In their third year as producer and executive producer, Mervyn Watson and David Liddiment completed their long game as the last of the new houses and shops became occupied. Phil Jennings took over the factory unit for PJ Leisure, Mike Baldwin started MVB Motors in the garage unit with Kevin Webster running it, No.2 became a charity shop with Emily Bishop in charge, the Platts bought No.8, and Reg Holdsworth moved into No.12, bringing his waterbed with him.
Watson stood down as producer at the end of the year, and was replaced by Carolyn Reynolds. Liddiment remained in his role.
Compared with 1989 and 1990, 1991 was quiet on the casting front, with the most notable signing being Sarah Lancashire as dipsy Raquel Wolstenhulme. Lancashire - daughter of 1960s writer Geoffrey Lancashire - appeared initially for three months before being brought back as a regular in the last episode of the year. Chloe Newsome played a recast Victoria Arden, now an orphan after the deaths of Sandra and Tim Arden. With her Handforth background and private schooling, Vicky was another character who typified the intention to broaden the scope of Coronation Street's characters. Also, after leaving the BBC One sitcom Allo! Allo!, Ken Morley increased his commitment to the Street, more than doubling his appearances as Reg Holdsworth from 1990.
Departures were more numerous. After one year as Steph Barnes, Amelia Bullmore decided to quit. Philip Middlemiss was kept on, with Des becoming the Street's romeo. Sally Ann Matthews left the role of Jenny Bradley after five years, Stuart Wolfenden departed as Mark Casey, and Tommy Boyle, Shirin Taylor and Suzanne Hall, respectively playing Phil Jennings, Jackie Baldwin and Kimberley Taylor, left when their characters' storylines wrapped up. Meanwhile, Bryan Mosley suffered a heart attack, resulting in Alf Roberts being off-screen for five months while he recovered.
For the first time, two episodes of Coronation Street were shown on the same day. This occurred on Christmas Day, when in addition to the episode shown at the usual time of 7.30pm, an extra installment was broadcast at 2.50pm. The episode both preceded and followed the Queen's speech, with no adverts or continuity announcements dividing the programmes - instead, the speech directly followed a scene in the Roberts household in which Alf Roberts sat down to watch it.
Ratings for every episode are available, making up partial sets of data for single-showing and aggregated figures. As a result, it is not possible to determine a yearly average or the highest/lowest rated episodes for 1991. From the data available, the initial-showing ratings were down year-on-year from January to July by an average of one million viewers, and up year-on-year by two million viewers in August and September.
20 episodes reached number one in the ratings, compared with 45 in 1989 and 1990, while two episodes dropped out of the top twenty.
|1||3169||Wednesday 2nd January||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||19,520,000||2|
|2||3170||Friday 4th January||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||17,440,000||8|
|3||3171||Monday 7th January||Phil Woods||Sarah Harding||18,260,000||6|
|4||3172||Wednesday 9th January||Julian Roach||Sarah Harding||19,190,000||1|
|5||3173||Friday 11th January||Barry Hill||Sarah Harding||17,240,000||10|
|6||3174||Monday 14th January||Leslie Duxbury||June Howson||18,000,000||5|
|7||3175||Wednesday 16th January||Harry Duffin||June Howson||18,560,000||3|
|8||3176||Friday 18th January||Stephen Mallatratt||June Howson||16,670,000||8|
|9||3177||Monday 21st January||Peter Whalley||Richard Signy||17,070,000||6|
|10||3178||Wednesday 23rd January||Ken Blakeson||Richard Signy||18,070,000||3|
|11||3179||Friday 25th January||John Stevenson||Richard Signy||17,930,000||4|
|12||3180||Monday 28th January||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||17,670,000||5|
|13||3181||Wednesday 30th January||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||18,130,000||2|
|14||3182||Friday 1st February||Ken Blakeson||Brian Mills||16,480,000||12|
|15||3183||Monday 4th February||Paul Abbott||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,390,000||8|
|16||3184||Wednesday 6th February||Julian Roach||Oliver Horsbrugh||18,790,000||4|
|17||3185||Friday 8th February||Peter Whalley||Oliver Horsbrugh||19,070,000||3|
|18||3186||Monday 11th February||Frank Cottrell Boyce||June Howson||17,400,000||5|
