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1968 was Coronation Street's ninth year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year877021
2Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year856725
3Jack WalkerArthur LeslieFull year846912
4Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year7158014
5Valerie BarlowAnne ReidFull year6949211
5Elsie TannerPatricia PhoenixFebruary to October and December696793
7Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantFull year6459416
7Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year6430914
9Lucille HewittJennifer MossFull year except for August6045312
9Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year603186
11Emily NugentEileen DerbyshireFull year except for October5741717
11Maggie CleggIrene SutcliffeFrom April5757 -
13Ena SharplesViolet CarsonUntil February and from May566274
14Gordon CleggBill KenwrightFrom April5252 -
14Ray LangtonNeville BuswellFrom April5266 -
16Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year except for July and September425558
17Audrey Bright/FlemingGillian McCannFrom June3737 -
17Dickie FlemingNigel HumphreysFrom June3737 -
19Jerry BoothGraham HaberfieldUntil May343656
19Dennis TannerPhilip LowrieJanuary and March to June3446212
21Effie SpicerAnne DysonJune to September and from November2828 -
22David BarlowAlan RothwellUntil April222528
23Irma BarlowSandra GoughUntil April212888
24Myra BoothSusan JamesonJanuary and February861 -
25Linda CheveskiAnne CunninghamMay only29620

ProductionEdit

Grape Street 1968

Filming takes place on the new outdoor set

Michael Cox was the credited producer until Episode 756, and Richard Everitt continued as executive producer until Episode 778. With the following episode, a new production team of H.V. Kershaw as executive producer and Richard Doubleday as producer took charge. Doubleday was in turn succeeded by John Finch with Episode 821.

1968 was a make-or-break year for Coronation Street. After staving off cancellation by Granada in 1967, producers made a concerted effort to update the programme. Everitt hired as story consultant novelist Stan Barstow, who believed that instilling social issues into storylines was the way forward and submitted many suggestions; he was behind the Clegg family, led by alcoholic Les who regularly beat his wife Maggie. Once their initial storyline concluded, Les was written out and Irene Sutcliffe carried on as Maggie, with Bill Kenwright playing her studious son Gordon. Barstow was also behind Emily Nugent's fling with Hungarian Miklos Zadic, and Elsie Tanner's meltdown in front of Len Fairclough after her return from the USA - a scene which was played as an 11-minute two-hander between those characters. Many of his suggestions were nixed, among them the first black family, Jerry Booth coming out as a homosexual, Lucille Hewitt becoming a drug user, and Emily falling pregnant out of wedlock. Barstow left at the end of his three-month contract.

To reflect the slum clearances in Salford and Manchester which threatened to make the Street's very existence an anachronism, the writers briefly considered demolishing the terraces, before settling on modernising the opposite side of the Street. The Glad Tidings Mission Hall and Elliston's Raincoat Factory were knocked down and replaced by two-storey maisonettes; a modest reflection of the current boom in tower blocks. Seven flats were built but due to a tight casting budget, only three were occupied - two by existing characters and one by Effie Spicer, a newcomer played by Anne Dyson.

Meanwhile, work had begun on weatherproofing the wooden studio set in Grape Street, which Granada initially rented from British Rail but eventually incorporated into its backlot. The set was erected against scaffolding and had no roofs, and due to the scale of the set, any vehicles in the street were disproportionate to the buildings, but the benefits of having being able to use the entire street at the same time and having daylight flow down Coronation Street outweighed the drawbacks and the outdoor set was phased in while the set was still being built. It first appeared in Episode 742 (24th January 1968), the episode in which the Mission was flattened. At this point, the terraced side of the street was not yet erected in the yard and camera angles had to disguise this fact. The Corner Shop was the first building to appear, in Episode 770 (1st May 1968), with the entire street built by Episode 776 (22nd May 1968) in which the outdoor Rovers Return was seen properly for the first time.

Although the maisonettes did not bring many new characters to the Street, 1968 was still a big year for cast changes. As well as the aforementioned Cleggs, Neville Buswell returned full-time as roguish builder Ray Langton, and Dickie Fleming and Audrey Bright, a young co-habiting couple, took over No.3. Meanwhile, Alan Rothwell quit as David Barlow, who was written out along with Sandra Gough's Irma, Philip Lowrie departed as Dennis Tanner (reportedly angering Patricia Phoenix so much that she vowed never to speak to him again, only doing so when the demands of filming forced her to), and Graham Haberfield left his role of Jerry Booth to further his career away from the Street. Also, Ena Sharples was absent from 14th February until 27th May as Violet Carson went on a three-month cruise and promotional tour to Australia.

