|Ranking||Character||Played by||Duration||Number of Episodes||Running total||Previous year's ranking|
|1||Len Fairclough||Peter Adamson||Full year||83||1576||1|
|2||Annie Walker||Doris Speed||Full year||76||1525||11|
|3||Elsie Tanner||Patricia Phoenix||Full year||73||1379||3|
|4||Ivy Tilsley||Lynne Perrie||Full year||71||203||2|
|4||Eddie Yeats||Geoffrey Hughes||Full year||71||312||16|
|6||Hilda Ogden||Jean Alexander||Full year||69||1125||5|
|7||Fred Gee||Fred Feast||Full year||67||284||16|
|8||Rita Fairclough||Barbara Knox||Full year||66||587||7|
|9||Alf Roberts||Bryan Mosley||Full year||65||619||14|
|10||Bet Lynch||Julie Goodyear||Full year||64||745||19|
|11||Betty Turpin||Betty Driver||Full year||63||813||8|
|11||Mavis Riley||Thelma Barlow||Full year||63||421||18|
|13||Emily Bishop||Eileen Derbyshire||Full year||61||1127||21|
|13||Gail Tilsley||Helen Worth||Full year||61||344||3|
|13||Stan Ogden||Bernard Youens||Full year||61||1035||11|
|16||Bert Tilsley||Peter Dudley||Full year||60||107||14|
|17||Ken Barlow||William Roache||Full year||59||1329||13|
|18||Deirdre Langton||Anne Kirkbride||Full year||58||460||8|
|19||Mike Baldwin||Johnny Briggs||Full year||54||228||19|
|20||Brian Tilsley||Christopher Quinten||Full year||51||102||8|
|21||Albert Tatlock||Jack Howarth||Full year||45||1151||24|
|22||Tracy Langton||Christabel Finch||Full year||40||138||26|
|23||Arnold Swain||George Waring||April to December||39||39||-|
|24||Vera Duckworth||Elizabeth Dawn||January to June and August to October||38||109||26|
|25||Renee Roberts||Madge Hindle||Until July||37||237||21|
|26||Martin Cheveski||Jonathan Caplan||June to December||34||34||-|
|27||Ida Clough||Helene Palmer||January to June and August to October||31||61||28|
|28||Audrey Potter||Sue Nicholls||May to June, September to October and December||14||22||29|
|29||Ena Sharples||Violet Carson||Until April||5||1141||25|
|30||Susan Barlow||Suzy Paterson||January and April||3||30||33|
Bill Podmore, producer since 1976, continued in the role for another year. His most noteworthy casting decision of 1980 was the axing of Madge Hindle's character Renee Roberts, Corner Shop proprietress and wife of Alf Roberts. Podmore was dissatisfied with Renee and Alf's "humdrum" marriage and so, in order to keep Alf, Renee was given a memorable death in a dramatic car crash in a country lane. As the quintessential English grocer, Alf would remain at the shop until 1993, with Deirdre Langton as his new assistant.
Violet Carson made her final appearance as Ena Sharples in April. Carson had struggled with ill health for some time and throughout the late 1970s Ena was regularly written out, with Carson returning to the role when she was able. In Episode 1983, Ena made a low-key departure from Weatherfield - deciding she'd had quite enough of Albert Tatlock's hospitality while the builders worked on her flat, she swapped the smoky skies of Weatherfield for the sea air at her usual retreat, Lytham St Annes. She was expected to make a comeback but Carson's health worsened later in the year and she never returned to filming. The Community Centre flat, freshly rebuilt in brick on the Grape Street set, would lie empty for a year.
Two actors joined the programme as short-term regulars. Arnold Swain was the owner of a pet shop who romanced Emily Bishop, marrying her in September only for Emily to then find out that he was already married. Actor George Waring wasn't aware that his character was a bigamist when he was cast. The other was Martin Cheveski, Elsie Tanner's grandson who stayed with his gran for the latter six months of the year while working as Len Fairclough's new apprentice at the yard. The character of Martin was invented purely for the storyline, contradicting earlier episodes which clearly establish the Cheveskis as having only one son, Paul.
In addition to these, Suzy Paterson made three further appearances as Susan Barlow as did Sue Nicholls as Audrey Potter, who prepared to become a grandmother for the first time. Nicky Tilsley, son of Gail and Brian, was born on New Year's Eve but did not appear until 1981.
