New broom sweeps clean
After being the producer since 1994, Sue Pritchard left the programme in January. Executive producer Carolyn Reynolds appointed Brian Park as Pritchard's replacement, in one of her last acts before departing the series herself. Unlike most producers, Park was given a very specific brief by ITV. Since the introduction of the Sunday episode, it had continually rated lower than the rest of the week by several million viewers, dragging Coronation Street's ratings average below that of EastEnders. The fall in ratings was concentrated in the London area, and as such Carlton and LWT threatened to move the programme out of peak viewing hours. Additionally, ITV was concerned about a PR bias against Coronation Street, with The Sun and The Mirror attacking the programme for being old-fashioned compared with EastEnders. Granada took their complaints to heart and instructed Park to target younger viewers, a demographic which was singled out as being uninterested in the programme.
Having not been a regular viewer of Coronation Street since the 1960s, Park was sympathetic to the tabloid press' "fuddy-duddy" impression of it. Upon discovering that writers were reluctant to let go of characters despite not having any storylines for them, Park insisted that they get rid of them. On his first day in the job, he dismissed actors Peter Baldwin, Geoff Hinsliff, Lee Warburton, Emily Aston, Maggie Norris, Nicholas Cochrane, Peter Armitage, Frank Mills, Sherrie Hewson, Anita Carey, and Eve Steele from their parts. Baldwin's axing came as a particular shock to the cast due to his longevity in the role and the popularity of Derek and Mavis Wilton, but Park - who had the job of implementing a decision which in fact preceded his arrival - believed that it was the correct choice as Thelma Barlow had recently given her resignation after wrestling with the idea for the past two years, and it was felt that Derek wouldn't work without her. Derek died of a heart attack following a road rage incident six months before the end of Thelma Barlow's contract, giving viewers the opportunity to see Mavis react to his death and begin to adjust to widowhood. His funeral marked the last appearance of Malcolm Hebden in the recurring part of Derek's nemesis Norris Cole until he was brought back as a main cast member in 1999.
News of Coronation Street's biggest cast cull to date gained an immediate reaction from the press, with Daily Mirror columnist Victor Lewis-Smith describing Park as a "smiling axeman" terrorising the Street. The press attention played into ITV's hands, with Park giving interviews for the The Guardian (and the Manchester Evening News) to explain what he wanted to achieve on the programme: "I'm going to fight tooth and nail not to become the TV equivalent of the heritage trail. I suppose the stately home analogy is correct. We have to keep it going into the next millennium, adapt it and attract younger viewers without losing the old ones and destroying what makes it singular."
Clearing the deadwood
By the time Park's first credited episode was shown on 16th March, viewers had already seen the last of several characters, some of whom were not given on-screen exits; Billy Williams was not seen again after 14th February, and died off-screen of a heart attack in November, Anne Malone left Weatherfield in February after trying to frame Samantha Failsworth for shoplifting, Claire and Becky Palmer left Des Barnes's life after Claire caught Des sans trousers outside No.7, and Tony Horrocks vanished soon after accidentally killing Joyce Smedley with his car.
Having considered quitting a number of times, Geoff Hinsliff felt no bitterness about his sacking. For Don Brennan's exit, the writers crafted a revenge plot which, while on the surface far-fetched, was consistent with the way the character had progressed since Ivy's death. Continuing to wallow in misery and self-pity, Don kidnapped Alma Baldwin in his taxi and tried to gain her sympathy after Mike sold him the garage which went bust under Don's management. The hour-long episode climaxed with a spectacular scene in which Don's cab plunged into the canal with him and Alma inside. After spending six months in Strangeways, Don re-appeared in October, where he escaped and returned to Coronation Street to kill Mike, only to meet a fiery end himself when he drove Mike's car into the viaduct. From this point onwards, stunt sequences such as this because a more regular staple in Coronation Street's storytelling arsenal.
