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Titles 1962

1961 was Coronation Street's second year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Elsie TannerPatricia PhoenixFull year86931
2Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year84911
2Ena SharplesViolet CarsonFull year84911
4Jack WalkerArthur LeslieFull year83889
5Concepta Riley/HewittDoreen KeoghFull year788019
6Harry HewittIvan BeavisFull year77829
6Martha LonghurstLynne CarolFull year77836
8Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantFull year768012
9Dennis TannerPhilip LowrieFull year71775
10Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year686921
11Frank BarlowFrank PembertonFull year616413
12Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year596213
12Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year5959 -
14Linda CheveskiAnne CunninghamUntil December55621
14Florrie LindleyBetty AlbergeFull year555813
16Christine HardmanChristine HargreavesUntil December53595
17Ivan CheveskiErnst WalderUntil December47529
18Ida BarlowNoel DysonUntil September384113
18Esther HayesDaphne OxenfordUntil December38445
20Doreen LostockAngela CrowJanuary to November3737 -
20Leonard SwindleyArthur LoweUntil December374013
22Emily NugentEileen DerbyshireJanuary to December3333 -
22Billy WalkerKenneth FarringtonJanuary to August3333 -
24Lucille HewittJennifer MossUntil October303313
25David BarlowAlan RothwellUntil June262819
26Sheila BirtlesEileen MayersJanuary to October2020 -
26Alf RobertsBryan MosleyFebruary, April, June to October2020 -
28Valerie TatlockAnne ReidAugust to October1717 -
29Jed StoneKenneth CopeApril, September to November99 -

ProductionEdit

A going concernEdit

1962 writers

From left: Harry Driver, Jack Rosenthal, H.V. Kershaw and John Finch

The extension of Coronation Street beyond its first twelve episodes meant that writers other than Tony Warren were needed. Script editor H.V. Kershaw penned Episode 13 as well as the following three, while Harry Driver, Vince Powell, John Finch, Jack Rosenthal and Adele Rose wrote their first scripts for the programme as the year wore on. Storylines were initially devised through informal discussions by Kershaw, Powell, Driver and Finch, which Kershaw and Powell used to deliver briefs to the writers. This process was formalised with the first monthly story conference, involving the entire writing team, taking place in the Spring, and a credit for storyliners Powell and Driver being added to the end credits with Episode 88 on 16th October.

Tony Warren remained on the show as a staff writer, penning thirteen further episodes in 1961. When Warren's contract with Granada was up for renewal, he fought for and was granted a creator credit, which initially read 'From an original idea by Tony Warren'. Warren chose the credit over the option of earning royalties from the programme.

In February, a technical dispute at Granada caused transmission of Episode 19 to be postponed to the following Wednesday. As production of the episode wasn't affected, this meant that Episode 17, shown a week earlier, was the last edition shown live. In March, the series moved from its Wednesday and Friday 7.00pm slots to Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm, and maintained its schedule shooting episodes as live a week before broadcast.

As its popularity rose, Coronation Street was taken more seriously by the Bernsteins and its second producer, Derek Granger, was moved onto the programme from his position as Granada's Head of Drama by Cecil Bernstein, taking over from Stuart Latham. Starting in the job with Episode 60, shown on 10th July, Granger was appointed to give the programme "a bit of a bounce". Over the following months, Granger moved the style of storytelling away from that laid down by Warren - in which episodes were virtually standalone, with scenes functioning like vignettes - and towards having stories unfold over the course of several episodes. A prime example of Granger's influence was seen in Elsie Tanner's relationship with Bill Gregory, where Elsie tried to determine the author of a poison pen letter reminding her that she was still married. The story culminated in a stand-up row in the Street between Elsie and Ena Sharples.

A number of the 102 episodes this year carried no director's credit. It has been theorized that producer Stuart Latham directed these episodes, since the lack of a director's credit on programmes in this era usually indicated that the producer had also carried out that role.

Weatherfield expandsEdit

Coronation Street's cast was in a constant state of flux in its first year, with a regular stream of new characters appearing as the world of Weatherfield was fleshed out. These included Jack and Annie Walker's playful son Billy, Albert Tatlock's niece Valerie, Leonard Swindley's shy assistant Emily Nugent (then referred to simply as "Miss Nugent"), Harry Hewitt's drinking buddy Len Fairclough, and Frank Barlow's GPO colleague Alf Roberts. Played by Kenneth Farrington, Anne Reid, Eileen Derbyshire, Peter Adamson and Bryan Mosley respectively, these characters all went on to become Coronation Street mainstays, in the latter three cases far outstripping the characters they were brought on to support in terms of longevity.

