Granada continued to boost Coronation Street's production values, with the programme's production base being moved out of the main Granada studios complex and into Stage One, a refurbished warehouse next to the outdoor set which served as its own dedicated studio. Stage One included a green room, make-up complex, wardrobe and props departments, permanent dressing rooms for the actors, and enough studio space that the main sets could stand permanently. This meant that there were now no restrictions on the number of sets which could appear in each episode, and the actors could rehearse in the real sets. The keys were handed over in a special ceremony by Granada chairman David Plowright.
The new houses and shops were completed in February, and gradually became occupied. Newlyweds Des and Steph Barnes, played by Philip Middlemiss and Amelia Bullmore, took over No.6, and ruffled a few feathers when, to win a bet with Des, Steph lured Kevin Webster upstairs and shaved off his moustache. The Barnes were a flashy, well-off young couple - branded as yuppies in the media - who exemplified producer Mervyn Watson's notion of the new Coronation Street attracting a different kind of character.
No.4 was bought by Mavis and Derek Wilton, as a consequence of Rita Fairclough upping sticks and transferring The Kabin from Rosamund Street to Unit 10 in Coronation Street. Rita also moved out of No.7 and into the flat above the new Kabin, paving the way for No.7 to become a student house, with Jenny Bradley and her friend Felicity Khan renting from Rita. After six months playing Flick, Rita Wolf left the programme and Flick's room at No.7 was taken by another new character, career-minded design student Angie Freeman, played by Deborah McAndrew. The other new properties remained empty for the time being.
Other new characters included Jackie Ingram, a woman pursued by Mike Baldwin for nefarious reasons, and Phil Jennings, a shady businessman introduced as a love interest for Deirdre Barlow. They were played by Shirin Taylor and Tommy Boyle. Also, two new child actors joined the cast as Gail Tilsley and Sally Webster gave birth to David and Rosie at Christmas. Thomas Ormson and Emma Collinge played those characters until 2000.
In June, the year's ITV telethon included a Coronation Street mini-episode in which Hilda Ogden returned to the street to check up on her old friends and reveal that her employer Doctor Lowther had proposed to her. Featuring Jean Alexander's return to the role after three years, the episode no longer exists in the ITV archives.
A new title sequence debuted with Episode 3134 on 15th October. The new sequence was similar to its predecessor, except for being shot on videotape in accordance with the programme's house style since 1988. Due to the popularity of the cat from the 1976 titles, a competition was held on ITV's This Morning programme to cast a cat to star in the new montage. The winner was Frisky, owned by Jon-Paul Rimington of Leeds who was paid a one-off fee of £200 for his services.
For Coronation Street's thirtieth anniversary in December, Cilla Black hosted a special 90-minute programme marking three decades of the show, entitled Happy Birthday Coronation Street. A month earlier, Windsong Video Productions released ten video compilations of archive episodes of the Street, each focusing on a single year and presented by a member of the present cast who was working on the programme in the year in question. Again, the programme itself did nothing to mark the occasion.
45 episodes reached the top of the charts (the same number as 1989), and for the second year in a row no episodes charted outside the top 20. Note that due to the BARB rankings considering only aggregated figures, Coronation Street's competition for the top places was mostly limited to other soap operas.
Going by first showings only, the average figure for the year was 15.02 million viewers, a 500k drop on 1989. Four months rose year-on-year, with the biggest rise occurring in January, while the biggest drop - of over two million viewers - took place in August.
Including the repeats, the average was down significantly on 1989, dropping by more than two million viewers to 17.38 million viewers. From September, ITV stations began dropping the omnibus repeat, resulting in only Granada and UTV showing Coronation Street at the weekend by 1992. All months fell year-on-year, with March's average decreasing by almost five million viewers. By either method of counting, the highest-rated episode of the year was the New Year's Day episode, Episode 3012 (1st January 1990), which drew an audience of 19.22 million viewers on its initial showing and 3.61 million at the weekend, giving a total of 22.83 million viewers, the decade's peak audience figure.
