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2007 was Coronation Street's forty-eighth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1 Steve McDonald Simon Gregson Full year 165 1764 16
2 Fiz Brown Jennie McAlpine Full year 164 853 13
3 Jason Grimshaw Ryan Thomas Full year 158 689 24
4 Liam Connor Rob James-Collier Full year 156 210 50
5 Michelle Connor Kym Ryder Full year except for July 148 206 48
6 Carla Connor Alison King Full year 145 149 76
6 David Platt Jack P. Shepherd Full year 145 1039 17
6 Sean Tully Antony Cotton Full year 145 489 1
9 Sarah Platt/Grimshaw Tina O'Brien Full year 144 1411 13
10 Violet Wilson Jenny Platt Full year 138 453 9
11 Eileen Grimshaw Sue Cleaver Full year 133 820 5
12 Sally Webster Sally Whittaker Full year 131 1969 10
13 Liz McDonald Beverley Callard Full year 128 1378 22
14 Gail Platt Helen Worth Full year 127 2991 4
15 Claire Peacock Julia Haworth Full year 115 461 10
15 Maria Sutherland Samia Smith Full year 115 649 27
17 Janice Battersby Vicky Entwistle Full year except for February 109 1254 38
18 Kelly Crabtree Tupele Dorgu Full year 108 343 20
19 Kevin Webster Michael Le Vell Full year 105 2054 33
20 Leanne Battersby Jane Danson From March 104 759 35
21 Deirdre Barlow Anne Kirkbride Full year except for July and September 103 2776 21
22 Hayley Cropper Julie Hesmondhalgh Until October 101 955 25
23 Becky Granger Katherine Kelly Full year except for March 100 153 51
23 Vernon Tomlin Ian Reddington Full year 100 156 53
25 Audrey Roberts Sue Nicholls Full year except for March and July 98 2136 3
26 Lloyd Mullaney Craig Charles From February 94 224 47
27 Ashley Peacock Steven Arnold Full year 93 1083 23
28 Jerry Morton Michael Starke From March 91 91 -
29 Jamie Baldwin Rupert Hill Full year 89 394 7
30 Roy Cropper David Neilson Full year 88 1056 28
31 Ken Barlow William Roache Until June and from October 87 3595 29
32 Rosie Webster Helen Flanagan Full year except for March and June 82 881 35
33 Blanche Hunt Maggie Jones Full year except for November 77 706 32
34 Paul Connor Sean Gallagher Until June 76 103 64
35 Chesney Battersby-Brown Sam Aston Full year 75 302 45
35 Norris Cole Malcolm Hebden Full year except for July 75 785 13
35 Kirk Sutherland Andrew Whyment Full year except for March and November 75 510 41
38 John Stape Graeme Hawley From May 72 72 -
39 Tyrone Dobbs Alan Halsall Full year 70 807 38
39 Rita Sullivan Barbara Knox Full year 70 2904 19
41 Dev Alahan Jimmi Harkishin Full year 69 745 43
41 Darryl Morton Jonathan Dixon From March 69 69 -
41 Bill Webster Peter Armitage Full year except for March and July 69 387 65
44 Molly Compton Vicky Binns Full year except for January 67 148 48
45 Wiki Dankowska Wanda Opalinska March to July and from September 64 64 -
46 Cilla Battersby-Brown Wendi Peters Until October 63 315 41
46 Jodie Morton Samantha Seager January to November 63 63 -
48 Ryan Connor Ben Thompson Full year except for July and October 60 69 74
49 Tracy Barlow Kate Ford Until April 58 1181 12
50 Mel Morton Emma Edmondson From March 57 57 -
51 Joanne Jackson Zaraah Abrahams January to April and June to July 55 214 26
52 Sophie Webster Brooke Vincent Full year 52 568 40
53 Doreen Fenwick Barbara Young February to December 51 51 -
54 Jack Duckworth William Tarmey Full year except for January 50 1955 57
54 Joshua Peacock Benjamin Beresford Full year except for January 50 261 54
56 Freddie Peacock Dylan & Hayden Whitbread Full year except for January 48 93 56
57 Amy Barlow Amber Chadwick Full year except for October 45 212 59
57 Paul Clayton Tom Hudson From July 45 53 -
59 Amber Kalirai Nikki Patel Full year except for May and July 43 90 59
60 Kayleigh Morton Jessica Barden From March 42 42 -
61 Emily Bishop Eileen Derbyshire Full year 40 2910 37
62 Roger Stiles Andrew Dunn January, June to August and from October 36 36 -
63 Vera Duckworth Elizabeth Dawn Full year except for January and March 35 2267 54
64 Bethany Platt Amy & Emily Walton Full year except for February, May and August 34 359 62
65 Peter Barlow Chris Gascoyne January and March to April 32 415 -
66 Betty Williams Betty Driver February to June, September and from November 31 2635 58
67 Marcus Dent Charlie Condou From September 27 27 -
68 Les Battersby-Brown Bruce Jones Until May 26 1019 30
69 Finlay Bryant Ramone Quinn From April 26 26 -
70 Adam Barlow Sam Robertson Until April 24 211 45
70 Tony Gordon Gray O'Brien From September 24 24 -
72 Jim McDonald Charles Lawson From November 16 1095 -
73 Todd Grimshaw Bruno Langley October to November 14 380 -
74 Denise Osbourne Denise Black May to June 12 280 -
75 Charlie Stubbs Bill Ward Until January 11 418 8
76 Dan Mason Matthew Crompton From December 10 10 -
77 Harry Mason Jack Ellis From December 9 9 -
78 Daniel Osbourne Dominic Holmes May to June 7 108 -
79 Alex Neeson Dario Coates December only 4 4 -
80 Teresa Bryant Karen Henthorn March to April 2 2 -