At the end of the year, Granada transmitted a Christmas-themed clipshow entitled Christmas on Coronation Street, featuring Jack and Annie Walker reminiscing about past Christmases in the Street.

Viewing figuresEdit

1968 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

Average ratings declined by 400,000 viewers on 1967's figure to 15.74 million viewers. January to April all rose year-on-year, especially January to March with February building upon 1967 by three million viewers. Unsurprisingly, the biggest drop year-on-year - of four million viewers - occurred in September due to Elsie and Steve Tanner's wedding being a huge draw in that month in 1967, but all of the last seven months of the year fell by over a million viewers on the previous year.

Episode 737 (8th January 1968) was seen in 8.7 million homes / 19.14 million viewers and was the most-watched episode of the year, while the lowest audience figure occurred on Christmas Day for the second year in a row. After this year, Coronation Street was only transmitted that day on one more occasion before avoiding it until the mid-1980s.

Despite the drops, 32 episodes reached number one in the ratings charts - five more than in 1967.

EpisodesEdit

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
1735Monday 1st JanuarySusan PleatRichard Guinea8,250,000
18,150,000
1
2736Wednesday 3rd JanuaryTony WarrenRichard Guinea7,100,000
15,620,000
7
3737Monday 8th JanuaryJohn LinterLes Chatfield8,700,000
19,140,000
1
4738Wednesday 10th JanuaryAdele RoseLes Chatfield8,050,000
17,710,000
3
5739Monday 15th JanuaryDennis PittsBill Podmore8,400,000
18,480,000
1
6740Wednesday 17th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyBill Podmore7,700,000
16,940,000
4
7741Monday 22nd JanuaryJames BryantRichard Guinea7,850,000
17,270,000
1
8742Wednesday 24th JanuaryPeter TonkinsonRichard Guinea6,000,000
13,200,000
19
9743Monday 29th JanuaryGeoffrey LancashireTim Jones8,100,000
17,820,000
1
10744Wednesday 31st JanuaryElizabeth AllenTim Jones7,700,000
16,940,000
2
11745Monday 5th FebruaryS. Keith JamesBill Podmore8,350,000
18,370,000
1
12746Wednesday 7th FebruaryJack RosenthalBill Podmore7,900,000
17,380,000
4
13747Monday 12th FebruaryAdele RoseJune Howson
Les Chatfield
8,400,000
18,480,000
1
14748Wednesday 14th FebruaryJohn FinchJune Howson7,750,000
17,050,000
5
15749Monday 19th FebruaryMalcolm LynchRichard Guinea8,450,000
18,590,000
1
16750Wednesday 21st FebruaryTony WarrenRichard Guinea7,650,000
16,830,000
4
17751Monday 26th FebruaryPeter BerryUnknown8,650,000
19,030,000
1
18752Wednesday 28th FebruaryGeoffrey LancashireUnknown8,050,000
17,710,000
2
19753Monday 4th MarchAdele RoseJune Howson8,250,000
18,150,000
1
20754Wednesday 6th MarchJim AndrewJune Howson7,850,000
17,270,000
3
21755Monday 11th MarchJohn LinterRichard Guinea8,600,000
18,920,000
1
22756Wednesday 13th MarchTony WarrenRichard Guinea8,050,000
17,710,000
4
23757Monday 18th MarchBarry HillBill Podmore8,400,000
18,480,000
1
24758Wednesday 20th MarchJames BryantBill Podmore7,750,000
17,050,000
4
25759Monday 25th MarchSusan PleatLes Chatfield8,300,000
18,260,000
4
26760Wednesday 27th MarchAdele RoseLes Chatfield7,550,000
16,610,000
5
27761Monday 1st AprilGeoffrey LancashireRichard Guinea8,400,000
18,480,000
3
28762Wednesday 3rd AprilElizabeth AllenRichard Guinea7,450,000
16,390,000
4
29763Monday 8th AprilJohn FinchBill Podmore8,200,000
18,040,000
1
30764Wednesday 10th AprilJames BryantBill Podmore7,000,000
15,400,000
4
31765Monday 15th AprilMalcolm LynchTim Jones5,850,000
12,870,000
18
32766Wednesday 17th AprilAdele RoseTim Jones7,000,000
15,400,000
2
33767Monday 22nd AprilLeslie DuxburyLes Chatfield7,850,000
17,270,000
2
34768Wednesday 24th AprilJack RosenthalLes Chatfield6,850,000
15,070,000
6
35769Monday 29th AprilSusan PleatRichard Guinea7,700,000
16,940,000
2
36770Wednesday 1st MayJames BryantRichard Guinea6,850,000
15,070,000
6
37771Monday 6th MayJohn FinchBill Podmore8,050,000
17,710,000
2
38772Wednesday 8th MayAdele RoseBill Podmore7,050,000
15,510,000
6
39773Monday 13th MayLeslie DuxburyTim Jones7,500,000
16,500,000
2
40774Wednesday 15th MayJohn LinterTim Jones7,000,000
15,400,000
7
41775Monday 20th MaySusan PleatRichard Guinea7,500,000
16,500,000
4
42776Wednesday 22nd MaySusan PleatBrian Mills6,900,000
15,180,000
6
43777Monday 27th MayJack RosenthalBill Podmore7,250,000
15,950,000
