The programme marked its 35th anniversary in December with its first purposely written hour-long episode, featuring the surprise wedding of Curly Watts and Raquel Wolstenhulme (previous hour-long episodes were made as single episodes which were edited together for scheduling purposes). Curly and Raquel's honeymoon aboard the QE2 was unseen on the main programme but served as the basis of its first straight-to-video spin-off, released under the title Coronation Street - The Feature Length Special. The video also starred Barbara Knox and Thelma Barlow, with Rita Sullivan and Mavis Wilton ending up on the same cruise at the Watts, and featured an appearance by Roy Barraclough as Alec Gilroy. Meant as an optional bonus for viewers, offering them a chance to see familiar characters in a more exotic locale, the special had a self-contained plot which was teased in the main programme but was not required viewing to follow current storylines.
After 25 years playing Rovers barmaid and landlady Bet Lynch, Julie Goodyear decided to move on from the programme. Goodyear's exit storyline saw brewery Newton & Ridley sell the Rovers Return, and Bet quietly leave Weatherfield for an uncertain future after failing to convince Rita and Vicky McDonald to fund her takeover of the pub. The Rovers was bought over by Jack and Vera Duckworth, using their £30,000 inheritance following the deaths of Jack's brother Clifford and sister-in-law Elsie and the sale of 9 Coronation Street. The Rovers becoming a free house brought an end to 35 years of brewery-related storylines, and led to more frequent changes of landlords. Meanwhile, No.9 was bought by Gary and Judy Mallett, a new young couple played by Ian Mercer and Gaynor Faye.
Ken Morley also quit, after six years playing Reg Holdsworth. The door was kept open for Morley, with Reg working away in Lowestoft and maintaining an off-screen presence until April 1996 when he ran off with wages clerk Yvonne Bannister. Curly Watts became the new manager of Firman's Freezers, which had first appeared as a continuing location in February. Although not seen as often as Bettabuy had been in the earlier part of the decade, Firman's served the same role in being the main workplace which wasn't part of Granada's backlot. Other staff members included Anne Malone, played by Eve Steele who joined the main cast in September.
Another setting introduced this year which was similarly shot on location was 5 Crimea Street, a large Victorian house converted into flats and owned by Mike Baldwin. With Anne Kirkbride well enough to return to a full-time role, Deirdre Rachid's husband Samir was killed off. The attack itself was not seen, but viewers were left to assume that Samir had been beaten up by a gang while walking to Weatherfield General to donate a kidney to Tracy Barlow, who was on dialysis after taking bad ecstasy. The storyline also marked the departure of Dawn Acton from the regular cast, although she returned for short stints as Tracy in 1996, 1997 and 1999. Deirdre was subsequently offered a flat and the job of caretaker at 5 Crimea Street by Mike. One of the tenants was Roy Cropper, who was introduced as a creepy loner who hung around Deirdre. When David Neilson was asked back full-time, the darker elements of Roy's character were removed, establishing him as a harmless eccentric.
Ivy Brennan suffered a fatal stroke, 17 months after Lynne Perrie's last appearance. In order to claim No.5 as his inheritance, Nick Platt had to change his surname back to Tilsley. Don's new partner Josie Clarke was played by Ellie Haddington, who joined the cast in January. Helene Palmer returned as Ida Clough for Ivy's funeral.
Other new cast members included Tracy Shaw as hairdresser Maxine Heavey, Lee Warburton as mechanic Tony Horrocks, Lewis Harney as Daniel Osbourne, newborn son of Ken Barlow and Denise Osbourne, Frank Mills as Billy Williams, who wed Betty Turpin in October and, for two episodes, Steven Arnold as helium-voiced butcher Ashley Peacock. Meanwhile, Tracy Brabin and Joseph Gilgun as Tricia and Jamie Armstrong were made regulars, Peter Armitage returned as Bill Webster after ten years, and Roy Barraclough, Bill Kenwright and Amelia Bullmore made short returns as Alec Gilroy, Gordon Clegg and Steph Barnes respectively, the latter making her final appearances in the role. Lastly, Sally Whittaker was absent for three months between March and June due to maternity leave.
A small change was made to the title sequence following Episode 3819. The last shot, which featured a dog frantically running up the length of the Street appeared for the last time in that episode. From the next episode onwards (and many beforehand), a differing number of shots of activity in the Street closed the sequence and if the opening scene was set on the Street, then the title caption appeared over the start of that scene.
