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1967 was Coronation Street's eighth year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year906155
2Jack WalkerArthur LeslieFull year876073
3Elsie TannerPatricia PhoenixFull year856102
4Ena SharplesViolet CarsonFull year845716
5Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year825871
6Jerry BoothGraham HaberfieldFull year703313
6Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year7025814
8Irma BarlowSandra GoughFull year692679
8David BarlowAlan RothwellFull year692309
8Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year6951316
11Valerie BarlowAnne ReidFull year6842312
12Lucille HewittJennifer MossFull year6739314
12Dennis TannerPhilip LowrieFull year6742812
14Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year625099
14Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year622457
16Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantFull year615307
17Emily NugentEileen DerbyshireJanuary onwards5936021
18Steve TannerPaul MaxwellMay to December5757 -
19Alf RobertsBryan MosleyMarch and July944 -
20Ivan CheveskiErnst WalderSeptember and December47623
20Linda CheveskiAnne CunninghamSeptember and December49419
22Concepta HewittDoreen KeoghSeptember only4312 -
23Harry HewittIvan BeavisSeptember only2311 -
24Frank BarlowFrank PembertonMarch only1276 -
24Ernest BishopStephen HancockSeptember only11 -

ProductionEdit

Cancellation threatEdit

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Coronation Street films its most spectacular story yet in the train crash

H.V. Kershaw produced the series until Episode 674, transmitted on 31st May. He then stepped into the role of executive producer, with Jack Rosenthal producing until Episode 724. Michael Cox then took over, with Kershaw replaced by Richard Everitt with Episode 731, transmitted on 18th December.

For the only time in its history, Coronation Street was in serious danger of cancellation. Ratings had fallen by two million viewers in two years, and this - combined with the mass demolition of real-world terraced streets to make way for modern housing - caused Granada executives to feel that the programme was nearing the end of its natural life. According to staff writer John Finch in 50 Years of Coronation Street: The (very) Unofficial Story (2010), internally executives were "blasé" about Coronation Street's high ratings and wanted to be seen doing something different. With Pardon the Expression achieving moderate success, plans were drawn up to end Coronation Street and follow its lead by creating three new spin-offs starring its most popular characters: a romantic comedy with Len Fairclough, Elsie Tanner and their lodger Jerry Booth, an Australia-set drama with Ken and Valerie Barlow, and a series set in a Derbyshire guest house run by Jack and Annie Walker, featuring Lucille Hewitt and housekeeper Ena Sharples.

The need for change was further established when Coronation Street attempted its most ambitious storyline yet: a goods train collapsing the viaduct and crashing onto the Street, burying some characters alive and sparking a rescue effort. As it was all recorded in studio, careful lighting and direction was used to conceal this fact, and the story was a success. However, resources had been pushed to their absolute limit to pull it off, and in a time when ATV's new soap opera Market in Honey Lane had its own backlot, and the first colour TV transmissions had taken place on BBC Two on 1st July, it was clear to all that if the programme was to continue, it would need an outdoor set.

Ultimately, Coronation Street was granted a reprieve. Producer Michael Cox and executive producer Richard Everitt were appointed late in the year with a mandate to update the programme, and Granada started searching for a location to build a set. An appropriate site was found in an old railway yard owned by British Rail, situated behind the back of the studio building in Grape Street. The yard contained the prerequisite cobbles and railway viaduct, which Granada was not willing to build. The yard was rented from British Rail and, at the end of the year, work began on weatherproofing the wooden studio street to be erected there.

Notable eventsEdit

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The TV Times cartoon page comments on the excitement generated by the wedding

The other big storyline of 1967 was the lavish wedding of Elsie Tanner and her wartime sweetheart Steve Tanner, American serviceman. This was the first wedding in Coronation Street history where the full ceremony was shown, spread over two episodes which were notably preceded by the first episode of the programme to be made entirely on location, depicting a daytrip by the women to Tatton Park and a booze-up on a barge involving the men. Granada pulled out all the stops to promote the episodes, giving a press release announcing the details of the wedding as if it were real, and TV Times released a special 32-page magazine entitled Coronation Street Wedding Souvenir, the first magazine or booklet ever printed about the programme. As the episodes were recorded close to publication, the cast was assembled at St. Margaret’s Church in Whalley Range, Manchester to pose for photographs especially for the magazine. In the actual episode, the wedding photographer was Ernest Bishop, played by Stephen Hancock in his debut as Emily's future husband. He returned for more regular appearances in 1969.

In March, Frank Pemberton reprised the role of Frank Barlow after a three-year absence. Pemberton appeared in Episode 652, which was a test to see if he was well enough to come back on a full-time basis following a stroke he had suffered on 24th February 1965. The idea went no further as Mr Pemberton was plainly still ill, only able to act in a short scene of under two minutes while seated and unable to use his left arm. He made one further appearance on 3rd February 1971 before his death on 26th March of that year.

Although the mooted spin-offs were dropped, a second Coronation Street spin-off was developed again starring Arthur Lowe as Leonard Swindley. All six episodes of Turn out the Lights were screened between January and February 1967, continuing the misadventures of Mr. Swindley as he travels the country with Wally Hunt (Robert Dorning, Pardon the Expression) speaking professionally on astrology, stumbling across supernatural mysteries as he does so. The series was not well received and marked Lowe's final appearance as his Coronation Street character before going on to greater fame as Captain George Mainwaring in the BBC sitcom Dad's Army.