3
44778Wednesday 29th MayJack RosenthalBill Podmore7,150,000
15,730,000
4
45779Monday 3rd JuneAdele RoseTim Jones5,650,000
12,430,000
13
46780Wednesday 5th JuneJames BryantTim Jones6,400,000
14,080,000
6
47781Monday 10th JuneSusan PleatBrian Mills6,400,000
14,080,000
5
48782Wednesday 12th JuneGeoffrey LancashireBrian Mills5,900,000
12,980,000
11
49783Monday 17th JuneRay MansellMichael Darlow6,500,000
14,300,000
4
50784Wednesday 19th JuneLeslie DuxburyMichael Darlow6,250,000
13,750,000
6
51785Monday 24th JuneAdele RoseTim Jones7,150,000
15,730,000
1
52786Wednesday 26th JuneGeoffrey TetlowTim Jones6,950,000
15,290,000
3
53787Monday 1st JulyMalcolm LynchBrian Mills6,300,000
13,860,000
3
54788Wednesday 3rd JulyJack RosenthalBrian Mills6,050,000
13,310,000
5
55789Monday 8th JulyLeslie DuxburyMichael Darlow6,600,000
14,520,000
2
56790Wednesday 10th JulyGeoffrey LancashireMichael Darlow6,400,000
14,080,000
4
57791Monday 15th JulyJames BryantTim Jones7,150,000
15,730,000
1
58792Wednesday 17th JulyAdele RoseTim Jones5,800,000
12,760,000
7
59793Monday 22nd JulySusan PleatBrian Mills6,950,000
15,290,000
2
60794Wednesday 24th JulyJohn LinterBrian Mills5,000,000
11,000,000
12
61795Wednesday 31st JulyPeter EckersleyMichael DarlowUnrecordedn/a
62796Monday 5th AugustJack RosenthalMichael Darlow6,000,000
13,200,000
1
63797Wednesday 7th AugustH.V. KershawTim Jones5,350,000
11,770,000
5
64798Monday 12th AugustAdele RoseTim Jones6,400,000
14,080,000
1
65799Monday 19th AugustPeter EckersleyRichard Guinea7,000,000
15,400,000
1
66800Wednesday 21st AugustGeoffrey LancashireRichard Guinea5,800,000
12,760,000
2
67801Monday 26th AugustJack RosenthalLes Chatfield5,700,000
12,540,000
1
68802Wednesday 28th AugustLeslie DuxburyLes Chatfield5,500,000
12,100,000
2
69803Monday 2nd SeptemberSusan PleatBrian Mills5,150,000
11,330,000
7
70804Wednesday 4th SeptemberPeter EckersleyBrian Mills6,050,000
13,310,000
1
71805Monday 9th SeptemberGeoffrey LancashireTim Jones6,100,000
13,420,000
3
72806Wednesday 11th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyTim Jones6,400,000
14,080,000
1
73807Monday 16th SeptemberSusan PleatMichael Darlow6,800,000
14,960,000
1
74808Wednesday 18th SeptemberMalcolm LynchMichael Darlow6,600,000
14,520,000
2
75809Monday 23rd SeptemberAdele RoseBrian Mills7,100,000
15,620,000
3
76810Wednesday 25th SeptemberJohn FinchBrian Mills7,400,000
16,280,000
1
77811Monday 30th SeptemberAdele RoseTim Jones7,050,000
15,510,000
2
78812Wednesday 2nd OctoberMalcolm LynchTim Jones7,700,000
16,940,000
1
79813Monday 7th OctoberSusan PleatLes Chatfield7,150,000
15,730,000
2
80814Wednesday 9th OctoberGeoffrey LancashireLes Chatfield7,300,000
16,060,000
1
81815Monday 14th OctoberJohn FinchBrian Mills7,100,000
15,620,000
2
82816Wednesday 16th OctoberGeoffrey LancashireBrian Mills8,050,000
17,710,000
1
83817Monday 21st OctoberMalcolm LynchTim Jones7,050,000
15,510,000
4
84818Wednesday 23rd OctoberLeslie DuxburyTim Jones7,850,000
17,270,000
1
85819Monday 28th OctoberSusan PleatLes Chatfield7,150,000
15,730,000
2
86820Wednesday 30th OctoberAdele RoseLes Chatfield7,900,000
17,380,000
1
87821Monday 4th NovemberGeoffrey LancashireBrian Mills7,250,000
15,950,000
2
88822Wednesday 6th NovemberJohn FinchBrian Mills7,550,000
16,610,000
1
89823Monday 11th NovemberAdele RoseTim Jones7,050,000
15,510,000
6
90824Wednesday 13th NovemberSusan PleatTim Jones7,550,000
16,610,000
3
91825Monday 18th NovemberPeter EckersleyMichael Cox7,050,000
15,510,000
4
92826Wednesday 20th NovemberMalcolm LynchMichael Cox7,200,000
15,840,000
3
93827Monday 25th NovemberPeter EckersleyLes Chatfield7,000,000
15,400,000
3
94828Wednesday 27th NovemberLeslie DuxburyLes Chatfield7,800,000
17,160,000
1
95829Monday 2nd DecemberJames BryantTim Jones7,150,000
15,730,000
2
96830Wednesday 4th DecemberGeoffrey LancashireTim Jones7,600,000
16,720,000
1
97831Monday 9th DecemberAdele RoseTony Wharmby7,650,000
16,830,000
3
98832Wednesday 11th DecemberLeslie DuxburyTony Wharmby7,550,000
16,610,000
4
99833Monday 16th DecemberJames BryantLes Chatfield7,400,000
16,280,000
4
100834Wednesday 18th DecemberGeoffrey LancashireLes Chatfield7,800,000
17,160,000
3
101835Monday 23rd DecemberGeoffrey LancashireTim Jones6,700,000
14,740,000
6
102836Wednesday 25th DecemberSusan PleatTim Jones2,835,000
6,237,000
n/k
103837Monday 30th DecemberMalcolm LynchTony Wharmby8,150,000
17,930,000
1

