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1987 was Coronation Street's twenty-eighth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Alf RobertsBryan MosleyFull year77108514
2Mavis RileyThelma BarlowFull year738908
3Ivy TilsleyLynne PerrieFull year716748
4Rita FaircloughBarbara KnoxFull year6710594
4Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderUntil December6716144
6Mike BaldwinJohnny BriggsFull year666788
6Alec GilroyRoy BarracloughFrom March669630
6Bet Lynch/GilroyJulie GoodyearUntil May and from August6612702
9Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year64179315
9Emily BishopEileen DerbyshireFull year64153221
9Gloria ToddSue JenkinsFrom April641664
12Sally WebsterSally WhittakerFull year6312119
12Vera DuckworthElizabeth DawnFull year6352312
14Deirdre BarlowAnne KirkbrideFull year6291925
15Gail TilsleyHelen WorthFull year6176115
15Audrey RobertsSue NichollsFull year6120218
15Kevin WebsterMichael Le VellFull year612568
18Alan BradleyMark EdenFull year5811023
18Curly WattsKevin KennedyFull year5823619
20Jack DuckworthWilliam TarmeyUntil March and from July573392
21Susan BaldwinWendy Jane WalkerUntil November541697
22Percy SugdenBill WaddingtonFull year5125315
23Brian TilsleyChristopher QuintenFull year5047221
24Betty TurpinBetty DriverFull year46125612
25Jenny BradleySally Ann MatthewsFull year409124
25Martin PlattSean WilsonJanuary to April, June and from August4010726
27Terry DuckworthNigel PivaroUntil June292461
28Tracy BarlowHolly ChamaretteMarch to May and July to November2830830
29Sarah Louise TilsleyLeah & Lynsay KingFebruary to July and December2626 -
30Phyllis PearceJill SummersJanuary to June, August to September and December2314526
30Nicky TilsleyWarren JacksonJanuary to July and December2320532
32Derek WiltonPeter BaldwinFebruary and November to December158433
33Shirley ArmitageLisa LewisFebruary to August and December148728
34Don BrennanGeoff HinsliffSeptember and from December99 -
35Ida CloughHelene PalmerMay and July519529
36Eddie YeatsGeoffrey HughesNovember and December2511 -


Hilda sings goodbye

The Street gains a record audience for Hilda Ogden's Christmas Day swansong

John G. Temple's run as producer ended with Episode 2755 on 26th August. After five years as executive producer, Bill Podmore returned to the producer's chair, bringing with him his usual flair for comedy.

The main event of the year was the last appearance of Hilda Ogden. Jean Alexander quit her role after 23 years as she wanted to play other parts. After so long toiling away for little reward, Hilda got a happy ending, moving into a flat attached to her employer Doctor Lowther's cottage in Derbyshire. Her last appearance was in the Christmas Day episode, where the residents saw her off with a surprise party in the Rovers. This was the first time Coronation Street went out on Christmas Day when it didn't fall on one of the programme's normal transmission days, a trend which has continued until the present day (with the exception of 1993).

Sarah Louise Tilsley, the latest Coronation Street baby, was born in February. She was played by twins Leah and Lynsay King, and by Lynsay alone after the sad death of Leah from SIDS.

The Rovers lost two of its staff for some of the year as William Tarmey took a four-month break for heart surgery, while Julie Goodyear was absent for three months to look after her seriously ill mother. Bet re-appeared as Bill Podmore was taking over as producer and deciding the future of several characters; Bet's relationship with Alec Gilroy blossomed into marriage, their sparring re-establishing the Rovers as a centre for comedy. To bring Bet back into the fold in an interesting way, overseas location filming took place in Torremolinos, with Alec tracking Bet down after three months and popping the question.

Podmore also decided to write out Susan Baldwin after two years. Podmore blamed the failure of Susan and Mike Baldwin's marriage on the casting of Susan, and dismissed Wendy Jane Walker from her role. Also, Nigel Pivaro left the programme in June to join a touring production, but was planning to return. Meanwhile, Geoff Hinsliff joined the cast as Don Brennan, who was initially a short-term character who was kept on when writers saw potential in his romance with Ivy Tilsley.

Viewing figures

1987 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

According to most sources, including BARB, Episode 2790 (25th December 1987) is the second highest-rated episode of Coronation Street of all time, with an audience of 26,629,000 viewers. This episode, along with Episode 2789, was given a special omnibus repeat on Sunday 27th December, and the figures from each showing were added together to form the above aggregated figure. Without the omnibus showing, the episode gained an audience of 17,973,000 viewers, and the highest-rated episode of the year was Episode 2691 (14th January 1987) with 19.75 million viewers.