Other newcomers included Kenneth Cope as the mischievous Jed Stone, and Eileen Mayers and Angela Crow as Sheila Birtles and Doreen Lostock, younger co-workers of Christine Hardman at Elliston's Raincoat Factory who were initially dubbed "the barm cake girls".

The scope of the programme grew, with Elsie's workplace Miami Modes making its first appearance, and with it Elsie's workmate Dot Greenhalgh, who was recurring until 1969. Swindley's Draperies, Jackson's Chip Shop and Snape's Cafe (later Bonarti's Continental Cafe) were seen regularly, with Patricia Routledge appearing as the owner of the latter, Sylvia Snape. Sylvia was intended as a main character but Routledge declined the invitation to continue beyond four episodes. Other notable newcomers included Jean Stark, Norman Dobson and Phil Braithwaite, all of whom moved into Coronation Street and were meant as ongoing characters.

Alan Rothwell was the first actor to leave the cast, with his character David Barlow departing for a football career in London. The only actor to leave permanently in 1961 was Noel Dyson, who from the outset had stated her intention not to stay with the programme for long. Dyson made her last appearance in Episode 77 on 6th September, and Ida was killed off in the following episode, being hit by a bus off-screen. As a parting gift to her co-stars, Dyson donated to them an ivy plant, subsequently dubbed "Dear Quatermass", which was placed in the actors' green room. Among the cast, a belief rose that if the plant ever died, so would the programme. This belief has perpetuated to this day and the plant and its cuttings have been carefully tendered ever since.

Cast in blackpool

The cast enjoy filming in Blackpool

Location filming took place in Blackpool for Coronation Street's first outdoor shoot in May, for Episode 46 (22nd May 1961). The location sequences, totalling four minutes of screen time, were filmed without dialogue and broadcast with an accompanying specially-commissioned arrangement of an incidental music soundtrack of I Do Like To be Beside the Seaside played on the piano. Location filming remained a rare occurrence for the next few years; when the characters returned to Blackpool in October, back projection was used for scenes on the coach and on the pier.

Public and press reactionsEdit

Coronation Street was immediately popular in the north, which remained its ratings stronghold after it was fully networked despite receiving huge audiences throughout the country. In 1961, Norman Frisby was appointed as the programme's publicity manager, arranging press interviews and charity events.

As Coronation Street was based in Manchester, far removed from Hollywood and even London, members of the public weren't used to seeing actors in the flesh and huge crowds turned out to see them at appearances. Actors became used to being treated as if they were their characters and developed their own ways of coping; when switching on the Blackpool illuminations, Violet Carson sported a very different (and much more glamorous) appearance than viewers were used to in order to convey to onlookers that she was there as herself, and not Ena Sharples.

Meanwhile, the polarising opinions on the show from the press continued. On 27th June, Mary Crozier from The Guardian made her often-misquoted prediction that the programme, "looks like running forever" in a general view of "Granadaland" in which she praised the programmes "authenticity" and the "tremendous care" with which it was made.

The Times first mentioned the programme in a rather snooty review of on-going serials in television in general in its issue of 1st August when its unnamed "correspondent" said:

"Nothing has ever been greeted with a more unanimous outburst of critical rage than the "Coronation Street" series, but one gathers that is has achieved a degree of popularity which relegates all its elder brethren to the second division of mass appeal."

Equity actors' strikeEdit

Main article: Equity actors' strike

On 1st November, a pay dispute between Equity, the actors' union, and ITV, resulted in strike action. The result was that no new contracts could be signed until an agreement was reached. Many ITV programmes were off the air for the duration of the strike, and the channel was denied almost all home-grown dramas but, luckily for Coronation Street, many of its principal cast had signed year-long contracts in the summer which by law had to be honoured, and thus it was able to carry on.

The characters remaining at the end of the year were Annie Walker, Jack Walker, Albert Tatlock, Elsie Tanner, Dennis Tanner, Len Fairclough, Harry Hewitt, Concepta Hewitt, Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell, Martha Longhurst, Ken Barlow, Frank Barlow and Florrie Lindley. Others appeared for as long as contracts allowed; some who were on weekly contracts instantly vanished, including Bill Gregory, Jean Stark, Norman Dobson and Phil Braithwaite. The majority of the main characters who disappeared, such as Christine Hardman, Leonard Swindley and Esther Hayes, were kept in limbo until the strike was over. Only Linda and Ivan Cheveski and their son Paul were actually written out, due to Anne Cunningham's desire to leave the programme. The Cheveskis emigrated to Canada in December, returning occasionally thereafter.