StorylinesEdit

JanuaryEdit

  • The Street re-development scheme goes ahead, with the Council buying the Glad Tidings Mission Hall and Elliston's Raincoat Factory in readiness for their demolition. Len Fairclough assures the residents that the terraces are staying. Mission resident Ena Sharples moves in with Minnie Caldwell after refusing the Council's alternative housing offers. She breaks down after seeing the Mission demolished.
  • The women of the Street fall for Hungarian demolisher Miklos Zadic. Irma Barlow and Valerie Barlow set him up with Emily Nugent.
  • Hilda Ogden meets park keeper George Greenwood and they develop a close friendship. The situation becomes complicated when George's wife Agnes finds Hilda's scarf in George's shed. Agnes calls on Stan Ogden and tells him what Hilda's up to, but adds that she knows their relationship is innocent so advises Stan to make the most of Hilda's guilt. Hilda feels terrible and writes a note of confession, which Stan ignores. Her guilt leads her to decide not to see George anymore.
Episode736

Annie is set on getting rid of the hippies

  • Lucille Hewitt and her hippie friends move into No.11. Disapproving Annie Walker accuses the hippies of being Devil worshippers and tries to get Dennis Tanner to help her convince Lucille to return to the Rovers but he refuses and is barred from the pub after calling Annie a cow. Annie turns to the landlord Mr Wormold, who evicts the hippies and Dennis, who is behind with the rent. The hippies move on and Lucille returns to the Rovers.
  • When Jenny Sutton arrives to join her sister Monica and the other hippies, Dennis takes a shine to her and gets her a job at his Hotel. The bar steward Maurice Rowe is also impressed with Jenny and moves Dennis to waitering so he can have Jenny to himself. When Dennis catches Rowe groping Jenny, he starts blackmailing him. Jenny soon leaves to return to London and lovestruck Dennis decides to follow her there.
  • Jerry Booth goes to court and is granted his Decree Nisi. A few weeks later, while out skating with Irma Barlow, he bumps into his ex-wife Myra. Myra starts hanging around Jerry but insists she's not contesting the divorce. Len isn't so sure and warns Jerry, but Jerry goes out with Myra anyway to prove he's not under Len's thumb.
  • Elsie Tanner phones for Dennis but doesn't say much about how she's getting on in the US.
  • The brewery decides to redecorate the Rovers. When they refuse to meet Annie's specifications, she pays for it herself.

