Logo 1982

1982 was Coronation Street's twenty-third year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year8017362
2Elsie TannerPatricia PhoenixFull year7515361
3Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year74166711
4Eddie YeatsGeoffrey HughesFull year7144115
5Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year7012658
6Bet LynchJulie GoodyearFull year688856
7Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year6614685
7Ivy TilsleyLynne PerrieFull year6633113
7Fred GeeFred FeastFull year664302
7Rita FaircloughBarbara KnoxFull year667274
11Mike BaldwinJohnny BriggsFull year6435413
11Mavis RileyThelma BarlowFull year6454912
13Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year62115318
14Gail TilsleyHelen WorthFull year6045322
15Emily BishopEileen DerbyshireFull year56123620
16Deirdre BarlowAnne KirkbrideFull year555857
16Betty TurpinBetty DriverFull year5592615
18Alf RobertsBryan MosleyFull year517399
18Marion WillisVeronica DoranFrom February5151 -
20Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year48125715
21Sharon GaskellTracie BennettMarch to December4545 -
22Nick TilsleyWarren JacksonFull year448624
23Vera DuckworthElizabeth DawnJanuary to June, August to September and from December3617825
24Brian TilsleyChristopher QuintenJanuary and from July3218421
24Chalkie WhitelyTeddy TurnerFebruary and from July3232 -
26Ida CloughHelene PalmerJanuary to March, May to June, August to September and December2611027
27Bert TilsleyPeter DudleyJanuary to April, July and from December2419910
28Tracy LangtonChristabel FinchMay to June and from August2320423
29Jack DuckworthWilliam TarmeyApril, June, September and November to December142428
29Phyllis PearceJill SummersSeptember to December1414 -
31Alma SedgewickAmanda BarrieApril to June81230
32Derek WiltonPeter BaldwinApril only336 -
33Gordon CleggBill KenwrightJanuary only295 -
33Eunice GeeMeg JohnsonNovember only25619
33Audrey PotterSue NichollsApril only24826


1982set royal

Queen Elizabeth II visits the new outdoor set

The new outdoor set was officially opened by her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on 5th May. The high-profile visit was organised by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire when planning the Queen's route in Manchester when she was in the city to open a new library. Escorted by Granada executives David Plowright and Sir Denis Forman, the Royal couple made their way down the length of the street, meeting and greeting Tony Warren, producer Bill Podmore, writer H.V. Kershaw, the programme's original designer Denis Parkin, and the entire cast, who were stood outside the houses where their characters either lived or worked. The event was shown live on ITV under the title The Queen in Coronation Street.

The Grape Street set was used for the last time in Episode 2203 (12th May 1982) (although the ginnels were seen in Episode 2207 two weeks later) and the new exterior first appeared on-screen in Episode 2210 (7th June 1982). The last shot of the title sequence was also updated for the new set in that episode. Demolition of the old set began on 1st June, and the area became the entrance to the Granada Studios tour in 1988.

Bill Podmore was producer for the seventh and final consecutive year, sharing duties with Pauline Shaw from Episode 2216 to Episode 2261 and Mervyn Watson from Episode 2262 until the end of the year. After this four-week period, Watson took over as sole producer, although Podmore continued to work on the programme as executive producer.

With Len and Rita vacating No.9 to live in the new modern No.7, their house was taken by bin man Chalkie Whitely and his grandson Craig Whitely. After failing to make their mark, both were phased out, however Craig's gravel-voiced grandmother Phyllis Pearce, played by Jill Summers, was kept on and her role grew over time. Other newcomers also proved short-lived, with Sharon Gaskell and Marion Willis, played by Tracie Bennett and Veronica Doran, written out by the beginning of 1984. William Tarmey's part as Jack Duckworth continued to grow, with 14 appearances and his first major storyline with Vera. None of the established cast left the programme although Christopher Quinten was absent from February to June to appear in a theatrical tour. This was written into storylines with Brian Tilsley working in Qatar for a few months. Bert Tilsley was also absent, from May to November, due to Peter Dudley's legal troubles. No on-screen explanation was given for Bert's disappearance.

On 16th November, Granada released The Magic of Coronation Street, the first Coronation Street commercial release. It contained six episodes from the 1960s, including Episode 1.

Viewing figuresEdit

1982 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

After three years of rising ratings, Coronation Street fell to an average of 14.5 million viewers, shedding nearly 1.4 million of 1981's audience in the largest single-year-drop up to that point. Every month saw a fall from the same month the year before - the first time this had occurred - with drops ranging from 0.1m in April to 2.3m in June. The highest-rated episode was Episode 2167 on 6th January, with 18.95 million viewers, the lowest peak since 1974. This was the lowest-rated year of the 1980s, and the lowest up to that point excepting 1960 and 1961 when Coronation Street wasn't fully networked.