|1||3012||Monday 1st January||Sue Ashby||Richard Holthouse||22,830,000||1|
|2||3013||Wednesday 3rd January||Adele Rose||Richard Holthouse||22,680,000||2|
|3||3014||Friday 5th January||Tony Perrin||Richard Holthouse||21,460,000||3|
|4||3015||Monday 8th January||Paul Abbott||Brian Mills||21,220,000||2|
|5||3016||Wednesday 10th January||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||22,580,000||1|
|6||3017||Friday 12th January||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||20,890,000||3|
|7||3018||Monday 15th January||Julian Roach||Ian White||21,360,000||2|
|8||3019||Wednesday 17th January||John Stevenson||Ian White||21,900,000||1|
|9||3020||Friday 19th January||Leslie Duxbury||Ian White||20,870,000||3|
|10||3021||Monday 22nd January||Leslie Duxbury||Spencer Campbell||20,560,000||2|
|11||3022||Wednesday 24th January||Adele Rose||Spencer Campbell||21,750,000||1|
|12||3023||Friday 26th January||Ken Blakeson||Spencer Campbell||19,840,000||3|
|13||3024||Monday 29th January||Stephen Mallatratt||Jeremy Summers||19,220,000||7|
|14||3025||Wednesday 31st January||Tony Perrin||Jeremy Summers||20,670,000||1|
|15||3026||Friday 2nd February||Peter Whalley||Jeremy Summers||19,170,000||8|
|16||3027||Monday 5th February||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||20,010,000||3|
|17||3028||Wednesday 7th February||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||21,730,000||1|
|18||3029||Friday 9th February||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||19,080,000||5|
|19||3030||Monday 12th February||Stephen Mallatratt||Ian White||20,430,000||1|
|20||3031||Wednesday 14th February||Paul Abbott||Ian White||19,610,000||2|
|21||3032||Friday 16th February||Adele Rose||Ian White||19,470,000||3|
|22||3033||Monday 19th February||John Stevenson||Mary McMurray||18,850,000||9|
|23||3034||Wednesday 21st February||Barry Hill||Mary McMurray||21,400,000||1|
|24||3035||Friday 23rd February||Leslie Duxbury||Mary McMurray||20,630,000||4|
|25||3036||Monday 26th February||Leslie Duxbury||David Richards||21,040,000||3|
|26||3037||Wednesday 28th February||John Stevenson||David Richards||21,550,000||1|
|27||3038||Friday 2nd March||Julian Roach||David Richards||19,410,000||5|
|28||3039||Monday 5th March||Paul Abbott||Brian Mills||19,640,000||3|
|29||3040||Wednesday 7th March||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||20,430,000||1|
|30||3041||Friday 9th March||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||20,060,000||2|
|31||3042||Monday 12th March||Barry Hill||Ian White||19,520,000||1|
|32||3043||Wednesday 14th March||Adele Rose||Ian White||19,380,000||2|
|33||3044||Friday 16th March||Peter Whalley||Ian White||17,690,000||4|
|34||3045||Monday 19th March||Paul Abbott||Sarah Harding||20,470,000||1|
|35||3046||Wednesday 21st March||Adele Rose||Sarah Harding||20,200,000||2|
|36||3047||Friday 23rd March||Julian Roach||Sarah Harding||20,070,000||3|
|37||3048||Monday 26th March||Stephen Mallatratt||David Richards||18,690,000||2|
|38||3049||Wednesday 28th March||Peter Whalley||David Richards||18,760,000||1|
|39||3050||Friday 30th March||Ken Blakeson||David Richards||17,000,000||8|
|40||3051||Monday 2nd April||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||19,450,000||2|
|41||3052||Wednesday 4th April||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||19,000,000||3|
|42||3053||Friday 6th April||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||18,110,000||6|
|43||3054||Monday 9th April||Adele Rose||Ian White||19,330,000||1|
|44||3055||Wednesday 11th April||Ken Blakeson||Ian White||17,730,000||6|
|45||3056||Friday 13th April||John Stevenson||Ian White||17,670,000||7|
|46||3057||Monday 16th April||Stephen Mallatratt||Howard Baker||18,330,000||4|
