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Note: almost all details below are taken from the "Granada" edition of TV Times which covered the programme's home region. Exceptions are from the “National” or “London” editions when there was a printing dispute which affected the “Granada” edition.


Issue dated Title Content
24th January to 30th January TV Talk: Launched with a bottle of stout A new mobile control room with five cameras costing £250,000 has just gone into service. It will be used for taping the outdoor scenes of Coronation Street among other things. It was “launched” by Violet Carson who smashed a bottle of stout across the front bumper.
Same issue TV Talk: Street star plays a new role Bill Kenwright returned for a charity soccer match with Coronation Street stars among the players and supporters.
28th February to 6th March TV Talk: Harry Kershaw takes a break to write H.V. Kershaw is handing the producer’s role over to June Howson for a short while to write an episode of A Family at War.
Same issue TV Talk: How's your Greek? Short piece on the sale of the programme to Greece.
14th March to 20th March TV Talk: Another wedding in the Street Nigel Humphreys is marrying dancer Michele Barrie on 14th March.
Same issue Violet Carson is changing her tune…and Ena’s letting her hair down Interview with the actress as she prepares to appear on Stars on Sunday, not appearing as Ena Sharples for the first time in nine years, aside from the play When We Were Married.
28th March to 3rd April Weddings that were and brides that might be Photofeature on star’s weddings including William Roache’s to Anna Cropper in 1961, admitting that he’d had flu and he couldn’t remember a thing about it!
2nd May to 8th May TV Talk: Ena’s song goes into the record shops The record of Dreaming Time with music by Derek Hilton and lyrics by Joan Squillino (a 24-year old song-writing housewife from Sheffield) that featured in the programme as a composition of Ena’s has gone on sale.
9th May to 15th May TV Talk: It’s out! The Street’s twin secret New “twins” have been introduced into the programme to play Peter and Susan Barlow. Christopher Dormer and Wendy Jane Walker have taken over the part as the (unnamed) originals have moved away from Manchester.
23rd May to 29th May TV Talk: Pat put Julie on the road to the ‘Street’ The story of how Patricia Phoenix took Julie Goodyear to Oldham Rep in 1966 to build up her experience after he had spotted her potential.
6th June to 12th June TV Talk: Sunshine follows a Street punch-up! William Moore on leaving the show and going on holiday to Majorca
Same issue TV Talk: The Rover Returns… Photo of Julie Goodyear on a bench outside the Rovers Return to mark her return to the programme.
11th July to 17th July Editorial This feature contains a short tribute to Arthur Leslie who died two weeks before.
Same issue TV Talk: Whenever will the summer end? Sandra Gough’s wedding to Miguel Mayor
Same issue The programme’s over but the telefilm lingers on The British Film Institute has extracts of Coronation Street to hire out.
18th July to 24th July TV Talk: What price a wedding in the Street this week? Preview of the wedding of Elsie Tanner and Alan Howard with a hint that Patricia Phoenix and Alan Browning are an item in real life.
1st August to 7th August TV Talk: Coronation Street goes into the stately homes business Article on the opening of the Grape Street set for charity on the forthcoming August Bank Holiday weekend
Same issue TV Talk: The Street helps out with people’s problems Coronation Street has been named as a programme that helps people solved their problems in a religious survey published about television.
Same issue Letters: The real man in the street Letters from viewers in tribute to Arthur Leslie
15th August to 21st August Cover
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Same issue TV Talk: David continues to practise in the Street A piano has been made available in the studio to David Hill, the 13-year old musician schoolboy who plays Tony Parsons so that he can continue practicing.
Same issue The face that launched a thousand scripts A major feature to celebrate the programme’s 1000th episode. The “face” refers to Ena Sharples but the article covers the launch and success of the overall programme
Same issue Len Thurston portraits Start of six portraits commissioned from artist Len Thurston. This week: Ena Sharples
Same issue Our Irma was never like this Fashion shoot pictures of Sandra Gough
Same issue Rovers Return Fare Kathie Webber’s recipes for up-market food that Annie Walker would like to serve in the Rovers
22nd August to 28th August Len Thurston portraits Elsie Tanner - the cover of this issue mentions this feature
29th August to 4th September Len Thurston portraits Ken and Valerie Barlow
5th September to 11th September TV Talk: Peter Adamson to take a short break from the Street The actor is to appear in Emlyn Williams’ play Someone Waiting in Wimbledon from 14th September then on tour in Manchester, Bradford, St. Annes, Swansea, St. Helens and Wolverhampton. Alan Rothwell also appears in the play which is a David Gordon production (the company owned by Reginald Marsh and Bill Kenwright). It is the first time in ten years that Adamson has appeared on stage.
Same issue Len Thurston portraits Len Fairclough
Same issue The Doctor’s wife who made it as a top TV writer Interview with Adele Rose
12th September to 18th September TV Talk: Alan takes up golf and holes in one Bernard Youens has introduced Alan Browning to golf and he shot a hole in one in one of his first games
Same issue Len Thurston portraits Annie Walker, Minnie Caldwell and Albert Tatlock
19th September to 25th September TV Talk: Kenneth Farrington’s secret life in the Street Article on the actor, revealing that he was considered for the role of Dennis Tanner back in 1960
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 21st September Mention in programme listing of the success of the open weekend of the Grape Street set on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
26th September to 2nd October TV Talk: When Elsie meets Elsie 82 year-old fan Elsie Freak came from Australia and met Patricia Phoenix. Whilst in the UK she also bought copy of the 1000th Episode TV Times Souvenir which has now sold over one million copies
10th October to 16th October Cover
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Same issue Ken Barlow couldn’t get away with this in the Street “Fashion” photos of William Roache in some very dubious outfits
Same issue Terrified Tommy Interview with Tommy Boyle on his nerves on being on the programme playing Frank Bradley
24th October to 30th October Boyle goes boom The impact of Tommy Boyle on female viewers and actor considering acting lessons as he got the part on the programme on the same day as his audition for RADA
7th November to 13th November A tinker’s cart full of prejudices in the Street A short article on Shane Connaughton and Margaret Steed
28th November to 4th December Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 30th November Short article on Shane Rimmer
5th December to 11th December TV Talk: Many Happy Rovers Returns Article on the programme’s tenth birthday