Production

Broken families

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

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

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.

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Part Writer Director Viewing
Figures
Chart
Position
1 6459 Monday 1st January 1 Jayne Hollinson Michael Kerrigan 11,120,000 5
2 6460 Monday 1st January 2 Jan McVerry Michael Kerrigan 11,370,000 4
3 6461 Wednesday 3rd January Simon Crowther Michael Kerrigan 11,680,000 3
4 6462 Friday 5th January Jonathan Harvey Michael Kerrigan 11,690,000 2
5 6463 Sunday 7th January Jonathan Harvey Michael Kerrigan 11,110,000 6
6 6464 Monday 8th January 1 Debbie Oates Alan Wareing 12,460,000 1
7 6465 Monday 8th January 2 Debbie Oates Alan Wareing 12,370,000 2
8 6466 Wednesday 10th January Peter Whalley Alan Wareing 11,260,000 6
9 6467 Friday 12th January 1 John Fay Alan Wareing 12,210,000 3
10 6468 Friday 12th January 2 John Fay Alan Wareing 11,770,000 4
11 6469 Sunday 14th January Julie Jones Alan Wareing 11,520,000 5
12 6470 Monday 15th January 1 Joe Turner Terry Dyddgen-Jones 12,780,000 2
13 6471 Monday 15th January 2 Joe Turner Terry Dyddgen-Jones 13,080,000 1
14 6472 Wednesday 17th January Mark Wadlow Terry Dyddgen-Jones 12,120,000 3
15 6473 Friday 19th January Carmel Morgan Terry Dyddgen-Jones 11,270,000 5
16 6474 Sunday 21st January Stephen Bennett Terry Dyddgen-Jones 11,360,000 4
17 6475 Monday 22nd January 1 Joe Turner John Anderson 12,050,000 2
18 6476 Monday 22nd January 2 Jayne Hollinson John Anderson 12,270,000 1
19 6477 Wednesday 24th January David Lane John Anderson 11,420,000 3
20 6478 Friday 26th January Damon Rochefort John Anderson 11,070,000 4
21 6479 Sunday 28th January Simon Crowther John Anderson 11,070,000 4
22 6480 Monday 29th January 1 Jan McVerry Kay Patrick 11,830,000 2
23 6481 Monday 29th January 2 John Fay Pip Short 11,910,000 1
24 6482 Wednesday 31st January Mark Wadlow Pip Short 10,900,000 3
25 6483 Friday 2nd February Martin Allen Pip Short 10,760,000 5
26 6484 Sunday 4th February Stephen Bennett Pip Short 10,820,000 4
27 6485 Monday 5th February 1 Chris Fewtrell Tim O'Mara 11,660,000 2
28 6486 Monday 5th February 2 Jonathan Harvey Tim O'Mara 12,060,000 1
29 6487 Wednesday 7th February Catherine Hayes Tim O'Mara 10,820,000 4
30 6488 Friday 9th February Jan McVerry Tim O'Mara 11,090,000 3
31 6489 Sunday 11th February Carmel Morgan Tim O'Mara 10,670,000 5
32 6490 Monday 12th February 1 Debbie Oates Michael Kerrigan 11,420,000 2
33 6491 Monday 12th February 2 Peter Whalley Michael Kerrigan 11,600,000 1
34 6492 Wednesday 14th February Martin Allen Michael Kerrigan 10,300,000 4
35 6493 Friday 16th February David Lane Michael Kerrigan 10,720,000 3
36 6494 Sunday 18th February Jayne Hollinson Michael Kerrigan 10,300,000 4
