Carolyn Reynolds's last three episodes as producer were shown in January. Tony Wood, who would later produce Coronation Street from 2004 to 2006, served as a short-term replacement until Sue Pritchard took over the position beginning with Episode 3650 on 24th January. Reynolds remained with the programme as its executive producer. For the first time, both Coronation Street's producer and executive producer were women.
Writers had struggled with the character of Ivy Brennan for a number of years, leading to Ivy being led down, according to Carolyn Reynolds, "very narrow routes in terms of stories" (The Coronation Street Story, 1995). In consideration of Lynne Perrie's personal issues, including a drinking problem, Reynolds decided to dismiss Perrie from her role after 23 years. Tabloids speculated that the true reason for the sacking was that the producers were angered when Perrie dramatically changed her appearance with cosmetic surgery, getting collagen implants to create fuller lips. However, in contemporary and subsequent interviews Perrie and Reynolds denied this was a factor in her dismissal. Ivy wasn't given an exit, and left Weatherfield for a religious retreat four months after her last appearance in March.
Bettabuy was phased out, making its final appearance in October when manager Curly Watts was confronted with a file of sexual harassment claims against him and fired. It was replaced as a continuing supermarket setting by Firman's Freezers the following year.
Location shooting took place in Normandy as Percy Sugden, Maud Grimes and Maureen Holdsworth visited the soldiers' graves on the fiftieth anniversary of D-Day. Two months later, Weatherfield's twin town Charleville made its only appearance in the programme, although no shooting in France took place to stand in for the fictional town. On the continent for a pudding contest, the mayor and mayoress Alf and Audrey Roberts were accompanied by Fred Elliott, with John Savident making his first appearance as the vain, overweight butcher.
Other actors joining the programme in 1994 included Malcolm Hebden as Norris Cole, whose initial role as the recurring nemesis of Derek Wilton continued until 1997, Ashleigh Middleton as Sophie Webster, Kevin and Sally Webster's second-born, and Tracy Brabin and Joseph Gilgun as single mother Tricia Armstrong and her mischievous 10-year-old son Jamie. Meanwhile, exits other than Lynne Perrie's included Eva Pope and John St. Ryan as Tanya Pooley and Charlie Whelan.
Anne Kirkbride returned in May after her successful treatment for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Her first storyline upon her return saw Deirdre Barlow find love with 21-year-old Moroccan waiter Samir Rachid, with Al Nedjari joining the cast three days after leaving drama school. Dawn Acton also returned as Tracy Barlow in September after a nine-month absence, while Jill Summers returned in December after a year away.
The second hour-long edition of Coronation Street was shown on 18th April. As with Episode 3406 on 6th July 1992, it was made as two separate episodes which were shown together to dent BBC One's 8.00pm offering. On 11th April, EastEnders had launched its third weekly episode, transmitted on Mondays at 8.00pm, causing ITV to employ scheduling tactics similar to those used when Eldorado began two years earlier. For the first time, Coronation Street and EastEnders were shown head-to-head (albeit with Coronation Street having a 30-minute head-start). The resulting ratings for the sections of the episodes shown opposite each other were 14.9 million viewers for Coronation Street and 8.1 million viewers for EastEnders.
Again, only omnibus figures are available for this year. Ratings fell for the second year in a row, although the average of 16.44 million viewers represented a drop of only 2.2% on 1993, compared with 1993's drop of 8.3% on 1992. Ratings were broadly in line with 1993 except in January and February when they were down by over a million viewers. June to October saw small increases on the same months in 1993.
The most-watched episode of the year was Episode 3659 on 14th February with 19.68 million viewers. This was the first year since the launch of the omnibus that Coronation Street didn't cross twenty million viewers. 46 episodes reached number one in the ratings, a drop of five from 1993.