|19||3187||Wednesday 13th February||Stephen Mallatratt||June Howson||17,580,000||4|
|20||3188||Friday 15th February||John Stevenson||June Howson||16,440,000||10|
|21||3189||Monday 18th February||John Stevenson||Richard Signy||16,790,000||7|
|22||3190||Wednesday 20th February||Julian Roach||Richard Signy||17,990,000||3|
|23||3191||Friday 22nd February||Adele Rose||Richard Signy||16,610,000||8|
|24||3192||Monday 25th February||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||17,000,000||4|
|25||3193||Wednesday 27th February||Paul Abbott||Brian Mills||17,800,000||1|
|26||3194||Friday 1st March||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||15,840,000||8|
|27||3195||Monday 4th March||Harry Duffin||Julian Jarrold||16,860,000||3|
|28||3196||Wednesday 6th March||Peter Whalley||Julian Jarrold||16,460,000||6|
|29||3197||Friday 8th March||Stephen Mallatratt||Julian Jarrold||16,720,000||4|
|30||3198||Monday 11th March||Harry Duffin||John Darnell||16,500,000||4|
|31||3199||Wednesday 13th March||Barry Hill||John Darnell||16,740,000||3|
|32||3200||Friday 15th March||Julian Roach||John Darnell||14,880,000||9|
|33||3201||Monday 18th March||Ken Blakeson||Oliver Horsbrugh||16,580,000||4|
|34||3202||Wednesday 20th March||John Stevenson||Oliver Horsbrugh||17,300,000||2|
|35||3203||Friday 22nd March||Paul Abbott||Oliver Horsbrugh||16,690,000||3|
|36||3204||Monday 25th March||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||16,240,000||3|
|37||3205||Wednesday 27th March||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||17,170,000||1|
|38||3206||Friday 29th March||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||13,750,000||10|
|39||3207||Monday 1st April||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Julian Jarrold||11,210,000||26|
|40||3208||Wednesday 3rd April||Peter Whalley||Julian Jarrold||16,410,000||6|
|41||3209||Friday 5th April||Ken Blakeson||Julian Jarrold||16,280,000||7|
|42||3210||Monday 8th April||Julian Roach||David Richards||15,700,000||5|
|43||3211||Wednesday 10th April||Barry Hill||David Richards||16,180,000||4|
|44||3212||Friday 12th April||Phil Woods||David Richards||15,580,000||6|
|45||3213||Monday 15th April||Paul Abbott||Richard Signy||14,700,000||7|
|46||3214||Wednesday 17th April||John Stevenson||Richard Signy||16,240,000||4|
|47||3215||Friday 19th April||Adele Rose||Richard Signy||16,250,000||3|
|48||3216||Monday 22nd April||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||15,260,000||3|
|49||3217||Wednesday 24th April||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Brian Mills||15,690,000||2|
|50||3218||Friday 26th April||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||14,600,000||6|
|51||3219||Monday 29th April||Barry Hill||Julian Jarrold||16,159,000||2|
|52||3220||Wednesday 1st May||Julian Roach||Julian Jarrold||15,150,000||7|
|53||3221||Friday 3rd May||Peter Whalley||Julian Jarrold||14,520,000||8|
|54||3222||Monday 6th May||Ken Blakeson||David Richards||11,305,000||14|
|55||3223||Wednesday 8th May||Tom Elliott||David Richards||15,330,000||4|
|56||3224||Friday 10th May||John Stevenson||David Richards||15,050,000||5|
|57||3225||Monday 13th May||Julian Roach||Richard Signy||15,299,000||2|
|58||3226||Wednesday 15th May||Harry Duffin||Richard Signy||13,700,000||6|
|59||3227||Friday 17th May||Adele Rose||Richard Signy||14,500,000||4|
|60||3228||Monday 20th May||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||12,899,000||2|
|61||3229||Wednesday 22nd May||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||13,420,000||4|
|62||3230||Friday 24th May||Paul Abbott||Brian Mills||13,540,000||3|
|63||3231||Monday 27th May||Peter Whalley||Julian Jarrold||11,098,000||11|
|64||3232||Wednesday 29th May||Ken Blakeson||Julian Jarrold||13,040,000||5|
|65||3233||Friday 31st May||Leslie Duxbury||Julian Jarrold||14,550,000||3|
|66||3234||Monday 3rd June||Frank Cottrell Boyce||David Richards||14,632,000||3|
|67||3235||Wednesday 5th June||Paul Abbott||David Richards||15,690,000||1|
|68||3236||Friday 7th June||Peter Whalley||David Richards||14,630,000||3|
|69||3237||Monday 10th June||Leslie Duxbury||Spencer Campbell||14,793,000||4|
|70||3238||Wednesday 12th June||Harry Duffin||Spencer Campbell||15,680,000||1|
|71||3239||Friday 14th June||Barry Hill||Spencer Campbell||15,440,000||3|
|72||3240||Monday 17th June||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||14,687,000||5|