Issue dated Title Content
23rd January to 29th January TV Talk: Why Val is leaving the Street Interview with Anne Reid on her decision to leave the show saying, “Awful as this sounds, I hope they’ll kill me off”
30th January to 5th February TV Talk: A rover returns… Daphne Oxenford’s return to the programme. Each time the actress comes back to Granada to do voice-overs for What The Papers Say she pops in to have a cup of tea with the cast. She sometimes regrets asking to be written out in 1963 which she did as she thought that the do-gooding friend of the Barlows was a bit dull. Granada are being cagey about the reason for her return saying no more than it’s a sad occasion.
6th February to 12th February TV Talk: Ena presents David Hill on his return to the programme and his record but he answers “emphatically not” when asked if he wants to become a pop star.
13th February to 19th February From Coronation Street to a mansion and a villa in Majorca The houses that Peter Adamson has lived in
27th February to 5th March TV Talk: One of the family Article on the return of Edith Tatlock to the programme
6th March to 12th March Cover
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Same issue A luxury lounge to laze in Photo feature on Patricia Phoenix’s home above the Navigation Inn, Buxworth in the High Peak.
20th March to 26th March TV Talk: Notes from the TV world Peter Adamson to compere a charity gala in Manchester for Save the Children in front of Princess Anne
24th April to 30th April A talent for telling others what to say Interview with Peter Eckersley, Head of Drama at Granada since 1969, on television writers such as Jim Allen, Arthur Hopcraft and Jack Rosenthal
1st May to 7th May Stars in line: Queen of the Street Short article on Violet Carson
Same issue TV Talk: A Street star for the team Kenneth Farrington joining Manchester City players for football training
8th May to 14th May The Bet that just has to be a winner Interview with Julie Goodyear
Same issue TV Talk: The Street goes golfing Alan Browning, William Roache and Bernard Youens off on a golf tour of the UK playing matches for charity
15th May to 21st May TV Talk: Will Miss Nugent leap off the shelf? Short article on character’s hopes of marriage and interview with Eileen Derbyshire together with a photograph of her with her husband and son
22nd May to 28th May TV Talk: Real beer at the Rovers The Rovers is being rebuilt for the “Enterprise 71” exhibition in Nottingham in July and Doris Speed and Pat Phoenix will be there to pull real pints of beer.
5th June to 11th June TV Talk: Tellygrams Clare Kelly on opening a restaurant and guest house in Devon when acting work dried up
12th June to 18th June TV Talk: No title Margot Bryant on visiting New York and travelling world-wide
19th June to 25th June TV Talk: A master of disguise Profile of William Lucas (Dennis Maxwell)
Same issue The art of coarse acting Actresses who have success despite not having classical looks - includes Violet Carson and Doris Hare
26th June to 2nd July The sober truth…the ‘Rovers’ just doesn’t give a good return Article on running a pub and the small profits that most of them make
10th July to 16th July TV Talk: No title Neville Buswell acts as fashion photographer for his wife Sue who has just finished a modelling course
28th August to 3rd September It all began at the Rovers The stars of the programme pictured on a picnic with food made by Kathie Webber
Same issue Reginald Marsh returns to the Street Interview with the actor a week before Dave Smith returns. The article focuses on his playwriting.
4th September to 10th September Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 6th September Short item on Derek Newark (Bill Sharp)
18th September to 24th September The actor who keeps Dennis Tanner out of the Street Interview with Philip Lowrie on his dislike of the character of Dennis: “Dennis was a piece of cardboard who was never allowed to grow up”
25th September to 1st October Born to be a double act Stars with twins for children including Reginald Marsh
2nd October to 8th October Stay young with the stars Tips to keep youthful from TV stars including Pat Phoenix
Same issue TV Talk: Con-men of the Street Harry Kershaw on being impersonated by men going into pubs “location scouting” for Coronation Street and conning free drinks and meals
16th October to 22nd October A - Z of Television This multi-part feature this week includes Coronation Street in ‘C’
30th October to 5th November TV Talk: Swot up for a Street quiz Preview of a competition to mark Coronation Street's 11th anniversary
13th November to 19th November Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 17th November Short piece on Clive Cazes (Juan Arrabal)
27th November to 3rd December Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 20th November Short article on Del Henney (Eddie Duncan)
4th December to 10th December Cover
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Same issue The Terry O’Neil Coronation Street portfolio A series of portraits by the famous photographer
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 8th December A short piece on Sandra Gough which makes no mention of her leaving the programme
18th December to 31st December We’re looking for the Coronation Street champions Competition in two parts to win a colour TV set to celebrate show’s 11th birthday