Left with fourteen characters and no guest cast, Coronation Street's storylines were massively restricted during the strike period, but the upshot of the dispute was that, by remaining on the air, it was consistently at the very top of the ratings and its popularity became assured.

Viewing figuresEdit

1961 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

As the year progressed, all UK ITV regions picked up Coronation Street, with ATV in the Midlands the last, first showing it on 6th March (although Westward Television declined to show the programme in the first month after their launch in April). That episode was the first to chart inside the national top ten.

As Coronation Street started in December of 1960, only the last month of the year can be directly compared with the previous year; that attained a figure nearly double that of December 1960's average. The average rating was 13.05 million viewers, while the most-watched episode, Episode 101 on 29th November, was viewed in 7.491 million homes / 16.48 million viewers.

With its popularity rising steadily (Episode 8, the first episode of the year, drew its lowest audience figure), the programme first reached the No.1 spot with Episode 73 on 23rd August. A further 12 episodes reached the top.

EpisodesEdit

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
18Wednesday 4th JanuaryTony WarrenDerek Bennett3,783,000
8,322,600
n/k
29Friday 6th JanuaryTony WarrenMichael Scott4,359,000
9,589,800
n/k
310Wednesday 11th JanuaryTony WarrenMichael Scott4,202,000
9,244,400
n/k
411Friday 13th JanuaryTony WarrenEric Price4,614,000
10,150,800
n/k
512Wednesday 18th JanuaryTony WarrenEric Price4,126,000
9,077,200
n/k
613Friday 20th JanuaryH.V. KershawDerek Bennett4,539,000
9,985,800
n/k
714Wednesday 25th JanuaryH.V. KershawDerek Bennett4,692,000
10,322,400
n/k
815Friday 27th JanuaryH.V. KershawMichael Scott4,957,000
10,905,400
n/k
916Wednesday 1st FebruaryH.V. KershawMichael Scott4,967,000
10,927,400
n/k
1017Friday 3rd FebruaryAlick HayesHoward Baker5,233,000
11,512,600
n/k
1118Wednesday 8th FebruaryJohn Alldridge
Wyn Davies
Howard Baker4,886,000
10,749,200
n/k
1219Wednesday 15th FebruaryHarry Driver
Vince Powell
Derek Bennett5,338,000
11,743,600
n/k
1320Friday 17th FebruaryMichael DinesDerek Bennett5,338,000
11,743,600
n/k
1421Wednesday 22nd FebruaryMichael DinesMichael Scott5,168,000
11,369,600
n/k
1522Friday 24th FebruaryJohn Alldridge
Wyn Davies
Michael Scott5,346,000
11,761,200
n/k
1623Wednesday 1st MarchH.V. KershawHoward Baker4,910,000
10,802,000
n/k
1724Friday 3rd MarchJohn FinchHoward Baker5,178,000
11,391,600
n/k
1825Monday 6th MarchTony WarrenDerek Bennett5,883,000
12,942,600
9
1926Monday 13th MarchHarry Driver
Vince Powell
Derek Bennett5,787,000
12,731,400
n/k
2027Wednesday 15th MarchAllan PriorMichael Scott5,998,000
13,195,600
9
2128Monday 20th MarchJohn FinchMichael Scott5,797,000
12,753,400
n/k
2229Wednesday 22nd MarchJohn FinchHoward Baker5,902,000
12,984,400
n/k
2330Monday 27th MarchJack RosenthalHoward Baker5,911,000
13,004,200
n/k
2431Wednesday 29th MarchJohn FinchDerek Bennett6,017,000
13,237,400
9
2532Monday 3rd AprilH.V. KershawDerek Bennett4,333,000
9,532,600
n/k
2633Wednesday 5th AprilTony WarrenDerek Bennett6,130,000
13,486,000
n/k
2734Monday 10th AprilJohn FinchHoward Baker5,960,000
13,112,000
n/k
2835Wednesday 12th AprilJohn FinchHoward Baker6,066,000
13,345,200
n/k
2936Monday 17th AprilH.V. KershawDerek Bennett5,754,000
12,658,800
n/k
3037Wednesday 19th AprilTony WarrenDerek Bennett6,074,000
13,362,800
n/k
3138Monday 24th AprilJack RosenthalDerek Bennett5,869,000
12,911,800
n/k
3239Wednesday 26th AprilJohn FinchUnknown6,082,000
13,380,400
n/k
3340Monday 1st MayAdele RoseHoward Baker6,306,000
13,873,200
6
3441Wednesday 3rd MayH.V. KershawHoward Baker5,665,000
12,463,000
n/k
3542Monday 8th MayTony WarrenHoward Baker5,886,000
12,949,200
8
3643Wednesday 10th MayJohn TeddingtonDerek Bennett5,886,000
12,949,200
8
3744Monday 15th MayBarbara CleggUnknown6,000,000
13,200,000
7
3845Wednesday 17th MayJack RosenthalUnknown6,000,000
13,200,000
7
3946Monday 22nd MayH.V. KershawHoward Baker4,076,000
8,967,200
n/k
4047Wednesday 24th MayTony WarrenHoward Baker6,007,000
13,215,400
7
4148Monday 29th MayJoseph TaggartDerek Bennett6,317,000
13,897,400
5
4249Wednesday 31st MayJohn FinchDerek Bennett5,119,000
11,261,800
n/k