The three remaining axed actors departed later in the year. Maureen Holdsworth ran off to Germany with Bill Webster in October, less than two weeks after marrying Fred Elliott, while Andy McDonald left to make a new life in Barcelona in November. October also marked Thelma Barlow's final appearance as Mavis, as she left Rita's side to run a B&B in Cartmel, as well as Bill Waddington as Percy Sugden. Waddington had complained to the press about the increase in "raunchy" storylines since Park took over and announced his intention to quit. Percy left the street in October to live in a flat at Mayfield Court retirement complex. Meanwhile, after three years playing Tricia Armstrong, Tracy Brabin quit the show. After giving birth to son Brad, Tricia and Jamie Armstrong left Weatherfield with Tricia's new partner Ray Thorpe.
The new generation
In their place came a horde of new characters, including a new family to take over No.5, which had been repossessed from Don Brennan and sold to the council while he was in prison. Les and Janice Battersby, and their teenager daughters Leanne and Toyah, arrived in the street in July. The Battersbys were a new creed of character; loud, obnoxious, thieving, and self-centred, they were referred to in the press as a "problem family", designed to upset the other street residents. For maximum impact, their early storylines showed them at their worst, with Les headbutting Curly Watts when a sleep-deprived Curly threw the girls' CD player out of the window. Anticipating accusations of dragging the programme downmarket (despite the idea for the family preceding him), Park told the Manchester Evening News: "People don't like innovation and change and they have selective memories - they thought the Ogdens were pretty rough at first - but the Battersbys follow in the Ogden's great tradition. After a while, familiarity breeds contempt." The first member of the family to appear was Janice, played by Vicky Entwistle, as a member of Mike Baldwin's workforce.
Other new characters included hunky mechanic Chris Collins played by Matthew Marsden, and Joanne Froggatt as troubled teen Zoe Tattersall. In February, Denise Welch joined the cast as Natalie Horrocks, mother of Tony, who replaced her son as Kevin Webster's partner at the garage. Welch was immediately brought to the forefront of the programme in a storyline which came about when Brian Park noticed that neither Kevin nor Sally Webster had ever had an affair; Park decided that Kevin would find himself in the arms of older woman Natalie. Sally Whittaker took maternity leave during the storyline; upon her return Sophie Webster was recast, with Emma Woodward replacing original actress Ashleigh Middleton.
Actors joining in the latter half of the year included Holly Newman as Natalie's niece Lorraine Brownlow, Martin Hancock as Emily Bishop's eco-warrior nephew and new lodger Geoffrey "Spider" Nugent, and Adam Rickitt as Nick Tilsley, who re-appeared on the programme for Don Brennan's funeral in October. Warren Jackson had planned to come back as Nick after completing his GCSEs, but Park took the opportunity to recast with someone more photogenic who could attract the elusive teen audience who watched Home and Away and Neighbours. Lastly, Deborah McAndrew was brought back full-time as Angie Freeman.
Bryan Mosley was absent for most of the year after suffering a major heart attack on 3rd February, shortly after recording his scenes for Episode 4159. He returned eight months later in Episode 4294. In consideration for Mosley's health, Alf's role was much reduced.
As well as shaking up the cast and characters, Park pushed for bolder and longer storylines, prioritising telling compelling storylines over the writing of individual scripts in order to weave more intricate plots. Story conferences were halved in length, with greater responsibility placed on the story associates which increased in number from three to five, with Ann McManus acting as story/script editor. Some writers were upset at this transfer of power away from them, and the team lost Tom Elliott, Julian Roach, Barry Hill and its longest-serving writer Adele Rose, all of whom resigned, Rose after disagreeing with Park on a storyline.
Two of Park's biggest changes harkened back to the show's past. The Rovers Return changed hands, with Jack and Vera Duckworth selling half of the pub to Alec Gilroy to settle a huge VAT bill, while, after Baldwin's Sportswear was gutted in a fire, Mike Baldwin went into business with Angie Freeman, opening lingerie factory Underworld in the empty unit in Coronation Street. Firman's Freezers continued to appear, with Park keen to maintain the amount of comedy in scripts.
A small change to the title sequence was made in Episode 4168 (30th March 1997). After a few years without a regular title caption (with the title instead appearing over various shots of activity in the street), the sequence was standardised, now ending with its fifth shot which showed a cat relaxing in the back yards (shown at the top of the page).