Issue dated Title Content
1st January to 7th January We’re looking for the Coronation Street champions The second part of the competition to win a colour television set
8th January to 14th January TV Talk: Growing up the hard way Jennifer Moss on her daughter, Naomi, and her divorce
5th February to 11th February TV Talk: John - acting for a fare John Barratt (Terry Bates) on using his acting money to pay for his parents to go to Australia to visit his brother and a note that pupils of St Thomas’ Primary School in Manchester were used for the Bessie Street School choir in a recent episode
12th February to 18th February Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 16th February A short piece mentioning the influence of Coronation Street in devising the US series Peyton Place
26th February to 3rd March TV Talk: William Moore - back with two wives Article on the actor and wives Betty Driver (screen) and Mollie Sugden (real-life)
11th March to 17th March Cover
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Same issue Violet Carson let her hair down and stole the show The acctress on starting her career in radio. She has also won the most compulsive TV character in the TV Times awards, voted for by viewers
Same issue After all the years of drinking and pain…we need each other Interview with Peter Adamson and wife Jean
18th March to 24th March Sue and Neville are first with the winning lines Fashion shoot with Neville Buswell and his wife
Same issue TV Talk: Winners of the Street competition The winners of the two-part Christmas competition are shown visiting the studios and collecting their prizes
25th March to 31st March Coronation Street Quiz: Even Violet Carson was stumped The answers to the two-part Christmas competition
1st April to 7th April TV Talk: No title Article on Emily and Ernest Bishop’s wedding, hinting it might not happen and covering past jiltings and failed ceremonies in the programme
15th April to 21st April TV Talk: A Street pub for Majorca A pub has opened on the island called The Rovers Return
29th April to 5th May TV Talk: Lynne gets clicking on the Street Lynne Perrie’s crochet skills in between rehearsals.
13th May to 19th May TV Talk: No title Miss Australian Sportsgirl collects her prize of a walk down the Coronation Street set and a small feature about the popularity of the programme in Australia, including a picture from the 1966 tour
20th May to 26th May Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 24th May Praise for Coronation Street from film star Robert Wagner
27th May to 2nd June TV Talk: Albert tells ‘em the score Jack Howarth, Rochdale football club player, meets his namesake on the Grape Street set
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 29th May A description of fan mail to Diana Davies from A Family at War fan in Sweden which mentions that Coronation Street has just started there, unaware that it will be featuring her soon.
3rd June to 9th June TV Talk: Hilda’s pinny is back again Jean Alexander’s original costume pinny, which had previously disappeared, was spotted on a Nearest and Dearest extra and has been returned to her.
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 7th June Trevor Bannister (Ritchie Levitt) on his lack of footballing skills, despite playing in charity matches with Kenneth Farrington, Alan Browning and Graham Haberfield
17th June to 23rd June TV Talk: A Street cat that talks all the time Arthur the cat, who now plays Bobby, is owned by Granada engineer Robin McDonnell
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 21st June A short article on Robert Keegan (Jacko Ford)
8th July to 14th July TV Talk: Keegan in a double change Robert Keegan on playing a villain in Coronation Street after years of Sergeant Blackitt in Z Cars
Same issue TV Talk: Pat Phoenix inspired him Singer John Hanson on the encouragement Pat Phoenix gave him to write his own songs as he opens his first West End musical
15th July to 21st July Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 19th July A short article on Jeremy Young (Benny Lewis)
29th July to 4th August Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 31st July Paul Moriarty returns as Colin Harvey after directing Doreen Keogh, Alan Rothwell and Bill Maynard in a touring play
12th August to 18th August TV Talk: He’s Young and most arresting A short article on Jeremy Young’s past acting career
19th August to 25th August Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 23rd August A short article on Barbara Lott (Ethne Willoughby), who was married to Coronation Street’s first producer Stuart Latham
26th August to 1st September TV Talk: Ted settled into a job Ted Morris on having a job while “resting” in a betting shop, only to be asked to appear in the Street as a betting shop clerk
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 30th August Eric Lander in Coronation Street after years of being best known for his regular role in No Hiding Place
2nd September to 8th September Turn on with our Olympic star gazers TV stars on the Olympic events they will be watching including Kenneth Farrington and Neville Buswell
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 6th September A short piece on filming at the Preston Guild
9th September to 15th September Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 13th September A short article on Jason Lomax being played by Samantha Jane Ferguson, daughter of director Eugene Ferguson
16th September to 22nd September TV Talk: ‘When that coat goes - I go’ - Ena Violet Carson on her refusal to change the coat that she wears in the series
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 18th September Timmy the Donkey (who plays Dolores) was almost put down but a viewer recognised him and alerted Granada TV who bought him.
23rd September to 29th September TV Talk: No title Viewers requests to buy “Key” brand goods as seen in the corner shop, not realising that the brand is made up
Same issue Secret of Love They Neighbour An article about the famous comedy series mentions the popularity of Coronation Street among the UK’s black population despite not having a regular black character in the cast
30th September to 6th October TV Talk: Sgt Conway the constant copper Colin Edwynn on his recurring street role
7th October to 13th October TV Talk: Ena…knocking back the years Short article on Violet Carson who recently celebrated her birthday but who refuses to reveal her age
21st October to 27th October Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 23rd October Doreen Keogh’s return to the programme and her stage work in recent years
28th October to 3rd November Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 1st November A short article on Tony Doyle (Sean Regan)
11th November to 17th November TV Talk: Jogging along with the king of the Coughin’ Casuals Jeremy Young on jogging to keep fit and his football playing
18th November to 24th November TV Talk: Fly away Fairclough Peter Adamson is off to New Zealand to play a gangster in a television version of Harold Pinter’s play The Dumb Waiter
Same issue Why is TV a world without women? Article on women scriptwriters in television including Adele Rose
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 20th November Danni Marks on playing a barmaid in two roles - Coronation Street and a film
9th December to 15th December Cover
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Same issue Coronation Street 1984 Coronation Street stars on the pressures of the show and how long they will remain in their roles. In contrast to much of the “spin-doctoring” nature of articles in the magazine, this one appears to be very truthful in its nature: Patricia Phoenix admits to long periods of boredom and hating the show sometimes, William Roache says he can’t keep going on despite the financial security and Violet Carson says the bite has gone out of the character of Ena.
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 13th December Short article on Jean Alexander
16th December to 29th December TV Talk: no title A short preview of the Christmas episodes
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 18th December A short piece on the critic’s favourable views of Coronation Street in New York where the programme started a month before
30th December to 5th January Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 1st January A look ahead to what might happen in the world of TV in 1973 including a prediction that now that Coronation Street is on in the USA, it could start in the USSR or China


