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1994 was Coronation Street's thirty-fifth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1 Gail Platt Helen Worth Full year 117 1412 6
2 Raquel Wolstenhulme Sarah Lancashire Full year 114 366 4
3 Rita Sullivan Barbara Knox Full year 110 1703 11
3 Curly Watts Kevin Kennedy Full year 110 837 2
5 Mavis Wilton Thelma Barlow Full year 104 1537 6
6 Alma Baldwin Amanda Barrie Full year 103 559 11
7 Maureen Naylor/Holdsworth Sherrie Hewson Full year 100 166 29
8 Bet Gilroy Julie Goodyear Full year 94 1907 20
8 Liz McDonald Beverley Callard Full year 94 493 5
10 Ken Barlow William Roache Full year 92 2341 21
10 Des Barnes Philip Middlemiss Full year 92 404 19
10 Tanya Pooley Eva Pope Until September 92 143 35
13 Reg Holdsworth Ken Morley Full year 91 339 22
13 Steve McDonald Simon Gregson Full year 91 364 14
15 Denise Osbourne Denise Black Full year 87 178 18
16 Mike Baldwin Johnny Briggs Full year 86 1220 24
16 Derek Wilton Peter Baldwin Full year 86 559 32
18 Betty Turpin Betty Driver Full year 84 1800 22
19 Maud Grimes Elizabeth Bradley Full year 83 99 45
19 Audrey Roberts Sue Nicholls Full year 83 796 9
21 Vera Duckworth Elizabeth Dawn Full year 81 1142 16
22 Jack Duckworth William Tarmey Full year 80 1023 1
22 Jim McDonald Charles Lawson Full year 80 442 6
24 Emily Bishop Eileen Derbyshire Full year 79 2067 14
24 Andy McDonald Nicholas Cochrane Full year 79 330 25
24 Percy Sugden Bill Waddington Full year 79 799 26
27 Martin Platt Sean Wilson Full year 77 621 37
28 Kevin Webster Michael Le Vell Full year 73 801 13
29 Fiona Middleton Angela Griffin Full year 72 108 41
30 Don Brennan Geoff Hinsliff Full year 69 510 26
31 Sally Webster Sally Whittaker Full year 67 670 16
32 Deirdre Barlow/Rachid Anne Kirkbride From May 63 1497 3
32 Alf Roberts Bryan Mosley Full year 63 1605 9
34 Charlie Whelan John St. Ryan Until October 57 59 49
35 David Platt Thomas Ormson Full year 55 233 38
36 Nicky/Nick Platt Warren Jackson Full year 54 485 40
37 Rosie Webster Emma Collinge Full year 49 214 30
38 Sarah Louise Platt Lynsay King Full year 42 274 44
38 Samir Rachid Al Nedjari From August 42 42 -
40 Vicky Arden Chloe Newsome Full year 28 115 43
41 Ivy Brennan Lynne Perrie Until March 19 1167 33
41 Norris Cole Malcolm Hebden March to April and October to November 19 19 -
43 Sean Skinner Terence Hillyer From August 16 16 -
44 Mark Redman Chris Cook January, April and August 12 62 42
45 Tracy Barlow Dawn Acton From September 9 552 34
46 Tricia Armstrong Tracy Brabin March only 6 6 -
47 Tommy Duckworth Darryl Edwards July only 5 102 26
47 Fred Elliott John Savident August to September 5 5 -
47 Sophie Webster Ashleigh Middleton From November 5 5 -
50 Phyllis Pearce Jill Summers December only 2 459 36
50 Jamie Armstrong Joseph Gilgun March only 2 2 -

Production

Reg and Maureen make it to the altar

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.

Viewing figures

Ratings chart for the year

The second hour-long edition of Coronation Street was shown on 18th April. As with Episode 3406/7 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.

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(With omnibus)
Chart
Position
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 3686/7 Monday 18th April Julian Roach
John Stevenson
Brian Mills 16,360,000 3
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
Mervyn Cumming
16,690,000 1
80 3721 Wednesday 6th July Barry Hill David Penn
Mervyn Cumming
15,920,000 2
81 3722 Friday 8th July Frank Cottrell Boyce Brian Mills
Mervyn Cumming
14,960,000 3
82 3723 Monday 11th July John Stevenson Brian Mills
Mervyn Cumming
14,950,000 1
83 3724 Wednesday 13th July Peter Whalley Brian Mills
Mervyn Cumming
14,690,000 2
84 3725 Friday 15th July Adele Rose Michael Kerrigan
Mervyn Cumming
13,930,000 3
85 3726 Monday 18th July Martin Allen Michael Kerrigan 15,500,000 1
86 3727 Wednesday 20th July Stephen Mallatratt Michael Kerrigan
Mervyn Cumming
14,150,000 2
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

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