Viva Las Vegas
Following the success of 1995's direct-to-video spin-off entitled Coronation Street - The Feature Length Special, the experiment was repeated, with a different set of characters having an overseas adventure. Written by former story associate Russell T. Davies, Coronation Street: Viva Las Vegas! focused on the Duckworths as they flew to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows. Hairdressers Maxine Heavey and Fiona Middleton featured in a story of their own, as their attempts to find fun in Vegas often backfired. Neville Buswell - by 1997 working as a bank manager in Vegas - was tracked down and made a cameo appearance as his old character Ray Langton (although this was ignored when the character returned to the main show in 2005). The events of the special, as well as the set up within Coronation Street, took place in late May but the VHS wasn't released until 17th November of that year.
In a crucial year for the programme, Coronation Street logged its lowest average of the decade, with an aggregated figure of 14.93 million viewers, representing a loss of 800,000 viewers from 1996. The drop is mostly due to the poor performance of the Sunday episode, introduced the previous November; the last three months of 1997 were up on the same months in 1996, while the biggest drops all occurred in the first half of the year. June was the only month outside the last quarter up on 1996, rising by 700,000 viewers.
The highest-rated episode of the year was Episode 4301 (17th November 1997), which gained an audience of 18.03 million viewers (again, an aggregated figure including the omnibus repeat). This was the lowest peak in any year since the omnibus began in 1989.
Meanwhile, Coronation Street's stranglehold on the charts continued, with 43 episodes reaching number one - a drop of only two episodes, while no episodes fell outside the top twenty for the sixth time of the decade.
|1||4118||Wednesday 1st January||Peter Whalley||Mervyn Cumming||15,210,000||6|
|2||4119||Friday 3rd January||Sally Wainwright||Mervyn Cumming||16,350,000||4|
|3||4120||Sunday 5th January||Barry Hill||Colin Cant||13,770,000||9|
|4||4121||Monday 6th January||John Stevenson||Colin Cant||17,660,000||2|
|5||4122||Wednesday 8th January||Peter Whalley||Colin Cant||17,700,000||1|
|6||4123||Friday 10th January||Peter Whalley||Colin Cant||16,830,000||5|
|7||4124||Sunday 12th January||Sally Wainwright||Noreen Kershaw||12,760,000||13|
|8||4125||Monday 13th January||Tom Elliott||Noreen Kershaw||17,660,000||1|
|9||4126||Wednesday 15th January||Peter Whalley||Noreen Kershaw||17,470,000||2|
|10||4127||Friday 17th January||Phil Woods||Noreen Kershaw||16,060,000||6|
|11||4128||Sunday 19th January||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||13,600,000||9|
|12||4129||Monday 20th January||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||17,560,000||1|
|13||4130||Wednesday 22nd January||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||17,280,000||2|
|14||4131||Friday 24th January||Patrea Smallacombe||Brian Mills||16,300,000||6|
|15||4132||Sunday 26th January||Sally Wainwright||Mervyn Cumming||13,970,000||7|
|16||4133||Monday 27th January||Catherine Hayes||Mervyn Cumming||17,050,000||2|
|17||4134||Wednesday 29th January||Martin Allen||Mervyn Cumming||17,390,000||1|
|18||4135||Friday 31st January||Julian Roach||Mervyn Cumming||16,270,000||6|
|19||4136||Sunday 2nd February||Peter Whalley||Garth Tucker||13,880,000||8|
|20||4137||Monday 3rd February||Patrea Smallacombe||Garth Tucker||17,090,000||3|
|21||4138||Wednesday 5th February||Martin Allen||Garth Tucker||17,430,000||1|
|22||4139||Friday 7th February||Tom Elliott||Garth Tucker||15,750,000||7|
|23||4140||Sunday 9th February||John Stevenson||Noreen Kershaw||13,450,000||9|
