burrell-Davis7,300,000
16,060,000
10
291381Wednesday 10th AprilLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis7,550,000
16,610,000
7
301382Monday 15th AprilKay McManusLaurence Moody5,900,000
12,980,000
16
311383Wednesday 17th AprilH.V. KershawLaurence Moody7,500,000
16,500,000
4
321384Monday 22nd AprilBrian FinchQuentin Lawrence7,350,000
16,170,000
7
331385Wednesday 24th AprilBrian FinchQuentin Lawrence8,050,000
17,710,000
3
341386Monday 29th AprilJulian RoachNick Burrell-Davis7,358,000
16,187,600
6
351387Wednesday 1st MayLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis7,787,000
17,131,400
4
361388Monday 6th MayKay McManusBill Gilmour7,151,000
15,732,200
7
371389Wednesday 8th MayH.V. KershawBill Gilmour7,731,000
17,008,200
4
381390Monday 13th MayDavid AndersonLaurence Moody6,872,000
15,118,400
10
391391Wednesday 15th MayBarry HillLaurence Moody7,400,000
16,280,000
3
401392Monday 20th MayH.V. KershawNick Burrell-Davis6,460,000
14,212,000
10
411393Wednesday 22nd MayAdele RoseNick Burrell-Davis7,105,000
15,631,000
2
421394Monday 27th MayLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour5,103,000
11,226,600
n/k
431395Wednesday 29th MayLeo KnowlesBill Gilmour6,190,000
13,618,000
7
441396Monday 3rd JuneLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody6,345,000
13,959,000
10
451397Wednesday 5th JuneAdele RoseLaurence Moody6,836,000
15,039,200
6
461398Monday 10th JuneH.V. KershawNick Burrell-Davis6,776,000
14,907,200
1
471399Wednesday 12th JuneH.V. KershawNick Burrell-Davis6,177,000
13,589,400
5
481400Monday 17th JuneBrian FinchBill Gilmour6,431,000
14,148,200
3
491401Wednesday 19th JuneKay McManusBill Gilmour6,788,000
14,933,600
2
501402Monday 24th JuneBarry HillLaurence Moody6,787,000
14,931,400
2
511403Wednesday 26th JuneLeo KnowlesLaurence Moody7,081,000
15,578,200
1
521404Monday 1st JulyLeslie DuxburyRonald Fouracre6,400,000
14,080,000
3
531405Wednesday 3rd JulyH.V. KershawRonald Fouracre7,300,000
16,060,000
1
541406Monday 8th JulyAdele RoseBill Gilmour6,100,000
13,420,000
5
551407Wednesday 10th JulyBrian FinchBill Gilmour7,250,000
15,950,000
1
561408Monday 15th JulyLal Sands
H.V. Kershaw
Laurence Moody6,700,000
14,740,000
2
571409Wednesday 17th JulyLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody6,450,000
14,190,000
4
581410Monday 22nd JulyAdele RoseRonald Fouracre7,150,000
15,730,000
1
591411Wednesday 24th JulyH.V. KershawRonald Fouracre6,500,000
14,300,000
5
601412Monday 29th JulyBarry HillBill Gilmour6,450,000
14,190,000
3
611413Wednesday 31st JulyBrian FinchBill Gilmour6,400,000
14,080,000
4
621414Monday 5th AugustLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody5,500,000
12,100,000
9
631415Wednesday 7th AugustAnthony CouchLaurence Moody5,950,000
13,090,000
3
641416Monday 12th AugustBarry HillNick Burrell-Davis6,050,000
13,310,000
4
651417Wednesday 14th AugustLeo KnowlesNick Burrell-Davis6,600,000
14,520,000
3
661418Monday 19th AugustJulian RoachBill Gilmour6,300,000
13,860,000
3
671419Wednesday 21st AugustKay McManusBill Gilmour6,100,000
13,420,000
4
681420Monday 26th AugustBrian FinchLaurence Moody5,287,000
11,631,400
16
691421Wednesday 28th AugustH.V. KershawLaurence Moody6,764,000
14,880,800
2
701422Monday 2nd SeptemberLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis6,800,000
14,960,000
3
711423Wednesday 4th SeptemberAdele RoseNick Burrell-Davis6,260,000
13,772,000
8
721424Monday 9th SeptemberJulian RoachBill Gilmour6,506,000
14,313,200
4
731425Wednesday 11th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour5,215,000
11,473,000
n/k
741426Monday 16th SeptemberH.V. KershawLaurence Moody6,237,000
13,721,400
9
751427Wednesday 18th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody5,668,000
12,469,600
n/k
761428Monday 23rd SeptemberJulian RoachNick Burrell-Davis7,013,000
15,428,600
3
771429Wednesday 25th SeptemberBarry HillNick Burrell-Davis6,232,000
13,710,400
15
781430Monday 30th SeptemberBrian FinchQuentin Lawrence6,700,000
14,740,000
5
791431Wednesday 2nd OctoberLeo KnowlesQuentin Lawrence6,300,000
13,860,000
11
801432Monday 7th OctoberJulian RoachLaurence Moody7,000,000
15,400,000
3
811433Wednesday 9th OctoberH.V. KershawLaurence Moody6,750,000
14,850,000
8
821434Monday 14th OctoberAdele RoseQuentin Lawrence
Nick Burrell-Davis
7,550,000
16,610,000
2
831435Wednesday 16th OctoberAdele RoseQuentin Lawrence
Nick Burrell-Davis
7,050,000
15,510,000
6
841436Monday 21st OctoberBrian FinchBrian Mills7,450,000
16,390,000
4
851437Wednesday 23rd OctoberLeslie DuxburyBrian Mills6,750,000
14,850,000
14
861438Monday 28th OctoberJulian RoachPeter Plummer7,700,000
16,940,000
2
871439Wednesday 30th OctoberLeo KnowlesPeter Plummer7,350,000
16,170,000
5
881440Monday 4th NovemberH.V. KershawNick Burrell-Davis7,850,000
17,270,000
2
891441Wednesday 6th NovemberLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis7,450,000
16,390,000
5
901442Monday 11th NovemberBrian FinchKen Grieve7,450,000
16,390,000
10
911443Wednesday 13th NovemberAdele RoseKen Grieve7,600,000
16,720,000
7
921444Monday 18th NovemberH.V. KershawBrian Mills7,400,000
16,280,000
12
931445Wednesday 20th NovemberLeo KnowlesBrian Mills7,450,000
16,390,000
11
941446Monday 25th NovemberKay McManusNick Burrell-Davis7,543,000
16,594,600
7
951447Wednesday 27th NovemberBrian FinchNick Burrell-Davis7,087,000
15,591,400
13
961448Monday 2nd DecemberJulian RoachKen Grieve7,557,000
16,625,400
7
971449Wednesday 4th DecemberLeslie DuxburyKen Grieve7,652,000
16,834,400
6
981450Monday 9th DecemberBrian FinchBrian Mills7,660,000
16,852,000
6
991451Wednesday 11th DecemberBarry HillBrian Mills7,524,000
16,552,800
7
1001452Monday 16th DecemberLeo KnowlesNick Burrell-Davis7,762,000
17,076,400
3
1011453Wednesday 18th DecemberLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis7,444,000
16,376,800
7
1021454Monday 23rd DecemberJulian RoachKen Grieve5,817,000
12,797,400
n/k
1031455Monday 30th DecemberH.V. KershawKen Grieve8,000,000
17,600,000
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