Viewing figuresEdit

1967 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

Average ratings fell for the third year in a row, to 16.14 million viewers, although six months saw year-on-year increases from 1966. The biggest drops occurred in the first four months of the year, especially February and March which saw falls of almost four million viewers on 1966. The averages in these months is explained by the BBC airing the popular comedy series Till Death Us Do Part directly against Coronation Street.

The much-publicized Tanner wedding in September drew the biggest audience of the year, with the episodes gaining audiences figures of 9.45 and 9.2 million homes. These were the only episodes seen in over nine million homes since 2nd February 1966 and the last until 31st January 1977. The second episode - which also featured the death of Harry Hewitt - was repeated on 20th September, advertised as Coronation Street - Wedding of the Year.

27 episodes reached number one in the viewing charts, an increase of five over 1966.

EpisodesEdit

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
1632Monday 2nd JanuaryPeter EckersleyWalter Butler6,050,000
13,310,000
15
2633Monday 9th JanuaryJim AllenWalter Butler6,000,000
13,200,000
19
3634Wednesday 11th JanuaryJack RosenthalBarry Davis8,300,000
18,260,000
2
4635Monday 16th JanuaryJohn FinchBarry Davis6,050,000
13,310,000
17
5636Wednesday 18th JanuaryJohn FinchMichael Apted8,250,000
18,150,000
3
6637Monday 23rd JanuaryAdele RoseMichael Apted5,950,000
13,090,000
17
7638Wednesday 25th JanuaryJohn FinchWalter Butler7,950,000
17,490,000
3
8639Monday 30th JanuaryJim AllenWalter Butler6,100,000
13,420,000
15
9640Wednesday 1st FebruaryJack RosenthalBarry Davis7,850,000
17,270,000
4
10641Monday 6th FebruaryVince PowellBarry Davis6,000,000
13,200,000
19
11642Wednesday 8th FebruaryJohn FinchMichael Apted8,050,000
17,710,000
4
12643Monday 13th FebruaryAdele RoseMichael Apted5,900,000
12,980,000
17
13644Wednesday 15th FebruaryJack RosenthalLes Chatfield7,400,000
16,280,000
6
14645Monday 20th FebruaryJim AllenLes Chatfield6,200,000
13,640,000
14
15646Wednesday 22nd FebruaryJohn FinchBarry Davis7,050,000
15,510,000
7
16647Monday 27th FebruaryTony WarrenBarry Davis5,750,000
12,650,000
19
17648Wednesday 1st MarchPeter EckersleyMichael Apted7,050,000
15,510,000
7
18649Monday 6th MarchAdele RoseMichael Apted7,300,000
16,060,000
4
19650Wednesday 8th MarchVince PowellLes Chatfield6,700,000
14,740,000
8
20651Monday 13th MarchJohn FinchLes Chatfield6,700,000
14,740,000
11
21652Wednesday 15th MarchTony WarrenBarry Davis6,950,000
15,290,000
8
22653Monday 20th MarchJack RosenthalBarry Davis6,550,000
14,410,000
7
23654Wednesday 22nd MarchJim AllenMichael Apted7,050,000
15,510,000
4
24655Monday 27th MarchPeter EckersleyMichael Apted6,100,000
13,420,000
13
25656Wednesday 29th MarchAdele RoseLes Chatfield7,000,000
15,400,000
3
26657Monday 3rd AprilJohn FinchLes Chatfield7,100,000
15,620,000
9
27658Wednesday 5th AprilJack RosenthalBarry Davis7,400,000
16,280,000
5
28659Monday 10th AprilVince PowellBarry Davis7,100,000
15,620,000
5
29660Wednesday 12th AprilVince PowellMichael Apted6,900,000
15,180,000
6
30661Monday 17th AprilAdele RoseMichael Apted6,900,000
15,180,000
5
31662Wednesday 19th AprilJim AllenLes Chatfield6,800,000
14,960,000
7
32663Monday 24th AprilJack RosenthalLes Chatfield7,200,000
15,840,000
3
33664Wednesday 26th AprilPeter EckersleyBarry Davis7,100,000
15,620,000
4
34665Monday 1st MaySusan PleatBarry Davis7,250,000
15,950,000
4
35666Wednesday 3rd MayJack RosenthalLes Chatfield6,800,000
14,960,000
9
36667Monday 8th MayTony WarrenLes Chatfield7,700,000
16,940,000
3
37668Wednesday 10th MayJohn FinchMichael Apted7,900,000
17,380,000
1
38669Monday 15th MayJim AllenMichael Apted8,650,000
19,030,000
1
39670Wednesday 17th MayVince PowellDavid Warwick7,350,000
16,170,000
4
40671Monday 22nd MayGeoffrey LancashireDavid Warwick8,300,000
18,260,000
1
41672Wednesday 24th MayAdele RoseMichael Apted7,300,000
16,060,000
3
42673Monday 29th MaySusan Pleat
Leslie Duxbury
Les Chatfield5,950,000
13,090,000
6
43674Wednesday 31st MayJack RosenthalLes Chatfield5,650,000
12,430,000
9
44675Monday 5th JuneJim AllenLes Chatfield7,450,000
16,390,000
1
45676Wednesday 7th JuneGeoffrey LancashireRichard Doubleday6,850,000
15,070,000
4