|24||4141||Monday 10th February||Phil Woods||Noreen Kershaw||17,300,000||2|
|25||4142||Wednesday 12th February||Adele Rose||Noreen Kershaw||16,060,000||5|
|26||4143||Friday 14th February||Julian Roach||Noreen Kershaw||16,320,000||4|
|27||4144||Sunday 16th February||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||14,170,000||8|
|28||4145||Monday 17th February||Patrea Smallacombe||Brian Mills||17,600,000||1|
|29||4146||Wednesday 19th February||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||17,590,000||2|
|30||4147||Friday 21st February||Tom Elliott||Brian Mills||15,730,000||6|
|31||4148||Sunday 23rd February||John Stevenson||Mervyn Cumming||13,970,000||9|
|32||4149||Monday 24th February||Catherine Hayes||Mervyn Cumming||17,880,000||2|
|33||4150||Wednesday 26th February||Phil Woods||Mervyn Cumming||16,990,000||3|
|34||4151||Friday 28th February||Sally Wainwright||Mervyn Cumming||15,440,000||7|
|35||4152||Sunday 2nd March||Sally Wainwright||Garth Tucker||13,670,000||8|
|36||4153||Monday 3rd March||Ken Blakeson||Garth Tucker||17,380,000||1|
|37||4154||Wednesday 5th March||Adele Rose||Garth Tucker||13,990,000||6|
|38||4155||Friday 7th March||Catherine Hayes||Garth Tucker||15,310,000||3|
|39||4156||Sunday 9th March||John Stevenson||Noreen Kershaw||13,240,000||8|
|40||4157||Monday 10th March||Julian Roach||Noreen Kershaw||17,500,000||1|
|41||4158||Wednesday 12th March||Tom Elliott||Noreen Kershaw||17,250,000||2|
|42||4159||Friday 14th March||Martin Allen||Noreen Kershaw||12,870,000||8|
|43||4160||Sunday 16th March||Patrea Smallacombe||Brian Mills||13,400,000||7|
|44||4161||Monday 17th March||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||16,820,000||1|
|45||4162||Wednesday 19th March||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||14,050,000||5|
|46||4163||Friday 21st March||Adele Rose||Brian Mills||14,470,000||4|
|47||4164||Sunday 23rd March||Peter Whalley||Laurence Moody||13,070,000||7|
|48||4165||Monday 24th March||Catherine Hayes||Laurence Moody||16,250,000||3|
|49||4166||Wednesday 26th March||Martin Allen||Laurence Moody||16,840,000||1|
|50||4167||Friday 28th March||John Stevenson||Laurence Moody||14,610,000||6|
|51||4168||Sunday 30th March||Tom Elliott||Garth Tucker||12,460,000||7|
|52||4169||Monday 31st March||Peter Whalley||Garth Tucker||14,010,000||7|
|53||4170||Wednesday 2nd April||Barry Hill||Garth Tucker||16,850,000||1|
|54||4171||Friday 4th April||Sally Wainwright||Garth Tucker||15,420,000||4|
|55||4172||Sunday 6th April||Ken Blakeson||Noreen Kershaw||11,700,000||15|
|56||4173||Monday 7th April||Phil Woods||Noreen Kershaw||16,370,000||1|
|57||4174||Wednesday 9th April||Adele Rose||Noreen Kershaw||15,540,000||2|
|58||4175||Friday 11th April||John Stevenson||Noreen Kershaw||14,330,000||5|
|59||4176||Sunday 13th April||Tom Elliott||Brian Mills||12,970,000||7|
|60||4177||Monday 14th April||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||16,520,000||3|
|61||4178||Wednesday 16th April||Ken Blakeson||Brian Mills||15,670,000||6|
|62||4179||Friday 18th April||Catherine Hayes||Kay Patrick||17,050,000||2|
|63||4180||Sunday 20th April||Adele Rose||Kay Patrick||15,810,000||5|
|64||4181||Monday 21st April||Patrea Smallacombe||Kay Patrick||17,400,000||1|
|65||4182||Wednesday 23rd April||Sally Wainwright||Laurence Moody||13,860,000||5|
|66||4183||Friday 25th April||John Stevenson||Kay Patrick||15,470,000||3|
|67||4184||Sunday 27th April||John Stevenson||Garth Tucker||13,690,000||6|
|68||4185||Monday 28th April||Adele Rose||Garth Tucker||16,450,000||2|
|69||4186||Wednesday 30th April||Tom Elliott||Garth Tucker||14,140,000||4|
|70||4187||Friday 2nd May||Phil Woods||Garth Tucker||12,600,000||6|
|71||4188||Sunday 4th May||Martin Allen||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||12,590,000||7|