4350Monday 5th JuneCharles VitesRichard Everitt5,669,000
12,471,800
n/k
4451Wednesday 7th JuneH.V. KershawRichard Everitt5,887,000
12,951,400
7
4552Monday 12th JuneHarry Driver
Vince Powell
Unknown6,330,000
13,926,000
4
4653Wednesday 14th JuneTony WarrenUnknown5,566,000
12,245,200
10
4754Monday 19th JuneJack RosenthalHoward Baker5,680,000
12,496,000
5
4855Wednesday 21st JuneJohn FinchHoward Baker5,680,000
12,496,000
5
4956Monday 26th JuneBarbara CleggRichard Everitt6,013,000
13,228,600
3
5057Wednesday 28th JuneAllan PriorRichard Everitt5,357,000
11,785,400
5
5158Monday 3rd JulyTony WarrenUnknown5,471,000
12,036,200
4
5259Wednesday 5th JulyDouglas EneferUnknown5,471,000
12,036,200
4
5360Monday 10th JulyJack RosenthalMax Morgan-Witts5,699,000
12,537,800
7
5461Wednesday 12th JulyAllan PriorMax Morgan-Witts6,028,000
13,261,600
4
5562Monday 17th JulyBarbara CleggHoward Baker5,485,000
12,067,000
3
5663Wednesday 19th JulyTony WarrenHoward Baker4,937,000
10,861,400
8
5764Monday 24th JulyJohn FinchRichard Everitt5,268,000
11,589,600
3
5865Wednesday 26th JulyJohnny WhyteRichard Everitt5,378,000
11,831,600
2
5966Monday 31st JulyTony WarrenMax Morgan-Witts4,947,000
10,883,400
6
6067Wednesday 2nd AugustAdele RoseMax Morgan-Witts5,497,000
12,093,400
3
6168Monday 7th AugustBarbara CleggRichard Everitt4,524,000
9,952,800
8
6269Wednesday 9th AugustCharles VitesRichard Everitt5,406,000
11,893,200
3
6370Monday 14th AugustJack RosenthalHoward Baker5,631,000
12,388,200
4
6471Wednesday 16th AugustTony WarrenHoward Baker5,741,000
12,630,200
2
6572Monday 21st AugustBarbara CleggMax Morgan-Witts5,520,000
12,144,000
7
6673Wednesday 23rd AugustJohn FinchMax Morgan-Witts6,293,000
13,844,600
1
6774Monday 28th AugustCharles VitesRichard Everitt5,416,000
11,915,200
6
6875Wednesday 30th AugustJack RosenthalRichard Everitt5,637,000
12,401,400
3
6976Monday 4th SeptemberTony WarrenHoward Baker5,976,000
13,147,200
3
7077Wednesday 6th SeptemberHarry Driver
Vince Powell
Howard Baker6,529,000
14,363,800
2
7178Monday 11th SeptemberJohn FinchVivian Milroy5,872,000
12,918,400
8
7279Wednesday 13th SeptemberJohn FinchVivian Milroy6,869,000
15,111,800
1
7380Monday 18th SeptemberBarbara CleggRichard Everitt6,210,000
13,662,000
3
7481Wednesday 20th SeptemberJohnny WhyteRichard Everitt6,765,000
14,883,000
1
7582Monday 25th SeptemberJohn PenningtonHoward Baker6,329,000
13,923,800
5
7683Wednesday 27th SeptemberJack RosenthalHoward Baker6,995,000
15,389,000
1
7784Monday 2nd OctoberJack RosenthalPauline Shaw7,111,000
15,644,200
1
7885Wednesday 4th OctoberJohn O'ToolePauline Shaw6,778,000
14,911,600
3
7986Monday 9th OctoberJohn FinchVivian Milroy6,674,000
14,682,800
3
8087Wednesday 11th OctoberDennis SpoonerVivian Milroy7,119,000
15,661,800
2
8188Monday 16th OctoberJack RosenthalHoward Baker6,904,000
15,188,800
3
8289Wednesday 18th OctoberCharles VitesHoward Baker7,349,000
16,167,800
2
8390Monday 23rd OctoberBarbara CleggRichard Everitt6,686,000
14,709,200
2
8491Wednesday 25th OctoberJohn O'TooleRichard Everitt7,244,000
15,936,800
1
8592Monday 30th OctoberDouglas EneferPauline Shaw7,138,000
15,703,600
3
8693Wednesday 1st NovemberJack Rosenthal
John Finch
Pauline Shaw7,473,000
16,440,600
1
8794Monday 6th NovemberH.V. KershawHoward Baker7,030,000
15,466,000
3
8895Wednesday 8th NovemberAdele RoseHoward Baker7,253,000
15,956,600
2
8996Monday 13th NovemberJack RosenthalRoger Jenkins7,258,000
15,967,600
1
9097Wednesday 15th NovemberJohn FinchRoger Jenkins7,146,000
15,721,200
2
9198Monday 20th NovemberJack RosenthalPauline Shaw7,263,000
15,978,600
3
9299Wednesday 22nd NovemberH.V. KershawPauline Shaw7,151,000
15,732,200
4
93100Monday 27th NovemberJack RosenthalHoward Baker7,379,000
16,233,800
3
94101Wednesday 29th NovemberJack RosenthalHoward Baker7,491,000
16,480,200
1
95102Monday 4th DecemberTony WarrenJohn Moxey7,385,000
16,247,000
1
96103Wednesday 6th DecemberH.V. KershawJohn Moxey6,266,000
13,785,200
3
97104Monday 11th DecemberAdele RosePauline Shaw7,279,000
16,013,800
1
98105Wednesday 13th DecemberJack RosenthalPauline Shaw7,055,000
15,521,000
2
99106Monday 18th DecemberH.V. KershawHoward Baker7,059,000
15,529,800
1
100107Wednesday 20th DecemberH.V. KershawHoward Baker6,946,000
15,281,200
2
101108Monday 25th DecemberCarol Nicholas
a.k.a Tony Warren and
Derek Granger
John Moxey4,708,000
10,357,600
14
102109Wednesday 27th DecemberJack RosenthalJohn Moxey7,174,000
15,782,800
1