46677Monday 12th JunePeter EckersleyRichard Doubleday7,200,000
15,840,000
1
47678Wednesday 14th JuneJack RosenthalMichael Apted6,500,000
14,300,000
4
48679Monday 19th JuneTony WarrenMichael Apted7,050,000
15,510,000
1
49680Wednesday 21st JuneJohn FinchLes Chatfield6,450,000
14,190,000
5
50681Monday 26th JuneAdele RoseLes Chatfield7,750,000
17,050,000
1
51682Wednesday 28th JuneGeoffrey LancashireRichard Doubleday6,650,000
14,630,000
3
52683Monday 3rd JulyVince PowellRichard Doubleday7,750,000
17,050,000
1
53684Wednesday 5th JulyGeoffrey LancashireMichael Apted6,950,000
15,290,000
4
54685Monday 10th JulyAdele RoseMichael Apted7,050,000
15,510,000
1
55686Wednesday 12th JulyPeter EckersleyLes Chatfield6,700,000
14,740,000
2
56687Monday 17th JulyJohn FinchLes Chatfield7,400,000
16,280,000
1
57688Wednesday 19th JulyJim AllenBarry Davis7,150,000
15,730,000
2
58689Monday 24th JulyVince PowellBarry Davis7,150,000
15,730,000
1
59690Wednesday 26th JulyTony Warren June Howson6,700,000
14,740,000
2
60691Monday 31st JulyLeslie Duxbury June Howson6,800,000
14,960,000
1
61692Wednesday 2nd AugustJohn FinchDavid Cunliffe6,600,000
14,520,000
3
62693Monday 7th AugustMalcolm LynchDavid Cunliffe6,300,000
13,860,000
3
63694Wednesday 9th AugustAdele RoseLes Chatfield6,600,000
14,520,000
2
64695Monday 14th AugustSusan PleatLes Chatfield6,600,000
14,520,000
2
65696Wednesday 16th AugustRon McDonnell June Howson6,800,000
14,960,000
1
66697Monday 21st AugustAdele Rose June Howson6,200,000
13,640,000
3
67698Wednesday 23rd AugustLeslie DuxburyDavid Cunliffe6,650,000
14,630,000
1
68699Monday 28th AugustSusan PleatDavid Cunliffe5,650,000
12,430,000
10
69700Wednesday 30th AugustJack RosenthalLes Chatfield7,600,000
16,720,000
2
70701Monday 4th SeptemberGeoffrey LancashireRichard Doubleday9,450,000
20,790,000
1
71702Wednesday 6th SeptemberGeoffrey LancashireRichard Doubleday9,200,000
20,240,000
2
72703Monday 11th SeptemberJim Allen June Howson8,350,000
18,370,000
1
73704Wednesday 13th SeptemberJohn Finch June Howson8,250,000
18,150,000
2
74705Monday 18th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyRichard Guinea7,850,000
17,270,000
2
75706Wednesday 20th SeptemberTony WarrenRichard Guinea8,000,000
17,600,000
1
76707Monday 25th SeptemberJames BryantRichard Doubleday7,100,000
15,620,000
6
77708Wednesday 27th SeptemberAdele RoseRichard Doubleday8,150,000
17,930,000
2
78709Monday 2nd OctoberJohn Finch June Howson8,050,000
17,710,000
2
79710Wednesday 4th OctoberJohn Finch June Howson8,300,000
18,260,000
1
80711Monday 9th OctoberGeoffrey LancashireRichard Guinea8,100,000
17,820,000
3
81712Wednesday 11th OctoberMalcolm LynchRichard Guinea8,300,000
18,260,000
1
82713Monday 16th OctoberAdele RoseRichard Doubleday8,500,000
18,700,000
1
83714Wednesday 18th OctoberSusan PleatRichard Doubleday8,100,000
17,820,000
2
84715Monday 23rd OctoberJohn Finch June Howson8,350,000
18,370,000
2
85716Wednesday 25th OctoberLeslie Duxbury June Howson8,450,000
18,590,000
1
86717Monday 30th OctoberAdele RoseRichard Guinea8,550,000
18,810,000
1
87718Wednesday 1st NovemberJames BryantRichard Guinea8,450,000
18,590,000
2
88719Monday 6th NovemberMalcolm LynchRichard Doubleday8,350,000
18,370,000
2
89720Wednesday 8th NovemberJohn FinchRichard Doubleday6,700,000
14,740,000
10
90721Monday 13th NovemberJames BryantLes Chatfield8,550,000
18,810,000
4
91722Wednesday 15th NovemberTony WarrenLes Chatfield8,800,000
19,360,000
3
92723Monday 20th NovemberGeoffrey LancashireRichard Guinea8,600,000
18,920,000
2
93724Wednesday 22nd NovemberAdele RoseRichard Guinea8,700,000
19,140,000
1
94725Monday 27th NovemberSusan PleatLes Chatfield8,300,000
18,260,000
3
95726Wednesday 29th NovemberLeslie DuxburyLes Chatfield8,450,000
18,590,000
2
96727Monday 4th DecemberJames BryantBill Podmore8,600,000
18,920,000
2
97728Wednesday 6th DecemberJohn FinchBill Podmore8,750,000
19,250,000
1
98729Monday 11th DecemberAdele RoseRichard Guinea8,750,000
19,250,000
1
99730Wednesday 13th DecemberGeoffrey LancashireRichard Guinea8,450,000
18,590,000
3
100731Monday 18th DecemberLeslie DuxburyLes Chatfield8,150,000
17,930,000
2
101732Wednesday 20th DecemberMalcolm LynchLes Chatfield8,250,000
18,150,000
1
102733Monday 25th DecemberGeoffrey LancashireBill Podmore2,780,000
6,116,000
n/k
103734Wednesday 27th DecemberAdele RoseBill Podmore7,700,000
16,940,000
1