|72||4189||Monday 5th May||Ken Blakeson||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||15,100,000||3|
|73||4190||Wednesday 7th May||Peter Whalley||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||16,500,000||1|
|74||4191||Friday 9th May||Peter Whalley||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||14,200,000||5|
|75||4192||Sunday 11th May||Martin Allen||Brian Mills||12,980,000||7|
|76||4193||Monday 12th May||Mark Wadlow||Brian Mills||15,790,000||1|
|77||4194||Wednesday 14th May||Tom Elliott||Brian Mills||13,550,000||6|
|78||4195||Friday 16th May||Phil Woods||Brian Mills||13,770,000||5|
|79||4196||Sunday 18th May||Ken Blakeson||Laurence Moody||11,920,000||7|
|80||4197||Monday 19th May||Patrea Smallacombe||Laurence Moody||15,300,000||2|
|81||4198||Wednesday 21st May||Catherine Hayes||Laurence Moody||15,760,000||1|
|82||4199||Friday 23rd May||John Stevenson||Laurence Moody||13,370,000||5|
|83||4200||Sunday 25th May||Adele Rose||Garth Tucker||10,180,000||10|
|84||4201||Monday 26th May||Ken Blakeson||Garth Tucker||12,650,000||2|
|85||4202||Wednesday 28th May||Paul Cornell||Garth Tucker||10,860,000||8|
|86||4203||Friday 30th May||Patrea Smallacombe||Garth Tucker||11,610,000||5|
|87||4204||Sunday 1st June||Catherine Hayes||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||11,440,000||6|
|88||4205||Monday 2nd June||Tom Elliott||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||14,540,000||1|
|89||4206||Wednesday 4th June||Peter Whalley||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||13,460,000||6|
|90||4207||Friday 6th June||Martin Allen||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||13,710,000||4|
|91||4208||Sunday 8th June||Mark Wadlow||Brian Mills||12,140,000||7|
|92||4209||Monday 9th June||Andy Armitage||Brian Mills||14,760,000||2|
|93||4210||Wednesday 11th June||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||14,910,000||1|
|94||4211||Friday 13th June||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||13,340,000||5|
|95||4212||Sunday 15th June||Maureen Chadwick||Laurence Moody||13,110,000||7|
|96||4213||Monday 16th June||Patrea Smallacombe||Laurence Moody||14,570,000||2|
|97||4214||Wednesday 18th June||Phil Woods||Laurence Moody||15,180,000||1|
|98||4215||Friday 20th June||Ken Blakeson||Laurence Moody||14,170,000||4|
|99||4216||Sunday 22nd June||Patrea Smallacombe||Garth Tucker||12,850,000||7|
|100||4217||Monday 23rd June||Ken Blakeson||Garth Tucker||15,290,000||1|
|101||4218||Wednesday 25th June||Adele Rose||Garth Tucker||15,100,000||2|
|102||4219||Friday 27th June||Mark Wadlow||Garth Tucker||14,780,000||3|
|103||4220||Sunday 29th June||Catherine Hayes||Lou Wakefield||13,920,000||5|
|104||4221||Monday 30th June||John Stevenson||Lou Wakefield||16,010,000||1|
|105||4222||Wednesday 2nd July||John Stevenson||Lou Wakefield||15,370,000||2|
|106||4223||Friday 4th July||Sally Wainwright||Lou Wakefield||13,410,000||5|
|107||4224||Sunday 6th July||Sally Wainwright||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||11,740,000||7|
|108||4225||Monday 7th July||John Stevenson||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||14,920,000||1|
|109||4226||Wednesday 9th July||Phil Woods||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||14,120,000||3|
|110||4227||Friday 11th July||Catherine Hayes||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||14,370,000||2|
|111||4228||Sunday 13th July||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||12,400,000||7|
|112||4229||Monday 14th July||Martin Allen||Brian Mills||15,560,000||1|
|113||4230||Wednesday 16th July||Ken Blakeson||Brian Mills||14,870,000||2|
|114||4231||Friday 18th July||Maureen Chadwick||Brian Mills||13,810,000||4|
|115||4232||Sunday 20th July||Patrea Smallacombe||Sue Dunderdale||10,830,000||10|
