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1966 was Coronation Street's seventh year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year845051
2Elsie TannerPatricia PhoenixFull year805254
3Jack WalkerArthur LeslieFull year785203
3Jerry BoothGraham HaberfieldFull year7826118
5Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year755252
6Ena SharplesViolet CarsonFull year7448717
7Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantFull year664698
7Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year661837
9Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year654479
9David BarlowAlan RothwellFull year6516114
9Irma BarlowSandra GoughFull year651986
12Valerie BarlowAnne ReidFull year6435512
12Dennis TannerPhilip LowrieFull year except for May6436110
14Lucille HewittJennifer MossFull year6232614
14Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year621884
16Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year6044410
17Jed StoneKenneth CopeUntil September56107 -
18Sheila BirtlesEileen MayersMay to December42155 -
19Linda CheveskiAnne CunninghamOctober to November1690 -
20Ray LangtonNeville BuswellFebruary to April1414 -
21Emily NugentEileen DerbyshireJanuary to February1030113
22Bet LynchJulie GoodyearMay to July99 -
23Ivan CheveskiErnst WalderOctober to November872 -
24Lionel PettyEdward EvansJanuary only64819

ProductionEdit

Ena flats

Violet Carson photographed during Episode 565's location shoot

The last two episodes from Howard Baker's run as producer were shown in January. Staff writer Peter Eckersley replaced him, and remained in the position until Episode 581 on 6th July. H.V. Kershaw produced the programme thereafter, in his fourth stint in the role.

Under Eckersley, the Glad Tidings Mission Hall and Elliston's Raincoat Factory were revitalised. The factory - which had been ignored since 1963 - re-opened as a manufacturer of PVC hats and coats, with Lucille Hewitt and Irma Barlow securing jobs as welders. Julie Goodyear was cast as Bet Lynch, a colleague who had an affair with manager John Benjamin and gave Lucille a black eye. Goodyear appeared in nine episodes before returning to the role full-time in 1970. The Mission's role was also expanded, with social worker Ruth Winter turning it into a community centre, setting her in opposition to Ena Sharples. By the time those storylines concluded, Eckersley had left as producer and both establishments reverted to their familiar roles.

Eckersley also pushed to make storylines more dramatic. To that end, the first half of the year saw the attempted rape of Lucille Hewitt, Ken Barlow having an affair with Jackie Marsh, Ena Sharples being charged with shoplifting, and Sheila Birtles having an illegitimate son. Eileen Mayers reprised Sheila for six months after leaving the programme in 1963.

Also on the casting front, Kenneth Cope had an eight-month stint as Jed Stone, and Anne Cunningham and Ernst Walder both returned for two months as Linda and Ivan Cheveski. Neville Buswell joined the cast as womanising builder Ray Langton in February, appearing in 14 episodes. Edward Evans left after a year as Lionel Petty; David and Irma Barlow took over the Corner Shop at the beginning of the year. Emily Nugent was notably absent for most of the year, as Eileen Derbyshire left the series in February to go on maternity leave. Also, the characters of Elsie Tanner, Annie and Jack Walker were absent from 23rd March to 25th April as Patricia Phoenix, Doris Speed and Arthur Leslie went on a promotional tour of Australia with executive producer H.V. Kershaw.

1966 also contained the first contributions by long-term scriptwriters Susan Pleat and Leslie Duxbury. All 24 episodes of the second and final season of spin-off Pardon the Expression, starring Arthur Lowe as Leonard Swindley, were also transmitted that year.

Viewing figuresEdit

1966 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

Ratings fell for the second consecutive year. The average figure was 16.73 million viewers, the biggest drop year-on-year experienced by Coronation Street in its first two decades. All months except October and November fell from 1965's figures, although October and November were almost three million viewers up on the previous year (those months in 1965 contained episodes scheduled against the popular BBC One sitcom Steptoe and Son). The biggest drop - of 4.4 million viewers - was in July, which contained two episodes transmitted opposite World Cup matches on BBC One.

The highest-rated episode of the year was Episode 613 on 26th October, which featured the disappearance of young Paul Cheveski. The audience figure for that episode was 9.05 million homes, or 19.91 million viewers. This was one of two episodes viewed in over nine million homes in 1966, compared with 28 in 1965. The lowest rated installments were the aforementioned July episodes which faced World Cup coverage. Both episodes scored 4.45 million homes.

22 episodes reached number one in the weekly viewing charts, a drop of 34 from 1965.