FebruaryEdit

  • The Rovers is redecorated.
  • Emily and Miklos become close. Albert Tatlock shows Miklos his coin collection, but when the collection goes missing Albert accuses Miklos of stealing it. Miklos threatens to sue Albert. The real thief - a worker from the building site - is quickly caught.
  • Myra shows up at No.9 and begs Jerry to let her stay the night. Len warns Jerry that they could be accused of collusion but Jerry refuses to get rid of her. When Myra tries to seduce him, Jerry realises she wants them to get back together and throws her out. Myra phones the divorce courts and says she spent the night with Jerry. Len advises Jerry to say Myra is lying as there are no witnesses but Jerry discovers that Jack Walker saw them together. At first, Jerry asks Jack to commit perjury but later changes his own statement, admitting that he's been seeing Myra but that they didn't sleep together.
Episode747

Miklos rescues Peter and Susan in the nick of time

  • Twins Peter and Susan Barlow are nearly killed after following Minnie's cat Bobby into the factory just as it's about to be demolished. Ken and Val realise in time to get them out.
  • Deciding that she and Minnie can't live together, Ena arranges to lodge with Henry Foster at St. Anne's. Minnie is left alone and heartbroken and advertises for a man for companionship. She later becomes an agent for a catalogue but is warned by Hilda to get off her patch as Hilda is an agent for the same catalogue. When Minnie drinks away her troubles, Hilda feels bad and goes into partnership with her.
  • Elsie arrives home, telling Len that Steve has been posted for Panama. Unable to contact Dennis, she demands to be left alone.
  • Lucille takes up with art student Tim Jordan. When Annie refuses to pay up for rag week, Tim bets Lucille he can force her hand. The students kidnap Annie and demand £5 for he release. Jack refuses to pay up but Annie pays it, having enjoyed her stay at the University. Lucille agrees to appear in the rag procession.
  • David Barlow starts feeling dissatisfied with his life. He thinks about moving.

MarchEdit

Episode753

Elsie tells Len about her failed marriage

  • On Elsie's birthday, Len decides to find out the truth from Elsie and bangs on her door until she lets him in. She breaks down and admits that her marriage was a failure; Steve ignored her in America and volunteered for the Panama posting. Elsie returns to her old life.
  • David applies for a position on a football team in Australia and gets it. Irma is against emigrating but soon realises that it's too good an opportunity to miss. She breaks the news to David that she's pregnant. David puts the shop up for sale and tells the Gazette about his plans, hoping to rouse interest. When the article is published, David discovers that Albert has got onto the paper and his words have been twisted to make it seem as though the Barlows think they're above Coronation Street.
  • Dennis returns with Jenny, and shock Elsie by pretending they're married. They soon come clean but Elsie makes them sleep apart and makes Jenny uncomfortable.
  • Dennis gets a job selling hairdressing sundries. Val helps him out by buying and returning stock without a refund. He gets a permanent job at "Crowning Glory". Ken finds the razors and thinks Val is going into men's hairdressing. She goes along with it for a laugh.
  • Emily worries as her relationship with Miklos prepares to move to the next level. When Miklos tries to get her into bed, Emily stops him, not feeling ready. She admits to Val that she would rather marry Miklos but knows he is only interested in a short-term affair. Miklos is transferred to Newcastle.
  • Ronald Wilde asks Jerry to submit a tender for Fairclough and Booth to work on the new maisonettes being built on the factory site. There is little money involved but it will help the business expand. Len isn't interested so Jerry goes for it alone.

AprilEdit

  • Far from being put off Emily, Miklos asks her to go on holiday with him. Emily goes, knowing full well that she will lose her virginity. She returns with no regrets, having parted ways with Miklos. At Annie's invitation, Emily moves into the Rovers but due to a bug affecting the Walkers and Lucille, she has to hold the fort behind the bar on her first day. She surprises everyone by coping well.
  • Jenny gets a job selling kitchen equipment but decides to return to London when Elsie throws her out. Minnie takes her in and stands up to Elsie, making her see that she's been treating Jenny unfairly.
  • Ena writes to say she's returning and wants one of the OAP maisonettes. The council has given her a flat two miles away so Len puts in a good word for her. Val takes an interest in one of the larger maisonettes but Ken wants to stay where he is.
  • Hilda tries to put David and Irma off Australia by getting Vince Boyle to tell Irma horrifying tales about emigrating. Irma panics but Hilda feels bad and admits that she put him up to it. The Barlows leave as planned.
Episode 761