For the fourth year in a row, Coronation Street sat atop the charts on most weeks of the year. 44 episodes reached number one, down from 46 in 1994, and for the third year in a row no episodes fell outside the top twenty. The highest-rated episode was Episode 3802 on 9th January, which saw Curly Watts fight Des Barnes after Des convinced Raquel Wolstenhulme to break her engagement with Curly. 19.44 million viewers either watched the episode on original transmission or saw it as part of the omnibus.
Overall, ratings declined by the same factor as in 1994. The average (aggregated) was 16.07 million viewers, a drop of 366k on the previous year. All months except October and December were down, with the biggest drops (of a million viewers) occurring in March, May and August.
The first hour-long Christmas special was shown at 6:30pm on 25th December, gaining an aggregated audience of 12.78 million viewers and charting at 13th place for the week. From 1997 onwards, an hour-long episode of Coronation Street was shown every Christmas Day.
|1||3799||Monday 2nd January||Barry Hill||Brian Mills||18,150,000||3|
|2||3800||Wednesday 4th January||Martin Allen||Brian Mills||18,620,000||2|
|3||3801||Friday 6th January||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Brian Mills||18,870,000||1|
|4||3802||Monday 9th January||Tom Elliott||Kay Patrick||19,440,000||1|
|5||3803||Wednesday 11th January||Stephen Lowe||Kay Patrick||18,450,000||2|
|6||3804||Friday 13th January||Peter Whalley||Kay Patrick||17,820,000||3|
|7||3805||Monday 16th January||John Stevenson||Michael Kerrigan||18,530,000||1|
|8||3806||Wednesday 18th January||Martin Allen||Michael Kerrigan||17,070,000||3|
|9||3807||Friday 20th January||Julian Roach||Michael Kerrigan||18,160,000||2|
|10||3808||Monday 23rd January||Sally Wainwright||John Michael Phillips||18,590,000||2|
|11||3809||Wednesday 25th January||Stephen Mallatratt||John Michael Phillips||17,880,000||3|
|12||3810||Friday 27th January||Adele Rose||John Michael Phillips||18,980,000||1|
|13||3811||Monday 30th January||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||18,840,000||1|
|14||3812||Wednesday 1st February||Tom Elliott||Brian Mills||17,670,000||3|
|15||3813||Friday 3rd February||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||17,840,000||2|
|16||3814||Monday 6th February||Sally Wainwright||Colin Cant||18,330,000||1|
|17||3815||Wednesday 8th February||Mark Wadlow||Colin Cant||17,200,000||3|
|18||3816||Friday 10th February||Adele Rose||Colin Cant||18,210,000||2|
|19||3817||Monday 13th February||John Stevenson||Michael Kerrigan||18,390,000||1|
|20||3818||Wednesday 15th February||Stephen Lowe||Michael Kerrigan||18,240,000||2|
|21||3819||Friday 17th February||Martin Allen||Michael Kerrigan||18,110,000||3|
|22||3820||Monday 20th February||Martin Allen||John Michael Phillips||17,990,000||2|
|23||3821||Wednesday 22nd February||Stephen Lowe||John Michael Phillips||18,420,000||1|
|24||3822||Friday 24th February||Julian Roach||John Michael Phillips||17,690,000||3|
|25||3823||Monday 27th February||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||18,270,000||1|
|26||3824||Wednesday 1st March||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||17,970,000||2|
|27||3825||Friday 3rd March||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||17,630,000||3|
|28||3826||Monday 6th March||Adele Rose||Colin Cant||17,820,000||1|
|29||3827||Wednesday 8th March||Tom Elliott||Colin Cant||17,050,000||2|
|30||3828||Friday 10th March||Peter Whalley||Colin Cant||16,410,000||4|
|31||3829||Monday 13th March||Stephen Lowe||Michael Kerrigan||18,000,000||2|
|32||3830||Wednesday 15th March||Mark Wadlow||Michael Kerrigan||18,070,000||1|
|33||3831||Friday 17th March||Barry Hill||Michael Kerrigan||14,870,000||7|
|34||3832||Monday 20th March||Peter Whalley||John Michael Phillips||17,510,000||2|
|35||3833||Wednesday 22nd March||Julian Roach||John Michael Phillips|
|36||3834||Friday 24th March||Stephen Mallatratt||Jon Woods||16,930,000||4|