37 6495 Monday 19th February 1 Mark Wadlow Mark McKillop 11,390,000 1
38 6496 Monday 19th February 2 Mark Wadlow Mark McKillop 11,380,000 2
39 6497 Wednesday 21st February Damon Rochefort Mark McKillop 10,530,000 5
40 6498 Friday 23rd February Stephen Russell Mark McKillop 10,930,000 4
41 6499 Sunday 25th February Carmel Morgan Mark McKillop 10,960,000 3
42 6500 Monday 26th February 1 Jonathan Harvey Nigel Keen 11,450,000 2
43 6501 Monday 26th February 2 Jonathan Harvey Nigel Keen 11,560,000 1
44 6502 Wednesday 28th February Julie Jones Nigel Keen 10,950,000 3
45 6503 Friday 2nd March Chris Fewtrell Nigel Keen 10,360,000 5
46 6504 Sunday 4th March Joe Turner Nigel Keen 10,900,000 4
47 6505 Monday 5th March 1 Stephen Bennett Stuart Davids 11,950,000 1
48 6506 Monday 5th March 2 Mark Burt Stuart Davids 11,810,000 2
49 6507 Wednesday 7th March Damon Rochefort Stuart Davids 10,150,000 3
50 6508 Friday 9th March Catherine Hayes Stuart Davids 10,070,000 5
51 6509 Sunday 11th March Martin Allen Stuart Davids 9,000,000 7
52 6510 Monday 12th March 1 Simon Crowther Pip Short 11,000,000 1
53 6511 Monday 12th March 2 Simon Crowther Pip Short 10,720,000 2
54 6512 Wednesday 14th March Peter Whalley Pip Short 9,800,000 6
55 6513 Friday 16th March David Lane Pip Short 8,940,000 9
56 6514 Sunday 18th March Julie Jones Pip Short 10,480,000 3
57 6515 Monday 19th March 1 Joe Turner Tim O'Mara 11,480,000 1
58 6516 Monday 19th March 2 Joe Turner Tim O'Mara 8,990,000 7
59 6517 Wednesday 21st March Chris Fewtrell Tim O'Mara 10,960,000 2
60 6518 Friday 23rd March Jan McVerry Tim O'Mara 10,430,000 3
61 6519 Sunday 25th March Jonathan Harvey Tim O'Mara 10,010,000 4
62 6520 Monday 26th March 1 Jonathan Harvey Michael Kerrigan 10,630,000 3
63 6521 Monday 26th March 2 John Fay Michael Kerrigan 11,590,000 1
64 6522 Wednesday 28th March Mark Wadlow Michael Kerrigan 10,370,000 4
65 6523 Friday 30th March Stephen Russell Michael Kerrigan 10,890,000 2
66 6524 Sunday 1st April Mark Burt Michael Kerrigan 9,930,000 5
67 6525 Monday 2nd April 1 Stephen Bennett Neil Alderton 11,760,000 2
68 6526 Monday 2nd April 2 Joe Turner Neil Alderton 13,070,000 1
69 6527 Wendesday 4th April Carmel Morgan Neil Alderton 10,050,000 4
70 6528 Friday 6th April Jan McVerry Neil Alderton 10,100,000 3
71 6529 Sunday 8th April Chris Fewtrell Neil Alderton 8,360,000 7
72 6530 Monday 9th April 1 Julie Jones Kay Patrick 10,960,000 1
73 6531 Monday 9th April 2 Debbie Oates Kay Patrick 10,830,000 2
74 6532 Wednesday 11th April Jayne Hollinson Kay Patrick 9,330,000 5
75 6533 Friday 13th April Martin Allen Kay Patrick 9,910,000 3
76 6534 Sunday 15th April Peter Whalley Kay Patrick 9,630,000 4
77 6535 Monday 16th April 1 Chris Fewtrell Stuart Davids 10,530,000 1
78 6536 Monday 16th April 2 Chris Fewtrell Stuart Davids 10,290,000 2
79 6537 Wednesday 18th April Joe Turner Stuart Davids 9,730,000 4
