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1995 was Coronation Street's thirty-sixth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1 Fiona Middleton Angela Griffin Full year 109 217 28
2 Vera Duckworth Elizabeth Dawn Full year 108 1250 21
3 Jim McDonald Charles Lawson Full year 106 547 22
4 Gail Platt Helen Worth Full year 104 1515 1
5 Des Barnes Philip Middlemiss Full year 103 507 10
6 Steve McDonald Simon Gregson Full year 102 465 11
7 Raquel Wolstenhulme/Watts Sarah Lancashire Full year 101 466 2
8 Liz McDonald Beverley Callard Full year 100 592 8
9 Jack Duckworth William Tarmey Full year 98 1120 22
10 Betty Turpin/Williams Betty Driver Full year 97 1896 18
11 Ken Barlow William Roache Full year 93 2437 11
12 Alma Baldwin Amanda Barrie Full year 91 649 6
13 Rita Sullivan Barbara Knox Full year 89 1790 4
13 Vicky Arden/McDonald Chloe Newsome Full year 89 204 40
15 Don Brennan Geoff Hinsliff Full year 88 597 30
15 Mavis Wilton Thelma Barlow Full year 88 1624 5
17 Andy McDonald Nicholas Cochrane Full year 86 416 22
18 Martin Platt Sean Wilson Full year 82 702 27
18 Curly Watts Kevin Kennedy Full year 82 918 3
20 Maureen Holdsworth Sherrie Hewson Full year 79 246 7
20 Mike Baldwin Johnny Briggs Full year 79 1299 15
20 Audrey Roberts Sue Nicholls Full year 79 873 19
23 Maud Grimes Elizabeth Bradley Full year 78 176 19
24 Kevin Webster Michael Le Vell Full year 77 877 28
25 Denise Osbourne Denise Black Full year 73 250 15
26 Reg Holdsworth Ken Morley Until November 71 409 11
27 Derek Wilton Peter Baldwin Full year 70 628 15
28 Tricia Armstrong Tracy Brabin From January 64 70 46
28 Percy Sugden Bill Waddington Full year 64 862 25
30 Deirdre Rachid Anne Kirkbride From March 63 1560 32
31 Alf Roberts Bryan Mosley Full year 63 1666 33
32 Bill Webster Peter Armitage From July 61 127 -
33 Emily Bishop Eileen Derbyshire Full year 58 2124 25
34 Bet Gilroy Julie Goodyear Until October 55 1961 8
35 Josie Clarke Ellie Haddington From January 54 54 -
36 Maxine Heavey Tracy Shaw From May 50 50 -
37 Sally Webster Sally Whittaker Until March and from June 49 719 31
38 Nick Platt/Tilsley Warren Jackson Full year 41 526 36
39 Phyllis Pearce Jill Summers Full year 40 498 50
39 Sarah Louise Platt Lynsay King Full year 40 314 38
41 Daniel Osbourne Lewis Harney January, March to July and from October 37 37 -
42 David Platt Thomas Ormson Full year 34 267 35
43 Jamie Armstrong Joseph Gilgun Until August 32 34 50
43 Sophie Webster Ashleigh Middleton Full year 32 37 47
45 Sean Skinner Terence Hillyer Until April and from November 31 47 43
46 Billy Williams Frank Mills May to June and from September 29 29 -
47 Tracy Barlow Dawn Acton Until July 28 580 45
48 Samir Rachid Al Nedjari From April to June 25 67 38
49 Rosie Webster Emma Collinge From March to December 23 237 37
50 Norris Cole Malcolm Hebden January to April, September and December 17 36 41
51 Gary Mallett Ian Mercer From October 16 16 -
52 Judy Mallett Gaynor Faye From October 15 15 -
53 Alec Gilroy Roy Barraclough July to August 11 528 -
53 Tony Horrocks Lee Warburton From November 11 11 -
55 Tommy Duckworth Darryl Edwards April to May and September 10 112 47
56 Steph Barnes Amelia Bullmore September to October 9 130 -
56 Roy Cropper David Neilson July and from November 9 9 -
58 Fred Elliott John Savident February, August and from November 8 13 47
58 Anne Malone Eve Steele From September 8 8 -
60 Gordon Clegg Bill Kenwright September to October 3 98 -
61 Ashley Peacock Steven Arnold February only 2 2 -
62 Ida Clough Helene Palmer August only 1 204 -

Production

1995 cast photo, marking Coronation Street's 35th anniversary

Sue Pritchard spent her second year as Coronation Street's producer, with Carolyn Reynolds continuing as executive producer.

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.

Viewing figures

Ratings chart for the year

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.

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(With omnibus)
Chart
Position
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
Jon Woods
17,440,000 3
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

Storylines

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