|116||4233||Monday 21st July||Peter Whalley||Sue Dunderdale||14,330,000||1|
|117||4234||Wednesday 23rd July||Adele Rose||Sue Dunderdale||13,980,000||2|
|118||4235||Friday 25th July||Sally Wainwright||Sue Dunderdale||13,010,000||3|
|119||4236||Sunday 27th July||Phil Woods||Laurence Moody||11,170,000||7|
|120||4237||Monday 28th July||Catherine Hayes||Laurence Moody||13,900,000||2|
|121||4238||Wednesday 30th July||Andy Armitage||Laurence Moody||14,160,000||1|
|122||4239||Friday 1st August||Maureen Chadwick||Laurence Moody||13,370,000||3|
|123||4240||Sunday 3rd August||Peter Whalley||Lou Wakefield||11,850,000||6|
|124||4241||Monday 4th August||Adele Rose||Lou Wakefield||14,420,000||1|
|125||4242||Wednesday 6th August||Maureen Chadwick||Lou Wakefield||14,220,000||2|
|126||4243||Friday 8th August||Catherine Hayes||Lou Wakefield||11,530,000||5|
|127||4244||Sunday 10th August||Mark Wadlow||June Howson||10,880,000||7|
|128||4245||Monday 11th August||Ken Blakeson||June Howson||14,050,000||2|
|129||4246||Wednesday 13th August||John Stevenson||June Howson||14,110,000||1|
|130||4247||Friday 15th August||Sally Wainwright||June Howson||12,070,000||3|
|131||4248||Sunday 17th August||Patrea Smallacombe||Brian Mills||10,970,000||7|
|132||4249||Monday 18th August||Ken Blakeson||Brian Mills||14,140,000||1|
|133||4250||Wednesday 20th August||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||13,670,000||2|
|134||4251||Friday 22nd August||Martin Allen||Brian Mills||12,120,000||6|
|135||4252||Sunday 24th August||Andy Armitage||Sue Dunderdale||12,500,000||4|
|136||4253||Monday 25th August||Sally Wainwright||Sue Dunderdale||12,380,000||8|
|137||4254||Wednesday 27th August||Mark Wadlow||Sue Dunderdale||14,200,000||1|
|138||4255||Friday 29th August||Catherine Hayes||Sue Dunderdale||13,600,000||5|
|139||4256||Sunday 31st August||Mark Wadlow||Laurence Moody||14,080,000||2|
|140||4257||Monday 1st September||Patrea Smallacombe||Laurence Moody||14,500,000||4|
|141||4258||Wednesday 3rd September||Maureen Chadwick||Laurence Moody||16,000,000||2|
|142||4259||Friday 5th September||Adele Rose||Laurence Moody||12,850,000||9|
|143||4260||Sunday 7th September||Peter Whalley||Lou Wakefield||12,420,000||11|
|144||4261||Monday 8th September||Andy Armitage||Lou Wakefield||15,050,000||1|
|145||4262||Wednesday 10th September||Sally Wainwright||Lou Wakefield||14,170,000||4|
|146||4263||Friday 12th September||Catherine Hayes||Lou Wakefield||14,370,000||3|
|147||4264||Sunday 14th September||Maureen Chadwick||Robert Khodadad||13,490,000||8|
|148||4265||Monday 15th September||Adele Rose||Robert Khodadad||15,380,000||1|
|149||4266||Wednesday 17th September||Peter Whalley||Robert Khodadad||12,820,000||8|
|150||4267||Friday 19th September||Patrea Smallacombe||Robert Khodadad||15,150,000||3|
|151||4268||Sunday 21st September||Sally Wainwright||Will Brenton||14,400,000||4|
|152||4269||Monday 22nd September||Catherine Hayes||Will Brenton||15,840,000||1|
|153||4270||Wednesday 24th September||Martin Allen||Will Brenton||15,730,000||3|
|154||4271||Friday 26th September||Phil Woods||Will Brenton||14,740,000||5|
|155||4272||Sunday 28th September||Peter Whalley||Sue Dunderdale||14,750,000||4|
|156||4273||Monday 29th September||Ken Blakeson||Sue Dunderdale||16,130,000||1|
|157||4274||Wednesday 1st October||Phil Woods||Sue Dunderdale||13,590,000||7|
|158||4275||Friday 3rd October||Catherine Hayes||Sue Dunderdale||15,140,000||3|
|159||4276||Sunday 5th October||Maureen Chadwick||Mike Adams||14,950,000||4|
|160||4277||Monday 6th October||Martin Allen||Mike Adams||16,710,000||2|
|161||4278||Wednesday 8th October||John Stevenson||Mike Adams||17,350,000||1|
|162||4279||Friday 10th October||Peter Whalley||Mike Adams||16,140,000||5|
|163||4280||Sunday 12th October||Maureen Chadwick||June Howson||16,250,000||4|