For the first time since 1967, the programme did not feature on the cover this year.

Issue dated Title Content
6th January to 12th January Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 10th January Short article on Eileen Derbyshire
13th January to 19th January Billings page for the episode shown on Wednesday 17th January Short article on Alan Browning and Pat Phoenix’s marriage, stating that it’s mirroring Coronation Street in real life
17th March to 23rd March TV Talk: No title Peter Adamson provided a singing voice in recent programme The Case of the Missing Mummy
Same issue Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 19th March Actor John Barratt is returning to the programme under the name of Steve Barratt to avoid clash with another actor of same name
24th March to 30th March Try putting your feet up Interview and photo essay on Pat Phoenix and Alan Browning at home and how she relaxes
31st March to 6th April Billings page for the episode shown on Monday 2nd April Short preview of the episode
14th April to 20th April TV Talk: No title Violet Carson has received an Honorary MA from Manchester University
28th April to 4th May TV Talk: No title Charles Pemberton (Johnny Mann) is working in Moss Bros after Coronation Street and is currently “between engagements”
5th May to 11th May TV Talk: Open day and musical night for Street fans The set is to open to the public on 17th May for the Manchester Festival
Same issue TV Talk: The long and short of it Gabrielle Daye (Beattie Pearson) is shorter than Jennifer Moss who therefore loses her title “The Titch of Coronation Street”
19th May to 25th May Just a quiet weekend at Woburn Abbey…then Stan bumped into the Duke A photo essay on the programme at Woburn Abbey
17th July to 13th July I could grow a rose called Pat Actor Jack Watson (Bill Gregory), a keen gardener, grows “Violet Carson” roses and wants to grow one called “Pat Phoenix”
21st July to 27th July TV Talk: In a class of their own Joanna Lumley (Elaine Perkins) joins the cast of Coronation Street
28th July to 3rd August TV Talk: The end for Elsie? Preview of storyline of Elsie getting knocked down in London and the expectation of viewers’ calls to say “Get well soon”.
11th August to 17th August TV Talk: Len takes a break Peter Adamson is to appear in A Thousand Clowns in Westcliffe Essex and will be absent from the programme for five weeks
Same issue Gone fishin’ with the man from the Street Graham Haberfield on his angling hobby
8th September to 14th September TV Talk: Thelma hurts her helping hand Thelma Barlow on her bad luck with accidents when helping people out.
Same issue TV Talk: Remember the face of many parts? Warren Clarke on his acting roles including three parts in Coronation Street
15th September to 21st September TV Talk: Inside information A fan letter has been sent to Coronation Street from inside the Isle of Wight jail
22nd September to 28th September TV Talk: Arresting concert Bernard Youens was trapped in handcuffs for a sketch in a charity concert he was presenting and the key broke in the lock
6th October to 12th October TV Talk: No title Pat Phoenix is currently in a stage production of Subway in the Sky
24th November to 30th November TV Talk: Tatlock - you’re taped A short feature on the programme’s archivist Eric Rosser which details his records and claims that there have been over 1000 actors in the programme and some 20,000 characters seen or mentioned
15th December to 21st December TV Talk: No title Short piece on Mary Tamm joining the programme


There was a four month gap this year - between April and August - when, billings aside, the programme didn’t get a single mention.