The average audience for the year was 15.16 million viewers (or, including the Christmas omnibus, 15.31 million viewers). The yearly average was 400,000 viewers down on 1986, with eight months experiencing drops year-on-year. The biggest falls occurred in April and May, which fell by more than 1.5 million viewers, while the biggest gain, of nearly a million viewers, was in December.

Due to EastEnders having a weekly omnibus and therefore taking the two top spots most weeks, Coronation Street was again absent from the top of the charts except for the Christmas Day episode. However, every episode charted inside the top twenty, with the Street outperforming its direct competition including Doctor Who.


# Ep.
Date Writer Director Viewing
12688Monday 5th JanuaryTony PerrinBill Gilmour17,371,0004
22689Wednesday 7th JanuaryBarry HillBill Gilmour17,858,0003
32690Monday 12th JanuaryStephen MallatrattEva Kolouchová19,087,0004
42691Wednesday 14th JanuaryJohn StevensonEva Kolouchová19,735,0003
52692Monday 19th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour17,939,0003
62693Wednesday 21st JanuaryBrian FinchBill Gilmour17,688,0004
72694Monday 26th JanuaryH.V. KershawMalcolm Taylor16,832,0004
82695Wednesday 28th JanuaryPeter WhalleyMalcolm Taylor17,368,0003
92696Monday 2nd FebruaryPeter WhalleyHoward Baker18,554,0004
102697Wednesday 4th FebruaryBarry HillHoward Baker17,822,0005
112698Monday 9th FebruaryH.V. KershawEva Kolouchová16,240,0004
122699Wednesday 11th FebruaryBob MasonEva Kolouchová18,381,0003
132700Monday 16th FebruaryAdele RoseBill Gilmour17,472,0004
142701Wednesday 18th FebruaryJohn StevensonBill Gilmour17,536,0003
152702Monday 23rd FebruaryTony PerrinMalcolm Taylor17,512,0003
162703Wednesday 25th FebruaryJohn StevensonMalcolm Taylor16,239,0005
172704Monday 2nd MarchAdele RoseHoward Baker16,124,0004
182705Wednesday 4th MarchBarry HillHoward Baker15,608,0003
192706Monday 9th MarchBrian FinchBill Gilmour16,473,0003
202707Wednesday 11th MarchLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour16,261,0004
212708Monday 16th MarchLeslie DuxburyMalcolm Taylor16,750,0003
222709Wednesday 18th MarchBrian FinchMalcolm Taylor16,503,0004
232710Monday 23rd MarchH.V. KershawRichard Holthouse16,089,0004
242711Wednesday 25th MarchBob MasonRichard Holthouse16,400,0003
252712Monday 30th MarchPeter WhalleyJonathan Wright-Miller15,128,0006
262713Wednesday 1st AprilJohn StevensonJonathan Wright-Miller16,506,0004
272714Monday 6th AprilBarry HillBill Gilmour15,618,0004
282715Wednesday 8th AprilPeter WhalleyBill Gilmour16,090,0003
292716Monday 13th AprilTony PerrinRichard Holthouse15,527,0003
302717Wednesday 15th AprilJohn StevensonRichard Holthouse13,374,0005
312718Monday 20th AprilAdele RoseHoward Baker14,174,0003
322719Wednesday 22nd AprilLeslie DuxburyHoward Baker12,169,0004
332720Monday 27th AprilStephen MallatrattBill Gilmour13,236,0003
342721Wednesday 29th AprilH.V. KershawBill Gilmour12,702,0005
352722Monday 4th MayJohn StevensonRichard Holthouse11,906,0006
362723Wednesday 6th MayAdele RoseRichard Holthouse12,393,0005
372724Monday 11th MayTony PerrinBrian Mills15,272,0004
382725Wednesday 13th MayBrian FinchBrian Mills13,554,0005
392726Monday 18th MayBrian FinchBill Gilmour14,271,0003
402727Wednesday 20th MayAdele RoseBill Gilmour12,872,0004
412728Monday 25th MayTony PerrinRichard Holthouse12,462,0005
422729Wednesday 27th MayPeter WhalleyRichard Holthouse12,534,0004
432730Monday 1st JuneH.V. KershawMalcolm Taylor13,423,0004
442731Wednesday 3rd JuneJohn StevensonMalcolm Taylor13,630,0003
452732Monday 8th JuneBob MasonBill Gilmour14,066,0003
462733Wednesday 10th JuneLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour13,732,0004
472734Monday 15th JunePeter WhalleyRichard Holthouse12,966,0005
482735Wednesday 17th JuneJohn StevensonRichard Holthouse13,683,0004
