Logo 2002

2007 was Coronation Street's forty-eighth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Steve McDonaldSimon GregsonFull year165176316
2Fiz BrownJennie McAlpineFull year16485313
3Jason GrimshawRyan ThomasFull year15868924
4Liam ConnorRob James-CollierFull year15621050
5Michelle ConnorKym RyderFull year except for July14820648
6Carla ConnorAlison KingFull year14514976
6David PlattJack P. ShepherdFull year145104017
6Sean TullyAntony CottonFull year1454891
9Sarah Platt/GrimshawTina O'BrienFull year144141313
10Violet WilsonJenny PlattFull year1384539
11Eileen GrimshawSue CleaverFull year1338205
12Sally WebsterSally WhittakerFull year131197010
13Liz McDonaldBeverley CallardFull year128137822
14Gail PlattHelen WorthFull year12729934
15Maria SutherlandSamia SmithFull year11564827
15Claire PeacockJulia HaworthFull year11546110
17Janice BattersbyVicky EntwistleFull year except for February109125438
18Kelly CrabtreeTupele DorguFull year10834320
19Kevin WebsterMichael Le VellFull year105205733
20Leanne BattersbyJane DansonFrom March10475735
21Deirdre BarlowAnne KirkbrideFull year except for July and September103277521
22Hayley CropperJulie HesmondhalghUntil October10195525
23Becky GrangerKatherine KellyFull year except for March10015351
23Vernon TomlinIan ReddingtonFull year10015653
25Audrey RobertsSue NichollsFull year except for March and July9821403
26Lloyd MullaneyCraig CharlesFrom February9422447
27Ashley PeacockSteven ArnoldFull year93108523
28Jerry MortonMichael StarkeFrom March9191 -
29Jamie BaldwinRupert HillFull year893957
30Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheUntil June and from October87359929
30Roy CropperDavid NeilsonFull year87105528
32Rosie WebsterHelen FlanaganFull year except for March and June8288535
33Blanche HuntMaggie JonesFull year except for November7770632
34Paul ConnorSean GallagherUntil June7610364
35Chesney Battersby-BrownSam AstonFull year7530244
35Norris ColeMalcolm HebdenFull year except for July7578513
35Kirk SutherlandAndrew WhymentFull year except for March and November7551041
38John StapeGraeme HawleyFrom May7272 -
39Tyrone DobbsAlan HalsallFull year7080738
39Rita SullivanBarbara KnoxFull year70290419
41Dev AlahanJimmi HarkishinFull year6974444
41Darryl MortonJonathan DixonFrom March6969 -
41Bill WebsterPeter ArmitageFull year except for March and July6938765
44Molly ComptonVicky BinnsFull year except for January6714848
45Wiki DankowskaWanda OpalinskaMarch to July and from September6464 -
46Cilla Battersby-BrownWendi PetersUntil October6331541
46Jodie MortonSamantha SeagerJanuary to November6363 -
48Ryan ConnorBen ThompsonFull year except for July and October606974
49Tracy BarlowKate FordUntil April58118212
50Mel MortonEmma EdmondsonFrom March5757 -
51Joanne JacksonZaraah AbrahamsJanuary to April and June to July5521426
52Sophie WebsterBrooke VincentFull year5257240
53Doreen FenwickBarbara YoungFebruary to December5151 -
54Jack DuckworthWilliam TarmeyFull year except for January50195657
54Joshua PeacockBenjamin BeresfordFull year except for January5026154
56Freddie PeacockDylan & Hayden WhitbreadFull year except for January489356
57Amy BarlowAmber ChadwickFull year except for October4521259
57Paul ClaytonTom HudsonFrom July4553 -
59Amber KaliraiNikki PatelFull year except for May and July439059
60Kayleigh MortonJessica BardenFrom March4242 -
61Emily BishopEileen DerbyshireFull year40291137
62Roger StilesAndrew DunnJanuary, June to August and from October3636 -
63Vera DuckworthElizabeth DawnFull year except for January and March35226754
64Bethany PlattAmy & Emily WaltonFull year except for February, May and August3435962
65Peter BarlowChris GascoyneJanuary and March to April32415 -
66Betty WilliamsBetty DriverFebruary to June, September and from November31263558
67Marcus DentCharlie CondouFrom September2727 -
68Les Battersby-BrownBruce JonesUntil May26101830
69Finlay BryantRamone QuinnFrom April2626 -
70Adam BarlowSam RobertsonUntil April2421144
70Tony GordonGray O'BrienFrom September2424 -
72Jim McDonaldCharles LawsonFrom November161093 -
73Todd GrimshawBruno LangleyOctober to November14380 -
74Denise OsbourneDenise BlackMay to June12280 -
75Charlie StubbsBill WardUntil January114188
76Dan MasonMatthew CromptonFrom December1010 -
77Harry MasonJack EllisFrom December99 -
78Daniel OsbourneDominic HolmesMay to June7105 -
79Alex NeesonDario CoatesDecember only44 -
80Teresa BryantKaren HenthornMarch to April22 -


Broken families

Tracy guilty

Tracy Barlow is found guilty of murder

Steve Frost and Kieran Roberts's second year as producer and executive producer respectively saw nearly all key families lose one or more of their number.

The year kicked off with the murder of Charlie Stubbs by his girlfriend Tracy Barlow. Bill Ward and Kate Ford had decided to leave at the end of their contracts, allowing their characters to be written out together. Viewers saw Tracy kill Charlie in cold blood in retaliation for his adultery in January, and try to get away with it by claiming that it was self-defence. A week before the trial, the programme transmitted its second (and last to date) two-hander, in which Tracy confessed to Deirdre Barlow that the killing was pre-meditated and asked her to lie for her in court. Tracy last appeared in April when she was handed a life sentence for first degree murder.

The Barlows' ranks were bolstered by the return of Chris Gascoyne as Peter for the duration of the storyline, at the end of which Adam went with Peter to Portsmouth to run a bookies. After they left, Ken and Deirdre took centre stage in a story where Ken attempted to build a relationship with his 12-year-old son Daniel, who he had ignored for years. Daniel was recast with Dominic Holmes in the role while Denise Black made her first appearance in a decade as Denise Osbourne. Although the storyline ended with Ken promising to keep in touch with Daniel, the character wasn't seen again until 2016.

Bruce Jones was suspended in March over allegations that he had leaked upcoming storylines to the press. Two months later, he left the programme by mutual consent without recording exit scenes for Les Battersby-Brown. At that point, writers were scripting Cilla Battersby-Brown's exit following Jones's screen wife Wendi Peters's decision to quit her role. Ultimately, the departures were unconnected; Les left off-screen to become a roadie for tribute band ZZ Top O' the Morning, while Cilla moved to Las Vegas five months later after coming into money. Her 13-year-old son Chesney remained in the programme in the care of the family's lodger Kirk Sutherland.

Sarah and Bethany Platt were written out following Tina O'Brien's decision to leave the programme after eight years. Bruno Langley briefly returned as Todd Grimshaw for Sarah and Jason's wedding in October. The newlyweds split up almost immediately when Sarah cheated David out of a job with their uncle Stephen Reid in Milan and took it for herself, resulting in Jason refusing to accompany his wife to Italy out of disgust.

Another actor to quit was Sean Gallagher, who played Paul Connor. Despite being a recent addition to the cast, writers had envisioned a long future for the character, who had recently become the majority owner of Underworld and been joined by his wife Carla. In order to spare Carla and keep the factory in the Connor name, writers killed off Paul in a car crash in June. Carla then assumed the role of Underworld boss, which she would occupy for the next nine years. Carla had previously run her denim business from the factory in the evenings, employing cheap Polish labour including Wiki Dankowska, who stayed on as a daytime worker once that storyline had concluded.

Newcomers and returnees

Morton family

The Mortons move in

Following the addition of the Connors in 2006, Frost created a second family in the Mortons, the largest at the point of conception in the programme's history. Single father Jerry Morton, played by former Brookside regular Michael Starke, bought the empty bakery at 18 Victoria Street in January ahead of the family's arrival as the new residents of No.6 in March. The clan was comprised of Jerry, older daughter Jodie, twins Mel and Darryl, younger daughter Kayleigh and granddad Wilf. Three weeks later, Jerry took in the children's half-brother Finlay Bryant, who had been neglected by his mother Teresa. The Mortons' storylines focused on Jerry's inability to control his children while running the family business, kebab shop Jerry's Takeaway. By the end of the year, the seven inhabitants of No.6 had been reduced to five as Samantha Seager, who played Jodie, left at the end of her initial contract, and Granadad Morton wasn't seen again after October, with no explanation given.