|164||4281||Monday 13th October||Mark Wadlow||June Howson||16,930,000||2|
|165||4282||Wednesday 15th October||Adele Rose||June Howson||17,470,000||1|
|166||4283||Friday 17th October||Martin Allen||June Howson||15,360,000||5|
|167||4284||Sunday 19th October||John Stevenson||Robert Khodadad||15,630,000||4|
|168||4285||Monday 20th October||Peter Whalley||Robert Khodadad||17,400,000||1|
|169||4286||Wednesday 22nd October||Ken Blakeson||Robert Khodadad||12,810,000||8|
|170||4287||Friday 24th October||Phil Woods||Robert Khodadad||15,680,000||4|
|171||4288||Sunday 26th October||Adele Rose||Will Brenton||16,630,000||2|
|172||4289||Monday 27th October||Sally Wainwright||Will Brenton||17,390,000||1|
|173||4290||Wednesday 29th October||Andy Armitage||Will Brenton||17,040,000||2|
|174||4291||Friday 31st October||Catherine Hayes||Will Brenton||15,060,000||7|
|175||4292||Sunday 2nd November||Peter Whalley||Kay Patrick||15,810,000||4|
|176||4293||Monday 3rd November||Martin Allen||Kay Patrick||17,710,000||1|
|177||4294||Wednesday 5th November||Ken Blakeson||Kay Patrick||13,520,000||8|
|178||4295||Friday 7th November||Maureen Chadwick||Kay Patrick||17,500,000||2|
|179||4296||Sunday 9th November||Maureen Chadwick||Mike Adams||17,450,000||3|
|180||4297||Monday 10th November||Andy Armitage||Mike Adams||17,780,000||2|
|181||4298||Wednesday 12th November||Adele Rose||Mike Adams||17,720,000||3|
|182||4299||Friday 14th November||Martin Allen||Mike Adams||16,620,000||5|
|183||4300||Sunday 16th November||Ken Blakeson||Noreen Kershaw||16,100,000||6|
|184||4301||Monday 17th November||Peter Whalley||Noreen Kershaw||18,030,000||1|
|185||4302||Wednesday 19th November||Mark Wadlow||Noreen Kershaw||17,510,000||3|
|186||4303||Friday 21st November||Sally Wainwright||Noreen Kershaw||15,410,000||6|
|187||4304||Sunday 23rd November||Jan McVerry||Robert Khodadad||16,790,000||4|
|188||4305||Monday 24th November||Catherine Hayes||Robert Khodadad||17,540,000||2|
|189||4306||Wednesday 26th November||Andy Armitage||Robert Khodadad||12,120,000||11|
|190||4307||Friday 28th November||Mark Wadlow||Robert Khodadad||15,860,000||4|
|191||4308||Sunday 30th November||Peter Whalley||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||16,750,000||3|
|192||4309||Monday 1st December||John Stevenson||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||17,880,000||1|
|193||4310||Wednesday 3rd December||Adele Rose||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||17,170,000||2|
|194||4311||Friday 5th December||Maureen Chadwick||Terry Dyddgen-Jones||15,580,000||6|
|195||4312||Sunday 7th December||Catherine Hayes||Kay Patrick||16,280,000||4|
|196||4313||Monday 8th December||Phil Ford||Kay Patrick||17,270,000||1|
|197||4314||Wednesday 10th December||John Stevenson||Kay Patrick||12,460,000||8|
|198||4315||Friday 12th December||Phil Woods||Kay Patrick||14,770,000||3|
|199||4316||Sunday 14th December||Peter Whalley||Mike Adams||15,560,000||2|
|200||4317||Monday 15th December||Ken Blakeson||Mike Adams||17,400,000||1|
|201||4318||Wednesday 17th December||Jan McVerry||June Howson||17,220,000||2|
|202||4319||Friday 19th December||Maureen Chadwick||June Howson||15,130,000||6|
|203||4320||Sunday 21st December||Sally Wainwright||Brian Mills||15,370,000||3|
|204||4321||Monday 22nd December||Peter Mills||Brian Mills||17,250,000||1|
|205||4322||Thursday 25th December||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||14,060,000||5|
|206||4323||Friday 26th December||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||13,550,000||8|
|207||4324||Sunday 28th December||Martin Allen||Laurence Moody||13,890,000||6|
|208||4325||Monday 29th December||Jan McVerry||Laurence Moody||16,650,000||3|
|209||4326||Wednesday 31st December||John Stevenson||Laurence Moody||15,640,000||4|
To be added.