EpisodesEdit

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
1528Monday 3rd JanuaryGeoffrey LancashireBob Hird7,840,000
17,248,000
5
2529Wednesday 5th JanuaryAdele RoseCormac Newell8,470,000
18,634,000
3
3530Monday 10th JanuaryJack RosenthalWalter Butler8,270,000
18,194,000
4
4531Wednesday 12th JanuaryJim AllenWalter Butler8,340,000
18,348,000
3
5532Monday 17th JanuaryGeoffrey LancashireRichard Argent8,100,000
17,820,000
5
6533Wednesday 19th JanuaryJohn FinchRichard Argent8,300,000
18,260,000
3
7534Monday 24th JanuaryVince PowellCormac Newell8,250,000
18,150,000
4
8535Wednesday 26th JanuaryRon McDonnellCormac Newell8,750,000
19,250,000
1
9536Monday 31st JanuaryJack RosenthalWalter Butler8,100,000
17,820,000
5
10537Wednesday 2nd FebruaryJohn FinchWalter Butler9,000,000
19,800,000
1
11538Monday 7th FebruaryGeoffrey LancashireRichard Argent8,200,000
18,040,000
4
12539Wednesday 9th FebruaryEsther RoseRichard Argent8,750,000
19,250,000
1
13540Monday 14th FebruaryJack RosenthalCormac Newell8,550,000
18,810,000
3
14541Wednesday 16th FebruaryAdele RoseCormac Newell8,750,000
19,250,000
1
15542Monday 21st FebruaryJim AllenWalter Butler8,100,000
17,820,000
4
16543Wednesday 23rd FebruaryGeoffrey LancashireWalter Butler8,550,000
18,810,000
3
17544Monday 28th FebruaryVince PowellRichard Argent8,300,000
18,260,000
4
18545Wednesday 2nd MarchJack RosenthalRichard Argent8,550,000
18,810,000
2
19546Monday 7th MarchPam TickellChristopher McMaster8,250,000
18,150,000
4
20547Wednesday 9th MarchJohn FinchChristopher McMaster8,700,000
19,140,000
1
21548Monday 14th MarchGeoffrey LancashireCormac Newell8,650,000
19,030,000
2
22549Wednesday 16th MarchRon McDonnellCormac Newell8,600,000
18,920,000
3
23550Monday 21st MarchAdele RoseWalter Butler8,550,000
18,810,000
3
24551Wednesday 23rd MarchJack RosenthalWalter Butler8,850,000
19,470,000
2
25552Monday 28th MarchJohn FinchRichard Argent8,400,000
18,480,000
2
26553Wednesday 30th MarchJim AllenRichard Argent8,300,000
18,260,000
3
27554Monday 4th AprilEsther RoseCormac Newell8,290,000
18,238,000
2
28555Wednesday 6th AprilGeoffrey LancashireCormac Newell7,720,000
16,984,000
4
29556Monday 11th AprilMalcolm LynchBob Hird5,450,000
11,990,000
n/k
30557Wednesday 13th AprilJohn FinchBob Hird8,120,000
17,864,000
1
31558Monday 18th AprilJim AllenWalter Butler7,900,000
17,380,000
3
32559Wednesday 20th AprilAdele RoseWalter Butler8,350,000
18,370,000
2
33560Monday 25th AprilLeslie DuxburyCormac Newell7,650,000
16,830,000
3
34561Wednesday 27th AprilJack RosenthalCormac Newell8,300,000
18,260,000
2
35562Monday 2nd MaySusan PleatRichard Argent7,400,000
16,280,000
4
36563Wednesday 4th MayEsther RoseRichard Argent8,500,000
18,700,000
1
37564Monday 9th MayVince PowellWalter Butler7,700,000
16,940,000
4
38565Wednesday 11th MayJack RosenthalWalter Butler8,450,000
18,590,000
2
39566Monday 16th MayMalcolm LynchCormac Newell7,400,000
16,280,000
3
40567Wednesday 18th MayAdele RoseCormac Newell7,650,000
16,830,000
2
41568Monday 23rd MayRon McDonnellBob Hird7,400,000
16,280,000
4
42569Wednesday 25th MayGeoffrey LancashireBob Hird8,100,000
17,820,000
3
43570Monday 30th MayJohn FinchWalter Butler4,850,000
10,670,000
17
44571Wednesday 1st JuneAdele RoseWalter Butler7,000,000
15,400,000
1
45572Monday 6th JuneJim AllenCormac Newell7,300,000
16,060,000
2
46573Wednesday 8th JuneJack RosenthalCormac Newell7,050,000
15,510,000
3
47574Monday 13th JuneLeslie DuxburyBob Hird6,650,000
14,630,000
5
48575Wednesday 15th JuneGeoffrey LancashireBob Hird6,800,000
14,960,000
4
49576Monday 20th JuneJohn FinchWalter Butler6,500,000
14,300,000
10
50577Wednesday 22nd JuneSusan PleatWalter Butler7,400,000
16,280,000
1
51578Monday 27th JuneGeoffrey LancashireMichael Apted6,450,000
14,190,000
6
52579Wednesday 29th JuneJim AllenMichael Apted6,750,000
14,850,000
4
53580Monday 4th JulyJack RosenthalBob Hird6,050,000
13,310,000
9
54581Wednesday 6th JulyJohn FinchBob Hird6,950,000
15,290,000
2
55582Monday 11th JulyAdele RoseWalter Butler5,950,000
13,090,000
5
56583Wednesday 13th JulyH.V. KershawWalter Butler5,450,000
11,990,000
8
57584Monday 18th JulyJohn FinchRichard Argent5,900,000
12,980,000
5
58585Wednesday 20th JulyJack RosenthalRichard Argent4,450,000
9,790,000
18
59586Monday 25th JulyJim AllenBob Hird4,450,000
9,790,000
17
60587Wednesday 27th JulyAdele RoseBob Hird6,600,000
14,520,000
3
61588Monday 1st AugustJohn FinchWalter Butler5,800,000
12,760,000
5
62589Wednesday 3rd AugustJack RosenthalWalter Butler6,900,000
15,180,000
2
63590Monday 8th AugustJim AllenRichard Argent6,650,000
14,630,000
2
64591Wednesday 10th AugustVince PowellRichard Argent6,900,000
15,180,000
1
65592Monday 15th AugustJohn FinchBob Hird6,550,000
14,410,000
3
66593Wednesday 17th AugustGeoffrey LancashireBob Hird6,800,000
14,960,000
2
67594Monday 22nd AugustJim AllenWalter Butler6,900,000
15,180,000
1
68595Wednesday 24th AugustJack RosenthalWalter Butler6,800,000
14,960,000
2
69596Monday 29th AugustVince PowellRichard Argent5,050,000
11,110,000
14
70597Wednesday 31st AugustGeoffrey LancashireRichard Argent7,450,000
16,390,000
1
71598Monday 5th SeptemberPeter EckersleyBob Hird7,450,000
16,390,000
3
72599Wednesday 7th SeptemberVince PowellBob Hird7,650,000
16,830,000
2
73600Monday 12th SeptemberJim AllenWalter Butler7,500,000
16,500,000
3
74601Wednesday 14th SeptemberJohn FinchWalter Butler8,250,000
18,150,000
1
75602Monday 19th SeptemberJack RosenthalRichard Argent7,600,000
16,720,000
3
76603Wednesday 21st SeptemberGeoffrey LancashireRichard Argent7,750,000
17,050,000
2
77604Monday 26th SeptemberJim AllenBob Hird6,600,000
14,520,000
11
78605Wednesday 28th SeptemberJack RosenthalBob Hird8,250,000
18,150,000
3
79606Monday 3rd OctoberAdele RoseDavid Cunliffe7,400,000
16,280,000
5
80607Wednesday 5th OctoberJohn FinchDavid Cunliffe8,600,000
18,920,000
1
81608Monday 10th OctoberJack RosenthalWalter Butler7,200,000
15,840,000
6
82609Wednesday 12th OctoberGeoffrey LancashireWalter Butler8,850,000
19,470,000
1
83610Monday 17th OctoberPeter EckersleyDavid Cunliffe7,500,000
16,500,000
4
84611Wednesday 19th OctoberJack RosenthalDavid Cunliffe8,700,000
19,140,000
1
85612Monday 24th OctoberAdele RoseBob Hird8,000,000
17,600,000
4
86613Wednesday 26th OctoberJack RosenthalBob Hird9,050,000
19,910,000
1
87614Monday 31st OctoberJohn FinchCormac Newell7,550,000
16,610,000
5
88615Wednesday 2nd NovemberJohn FinchCormac Newell8,850,000
19,470,000
1
89616Monday 7th NovemberAdele RoseRichard Doubleday7,150,000
15,730,000
7
90617Wednesday 9th NovemberVince PowellRichard Doubleday8,900,000
19,580,000
2
91618Monday 14th NovemberJohn FinchBob Hird7,350,000
16,170,000
7
92619Wednesday 16th NovemberJim AllenBob Hird8,700,000
19,140,000
2
93620Monday 21st NovemberPeter EckersleyCormac Newell7,250,000
15,950,000
7
94621Wednesday 23rd NovemberPeter EckersleyCormac Newell8,500,000
18,700,000
2
95622Monday 28th NovemberJohn FinchMichael Apted7,400,000
16,280,000
7
96623Wednesday 30th NovemberAdele RoseMichael Apted8,850,000
19,470,000
2
97624Monday 5th DecemberJohn FinchBob Hird7,150,000
15,730,000
7
98625Wednesday 7th DecemberAdele RoseBob Hird8,700,000
19,140,000
1
99626Monday 12th DecemberJim AllenCormac Newell7,250,000
15,950,000
5
100627Wednesday 14th DecemberLeslie DuxburyCormac Newell8,600,000
18,920,000
1
101628Monday 19th DecemberJohn FinchBarry Davis6,850,000
15,070,000
7
102629Wednesday 21st DecemberJack RosenthalBarry Davis8,100,000
17,820,000
1
103630Monday 26th DecemberJack RosenthalMichael Apted6,350,000
13,970,000
8
104631Wednesday 28th DecemberAdele RoseMichael Apted8,300,000
18,260,000
1