These trends are not reflected in the programme's chart positions. 36 episodes reached number one, an increase of 4 from 1981 and the most yet outside the 1962-1965 peak, and only one episode charted outside the top 20 (Episode 2227 on 4th August, which was also the lowest-rated episode of the year).


# Ep.
Date Writer Director Viewing
12166Monday 4th JanuaryH.V. KershawBrian Mills17,800,0006
22167Wednesday 6th JanuaryAdele RoseBrian Mills18,950,0002
32168Monday 11th JanuaryJohn StevensonDavid Carson16,250,0004
42169Wednesday 13th JanuaryPeter WhalleyDavid Carson18,350,0001
52170Monday 18th JanuaryBob MasonJohn Michael Phillips16,600,0003
62171Wednesday 20th JanuaryJulian RoachJohn Michael Phillips17,450,0002
72172Monday 25th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyCharles Kitchen16,800,0003
82173Wednesday 27th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyCharles Kitchen17,150,0001
92174Monday 1st FebruaryTony PerrinBrian Mills16,350,0003
102175Wednesday 3rd FebruaryBarry HillBrian Mills17,350,0002
112176Monday 8th FebruaryAdele RoseJohn Michael Phillips16,800,0003
122177Wednesday 10th FebruaryLeslie DuxburyJohn Michael Phillips17,150,0002
132178Monday 15th FebruaryJohn StevensonCharles Kitchen16,500,0003
142179Wednesday 17th FebruaryH.V. KershawCharles Kitchen18,000,0001
152180Monday 22nd FebruaryH.V. KershawBrian Mills16,400,0002
162181Wednesday 24th FebruaryAdele RoseSebastian Graham-Jones16,050,0003
172182Monday 1st MarchLeslie DuxburyJohn Michael Phillips17,150,0001
182183Wednesday 3rd MarchPeter WhalleyJohn Michael Phillips17,000,0003
192184Monday 8th MarchCliff GerrardCharles Kitchen16,150,0002
202185Wednesday 10th MarchJohn StevensonCharles Kitchen16,000,0003
212186Monday 15th MarchH.V. KershawSebastian Graham-Jones16,700,0003
222187Wednesday 17th MarchBarry HillSebastian Graham-Jones17,650,0001
232188Monday 22nd MarchAdele RoseJohn Michael Phillips16,000,0004
242189Wednesday 24th MarchBob MasonJohn Michael Phillips17,950,0002
252190Monday 29th MarchLeslie DuxburyKen Grieve15,750,0003
262191Wednesday 31st MarchJulian RoachKen Grieve17,250,0002
272192Monday 5th AprilTony PerrinStephen Butcher15,400,0003
282193Wednesday 7th AprilH.V. KershawStephen Butcher16,900,0001
292194Monday 12th AprilAdele RoseBrian Mills11,298,000nk
302195Wednesday 14th AprilJohn StevensonBrian Mills15,900,0001
312196Monday 19th AprilLeslie DuxburyJohn Michael Phillips15,150,0005
322197Wednesday 21st AprilJulian RoachJohn Michael Phillips15,950,0002
332198Monday 26th AprilH.V. KershawGareth Jones14,600,0005
342199Wednesday 28th AprilAdele RoseGareth Jones15,600,0003
352200Monday 3rd MayTony PerrinJonathan Wright-Miller13,900,0003
362201Wednesday 5th MayPeter WhalleyJonathan Wright-Miller16,150,0001
372202Monday 10th MayLeslie DuxburyJohn Michael Phillips14,900,0001
382203Wednesday 12th MayJohn StevensonJohn Michael Phillips13,800,0002
392204Monday 17th MayH.V. KershawMatthew Robinson14,550,0002
402205Wednesday 19th MayBarry HillMatthew Robinson15,100,0001
412206Monday 24th MayLeslie DuxburyCharles Kitchen14,900,0001
422207Wednesday 26th MayJohn StevensonCharles Kitchen13,600,0004
432208Monday 31st MayCliff Gerard
Leslie Duxbury
Sebastian Graham-Jones11,200,0004
442209Wednesday 2nd JuneJulian RoachSebastian Graham-Jones12,800,0001
452210Monday 7th JuneH.V. KershawJonathan Wright-Miller12,650,0003
462211Wednesday 9th JuneBob MasonJonathan Wright-Miller12,600,0004
472212Monday 14th JuneLeslie DuxburyGareth Morgan12,550,0002
482213Wednesday 16th JuneAdele RoseGareth Morgan12,150,0003
492214Monday 21st JunePeter WhalleySebastian Graham-Jones12,850,0001
502215Wednesday 23rd JuneTony PerrinSebastian Graham-Jones12,050,0002
512216Monday 28th JuneH.V. KershawEugene Ferguson12,900,0001