|1||3641||Monday 3rd January||Barry Hill||Jeremy Summers||16,300,000||7|
|2||3642||Wednesday 5th January||Martin Allen||Jeremy Summers||17,700,000||2|
|3||3643||Friday 7th January||Stephen Mallatratt||Jeremy Summers||19,310,000||1|
|4||3644||Monday 10th January||John Stevenson||David Penn||19,040,000||2|
|5||3645||Wednesday 12th January||Adele Rose||David Penn||17,710,000||3|
|6||3646||Friday 14th January||Peter Whalley||David Penn||19,430,000||1|
|7||3647||Monday 17th January||Peter Whalley||Romey Allison||19,070,000||1|
|8||3648||Wednesday 19th January||Barry Hill||Romey Allison||17,160,000||3|
|9||3649||Friday 21st January||Phil Woods||Romey Allison||18,530,000||2|
|10||3650||Monday 24th January||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||18,950,000||2|
|11||3651||Wednesday 26th January||Mark Wadlow||Brian Mills||19,310,000||1|
|12||3652||Friday 28th January||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||18,620,000||3|
|13||3653||Monday 31st January||Stephen Mallatratt||Jeremy Summers||18,840,000||1|
|14||3654||Wednesday 2nd February||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Jeremy Summers||17,990,000||3|
|15||3655||Friday 4th February||John Stevenson||Jeremy Summers||18,420,000||2|
|16||3656||Monday 7th February||Mark Wadlow||Nicholas Ferguson||18,780,000||1|
|17||3657||Wednesday 9th February||Adele Rose||Nicholas Ferguson||16,850,000||3|
|18||3658||Friday 11th February||Peter Whalley||Robert Khodadad||18,610,000||2|
|19||3659||Monday 14th February||Tom Elliott||Romey Allison||19,680,000||1|
|20||3660||Wednesday 16th February||Julian Roach||Romey Allison||17,590,000||2|
|21||3661||Friday 18th February||Patrea Smallacombe||Romey Allison||16,360,000||5|
|22||3662||Monday 21st February||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||18,590,000||2|
|23||3663||Wednesday 23rd February||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||17,490,000||4|
|24||3664||Friday 25th February||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||18,140,000||3|
|25||3665||Monday 28th February||Phil Woods||Jeremy Summers||17,990,000||3|
|26||3666||Wednesday 2nd March||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Jeremy Summers||18,120,000||2|
|27||3667||Friday 4th March||Paul Abbott||Jeremy Summers||18,160,000||1|
|28||3668||Monday 7th March||Patrea Smallacombe||Robert Khodadad||18,610,000||1|
|29||3669||Wednesday 9th March||Peter Whalley||Robert Khodadad||18,550,000||2|
|30||3670||Friday 11th March||John Stevenson||Robert Khodadad||17,960,000||3|
|31||3671||Monday 14th March||Stephen Mallatratt||Charles Lauder||18,660,000||1|
|32||3672||Wednesday 16th March||Adele Rose||Charles Lauder||17,990,000||3|
|33||3673||Friday 18th March||Tom Elliott||Charles Lauder||18,540,000||2|
|34||3674||Monday 21st March||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||18,720,000||1|
|35||3675||Wednesday 23rd March||Martin Allen||Brian Mills||18,710,000||2|
|36||3676||Friday 25th March||Mark Wadlow||Brian Mills||17,360,000||3|
|37||3677||Monday 28th March||Julian Roach||Julian Farino||17,780,000||1|
|38||3678||Wednesday 30th March||John Stevenson||Julian Farino||16,980,000||2|
|39||3679||Friday 1st April||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Julian Farino||14,120,000||3|
|40||3680||Monday 4th April||Peter Whalley||Robert Khodadad||17,510,000||3|
|41||3681||Wednesday 6th April||Barry Hill||Robert Khodadad||17,780,000||1|
|42||3682||Friday 8th April||Phil Woods||Robert Khodadad||17,620,000||2|
|43||3683||Monday 11th April||Martin Allen||Charles Lauder||16,060,000||4|
|44||3684||Wednesday 13th April||Barry Hill||Charles Lauder||16,720,000||2|
|45||3685||Friday 15th April||Stephen Mallatratt||Charles Lauder||17,100,000||1|