StorylinesEdit

JanuaryEdit

  • Stan Ogden turns down jobs in a mill and at the Builder's Yard for trivial reasons. Irma Barlow refuses her parents credit at the Corner Shop until Stan gets a job and his dole money is stopped because he keeps turning down suitable employment. While Stan drinks his woes away, Elsie Tanner breaks the news to Hilda that Stan now has no income whatsoever and she threatens to throw him out. With this is mind, he gets a job at a coal yard.
Episode635

Ena breaks down as Vera dies

  • Ena Sharples also faces mounting money problems as she watches daughter Vera Lomax slowly dying of her brain tumour, yet totally unaware of her condition. Minnie Caldwell applies for a supplementary pension and advises Ena to do the same. She does so and starts to receive an extra income. Vera starts to become suspicious that she is more ill than her mother has let on but Ena refuses to tell her what is really wrong. Ena confesses her troubles to Jack Walker. Vera accuses a desperately upset Ena of not caring for her. While the authorities are trying to trace husband Bob Lomax, Vera dies in her mother's bed. Bob is found and attends the funeral together with Ena's grandson Colin.
  • Percy Bridge, a stranger to the area, hangs around the Rovers Return Inn and his presence puzzles Elsie. He eventually tells her that it was him who pulled Paul Cheveski out of the canal the previous November and, as he is out of work, she starts to give him money. Dave Smith comes back into the lives of the residents of the Street and tells Len Fairclough that he was the one who rescued the youngster. Len tells Elsie who, at first, continues to believe Percy, but when Dave supplies proof that he was the rescuer, Len angrily sends the fraudster on his way.
  • Dennis Tanner persuades Len to employ him to decorate his living room is his Mawdsley Street house, however Dennis accidentally sets fire to the house. The potential inferno is put out by the fire brigade and Dennis resigns from the Builder's Yard before Len can sack him.
  • David and Irma Barlow advertise the Corner Shop flat for rent. Percy Bridge is turned down before his lies are exposed but the next interested party surprises everyone: Emily Nugent, who has returned to Weatherfield after a year away to manage the Gamma Garments shop on Rosamund Street at the behest of Mr Papagopolous, with James Nugent now being looked after by Emily's sisters. Emily wants to turn the shop into a trendy boutique and employs Dennis and Lucille Hewitt to look after the "guys" and "dolls" teenagers' sections.
  • Dave Smith wants to open another of his betting shop's in the area and offers to buy the Corner Shop but David and Irma refuse to sell.

FebruaryEdit

  • The refurbished Gamma Garments is ready for business but, due to confusion between the two, Dennis asks Kay Johnson (Miss Weatherfield) to perform the opening ceremony while Miss Nugent requests the same of Len. A compromise is reached when both of them open the store. Things start to go badly when customers fail to materialise and Dennis and Lucille tell Emily that her approach is too dated. After Dennis and Emily accuse each other of not being "hip" and "with it", Elsie steps in and helps Emily with a new image for herself but the shy spinster remains unconvinced after a round of beauty treatments. After Elsie remarks that Emily would be more enthusiastic if she were trying to attract a man, Lucille tries to set her up with Brian Thomas who rapidly falls for the "new" Emily.
  • Len gives Stan Dennis's old job at the yard but he is hospitalised on his first day when his back goes. After several days of observation but with nothing being found, he is released but with a doctor's note stating he is not to do heavy work and becomes the yard's most unlikely secretary ever. Bored with these duties, he attempts to shift some scaffolding but hurts his back again.
  • Phil Ferguson and Eric Briggs, two thugs, cause problems at Dave Smith's betting shop. When Albert Tatlock collects some winnings on behalf of Minnie, he finds himself caught up in an altercation between the two men and is knocked to the ground. Dave takes him to recuperate with Ken and Val Barlow where he soon has his niece running around, meeting his every whim. Run frazzled, Val is relieved when Albert leaves after giving her flowers as a thank-you.
  • Dave and Elsie's friendship deepens, although they are troubled by gossips. Infuriated by the attack on Albert, Ena discovers that his shop licence is due for renewal in two month's time and starts a petition to have it closed down. Len signs it and is accused by Elsie of jealously over her and Dave's relationship and Len realises that he has to tread carefully or be accused or perusing personal vendettas in his role as councilor. A solution is found when Dave's own heavies confront the thugs in the shop, persuading them to "see the error of their ways" and peace returns. Ena drops the petition and Elsie goes away on a clandestine trip with Dave.