StorylinesEdit

JanuaryEdit

  • Christine Hardman breaks off her relationship with boyfriend Malcolm Wilkinson for not supporting her after her mother's death. The insurance policy claim on May is invalid and Christine is short of money. Plumber Joe Makinson takes pity on her over an outstanding bill and ends up paying it himself. The two start going out together.
Episode 8

Ken and his student friends join a rally

  • Elsie Tanner's estranged husband Arnold turns up after an absence of fifteen years to ask for a divorce so that he can marry girlfriend Norah Dawson. Elsie at first refuses until Arnold threatens to divorce her for a fling she had during the war. Seeing Arnold Ena Sharples jumps to the conclusion that Elsie has a new fellah and spreads gossip to this effect. A furious Elsie has a slanging match with her in the Rovers.
  • Despite his parent's protest, Ken Barlow goes on a "Ban the Bomb" march with Susan Cunningham.
  • Harry Hewitt, newly promoted to inspector on the buses, takes Concepta Riley out to a dance. He also dates clippie Eileen Hughes much to the chagrin of Florrie Lindley who fancies her own chances.
  • Albert Tatlock collapses in No.1. He refuses to move in with his daughter Beattie Pearson.
  • Billy Walker returns home to the Rovers after completing his National Service.
  • Burglars strike when they steal £6 from No.11.
  • A gas main explodes and the police tell the residents to evacuate to the Mission of Glad Tidings.

FebruaryEdit

Episode16

The residents spend the night in the Mission Hall, over Ena's objections

  • Despite the best efforts of Ena to stop them, the residents spend the night in the Mission to avoid the gas leak. The residents take their most precious belongings with them - Elsie her television while the Walkers take their old love letters to each other.
  • Joan Walker returns home from teacher training college with her fiancé Gordon Davies. He and his family are teetotal which causes problems when they meet up to discuss the wedding plans with Annie and Hilda Davies trying to outdo each other.
  • The Barlows encounter problems with items bought on HP - Ken with a record player and Ida with loose covers.
  • Christine continues her relationship with Joe.
  • Harry continues to see Eileen Hughes, even deliberately losing a darts match when she supports the opposing team. On his birthday, an attempt by Florrie to entertain him to a birthday meal for just the two of them is spoiled by the attendance of Lucille Hewitt and the arrival of Eileen.
  • Dennis Tanner dates a stripper called "La Composita" (real name, Eunice Bond) who arrives at No.11 with her pet python – part of her act – scaring Elsie to death when she first opens the box containing the reptile.
  • The Cheveskis landlady in Warrington doesn't want children in her house so they consider buying No.9.