The old bookies at 9 Rosamund Street also returned to the fold under new management in the form of father-and-son team Harry and Dan Mason, played by Jack Ellis and Matthew Crompton respectively. Other additions to the cast included Charlie Condou as Marcus Dent, a sonographer and boyfriend of Sean Tully, Tom Hudson as a recast Paul Clayton, Graeme Hawley as teacher John Stape, Andrew Dunn as plumber Roger Stiles, Gray O'Brien as Scottish businessman Tony Gordon, and former Pardon the Expression regular Barbara Young as Doreen Fenwick, an old showbiz friend of Rita Sullivan's.

Meanwhile, Lloyd Mullaney returned in February when Craig Charles served out his suspension for crack cocaine use, Hayley Cropper left to do volunteer work in Mozambique when Julie Hesmondhalgh took a year out to concentrate on family, Jane Danson returned to filming in January after giving birth and Charles Lawson made another of his semi-annual returns as Jim McDonald, who was released from prison after serving seven years for manslaughter. Jim left for pastures new in January 2008, after Liz married Vernon Tomlin in the last episode of 2007.

Other notable events

In the Spring, filming began on a major storyline where Freddie Peacock was snatched from his bed by Casey Carswell. The plan was for Freddie to be missing for months, with one scene showing Ashley and Claire at a press conference appealing for information. In May, following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal, producers decided that it would be inappropriate to broadcast the recorded material and six episodes were reshot with the new scenes showing Freddie being found abandoned in a park after a few days.

The programme went overseas for the second year in a row when Steve McDonald and Eileen Grimshaw holidayed in Malta together (as friends) in August. Spanning three episodes, this was the last foreign location shoot in the main programme to date.

ITV's first on-demand streaming service, ITV Catch-up, launched on 12th June, allowing viewers in the UK to watch the channel live over the internet or catch up with programming from the past 30 days. The first episode of Coronation Street shown on this service was Episode 6576 (13th June 2007). Viewers who watched Coronation Street by this method were not counted in BARB's official ratings figures.

Viewing figures

2007 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

After three years in which Coronation Street's ratings fell by a million viewers apiece, 2007 logged an average of 10.11 million viewers, a drop of only 75,000 from 2006. This was the smallest change from the year before since 1980. However, individual months showed greater variation from last year's figures, with June gaining a million viewers, January and July half a million, and four months experiencing drops of over half a million.

The programme's domination of the viewing charts continued with 41 episodes reaching number one, down from 44 the previous year. The highest rated episode was Episode 6471 on 15th January, which immediately followed Charlie Stubbs's death. This episode, along with Charlie's death and Tracy being found guilty of murder, out-rated the most-watched episode from 2006.