80 6538 Friday 20th April Mark Burt Stuart Davids 9,420,000 5
81 6539 Sunday 22nd April David Lane Stuart Davids 9,810,000 3
82 6540 Monday 23rd April 1 Jan McVerry Pip Short 10,870,000 1
83 6541 Monday 23rd April 2 Peter Whalley Pip Short 10,690,000 2
84 6542 Wednesday 25th April Julie Jones Pip Short 9,410,000 3
85 6543 Friday 27th April Jayne Hollinson Pip Short 8,970,000 5
86 6544 Sunday 29th April Jonathan Harvey Pip Short 8,950,000 6
87 6545 Monday 30th April 1 Mark Wadlow Tim O'Mara 9,430,000 2
88 6546 Monday 30th April 2 Mark Wadlow Tim O'Mara 9,550,000 1
89 6547 Wednesday 2nd May Damon Rochefort Tim O'Mara 8,870,000 6
90 6548 Friday 4th May Stephen Bennett Tim O'Mara 9,070,000 4
91 6549 Sunday 6th May Simon Crowther Tim O'Mara 8,990,000 5
92 6550 Monday 7th May 1 Peter Whalley Terry Dyddgen-Jones 10,550,000 1
93 6551 Monday 7th May 2 Stephen Bennett Terry Dyddgen-Jones 9,960,000 4
94 6552 Wednesday 9th May Catherine Hayes Terry Dyddgen-Jones 10,340,000 2
95 6553 Friday 11th May David Lane Terry Dyddgen-Jones 10,080,000 3
96 6554 Sunday 13th May Carmel Morgan Terry Dyddgen-Jones 9,600,000 5
97 6555 Monday 14th May 1 Chris Fewtrell Mike Adams 10,440,000 2
98 6556 Monday 14th May 2 Stephen Russell Mike Adams 9,990,000 4
99 6557 Wednesday 16th May Martin Allen Mike Adams 10,540,000 1
100 6558 Friday 18th May Jonathan Harvey Mike Adams 9,560,000 5
101 6559 Sunday 20th May Jonathan Harvey Mike Adams 10,020,000 3
102 6560 Monday 21st May 1 Debbie Oates Tony Prescott 10,690,000 2
103 6561 Monday 21st May 2 Simon Crowther Tony Prescott 11,210,000 1
104 6562 Friday 25th May Julie Jones Tony Prescott 9,440,000 5
105 6563 Sunday 27th May Damon Rochefort Tony Prescott 9,790,000 4
106 6564 Monday 28th May 1 Peter Whalley Kay Patrick 10,650,000 1
107 6565 Monday 28th May 2 Peter Whalley Kay Patrick 10,540,000 2
108 6566 Wednesday 30th May David Lane Kay Patrick 10,180,000 3
109 6567 Friday 1st June Simon Crowther Kay Patrick 7,960,000 9
110 6568 Sunday 3rd June Stephen Bennett Kay Patrick 8,870,000 5
111 6569 Monday 4th June 1 Joe Turner Michael Kerrigan 9,910,000 2
112 6570 Monday 4th June 2 Joe Turner Michael Kerrigan 10,090,000 1
113 6571 Wednesday 6th June Mark Wadlow Michael Kerrigan 8,860,000 3
114 6572 Friday 8th June Jayne Hollinson Michael Kerrigan 8,850,000 4
115 6573 Sunday 10th June Damon Rochefort Michael Kerrigan 8,660,000 6
116 6574 Monday 11th June 1 Martin Allen Pip Short
Kay Patrick
9,640,000 5
117 6575 Monday 11th June 2 Mark Burt Pip Short
Kay Patrick
9,700,000 4
118 6576 Wednesday 13th June Chris Fewtrell Pip Short
Kay Patrick
10,100,000 3
119 6577 Friday 15th June 1 Julie Jones Pip Short
Kay Patrick
9,440,000 6
120 6578 Friday 15th June 2 Jonathan Harvey Pip Short
Kay Patrick
8,070,000 13
121 6579 Monday 18th June 1 Joe Turner Duncan Foster
Kay Patrick
9,990,000 2