StorylinesEdit

JanuaryEdit

  • Telephone engineer Jim Mount returns to the Street to look for Elsie Tanner. She agrees to go on a date with him and the two start a relationship.
  • Dennis Tanner borrows Emily Nugent's camera and secretly takes pictures of Jerry Booth when he is undressed as a joke but the photographs get into circulation and Dennis is forced to apologise for his prank.
  • Stan Ogden intervenes in David Barlow's sacking when he confronts his former boss, Sid Lambert who offers David a job in his engineering factory as recompense but David turns down the offer.
  • The local paper investigates David's sacking but this only leads to Ken Barlow taking an interest in their journalist Jackie Marsh. The two begin what is at first a platonic friendship but it soon develops into an affair. Elsie sees the two of them together, kissing.
  • Dave Smith's business affairs become entangled in the life of the Street again when he decides to open a new betting shop in the locality, a deal having fallen through to open a branch on Waterloo Road. Ena Sharples soon hears of Dave's plans and starts to oppose them. Dave approaches Lionel Petty about buying the Corner Shop but as he refuses to purchase the stock as part of the transaction, Lionel refuses to sell although he tells Ena to mind her own business when she tries to influence his decision. She is further annoyed when she finds Minnie Caldwell laying on bets in another of Dave's shops.
  • Albert Tatlock has problems when kids play on his allotment and when Clara starts to take a romantic interest in him. He does his best to avoid her.
  • Lucille Hewitt finishes with Kenny Stevens.
  • Valerie Barlow obtains an old piano through Len Fairclough and takes up lessons from Ena.
  • David falls into a drunken depression. Knowing that Lionel is interested in selling the Corner Shop, Irma Barlow suggests buying it. David doesn't want to know and Irma walks out on him. This brings David to his senses and they are reconciled. They buy the shop from Lionel who moves to Wales after a farewell party in the Rovers.
  • Minnie finds that she is short of money and can't afford coal to keep her warm. Ena and Clara Midgeley blame each other for Minnie's predicament. Her financial situation worsens and she finds herself under undue pressure from clubman Fred Nuttall who threatens her with court for an unpaid debt she owes him. The situation is saved when Jed Stone turns up on Minnie's doorstep and pays her a month's rent in advance. Jed discovers that Nuttall is adding extortionate interest to the loan and he and Dennis con money out of him so that the debts can be repaid.
Episode533