# Ep.
Date Part Writer Director Viewing
16459Monday 1st January1Jayne HollinsonMichael Kerrigan11,120,0005
26460Monday 1st January2Jan McVerryMichael Kerrigan11,370,0004
36461Wednesday 3rd January Simon CrowtherMichael Kerrigan11,680,0003
46462Friday 5th January Jonathan HarveyMichael Kerrigan11,690,0002
56463Sunday 7th January Jonathan HarveyMichael Kerrigan11,110,0006
66464Monday 8th January1Debbie OatesAlan Wareing12,460,0001
76465Monday 8th January2Debbie OatesAlan Wareing12,370,0002
86466Wednesday 10th January Peter WhalleyAlan Wareing11,260,0006
96467Friday 12th January1John FayAlan Wareing12,210,0003
106468Friday 12th January2John FayAlan Wareing11,770,0004
116469Sunday 14th January Julie JonesAlan Wareing11,520,0005
126470Monday 15th January1Joe TurnerTerry Dyddgen-Jones12,780,0002
136471Monday 15th January2Joe TurnerTerry Dyddgen-Jones13,080,0001
146472Wednesday 17th January Mark WadlowTerry Dyddgen-Jones12,120,0003
156473Friday 19th January Carmel MorganTerry Dyddgen-Jones11,270,0005
166474Sunday 21st January Stephen BennettTerry Dyddgen-Jones11,360,0004
176475Monday 22nd January1Joe TurnerJohn Anderson12,050,0002
186476Monday 22nd January2Jayne HollinsonJohn Anderson12,270,0001
196477Wednesday 24th January David LaneJohn Anderson11,420,0003
206478Friday 26th January Damon RochefortJohn Anderson11,070,0004
216479Sunday 28th January Simon CrowtherJohn Anderson11,070,0004
226480Monday 29th January1Jan McVerryKay Patrick11,830,0002
236481Monday 29th January2John FayPip Short11,910,0001
246482Wednesday 31st January Mark WadlowPip Short10,900,0003
256483Friday 2nd February Martin AllenPip Short10,760,0005
266484Sunday 4th February Stephen BennettPip Short10,820,0004
276485Monday 5th February1Chris FewtrellTim O'Mara11,660,0002
286486Monday 5th February2Jonathan HarveyTim O'Mara12,060,0001
296487Wednesday 7th February Catherine HayesTim O'Mara10,820,0004
306488Friday 9th February Jan McVerryTim O'Mara11,090,0003
316489Sunday 11th February Carmel MorganTim O'Mara10,670,0005
326490Monday 12th February1Debbie OatesMichael Kerrigan11,420,0002
336491Monday 12th February2Peter WhalleyMichael Kerrigan11,600,0001
346492Wednesday 14th February Martin AllenMichael Kerrigan10,300,0004
356493Friday 16th February David LaneMichael Kerrigan10,720,0003
366494Sunday 18th February Jayne HollinsonMichael Kerrigan10,300,0004
376495Monday 19th February1Mark WadlowMark McKillop11,390,0001
386496Monday 19th February2Mark WadlowMark McKillop11,380,0002
396497Wednesday 21st February Damon RochefortMark McKillop10,530,0005
406498Friday 23rd February Stephen RussellMark McKillop10,930,0004
416499Sunday 25th February Carmel MorganMark McKillop10,960,0003
426500Monday 26th February1Jonathan HarveyNigel Keen11,450,0002
436501Monday 26th February2Jonathan HarveyNigel Keen11,560,0001
446502Wednesday 28th February Julie JonesNigel Keen10,950,0003
456503Friday 2nd March Chris FewtrellNigel Keen10,360,0005
466504Sunday 4th March Joe TurnerNigel Keen10,900,0004
476505Monday 5th March1Stephen BennettStuart Davids11,950,0001
486506Monday 5th March2Mark BurtStuart Davids11,810,0002
496507Wednesday 7th March Damon RochefortStuart Davids10,150,0003
506508Friday 9th March Catherine HayesStuart Davids10,070,0005
516509Sunday 11th March Martin AllenStuart Davids9,000,0007
526510Monday 12th March1Simon CrowtherPip Short11,000,0001
536511Monday 12th March2Simon CrowtherPip Short10,720,0002
546512Wednesday 14th March Peter WhalleyPip Short9,800,0006
556513Friday 16th March David LanePip Short8,940,0009
566514Sunday 18th March Julie JonesPip Short10,480,0003
576515Monday 19th March1Joe TurnerTim O'Mara11,480,0001
586516Monday 19th March2Joe TurnerTim O'Mara8,990,0007
596517Wednesday 21st March Chris FewtrellTim O'Mara10,960,0002
606518Friday 23rd March Jan McVerryTim O'Mara10,430,0003
616519Sunday 25th March Jonathan HarveyTim O'Mara10,010,0004
626520Monday 26th March1Jonathan HarveyMichael Kerrigan10,630,0003
636521Monday 26th March2John FayMichael Kerrigan11,590,0001
646522Wednesday 28th March Mark WadlowMichael Kerrigan10,370,0004
656523Friday 30th March Stephen RussellMichael Kerrigan10,890,0002
666524Sunday 1st April Mark BurtMichael Kerrigan9,930,0005
676525Monday 2nd April1Stephen BennettNeil Alderton11,760,0002
686526Monday 2nd April2Joe TurnerNeil Alderton13,070,0001
696527Wendesday 4th April Carmel MorganNeil Alderton10,050,0004
706528Friday 6th April Jan McVerryNeil Alderton10,100,0003
716529Sunday 8th April Chris FewtrellNeil Alderton8,360,0007
726530Monday 9th April1Julie JonesKay Patrick10,960,0001
736531Monday 9th April2Debbie OatesKay Patrick10,830,0002
746532Wednesday 11th April Jayne HollinsonKay Patrick9,330,0005
756533Friday 13th April Martin AllenKay Patrick9,910,0003
766534Sunday 15th April Peter WhalleyKay Patrick9,630,0004
776535Monday 16th April1Chris FewtrellStuart Davids10,530,0001
786536Monday 16th April2Chris FewtrellStuart Davids10,290,0002
796537Wednesday 18th April Joe TurnerStuart Davids9,730,0004
806538Friday 20th April Mark BurtStuart Davids9,420,0005
816539Sunday 22nd April David LaneStuart Davids9,810,0003
826540Monday 23rd April1Jan McVerryPip Short10,870,0001
836541Monday 23rd April2Peter WhalleyPip Short10,690,0002
846542Wednesday 25th April Julie JonesPip Short9,410,0003
856543Friday 27th April Jayne HollinsonPip Short8,970,0005
866544Sunday 29th April Jonathan HarveyPip Short8,950,0006
876545Monday 30th April1Mark WadlowTim O'Mara9,430,0002
886546Monday 30th April2Mark WadlowTim O'Mara9,550,0001
896547Wednesday 2nd May Damon RochefortTim O'Mara8,870,0006
906548Friday 4th May Stephen BennettTim O'Mara9,070,0004
916549Sunday 6th May Simon CrowtherTim O'Mara8,990,0005
926550Monday 7th May1Peter WhalleyTerry Dyddgen-Jones10,550,0001
936551Monday 7th May2Stephen BennettTerry Dyddgen-Jones9,960,0004
946552Wednesday 9th May Catherine HayesTerry Dyddgen-Jones10,340,0002
956553Friday 11th May David LaneTerry Dyddgen-Jones10,080,0003
966554Sunday 13th May Carmel MorganTerry Dyddgen-Jones9,600,0005
976555Monday 14th May1Chris FewtrellMike Adams10,440,0002
986556Monday 14th May2Stephen RussellMike Adams9,990,0004
996557Wednesday 16th May Martin AllenMike Adams10,540,0001
1006558Friday 18th May Jonathan HarveyMike Adams9,560,0005
1016559Sunday 20th May Jonathan HarveyMike Adams10,020,0003
1026560Monday 21st May1Debbie OatesTony Prescott10,690,0002
1036561Monday 21st May2Simon CrowtherTony Prescott11,210,0001
1046562Friday 25th May Julie JonesTony Prescott9,440,0005
1056563Sunday 27th May Damon RochefortTony Prescott9,790,0004
1066564Monday 28th May1Peter WhalleyKay Patrick10,650,0001
1076565Monday 28th May2Peter WhalleyKay Patrick10,540,0002
1086566Wednesday 30th May David LaneKay Patrick10,180,0003
1096567Friday 1st June Simon CrowtherKay Patrick7,960,0009
1106568Sunday 3rd June Stephen BennettKay Patrick8,870,0005
1116569Monday 4th June1Joe TurnerMichael Kerrigan9,910,0002
1126570Monday 4th June2Joe TurnerMichael Kerrigan10,090,0001
1136571Wednesday 6th June Mark WadlowMichael Kerrigan8,860,0003
1146572Friday 8th June Jayne HollinsonMichael Kerrigan8,850,0004
1156573Sunday 10th June Damon RochefortMichael Kerrigan8,660,0006
1166574Monday 11th June1Martin AllenPip Short
Kay Patrick
1176575Monday 11th June2Mark BurtPip Short
Kay Patrick
1186576Wednesday 13th June Chris FewtrellPip Short
Kay Patrick
1196577Friday 15th June1Julie JonesPip Short
Kay Patrick
1206578Friday 15th June2Jonathan HarveyPip Short
Kay Patrick
1216579Monday 18th June1Joe TurnerDuncan Foster
Kay Patrick
1226580Monday 18th June2Jayne HollinsonDuncan Foster
Kay Patrick
1236581Wednesday 20th June Stephen BennettDuncan Foster
Kay Patrick
1246582Friday 22nd June Martin AllenDuncan Foster
Kay Patrick
1256583Sunday 24th June Simon CrowtherDuncan Foster
Kay Patrick
1266584Monday 25th June1Peter WhalleyTerry Dyddgen-Jones9,970,0002
1276585Monday 25th June2Mark WadlowTerry Dyddgen-Jones9,910,0003
1296586Wednesday 27th June Catherine HayesTerry Dyddgen-Jones9,350,0004
1306587Friday 29th June Julie JonesTerry Dyddgen-Jones7,820,00011
1316588Sunday 1st July Jonathan HarveyTerry Dyddgen-Jones6,920,00017
1326589Monday 2nd July1Debbie OatesMike Adams9,840,0002
1336590Monday 2nd July2Debbie OatesMike Adams10,050,0001
1346591Wednesday 4th July Chris FewtrellMike Adams9,040,0004
1356592Friday 6th July Damon RochefortMike Adams8,480,0007
1356593Sunday 8th July John FayMike Adams8,100,0008
1366594Monday 9th July1Stephen BennettTony Prescott9,770,0002
1376595Monday 9th July2Stephen BennettTony Prescott9,950,0001
1386596Wednesday 11th July Peter WhalleyTony Prescott8,800,0006
1396597Friday 13th July Peter WhalleyTony Prescott9,290,0003
1406598Sunday 15th July Martin AllenTony Prescott8,910,0004
1416599Monday 16th July1Stephen RussellNeil Alderton9,370,0004
1426600Monday 16th July2Stephen RussellNeil Alderton9,450,0003
1436601Wednesday 18th July Damon RochefortNeil Alderton8,620,0005
1446602Friday 20th July David LaneNeil Alderton9,480,0002
1456603Sunday 22nd July Mark WadlowNeil Alderton7,570,0009
1466604Monday 23rd July1Chris FewtrellPip Short9,300,0003
1476605Monday 23rd July2Mark BurtPip Short9,360,0002
1486606Wednesday 25th July Julie JonesPip Short9,010,0004
1496607Friday 27th July Simon Crowther Pip Short8,470,0006
1506608Sunday 29th July Jonathan HarveyPip Short8,180,0007
1516609Monday 30th July1Jayne HollinsonDuncan Foster9,010,0002
1526610Monday 30th July2Jan McVerryDuncan Foster9,600,0001
1536611Wednesday 1st August Stephen BennettDuncan Foster8,680,0003
1546612Friday 3rd August Chris FewtrellDuncan Foster8,520,0005
1556613Sunday 5th August Chris FewtrellDuncan Foster8,090,0006
1566614Monday 6th August1Julie JonesTerry Dyddgen-Jones9,400,0002
1576615Monday 6th August2Julie JonesTerry Dyddgen-Jones9,490,0001
1586616Wednesday 8th August Peter WhalleyTerry Dyddgen-Jones8,660,0003
1596617Friday 10th August Catherine HayesTerry Dyddgen-Jones8,260,0005
1606618Sunday 12th August Damon RochefortTerry Dyddgen-Jones8,230,0006
1616619Monday 13th August1Simon CrowtherJohn Anderson9,130,0005
1626620Monday 13th August2Simon CrowtherJohn Anderson9,500,0002
1636621Wednesday 15th August David LaneJohn Anderson9,430,0003
1646622Friday 17th August Mark BurtJohn Anderson9,030,0006
1656623Sunday 19th August Mark WadlowJohn Anderson9,150,0004
1666624Monday 20th August1Joe TurnerPip Banyard9,640,0002
1676625Monday 20th August2Joe TurnerTony Prescott9,970,0001
1686626Wednesday 22nd August Jonathan HarveyTony Prescott8,570,0005
1696627Friday 24th August Martin AllenTony Prescott8,200,0008
1706628Sunday 26th August Lucy Gannon Tony Prescott7,470,00011
1716629Monday 27th August1Lucy GannonAlan Wareing8,760,0004
1726630Monday 27st August2Damon RochefortAlan Wareing9,070,0002
1736631Wednesday 29th August David LaneAlan Wareing8,610,0006
1746632Friday 31st August Jayne HollinsonAlan Wareing9,070,0002
1756633Sunday 2nd September Peter WhalleyAlan Wareing8,490,0008
1766634Monday 3rd September1Debbie OatesStephen Moore9,380,0003
1776635Monday 3rd September2Debbie OatesStephen Moore9,850,0001
1786636Wednesday 5th September Mark BurtStephen Moore9,580,0002
1796637Friday 7th September Mark WadlowStephen Moore6,870,00013
1806638Sunday 9th September Joe TurnerStephen Moore8,620,0005
1816639Monday 10th September1Stephen BennettJerry Smith9,750,0002
1826640Monday 10th September2Jonathan HarveyJerry Smith9,870,0001
1836641Wednesday 12th September Chris FewtrellJerry Smith9,260,0004
1846642Sunday 16th September Jan McVerry
Simon Crowther
Jerry Smith8,450,0007
1856644Monday 17th September1Chris FewtrellDuncan Foster10,370,0002
1866645Monday 17th September2Simon CrowtherDuncan Foster11,140,0001
1876646Wednesday 19th September Jayne HollinsonDuncan Foster9,830,0003
1886647Friday 21st September Stephen BennettDuncan Foster8,070,00010
1896648Sunday 23rd September Mark BurtDuncan Foster8,720,0007
1906649Monday 24th September1Carmel MorganJohn Anderson10,430,0002
1916650Monday 24th September2Julie JonesJohn Anderson11,110,0001
1926651Wednesday 26th September Jan McVerryJohn Anderson10,070,0003
1936652Sunday 30th September Catherine Hayes
Martin Allen
John Anderson8,640,0006
1946654Monday 1st October1Peter WhalleyTony Prescott10,510,0001
1956655Monday 1st October2Peter WhalleyTony Prescott10,380,0003
1966656Wednesday 3rd October Damon RochefortPip Banyard10,450,0002
1976657Friday 5th October1David LanePip Banyard9,190,0005
1986658Friday 5th October2Mark WadlowTony Prescott8,200,00010
1996659Monday 8th October1Mark BurtAlan Wareing10,580,0001
2006660Monday 8th October2Stephen BennettAlan Wareing10,390,0002
2016661Wednesday 10th October Lucy GannonAlan Wareing9,970,0003
2026662Friday 12th October1Carmel MorganAlan Wareing9,500,0006
2036663Friday 12th October2Martin AllenAlan Wareing8,400,00011
2046664Monday 15th October1Jonathan HarveyTim Dowd10,900,0003
2056665Monday 15th October2Jonathan HarveyTim Dowd11,230,0002
2066666Wednesday 17th October Jan McVerryTim Dowd9,990,0007
2076667Friday 19th October David LaneTim Dowd10,120,0006
2086668Sunday 21st October Peter WhalleyTim Dowd10,290,0005
2096669Monday 22nd October1Joe TurnerMichael Kerrigan10,830,0003
2106670Monday 22nd October2Joe TurnerMichael Kerrigan10,860,0002
2116671Wednesday 24th October Simon CrowtherMichael Kerrigan10,150,0005
2126672Friday 26th October Julie JonesMichael Kerrigan10,180,0004
2136673Sunday 28th October Jayne HollinsonMichael Kerrigan10,990,0001
2146674Monday 29th October1Debbie OatesDuncan Foster11,960,0002
2156675Monday 29th October2Joe TurnerDuncan Foster12,060,0001
2166676Wednesday 31st October Peter WhalleyDuncan Foster11,340,0003
2176677Friday 2nd November Chris FewtrellDuncan Foster10,300,0005
2186678Sunday 4th November Jayne HollinsonDuncan Foster10,440,0004
2196679Monday 5th November1Mark WadlowJohn Anderson10,940,0001
2206680Monday 5th November2Mark WadlowJohn Anderson10,630,0003
2216681Wednesday 7th November Damon RochefortJohn Anderson10,440,0004
2226682Friday 9th November Carmel MorganJohn Anderson10,270,0006
2236683Sunday 11th November Martin AllenJohn Anderson10,840,0002
2246684Monday 12th November1Simon CrowtherPip Short11,520,0001
2256685Monday 12th November2Simon CrowtherPip Short11,100,0002
2266686Wednesday 14th November Julie JonesPip Short10,630,0004
2276687Friday 16th November Jonathan HarveyPip Short9,170,0009
2286688Sunday 18th November Lucy GannonPip Short11,030,0003
2296689Monday 19th November1Martin AllenAlan Wareing11,460,0001
2306690Monday 19th November2Martin AllenAlan Wareing10,840,0003
2316691Wednesday 21st November Jayne HollinsonAlan Wareing10,300,0007
2326692Friday 23rd November Mark BurtAlan Wareing10,780,0004
2336693Sunday 25th November Stephen BennettAlan Wareing10,590,0005
2346694Monday 26th November1Julie JonesIlly11,310,0001
2356695Monday 26th November2Jonathan HarveyIlly10,440,0005
2366696Wednesday 28th November Catherine HayesIlly10,820,0004
2376697Friday 30th November Mark WadlowIlly10,410,0006
2386698Sunday 2nd December Peter WhalleyIlly10,930,0003
2396699Monday 3rd December1Joe TurnerTim Dowd11,530,0001
2406700Monday 3rd December2Joe TurnerTim Dowd11,380,0002
2416701Wednesday 5th December Jan McVerryTim Dowd10,510,0004
2426702Friday 7th December David LaneTim Dowd10,320,0006
2436703Sunday 9th December Chris FewtrellTim Dowd10,040,0007
2446704Monday 10th December1Julie JonesTim O'Mara11,370,0003
2456705Monday 10th December2Julie JonesTim O'Mara11,100,0004
2466706Wednesday 12th December Lucy GannonTim O'Mara10,560,0006
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Tracy gets revenge on Charlie Stubbs