122 6580 Monday 18th June 2 Jayne Hollinson Duncan Foster
Kay Patrick
10,270,000 1
123 6581 Wednesday 20th June Stephen Bennett Duncan Foster
Kay Patrick
9,110,000 5
124 6582 Friday 22nd June Martin Allen Duncan Foster
Kay Patrick
8,780,000 7
125 6583 Sunday 24th June Simon Crowther Duncan Foster
Kay Patrick
9,040,000 6
126 6584 Monday 25th June 1 Peter Whalley Terry Dyddgen-Jones 9,970,000 2
127 6585 Monday 25th June 2 Mark Wadlow Terry Dyddgen-Jones 9,910,000 3
129 6586 Wednesday 27th June Catherine Hayes Terry Dyddgen-Jones 9,350,000 4
130 6587 Friday 29th June Julie Jones Terry Dyddgen-Jones 7,820,000 11
131 6588 Sunday 1st July Jonathan Harvey Terry Dyddgen-Jones 6,920,000 17
132 6589 Monday 2nd July 1 Debbie Oates Mike Adams 9,840,000 2
133 6590 Monday 2nd July 2 Debbie Oates Mike Adams 10,050,000 1
134 6591 Wednesday 4th July Chris Fewtrell Mike Adams 9,040,000 4
135 6592 Friday 6th July Damon Rochefort Mike Adams 8,480,000 7
135 6593 Sunday 8th July John Fay Mike Adams 8,100,000 8
136 6594 Monday 9th July 1 Stephen Bennett Tony Prescott 9,770,000 2
137 6595 Monday 9th July 2 Stephen Bennett Tony Prescott 9,950,000 1
138 6596 Wednesday 11th July Peter Whalley Tony Prescott 8,800,000 6
139 6597 Friday 13th July Peter Whalley Tony Prescott 9,290,000 3
140 6598 Sunday 15th July Martin Allen Tony Prescott 8,910,000 4
141 6599 Monday 16th July 1 Stephen Russell Neil Alderton 9,370,000 4
142 6600 Monday 16th July 2 Stephen Russell Neil Alderton 9,450,000 3
143 6601 Wednesday 18th July Damon Rochefort Neil Alderton 8,620,000 5
144 6602 Friday 20th July David Lane Neil Alderton 9,480,000 2
145 6603 Sunday 22nd July Mark Wadlow Neil Alderton 7,570,000 9
146 6604 Monday 23rd July 1 Chris Fewtrell Pip Short 9,300,000 3
147 6605 Monday 23rd July 2 Mark Burt Pip Short 9,360,000 2
148 6606 Wednesday 25th July Julie Jones Pip Short 9,010,000 4
149 6607 Friday 27th July Simon Crowther Pip Short 8,470,000 6
150 6608 Sunday 29th July Jonathan Harvey Pip Short 8,180,000 7
151 6609 Monday 30th July 1 Jayne Hollinson Duncan Foster 9,010,000 2
152 6610 Monday 30th July 2 Jan McVerry Duncan Foster 9,600,000 1
153 6611 Wednesday 1st August Stephen Bennett Duncan Foster 8,680,000 3
154 6612 Friday 3rd August Chris Fewtrell Duncan Foster 8,520,000 5
155 6613 Sunday 5th August Chris Fewtrell Duncan Foster 8,090,000 6
156 6614 Monday 6th August 1 Julie Jones Terry Dyddgen-Jones 9,400,000 2
157 6615 Monday 6th August 2 Julie Jones Terry Dyddgen-Jones 9,490,000 1
158 6616 Wednesday 8th August Peter Whalley Terry Dyddgen-Jones 8,660,000 3
159 6617 Friday 10th August Catherine Hayes Terry Dyddgen-Jones 8,260,000 5
160 6618 Sunday 12th August Damon Rochefort Terry Dyddgen-Jones 8,230,000 6
161 6619 Monday 13th August 1 Simon Crowther John Anderson 9,130,000 5
162 6620 Monday 13th August 2 Simon Crowther John Anderson 9,500,000 2