|47||3058||Wednesday 18th April||Leslie Duxbury||Howard Baker||19,240,000||1|
|48||3059||Friday 20th April||Paul Abbott||Howard Baker||18,670,000||2|
|49||3060||Monday 23rd April||Julian Roach||David Richards||17,240,000||3|
|50||3061||Wednesday 25th April||Barry Hill||David Richards||17,850,000||2|
|51||3062||Friday 27th April||Peter Whalley||David Richards||18,230,000||1|
|52||3063||Monday 30th April||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||15,050,000||3|
|53||3064||Wednesday 2nd May||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,090,000||1|
|54||3065||Friday 4th May||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||15,490,000||2|
|55||3066||Monday 7th May||Leslie Duxbury||Ian White||16,570,000||4|
|56||3067||Wednesday 9th May||Barry Hill||Ian White||18,710,000||1|
|57||3068||Friday 11th May||Adele Rose||Ian White||18,230,000||2|
|58||3069||Monday 14th May||Ken Blakeson||Howard Baker||16,760,000||3|
|59||3070||Wednesday 16th May||Paul Abbott||Howard Baker||17,460,000||1|
|60||3071||Friday 18th May||Stephen Mallatratt||Howard Baker||17,000,000||2|
|61||3072||Monday 21st May||Stephen Mallatratt||David Richards||16,390,000||1|
|62||3073||Wednesday 23rd May||Julian Roach||David Richards||16,240,000||2|
|63||3074||Friday 25th May||Leslie Duxbury||David Richards||15,900,000||3|
|64||3075||Wednesday 30th May||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||16,680,000||4|
|65||3076||Friday 1st June||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||18,180,000||1|
|66||3077||Monday 4th June||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||15,970,000||5|
|67||3078||Wednesday 6th June||Peter Whalley||Oliver Horsbrugh||18,360,000||2|
|68||3079||Friday 8th June||Adele Rose||Oliver Horsbrugh||18,500,000||1|
|69||3080||Monday 11th June||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||16,430,000||1|
|70||3081||Wednesday 13th June||Julian Roach||Howard Baker||15,350,000||3|
|71||3082||Friday 15th June||John Stevenson||Howard Baker||14,140,000||7|
|72||3083||Monday 18th June||Leslie Duxbury||Howard Baker||17,770,000||1|
|73||3084||Wednesday 20th June||Ken Blakeson||David Richards||16,220,000||4|
|74||3085||Friday 22nd June||Barry Hill||David Richards||16,710,000||2|
|75||3086||Monday 25th June||Adele Rose||David Richards||14,900,000||5|
|76||3087||Wednesday 27th June||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||16,170,000||3|
|77||3088||Friday 29th June||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||16,290,000||1|
|78||3089||Monday 2nd July||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,170,000||3|
|79||3090||Wednesday 4th July||Peter Whalley||Richard Signy||17,370,000||1|
|80||3091||Friday 6th July||Ken Blakeson||Richard Signy||15,640,000||6|
|81||3092||Monday 9th July||Julian Roach||John Michael Phillips||16,870,000||1|
|82||3093||Wednesday 11th July||John Stevenson||John Michael Phillips||15,340,000||3|
|83||3094||Friday 13th July||Barry Hill||John Michael Phillips||13,980,000||7|
|84||3095||Monday 16th July||Paul Abbott||David Richards||15,520,000||1|
|85||3096||Wednesday 18th July||Phil Woods||David Richards||14,850,000||2|
|86||3097||Friday 20th July||Adele Rose||David Richards||13,360,000||5|
|87||3098||Monday 23rd July||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||15,110,000||3|
|88||3099||Wednesday 25th July||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,280,000||1|
|89||3100||Friday 27th July||Paul Abbott||Brian Mills||16,120,000||2|
|90||3101||Monday 30th July||Stephen Mallatratt||Richard Signy||15,470,000||1|
|91||3102||Wednesday 1st August||Adele Rose||Richard Signy||15,440,000||2|
|92||3103||Friday 3rd August||Ken Blakeson||Richard Signy||13,710,000||7|
|93||3104||Monday 6th August||Phil Woods||Alan Marsden||15,640,000||4|