Stan celebrates his pools win - but why isn't Hilda happy about it?

  • A misunderstanding between Stan and Hilda Ogden causes Stan to think he's had a major pools win. He celebrates drunkenly with a party in the Rovers and is livid when Hilda explains the mix-up, threatening to kill her. He calms down and finds himself saddled with a large drinks bill for the party.
  • Emily announces that she's moving to Majorca to work in a friend's souvenir shop.

FebruaryEdit

  • As part of their changes in the Corner Shop, the Barlows close the loss-making Post Office section.
  • Jed and Dennis use the money from Fred Nuttall to repay all of Minnie's debts with some to spare left over. Nuttall realises he's been swindled and confronts Dennis who spins him a yarn that the police are interested in the socks that are now in his possession an Nuttall backs off.
  • James Nugent, Emily's father has a stroke and one of her sisters, Joan Corrie, pressures her to move to Harrogate to nurse him. Feeling put upon by her family she initially refuses to abandon her dream of moving to Majorca but eventually sadly gives in. The residents hold a leaving party for her, none-the-wiser as to where she is really going. She tells everyone that her father is going into a home but Jerry realises the truth. Emily leaves Weatherfield.
  • Elsie warns Ken to be careful but he tells her to mind her own business. She prevaricates as to whether to tell Val or not but in the meantime Ken and Jackie become more serious to each other and Ken recklessly tells Elsie that she can inform whoever she likes. He plans to spend a weekend away with Jackie, supposedly at a teacher's NUT conference but has a last minute change of heart and finishes with Jackie.
  • Jed pursues his latest get-rich-quick schemes; wanting to put a fruit machine in Gamma Garments, running a market stall (with Lucille's help) selling junk, starting a waxworks business by trying to remould figures such as Ghandi and Charlie Chaplin into The Beatles. All of these go wrong and Dennis, heavily involved in some of them, becomes depressed and takes to his bed. After a short time feeling sorry for himself (and following some nursing from Ena and Minnie) he starts to come round when Jed talks of taking up selling by auction but falls into a depression again when he realises that they need premises to be able to go ahead with the plan. Dennis realises that Ena can write music down and the two start writing songs together using his lyrics. Jed hires arches under the viaduct to expand his "business".
  • Clara gets Albert to go to Cleveleys with her to help run her niece's hotel.
Episode 542

New boy Ray Langton starts at the yard

  • Len is delighted when Jack Walker fixes up a job for him at his spiritual home - Newton & Ridley's brewery. In view of the workload, Jerry takes on an apprentice – ex-borstal boy Ray Langton, although Len is distrustful of the young man. The job goes badly when Len spends more time drinking than working and he and Jerry start to fall out. Jerry carries on working diligently and falls off some scaffolding while Len is playing cards with the brewery workers. He is taken to hospital and Len's contract is terminated as the scaffolding was unsafe.
  • Ray asks a smitten Lucille out and they start dating.
  • Stan agrees that Jim Mount can lodge at No. 13 although Hilda isn't pleased at the extra work that a lodger brings her. She is brought round when Jim pays his rent direct to her instead of Stan.
  • The Walkers and Lucille are invited to Ireland for a holiday by the Hewitts.

MarchEdit

  • Jerry recovers and Len apologises to him for his behaviour and the two business partners are reconciled but Elsie still rows with Len for his over-drinking.
  • Jed and Dennis open their auction rooms under the name of the "Viaduct Bargain Boutique". One of the items on sale is a framed photograph of Hilda's mother that Stan sold them for 10/-. Hilda snatches it back when Jed offers it to her for £1. Jed and Dennis open a bank account for the business and Dennis avoids his proper job with the novelty toy company and is sacked. The two entrepreneurs advertise that a celebrity will officially open the auction rooms - it is Minnie Caldwell. The business gets off to a bad start when no one buys anything and they discover they need planning permission. Within a week they have to close. Undaunted, Jed converts the premises into boarding kennels but the dog's barking keeps the residents awake and disaster strikes when they lose a dog belonging to a local villain, "Big" Arthur Johnson.
  • Ena is concerned for Lucille and how her relationship with Ray will end up. Ray offers to do a foreigner job for Jack but he angrily rejects it as the young man is going behind Len's back. Lucille babysits for the Barlows and Ray joins her but steals £5 from a £30 school fund that Ken was looking after. Not knowing that Ray was with her, Ken suspects Lucille of the theft. Lucille tackles Ray when she finds out that she is under suspicion but he lets on that he's not interested. Without telling him what the money is for, Lucille obtains £5 from Jack and gives it to the Barlows. Ray then cons Lucille into thinking that he took the money for his mother. Ena finds out about the incident and threatens the two with court action if they don’t clean up their act.
Episode547