  • Ken and Deirdre Barlow are still worried that Charlie Stubbs is abusive to their daughter Tracy and ask Ken's son Peter Barlow, who has arrived from Portsmouth, to find out more. Charlie beats Peter up when Tracy tricks him into thinking Peter is someone she picked up. After being given community service, Charlie tells Tracy he wants her out of his house. While trying to get Charlie to change his mind by giving him a lapdance, Tracy hits him over the head with a lamp, a blow she hopes is fatal, revenge for his affair with Maria Sutherland last year. As Tracy is interviewed in the police station, Charlie dies in hospital. Tracy says it was self-defence, and neighbours Claire Peacock and Gail Platt tell the police about Charlie's violent behaviour, unaware that Tracy has been misleading them for months. When Tracy is denied bail she hires a new solicitor, leaving Ken and Deirdre wondering how they're going to afford the legal bills. David Platt accompanies a distraught Maria to Charlie's funeral but is rebuffed when he tries to kiss her. He decides to support Tracy and tells the Barlows about Charlie trying to drown him. He also says he saw Tracy kill Charlie. When Tracy is granted bail, she talks to David and realises he is lying, but having already given the police his statement he can be useful - although David hints that he wants something in return.
  • Bill Webster returns to Weatherfield, telling the Websters that his marriage to Maureen is over. Audrey Roberts invites Bill to move in with her.
  • Fiz Brown lets her brother Chesney move in with her in their mum Cilla's absence as she doesn't think Les Battersby-Brown is looking after him properly. Cilla soon returns but Chesney has gone missing with his dog Schmeichel. When he turns up, Fiz insists that despite Cilla being back Chesney is still staying with her at the Salon flat.
  • Norris Cole registers with Classmates Reunited and persuades Rita Sullivan to look up some of her old friends.
  • Kelly Crabtree thinks Liam Connor is interested in her but he's really after Joanne Jackson.
  • Jodie and Wilf Morton arrive to inspect the empty bakery, which has been bought by Jerry Morton.
  • Roy and Hayley Cropper make some money by selling some of Roy's old comics.


  • Becky Granger meets up with her old friend Slug, who convinces her to go for a joyride with him in Hayley's car. After being deserted by Slug, Becky leaves the car, but the police find it with her coat inside, incriminating her. Later, a fire starts in Roy's Rolls, and Lloyd Mullaney rescues Becky, who is the only person inside at the time. The street residents, including Roy and Hayley, are convinced Becky was behind the fire, but when the cause turns out to be an electrical fault, Hayley tries to apologise to Becky but Becky, who has lost her job over the fiasco, leaves the street. A heartfelt Hayley tracks Becky down and offers her her job back.
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Sean is shocked to find out Sonny is seeing Michelle

  • Sean Tully is surprised when he meets Sonny as he already knows him; they have a romantic history together. Sean agrees not to tell Michelle about his bisexual past. Meanwhile, Steve and Tracy have been seeing more of each other and after Amy's birthday party they sleep together. Steve regrets it at first and tells Tracy it was a one-off, but when Michelle appears jealous upon seeing them together, he decides to keep the relationship going longer. On a night out, Steve finds Sean and Sonny kissing, and delights in the knowledge that he has ammunition against Michelle's boyfriend. Sean plans to finish with Sonny but Sonny convinces him to continue the affair, while Sonny allays Michelle's fear that he is going to dump her by proposing to her.
  • Cilla has started feeling guilty over her treatment of Chesney and becomes determined to win him back. Fiz meanwhile is struggling to take care of Chesney on her wages alone while Les and Cilla continue to claim child benefits. Cilla lures Chesney to No.5 and spoils him with home comforts, and Chesney decides to move back there.
  • Rita receives a visit from Doreen Fenwick, an old friend from her singing days.
  • Kelly and Joanne have a bust-up in the factory when Joanne reveals she had a fling with Liam. Paul sacks Joanne when it becomes clear she and Kelly won't work together.
  • Jason panics when Holly goes missing, though Eileen has only taken her for a walk. The event makes Jason reconsider his commitment to taking care of Holly and he decides to contact social services, hoping they'll take her away, but he's disappointed when they don't. Eileen is furious and tells Jason that she will bring up Holly with or without his help.
  • David decides not to testify for Tracy after all, but seeing her desperation he changes his mind, but in exchange for sex. Tracy bargains with David, agreeing to sleep with him after the trial.
  • Tyrone Dobbs takes possession of an old metal detector. When he doesn't find anything, he gives it to Chesney, who detects something large in the Peacocks' garden which turns out to be an old bomb. The street is evacuated while a bomb disposal unit remove the device.
  • Carla is having trouble finding a workforce for her denim business, but Becky agrees to recruit workers from her hostel, providing Carla with cheap labour.
  • Claire meets up with Casey Carswell, a girl she has been counselling through the voluntary phone service she works for. Casey has been struggling since her baby died.