|94||3105||Wednesday 8th August||Julian Roach||Alan Marsden||15,990,000||2|
|95||3106||Friday 10th August||John Stevenson||Alan Marsden||16,150,000||1|
|96||3107||Monday 13th August||Stephen Mallatratt||Oliver Horsbrugh||16,940,000||2|
|97||3108||Wednesday 15th August||Leslie Duxbury||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,260,000||1|
|98||3109||Friday 17th August||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||16,240,000||4|
|99||3110||Monday 20th August||Ken Blakeson||Mervyn Cumming||16,410,000||1|
|100||3111||Wednesday 22nd August||Barry Hill||Mervyn Cumming||15,830,000||2|
|101||3112||Friday 24th August||Adele Rose||Mervyn Cumming||15,530,000||3|
|102||3113||Monday 27th August||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||15,730,000||3|
|103||3114||Wednesday 29th August||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,220,000||1|
|104||3115||Friday 31st August||Jimmy McGovern||Brian Mills||15,960,000||2|
|105||3116||Monday 3rd September||Barry Hill||Richard Signy||16,120,000||1|
|106||3117||Wednesday 5th September||Ken Blakeson||Richard Signy||16,000,000||2|
|107||3118||Friday 7th September||Phil Woods||Richard Signy||14,310,000||9|
|108||3119||Monday 10th September||Stephen Mallatratt||Oliver Horsbrugh||16,080,000||1|
|109||3120||Wednesday 12th September||Leslie Duxbury||Oliver Horsbrugh||14,870,000||4|
|110||3121||Friday 14th September||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||13,250,000||10|
|111||3122||Monday 17th September||Julian Roach||John Darnell||16,350,000||4|
|112||3123||Wednesday 19th September||Peter Whalley||John Darnell||17,070,000||2|
|113||3124||Friday 21st September||Paul Abbott||John Darnell||16,480,000||3|
|114||3125||Monday 24th September||Paul Abbott||Jeremy Summers||16,440,000||2|
|115||3126||Wednesday 26th September||Ken Blakeson||Jeremy Summers||17,130,000||1|
|116||3127||Friday 28th September||Stephen Mallatratt||Jeremy Summers||16,370,000||3|
|117||3128||Monday 1st October||Phil Woods||Richard Signy||16,620,000||4|
|118||3129||Wednesday 3rd October||John Stevenson||Richard Signy||17,760,000||1|
|119||3130||Friday 5th October||Leslie Duxbury||Richard Signy||16,740,000||3|
|120||3131||Monday 8th October||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||17,370,000||1|
|121||3132||Wednesday 10th October||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||17,010,000||2|
|122||3133||Friday 12th October||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,080,000||3|
|123||3134||Monday 15th October||Leslie Duxbury||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,150,000||3|
|124||3135||Wednesday 17th October||Barry Hill||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,450,000||1|
|125||3136||Friday 19th October||Adele Rose||Oliver Horsbrugh||16,810,000||4|
|126||3137||Monday 22nd October||Julian Roach||Jeremy Summers||17,510,000||2|
|127||3138||Wednesday 24th October||Ken Blakeson||Jeremy Summers||17,330,000||3|
|128||3139||Friday 26th October||Peter Whalley||Jeremy Summers||16,540,000||7|
|129||3140||Monday 29th October||Stephen Mallatratt||Richard Signy||17,460,000||6|
|130||3141||Wednesday 31st October||Phil Woods||Richard Signy||17,930,000||3|
|131||3142||Friday 2nd November||John Stevenson||Richard Signy||16,700,000||9|
|132||3143||Monday 5th November||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||16,020,000||9|
|133||3144||Wednesday 7th November||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,990,000||7|
|134||3145||Friday 9th November||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||17,340,000||4|
|135||3146||Monday 12th November||Barry Hill||Ian White||17,510,000||3|
|136||3147||Wednesday 14th November||Tom Elliott||Ian White||18,230,000||2|