In the realm of locations, Dawson's Cafe was bought over by Jim Sedgewick, who turned it into a trucker's cafe and hired Elsie Tanner as manageress. Like Joe Dawson before him, Sedgewick only appeared a few times and served mostly as the unseen landlord of Jim's Cafe.
Coronation Street reached two milestones in 1980. In June, to celebrate the 2000th episode, a cast party was specially convened on the Grape Street set which was covered by the TV Times special Coronation Street 2000. Priced 60p, it featured on the cover Ena Sharples, Elsie Tanner, Ken Barlow and Albert Tatlock watching Tracy Langton struggling to blow the candles out on the 2000th commemorative cake (pictured above). This was supposedly one of the last times that Violet Carson donned her costume in the character of Ena Sharples. The other milestone, the 20th anniversary on 9th December, went unmarked.
On average, ratings were equal to or slightly above 1979 levels. Seven months saw average ratings climb from the previous year, with a particularly strong showing in the last quarter of the year, which saw an increase of two million viewers on the same period in 1979. March to May lost viewers, with April falling nearly two million viewers on the previous year. The average viewing figure for the year was 15.45 million viewers, with ratings peaking with 19 million viewers for Episode 2053 on 3rd December (in which Emily - and the viewers - learn of Arnold's bigamy).
Fourteen episodes reached the top of the weekly rankings - an increase from eleven in 1979, and the most since 1971; after varying levels of success in the charts throughout the 1970s, Coronation Street began the new decade in its most consistently strong position in nearly ten years.
|1||1957||Wednesday 2nd January||H.V. Kershaw||Richard Holthouse||18,500,000||2|
|2||1958||Monday 7th January||Adele Rose||Laurence Moody||16,350,000||7|
|3||1959||Wednesday 9th January||Barry Hill||Laurence Moody||18,050,000||2|
|4||1960||Monday 14th January||Tony Perrin||Malcolm Taylor||16,900,000||6|
|5||1961||Wednesday 16th January||H.V. Kershaw||Malcolm Taylor||17,800,000||5|
|6||1962||Monday 21st January||Peter Whalley||Alan Bromly||17,600,000||4|
|7||1963||Wednesday 23rd January||Barry Hill||Alan Bromly||16,400,000||7|
|8||1964||Monday 28th January||Adele Rose||Richard Holthouse||17,650,000||8|
|9||1965||Wednesday 30th January||Julian Roach||Richard Holthouse||18,250,000||5|
|10||1966||Monday 4th February||Leslie Duxbury||Malcolm Taylor||17,300,000||7|
|11||1967||Wednesday 6th February||Leslie Duxbury||Malcolm Taylor||18,400,000||5|
|12||1968||Monday 11th February||John Stevenson||Laurence Moody||16,650,000||5|
|13||1969||Wednesday 13th February||John Stevenson||Laurence Moody||17,300,000||3|
|14||1970||Monday 18th February||H.V. Kershaw||Alan Bromly||15,600,000||8|
|15||1971||Wednesday 20th February||Alec Baron||Alan Bromly||17,000,000||5|
|16||1972||Monday 25th February||Adele Rose||Richard Holthouse||15,643,000||8|
|17||1973||Wednesday 27th February||John Stevenson||Richard Holthouse||16,446,000||6|
|18||1974||Monday 3rd March||Leslie Duxbury||Paul Bernard||16,004,000||7|
|19||1975||Wednesday 5th March||Alan Downer||Paul Bernard||16,968,000||5|
|20||1976||Monday 10th March||Leslie Duxbury||Roger Jenkins||16,239,000||n/k|
|21||1977||Wednesday 12th March||Adele Rose||Roger Jenkins||15,996,000||n/k|
|22||1978||Monday 17th March||Barry Hill||Richard Holthouse||15,844,000||7|
|23||1979||Wednesday 19th March||John Stevenson||Richard Holthouse||16,309,000||6|
|24||1980||Monday 24th March||Peter Whalley||Paul Bernard||16,562,000||7|
|25||1981||Wednesday 26th March||Tony Perrin||Paul Bernard||18,077,000||2|
|26||1982||Monday 31st March||Tony Perrin||Roger Jenkins||15,887,000||4|