The Barlows reach a crossroads

  • Sick of him being distant with her, Val leaves Ken and goes back to her family in Glasgow. After several weeks Ken phones and asks her to return. She does so and Ken tries to show her that he's changed his ways by decorating No. 9 and buying a car but she's more unsure than ever as to whether or not he really loves her.
  • Clara returns from Cleveleys but not with Albert. She reveals to Minnie that she got nowhere with him. Albert returns a week later but avoids Clara. After several weeks she proposes to him but he refuses as he's too set in his ways to change his life now. Clara becomes temporary Rovers cleaner when Hilda goes away for a few weeks.
  • Partly under pressure from Ray, Lucille refuses to go to Ireland with the Walkers. They leave without her and the brewery installs Brenda Riley as a relief manager. She is an ex-girlfriend of Jim Mount. He and Elsie row when she sees him chatting up another woman and Jim hits her. Len attacks Jim in Elsie's defence but Jim easily beats him down. When Jim refuses to commit himself to Elsie in any way she finishes with him. Len and Jim then compete for Brenda.

AprilEdit

  • Jed finds Arthur Johnson's dog in time but has to pay £5 to the man who has her. Despondent at his latest financial failure, he closes the kennels. Soon afterwards, he receives his belated permission to open an auction room.
Episode555

Ken and Val are no closer to making up

  • Peter and Susan Barlow celebrate their first birthday with a party. Ken tries his best to convince Val that he's devoted to her but she makes it clear that she's not interested.
  • Lucille discovers that Ray has stolen a bottle of whisky from the Rovers. Ray threatens her when she tells him that she's going to tell Brenda. Nevertheless Lucille does tell Brenda but finds that the relief landlady appears unconcerned. However she summons Ray and tells him to stop seeing Lucille. He then threatens Brenda but Len stops him, sacks him and sends him on his way, but not before he tells Lucille that he'll catch up with her one day.
  • Hilda returns and discovers that Stan and Jim have attempted to clean No. 13 but in the process have created more of a mess than ever. She tries to get her job back at the Rovers but Clara refuses to give up the position and Brenda refuses to take Hilda back on until she knows what Annie would want. A furious Hilda refuses to let Stan and Jim frequent the Rovers and Brenda gives in.
  • Vera Lomax turns up unexpectedly at Ena's for a stay. She confesses that she has left Bob and that they are in a financial mess and facing eviction. Ena gives her all of her savings - £150 - which is the money Vera needs.
  • Dennis takes on a job as entertainments manager at a holiday camp in Carlisle and leaves the area.
  • The brewery, pleased with Brenda's progress in the Rovers, ask her to stay on after the Walkers' return, with the specific task of teaching Annie how to be nice to customers. The Walkers return on the night of an organised betting evening in the pub, over a billiards match between Jed and David. A horrified Annie orders Brenda out. David wins the match, and Stan for one loses his wager. Elsie makes Hilda see that Jim is a bad influence on Stan and, angry with Jed for organising the match and with Elsie for her attitude towards him, he and Brenda leave the Street together.
  • A new Mission worker, Ronald Nesbitt, causes further problems for Ena when he catches her frequenting the Rovers and orders her out of the Vestry while repairs to the building are carried out. No one helps Ena with her accommodation problem until Minnie lets her stay at No. 5. Minnie worries about her depressed state and things look bleaker than ever for Ena when she is caught shoplifting in the Pick-a-Snip Supermarket.

MayEdit

Ena court

Ena appears in court

  • Ena is charged by the police. She appears in court and pleads not guilty but the magistrates find otherwise and fine her 40/-. She returns to the Mission to find social worker Ruth Winter has been placed in charge and resigns on the spot. She also refuses to return to the Vestry and finds fault on religious grounds with the adult education classes and events that Ruth puts on. Len helps Ruth with handyman classes while Val signs on for the playgroup. Ena and the over-sixties' club try to sabotage the events at the Mission.
  • Chimney sweep, and Elsie's ex-father-in-law, Wally Tanner moves back to the area after a twenty-absence. Much to Elsie's displeasure, he moves himself into No. 11, complete with his pigeons, and takes on a job as potman at the Rovers.
  • Ena is offered a flat in a tower block on Navigation Street but refuses it. Jerry moves the old lady into their home as a housekeeper. Len hates the way that she bosses him about but Ruth asks him to try and get along with her for everyone's sake. He moves her rocking chair in and the two start to get along better.
  • Stan gets himself an ice-cream van, intending to use it in the afternoon when his milk round finishes in the morning. David refuses to give him financial backing and he and Irma row about the way her parents sponge off them. Frustrated with life in the shop Irma decides to get a different job. David tells Hilda she'll have no more on the tick. Irma settles her mother's debt for her.
  • Elliston's Raincoat Factory changes to pvc production. New workers are taken on including Irma, Lucille and Bet Lynch. Irma takes Hilda on as shop assistant to "help" David when she starts at the factory. He is not pleased at the prospect.
  • Stan's ice cream round runs into problems when he poaches customers on the patch covered by the Bonetti family led by matriarch Mary. They counter Stan by driving ahead of him and getting to the customers first, then offers to buy his melting ice cream off him at cheap prices.
  • Minnie collapses with head pains, then contracts flu and Jed looks after her. When she is recovered he takes her and Jerry out to a posh club where Jerry bumps into Sheila Birtles.