  • Upon hearing about Sonny's proposal, Steve tells Michelle about Sonny and Sean kissing but Sean talks his way out of it. Liam and Paul aren't convinced and, under pressure, Sean tells them the truth. They make him tell Michelle, who is devastated and dumps Sonny. When Ryan hears about it he steals Sonny's car but the police catch him and make him return it. Sean and Sonny try to continue their affair but Sean ends it when he realises they can't have a normal relationship in the Street.
  • The factory is understaffed so Liam gives Janice her job back when she returns from France. Kelly meanwhile quits the nightshift as she can't cope with the other dayshift staff's jibes. To sort out the staffing problems, Carla brings in Polish workers from the nightshift, including Wiki Dankowska.
  • Jamie has a surprise encounter with ex-girlfriend Leanne Battersby. Leanne says she's been making money in the property market and she becomes interested in buying No.7. Leanne breaks into Janice's flat so she has somewhere to live while Janice is away. When Janice returns, she's impressed by how much money Leanne appears to have, until she sees Leanne meeting an older man and realises she's a prostitute. Janice tries to stop Leanne meeting her clients but Leanne refuses to quit. Leanne isn't happy when she finds out Liam has put in a higher offer for No.7 than her.
  • David puts pressure on Tracy to sleep with him before the trial, or he won't testify. The pair have a secret meeting in Charlie's old flat but Jason sees them enter on CCTV and tells David's sister Sarah. Deirdre overhears Sarah warning Tracy and confronts Tracy with the tape, though Tracy convinces her to destroy it. The Barlows prepare for the trial - Tracy enters a not guilty plea but Deirdre is having doubts about Tracy's account of Charlie's death and speaks to Claire, Steve and David behind Tracy's back. Meanwhile, Peter flirts with Maria and when they're seen together by Tracy, Tracy attacks Maria, who will be testifying against her in court. The night before the trial, Tracy tells Deirdre the truth about Charlie's murder and how she has manipulated everybody,

    The Mortons move into No.6

    leaving Deirdre wondering whether she can bring herself to lie for Tracy. The trial begins. The evidence weighs against Tracy and David's testimony doesn't help her at all. Deirdre decides to take the stand against Ken's recommendation but she lets Tracy down as the prosecution makes her contradict herself.
  • The Morton family move into No.6 - single dad Jerry, as well as Jodie, twins Darryl and Mel, Kayleigh and granddad Wilf. On their first day in the street, they upset the other residents with their loud music. While Jerry opens his Victoria Street kebab shop, Kayleigh is unhappy with the move and goes to stay with her mum Teresa Bryant.
  • Paul hits Ryan when he hears about him joyriding. Carla is surprised by his extreme reaction and his subsequent sacking of Sean, which results in the factory staff going on strike. When Paul goes missing, Liam gives Sean his job back to settle the strike. Liam confesses to Carla that Paul was driving under the influence and crashed, resulting in Ryan's dad Dean's death. Paul returns and Carla assures him the secret is safe with her.
  • Liz McDonald meets delivery man Derek and they hit it off. Derek asks her out but Liz goes for a meal with her partner Vernon Tomlin instead, though they meet up again subsequently.
  • Violet is told by the doctor that there is still a chance that she can conceive.
  • Doreen moves into the Kabin flat with Rita.


  • The jury finds Tracy guilty of murder, and she receives a life sentence. Tracy asks Ken and Deirdre not to visit her in prison, telling them she blames them for everything.
  • Claire has to leave her son Freddie in the Casey's care but when she returns they're both gone. Casey returns saying she took Freddie for a drive.
  • Leanne decides not to buy No.7, so Liam buys the house and moves in. The pair have been getting on well lately but when she realises she can't tell him about her soliciting she tries to cool their relationship.
  • Janice is worried she and the other factory girls will lose their jobs because of the cheap labour influx, and contacts the Immigration Department, tipping them off about illegal immigrants. Polish workers Wiki and Kasia Barowicz check out, but Joanne is arrested, having come to the UK illegally when she was eight. Janice admits her guilt to her co-workers and when Joanne returns they agree to support her appeal.
  • Liz is getting tired of Vernon's free-spirited attitude and is becoming more interested in Derek but when Vernon suddenly proposes, she accepts. The day is spoiled when Vernon stands Liz up at a dinner date, as he has got drunk and passed out while celebrating, so Liz meets up with Derek instead. They continue seeing each other and spend the night together.
  • Bill wants to buy the builder's yard, and Audrey agrees to invest in the yard, allowing Bill to buy it. Bill proposes to Audrey but she turns him down.
  • Peter returns to Portsmouth without saying goodbye to Maria. Adam Barlow goes with Peter when he's offered a job.
  • Jerry finds out that Kayleigh has been shoplifting, and that Teresa has gone on holiday leaving Kayleigh and her younger son Finlay Bryant at home. Jerry takes them both to live at No.6. Jerry buys Mel and Darryl a car for their 18th and invites the neighbours to a party to make amends. His efforts are undone however when a massive shed is crane-lifted into the Mortons' garden.
  • Holly's mum Emma shows up at No.11 with news - Charlie is Holly's dad, not Jason. Charlie had used Jason's name when he met her, and Emma was none the wiser until she saw Charlie's photograph in the newspaper in the wake of the court case. Emma wants Holly back, and Jason is prepared to give her up but Eileen isn't, feeling that Emma only wants her daughter back so she can claim Charlie's inheritance. When Jason fails to make Eileen see reason, he goes to stay with the Platts. Eileen realises she's fighting a losing battle and decides to run away with Holly but Gail convinces her to hand Holly over to social services.
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Kasia falls to her death

  • Carla's night shift staff finish an important order on her dungaree business, but in a freak accident Kasia falls down the stairs and dies while carrying some boxes for Carla. Panic-stricken Carla summons Paul, who waits until 8am to phone the ambulance as by law Kasia cannot work in the factory before then. Wiki is persuaded to lie the police and Health and Safety is satisfied that the death was an accident, but Paul and Liam have a hard time convincing the staff there wasn't any wrongdoing. When Paul denies Carla usage of the factory for her business, Carla hints to Michelle that her brothers are keeping a secret from her. Michelle gets Liam to admit the truth about Dean's death. Michelle confides in Steve, who takes that moment to move in for a kiss, but she rejects him again.
  • Vera Duckworth wants husband Jack to help more around the house but Vera slips on some magazines he has put on the stairs, hurting herself. Molly Compton gives her Holly's baby monitor so she can call Jack for help whenever she needs it.