MarchEdit

  • Emily grows concerned at Brian's infatuation with her, a concern shared by Dennis while Ron Jenkins, his friend, grows impatient with his concentration upon one woman. On the eve of Brian proposing to Emily, she finds a solution when she asks younger friend Audrey Hargreaves to chaperone them and Brian falls for her instead.
Episode 650

Ken cannot be persuaded not to break the law

  • Len and Alf Roberts vote on the council against permission being granted for the Town Hall to be let out to an anti-Vietnam War meeting. A demo goes ahead, without police permission, at which Ken is arrested for refusing to move on. Appearing in court, Ken pleads "Not guilty" and is fined £5. He refuses to pay and instead intends to go to prison on a point of principle. Val and David Barlow are unable to change his mind and his brother summons father Frank Barlow but Ken refuses to listen to his arguments. Val considers paying the fine for him but backs down, afraid of his anger. Ken is arrested and sent to Strangeways Jail for seven days. On his return, he is summoned by his employers at Granston Technical College.
  • The Corner Shop bows to new by-laws and refuses to sell perishable goods on a Sunday. Irma Barlow tells David she wants to start a family within two years.
  • Dennis discovers that Elsie is not in Birmingham with Linda Cheveski as he was led to believe. His mother returns from her holiday with Dave Smith but refuses to answer questions about her trip.
  • Jerry Booth gives Emily swimming lessons and several of the residents go swimming with them.
  • Hilda almost floods the Rovers when she accidentally pulls a tap off in the ladies's toilets.
Episode656

Annie throws unlikely accusations at Elsie

  • Lucille unwittingly unleashes adverse forces when she gets Jack and Annie Walker to play a "truth game" for married couples printed in the Weatherfield Gazette. Annie takes great offence at some of Jack's (truthful) answers to the questions and refuses to let the matter drop over several days of nagging and complaining. Eventually, Jack is driven to sleep in the spare room and, when the onslaught doesn't abate, leaves home altogether. He spends nights in No.1 as a lodger of Albert's. Annie, however, gains the impression that he's living with Elsie and rows with her on the doorstep. Jack mischievously enters Elsie's through the back door and exits through the front, shocking the neighbours.

AprilEdit

  • Albert tells Annie the truth of Jack's sleeping arrangements but she refuses to believe him. Ena brings the two of them back together.
  • The committee at the tech are unhappy with Ken's conduct but allow him to keep his job.
  • The number of credit sales with unpaid debts is high at Gamma Garments. Emily employs Dennis as the debt collector for the shop and, after a short stint in his new role, he refuses to carry on until he is threatened with the sack. He then offers his resignation but Emily also refuses to accept this. Dennis reluctantly continues and attempts to repossess goods in the possession of Bertha Frisk but also takes a donkey jacket belonging to her lodger, Bert Tate. He then plays Bert at cards for Bertha's goods and wins but Bert refuses to pay up. When Dennis uncharacteristically stands up to him, Bert expresses his admiration for the younger man and agrees to be his debt collector.
Episode659

Tension between Elsie and Len

  • Len avoids Elsie because of her holiday with Dave Smith. Dennis persuades him that in fact his mother was with Linda but he refuses to apologise to Elsie for his attitude until Jerry and Albert get them back together as friends.
  • The local rate payers association asks David to stand for the council in opposition to Len, then realise that they've asked the wrong brother and that Ken should have been approached instead. Ken sees how disappointed David is and refuses to take his place. David's enthusiasm though is killed off by Irma who hates the idea and, to please her, he refuses the candidacy.
  • The Barlow twins celebrate their second birthday with a party.
  • Minnie receives £72 from a matured insurance policy. She becomes the target of two con-men, Harry Eastham and Johnny Wade, who between them kid her that her chimney needs repairing or it will fail inspection. Minnie asks Jerry to help her but he is too busy and she has no recourse but to allow Eastham into No.5. He takes the money. Jerry realises too late what has happened to the old lady.
  • David starts managing a women's football club, the Weatherfield Hotspurs, provoking Irma's jealousy. She investigates the team's captain, Beryl Thom.
  • Dot Greenhalgh discovers an old flame from the war, US Sergeant Gregg Flint is back in the area. She arranges a foursome night out with the two of them, Elsie and a young GI Gary Strauss who is attracted to Elsie. She is unhappy with the situation until she discovers that her wartime lover Steve Tanner has also been posted back to Burtonwood airbase. However, she is too scared to rekindle her romance of twenty-odd years ago.