JuneEdit

  • Jerry persuades Sheila to return to the Street and take a job at the factory but, filled with bad memories, she refuses to live in the Corner Shop flat again and instead lodges with Elsie. Wally is forced out of his room and has to sleep on the sofa.
  • Although Hilda refuses to sell the ice cream to Rose, Stan does a deal where he sells her the van and works for her on a salary. A jealous Hilda starts to believe that the two are having an affair and tells Stan to ditch his job. He refuses so Hilda reports him to the town hall for trading without a licence. He ends up being sacked but, rather than being angry, is flattered that Hilda was jealous.
  • The factory reopens for business but Irma finds the work difficult and blows her welding machine up. John Benjamin, the manager, threatens to sack her if her work doesn't improve.
  • Dennis returns from Carlisle, in trouble again when a deal with a nightclub croupier went wrong and he owes some mobsters £94. He asks Len for help but is not believed. Elsie gets him a job at Dave Smith's betting shop where he tries to gamble his wages to get more money but the horse loses. The villains catch up with him and give him a week to find the money. Dave tells Elsie he'll lend him the money if she'll be his mistress. She angrily refuses and one week later the heavies return. Ena begs the menfolk of the Street for help when she realises that Elsie and Dennis are trapped with the thugs in No. 11 but only Len and Jack come forward. A fight ensues in No. 11 which only ends when Len hands over the money on Dennis's behalf. He gives Dennis a job at the Builder's Yard to enable him to get his money back.
Episode575

Ena and Lucille are cornered by thugs

  • Ruth organises further community events at the Mission. Albert is to give a talk while Ken starts a film club. Lucille helps organise a dance for the local teenagers. Ena objects and her fears come true when she and Lucille are cornered in the Vestry by two young toughs who threaten the pair of them. Ruth rescues them with a surprising display of self-defence. A week later, Ena moves back into the Vestry.
  • With Dennis also at No. 11, Elsie allows Sheila to turn the front parlour into a bedroom. The crowding situation is eased when Elsie contacts her divorced husband Arnold Tanner and dumps Wally on him. Despite almost everyone's reservations, Jerry and Sheila become closer when Val arranges for Sheila to babysit and Jerry to call. They admit their love for each other but Jerry is shocked to the core when Sheila takes him to see a baby - her son, Danny.

JulyEdit

  • Lucille falls foul of pvc factory worker Bet Lynch who is jealous of her speed compared to the other girls but is also angry that she doesn't own up to carrying out shoddy work and the result is that all of the girls get blamed. Bet gives Lucille a black eye. Sheila tells Jerry that her child is Neil Crossley's. Lucille finds out about Sheila and, in her anger at the factory girls' treatment towards her, revealing that she has an illegitimate child. Irma and Annie then jump to the conclusion that Sheila gave Lucille her black eye and Jerry, uncertain before now how he feels about Sheila, stands up for her before everyone. John Benjamin knows the truth and tells Bet to apologise but she refuses and she and Lucille end up in a fracas. Len, looking for Lucille when she is late home, finds out that Benjamin and Bet are in a relationship and threatens to report Benjamin for mismanagement. He and Len fight with the Barlow brothers jumping into the fray on Len's side.
  • Sheila decides to leave Weatherfield but Jerry persuades her not to. He decides to get a divorce from Myra and marry Sheila.
Episode580

Ken's film society provokes a strong reaction...

  • Ken's first film society meeting falls into disarray when he shows a nudist film by mistake. Some of the residents are disgusted. Some less so…
  • David gets World Cup tickets for another match in Liverpool which he distributes. Jack is one of the recipients but Annie refuses to allow him to go and he gives his ticket to Jed. When the match trip takes place, he is angered when Stan gets into trouble with the police and gives his name as "Jed Stone".
  • Ken decides to buy a caravan and David agrees to go halves with him.
  • Ruth organises a pub quiz – the Rovers against the "Bird in Hand" pub. The Rovers wins but Annie is impressed with cultured George Chippendale from the opposing team and asks him to look at a painting she found in the Rovers cellar. Behind the frame is money and a mask. This appeals to Annie's romantic nature and she considers changing the name of the Rovers to "The Masked Lady". The customers are not happy about this change but Annie drops the idea. Everyone is surprised at this change of mind but what they don't know is that Mrs Arkinstall of the Federation of Women's Associations has asked her to stand as a Councillor in the forthcoming elections and this now occupies her attention.
  • Ruth starts going out with Len but an old boyfriend called Paul proposes to her and asks her to move to Rome with him. She accepts, says goodbye to a saddened Len and is given a send-off by the residents. The community centre operations move to a Mission in Chester Street.