MarchEdit

  • The residents have problems with their gas pressure. Ena takes it upon herself to go to the Town Hall with the complaint where she reads a notice proposing the demolition of the Street. She gets all the residents worried and worked up only to find that the notice actually stated that Coronation Terrace was to be demolished, not Coronation Street. The furious residents send her to Coventry and she is threatened with eviction from the Mission.
Episode26

Jack prepares to give Joan away

  • Although Elsie dislikes Eunice Bond, Dennis continues to see her.
  • Joan Walker is married to Gordon Davies and the two of them move to Derby.
  • The residents take part in various pools syndicates and Elsie wins £4.
  • The Barlows worry about the health of Ida's mother, Nancy Leathers.
  • David Barlow is signed up to play football professionally for Weatherfield County FC.
  • Christine accepts Joe's proposal of marriage.
  • Ena finds out what her family really thinks of her when she looks after her grandson Colin Lomax for the day and bleeds him dry of gossip.
  • The Cheveskis decide to buy No.9 and Ivan takes on an extra job as Rovers' cellarman to help with the mortgage.
  • Doreen Lostock begins work at Sylvia Snape's café on Rosamund Street.
  • Harry's attention moves back to Concepta but she has started going out with Michael Regan. He reluctantly accepts an offer from his sister, Alice Burgess, to move in with him in order that Lucille can come home permanently from the orphanage but the stern Alice and the rebellious Lucille start to immediately clash.

AprilEdit

  • Furthering his show business ambitions Dennis starts singing work at the Orinoco Club. He is perturbed when approached by Jed Stone, an old "associate" from his borstal days who wants help with a job he planning to carry out. Dennis gets rid of Jed by introducing him to Arthur Dewhurst, a somewhat morose policeman who has started a relationship with Elsie who is more interested in rep Walter Fletcher.
  • The residents go on an Easter coach trip to Windermere.
  • Alice's relationship with Lucille worsens when her complaining forces Harry to sell his whippets to Alf Roberts.
Episode36

Ena refuses to be moved by the Mission committee

  • The committee of the Mission of Glad Tidings sacks Ena. She is forced to move in with an extremely reluctant Martha Longhurst. Emily Nugent becomes temporary caretaker at the Mission and moves into the Vestry but finds the area too rough. She begs Swindley to reinstate Ena.
  • Christine has second thoughts about marrying Joe but he takes the news badly. Christine takes Jean Stark, a young co-worker at Elliston's Raincoat Factory who is dominated by her parents, under her wing.
  • Ken starts a relationship with Marian Lund, a sophisticated librarian at the university who is eleven years his senior but he doesn't know how to tell his parents. They are more concerned about Nancy who suffers a heart attack.
  • Billy starts work as a car mechanic.
  • The Cheveskis move into No.9 where Linda has a fall down the stairs.

MayEdit

Episode40

The Tanners celebrate as Linda and Ivan take root at No.9

  • Alice Burgess has enough of Lucille and moves out of No.7 to a housekeeping job. Lucille is saved from having to go back to the orphanage when Harry proposes to a happy Concepta on the Rovers annual picnic to Blackpool. Lucille is delighted with the prospect of her new step-mother but Len reminds Harry that there will be a problem as Concepta is Catholic and he is Protestant.
  • Esther Hayes' scapegrace brother Tom is released from prison and comes to live with her at No.5.
  • Ken introduces Marian to his parents. Ida is relieved when Marian tells her that she is not interested in marriage.
  • David is promoted to the first team but breaks his ankle on his first match.
  • Nancy Leathers agrees to move in with the Barlows.
  • Ena is "persuaded" to take her both old job and home in the Mission back – but with a 10/- raise.
  • Florrie is investigated for incorrect scales in the shop but cleared when Lucille confesses to playing with them.
  • Christine encourages Jean to rebel against her parents but is also involved in a reconciliation between them when the Starks apologise for their previous attitude. Jean decides to stay with Christine for a while.
  • Ivan gets a more local job but a mix up occurs when he and Linda both buy identical expensive prams for the forthcoming baby.