Issue dated Title Content
12th January to 18th January TV Talk: No title Photograph and small caption of the “five original stars” from 1960 left in the show (Annie Walker, Albert Tatlock, Ken Barlow, Ena Sharples and Minnie Caldwell)
26th January to 1st February Is that a fish net you’re wearing, Ena? One of Ena’s hairnets is used to cover a fish tank in Anne Kirkbride’s dressing room and stop the fish leaping out.
2nd February to 8th February Margot, Minnie…and a marmalade gentleman

Margot Bryant on her love of cats

9th February to 15th February Julie lets her hair down Julie Goodyear on Bet Lynch’s changing hairstyles
16th February to 22nd February Cover
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Same issue They’re mixing it in Coronation Street Feature on the mix of old and new cast members in Coronation Street with photo gallery
23rd February to 1st March From Harry Driver to us all Article on the recently deceased writer
Same issue The bribe that led Ken Farrington to Coronation Street Interview with actor and the bribe of a bottle of beer that a teacher gave him to join the drama group at school
9th March to 15th March The 10 words that changed Anne’s life Interview with the actress. The “10 words” refers to her first line in the programme
6th April to 12th April Success, failure and a telly-product called Susan Feature on Susan Pleat who has now moved on to the children’s programme Pipkins
17th August to 23rd August Around by Alan Kennaugh: Ena and Helen are the toast of Holland…in British beer Feature on British TV in Holland where it accounts for 30% of programmes transmitted including Coronation Street and Helen, a Woman of Today ("Around by Alan Kennaugh" was a short-lived successor to "TV Talk")
14th September to 20th September Around by Alan Kennaugh: No title Picture with write-up of Kathy Jones visiting the submarine HMS Andrew
21st September to 27th September Off the Street where they live Short feature on the holidays taken by the cast together with mention of return of Sheila Crossley
30th November to 6th December The Bishops face the facts of fostering Short article on the arrival of Vernon and Lucy Foyle and fostering in the UK
7th December to 13th December Where was Ena in 1899? Ask Eric Rosser

Feature on the Coronation Street archivist

14th December to 20th December Hairnet and tongue - Ena the Rovers returns Feature on the return of the character to the programme for the first time since February. There is no mention of the Violet Carson’s illness, only that she has been “taking a breather from the role”
21st December to 1st January The Peter Adamson story - Part 1 The actor’s life story including frank talk of his alcoholism and suicide attempts


Issue dated Title Content
4th January to 10th January Bill Kenwright’s West End story Small feature on the actor’s impressario work which started due his desire to play Billy Liar and, since no one would cast him in the part, he produced and starred in a version himself
Same issue The Peter Adamson story - part 2: The hard trek back from an alcoholic hell The second part of the actor's frank memoirs
11th January to 17th January Jerry is out for a flutter with the birds Article on pigeon racing
1st February to 7th February Street of suspicion Short feature on the Lynn Johnson murder storyline
15th February to 21st February Will she, won’t she? Short article on the storyline of Blanche Hunt considering taking over the Corner Shop and an interview with Maggie Jones
Same issue Well, would YOU take over a corner shop? Article on the survival of corner shops across the country
22nd March to 28th March Handyman? He’s a do-it-yourself disaster

Neville Buswell on his lack of DIY skills and his love of greyhound racing

26th April to 2nd May No title A photo with a short write-up on ten-year old Linus Roache’s ambitions
3rd May to 9th May A shaggy dog story Feature on how Fury the dog was transformed from a show dog to a mangy mutt for his appearance in the programme.
10th May to 16th May Cover
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Same issue Rita re-lights the torch Barbara Mullaney on her singing career in cabaret following the success of her LP On The Street Where I Live
Same issue Knit your way into Coronation Street Knitting patterns modelled by William Roache, Eileen Derbyshire, Barbara Mullaney, Stephen Hancock and Anne Kirkbride
24th May to 30th May All things bright Part of a photospread on blondes v brunettes including Julie Goodyear as one of the examples
Same issue Barry Lowe is high on Hollywood The actor who plays Harry Goulden on his liking for the glamour of Hollywood
7th June to 13th June Week in View: No title Jack Howarth on his annual visit to the Montreaux television festival ("Week in View" was the successor column to "Around by Alan Kennaugh")
28th June to 4th July Take a letter, Miss Hunt Short interview with Anne Kirkbride
5th July to 11th July Deirdre joins the wedding march Preview of the wedding episode
Same issue ...and the footsteps she follows Four past weddings in the programme (Elsie Tanner in 1970, Emily Nugent in 1972, Ken Barlow in 1973 and Maggie Clegg in 1974)
26th July to 1st August Anne’s so happy on a haunted hill Feature on Anne Kirkbride’s parents' house: a farmhouse in the edge of the Yorkshire Moors
2nd August to 8th August Week in View: Street treat for 80-year-old Albert Tatlock Feature on Albert’s Birthday in which Jack Howarthis quoted as saying "I find Albert Tatlock very difficult to play because he’s 80 and I’m 79. I never could play old men."
27th September to 3rd September Young Sam lets his hair down Kevin Moreton interview. The schooboy previously played the title role in the first series of John Finch's 39-episode drama in 1973. He appears in Coronation Street as tearaway Kevin Marsh
25th October to 31st October Miss Kwee-see-kay is a pronounced success

Feature on Diana Quiseekay (Sophie Edwards)

6th December to 12th December Cover
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Same issue Remember that very first night of Coronation Street? To tie in with the programme's fifteenth anniversary, a feature on Britain in 1960 and what Julie Goodyear, Neville Buswell, Anne Kirkbride, Helen Worth, Kathy Jones and Betty Driver were doing at the time before they found fame in the Street.
Same issue Lynne finds laughter is the best medicine Lynne Perrie, presently appearing in The Cuckoo Waltz for Granada, on her acting roles including Ivy Tilsley and her recent hospitalisation.