A new owner for the Corner Shop

  • Les and Maggie Clegg buy the shop and move into the accommodation, with their teenage son Gordon taking the flat. Les is a reformed alcoholic who used to beat Maggie when drunk and Gordon shows him little respect. When Les goes missing, Maggie thinks he's at the pub but he's just on a walk.
  • Building work on the new maisonettes begins. Stan gets a labourer's job after quitting the yard in anger when Len turned him down for a plumber's job. After scalding his foot, Stan got ready to enjoy being doted on but returned to work at Hilda's insistence. He tries to put effort in but is sacked after dropping a partition from the second floor level. Len takes Stan back on at the yard.
  • Ray Langton arrives and, with Len away visiting Stanley, Jerry gives him the plumber's job. Ray is followed to Weatherfield by his ex-girlfriend Shirley Walton and they get back together. Len returns and wants rid of Ray.
  • Albert decides to expose the inaccuracies in a book about the Battle of Lys. He gets together with other veterans of the battle but it turns out that Albert missed the battle after getting lost on patrol.
  • Dennis and Jenny set a date for their wedding. Jenny's father already has Monica's wedding to pay for so refuses to fund Jenny's wedding.

MayEdit

  • Len decides to keep both Ray and Stan on but Stan's presence at the building site causes friction with the other workers, who call a union meeting and threaten to strike unless Stan is sacked. Len agrees to restrict Stan's work to the yard.
Episode778

Dennis and Jenny at their wedding reception

  • Dennis borrows money from a lender to pay for a church wedding but the vicar puts him off it as he's not a churchgoer. They settle instead on the Registry Office. Linda Cheveski and Wally Tanner arrive for the wedding, with Jerry agreeing to be best man. Everything seems to be going to plan until Dennis's boss tells him to be in Bristol on his wedding night. Dennis waits until after the ceremony to break the news to Jenny but she is fine with it.
  • Les succumbs to temptation and stays out all night drinking. On his return home, he smashes the shop window. Maggie and Gordon cover for him but are surprised when Stan confesses to the deed, as Hilda thought he was behind it and the Cleggs were insured.
  • At Lucille's request, Gordon helps with the Gamma Garments accounts. Gordon likes Lucille and drinks with her on his 18th birthday to prove he's a man and not a boy, seeing off competition from Ray. Seeing them together, Maggie worries that Lucille will distract Gordon from his studies and asks Annie to keep them separate. Annie accuses Maggie of being too interfering.
  • Elsie starts looking for a job.
  • Ray shows Valerie plans for the maisonettes but when she raises the issue of moving with Ken he accuses her of using the maisonettes as an excuse to get close to Ray as she fancies him. Fortunately, he quickly sees the error of his ways and puts the family on a shortlist but disapproves when Val starts showing couples around No.9, as he doesn't want to sell the house until they have a maisonette guaranteed.
  • Jerry finishes with Fairclough and Booth and decide to move on. He leaves during Dennis and Jenny's wedding, after giving a heartfelt best man speech urging the couple not to take each other for granted.
  • Ena returns and again lodges with Minnie (and Jenny).

JuneEdit

  • Dennis has a meeting with his boss and, impressed that Dennis showed his commitment to the company by giving up his wedding night, his boss offers him a position as area manager in Bristol. Dennis eagerly accepts and Jenny gets a transfer to the Bristol branch of Ashworths as the Tanners prepare to move. Elsie lets him use Steve's money to pay his debts.
  • Residents begin moving into the completed maisonettes, with Ena at No.6 and widow Effie Spicer at No.4. The Barlows are allocated No.14, with Ken selling No.9 to Len, who wants to use his old house in Mawdsley Street for storage.
  • Les goes missing after celebrating a bowls victory at his club. Maggie confides in Ena, who knows the Cleggs by reputation. Les doesn't return until noon the next day when, barely able to stand up, he struggles with Maggie for a bottle and has to be hit to the floor by Gordon, ending up in hospital with a concussion. Maggie is told that Les would be better off in a mental hospital and agrees to him being moved. Ena and Len both do their best to help Maggie in the wake of the incident, with Maggie giving Ena a job at the shop.
  • After a disappointing date with Ray, Lucille starts going out with Gordon. Annie tries to put her off him by suggesting that alcoholism is hereditary, and Gordon goes for a jealous Ray when he taunts him about Les.
  • Albert accepts an invitation from his old war friend Harry Dunscombe, curator of the Fusiliers' Museum in Bury, to be his live-in assistant.
  • Emily advertises in the Gazette for a stimulating opportunity.
  • Len gets another contract with Wilde but has to sack Stan as a condition. Stan resigns and buys I-spy Dwyer's window cleaning round.
  • Two teenagers, Dickie Fleming and Audrey Bright, decide to buy No.3, which has lain empty since 1964. Len does the house up for free.
  • Elsie and Dot Greenhalgh both get job at MacAverty's Department Store. Elsie ignores a letter from Steve asking if she's returning to America.
Episode786

Hilda accuses Elsie of plotting to get Stan

  • Jenny and Linda send Elsie's nephew Gary Bailey to keep her company at No.11. Gary is interested in investments and buys Elsie a white jag with money she loaned him. As she can't drive, Elsie gets a lesson from Stan but they run out of petrol on the moors and don't return home until the next morning. Believing that Elsie is after Stan, Hilda starts a slanging match on the Street. Elsie's lessons aren't a success as she is a terrible driver; she crashes into Ken's car, just after he has decided to sell it to buy furniture.