492736Monday 22nd JuneStephen MallatrattBrian Mills13,784,0003
502737Wednesday 24th JuneBarry HillBrian Mills12,843,0004
512738Monday 29th JuneH.V. KershawBill Gilmour13,526,0003
522739Wednesday 1st JulyH.V. KershawBill Gilmour12,327,0004
532740Monday 6th JulyJohn StevensonRichard Holthouse12,542,0004
542741Wednesday 8th JulyBarry HillRichard Holthouse13,620,0003
552742Monday 13th JulyLeslie DuxburyBrian Mills12,210,0005
562743Wednesday 15th JulyPeter WhalleyBrian Mills14,880,0003
572744Monday 20th JulyPeter WhalleyMalcolm Taylor13,796,0004
582745Wednesday 22nd JulyAdele RoseMalcolm Taylor14,345,0003
592746Monday 27th JulyLeslie DuxburyJonathan Wright-Miller13,347,0004
602747Wednesday 29th JulyBarry HillJonathan Wright-Miller14,100,0003
612748Monday 3rd AugustTony PerrinPedr James13,519,0004
622749Wednesday 5th AugustJohn StevensonPedr James14,148,0003
632750Monday 10th AugustLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour11,986,0004
642751Wednesday 12th AugustJohn StevensonBill Gilmour13,811,0003
652752Monday 17th AugustAdele RoseRichard Holthouse13,423,0004
662753Wednesday 19th AugustPeter WhalleyRichard Holthouse13,945,0003
672754Monday 24th AugustBrian FinchPedr James13,083,0004
682755Wednesday 26th AugustH.V. KershawPedr James14,518,0003
692756Monday 31st AugustH.V. KershawBill Gilmour12,795,0004
702757Wednesday 2nd SeptemberTony PerrinBill Gilmour13,856,0003
712758Monday 7th SeptemberBob MasonMary McMurray14,088,0005
722759Wednesday 9th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyMary McMurray14,166,0004
732760Monday 14th SeptemberBarry HillGerald Blake14,294,0003
742761Wednesday 16th SeptemberBrian FinchGerald Blake13,302,0006
752762Monday 21st SeptemberBarry HillPaul Bernard14,405,0004
762763Wednesday 23rd SeptemberAdele RosePaul Bernard13,790,0005
772764Monday 28th SeptemberTony PerrinRon Francis14,943,0003
782765Wednesday 30th SeptemberJohn StevensonRon Francis14,023,0004
792766Monday 5th OctoberPeter WhalleyGerald Blake15,450,0004
802767Wednesday 7th OctoberBob MasonGerald Blake15,696,0003
812768Monday 12th OctoberH.V. KershawBill Gilmour15,373,0003
822769Wednesday 14th OctoberPeter WhalleyBill Gilmour15,296,0004
832770Monday 19th OctoberTony PerrinRon Francis14,874,0006
842771Wednesday 21st OctoberLeslie DuxburyRon Francis15,862,0004
852772Monday 26th OctoberAdele RoseJohn Michael Phillips16,161,0003
862773Wednesday 28th OctoberJohn StevensonJohn Michael Phillips15,952,0004
872774Monday 2nd NovemberH.V. KershawBill Gilmour16,337,0003
882775Wednesday 4th NovemberAdele RoseBill Gilmour15,693,0005
892776Monday 9th NovemberBrian FinchRic Mellis16,045,0004
902777Wednesday 11th NovemberLeslie DuxburyTim Sullivan16,515,0003
912778Monday 16th NovemberJohn StevensonJohn Michael Phillips15,664,0005
922779Wednesday 18th NovemberJohn StevensonJohn Michael Phillips16,062,0003
932780Monday 23rd NovemberTony PerrinCharles Kitchen17,074,0004
942781Wednesday 25th NovemberStephen MallatrattCharles Kitchen16,751,0005
952782Monday 30th NovemberBarry HillTim Sullivan17,224,0003
962783Wednesday 2nd DecemberJohn StevensonTim Sullivan15,982,0004
972784Monday 7th DecemberPeter WhalleyGerald Blake16,012,0003
982785Wednesday 9th DecemberAdele RoseGerald Blake15,986,0003
992786Monday 14th DecemberBarry HillCharles Kitchen16,815,0003
1002787Wednesday 16th DecemberTony PerrinCharles Kitchen15,663,0004
1012788Monday 21st DecemberJohn StevensonRic Mellis16,615,0008
1022789Wednesday 23rd DecemberH.V. KershawRic Mellis22,150,000
(with repeat)
1032790Friday 25th DecemberLeslie DuxburyRic Mellis26,650,000
(with repeat)
1042791Monday 28th DecemberBrian FinchGerald Blake16,852,0004
1052792Wednesday 30th DecemberBrian FinchGerald Blake15,618,0005


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