  • Ken is in a quandary over his marriage, which has been strained by the court case. He goes to see Denise Osbourne, a former Coronation Street resident who had a baby with Ken in 1995. For ten years Ken has had no contact with Denise or their son Daniel, but he now wants to be a proper father. Ken has an awkward meeting with Daniel but Denise thinks Ken should prioritise making up with Deirdre. He tries to do so but it only results in another row, prompting Denise to step in and try to talk sense into them. Deirdre slaps Denise in the Rovers, which causes Ken to move out of No.1, hoping some time apart will make Deirdre see sense.
  • Mel applies to join the police.
  • Paul is ignoring Carla's attempts to reconcile. He's surprised when he hires a prostitute and it's Leanne. Paul is angry that Leanne is deceiving Liam but can't do anything about it as Leanne will tell Carla about his passion for prostitutes. Leanne is almost caught out when Dev asks her to find a villa for him and she has to admit to Liam that she lost her job in the property market. Feeling she is about to be found out, Leanne quits her escort job but when Carla persuades Leanne to buy a restaurant with her, she takes it back. Leanne is shocked when a client of hers recognises her during a business meeting with Carla, but fortunately for her the man doesn't know her real name.
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Claire wakes up to find the house on fire

  • Gail and Claire conspire to have Darryl's shed removed by the council, as they're tired of Darryl's music playing. Jerry agrees to sort it out but when he doesn't, Claire steals the stereo from the shed. Ashley and Joshua Peacock go on holiday, leaving Claire with Freddie, but during the night a fire starts in the house and as it quickly spreads, Claire is incapacitated while trying to rescue Freddie. Jamie and Kirk enter the house and get Claire to safety but as the firefighters arrive Freddie isn't rescued in time. Ashley returns and is just taking in the news that his baby son is dead when the police tell him Freddie wasn't in the house at the time. Further, the fire was started deliberately. Freddie is found unharmed in the park. The police arrest Claire and question her about her history of mental health issues but release her without charge.
  • Vernon goes on tour with his band. Liz continues her affair with Derek but finds out that Derek's wife Linda knows he is cheating on her.
  • Violet starts seeing Gary, but it doesn't work out.
  • Steve is determined to beat Paul at golf, unaware that Paul is the club champion, so to stop him losing money Michelle lets Steve know. Michelle finally admits to Steve that she cares about him and they get together. Their attempts to be alone together are continually scuppered however because of their parental responsibilities.
  • Sutherland's Kennels is closed when the wrong dog is castrated, and Kirk Sutherland is left unemployed, though he promises to pay sister Maria back her share. Meanwhile, Fiz is surprised when she finds out Chesney's English teacher is John Stape, an old flame, and as they spend time together, Fiz realises it's John she wants to be with. When Kirk proposes to Fiz to show he's serious about their future, Fiz turns him down and tells him their relationship is over. Kirk is hurt when he later finds out that she dumped him for somebody else.
  • Rita phones the council to find out when Doreen's flat will be ready for her to move back in, only to find out it's been ready for ages. Doreen moves out when Rita confronts her. Rita later feels guilty and meets up with Doreen again.


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A car crash leaves Paul dead

  • Through Frank Taylor, Carla finds out about Leanne's escorting. Carla sets Paul up by phoning Leanne's agency, pretending to be Leanne, to set up a meeting between them. When he's found out, Paul admits he's been hiring prostitutes for three years, and Carla finishes with him, adamant that it's for good this time. Faced with losing everything, Paul tells Leanne to leave Weatherfield or he'll tell Liam about her job. Leanne's surprised however when Paul bundles her into his car boot, and phones Liam, asking to meet him. Paul is distracted while he drives and the car collides with another vehicle after running a red light. Paul dies in hospital but Leanne has only minor injuries. Leanne has to tell Liam the truth, and news of her profession quickly spreads through the street. Paul's funeral is held in Ireland. Michelle doesn't tell Ryan the circumstances of Paul's death but Vernon lets it slip.
  • The Peacocks go for a break to the Isle of Man, with Kirk covering Ashley at the shop. When they return, Claire becomes paranoid that the arsonist will try to hurt them again. The police question Casey, who Claire thinks did it, but she is released without charge.
  • Following her brief relationship with Gary, Violet has a date with Tam, but even though it's going well Violet panics and leaves. She later admits to Sean that she wants to have a baby, and doesn't care who the father is, so has been trying to get pregnant. Violet later considers fertility treatment but Sean suggests he could father her baby.
  • Liz becomes worried that Linda will find out she is Derek's mystery woman and finishes with Derek.
  • Kirk is preoccupied with figuring out who Fiz is dating. He finds out when Fiz accuses him of wrecking her scooter out of spite. The real culprit was Sophie Webster.
  • It's exam time but David has been skipping his exams. He only attends one, but when he hands the paper in he sets it alight. Headmaster Mr Griffin interrupts Bethany Platt's birthday party at No.8 to speak to Gail. David decides to leave school but is forced to get a job to earn his keep. Bill gives him a job at the builders' yard, while Gail lets Jason move into No.8. At the yard, Jason tries to be friendly with David and admits to a fear of heights, but David exploits this by taking the ladders away while Jason is working on a roof. David is sacked when Bill finds him sawing up good timber, though Audrey bails him out by giving him a job at the salon.
  • Denise asks Ken how long he is staying with her, but he isn't sure himself. His mind is made up when Denise misinterprets his intentions and tries to kiss him - he's moving back in with Deirdre immediately. He promises to stay in touch with Daniel, and returns to No.1.
  • After reading Wilf's (fake) obituary in the newspaper, Blanche starts thinking about death and decides to have a wake now, while she is still alive. When the 'mourners' admit what they really think of her, however, Blanche decides to start being nice to people, although it doesn't last long.
  • Jerry becomes interested in Eileen, but Eileen has just started seeing Pat Stanaway.
  • Unable to cope with running the factory so soon after Paul's death, Liam takes a break and leaves Hayley in charge. Hayley is a poor boss however as the staff don't respect her authority and take advantage of her unconfrontational nature. She also gives Joanne her job back. Carla reveals Paul has left her his share of the factory.
  • When Carla backs out of buying the restaurant with Leanne, Leanne decides to buy it herself but is £10,000 short so decides to resume her escort work. Meanwhile, Janice meets up with Roger again when he returns from France and they get back together. Janice convinces Roger to give Leanne a loan.


  • Violet agrees to have a baby with Sean. They awkwardly start sleeping together and quickly conceive. Jamie finds out about and doesn't understand why Violet had to resort to it. They decide to keep it secret for now.
  • Suspecting that Eileen's new man Pat might be married, Steve and Lloyd stake out at his house and see him with a woman. They tell Eileen but she already suspects he's married and plans to confront him about it, however she does her best to ignore it instead. He comes clean when he leaves his phone at the cab office and Steve reads multiple text messages from the many women he has on the go. Eileen dumps him when she finds out. Depressed, she invites herself to Steve's holiday to Malta.
  • Molly and Tyrone's plans to move out of No.9 are scuppered when Jack's back goes, meaning they have to take care of him and the already ill Vera. Quickly tiring of it, they contact the Duckworths' relatives to see if anyone will help out. Jack and Vera's grandson Paul Clayton shows up but Tyrone is jealous of the closeness between Jack and Paul.
  • Leanne starts work at the restaurant but she has trouble getting used to dealing with the accounts and can't pay Roger back right away. Janice makes her feel guilty that Roger is penniless in the meantime. She also has trouble getting along with the staff and fires the chef when she finds out he isn't professionally trained. She hires Paul as his replacement.
  • With Hayley struggling to run the factory, Carla takes over and quickly earns the respect of the staff. She also promotes Hayley and gives Rosie the PA job that Sally had been wanting. Liam returns and, unsure about working with Carla, offers to buy her share of the factory but she refuses. As the majority shareholder, Carla goes over Liam's head to sack Joanne again. Citing her tryst with Liam, Joanne has the grounds to claim unfair dismissal but Carla pays her not to pursue it. Joanne leaves the street.
  • The public smoking ban takes effect. Blanche objects to people leaving cigarette ends outside the Rovers.
  • Liz returns and Derek convinces her to resume their affair, though she quickly regrets it and confesses to Linda. Linda throws Derek out but he returns the favour by spilling the beans to Vernon. Liz realises how badly she has treated Vernon and tries to stop him moving to Spain.
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    Casey causes trouble for Ashley and Claire

    As Lloyd drives Vernon to the airport, he plays a tape Liz has given him which contains songs that remind Vernon of his time with Liz. He decides not to move.
  • Sarah and Jason decide to get married.
  • Ashley and Claire still aren't seeing eye-to-eye and Claire goes to stay with her mum for a while. In the meantime, Ashley and Claire both find themselves confiding in Casey, but they don't realise she is doing her best to keep them estranged, acting as a confidante to Claire while helping out at No.4 for Ashley and advising both of them to give each other space even though they want to reconcile. Ashley is grateful for Casey's support and they end up sleeping together. Claire decides to return home.
  • Sally decides to study English Literature. John offers to tutor her.
  • Cilla loses her job at Wong's Chippy. She takes her anger out on Jodie, who gets her own back by kidnapping Schmeichel, who she thinks is Cilla's dog, but she returns him when she finds out Chesney is his owner.