|37||3835||Monday 27th March||Patrea Smallacombe||Brian Mills||17,600,000||1|
|38||3836||Wednesday 29th March||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||16,650,000||2|
|39||3837||Friday 31st March||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||15,890,000||5|
|40||3838||Monday 3rd April||Peter Whalley||Colin Cant||16,700,000||2|
|41||3839||Wednesday 5th April||Barry Hill||Colin Cant||16,850,000||1|
|42||3840||Friday 7th April||Sally Wainwright||Colin Cant||15,770,000||3|
|43||3841||Monday 10th April||Patrea Smallacombe||Penelope Shales||16,270,000||1|
|44||3842||Wednesday 12th April||Stephen Lowe||Penelope Shales||15,730,000||2|
|45||3843||Friday 14th April||Stephen Mallatratt||Penelope Shales||15,110,000||3|
|46||3844||Monday 17th April||Adele Rose||Jon Woods||17,940,000||1|
|47||3845||Wednesday 19th April||Julian Roach||Jon Woods||16,410,000||2|
|48||3846||Friday 21st April||John Stevenson||Jon Woods||15,470,000||3|
|49||3847||Monday 24th April||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,940,000||1|
|50||3848||Wednesday 26th April||Mark Wadlow||Brian Mills||15,440,000||2|
|51||3849||Friday 28th April||Martin Allen||Brian Mills||14,820,000||3|
|52||3850||Monday 1st May||Phil Woods||Colin Cant||14,740,000||1|
|53||3851||Wednesday 3rd May||Adele Rose||Colin Cant||14,100,000||2|
|54||3852||Friday 5th May||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Colin Cant||13,220,000||5|
|55||3853||Monday 8th May||John Stevenson||Penelope Shales||11,610,000||8|
|56||3854||Wednesday 10th May||Stephen Mallatratt||Penelope Shales||13,510,000||4|
|57||3855||Friday 12th May||Julian Roach||Penelope Shales||15,850,000||1|
|58||3856||Monday 15th May||Barry Hill||Jon Woods||15,610,000||2|
|59||3857||Wednesday 17th May||Peter Whalley||Jon Woods||16,150,000||1|
|60||3858||Friday 19th May||Tom Elliott||Jon Woods||14,840,000||3|
|61||3859||Monday 22nd May||Sally Wainwright||Brian Mills||15,300,000||2|
|62||3860||Wednesday 24th May||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||13,350,000||5|
|63||3861||Friday 26th May||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||14,840,000||3|
|64||3862||Monday 29th May||Patrea Smallacombe||Colin Cant||15,120,000||3|
|65||3863||Wednesday 31st May||Stephen Lowe||Colin Cant||14,460,000||4|
|66||3864||Friday 2nd June||Stephen Mallatratt||Colin Cant||15,480,000||1|
|67||3865||Monday 5th June||Stephen Mallatratt||Gareth Morgan||15,170,000||2|
|68||3866||Wednesday 7th June||Adele Rose||Gareth Morgan||15,320,000||1|
|69||3867||Friday 9th June||Peter Whalley||Gareth Morgan||14,600,000||3|
|70||3868||Monday 12th June||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Jon Woods||15,780,000||1|
|71||3869||Wednesday 14th June||Mark Wadlow||Jon Woods||15,530,000||2|
|72||3870||Friday 16th June||Phil Woods||Jon Woods||12,800,000||5|
|73||3871||Monday 19th June||John Stevenson||Mervyn Cumming||15,290,000||1|
|74||3872||Wednesday 21st June||Tom Elliott||Mervyn Cumming||13,750,000||2|
|75||3873||Friday 23rd June||Paul Abbott||Mervyn Cumming||13,110,000||4|
|76||3874||Monday 26th June||Paul Abbott||Kay Patrick||14,020,000||1|
|77||3875||Wednesday 28th June||Patrea Smallacombe||Kay Patrick||13,250,000||2|
|78||3876||Friday 30th June||Tom Elliott||Kay Patrick||12,540,000||4|
|79||3877||Monday 3rd July||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||15,020,000||2|
|80||3878||Wednesday 5th July||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||13,920,000||3|
|81||3879||Friday 7th July||Stephen Mallatratt||Brian Mills||13,630,000||4|
|82||3880||Monday 10th July||Stephen Lowe||Gareth Morgan||14,610,000||1|
|83||3881||Wednesday 12th July||Adele Rose||Gareth Morgan||14,320,000||2|
|84||3882||Friday 14th July||Barry Hill||Gareth Morgan||13,990,000||3|
|85||3883||Monday 17th July||Frank Cottrell Boyce||John Michael Phillips||15,430,000||1|
|86||3884||Wednesday 19th July||Martin Allen||John Michael Phillips||13,930,000||2|
|87||3885||Friday 21st July||Barry Hill||John Michael Phillips||13,540,000||3|