Who lives where
- Rovers Return Inn - Jack and Vera Duckworth. Tricia and Jamie Armstrong (January to May). Brad Armstrong (February to May).
- 1 Coronation Street - Ken Barlow.
- 2a Coronation Street - Fiona Middleton. Alan McKenna (May to November).
- 3 Coronation Street - Emily Bishop. Percy Sugden (until October). Spider Nugent (December onwards).
- 4 Coronation Street - Derek Wilton (until April). Mavis Wilton (until September). Fred Elliott (September to October). Maureen Elliott (September only). Ashley Peacock (from November). Maxine Heavey (November only). Zoe Tattersall (from November). Shannon Tattersall (from December).
- 5 Coronation Street - Don Brennan (until May). Ashley Peacock (until May). Les, Janice, Leanne and Toyah Battersby (all from July)
- 6 Coronation Street - Des Barnes (until March, then from June onwards). Claire and Becky Palmer (both until March). Angie Freeman (March to October). Chris Collins (April to October). Samantha Failsworth (October onwards).
- 7 Coronation Street - Curly Watts. Samantha Failsworth (until October). Angie Freeman (October onwards).
- 8 Coronation Street - Martin, Gail, Sarah Louise and David Platt. Nick Tilsley (October onwards).
- 9 Coronation Street - Gary and Judy Mallett. Zoe Tattersall (July to September). Shannon Tattersall (August to December).
- 10a Coronation Street - Rita Sullivan. Mavis Wilton (September to October).
- 11 Coronation Street - Jim McDonald. Andy McDonald (January to November). Steve McDonald (June to November).
- 12 Coronation Street - Alec Gilroy.
- 13 Coronation Street - Kevin Webster (until July and from December onwards). Sally, Rosie and Sophie Webster.
- Corner Shop flat - Bill Webster (February to October). Chris Collins (October onwards).
- Chepstow Road - Deirdre Rachid (March to June)
- 5 Crimea Street - Deirdre Rachid (until March). Tricia and Jamie Armstrong (January only). Roy Cropper (until February). Bill Webster (until February).
- 2 Douglas Road - Maxine Heavey (until November, then from December onwards).
- 5 Grasmere Drive - Alf and Audrey Roberts.
- 37 Hillside Crescent - Billy Williams (until November). Betty Williams.
- Mayfield Court - Maud Grimes. Percy Sugden (both from October onwards).
- No. 4 Montreal House, Weatherfield Quays - Mike and Alma Baldwin.
- 7 Nightingale Street - Maud Grimes and Maureen Holdsworth (both until September).
- 9 Oak Grove, Didsbury - Jon Lindsay and Deirdre Rachid (both from November onwards).
- 16 Orchard Close - Anne Malone. Andy McDonald (January only). Curly Watts (first part of January only).
- 170 Park Street - Liz McDonald.
- 23 Seymour Drive, Oakhill - Fred Elliott (until September and from November).
- Unnamed hostel - Zoe Tattersall (September to November).
Awards and nominations
- The Lew Grade Award for Significant and Popular Programme
TV Quick Awards
- Best Newcomer: Tina Hobley (Winner)
- Best Soap Actor: William Tarmey (Nominee)
- Best Soap: Coronation Street (Nominee)
National Television Awards
- Most Popular Newcomer: Matthew Marsden (Winner), Tina Hobley (Nominee)
Mental Health Media Awards
- Soap Opera Storyline: Don Brennan's mental breakdown (Nominee)
Royal Television Society (North West) Awards
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