|27||1983||Wednesday 2nd April||Barry Hill||Roger Jenkins||17,861,000||2|
|28||1984||Monday 7th April||John Stevenson||Richard Holthouse||7,608,000||n/k|
|29||1985||Wednesday 9th April||Adele Rose||Richard Holthouse||16,337,000||3|
|30||1986||Monday 14th April||H.V. Kershaw||Ronald Fouracre||14,978,000||4|
|31||1987||Wednesday 16th April||Leslie Duxbury||Ronald Fouracre||17,120,000||3|
|32||1988||Monday 21st April||Adele Rose||Roger Jenkins||14,572,000||5|
|33||1989||Wednesday 23rd April||Julian Roach||Roger Jenkins||16,252,000||1|
|34||1990||Monday 28th April||Barry Hill||Richard Holthouse||14,591,000||3|
|35||1991||Wednesday 30th April||Leslie Duxbury||Richard Holthouse||15,380,000||2|
|36||1992||Monday 5th May||Alan Downer||John Michael Phillips||10,244,000||n/k|
|37||1993||Wednesday 7th May||H.V. Kershaw||John Michael Phillips||14,366,000||3|
|38||1994||Monday 12th May||H.V. Kershaw||Malcolm Taylor||13,054,000||2|
|39||1995||Wednesday 14th May||Adele Rose||Malcolm Taylor||11,368,000||11|
|40||1996||Monday 19th May||Tony Perrin||Richard Holthouse||12,769,000||5|
|41||1997||Wednesday 21st May||Leslie Duxbury||Richard Holthouse||15,150,000||1|
|42||1998||Monday 26th May||Leslie Duxbury||Alan Grint||11,850,000||8|
|43||1999||Wednesday 28th May||John Stevenson||Alan Grint||16,000,000||3|
|44||2000||Monday 2nd June||H.V. Kershaw||Malcolm Taylor||14,000,000||2|
|45||2001||Wednesday 4th June||Peter Whalley||Malcolm Taylor||13,950,000||3|
|46||2002||Monday 9th June||John Stevenson||Richard Holthouse||13,400,000||5|
|47||2003||Wednesday 11th June||Julian Roach||Richard Holthouse||13,650,000||4|
|48||2004||Monday 16th June||Tony Perrin||Matthew Robinson||13,700,000||2|
|49||2005||Wednesday 18th June||Leslie Duxbury||Matthew Robinson||13,950,000||1|
|50||2006||Monday 23rd June||Alan Downer||Malcolm Taylor||14,000,000||2|
|51||2007||Wednesday 25th June||John Stevenson||Malcolm Taylor||14,650,000||1|
|52||2008||Monday 30th June||Leslie Duxbury||Chris Lovett||14,700,000||1|
|53||2009||Wednesday 2nd July||Leslie Duxbury||Chris Lovett||13,650,000||2|
|54||2010||Monday 7th July||H.V. Kershaw||Brian Lennane||12,400,000||4|
|55||2011||Wednesday 9th July||Julian Roach||Brian Lennane||13,800,000||1|
|56||2012||Monday 14th July||Barry Hill||Stephen Butcher||12,850,000||3|
|57||2013||Wednesday 16th July||John Stevenson||Stephen Butcher||13,350,000||1|
|58||2014||Monday 21st July||Peter Whalley||Chris Lovett||10,000,000||7|
|59||2015||Wednesday 23rd July||Tony Perrin||Chris Lovett||9,750,000||10|
|60||2016||Monday 28th July||H.V. Kershaw||Ken Grieve||10,900,000||10|
|61||2017||Wednesday 30th July||Leslie Duxbury||Ken Grieve||12,550,000||1|
|62||2018||Monday 4th August||H.V. Kershaw||Stephen Butcher||11,900,000||3|
|63||2019||Wednesday 6th August||H.V. Kershaw||Stephen Butcher||12,850,000||1|
|64||2020||Monday 11th August||Leslie Duxbury||Oliver Horsbrugh||12,350,000||3|
|65||2021||Wednesday 13th August||Tony Perrin||Oliver Horsbrugh||12,500,000||2|
|66||2022||Monday 18th August||Julian Roach||Ken Grieve||12,500,000||1|
|67||2023||Wednesday 20th August||John Stevenson||Ken Grieve||12,300,000||3|
|68||2024||Monday 25th August||Leslie Duxbury||Stephen Butcher||10,350,000||17|
|69||2025||Wednesday 27th August||Peter Whalley||Stephen Butcher||12,100,000||3|
|70||2026||Monday 1st September||Tony Perrin||Richard Holthouse||13,550,000||8|
|71||2027||Wednesday 3rd September||John Stevenson||Richard Holthouse||15,600,000||2|
|72||2028||Monday 8th September||Barry Hill||Ken Grieve||14,350,000||6|
|73||2029||Wednesday 10th September||H.V. Kershaw||Ken Grieve||15,700,000||3|
|74||2030||Monday 15th September||Leslie Duxbury||Stephen Butcher||15,250,000||6|
|75||2031||Wednesday 17th September||Barry Hill||Stephen Butcher||16,450,000||2|