522217Wednesday 30th JuneAdele RoseJohn Michael Phillips11,900,0002
532218Monday 5th JulyBarry HillGareth Morgan13,400,0002
542219Wednesday 7th JulyJohn StevensonGareth Morgan11,350,0003
552220Monday 12th JulyLeslie DuxburySebastian Graham-Jones14,350,0001
562221Wednesday 14th JulyJulian RoachSebastian Graham-Jones13,000,0002
572222Monday 19th JulyH.V. KershawEugene Ferguson12,200,0002
582223Wednesday 21st JulyAdele RoseEugene Ferguson12,850,0001
592224Monday 26th JulyPeter WhalleyOliver Horsbrugh11,600,0002
602225Wednesday 28th JulyLeslie DuxburyOliver Horsbrugh11,800,0001
612226Monday 2nd AugustJohn StevensonJonathan Wright-Miller11,100,0001
622227Wednesday 4th AugustTony PerrinJonathan Wright-Miller10,950,0002
632228Monday 9th AugustH.V. KershawEugene Ferguson11,900,0001
642229Wednesday 11th AugustBob MasonEugene Ferguson11,800,0002
652230Monday 16th AugustBarry HillNicholas Ferguson12,750,0001
662231Wednesday 18th AugustAdele RoseNicholas Ferguson11,900,0002
672232Monday 23rd AugustPeter WhalleyCharles Kitchen12,600,0003
682233Wednesday 25th AugustLeslie DuxburyCharles Kitchen12,000,0004
692234Monday 30th AugustH.V. KershawBill Gilmour11,900,0001
702235Wednesday 1st SeptemberAdele RoseBill Gilmour11,450,0003
712236Monday 6th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyNicholas Ferguson12,900,0001
722237Wednesday 8th SeptemberJohn StevensonNicholas Ferguson12,050,0003
732238Monday 13th SeptemberTony PerrinCharles Kitchen13,300,0001
742239Wednesday 15th SeptemberJulian RoachCharles Kitchen12,950,0002
752240Monday 20th SeptemberH.V. KershawBill Gilmour13,850,0001
762241Wednesday 22nd SeptemberAdele RoseBill Gilmour13,150,0002
772242Monday 27th SeptemberPeter WhalleyBrian Mills13,800,0002
782243Wednesday 29th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyBrian Mills13,850,0001
792244Monday 4th OctoberBarry HillCharles Kitchen13,150,0002
802245Wednesday 6th OctoberTony PerrinCharles Kitchen14,850,0001
812246Monday 11th OctoberH.V. KershawBill Gilmour13,700,0002
822247Wednesday 13th OctoberLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour15,550,0001
832248Monday 18th OctoberJohn StevensonEugene Ferguson13,700,0005
842249Wednesday 20th OctoberJulian RoachEugene Ferguson15,550,0002
852250Monday 25th OctoberAdele RoseCharles Kitchen12,950,0005
862251Wednesday 27th OctoberPeter WhalleyCharles Kitchen15,800,0001
872252Monday 1st NovemberH.V. KershawChris Lovett15,700,0001
882253Wednesday 3rd NovemberBob MasonChris Lovett15,550,0002
892254Monday 8th NovemberPeter WhalleyKen Grieve13,600,0003
902255Wednesday 10th NovemberJohn StevensonKen Grieve15,650,0001
912256Monday 15th NovemberJulian RoachBill Gilmour13,350,0004
922257Wednesday 17th NovemberTony PerrinBill Gilmour15,850,0001
932258Monday 22nd NovemberLeslie DuxburyEugene Ferguson14,150,0003
942259Wednesday 24th NovemberBarry HillEugene Ferguson15,800,0001
952260Monday 29th NovemberPeter WhalleyJohn Michael Phillips14,250,0002
962261Wednesday 1st DecemberTony PerrinJohn Michael Phillips15,300,0001
972262Monday 6th DecemberH.V. KershawBill Gilmour14,050,0003
982263Wednesday 8th DecemberH.V. KershawBill Gilmour16,050,0001
992264Monday 13th DecemberH.V. KershawCharles Kitchen14,200,0003
1002265Wednesday 15th DecemberTony PerrinCharles Kitchen14,950,0001
1012266Monday 20th DecemberBarry HillJohn Michael Phillips13,850,0003
1022267Wednesday 22nd DecemberLeslie DuxburyJohn Michael Phillips17,200,0001
1032268Monday 27th DecemberPeter WhalleyBill Gilmour11,700,00010
1042269Wednesday 29th DecemberAdele RoseBill Gilmour14,350,0002


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Coronation Street in the 1980s
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