163 6621 Wednesday 15th August David Lane John Anderson 9,430,000 3
164 6622 Friday 17th August Mark Burt John Anderson 9,030,000 6
165 6623 Sunday 19th August Mark Wadlow John Anderson 9,150,000 4
166 6624 Monday 20th August 1 Joe Turner Pip Banyard 9,640,000 2
167 6625 Monday 20th August 2 Joe Turner Tony Prescott 9,970,000 1
168 6626 Wednesday 22nd August Jonathan Harvey Tony Prescott 8,570,000 5
169 6627 Friday 24th August Martin Allen Tony Prescott 8,200,000 8
170 6628 Sunday 26th August Lucy Gannon Tony Prescott 7,470,000 11
171 6629 Monday 27th August 1 Lucy Gannon Alan Wareing 8,760,000 4
172 6630 Monday 27st August 2 Damon Rochefort Alan Wareing 9,070,000 2
173 6631 Wednesday 29th August David Lane Alan Wareing 8,610,000 6
174 6632 Friday 31st August Jayne Hollinson Alan Wareing 9,070,000 2
175 6633 Sunday 2nd September Peter Whalley Alan Wareing 8,490,000 8
176 6634 Monday 3rd September 1 Debbie Oates Stephen Moore 9,380,000 3
177 6635 Monday 3rd September 2 Debbie Oates Stephen Moore 9,850,000 1
178 6636 Wednesday 5th September Mark Burt Stephen Moore 9,580,000 2
179 6637 Friday 7th September Mark Wadlow Stephen Moore 6,870,000 13
180 6638 Sunday 9th September Joe Turner Stephen Moore 8,620,000 5
181 6639 Monday 10th September 1 Stephen Bennett Jerry Smith 9,750,000 2
182 6640 Monday 10th September 2 Jonathan Harvey Jerry Smith 9,870,000 1
183 6641 Wednesday 12th September Chris Fewtrell Jerry Smith 9,260,000 4
184 6642 Sunday 16th September Jan McVerry
Simon Crowther
Jerry Smith 8,450,000 7
185 6644 Monday 17th September 1 Chris Fewtrell Duncan Foster 10,370,000 2
186 6645 Monday 17th September 2 Simon Crowther Duncan Foster 11,140,000 1
187 6646 Wednesday 19th September Jayne Hollinson Duncan Foster 9,830,000 3
188 6647 Friday 21st September Stephen Bennett Duncan Foster 8,070,000 10
189 6648 Sunday 23rd September Mark Burt Duncan Foster 8,720,000 7
190 6649 Monday 24th September 1 Carmel Morgan John Anderson 10,430,000 2
191 6650 Monday 24th September 2 Julie Jones John Anderson 11,110,000 1
192 6651 Wednesday 26th September Jan McVerry John Anderson 10,070,000 3
193 6652 Sunday 30th September Catherine Hayes
Martin Allen
John Anderson 8,640,000 6
194 6654 Monday 1st October 1 Peter Whalley Tony Prescott 10,510,000 1
195 6655 Monday 1st October 2 Peter Whalley Tony Prescott 10,380,000 3
196 6656 Wednesday 3rd October Damon Rochefort Pip Banyard 10,450,000 2
197 6657 Friday 5th October 1 David Lane Pip Banyard 9,190,000 5
198 6658 Friday 5th October 2 Mark Wadlow Tony Prescott 8,200,000 10
199 6659 Monday 8th October 1 Mark Burt Alan Wareing 10,580,000 1
200 6660 Monday 8th October 2 Stephen Bennett Alan Wareing 10,390,000 2
201 6661 Wednesday 10th October Lucy Gannon Alan Wareing 9,970,000 3
202 6662 Friday 12th October 1 Carmel Morgan Alan Wareing 9,500,000 6
