John Stevenson

John Stevenson in a 1995 interview for The South Bank Show

John Stevenson (born 1937) is one of the most prolific writers in the history of Coronation Street having contributed 447 episodes from 1976 to 2006 (including three co-written with Leslie Duxbury, Julian Roach and Catherine Hayes). He left the programme for a short period between 2000 and 2002 following a dispute with then-producer Jane Macnaught.

One of his notable contributions to the Coronation Street world came as a result of Episode 2203 (12th May 1982) which introduced the guest characters of Wesley and Cyril McGregor. He and Julian Roach saw the potential of these characters in their own sitcom and The Brothers McGregor ran for four years and 26 episodes from 1985 to 1988. Stevenson wrote 15 of the episodes, 6 of them with Roach.

He also wrote the programme's first two-hander, Episode 4745a (2nd January 2000) which, at his suggestion, featured the temporary return of Raquel Watts, another of his creations, to the programme. In addition, he scripted the programme's first "straight-to-video" release, Coronation Street - The Feature Length Special in 1995 and the "mini-episode" featuring Hilda Ogden's return for the 1990 ITV Telethon.

He co-created 1980s comedy drama Brass again with Julian Roach, and has penned episodes of Heartbeat, Oh, Doctor Beeching! and The Grimleys.

Stevenson was the northern theatre critic and showbusiness writer for The Daily Mail and wrote his first ever script in 1968 at the behest of Peter Eckersley for a piloted comedy series called Her Majesty's Pleasure (created by Leslie Duxbury). He met Bill Podmore the same year and worked for him on many series such as Nearest and Dearest. Podmore, more than most, appreciated the importance of writers in television, and quickly recruited Stevenson when he became the Street 's producer in 1976. He also scripted the sitcom, Mother's Ruin, starring Coronation Street actor, Roy Barraclough.

Episodes written by John StevensonEdit


1976 (10 episodes)

1977 (15 episodes)

1978 (16 episodes)

1979 (14 episodes)


1980 (16 episodes)

1981 (12 episodes)

1982 (11 episodes)

1983 (10 episodes)

1984 (13 episodes)

1985 (14 episodes)

1986 (13 episodes)

1987 (17 episodes)

1988 (14 episodes)

1989 (16 episodes)


1990 (18 episodes)

1991 (19 episodes)

1992 (15 episodes)

1993 (16 episodes)

1994 (17 episodes)

1995 (15 episodes)

1996 (15 episodes)

1997 (21 episodes)

1998 (21 episodes)

1999 (19 episodes)


2000 (11 episodes)

2002 (15 episodes)

2003 (15 episodes)

2004 (19 episodes)

2005 (15 episodes)

2006 (5 episodes)

The Brothers McGregorEdit

Other Coronation Street related worksEdit

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