The programme was not featured on the cover in this year.

Issue dated Title Content
14th February to 20th February Week in View: Happy birthday, Jack Jack Howarth’s 80th birthday and his promise never to retire. He is pictured being toasted by the rest of the cast on the set of the Rovers Return
21st February to 27th February Letters page A viewer writes in with mention of Patricia Phoenix’s return and letters editor and feature writer Leslie Salisbury previews a forthcoming major series of interviews with the star
6th March to 12th March Box chatter A minor mention of Patricia Phoenix and one of her Pekes
Same issue Could romance be knocking on Ken Barlow’s door? A preview of the Wendy Nightingale storyline
20th March to 26th March That first night of Coronation Street After the issue of 6th to 12th December 1975, Viewers’ memories of the night the first episode was shown are printed
Same issue Fred’s called back to the bar Interview with Fred Feast
27th March to 2nd April The rebel’s road back to Coronation Street First of a two-part interview with Patricia Phoenix by Leslie Salisbury - the cover of this issue mentions this feature
3rd April to 9th April The mad fighter in me, by Patricia Phoenix The second part of the Leslie Salisbury interview - the cover of this issue mentions this feature
Same issue Elsie the Rover makes her return Short preview on the programme page for the Monday episode of Elsie’s return
1st May to 7th May Chatterbox Mention of H.V. Kershaw’s book Early Days being published on 10th June (“Chatterbox” was short-lived column of news snippets)
24th July to 30th July Chatterbox Richard O’Hara, an Australian fan who saw first Coronation Street in the UK in 1960, became a fan of show and emigrated to Australia a few years later where he saw the episodes all over again when they were transmitted there
31st July to 6th August No title Small feature on Bernard Youens, Helen Worth, Bryan Mosley and Geoffrey Hughes taking part in Reports Summer Challenge, a celebrity quiz show in which team from Coronation Street face an “All Stars” team (which includes Mollie Sugden)
Same issue Finding fashion with Betty Driver Fashion photoshoot of the star
Same issue When the Treasury wanted 50p from Coronation Street Interview with H.V.Kershaw after the publication of Early Days. For an explanation of the headline, see the note to Episode 919 (15th October 1969)
14th August to 20th August Chatterbox William Roache has bought a Honda 200 Motor bike
28th August to 3rd September Star pupil Kathy Short article on Kathy Jones schooldays (the article says that she is a member of the regular cast however the character of Tricia Hopkins had departed two months before)
4th September to 10th September In View (Letters): Hilda hangs on to that mac Viewer’s letters asking how long Hilda Ogden is going to keep her scruffy red mac for. The reply is that the mac is Jean Alexander’s own and she brought it to the show with her in 1964
18th September to 24th September TV Times 21 In a souvenir supplement to mark twenty-one years of TV Times, the cover of the issue dated 15th to 21st August 1970 is reprinted along with twenty others from the history of the magazine.
25th September to 1st October Mr Fixit’s shopping list Bert Harrison, props buyer for the show since 1960, on his work on the programme
16th October to 22nd October Did Stan lose Hilda in the raspberry bushes? The letters sent to the production office from viewers ranging from suggestions to complaints. The hardest to reply to are those from viewers who think the characters are real.
Same issue The man who knows Annie Walker better than she knows herself Feature on the programme’s archivist Eric Rosser who was in hospital in December 1960 when he saw the first episode. He sent in a script when he retired from the civil service in 1970 and, although that was rejected, he was taken on as the first Coronation Street historian. H.V. Kershaw gave him a pile of scripts to take home and make notes from to précis, a process which took him six months
6th November to 12th November How the backroom boys kept Stan Ogden out of jail TV Times is given unique access to the storylining conference for Episode 1650 (8th November 1976) to Episode 1655 (24th November 1976). Suggestions such as scenes being set in Norman Crabtree’s living room are vetoed by Bill Podmore as the budget won’t stretch to the building of both that set and Norman’s chip shop. The original intention was that actor John Stratton was going to return as Hilda’s other brother Archie Crabtree but a quick phone call revealed he wasn’t going to be available for the rehearsal and recording dates, hence the change.
13th November to 19th November Chatterbox A mention of Stan Stennett appearing as Norman Crabtree
20th November to 26th November Chatterbox A mention of Ena Sharple’s 77th birthday along with Violet Carson’s refusal to state her own age
4th December to 10th December The other side of the Street A photo essay of the Street actors at work in the rehearsal rooms and Dave Smith’s drawing of Weatherfield based on Geoff Bentley’s notes. There are mistakes such as Jackson’s Chip Shop being on Albert Road and Arkwright Street being on the other side of the factory instead of Victoria Street. Len Fairclough’s yard is shown as being behind Trafalgar Street and not Mawdsley Street
Same issue Chatterbox A quick mention of Hilda Ogden’s new mac
24th December to 7th January In View: No title A short mention of Annie Walker being breathalysed (“In view” was the slightly renamed “Week in View” column. For a period of time prior to this it was the name of the magazine's letters column)


The magazine did not feature the programme on its cover during this year, however they did produce the special There’s a Wedding in the Street to mark the nuptials of Len Fairclough and Rita Littlewood.