|46||3686||Monday 18th April||Julian Roach|
|47||3688||Wednesday 20th April||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||17,640,000||1|
|48||3689||Friday 22nd April||Mark Wadlow||Julian Farino||16,400,000||2|
|49||3690||Monday 25th April||Peter Whalley||Julian Farino||17,160,000||1|
|50||3691||Wednesday 27th April||Peter Whalley||Julian Farino||13,330,000||5|
|51||3692||Friday 29th April||Stephen Mallatratt||Robert Khodadad||14,670,000||2|
|52||3693||Monday 2nd May||Ken Blakeson||Robert Khodadad||13,240,000||6|
|53||3694||Wednesday 4th May||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Robert Khodadad||13,660,000||5|
|54||3695||Friday 6th May||Barry Hill||David Penn||15,740,000||1|
|55||3696||Monday 9th May||Peter Whalley||David Penn||15,350,000||2|
|56||3697||Wednesday 11th May||Phil Woods||David Penn||16,380,000||1|
|57||3698||Friday 13th May||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||15,270,000||3|
|58||3699||Monday 16th May||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||16,520,000||1|
|59||3700||Wednesday 18th May||Tom Elliott||Brian Mills||14,890,000||3|
|60||3701||Friday 20th May||Tom Elliott||Julian Farino||16,110,000||2|
|61||3702||Monday 23rd May||Patrea Smallacombe||Julian Farino||16,340,000||2|
|62||3703||Wednesday 25th May||Stephen Mallatratt||Julian Farino||16,420,000||1|
|63||3704||Friday 27th May||Martin Allen||Robert Khodadad||15,550,000||3|
|64||3705||Monday 30th May||Ken Blakeson||Robert Khodadad||15,320,000||3|
|65||3706||Wednesday 1st June||Barry Hill||Robert Khodadad||16,160,000||2|
|66||3707||Friday 3rd June||John Stevenson||David Penn||16,430,000||1|
|67||3708||Monday 6th June||Julian Roach||David Penn||14,960,000||2|
|68||3709||Wednesday 8th June||Peter Whalley||David Penn||16,230,000||1|
|69||3710||Friday 10th June||Stephen Mallatratt||Michael Kerrigan||14,720,000||3|
|70||3711||Monday 13th June||Mark Wadlow||Michael Kerrigan||14,200,000||2|
|71||3712||Wednesday 15th June||Patrea Smallacombe||Michael Kerrigan||15,100,000||1|
|72||3713||Friday 17th June||Phil Woods||Gareth Morgan||13,030,000||4|
|73||3714||Monday 20th June||Stephen Lowe||Gareth Morgan||14,770,000||2|
|74||3715||Wednesday 22nd June||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Gareth Morgan||13,940,000||3|
|75||3716||Friday 24th June||Adele Rose||Robert Khodadad||15,090,000||1|
|76||3717||Monday 27th June||Peter Whalley||Robert Khodadad||13,890,000||3|
|77||3718||Wednesday 29th June||John Stevenson||Robert Khodadad||16,530,000||1|
|78||3719||Friday 1st July||Julian Roach||David Penn||15,300,000||2|
|79||3720||Monday 4th July||Patrea Smallacombe||David Penn|
|80||3721||Wednesday 6th July||Barry Hill||David Penn|
|81||3722||Friday 8th July||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Brian Mills|
|82||3723||Monday 11th July||John Stevenson||Brian Mills|
|83||3724||Wednesday 13th July||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills|
|84||3725||Friday 15th July||Adele Rose||Michael Kerrigan|
|85||3726||Monday 18th July||Martin Allen||Michael Kerrigan||15,500,000||1|
|86||3727||Wednesday 20th July||Stephen Mallatratt||Michael Kerrigan|
|87||3728||Friday 22nd July||Stephen Mallatratt||Gareth Morgan||13,710,000||3|
|88||3729||Monday 25th July||Phil Woods||Gareth Morgan||15,340,000||1|
|89||3730||Wednesday 27th July||Peter Whalley||Gareth Morgan||14,820,000||2|
|90||3731||Friday 29th July||Mark Wadlow||Mervyn Cumming||13,570,000||3|
|91||3732||Monday 1st August||Adele Rose||Mervyn Cumming||15,830,000||1|
|92||3733||Wednesday 3rd August||Martin Allen||Mervyn Cumming||15,090,000||2|
|93||3734||Friday 5th August||John Stevenson||John Michael Phillips||13,690,000||3|
