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1991 was Coronation Street's thirty-second year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1 Jack Duckworth William Tarmey Full year 108 720 5
2 Liz McDonald Beverley Callard Full year 103 207 14
2 Audrey Roberts Sue Nicholls Full year 103 533 12
4 Bet Gilroy Julie Goodyear Full year 101 1640 2
5 Vera Duckworth Elizabeth Dawn Full year 100 865 28
5 Gail Tilsley/Platt Helen Worth Full year 100 1073 23
7 Alma Sedgewick Amanda Barrie Full year 97 272 5
8 Mavis Wilton Thelma Barlow Full year 96 1219 12
9 Don Brennan Geoff Hinsliff Full year 94 302 15
11 Ivy Brennan Lynne Perrie Full year 93 1015 10
11 Des Barnes Philip Middlemiss Full year 93 157 29
12 Jim McDonald Charles Lawson Full year 92 180 22
13 Deirdre Barlow Anne Kirkbride Full year 91 1258 3
14 Rita Fairclough Barbara Knox Full year 90 1395 7
15 Curly Watts Kevin Kennedy Full year 88 519 25
16 Betty Turpin Betty Driver Full year 86 1577 18
17 Alec Gilroy Roy Barraclough Full year 83 435 1
17 Percy Sugden Bill Waddington Full year 83 564 16
19 Ken Barlow William Roache Full year 80 2102 10
20 Martin Platt Sean Wilson Full year 79 398 20
21 Reg Holdsworth Ken Morley Full year 75 112 38
22 Sally Webster Sally Whittaker Full year 73 466 4
23 Angie Freeman Deborah McAndrew Full year 72 87 42
23 Kevin Webster Michael Le Vell Full year 72 567 9
25 Derek Wilton Peter Baldwin Full year 71 306 25
26 Mike Baldwin Johnny Briggs Full year 68 986 7
27 Emily Bishop Eileen Derbyshire Full year 65 1836 18
27 Alf Roberts Bryan Mosley Until June and from November 65 1389 16
29 Rosie Webster Emma Collinge Full year 58 62 43
30 Steph Barnes Amelia Bullmore Until September 56 115 30
31 Andy McDonald Nicholas Cochrane From March 54 117 30
32 Steve McDonald Simon Gregson From March 53 104 35
32 Phyllis Pearce Jill Summers Full year 53 345 25
34 David Tilsley/Platt Thomas Ormson Full year 50 52 45
35 Nicky Tilsley/Platt Warren Jackson March to June and from August 44 331 40
36 Sarah Louise Tilsley/Platt Lynsay King March to June and from August 43 136 41
37 Phil Jennings Tommy Boyle Until July 38 63 39
38 Jackie Ingram/Baldwin Shirin Taylor Until July 32 73 36
39 Tracy Barlow Dawn Acton January, March to May, July to August and December 31 462 21
40 Raquel Wolstenhulme Sarah Lancashire January to May and December 28 28 -
41 Victoria Arden Chloe Newsome July to September and December 23 27 43
42 Kimberley Taylor Suzanne Hall Until February 19 82 34
43 Jenny Bradley Sally Ann Matthews Until March 14 280 33
44 Mark Casey Stuart Wolfenden January and November 13 106 32
45 Mark Redman Michael Bolstridge June only 1 6 -

Production

Gail Tilsley becomes Gail Platt

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.

Viewing figures

Ratings chart for the year

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.

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Part Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(With omnibus)
Chart
Position
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
Leslie Duxbury
Ken Horn 19,950,000 2
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

Storylines

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