|73||3241||Wednesday 19th June||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||15,300,000||3|
|74||3242||Friday 21st June||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||14,990,000||4|
|75||3243||Monday 24th June||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Julian Jarrold||14,620,000||3|
|76||3244||Wednesday 26th June||Leslie Duxbury||Julian Jarrold||14,200,000||4|
|77||3245||Friday 28th June||Leslie Duxbury||Julian Jarrold||12,360,000||8|
|78||3246||Monday 1st July||Barry Hill||David Richards||13,559,000||2|
|79||3247||Wednesday 3rd July||Paul Abbott||David Richards||13,640,000||1|
|80||3248||Friday 5th July||Peter Whalley||David Richards||12,740,000||4|
|81||3249||Monday 8th July||Julian Roach||Richard Signy||14,693,000||1|
|82||3250||Wednesday 10th July||Adele Rose||Richard Signy||14,000,000||3|
|83||3251||Friday 12th July||Ken Blakeson||Richard Signy||14,610,000||2|
|84||3252||Monday 15th July||Tom Elliott||Spencer Campbell||14,120,000||3|
|85||3253||Wednesday 17th July||John Stevenson||Spencer Campbell||14,650,000||2|
|86||3254||Friday 19th July||John Stevenson||Spencer Campbell||14,870,000||1|
|87||3255||Monday 22nd July||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||11,570,000||10|
|88||3256||Wednesday 24th July||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||15,090,000||1|
|89||3257||Friday 26th July||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||12,370,000||6|
|90||3258||Monday 29th July||Adele Rose||Ken Horn||13,130,000||5|
|91||3259||Wednesday 31st July||Adele Rose||Ken Horn||14,870,000||1|
|92||3260||Friday 2nd August||Harry Duffin||Ken Horn||13,210,000||3|
|93||3261||Monday 5th August||Julian Roach||Mervyn Cumming||16,090,000||3|
|94||3262||Wednesday 7th August||Julian Roach||Mervyn Cumming||16,930,000||1|
|95||3263||Friday 9th August||Leslie Duxbury||Mervyn Cumming||16,220,000||2|
|96||3264||Monday 12th August||Paul Abbott||Spencer Campbell||15,660,000||4|
|97||3265||Wednesday 14th August||Adele Rose||Spencer Campbell||16,210,000||3|
|98||3266||Friday 16th August||Ken Blakeson||Spencer Campbell||16,260,000||2|
|99||3267||Monday 19th August||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||16,910,000||1|
|100||3268||Wednesday 21st August||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||16,540,000||4|
|101||3269||Friday 23rd August||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,790,000||3|
|102||3270||Monday 26th August||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Ken Horn||14,960,000||5|
|103||3271||Wednesday 28th August||Phil Woods||Ken Horn||17,730,000||1|
|104||3272||Friday 30th August||John Stevenson||Ken Horn||16,010,000||2|
|105||3273||Monday 2nd September||Peter Whalley||John Darnell||16,460,000||2|
|106||3274||Wednesday 4th September||Adele Rose||John Darnell||17,630,000||1|
|107||3275||Friday 6th September||Harry Duffin||John Darnell||14,690,000||6|
|108||3276||Monday 9th September||Julian Roach||Mervyn Cumming||16,560,000||2|
|109||3277||Wednesday 11th September||Ken Blakeson||Mervyn Cumming||16,330,000||3|
|110||3278||Friday 13th September||John Stevenson||Mervyn Cumming||16,280,000||4|
|111||3279||Monday 16th September||Paul Abbott||Brian Mills||17,230,000||5|
|112||3280||Wednesday 18th September||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||16,240,000||7|
|113||3281||Friday 20th September||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||17,580,000||2|
|114||3282||Monday 23rd September||Harry Duffin||Ken Horn||18,260,000||4|
|115||3283||Wednesday 25th September||Julian Roach||Ken Horn||18,400,000||3|
|116||3284||Friday 27th September||John Stevenson||Ken Horn||19,260,000||1|
|117||3285||Monday 30th September||Phil Woods||John Darnell||18,140,000||5|
|118||3286||Wednesday 2nd October||Peter Whalley||John Darnell||19,220,000||2|
|119||3287||Friday 4th October||Peter Whalley||John Darnell||18,600,000||3|
|120||3288||Monday 7th October||Adele Rose||Spencer Campbell||18,400,000||4|
|121||3289||Wednesday 9th October||Barry Hill||Spencer Campbell||18,710,000||2|
|122||3290||Friday 11th October||Mervyn Watson||Spencer Campbell||18,440,000||3|
|123||3291||Monday 14th October||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||18,900,000||4|
|124||3292||Wednesday 16th October||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||19,820,000||1|
|125||3293||Friday 18th October||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||19,810,000||2|