|94||3735||Monday 8th August||Patrea Smallacombe||John Michael Phillips||14,980,000||2|
|95||3736||Wednesday 10th August||Barry Hill||John Michael Phillips||16,770,000||1|
|96||3737||Friday 12th August||Mark Wadlow||Brian Mills||14,220,000||3|
|97||3738||Monday 15th August||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||14,950,000||2|
|98||3739||Wednesday 17th August||Martin Allen||Brian Mills||15,920,000||1|
|99||3740||Friday 19th August||Stephen Lowe||Brian Mills||13,720,000||3|
|100||3741||Monday 22nd August||Phil Woods||Gareth Morgan||15,090,000||2|
|101||3742||Wednesday 24th August||Adele Rose||Simon Massey||15,830,000||1|
|102||3743||Friday 26th August||Stephen Mallatratt||Simon Massey||12,840,000||3|
|103||3744||Monday 29th August||Stephen Mallatratt||Mervyn Cumming||14,770,000||4|
|104||3745||Wednesday 31st August||John Stevenson||Mervyn Cumming||16,350,000||1|
|105||3746||Friday 2nd September||Barry Hill||Mervyn Cumming||14,470,000||5|
|106||3747||Monday 5th September||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Michael Owen Morris||15,840,000||1|
|107||3748||Wednesday 7th September||Barry Hill||Michael Owen Morris||13,710,000||5|
|108||3749||Friday 9th September||Stephen Lowe||Michael Owen Morris||15,710,000||2|
|109||3750||Monday 12th September||Mark Wadlow||Brian Mills||16,260,000||1|
|110||3751||Wednesday 14th September||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||15,330,000||4|
|111||3752||Friday 16th September||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||16,070,000||2|
|112||3753||Monday 19th September||John Stevenson||Simon Massey||17,490,000||1|
|113||3754||Wednesday 21st September||Patrea Smallacombe||Simon Massey||16,380,000||3|
|114||3755||Friday 23rd September||Peter Whalley||Simon Massey||16,640,000||2|
|115||3756||Monday 26th September||Patrea Smallacombe||Mervyn Cumming||17,320,000||1|
|116||3757||Wednesday 28th September||Martin Allen||Mervyn Cumming||15,580,000||4|
|117||3758||Friday 30th September||Peter Whalley||Mervyn Cumming||16,340,000||3|
|118||3759||Monday 3rd October||Sally Wainwright||Michael Owen Morris||17,440,000||1|
|119||3760||Wednesday 5th October||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Michael Owen Morris||16,460,000||2|
|120||3761||Friday 7th October||Stephen Mallatratt||Michael Owen Morris||16,290,000||3|
|121||3762||Monday 10th October||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||16,620,000||2|
|122||3763||Wednesday 12th October||Stephen Lowe||Brian Mills||17,400,000||1|
|123||3764||Friday 14th October||Stephen Lowe||Brian Mills||16,480,000||3|
|124||3765||Monday 17th October||Stephen Mallatratt||Simon Massey||17,280,000||1|
|125||3766||Wednesday 19th October||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Simon Massey||16,780,000||3|
|126||3767||Friday 21st October||Phil Woods||Simon Massey||17,220,000||2|
|127||3768||Monday 24th October||Adele Rose||John Gorrie||17,830,000||3|
|128||3769||Wednesday 26th October||Martin Allen||John Gorrie||17,020,000||5|
|129||3770||Friday 28th October||John Stevenson||John Gorrie||17,370,000||4|
|130||3771||Monday 31st October||Barry Hill||Michael Owen Morris||16,850,000||4|
|131||3772||Wednesday 2nd November||Stephen Lowe||Michael Owen Morris||14,590,000||8|
|132||3773||Friday 4th November||Peter Whalley||Michael Owen Morris||17,050,000||3|
|133||3774||Monday 7th November||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||18,100,000||2|
|134||3775||Wednesday 9th November||Patrea Smallacombe||Brian Mills||18,810,000||1|
|135||3776||Friday 11th November||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||17,400,000||4|
|136||3777||Monday 14th November||Ken Blakeson||Simon Massey||17,510,000||4|