|76||2032||Monday 22nd September||Peter Whalley||Richard Holthouse||15,500,000||7|
|77||2033||Wednesday 24th September||Julian Roach||Richard Holthouse||16,800,000||4|
|78||2034||Monday 29th September||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||15,600,000||7|
|79||2035||Wednesday 1st October||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,600,000||2|
|80||2036||Monday 6th October||H.V. Kershaw||Stephen Butcher||17,050,000||4|
|81||2037||Wednesday 8th October||Leslie Duxbury||Stephen Butcher||18,200,000||3|
|82||2038||Monday 13th October||Peter Whalley||John Michael Phillips||16,750,000||4|
|83||2039||Wednesday 15th October||Dave Simpson||John Michael Phillips||17,650,000||2|
|84||2040||Monday 20th October||Julian Roach||Richard Holthouse||15,900,000||6|
|85||2041||Wednesday 22nd October||Tony Perrin||Richard Holthouse||18,300,000||2|
|86||2042||Monday 27th October||Leslie Duxbury||Oliver Horsbrugh||16,650,000||6|
|87||2043||Wednesday 29th October||H.V. Kershaw||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,900,000||2|
|88||2044||Monday 3rd November||H.V. Kershaw||Stephen Butcher||17,150,000||7|
|89||2045||Wednesday 5th November||Peter Whalley||Stephen Butcher||17,500,000||4|
|90||2046||Monday 10th November||Tony Perrin||Richard Holthouse||16,600,000||7|
|91||2047||Wednesday 12th November||Leslie Duxbury||Richard Holthouse||17,400,000||3|
|92||2048||Monday 17th November||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,450,000||7|
|93||2049||Wednesday 19th November||Leslie Duxbury||Oliver Horsbrugh||18,750,000||3|
|94||2050||Monday 24th November||Leslie Duxbury||Stephen Butcher||17,250,000||8|
|95||2051||Wednesday 26th November||Barry Hill||Stephen Butcher||18,550,000||3|
|96||2052||Monday 1st December||John Stevenson||Richard Holthouse||17,050,000||7|
|97||2053||Wednesday 3rd December||Peter Whalley||Richard Holthouse||19,000,000||1|
|98||2054||Monday 8th December||H.V. Kershaw||Brian Mills||18,900,000||1|
|99||2055||Wednesday 10th December||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||18,100,000||2|
|100||2056||Monday 15th December||H.V. Kershaw||Stephen Butcher||17,700,000||1|
|101||2057||Wednesday 17th December||Adele Rose||Stephen Butcher||17,400,000||3|
|102||2058||Monday 22nd December||Tony Perrin||Richard Holthouse||16,750,000||6|
|103||2059||Wednesday 24th December||Julian Roach||Richard Holthouse||15,700,000||8|
|104||2060||Monday 29th December||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||18,150,000||1|
|105||2061||Wednesday 31st December||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||16,500,000||5|
Who lives where
- Rovers Return Inn - Annie Walker and Fred Gee.
- 1 Coronation Street - Albert Tatlock and Ken Barlow.
- 3 Coronation Street - Emily Bishop. Deirdre and Tracy Langton (until September). Arnold Swain (from September to December).
- 5 Coronation Street - Bert and Ivy Tilsley. Brian and Gail Tilsley (until August).
- 9 Coronation Street - Len. Rita Fairclough (until February, then from March onwards).
- 11 Coronation Street - Elsie Tanner. Dan Johnson (from March to April). Martin Cheveski (from June to December).
- 13 Coronation Street - Hilda and Stan Ogden. Eddie Yeats (from July).
- Corner Shop (No.15) - Renee Roberts (until July). Alf Roberts.
- Corner Shop flat (No.15a) - Bet Lynch (until April). Deirdre and Tracy Langton (from September).
- Community Centre flat - Ena Sharples (until February).
- 37 Hillside Crescent - Betty Turpin. Bet Lynch (April only).
- Ludlow Avenue - Bet Lynch (from April).
- 5 Buxton Close - Brian and Gail Tilsley (from August).
- 20 Inkerman Street - Jack and Vera Duckworth.
Awards and nominations
Variety Club of Great Britain
- Silver Heart Award for the programme
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