MayEdit

  • The residents have a whip-round for Minnie and raise £5.
  • Irma joins the Hotspurs to watch Beryl and David, but she turns out to be a terrible footballer and quits the team when she strains a ligament.
  • Stan wins a Cup Final ticket from David in a game of darts against Len. He's excited until he learns it's worth £10 and sells it, without realising that Hilda has got a ticket so she can go with him. Priced out of rebuying the ticket, Stan burns Hilda's and pretends to go to London when in fact he spends the day on a park bench. Irma finds out about his scam and agrees to keep quiet in exchange for £5 and Stan painting the shop.
  • Elsie and Steve meet for the first time in twenty-two years. There is still a spark between them but Elsie insists that she mustn't see Steve again, as she'd only be trying to recapture her youth. Steve refuses to give up on her and tells Elsie he loves her. Their relationship soon incurs Dave's jealousy. He arranges a date with Elsie and Steve but Elsie cancels it as she thinks Dave will make Steve feel like a gooseberry. Steve is later assaulted outside the betting shop but can't identify the attacker. Elsie thinks it was Dave; she's surprised when Len provides Dave with an alibi.
  • Dot and Walt have a bust-up resulting in Walt throwing Dot out of the house. Dot stays with Elsie.
Episode668

Len and Jerry help move the rubble after the crash

  • The residents are horrified when a train crashes through the viaduct onto the Street. The police begin movin the rubble, helped by the men. PC Jimmie Conway is pulled out alive but his fianceé Sonia Peters is killed. Ena is miraculously rescued with only minor injuries, while Jack and Elsie turn up alive after going missing. After a few days in hospital, Ena discharges herself. Sonia's death is ruled as accidental.
  • Irma and Val decide to swap places for a day after complaining about their unhelpful husbands. They're annoyed when Ken and David give each other's wives an easy time.
  • Ken and Val plan a family picnic to Morecambe. Albert is annoyed when they invite Ena and not him, but claims it's because Minnie will miss her friend. Ken calls his bluff by inviting Minnie along.
  • Steve loses his cigarette case. It's found by Stan, but Irma confiscates it and makes sure it finds its way to Dennis. Dennis tries to 'find' it at No.11, but is caught by Elsie.
  • Lucille celebrates her 18th birthday.

JuneEdit

  • Elsie thinks Len gave Dennis the case. Walt Greenhalgh gets drunk and tells Elsie and Dot that he hit Dot's yank boyfriend. They realise that he attacked Steve thinking he was Gregg. Steve and Gregg set about Len but Elsie stops them before any real damage is done. Steve apologises to Len, and Gregg finishes with Dot, Walt having scared him off.
  • A guilty Ken placates Albert by inviting him to the picnic. The group settles on Lyme Park as their destination.
  • Hilda finds out about Stan's cup ticket scam and makes him paint the house to make it up to her.
  • Inga Olsen, Dennis's Swedish girlfriend, turns up. Dennis is clearly smitten but is annoyed when everyone makes a fuss over Inga and he can't get time alone with her. Inga soon has to return to Sweden to look after her sister and baby. She and Dennis have their last night in a closed up Gamma Garments but they're caught by Emily and Mr Papagopolous. Dennis resigns so Emily doesn't have to sack him and decides to go to Sweden with Inga; he gets a barman's job on a ferry and can see her once a week.
Episode677

Steve proposes to Elsie

  • Steve proposes to Elsie at Roebuck Inn, where they first met. She accepts, but is unnerved when Gregg doesn't think it will work as Elsie won't fit in with Steve's posh family. She refuses the ring when Steve offeers it to her but Steve manages to alleviate her worries and the engagement is back on. Steve takes Elsie to see his CO Major Ryan, as they need his permission to marry.
  • The Council announces a "Best Kept Street" competition. There is little interest until it reaches Annie's ears. She's too late to enter Coronation Street but Ena has already done so. Many of the residents are roped into preparing the Street for the judges. Ena even manages to get Wormold to pay to have the houses cleaned. While inspecting the vacant No.3, Ena and Jerry find the Lawson family squatting there. Betty Lawson tells Ena that her husband left her; she has two children and no money. Len takes pity on them and lets them stay in the house until he sorts something out.
  • Len and Jerry have trouble with the Yard's taxes. Emily takes on the books.

JulyEdit

  • Major Ryan approves Elsie and Steve's wedding. The ceremony is booked for St. Stephen's Church on 4th September.
  • The police are tipped off about the Lawsons and the family is removed from No.3 - but Coronation Street loses the competition to Inkerman Street as the judges witness the debacle. The children are put into care. Len has a bench put in the space between No.5 and No.9.
  • Emily discovers the yard's books are £300. Len admits to Jerry that he invested in a property deal that went bad but didn't tell him. Jerry gets Len to agree for them to become a limited company with equal shares. When Stan hears about their troubles, he erroneously thinks he's behind it as he's been selling on lead from the yard.
  • Lucille is annoyed when Annie opens her mail and decides to get revenge by sending for circulars in Annie's name. It works for a while as Annie is harassed by salesmen, but Annie wins out when she is rewarded with a weekend in Paris for being the 100,000th person to apply to "Cutie-Beauty" Cosmetics. Annie goes alone and returns full of a newfound passion for all things French.
  • Dennis returns from Sweden with Inga's sister Karen. Karen leaves her job as an au pair to live at No.11, but Dennis tells the Swedish consul that she is looking after his children, signing his letter 'Steve Tanner'.
  • Hilda feels depressed and vague.