JulyEdit

  • Effie makes enemies in Ena and Annie by being friendly with Minnie and Jack. Annie is especially put out as Jack and Effie used to be an item. Deciding to go easy on Effie, Annie calmly asks her to stay away from Jack, but Jack signs Effie's application to his bowling club.
  • Elsie decides to sell her car. Gary leaves in the Jag and sends Elsie the £175 he gets for it.
  • Emily applies for a job running a marriage bureau but is turned down as she's too romantic.
Episode794

Len sorts Ray out

  • Ray is thrown out of his lodgings after gambling away his rent money. When Len refuses, Elsie takes him in. Believing Elsie to be the local tart, Ray decides to have fun and keeps coming on to her. Elsie soon has enough and makes Len get rid of him but is upset when they fight in her kitchen.
  • Stan and Hilda eat at a Chinese restaurant to celebrate Stan's new job. Stan gets Hilda to help out on his window round by telling her that his female customers fancy him. Hilda thinks the women at 19 Inkerman Street might be his fancy piece.
  • Ena takes over the shop while Maggie takes a break. She catches two boys in the shop at night and makes them do odd jobs to make up for it.
  • Without prior notice, Mr. Papagopolous closes the Gamma Garments branch and fires Emily and Lucille. They use the shop's phone to make long distance calls to get revenge.
  • Dickie and Audrey secretly go away to Gretna Green to get married. They announce it to the neighbours, some of whom have been spreading the word that they aren't married, by holding a housewarming and putting their marriage certificate inside the parcel in a pass-the-parcel game.
  • Minnie celebrates Bobby's birthday. Gordon writes a song for Bobby.
  • Ken and Pamela Dickenson rehearse The Country Wife at the Tech.

AugustEdit

Episode 797

Frank Riley traps Val

  • Frank Riley, an escaped convicted rapist, breaks into No.14 and traps Val there while Ken is rehearsing his play. Worried about what Frank will do, Val protects Peter and Susan by saying she has no children and tries to alert Ena by banging on the water pipes. Ena's suspicions are raised when she hears the phone ringing out and she sets Jack on to the police, having been warned by the police that Frank is on the loose. When Frank sees the police outside the flat, he takes Val hostage with an iron bar and tries to use her as a shield when they get in through the kitchen window, but the police overpower him. Val is unharmed but Ken thinks she might have been raped.
  • Len lets Ray lodge with him at No.9.
  • Audrey leaves school and gets a job at the petrol station.
  • Effie decides to leave the area, having had enough of Ena's hostility, but Ena cools and invites her into the Snug.
  • Emily plans a holiday in Scandinavia with her sister.
  • Annie is thrilled when she is asked to give a speech on woman's Suffrage for the Lady Crusaders. Jack finds out that they meant to ask Alice Walker but he's too late to warn Annie as she has already left. Annie walks out of the meeting when she finds out about the mix-up but saves face by telling Jack that everything went well.
  • Albert visits the Street and tells the residents how he's getting on at the Museum.
  • Someone complains about Ena's early hours harmonium playing to the Council. Ena is warned that if she keeps it up she could lose her flat. In defiance, Ena plays it in front of the housing people. Val confesses that she complained but that she now regrets it. They work out an agreement that Ena can play over certain hours.
  • Dickie and Ray go on a night out while Audrey works. Dickie is envious of Ray's money and decides to give up his apprenticeship to get a job.
  • Les discharges himself from hospital and goes to work with his brother.

SeptemberEdit

  • Dickie decides not to give up his apprenticeship.
  • Rag-and-bone man Tommy Deakin cons Emily into looking after his donkey Dolores while he goes on holiday by saying he has to go to hospital.
  • Dave Smith buys the old Gamma Garments shop unit and turns it into a florist called The Pink Posy. He installs Elsie as manageress.
  • Steve receives a posting in the country and takes the opportunity to see Elsie to work on their marriage. Elsie wants to leave Steve in the past and move on and becomes distressed when Steve won't take no for an answer. While on her way to see Steve to tell him it's over for good, Elsie hears that Len is at his flat and returns home instead, where she is met by a PC Jimmie Conway who tells her that Steve has been found dead at the bottom of his stairs. An inquest begins and Elsie is the first to be questioned by the police.
  • At Ray's suggestion, Audrey enters the "Miss Petrol Pump Beauty Contest". She wins the contest and £50 but Dickie doesn't like other men looking at her. She is offered a career in beauty contest but turns it down.
  • Lucille flirts with GI Gary Strauss, making Gordon jealous. They argue when Gordon tries to fight him for her but later make up.
  • Val helps out at the shop while Ena is on holiday. When Ena returns, she accuses Val of stealing her job although it turns out she couldn't cope with the job anyway because she was on her feet too long.
Episode810