AugustEdit

  • Ken forgets his own fourth wedding anniversary.
  • Dennis is fed up of working at the yard and the nagging women in No. 11. He packs and leaves. Elsie is unconcerned about his whereabouts whereas everyone else thinks she ought to be worried. Dennis however is only lodging in Jed's room at No. 5, trying to provoke a reaction from his mother while Minnie wonders why Jed is suddenly eating so much. Lucille works out where Dennis is staying and he has to buy her silence. Dennis grows hungry while he hides and Jed and Irma con him into thinking that Elsie is worried sick. He breaks into No. 11 to steal food and is caught by Elsie.
  • George Dickinson tells Jerry that it will not be easy to obtain a divorce from Myra. Sheila thinks he's deliberately stalling and, tired of being hurt, tries to get a bus away from Weatherfield but Jerry persuades her that he's doing everything he can. Myra refuses to cooperate with a divorce and leaves everything up to her father who tells jerry he will have to provide grounds. Soon afterwards, a private investigator named Harry Bishop starts asking questions in the Street about Jerry. Ena recognises him and she and Elsie hatch a plot whereby they get money out of Bishop to supply information about Jerry and Sheila, Bishop having been employed by Mr Dickinson. The PI is provided with nothing but Elsie happily passes on her "wages" to Sheila. Jerry is warned by Ena that he is being watched. Sheila's son is adopted by his foster mother.
  • Jack and Albert attend a regimental reunion where Jack gets into a drunken fight with Colonel Arkinstall, husband of Annie's election sponsor. Annie is horrified as what this will mean to her chances of getting on the council but Mrs Arkinstall tells Annie she should be proud of the way that Jack stood up to her bullying husband.
  • Irma grows tired of the factory and returns to the shop, but tells David that she did it only to support him.
Episode595

Stan and David share their ideas on how to win over their wives

  • Ken and Val have to pull out of a weekend in their caravan with Irma and David when Val falls ill. Stan and Hilda go in their place. The break goes badly when the menfolk get lost while trying to find a pub and Stan leaves a gate open on the farmland field they are camped on, leaving a herd of cows to surround the caravan.
  • The election is brought forward when the sitting councilor resigns. Both Annie and Len announce their candidacy as the residents start to take sides. Elsie lets Len use No. 11 for his committee room while Annie annoys Jack by neglecting the pub to pursue her campaign. Jack wangles an order from the brewery for him to help out at brother Arthur's pub for a fortnight, thus getting him away from the hassle the election is causing. Ena also stirs things up by double-booking the Mission for election speeches by Len and Annie (both written by Ken) and then suggesting a debate between the two of them. The meeting takes place and Len impresses the audience with a pledge to fence off the dangerous canal.
  • A young girl from London called Merle Baker turns up in the Street looking for her fiancé - David Barlow.

SeptemberEdit

  • Merle and David meet and don't recognise each other. Merle produces a photo of "her" David and everyone realises that Billy Walker is her real, but reluctant, intended. Jack returns from Arthur's pub and persuades Merle to return to London, with her rail fare paid for.
  • As the election campaign finishes, the Street is split almost equally between the two candidates with, for the most part, the men voting for Len and the women for Annie. The remainder of the voters in the ward are equally split and the result is a dead heat between Len and Annie, even after a recount. They toss a coin and Len wins. Annie is distraught.
  • The residents fall ill after eating a buffet prepared by Irma for the election night party. Ena blames the potted mean supplied by the Corner Shop and demands that Councillor Fairclough get the Public Heath inspectorate to investigate. They take samples away while a worried Jack Walker throws out the Rovers' pies. Customers initially stay away from the shop and Irma blames Len.
Episode 605

Jed is arrested on Minnie's birthday

  • Jed is tipped off that the police are after him for receiving five dozen stolen blankets and he plans to flee the area but cannot with Minnie still ill with food poisoning. He nurses her back to health and plans a birthday party for her in the Rovers which will also be a farewell party as well. However, prior to the celebrations, Det Con Bill Sharp searches No. 5 and finds the blankets. Jed is taken away during the party, leaving Minnie in tears. Dennis thinks the police traced Jed from Stan pretending to be him when arrested in Liverpool in July. Hilda is annoyed at the accusation.
  • Elsie's Laundryer employers open another branch and Hilda asks her to put in a word for her for a job there. Hilda is too late for the vacancy and blames Elsie.
  • Elsie starts to receive nuisance phone calls. She also receives one from Linda Cheveski to say that she's coming home.

OctoberEdit

  • The Cheveski's return from Canada, their life there over, although Elsie wonders what has brought this about. Ivan wants to settle down in Birmingham although Linda is determined to enroll Paul at school in Weatherfield. She succeeds and confesses to Elsie that she had an affair in Canada and that is the reason they moved back. Ivan goes to Birmingham to look for work.
Episode612

Moira Maxwell threatens Elsie with a wife

  • Elsie overreacts to Linda and Ivan's rowing and Linda realises that Len was right when he told he that something else is wrong. Eventually Linda takes one of Elsie's malicious phone calls and discovers what is disturbing her mother. She at first suspects Irma, who thinks she is jealous of a supposed past relationship with David, then Val who she finds to be on the phone at the same time. Elsie and Val row and Elsie's confused state leads to her being sacked from the Laundryer. Ena brings the two women back together and witnesses Hilda making a call from a phone booth. Hilda confesses to one call as she was angry that she didn't get the laundry job. Len informs the police of the calls and Annie puts them on to Hilda. Eventually Elsie and Hilda make up and the real culprit is revealed when an unbalanced Moira Maxwell turns up at No. 11, holding a knife to Elsie and blaming her for the death of husband Robert the year before. Len rescues Elsie and the police take Moira away.
  • The Barlows are cleared by the Public Health inspectorate although David starts to tire of working in a shop with gossiping women all day long.
  • The residents hear that Jed has been jailed for nine months. Minnie pretends not to know so that Jed will not be upset when Dennis visits him. She keeps his room prepared for his return but instead receives a message to sell all of his belongings. Jack suggests an auction at which the residents will purchase the items above expected price to help the impoverished widow. The plan seems to go well until discord breaks out when it is revealed that Annie has purchased a brooch for 2/- which is worth £15 and pressure is put on her to give the difference to Minnie, who is upset that she is seen as receiving charity. A compromise is reached whereby Ena passes on to her £4 from Annie as supposed coal money so as not to offend her dignity. A row is avoided when Dennis borrows the brooch through Lucille to compare to some others which he thinks are worth as much. Lucille returns the item before Annie can confront her prime suspect - Hilda.
  • Jerry tells Sheila that as he has now been married for three years, he can start divorce proceedings, whether Myra wants him to or not.
  • Ivan contacts Linda from Birmingham to say that he's found a suitable house. She is happier about moving there but a crisis breaks out when Paul disappears from Bessie Street School. The police are called in and the residents help with the search but fail to find the five-year old.