AugustEdit

  • Hilda goes missing while supposedly visiting her cousin. Irma blames Stan, taking him to task for being lazy around the house. The police are contacted and a search begins, which quickly turns up a possible sighting on a train to Liverpool and a body in the canal, which turns out not to be Hilda. Stan discovers that Hilda has taken the money for the Rovers outing. Hilda is found in Liverpool in her slippers and red hat, having suffered a nervous breakdown. Doctor McKenzie tells Stan that Hilda is jealous of Elsie getting married and has paranoid psychosis. She is brought home and awakes with no memory of what happened.
  • Dennis takes over Hilda's job while she is away. Not surprisingly, Annie finds his skills as a cleaner quite unsatisfactory.
  • An official from the Swedish consul comes to inspects Karen's circumstances. Dennis has Lucille stand-in as his wife to carry off the charade of Karen being their au pair but his plan is spoiled when the real Steve Tanner appears. Karen is sent to work elsewhere, while Dennis gets a job as a salesman.
  • Annie's Parisian obsession continues until the men order pints in wine glasses, making her realise she's taken it too far.
  • Len is selected as Chairman at the first limited company meeting.
  • Margaret Mather calls at the yard over unpaid tax. Jerry cancels a holiday to Corsica to pay it after being talked round by the female tax inspector.
  • Elsie and Steve rent a flat in Altrincham for after the wedding. Valerie warns Steve about messing Elsie about.
Episode700

The men's outing goes haywire

  • Stan uses the Rovers outing money as a stake in a poker game, and loses it to Albert. True to form, Albert refuses to give it back, but agrees to let Len and Steve have a chance to win it. The men play pitch and toss (which Albert wins) but they're caught by a policeman - who joins in. Steve wins the money back but then men are unhappy with the women's decision to have the outing in Tatton Park and have a booze-up on a barge instead. The men have a terrible time and the barge ends up in Tatton Park, resulting in Stan and Jack being dragged to the house by their wives.
  • Harry and Concepta Hewitt arrange to visit Lucille. They are invited to the wedding.

SeptemberEdit

Episode702

Elsie and Steve's wedding reception

  • The residents, including the Cheveskis and the Hewitts, travel to Warrington by coach for the wedding. Gordon Bishop is the photographer. The ceremony and reception take place without a hitch, and Elsie and Steve leave for their honeymoon in Lisbon.
  • At the wedding, Concepta asks Lucille to consider moving to Ireland but Harry gives her his blessing to remain in Weatherfield. Later, Len and Harry go to visit an old mate but the van breaks down and Harry is crushed to death when the jack slips while he is repairing it. Although it is an accident, Len blames himself and breaks the news to Concepta, while Minnie unwittingly tells Lucille. Lucille and Concepta put their disagreements aside and grieve for Harry together, with Lucille going to Ireland with Concepta for the funeral.
  • In Elsie's absence, Dennis rents No.11 out to a girls' pipe band. The men enjoy it but they tire Dennis out and he is relieved when they leave. They are replaced by the Cooks - domineering Mrs Cook and the "Pinelli Brothers" Albert and Arthur, who have a somersaulting act.
  • As Jerry's divorce will soon come through, Minnie and Albert try to match him and librarian Sally Frost, thinking he's lonely. Minnie points Jerry out to Sally and they begin a friendship - although it comes to an end when Sally's boyfriend Peter shows up demanding a fight. Jerry willingly steps aside, but helps Peter (a pacifist) out by lying to Sally that Peter hit him.
  • Irma is pregnant, causing Hilda to fuss around her.
  • Stanley Fairclough makes a surprise appearance at the Rovers. Jerry admits that he sent for him to bring Len out of his depression. Stanley shows no respect towards Len.

OctoberEdit

  • Dennis decides he's had enough of the Cooks and wants rid of them. He gets Val to complain to Elsie about the Cooks, but when Elsie arrives to meet them she is impressed and refuses to evict the family. Dennis soon gets his wish however: when Arthur takes a fancy to an appreciative Val, Mrs Cook steps in and warns Val off her boys, later deciding to leave the Street over the issue. Dennis is left to pay the bills himself, while Val helps him out by cooking for him - until Ken makes her concentrate on her own family.
Episode717