203 6663 Friday 12th October 2 Martin Allen Alan Wareing 8,400,000 11
204 6664 Monday 15th October 1 Jonathan Harvey Tim Dowd 10,900,000 3
205 6665 Monday 15th October 2 Jonathan Harvey Tim Dowd 11,230,000 2
206 6666 Wednesday 17th October Jan McVerry Tim Dowd 9,990,000 7
207 6667 Friday 19th October David Lane Tim Dowd 10,120,000 6
208 6668 Sunday 21st October Peter Whalley Tim Dowd 10,290,000 5
209 6669 Monday 22nd October 1 Joe Turner Michael Kerrigan 10,830,000 3
210 6670 Monday 22nd October 2 Joe Turner Michael Kerrigan 10,860,000 2
211 6671 Wednesday 24th October Simon Crowther Michael Kerrigan 10,150,000 5
212 6672 Friday 26th October Julie Jones Michael Kerrigan 10,180,000 4
213 6673 Sunday 28th October Jayne Hollinson Michael Kerrigan 10,990,000 1
214 6674 Monday 29th October 1 Debbie Oates Duncan Foster 11,960,000 2
215 6675 Monday 29th October 2 Joe Turner Duncan Foster 12,060,000 1
216 6676 Wednesday 31st October Peter Whalley Duncan Foster 11,340,000 3
217 6677 Friday 2nd November Chris Fewtrell Duncan Foster 10,300,000 5
218 6678 Sunday 4th November Jayne Hollinson Duncan Foster 10,440,000 4
219 6679 Monday 5th November 1 Mark Wadlow John Anderson 10,940,000 1
220 6680 Monday 5th November 2 Mark Wadlow John Anderson 10,630,000 3
221 6681 Wednesday 7th November Damon Rochefort John Anderson 10,440,000 4
222 6682 Friday 9th November Carmel Morgan John Anderson 10,270,000 6
223 6683 Sunday 11th November Martin Allen John Anderson 10,840,000 2
224 6684 Monday 12th November 1 Simon Crowther Pip Short 11,520,000 1
225 6685 Monday 12th November 2 Simon Crowther Pip Short 11,100,000 2
226 6686 Wednesday 14th November Julie Jones Pip Short 10,630,000 4
227 6687 Friday 16th November Jonathan Harvey Pip Short 9,170,000 9
228 6688 Sunday 18th November Lucy Gannon Pip Short 11,030,000 3
229 6689 Monday 19th November 1 Martin Allen Alan Wareing 11,460,000 1
230 6690 Monday 19th November 2 Martin Allen Alan Wareing 10,840,000 3
231 6691 Wednesday 21st November Jayne Hollinson Alan Wareing 10,300,000 7
232 6692 Friday 23rd November Mark Burt Alan Wareing 10,780,000 4
233 6693 Sunday 25th November Stephen Bennett Alan Wareing 10,590,000 5
234 6694 Monday 26th November 1 Julie Jones Illy 11,310,000 1
235 6695 Monday 26th November 2 Jonathan Harvey Illy 10,440,000 5
236 6696 Wednesday 28th November Catherine Hayes Illy 10,820,000 4
237 6697 Friday 30th November Mark Wadlow Illy 10,410,000 6
238 6698 Sunday 2nd December Peter Whalley Illy 10,930,000 3
239 6699 Monday 3rd December 1 Joe Turner Tim Dowd 11,530,000 1
240 6700 Monday 3rd December 2 Joe Turner Tim Dowd 11,380,000 2
241 6701 Wednesday 5th December Jan McVerry Tim Dowd 10,510,000 4
242 6702 Friday 7th December David Lane Tim Dowd 10,320,000 6
243 6703 Sunday 9th December Chris Fewtrell Tim Dowd 10,040,000 7
244 6704 Monday 10th December 1 Julie Jones Tim O'Mara 11,370,000 3