|137||3778||Wednesday 16th November||Barry Hill||Simon Massey||17,580,000||3|
|138||3779||Friday 18th November||Mark Wadlow||Simon Massey||17,140,000||6|
|139||3780||Monday 21st November||Stephen Lowe||John Gorrie||17,500,000||2|
|140||3781||Wednesday 23rd November||Frank Cottrell Boyce||John Gorrie||14,920,000||9|
|141||3782||Friday 25th November||Adele Rose||John Gorrie||17,060,000||4|
|142||3783||Monday 28th November||Barry Hill||Tim Dowd||17,600,000||2|
|143||3784||Wednesday 30th November||Patrea Smallacombe||Tim Dowd||17,650,000||1|
|144||3785||Friday 2nd December||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Tim Dowd||16,840,000||3|
|145||3786||Monday 5th December||Mark Wadlow||Brian Mills||17,500,000||1|
|146||3787||Wednesday 7th December||Ken Blakeson||Brian Mills||15,120,000||10|
|147||3788||Friday 9th December||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,670,000||3|
|148||3789||Monday 12th December||Sally Wainwright||Kay Patrick||17,500,000||1|
|149||3790||Wednesday 14th December||John Stevenson||Kay Patrick||16,340,000||3|
|150||3791||Friday 16th December||Adele Rose||Kay Patrick||16,350,000||2|
|151||3792||Monday 19th December||Adele Rose||Michael Kerrigan||17,680,000||1|
|152||3793||Wednesday 21st December||Sally Wainwright||Michael Kerrigan||16,480,000||3|
|153||3794||Friday 23rd December||Tom Elliott||Michael Kerrigan||17,610,000||2|
|154||3795||Sunday 25th December||John Stevenson||Tim Dowd||12,380,000||18|
|155||3796||Monday 26th December||Peter Whalley||Tim Dowd||12,530,000||16|
|156||3797||Wednesday 28th December||Patrea Smallacombe||Tim Dowd||15,430,000||4|
|157||3798||Friday 30th December||Phil Woods||Tim Dowd||17,150,000||2|
Who lives where
- Rovers Return Inn - Bet Gilroy and Vicky Arden. Raquel Wolstenhulme (until March and from June onwards). Charlie Whelan (from July to October).
- 1 Coronation Street - Deirdre Barlow. Samir Rachid (from August to December).
- 2a Coronation Street - Denise Osbourne.
- 3 Coronation Street - Emily Bishop and Percy Sugden
- 4 Coronation Street - Derek and Mavis Wilton. Norris Cole (March only).
- 5 Coronation Street - Ivy Brennan (until June). Don Brennan. Nicky Platt (From August to December).
- 6 Coronation Street - Des Barnes. Raquel Wolstenhulme (from March to June). Steve McDonald (from July to September)
- 7 Coronation Street - Curly Watts. Andy McDonald (until September). Steve McDonald (from June to July).
- 8 Coronation Street - Martin, Gail, Sarah Louise and David Platt. Nicky Platt (until August and from December onwards).
- 9 Coronation Street - Jack and Vera Duckworth. Clifford Duckworth (December onwards).
- 10a Coronation Street - Rita Sullivan.
- 11 Coronation Street - Jim McDonald. Liz McDonald (from January onwards). Andy McDonald (from September onwards). Steve McDonald (from January to June).
- 12 Coronation Street - Reg Holdsworth (until January and from February to March). Maureen Holdsworth (from February to March). Ken Barlow (July onwards).
- 13 Coronation Street - Kevin, Sally and Rosie Webster. Sophie Webster (from November onwards).
- Corner Shop flat - Ken Barlow (until July).
- 37 Hillside Crescent - Betty Turpin.
- No. 4 Montreal House, Weatherfield Quays - Mike Baldwin
- No. 6 Montreal House, Weatherfield Quays - Steve McDonald (from September onwards).
- 4 Gorton Close - Phyllis Pearce.
- 5 Grasmere Drive - Alf and Audrey Roberts.
- 7 Nightingale Street - Maud Grimes. Maureen Holdsworth (until February and from March onwards). Reg Holdsworth (from January to February and from March onwards).
- 23 Seymour Drive, Oakhill - Fred Elliott.
- The Queens - Liz and Steve McDonald (until January).
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