Elsie meets her mother-in-law

  • Elsie and Steve settle into their flat in Altrincham, but Elsie soon finds she has nothing to do as she isn't working and doesn't get along with her neighbours. She and Steve have disagreements over her demands on Steve's time and her frequent visits to Coronation Street, with Steve thinking she should be glad to be free of it. Later in the month, they receive a visit from Steve's mother Emmeline Tanner, but as they sight-see, Elsie feels put out.
  • Len tolerates Stanley's behaviour towards him, feeling he owes him. When Stanley turns down a place at Granston Technical College that Len got for him, however, Len decides he's had enough and tells Stanley he's on his own. Stanley later accidentally starts a fire at the yard which traps him and Len. They're rescued by Jim Lloyd and recover in hospital. Stanley is discharged first and feels enormous guilt over Len. When Len recovers Stanley returns to school in Nottingham, while Len recuperates at the seaside.
  • Irma gets David to buy her new clothes by cutting the bottoms off her dresses.
  • After a lonely birthday, Emily signs up for a marriage guidance bureau. There she meets farmer Frank Starkie and they go together to a party Dennis has thrown for her. Emily is thrilled when Frank kisses her and arranges a trip to see his dairy farm in Clitheroe, but when Emily discovers she's frightened of the dairy, she finishes with Frank.
  • Minnie, Ena and Albert bulk buy to save money.
  • Ena finds fresh flowers on her late husband Alfred's grave and wonders if he had another woman. She finds card for a florists and finds out that the man who bought the flowers also put £100 in her bank account. This is followed by a letter from the benefactor but he gives himself away by calling Ena's son 'half-pint'.
  • Val locks Ken out of the house when he says he doesn't want any more children.
  • Lucille returns from Ireland.
  • Hilda decides to have her parlour decorated. Stan gets cheap wallaper but it's blank sheets.

NovemberEdit

  • Ena thinks her benefactor is her son Ian's Godfather Jack Brown but through Jack Ena meets the real sender, Henry Foster, who felt guilty for taking a job which should have went to Alfred many years ago. Henry offers Ena a job as housekeeper at his home in St. Anne's but she turns the offer down and returns the money.
  • Elsie doesn't enjoy Emmeline's visit and avoids spending time with her. When Emmeline tells Steve she's disappointed in Elsie, Steve pushes Elsie to make more effort with her but Elsie is still homesick. She applies for her old job back at Miami Modes but Steve cancels it behind her back as he wants her to put him first - having asked for a transfer to Germany, Steve offers to turn it down if Elsie agrees to move to quarters at Burtonwood with him. Elsie refuses but Steve still turns the transfer down. Desperate for time away from Steve, Elsie arranges to look after Paul while Linda is ill. Steve finds out from Len that Linda isn't ill but lets Elsie go anyway.
  • Stan gets Harry Lester to decorate No.13's parlour, even though he's a baker and colour blind. Hilda throws him out when he messes it up.
  • Emily meets Douglas Preston, her second contact at the agency. On seeing him, Albert reckons he's married but when Emily asks Douglas about it, he abruptly breaks off the relationship. Emily investigates and learns that he lives with his domineering sister Amy, who thinks Emily is a conniving woman plotting to steal Douglas. Realising that Douglas's application to the agency was a cry for help, Emily agrees to keep seeing him. Amy pretends to go along with it but is horrified when they find a flat together. Douglas moves in by himself and thanks Emily for helping him escape.
  • Ken embarrasses Val by sounding off to Major Ryan about the violence in Vietnam and America.
  • Val gets a black eye when Peter throws his toy fire engine at her. The residents think Ken must have hit her. Ken and Val play up to the rumours.
  • Dennis gets a job as a waiter.
Episode726

Annie, the hooligan

  • Jerry and Lucille go out together as friends. Together with Len, they decide to see Weatherfield play Burton at football, but they're joined by Annie who wants the experience of going to a football match. Annie throws herself into it, but gets into a scuffle after the match with rival team supporters and throws a rattle, smashing a chip show window. She is arrested, to the others amusement.
  • Irma has a miscarriage. David comforts by telling her they can try again but Irma convinces herself that she can't have children. He's worried when she immediately returns to work. Ken suggests to David that they should consider looking into adoption.
  • Ena falls and twists her ankle outside the Rovers.
  • Wally Tanner arrives to stay at No.11. He tells Dennis that Norah Tanner is after his money but Dennis finds out he owes Arnold back-rent as he's bought a headstone instead.

DecemberEdit

  • Len uses his Council connections to get Annie off with a caution.
  • David visits the adoption centre but is told they'd be unsuitable as they'd only be waiting for Irma to get pregnant. At Irma's suggestion, they decide to foster instead and are asked to look after Jill Morris over Christmas as her mother is in hospital. They are sad when she leaves. Irma decides to have a child after all.
  • Ken starts tutoring John Potter in English and History. He doesn't enjoy it, feeling that John isn't bright enough to pass his exams, but the Potters think Ken is the problem and row with him. John threatens to kill himself, causing Ken to take more interest in him. He finds out that John works at a garage and, realising his parents have been pushing him academically, persuades them to let him realise his own ambitions instead of theirs.
  • Dennis makes Wally leave No.11 when Wally invites his OAP friends to the house.
Episode733

The residents celebrate Christmas at the Rovers

  • Albert arranges a tug-of-war between the Rovers and The Flying Horse for Christmas morning. Ena and Annie recruit members and train the reluctant volunteers. The Flying Horse wins.
  • Lucille convinces Dennis to have a party at No.11 and invites her hippie friends.
  • Elsie returns to the news that Steve has been posted to America. Len advises Elsie not to go with him but Elsie wants to give her marriage a chance and, after a Christmas with all the family at No.11, Elsie puts aside her fears and leaves for America with Steve for a new life.
  • Elliston's Raincoat Factory closes down. Len discovers that the Council are going to demolish both the factory and the Mission, along with Ena's Vestry. He tells her.

Who lives whereEdit

Coronation Street

Mawdsley Street

Coronation Street in the 1960s
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