|88||3886||Monday 24th July||Julian Roach||Mervyn Cumming||14,080,000||1|
|89||3887||Wednesday 26th July||Sally Wainwright||Mervyn Cumming||13,980,000||2|
|90||3888||Friday 28th July||Peter Whalley||Mervyn Cumming||13,180,000||3|
|91||3889||Monday 31st July||Stephen Mallatratt||Kay Patrick||14,090,000||1|
|92||3890||Wednesday 2nd August||Adele Rose||Kay Patrick||13,630,000||2|
|93||3891||Friday 4th August||Patrea Smallacombe||Kay Patrick||12,750,000||4|
|94||3892||Monday 7th August||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||14,210,000||1|
|95||3893||Wednesday 9th August||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||13,340,000||2|
|96||3894||Friday 11th August||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||12,660,000||3|
|97||3895||Monday 14th August||John Stevenson||John Michael Phillips||14,020,000||1|
|98||3896||Wednesday 16th August||Martin Allen||John Michael Phillips||13,390,000||2|
|99||3897||Friday 18th August||Mark Wadlow||John Michael Phillips||12,740,000||3|
|100||3898||Monday 21st August||Tom Elliott||Mervyn Cumming||14,020,000||2|
|101||3899||Wednesday 23rd August||Stephen Lowe||Mervyn Cumming||15,170,000||1|
|102||3900||Friday 25th August||Peter Whalley||Mervyn Cumming||13,650,000||3|
|103||3901||Monday 28th August||Peter Whalley||Kay Patrick||14,500,000||2|
|104||3902||Wednesday 30th August||Julian Roach||Kay Patrick||15,420,000||1|
|105||3903||Friday 1st September||John Stevenson||Kay Patrick||14,030,000||5|
|106||3904||Monday 4th September||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||15,720,000||2|
|107||3905||Wednesday 6th September||Tom Elliott||Brian Mills||15,780,000||1|
|108||3906||Friday 8th September||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Brian Mills||15,300,000||4|
|109||3907||Monday 11th September||Patrea Smallacombe||June Howson||14,740,000||5|
|110||3908||Wednesday 13th September||Stephen Mallatratt||June Howson||13,300,000||9|
|111||3909||Friday 15th September||Barry Hill||June Howson||16,200,000||2|
|112||3910||Monday 18th September||Martin Allen||Colin Cant||15,990,000||2|
|113||3911||Wednesday 20th September||Mark Wadlow||Colin Cant||15,920,000||3|
|114||3912||Friday 22nd September||Peter Whalley||Colin Cant||15,510,000||4|
|115||3913||Monday 25th September||Julian Roach||Kay Patrick||16,110,000||3|
|116||3914||Wednesday 27th September||Tom Elliott||Kay Patrick||15,500,000||4|
|117||3915||Friday 29th September||Barry Hill||Kay Patrick||16,400,000||1|
|118||3916||Monday 2nd October||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||16,510,000||3|
|119||3917||Wednesday 4th October||Stephen Lowe||Brian Mills||17,220,000||1|
|120||3918||Friday 6th October||Patrea Smallacombe||Brian Mills||17,220,000||1|
|121||3919||Monday 9th October||Phil Woods||June Howson||17,040,000||1|
|122||3920||Wednesday 11th October||Adele Rose||June Howson||16,870,000||3|
|123||3921||Friday 13th October||Julian Roach||June Howson||16,940,000||2|
|124||3922||Monday 16th October||Stephen Mallatratt||Colin Cant||19,220,000||1|
|125||3923||Wednesday 18th October||Peter Whalley||Colin Cant||16,380,000||4|
|126||3924||Friday 20th October||John Stevenson||Colin Cant||17,560,000||3|
|127||3925||Monday 23rd October||Barry Hill||Kay Patrick||18,170,000||1|
|128||3926||Wednesday 25th October||Sally Wainwright||Kay Patrick||17,740,000||4|
|129||3927||Friday 27th October||Tom Elliott||Kay Patrick||17,940,000||3|
|130||3928||Monday 30th October||Sally Wainwright||Brian Mills||18,060,000||1|
|131||3929||Wednesday 1st November||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||14,620,000||8|
|132||3930||Friday 3rd November||Tom Elliott||Brian Mills||17,530,000||2|
|133||3931||Monday 6th November||Frank Cottrell Boyce||Penelope Shales||17,850,000||3|
|134||3932||Wednesday 8th November||Martin Allen||Penelope Shales||17,870,000||2|
|135||3933||Friday 10th November||Phil Woods||Penelope Shales||17,770,000||4|
|136||3934||Monday 13th November||John Stevenson||Jon Woods||17,090,000||4|
|137||3935||Wednesday 15th November||Peter Whalley||Jon Woods||17,300,000||3|