|126||3294||Monday 21st October||Leslie Duxbury||Ken Horn||19,400,000||3|
|127||3295||Wednesday 23rd October||John Stevenson||Ken Horn||18,400,000||4|
|128||3296||Friday 25th October||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Ken Horn||19,600,000||1|
|129||3297||Monday 28th October||Peter Whalley||John Darnell||19,670,000||4|
|130||3298||Wednesday 30th October||Paul Abbott||John Darnell||21,040,000||1|
|131||3299||Friday 1st November||Phil Woods||John Darnell||20,910,000||2|
|132||3300||Monday 4th November||Barry Hill||Spencer Campbell||19,990,000||3|
|133||3301||Wednesday 6th November||Tom Elliott||Spencer Campbell||18,600,000||4|
|134||3302||Friday 8th November||Paul Abbott||Spencer Campbell||21,010,000||2|
|135||3303||Monday 11th November||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Brian Mills||20,170,000||4|
|136||3304||Wednesday 13th November||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||20,790,000||3|
|137||3305||Friday 15th November||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||20,890,000||2|
|138||3306||Monday 18th November||Adele Rose||Ken Horn||20,190,000||4|
|139||3307||Wednesday 20th November||John Stevenson||Ken Horn||21,600,000||2|
|140||3308||Friday 22nd November||Leslie Duxbury||Ken Horn||19,040,000||5|
|141||3309||Monday 25th November||Leslie Duxbury||John Darnell||20,450,000||3|
|142||3310||Wednesday 27th November||Barry Hill||John Darnell||19,340,000||5|
|143||3311||Friday 29th November||John Stevenson||John Darnell||20,800,000||2|
|144||3312||Monday 2nd December||Stephen Mallatratt||Spencer Campbell||19,460,000||5|
|145||3313||Wednesday 4th December||Tom Elliott||Spencer Campbell||21,470,000||1|
|146||3314||Friday 6th December||Adele Rose||Spencer Campbell||19,810,000||3|
|147||3315||Monday 9th December||Ken Blakeson||Brian Mills||19,720,000||3|
|148||3316||Wednesday 11th December||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||19,180,000||4|
|149||3317||Friday 13th December||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||20,620,000||1|
|150||3318||Monday 16th December||Tom Elliott||Ken Horn||18,640,000||5|
|151||3319||Wednesday 18th December||Paul Abbott||Ken Horn||19,740,000||3|
|152||3320||Friday 20th December||John Stevenson |
|153||3321||Monday 23rd December||Barry Hill||Ian White||15,050,000||10|
|154||3322||Wednesday 25th December||1||Peter Whalley||Ian White||11,130,000||40|
|155||3323||Wednesday 25th December||2||John Stevenson||John Darnell||13,630,000||15|
|156||3324||Friday 27th December||Ken Blakeson||John Darnell||16,890,000||5|
|157||3325||Monday 30th December||Phil Woods||David Richards||16,950,000||11|
Who lives whereEdit
- Rovers Return Inn - Alec and Bet Gilroy. Phil Jennings (from February to March). Victoria Arden (from July onwards). Mike Baldwin (from October to November).
- 1 Coronation Street - Deirdre and Tracy Barlow.
- 2a Coronation Street - (Empty).
- 3 Coronation Street - Emily Bishop. Percy Sugden (until July and August onwards).
- 4 Coronation Street - Derek and Mavis Wilton.
- 5 Coronation Street - Don and Ivy Brennan.
- 6 Coronation Street - Des Barnes. Steph Barnes (until August).
- 7 Coronation Street - Jenny Bradley (until March). Angie Freeman. Curly Watts (from March onwards).
- 8 Coronation Street - Martin, Gail, Nicky, Sarah Louise and David Platt (from December onwards).
- 9 Coronation Street - Jack and Vera Duckworth. Curly Watts (until March). Joss Shackleton (from February until March).
- 10a Coronation Street - Rita Fairclough
- 11 Coronation Street - Jim, Liz, Andy and Steve McDonald.
- 12 Coronation Street - Reg Holdsworth (from September onwards).
- 13 Coronation Street - Kevin, Sally and Rosie Webster.
- Corner Shop flat - Ken Barlow.
- 17 Elmgate Gardens - Jackie Ingram/Baldwin. Mike Baldwin (from January to July)
- Fernwood Place, Handforth - Tim, Sandra and Victoria Arden (until July).
- 4 Gorton Close - Phyllis Pearce.
- 5 Grasmere Drive - Alf and Audrey Roberts.
- 33 Hammond Road - Martin Platt, Gail Tilsley/Platt, Nicky Tilsley/Platt, Sarah Louise Tilsley/Platt and David Tilsley/Platt (until December).
- 37 Hillside Crescent - Betty Turpin.
- Hillside Road - Reg Holdsworth (until February).
- No. 4 Montreal House, Weatherfield Quays - Mike Baldwin (from November onwards).
- NorWin, Seedley Close - Winnie Dyson. Percy Sugden (July only).
- No. 6 Quebec House, Weatherfield Quays - Mike Baldwin (until January).
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