NovemberEdit

  • Paul is fished out of the local canal by a mystery stranger and the police take him to hospital where he is kept in, suffering from pneumonia and put into an oxygen tent. Len realises that the boy gained access to the bankside through Gas Street where it was proposed that a fence be erected but he had voted against it. Jerry drops Len in it by telling Elsie this and the two are involved in a huge row which culminates in Len slapping Elsie out of her hysteria. She listens to his excuses and forgives him.
  • John Meakin, a reporter for the Weatherfield Gazette, gets hold of the story about Len blocking the fence and prints the story. A distraught Ivan returns from Birmingham and reads the paper, after everyone tries to prevent him seeing a copy. He gets drunk and attacks Len and the two men have to be separated.
Episode 618

Ron Jenkins wonders who the joke is on...

  • Val and Irma go on a girl's night out together to the cinema where they are picked up by two men, Ron Jenkins and Brian Thomas. For a giggle they pretend to be single and tell them that their names are Gail and Avril. Everything starts to go wrong though when first they are seen by Lucille (who realises that the fun is harmless and goes along with it) and then when the two men turn up at the Corner Shop, insisting on a second date. Ron forces Irma to agree by taking her compact but the situation becomes dodgy when Ken and David get chatting to Ron and Brian in the Rovers and their wives' joke is revealed. The two would-be Romeos though are not amused.
  • Ena has a lonely birthday with only a box of chocolates for company.
  • A local forty-year old man dies of a heart attack and Stan is advised to look after himself more. To everyone's amazement, he starts to drink tomato juice and loses two pounds in weight.
  • On the eve of their departure for Birmingham, Linda reveals to Elsie that she is still in love with her boyfriend in Canada, Mike, and that she has airline tickets to go back there for her and Paul. A furious Elsie refuses to let her take her son with her but events sort themselves out when Linda receives a letter from Mike in which he tells her that he has a new girlfriend. She leaves from Birmingham with Ivan and Paul.
  • On the way back from visiting her parents in Rawtenstall, Sheila meets Neil Crossley on the train. He is now the manager of supermarket in Weatherfield and Elsie advises Sheila to keep away from him but the young girl is smitten again and starts to see him behind Jerry's back. Len breaks the news to his young partner while Sheila also tells Neil that he has a son. Neil arrives to talk to Jerry.

DecemberEdit

  • Neil tells Jerry to stay away from Sheila and asks her to marry him. She agrees and they leave Weatherfield together for him to start his new job in Sheffield. A morose Jerry goes on a bender at a nightclub where a hostess, Margot, fleeces him of his money.
  • Ena realises how much more the Corner Shop charges compared to the supermarket and reports them to the Ministry of Agriculture for breaking the government's price freeze.
  • Dot Greenhalgh encourages Elsie to apply for her old job back at Miami Modes as Dot is in line for the supervisor's position. Elsie agrees but, to Dot's dismay, is taken on as supervisor herself.
  • Lucille collects and distributes food parcels for the poor and elderly although Ena refuses to accepts hers as she sees it as charity.
  • After six months, Dennis has earned enough to pay off his debt to Len but is happy to stay on at the yard.
  • Stan is made redundant from his milk-round job and, in his depression, comes off his diet. After trying for several jobs, including one as Father Christmas which Albert gets, he is taken on as a lorry driver in Newcastle but Hilda refuses to leave. Stan turns down the job and applies for a job with Len but is refused as Dennis is still working there. Hilda is convinced that Len is only keeping Dennis on for Elsie's sake and rows with him. The Ogdens soon run out of money and Hilda orders Stan to find a job.
  • Vera Lomax turns up at the Vestry having left Bob and Colin. She tells her mother she is ill but Ena refuses to believe her. She is shocked when Doctor Connor confirms that an unsuspecting Vera has a brain tumour and only has a month to live. Her sudden concern for her daughter makes her suspicious and Minnie, not knowing the truth, thinks Ena is being taken advantage of. Ena is desperately short of money and Ken advises her that she's entitled to supplementary benefit.
Episode630

Annie is Elizabeth I at the fancy dress party - although some said that this was no performance!

  • Ken organises a Christmas fancy dress part for the residents in the Mission which includes a competition for the best costume judged by Dot. Annie (as Elizabeth I) and Jerry (as Robin of Batman and Robin fame) are the winners.
  • Lucille amazes everyone when she tells them that she's engaged to a young man called Alistair Bradshaw who has been affianced several times before. She soon realises that it's just an infatuation and calls it off.

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