JuneEdit

  • Tom Hayes tries to interest various people in his scheme for fruit machines, causing distress to Esther who confides in her boss Brian Foley. Her persuades Tom to leave the area.
  • Linda gives birth to a baby boy and the family celebrates.
  • Despite some opposition from priest Father Bennett and Concepta's father Sean Riley, the wedding plans progress. Harry takes Catholic instruction before the marriage and also buys his whippets back from Alf.
Episode51

Ken finds out that Marian has left the university and got engaged to a lecturer

  • Ken's romance with Marian ends when he finds out that she's engaged to his lecturer at university. He becomes depressed about his life in the Street. Ida worries when she finds brochures for Australia in his case but is relieved when she finds that they are for a friend.
  • Ida is further upset when David is transferred to a London club for £1,000. He leaves Weatherfield after a farewell party. Billy Walker is also interested in moving to the capital to work in a garage in Chiswick.
  • Elsie finishes with Arthur Dewhurst, annoyed with his possessive manner.
  • Emily happily amalgamates her shop with Swindley's when she faces eviction from her premises. Swindley organises an Over-Sixties club where Minnie Caldwell becomes friendly with Michael Courtney, much to Ena's displeasure. Minnie is further overjoyed to receive a visit from former GI Joe Baumgarten who had lodged with her during the war.

JulyEdit

Episode58

Miss Pemberton is upset and resigns when Swindley and Miss Nugent go into business together

  • Doreen is sacked from Elliston's when she confronts boss Harold Pilkington for groping her. She gains employment in Swindley's shop when Emily complains that she cannot cope with the workload and needs an assistant.
  • Tom Hayes leaves the Street. Esther starts to go out with Brian Foley.
  • Billy takes the job in Chiswick but delays telling his parents for several weeks until after they return from holiday in Torquay.
  • The Cheveskis name their son Paul. Linda and Elsie clash over Linda's modern parenting techniques.
  • Lucille befriends a runaway from an approved school, Patricia Holmes. The police catch up with her but not before she has stolen 10/- from No.7. Lucille passes her 11-plus exam.
  • The Bonartis open an Italian restaurant on Rosamund Street. Ena wants to boycott it but wins a meal there in a raffle and gets drunk on the wine when she claims her prize. Owner's son Mario Bonarti courts both Doreen and Christine.
  • Elsie starts going out with Walter Fletcher.
  • Florrie is concerned about the lack of business in the Corner Shop.

AugustEdit

  • Christine wins a two-week holiday in Cornwall which she shares with Esther.
  • Dennis thinks he has a new career when he fills in for a spot at the Orinoco and does so well he had to do two encores. He gets a regular spot at the club and is thrilled when talent spotter Lenny Phillips arrives to watch him sing.
  • Billy leaves for London.
Episode68

Albert introduces Ken to his niece Val

  • Albert's brother Alfred is moving to Glasgow and his daughter Valerie wants to stay in Weatherfield. She moves in with her Uncle Albert, both to his delight and also that of Ken Barlow who falls for the young hairdresser. He applies for a teaching job in Surrey but wants to stay in Weatherfield for Val.
  • Florrie opens the shop up on Sundays but she still has financial problems, caused by non-payment of bills owing to her. Her problems are solved when she wins £500 on the premium bonds.
  • Frank is promoted at the Post Office. He and Ida plan their first holiday in twenty years and Ida agrees to give up work at the Imperial Hotel.
  • The Walkers are offered a better pub than the Rovers but both of them realise that they want to stay where they are. As Concepta is planning to leave work when she gets married, they employ a new barmaid - Cockney Nona Willis.
  • Dr. Graham loses a box of sleeping pills. Lucille finds it and it is handed back but not before she has taken one, causing her to sleep for four hours.
  • Emily's father, James Nugent arrives to see Swindley and ask him if his intentions towards his daughter are honourable.
  • Elsie is reconciled with Linda when she stops Paul's convulsions. He is christened with Jack, Christine and Dennis as Godparents.

SeptemberEdit

  • Dennis is told by Lenny Phillips that he is not talented enough but he would make a good talent scout. Jed Stone returns and asks Dennis to get him a legitimate job at the Orinoco. He does so when Dennis becomes Assistant Manager leaving a vacancy for Jed. Jean Stark and Jed start going out together.
  • The Hewitts' wedding preparations continue when Concepta's parents, previously hostile to the match, agree to come to the wedding from Ireland. They also agree to take Lucille there when Harry and Concepta go on their honeymoon.
Episode79

Mourners gather for Ida's funeral

  • The Street is shocked and saddened when Ida Barlow is knocked down and killed by a bus. David Barlow returns for the funeral but can't bring himself to join the others at the graveside. Ken turns down the job in Surrey to be with his father who doesn't know of his sacrifice and blames his lack of ability. Ken applies for a job at in the personnel department at the nearby Amalgamated Steel. A distraught Nancy Leathers moves out of No.3 when she is given her long-awaited OAP bungalow and Albert helps her move in.
  • Bill Gregory, an old naval shipmate of Len's turns up after twelve year's absence and joins in on Harry's stag night.