|137||3148||Friday 16th November||Ken Blakeson||Ian White||17,320,000||4|
|138||3149||Monday 19th November||John Stevenson||Jeremy Summers||17,980,000||3|
|139||3150||Wednesday 21st November||Stephen Mallatratt||Jeremy Summers||18,760,000||1|
|140||3151||Friday 23rd November||Adele Rose||Jeremy Summers||16,670,000||8|
|141||3152||Monday 26th November||Barry Hill||Richard Signy||18,320,000||3|
|142||3153||Wednesday 28th November||Phil Woods||Richard Signy||20,570,000||1|
|143||3154||Friday 30th November||John Stevenson||Richard Signy||17,730,000||8|
|144||3155||Monday 3rd December||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||18,430,000||3|
|145||3156||Wednesday 5th December||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||19,680,000||1|
|146||3157||Friday 7th December||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||18,090,000||6|
|147||3158||Monday 10th December||Paul Abbott||Sarah Harding||18,450,000||2|
|148||3159||Wednesday 12th December||Stephen Mallatratt||Sarah Harding||18,640,000||1|
|149||3160||Friday 14th December||Peter Whalley||Sarah Harding||17,590,000||6|
|150||3161||Monday 17th December||Barry Hill||Jeremy Summers||18,010,000||4|
|151||3162||Wednesday 19th December||Paul Abbott||Jeremy Summers||18,160,000||3|
|152||3163||Friday 21st December||Julian Roach||Jeremy Summers||18,410,000||2|
|153||3164||Monday 24th December||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,340,000||9|
|154||3165||Tuesday 25th December||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,850,000||6|
|155||3166||Wednesday 26th December||Stephen Mallatratt||Richard Signy||16,630,000||12|
|156||3167||Friday 28th December||Leslie Duxbury||Richard Signy||20,160,000||2|
|157||3168||Monday 31st December||Ken Blakeson||Brian Mills||16,430,000||10|
Who lives where
- Rovers Return Inn - Bet Gilroy and Alec Gilroy.
- 1 Coronation Street - Ken Barlow (until January). Deirdre and Tracy Barlow.
- 2a Coronation Street - (Empty).
- 3 Coronation Street - Emily Bishop and Percy Sugden.
- 4 Coronation Street - Derek and Mavis Wilton. (from March onwards).
- 5 Coronation Street - Ivy and Don Brennan. Marie and Jamie Ramsden (December only).
- 6 Coronation Street - Des and Steph Barnes (from February onwards).
- 7 Coronation Street - Rita Fairclough (until April). Jenny Bradley (from April onwards). Flick Khan (from April to August). Joanne Khan (from July to August). Angie Freeman (from September onwards).
- 8 Coronation Street - (Empty).
- 9 Coronation Street - Jack and Vera Duckworth. Curly Watts.
- 10a Coronation Street - Rita Fairclough (from April onwards).
- 11 Coronation Street - Jim, Liz, Andy and Steve McDonald.
- 12 Coronation Street - (Empty).
- 13 Coronation Street - Kevin and Sally Webster. Rosie Webster (from December onwards).
- Corner Shop flat - Alf and Audrey Roberts (until March). Reg Holdsworth (from May to July). Ken Barlow (from August onwards).
- The Kabin flat - Derek and Mavis Wilton (until March).
- Jim's Cafe flat - Alma Sedgewick (until January and from December onwards).
- 6 Chepstow Road - Ken Barlow (from May to August).
- 47 Church Road - Wendy Crozier. Ken Barlow (from January to May).
- 17 Elmgate Gardens - Peter Ingram (until August). Jackie Ingram.
- Fernwood Place, Handforth - Tim, Sandra and Victoria Arden.
- 4 Gorton Close - Phyllis Pearce.
- 5 Grasmere Drive - Alf and Audrey Roberts (March onwards).
- 33 Hammond Road - Gail, Nicky and Sarah Louise Tilsley. Martin Platt. David Tilsley (from December onwards).
- 37 Hillside Crescent - Betty Turpin.
- Hillside Road - Reg Holdsworth (until April and from July onwards).
- No. 6 Quebec House, Weatherfield Quays - Mike Baldwin. Alma Sedgewick (from January to December).
Awards and Nominations
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