|138||3936||Friday 17th November||Adele Rose||Jon Woods||17,660,000||2|
|139||3937||Monday 20th November||Frank Cottrell Boyce||John Michael Phillips||17,770,000||2|
|140||3938||Wednesday 22nd November||Adele Rose||John Michael Phillips||15,460,000||6|
|141||3939||Friday 24th November||Sally Wainwright||John Michael Phillips||15,470,000||5|
|142||3940||Monday 27th November||Barry Hill||Kay Patrick||17,120,000||1|
|143||3941||Wednesday 29th November||Julian Roach||Kay Patrick||16,880,000||2|
|144||3942||Friday 1st December||Martin Allen||Kay Patrick||16,500,000||4|
|145||3943||Monday 4th December||Mark Wadlow||Penelope Shales||17,720,000||2|
|146||3944||Wednesday 6th December||Tom Elliott||Penelope Shales||14,200,000||7|
|147||3945||Friday 8th December||John Stevenson||Penelope Shales||19,420,000||1|
|148||3946||Monday 11th December||Barry Hill||Jon Woods||18,190,000||1|
|149||3947||Wednesday 13th December||Adele Rose||Jon Woods||16,860,000||2|
|150||3948||Friday 15th December||Stephen Mallatratt||Jon Woods||16,620,000||3|
|151||3949||Monday 18th December||Patrea Smallacombe||John Michael Phillips||17,400,000||1|
|152||3950||Wednesday 20th December||Martin Allen||John Michael Phillips||17,300,000||2|
|153||3951||Friday 22nd December||Peter Whalley||John Michael Phillips||17,120,000||3|
|154||3952||Monday 25th December||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||12,780,000||13|
|155||3953||Wednesday 27th December||Tom Elliott||Brian Mills||17,550,000||2|
|156||3954||Friday 29th December||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||16,620,000||3|
Who lives where
- Rovers Return Inn - Bet Gilroy (until October). Vicky Arden (until July). Raquel Wolstenhulme (until December). Rodney Bostock (March only). Ken Barlow (from April to May). Bill Webster (from August to November)
- 1 Coronation Street - Tricia and Jamie Armstrong (from January to July). Ken Barlow. Denise and Daniel Osbourne (from July onwards).
- 2a Coronation Street - Denise Osbourne (until July). Daniel Osbourne (from January to July). Empty thereafter
- 3 Coronation Street - Emily Bishop. Percy Sugden (except September).
- 4 Coronation Street - Derek and Mavis Wilton.
- 5 Coronation Street - Don Brennan. Josie Clarke (from July onwards).
- 6 Coronation Street - Des Barnes. Andy McDonald (from May onwards).
- 7 Coronation Street - Curly Watts. Percy Sugden (September only). Raquel Watts (from December onwards).
- 8 Coronation Street - Martin, Gail, Sarah Louise and David Platt. Nicky Platt/Tilsley.
- 9 Coronation Street - Jack and Vera Duckworth (until November). Clifford Duckworth (until January). Gary and Judy Mallett (from November onwards).
- 10a Coronation Street - Rita Sullivan.
- 11 Coronation Street - Jim and Liz McDonald. Andy McDonald (until May). Deirdre Rachid (from May to July). Samir Rachid (from May to June). Steve McDonald (from July to October).
- 12 Coronation Street - Ken Barlow (until April, then from May to July). Deirdre and Samir Rachid (May only). Tracy Barlow (May only).
- 13 Coronation Street - Kevin, Sally, Rosie and Sophie Webster. Bill Webster (from July to August).
- Jim's Cafe flat - Fiona Middleton (from March onwards). Steve McDonald (from March to June). Maxine Heavey (from July onwards).
- 5 Crimea Street - Deirdre Rachid (from July onwards). Tricia and Jamie Armstrong (from July onwards). Roy Cropper (from July onwards). Bill Webster (from December onwards).
- 2 Douglas Road - Maxine Heavey (until June).
- 4 Gorton Close - Phyllis Pearce.
- 5 Grasmere Drive - Alf and Audrey Roberts.
- 37 Hillside Crescent - Betty Turpin.
- No. 4 Montreal House, Weatherfield Quays - Mike and Alma Baldwin.
- No. 6 Montreal House, Weatherfield Quays - Steve McDonald (until March, and from October onwards). Vicky McDonald (from October onwards).
- 7 Nightingale Street - Maud Grimes. Reg Holdsworth (until November). Maureen Holdsworth.
- 23 Seymour Drive, Oakhill - Fred Elliott.
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