Issue dated Title Content
8th January to 14th January In view: “Time” barrier broken Fred Feast pictured in the Guinness Book of Records with landlady Margaret Featherstone who is the world’s shouting champion
Same issue Chatterbox Peter Adamson is appearing in the pantomime Robin Hood in Blackburn as The Sheriff of Nottingham
29th January to 4th February Chatterbox Esther Rose recently completed her 1000th episode as storyliner
16th April to 22nd April Wedding day for Rita and Len - but how many bells ring for you? Short feature on the wedding and a quiz on Coronation Street’s previous weddings
28th May to 3rd June No title A mention of Annie Walker as Queen Elizabeth I in the Silver Jubilee pageant calling it “mind-boggling casting”
30th July to 5th August Chatterbox William Roache is appearing on stage in Say Who You are in Newfoundland
27th August to 2nd September Chatterbox Mention of the RAF, helicopters and mountain rescue in this week’s episodes
3rd September to 9th September A bitter arrival for the new girl at the Rovers Feature on Dawn Perks and some of her predecessors at the bar of the Rovers Return
17th September to 23rd September No title Joseph McKenna is a fan of Marc Bolan and found out that the signer is a fan of Coronation Street when he visited him on the set of Marc which was also being taped at the Granada studios at the same that that Joe was playing Peter Barlow
29th October to 4th November On Granada this week by Neville Buswell The actor previews what he’ll be watching this week
3rd December to 9th December …down the street behind the Street The homes of Madge Hindle, Johnny Briggs, Neville Buswell, Anne Kirkbride, Thelma Barlow, William Roache as well as Jack Howarth’s second home at the Midland Hotel in Manchester when he’s working at the studios
10th December to 16th December In view: Sir John’s street of fame Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman on his love for the show


Issue dated Title Content
7th January to 13th January Chatterbox Peter Baldwin has his own toy exhibition on show at the Camden Arts Centre
18th February to 24th February Chatterbox William Roache is producing and starring in Blithe Spirit at the Charter Theatre in Preston with Diana Davies. Peter Adamson is producing and directing The Axe’s Edge at Salford Playhouse
11th March to 17th March In view: No title Small feature on Cheryl Murray
18th March to 24th March Chatterbox Johnny Brigg’s wife is expecting a baby in July
29th April to 5th May The revelation of Renee Roberts Madge Hindle undergoes a makeover
Same issue Lose weight with the stars - and gain pounds for charity William Roache, Lawrence Mullin, Geoffrey Hughes and Johnny Briggs lose weight on sponsored diets for charities of their choice
27th May to 2nd June In view: The Street’s new president Lawrence Mullin has been made president of the Leigh Silver Band (a brass band)
10th June to 16th June In view: The Sultan who raises his glass to Hilda Ogden Nigeria is the latest of 57 countries to buy Coronation Street and it is already a favourite of the Sultan of Brunei
17th June to 23rd June In view: The day Sir John met Stan Ogden in the Street Sir John Betjeman visits the street set and meet the cast including Jean Alexander and Bernard Youens who came in specially from their holidays to meet him.
2nd September to 8th September In view: No title Geoffrey Hughes has been cheerleading a rugby crowd at Wigan for scenes in the new Granada series Fallen Hero (which stars Del Henney)
16th September to 22nd September In view: Elsie Tanner and the moving spirit Stars who have seen ghosts including Patricia Phoenix whose house in Sale was haunted by an old lady named Madame Muelier
23rd September to 29th September People walk all over me because I feel guilty Interview with Patricia Phoenix’s who discusses her personal issued that lead from her bigamist father and her feelings of rejection in childhood - the cover of this issue mentions this feature
30th September to 6th October My fashion secrets by Pat Phoenix Photospread of clothes modelled by the star
7th October to 13th October Move over Travolta - our Eddie’s learnt to hustle Thelma Barlow and Geoffrey Hughes learn to do the Hustle dance in the wake of the success of Saturday Night Fever
14th October to 20th October The letter that changed my life Interview with William Roache wrote a letter to Laurence Olivier asking his advice on how to get into acting after leaving the army and the reply told him never to give up. He saw Olivier in 1977 at the Granada studios who told how much he enjoyed his performances in Coronation Street. He also peaks of his phobias, marriage to Sara and producing on his own theatre productions
21st October to 27th October In view: When Ray Langton fought the Saint - and won Neville Buswell on staging a swordfight with Ian Ogilvy at RADA in 1962 when they were both students there
4th November to 10th November Other side of the Street Interview with Johnny Briggs
18th November to 24th November Behind the lines of the Western Front Interview with Cheryl Murray and Helen Worth and their personal choice of clothes
2nd December to 8th December Cover
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Same issue Family Scene celebrates a very special birthday Joanna Seaby (pictured on the cover), born at 7.20pm on 9th December 1960, joins the cast for a celebration of the programme’s 18th birthday. They visit the Grape Street set and the studios. Roger Elliot, TV Times astrologer, reads the programme’s stars (none of his predictions came true).
Same issue Ena at 80 A Violet Carson interview in which she is very honest about the part saying it’s destroyed her as an actress, and she prefers the programme to be in black and white to colour but she likes the newer characters such as Mike Baldwin. She works part-time now (two weeks on, two weeks off) but doesn’t like the way they have softened the character of Ena. In an unusual statement, the magazine gives the actress's age as 80.
Same issue Come on, Albert - admit it - you’re well off now An article which compares income and prices since 1960
Same issue Changing fortunes of the Street David Case illustration of the houses and explanation of who had lived where since 1960
Same issue Fashion that’s right up their street The characters’ changing clothes over the years.
Same issue Counting the cost of the Corner Shop Prices for the same basket of articles compared between 1960 and 1978. The total came to £1, 8s, 7d in 1960 and £5, 50 and 1/2p in 1978.
Same issue Bake our birthday cake Various recipes including birthday cake, Faggots, Manchester Pudding and Lancashire Hotpot
22nd December to 5th January Our Christmas Cracker Preview pages with photo of Elsie as Father Christmas and a short write-up on the programme