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Steve sings with Shania, unaware of the surprise that awaits him

  • In Malta, Steve finds a hotel but he and Eileen have to share a bed. Things pick up when he meets Shania - but as they move to the bedroom Shania reveals he's a transvestite and leaves. An embarrassed Steve convinces Eileen to keep quiet about Shania when they return to Weatherfield, for Michelle's sake. Michelle finds out and is angry at first but forgives him, while Eileen, Lloyd and Jamie enjoy taking the mickey. Steve and Michelle go to Ireland to visit Michelle's parents.
  • Although Claire is back at No.4, Claire still thinks Ashley and the neighbours think she started the fire and lashes out at people. Casey begins stalking the Peacocks and convinces Claire to go back to her mum's until she feels better, upon which Casey unofficially moves into No.4 on the pretext of helping Ashley, which doesn't go unnoticed by the curious neighbours. Ashley develops feelings for Casey but when Claire returns, apparently recovered, she asks Casey to leave. Casey however is in love with Ashley and meets up with him, imploring him to leave Claire.
  • David goes on a few dates with Mel, which arouses Sarah's curiosity. Sarah fills Mel in on David's history, prompting Mel to stand David up. To save face, David tells Amber Kalirai that he slept with Mel then dumped her, although when Jerry finds out about this David is forced to apologise to Mel. Later, David tells Jason that he wants his family dead. David later surprises everyone by revealing he passed the single exam he sat.
  • Leanne feels guilty when Roger has to move in with her and Janice as he can't pay his rent. She tries to raise money to pay Roger back by finding someone to invest in the restaurant - Dev turns her down, but Paul offers, using money stolen from Jack. Leanne accepts.
  • Norris learns his ex-wife Angela Hawthorne has recently died. At the funeral, he meets Angela's other ex-husbands George Trench and Ivor Priestley. As they celebrate Angela's death, Norris reveals he is planning to propose to someone, but doesn't reveal who.
  • Cilla takes her career in a new direction and gets a job at a care home. She flirts with elderly Frank Nichols when she finds out he's rich. Frank is taken with her and gives her a job as his full-time carer.
  • Tyrone goes to Spain when he finds out his mother Jackie Dobbs has been arrested there.
  • Carla moves out of No.12 and back into her and Paul's flat. Carla accuses Liam of still harbouring feelings for Leanne.
  • Jack and Vera celebrate their golden anniversary in the Rovers.
  • Jerry and Eileen go on a date. They get on well and later use Darryl's shed to escape from Jerry's kids.
  • Hayley's Aunty Monica dies. At the funeral, Roy defends Hayley against her judgemental family. Hayley's uncle gives her some odds and ends which belonged to Monica and among them are some letters which reveal that Hayley had a son who Monica had prevented from contacting her.


  • Ashley tells Casey he is devoted to Claire but she doesn't believe him. Desperate and deranged, Casey kidnaps Freddie. Ashley finds them in Casey's flat, where Casey admits it was she who set fire to No.4. When Ashley spurns her, Casey prepares to jump off the balcony with Freddie. They're interrupted by Claire, who phones the police. To stall Casey, Ashley admits to his affair to Claire and pretends to agree to marry Casey. Casey is arrested,
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    Christian reacts badly to the news that Hayley is his father

    but Ashley's betrayal sees him thrown out of No.4 by Claire, who is resolute that their marriage is over.
  • Norris takes Rita out to dinner and unexpectedly pops the question. Rita turns him down.
  • Hayley decides to locate her son and hires a PI, who tells her her son is Christian Gatley. Hayley breaks the news about Christian to Roy. Although upset that she lied to him about being a virgin, he agrees to support her if she's honest from now on, a promise she quickly breaks she introduces herself to Christian as Harold's sister. Roy's disapproval creates a rift between them until Hayley tells Christian the truth. Christian is disgusted that Hayley is his father and punches her. Hayley makes Roy feel guilty as it was his advice that led to her alienating her son. When Roy breaks down at Freshco's, he and Hayley agree to try to work things out.
  • Gail asks David to start paying rent. When he refuses, Audrey takes the money out of his wages and gives it to Gail. David is furious and walks out of No.8. He's picked up by the police sporting cuts and bruises which he says were caused by Gail assaulting him. He's warned for wasting police time. Feeling defeated, David causes upset by cutting the hair off one of Bethany's dolls. He then volunteers to stash some ecstasy tablets for a friend of Darryl's but Bethany finds one of the pills in her doll's head and swallows it. When Sarah gets home, Beth starts convulsing and is taken to hospital, where under pressure David admits what happened. Beth recovers, and the police let David off with a caution, but it's the final straw for Gail, who tells David to move out and stay away from his family. Audrey goes against Gail's wishes by letting him stay with her.
  • Fiz is furious when Cilla goes on holiday, leaving Chesney with Kirk. Cilla is taken with Las Vegas starts thinking about moving there.
  • Jodie is continually left looking after Kayleigh and Finlay while Jerry and Eileen go out together. She's delighted when Lloyd collects Kayleigh for her.
  • Violet and Sean go for their first scan. Sean chats up sonographer Marcus Dent and they exchange phone numbers. Violet and Sean start telling their friends about their baby news. When Sean and Marcus start dating, Violet feels left out and ends up seeing more of Jamie again, accompanying him to his mum's wedding.
  • Tyrone doesn't trust Paul and puts off looking for a flat for himself and Molly so he can stay at No.9 and keep an eye on him. Tyrone's fears seem justified when he overhears Paul calling himself Mr. Duckworth on the phone. He tries to expose Paul for opening Jack's mail but it backfires as it turns out to be a delivery note for a present Paul bought Jack and Vera. Tyrone knows Paul is guilty of something but is forced to apologise. To avoid any future problems, Paul has the loan company send any letters to the restaurant instead of No.9. Paul later steals more money from Jack but it's Tyrone who is caught with it, making him appear guilty.
  • John realises that Sally has a crush on him. To get out of going to the theatre with her he invites Kevin and Fiz along.
  • Carla strikes up a good working relationship with customer Tony Gordon. Liam is jealous of them spending so much time together but he is diverted by a flirtatious Maria.
  • Vernon books his and Liz's wedding for 31st December. Steve hopes they will move out when they get married but Liz and Vernon intend to live in the Rovers.


  • Liam confronts Carla about her seeing Tony, under the pretence of looking out for Paul's memory, but in a heated argument he kisses Carla. Carla is angry and pushes him away. As Carla and Tony grow closer, Liam distracts himself by seeing more of Maria, who surprises him by getting him a dog, Ozzy.
  • Two heavies arrive at Valandro's looking for Paul. Leanne reluctantly gives them his address, but when Paul begs Tyrone tells them he doesn't him.
  • With Roy and Hayley away, Becky confronts Christian about the way he treated Hayley. When they return, Roy finds out Christian left Manchester rather abruptly. Hayley decides to sign up for volunteer work in Africa, but finds out the only place left is a year-long placement for which she would need to leave almost immediately. Hayley is ready to give up, but Roy convinces her to go.
  • A genuinely sorry David is still getting the short shrift from the Platts. He tries to make peace with Sarah and Jason but Gail tells him that saying sorry isn't enough. When he finds out he's not invited to the wedding, David becomes determined to ruin the occasion by inviting Jason's brother Todd, with whom Sarah has a history. Sarah's fuming when Todd arrives but when they work out David's scheme they call a truce. His plan failed, David loosens the bolts on the scaffolding at the builder's yard balcony, which causes Jason to fall to street level when he leans on it.
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    Sarah and Jason marry

     David, feeling a brief pang of guilt, phones the ambulance upon witnessing the accident. Jason, who believes David caused the accident but can't prove it, is soon discharged from hospital but is in crutches for the wedding. David's last hope vanishes when his dad phones to say he can't make the wedding. Sarah and Maria find a suicide note from David, who has disappeared, but Sarah rips it up, certain that it's another of David's stunts, and doesn't tell Gail about it despite Maria's misgivings. As the congregation sets off for the wedding, David is furious to see that no-one seemingly cares about his suicide note (not knowing only Sarah and Maria saw it) and leaves a telephone message for Gail, telling her she'll finally be rid of him, and he drives his car into the canal. The police arrive at the church just as Sarah and Jason are exchanging vows, telling Gail that David's car has been found. Though Gail and Audrey leave, the wedding goes ahead without them at Sarah's insistence. David later turns up unharmed, and a relieved Gail is determined to take care of him after the "suicide attempt" and is angry with Sarah for not telling her about the suicide note. In front of Sarah, however, David expresses his delight that he managed to ruin her wedding after all.
  • Ashley tries to worm his way back into No.4, but Claire isn't ready to get back together with him yet.
  • When Frank dies, Cilla is invited to his will reading, but only receives £500. Dismayed, she sells a necklace Frank bought her but gets £45,000 for it. She immediately starts planning a new life in Las Vegas, but Fiz is furious that she is willing to leave Chesney behind. Cilla leaves regardless, with Chesney staying at No.5 with Kirk.
  • Lloyd asks Jodie out, but they have to cancel their date when Jerry goes out with Eileen and leaves Jodie with the kids. Jerry later feels guilty but while trying to make amends he agrees to go on a trip to Milan with some friends, leaving Jodie in the lurch again. Lloyd gets Eileen to babysit Kayleigh and Finlay while he goes out with Jodie, but when Eileen catches Kayleigh leaving the house to go clubbing she has to phone Jodie to deal with it.
  • Sean decides to be a full-time dad to Violet's baby. Marcus is angry when Sean tricks him into revealing that the baby is a boy, even though Violet didn't want to know.
  • Leanne is annoyed when Roger charges her for fixing a leak in the restaurant. When Paul buys into the restaurant, Leanne uses the money to pay Roger back.
  • Rosie is jealous of Maria and Liam's relationship, and wants Liam for herself. When she interferes with their meeting plans, Liam tells Rosie that she is just a little girl and doesn't have a chance with him. Later, Rosie is impressed when John talks to her like an adult, and she kisses him. John reciprocates. John isn't interested in taking things any further but Rosie easily seduces him and they begin an affair. He's shocked when Rosie decides to return to school so that he will be teaching her.