OctoberEdit

Episode 84

Newlywed Harry and Concepta arrive at the Isle of Man on their honeymoon

  • Harry and Concepta are married at St. Theresa's RC Church and fly to the Isle of Man on their honeymoon. They return to a surprise party organised by the Street residents and a present of a television set.
  • At the wedding Elsie is introduced to Bill Gregory and the two are attracted to each other. However Elsie doesn't know that Bill is married and he refuses to admit this fact to her.
  • Nona Willis gives in her notice at the Rovers as she can't understand the customer's northern accents. Doreen is taken on in her place, giving in her notice to Swindley.
  • Jim Foster, the bus driver who hit Ida makes contact with the Barlows as the stress is getting to him. He makes his peace with Frank.
  • Ken gets the job at Amalgamated Steel but dislikes the work. When Frank chides him for this, Val reveals to him that Ken sacrificed his position in Surrey for Frank's sake.
  • The residents go on a coach trip to Blackpool to see the illuminations. Ena and Minnie both see a Fortune Teller. Ena is told that she's going on a long journey, promptly misses the coach back and has to return home on a potato lorry. Minnie is told that she will receive something from the skies and a slate drops off the roof of No.13 and hits her on the head. Ena pushes her to sue for compensation.
  • Florrie worries about competition from a new supermarket but her customers stay loyal. She takes in two lodgers for the empty shop flat - Norman Dobson and Phil Braithwaite.

NovemberEdit

Episode 95

Elsie rows with Ena over the poison pen letter

  • Elsie receives an anonymous letter warning her that her relationship with Bill Gregory could jeopardise her divorce from Arnold. She suspects first Annie and then Ena of sending the letter and has huge public rows with both of them. Arnold writes to tell her than Norah Dawson was the author of the letter. Elsie suggests to Bill that they stay away from each other for a while.
  • Val goes to Glasgow to look after his sick father.
  • Ken dislikes his job more and more and finally packs it up. When he asks the Walkers for a temporary job, Jack assumes Frank knows of Ken's resignation and talks to him about it. Frank and Ken row and Ken makes plans to leave for London but Christine talks him out of it. Ken gets a temporary Christmas job as a postman and then a permanent job teaching at Bessie Street School.
  • Swindley starts a credit system at the shop and business boons but cash flow doesn't. The business still faces difficulties.
  • Ivan is naturalised. He and Linda become interested in emigrating to Canada. They make the arrangements but they put off telling Elsie. When they have to sell their house Ena finds out what is happening and tells Elsie who rows with the pair of them but they are soon reconciled.
  • Lenny Phillips asks Dennis to look after a performer called Rupert. It turns out to be a monkey that Elsie finds in her kitchen sink. The chimp gets into the Rovers and causes £4 worth of damage.
  • Ena is again warned by Swindley about drinking in licenced premises. She walks out of her job and the Mission and moves in with Minnie and her mother Amy Carlton in their home at 15 Jubilee Terrace.
  • Annie wants to make changes at the Rovers but a reluctant Jack puts his foot down and refuses. Annie has a minor breakdown as a result.

DecemberEdit

Episode108

Ena chokes on a sixpence during Christmas dinner at Minnie's

  • Christine helps out behind the bar of the Rovers as Annie recovers from her mild nervous exhaustion. Jack gives in and agrees to the alterations. After initially refusing, Harry agrees to Concepta taking up her old job as barmaid.
  • The Cheveskis manage to get a last minute passage to Canada and leave to start a new life after a farewell party and a tearful farewell from Elsie. She has a miserable Christmas as a result until Dennis takes her to the pictures to cheer her up.
  • Swindley persuades Albert to be the new Mission caretaker. Minnie secretly helps him but Ena finds out. She initially falls out with both Minnie and Martha but soon make up and spend Christmas Day together.
  • Ken starts work at Bessie Street School where he soon finds himself embroiled in trouble when he sends Len's son Stanley out in the snow when he claims he has a bad chest. For once showing an interest in his son, Len threatens Ken.
  • Harry and Concepta have a late house-warming party. She is thrilled when he buys her a new bathroom suite and they celebrate their first Christmas together as a family.
  • Annie discovers that the till is £20 short and suspects Dennis as he seemed to be alone in the bar for a while. With no other proof she over-reacts and bars him.

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Awards and nominationsEdit

Daily Mirror National TV Awards

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