The magazine was affected by three union disputes this year: in January a "slimmed-down" version was produced due to “paper transport” problems; in April a slimmed-down version again appeared for several weeks which had no production credits in the billings and no features due to the journalists being on strike for a 30% pay claim; and finally, due to the 1979 ITV strike, the issue of 25th to 31st August was the last to appear for almost two months until the week of 27th October to 2nd November in a special national edition, again with no production credits and with generic synopsis for the episodes. Multi-region editions covering broad expanses of the country appeared in the week of 10th to 16th November and the following week the magazine settled down its normal regional pattern. Production credits resumed in the week of 17th to 23rd November and non-generic synopsis the week after that. The programme did not feature on the cover in this year.

Issue dated Title Content
6th January to 12th January Alan Kennaugh’s walkabout The writer visits the Grape Street set and is one of the first to notice that the Rover’s toilet leads into Albert’s house (or his kitchen as he erroneously states it). Denis Parkin, the programme’s first designer is consulted and says that should be a short deliveries passage between the two. He also speaks of vandals visiting the set and Parkin says that one time he thought they would have put up a plaque to him as architect “but I suppose that would have been pinched too”. Also in the same article, short profiles of Bert and Brian Tilsley and the actors who play them.
17th March to 23rd March Inside Television: How they wrecked the Rovers Photos of the lorry being winched over the wall and into the set for the crash scenes in last week's episodes.
17th July to 13th July Soap operas or mirrors of our life and times? Article on real-life situations in serials such as Coronation Street and Crossroads and how they are “a long running commentary on the British way of life”
21st July to 27th July Inside Television: Why the Tatlocks spent their wedding night with Dracula Article on Jack Howarth’s 50th wedding anniversary to Betty Murgatroyd and them spending their wedding night in repertory in a production of Dracula in Hull
11th August to 17th August The sunnier side of Ivy’s street Lynne Perrie on her long career in clubland together with her brother Duggie Brown (this edition came out even though the ITV strike had started by this time)
22nd October to 2nd November Inside Television: One day soon you could dial-the-dialogue Article on the research being done for Oracle subtitles at Southampton University. It is illustrated by photos of a Coronation Street scene between Ken and Karen Barnes shown in January used to test the system
Same issue Inside Television: It was off, but Coronation Street got to Australia via Ireland Article on the foreign sales of television programmes. Coronation Street sales overseas were affected by the ITV strike as engineers weren’t available to make copies for despatch so countries which had already screened the episodes were asked to send them on. The article gave the example of one Australian station that was just in front of Ireland in transmission order so they sent their tapes on there when they had screened them themselves.
Same issue Inside Television: What you missed most - a good laugh While the newspapers said that the soaps were missed most during the strike, a survey of 1000 viewers in all ITV areas showed that comedy was missed most (44%), films (40%), news (39%), sport (38%), soaps (34%). Women missed serials the most with 49% but only 19% of men
Same issue At the end of the Street A synopsis of the last episode to be shown before the strike (Episode 1935 (8th August 1979)). (The page also details where Crossroads was up to in the same fashion)
10th November to 16th November Beauty secrets of the stars Including Patricia Phoenix
24th November to 30th November Why Ena and Albert are made for each other Article on computer dating which concludes that the two characters are a perfect match for each other
15th December to 21st December The cards the honeymoon couple sent to the Street Postcards written from Brian and Gail Tilsley on their honeymoon on the Isle of Man together with photos of the characters on the island.
Same issue Inside Television: No title A cartoon reprint from Mad Magazine “a couple of years ago” as the Rovers regulars wait impatiently as a customer (wrongly identified as Minnie Caldwell) reads an order as long as her arm.
22nd December to 4th January Programme page for Christmas Eve
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An uncredited cartoon of Albert, Ena, Bet and Len with an episode preview
Same issue Ena's Brief Encounter A short story by Leslie Duxbury with illustrations by Jeff Cummings - part 1

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