245 6705 Monday 10th December 2 Julie Jones Tim O'Mara 11,100,000 4
246 6706 Wednesday 12th December Lucy Gannon Tim O'Mara 10,560,000 6
247 6707 Friday 14th December Damon Rochefort Tim O'Mara 10,150,000 8
248 6708 Sunday 16th December Jan McVerry Tim O'Mara 10,330,000 7
249 6709 Monday 17th December 1 Debbie Oates Duncan Foster 11,470,000 3
250 6710 Monday 17th December 2 Debbie Oates Duncan Foster 11,830,000 2
251 6711 Wednesday 19th December David Lane Duncan Foster 10,010,000 6
252 6712 Friday 21st December Peter Whalley Duncan Foster 9,950,000 7
253 6713 Sunday 23rd December Jonathan Harvey Duncan Foster 9,490,000 9
254 6714 Monday 24th December 1 Mark Wadlow Stuart Davids 9,840,000 8
255 6715 Monday 24th December 2 Chris Fewtrell Stuart Davids 9,050,000 14
256 6716 Tuesday 25th December Simon Crowther Stuart Davids 9,400,000 10
257 6717 Wednesday 26th December Martin Allen Stuart Davids 9,910,000 7
258 6718 Friday 28th December Stephen Bennett Pip Short 9,140,000 13
259 6719 Sunday 30th December Joe Turner Pip Short 9,240,000 12
260 6720 Monday 31st December 1 Chris Fewtrell Pip Short 9,370,000 7
261 6721 Monday 31st December 2 Damon Rochefort Pip Short 8,900,000 9

Storylines

January

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.

February

  • 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.

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.

March

  • 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.

April

  • 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.

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 8.00am 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.

May

  • 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.

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.

June

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.

July

  • 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.

    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.

August

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.

September

  • 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,

    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.

October

  • 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.

    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.

November

  • 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.

    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.

December

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

Others

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

Awards and nominations

National Television Awards

British Soap Awards

Inside Soap Awards

TV Times Awards

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

Royal Television Society

  • Soap Coronation Street (Winner)
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