  • In the wake of David's suicide attempt, the Platts are doing their best to support him, except Sarah, who is angry when Jason cuts short their honeymoon by insisting they return home. While Todd returns to London, David tells Sarah he intends to wreck her marriage. He steals her wedding dress and throws it into a bag of cast-offs the Mortons use to dress their guy for their bonfire. When Audrey tells Sarah she's taking David back at the salon, Sarah quits and gets a job as a waitress at Valandro's. Sarah and Jason make peace after weeks of arguing. David responds by trying to convince Sarah that Jason and Becky are interested in each other. Sarah is disbelieving.
  • Vernon takes Liz to Paris for her 50th birthday. Finally alone with Michelle in the Rovers, Steve suggests she and Ryan move in, assuring her that Liz and Vernon will find their own place. Unbeknown to them, Liz has assumed Steve and Michelle will do the same.
  • Rosie and John are nearly caught kissing at No.13. To explain his presence to the Websters, John says he was going to ask Sally if she wanted to continue their lessons. Sally misinterprets John's intentions and during a lesson admits to having feelings for him. She's humiliated when he doesn't reciprocate. When John accepts Fiz's invitation to move into the salon flat with her and Maria, he decides to end things with Rosie. On her first day back at school, Rosie dresses provocatively and flirts with John. When Rosie chats to a boy called Lee, a jealous John warns Sally that Lee is a troublemaker. Fiz, meanwhile, has noticed Sally's interest in John and thinks there might be more going on between them than English lessons.
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    Rosie and John are nearly caught

    She tells Kevin about her suspicions. They agree to follow their partners to see if they've arranged to meet, but their alibis check out on this occasion. Elsewhere, Rosie convinces John to give her poorly written essay an A. Sally notices the inexplicable high grade and John explains that he was trying to encourage Rosie academically.
  • A woman enters the factory and attacks Carla. The woman, Tony's wife Lindsey, warns Carla to stay away from Tony, and that he is a control freak. While Liam tries to convince Carla to dump Tony, Maria discovers she's pregnant and breaks the news to Liam.
  • Jerry returns and makes peace with Jodie by giving her a week off work. When Finlay gets a spark from the bonfire in his eye while under Jodie's care, however, Jerry blames Jodie for being distracted by Lloyd. Lloyd decides that Jodie has too much baggage and dumps her. Tired of Jerry's interference in her life, Jodie decides to move to London right away, ignoring Jerry's last-minute pleads with her not to go. Jerry finally has to take on the responsibilities of running the shop and looking after the kids by himself, and when he realises that he hasn't even noticed Kayliegh has been going clubbing for months, he rethinks his priorities and ends his relationship with Eileen.
  • Violet is appalled when Jason announces the sex of her baby to the Rovers regulars, having found out from Sean. Violet makes it clear to Sean that it is her baby, not his. Violet soon finds herself growing closer to Jamie again. They decide to raise Violet's baby together, but Sean meanwhile has decided he wants to be a proper dad to his son. He's distressed when Violet and Jamie tell him their news and seeks legal advice. As Violet and Jamie move into No.12 flat, however, Sean apologises for his behaviour and lends them money to pay their deposit. They assume he's supporting them, but really he's doing it to gain a foothold in their lives.. Meanwhile, Violet's outgoing sister Lauren Wilson arrives in the Street.
  • Claire goes on a singles night to prove that she has no intention of getting back together with Ashley. When she drunkenly tries to kiss Kevin, Kevin takes her home. The night convinces Claire that she loves Ashley and she agrees to let Ashley move back in.
  • Norris decide to propose to Doreen, although Rita warns him against it. He's surprised to learn that Ivor and George have both already proposed to her.
  • Vera becomes taken with the idea of moving to Blackpool permanently. Jack's not so keen but goes along with it for Vera's sake.
  • Steve meets his dad Jim McDonald when he is released from prison. Steve warns Jim not to inferere with Liz's impending nuptials with Vernon.


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Liz marries Vernon after all

  • Steve gives Jim a job at Street Cars to help him get back on his feet. Liz is initially wary of Jim being around but over time she becomes more receptive. She soon realises that Vernon does not excite her as Jim did and, on her wedding day, decides not to marry Vernon. Jim seizes the opportunity to tell Liz he still loves her but she rejects him. Their argument is witnessed by Vernon, who tries to attack Jim but Jim punches him. Feeling sorry for Vernon, Liz decides to marry him after all and the wedding goes ahead.
  • After an argument with Carla about Tony, where Liam is accused of being jealous, Liam immediately proposes to Maria, who accepts and also agrees to move in with Liam. Carla later tells everyone about her kiss with Liam but Liam convinces Maria it meant nothing.
  • Norris withdraws his marriage proposal to Doreen.
  • Ryan starts noticing a car following him around. Liam confronts the driver, Nick Neeson, who tells him that he's Ryan's dad, although Michelle denies the possibility. After finding out where Nick lives, Michelle goes to his house and is disturbed when a boy Ryan's age who looks like Dean answers the door. Nick tells Michelle that he believes that their sons were mixed up in the hospital when they were born. Michelle refuses a DNA test but after a difficult few weeks decides she has to know the truth.
  • Harry Mason and son Dan arrive to take over the Rosamund Street betting shop. Dan immediately pressures Lloyd to pay up the £400 he owed to the previous owner. He's annoyed however when Harry moves into the bookies' flat with him when his wife throws him out.
  • David steals Jason's phone and returns it to Sarah, saying he found it. He later sends a flirtatious text message to it from Becky's phone which Sarah reads, once again causing Sarah and Jason to row. When Sarah confronts an oblivious Becky, Jason realises David is behind it. Gail decides that as Sarah and David aren't getting on, Sarah and Jason should move out. Gail's successful half-brother Stephen Reid comes to visit and David sweet-talks him into offering him a job in Milan. Sarah's furious that David is being rewarded for his bad behaviour and decides to play him at his own game by stashing ecstasy tablets in his drawer at the salon, only to "find" them and show Audrey. David loses his job opportunity, but Sarah persuades Stephen to offer her the job. Jason agrees to move to Milan for Sarah's sake, although he himself is not keen. David warns Jason that Sarah has stitched them both up. At the train station, Sarah admits to Jason that she planted the drugs on David. Jason is shocked that she would stoop to David's level and move to another country just to get revenge, and refuses to go with her. Sarah and Beth leave for Milan without him.
  • When Jack and Vera announce that they are moving, Paul tells Jack about the loan he took out in his name. An angry Jack gives Paul money to pay off the loan.
  • Rosie is becoming tired of sharing John with Fiz and tells him she wants a proper relationship. John tries but fails to dump Fiz. On Christmas Day, John accidentally gives Rosie and Fiz each other's presents. Fiz assumes it's Sally's gift she has received and accuses her at No.13, but when Rosie enters with Fiz's gift, everyone realises the truth. An enraged Kevin beats John up and is arrested for assault by the police, leaving him worried that he will face a prison sentence.
  • Lauren moves in with Eileen.
  • Mel is accepted into the police force.
  • Becky, Chesney and Kirk spend Christmas Day with Roy in the café, as he faces the festive season without Hayley.

Who lives where

Coronation Street residents

Rosamund Street residents

Victoria Street residents


Unknown residence - Kelly Crabtree. Tony Gordon. Joanne Jackson. Marcus Dent.

Awards and nominations

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  • Favourite Programme: Coronation Street
  • Sexiest Male: Rob James-Collier
  • Sexiest Female: Alison King

Royal Television Society

  • Soap Coronation Street (Winner)
Coronation Street in the 2000s
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