Emily helps out Reverend James at the nursery

  • Emily is hard up after finishing at Gamma and is taken on as a receptionist at the Import and Export Office. She quickly cottons on to the crooked deals the bosses are at and quits, after informing the police. Reverend James asks her to be his assistant at St. Mary's nursery.

OctoberEdit

Episode816

Elsie and Len await the verdict on Steve's death

  • The other residents are interviewed about Steve's death. Val gives Elsie an alibi. Len emerges at the prime suspect because of his history with Elsie and a poorly explained bandaged fist. He admits to going to Steve's flat to sort him out but hit the wall instead. Len is arrested and takes part in an identity parade. He puts them onto Dave Smith as Steve owed him £1,000 in gambling debts. At the inquest, the jury returns an open verdict.
  • Gregg Flint's alibi is that he was with a woman. He finishes with Dot.
  • Len loses the hospital site contract with Wilde because of his unavailability due to the investigation. Wilde tells Ray that he will offer the contract if Len signs a penalty clause but Len disappears with the yard's petty cash, leaving Ray unable to pay the workers.
  • Stan feels guilty that he was with Clara Regan when Steve was murdered. Stan and Hilda swap jobs and Hilda is surprised when Stan does well cleaning the Rovers.
  • Elsie is left everything in Steve's will. Dave tries to help Elsie pick up the pieces and invites her on a holiday to Wakefield to look at flower shops. She accepts.
  • Jill Morris turns up at the shop looking for Irma as her mum is in hospital. Hilda takes her in and hides her from Stan as he doesn't want her there. Stan finds her in his bed.
  • Lucille hears that Gordon has a date with another girl.

NovemberEdit

  • Albert dumps himself on the Flemings when he has time off from the Museum. Audrey finds him a demanding houseguest and is put out when he announces he has another two weeks holiday. At Ena's suggestion, Audrey summons Alice Pickins and tries to match-make the elderly couple. A terrified Albert escapes back to Bury.
  • Stan starts to warm to Jill and takes her on his window round. Cliff, her mum's boyfriend, shows up to take her back.
  • Gordon realises he only wants Lucille and proposes to her on her sickbed. She accepts. Annie and Maggie are both against the engagement but drive the couple away with their objections; Annie blames Lucille when Jack is hit by a motorbike while out looking for the couple and has extensive buising on his leg, and Maggie refuses to permit the marriage. Gordon suggests to Lucille that they run away and get married at Gretna Green.
  • Ray and Emily try to keep the yard afloat without Len but they need money quickly to clear cheques. Len returns but doesn't say where he's been. He offers Ray a partnership but is turned down as Ray wants to aim higher.
  • Effie returns but is having a hard time as she's just used all her savings to pay debts she inherited after her sister-in-law's death. She refuses financial help from Jack.
  • David and Irma send a telegram to the Ogdens announcing the birth of their son Darren.
Episode 827

Stan rescues Bobby - but it's not Bobby

  • Stan rescues Bobby when he gets stuck on the viaduct only to discover it's the wrong pussy. Minnie takes him in anyway.
  • Ken takes up the trumpet.
  • The Ogdens plan a party to celebrate their Silver wedding anniversary.

DecemberEdit

  • The Ogdens have a party in the Rovers Select for their anniversary.
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Lucille and Gordon run off to get married in secret

  • Lucille and Gordon run off without telling anyone but they miss the train to Gretna Green. The Walkers alert the police and neighbours start looking for them but the couple returns after changing their minds. The Walkers and Maggie are cold towards them. Gordon sits his Accountancy exams.
  • Ena finds out that Effie has £10 on her slate at the shop. Effie is annoyed at Maggie for letting Ena find out but Ena is sympathetic and helps Effie sort out her pension.
  • As she still hasn't found Bobby, Minnie accepts the new cat as her own, calling him Sunny Jim.
  • Maggie goes out with Len but just as friends. Elsie returns and hears about Len and Maggie from Ena.
  • Ken and Val attend a party thrown by Martin and Jo Hepworth. Val is sexually insulted and appalled when she sees three babies left crying in a bedroom, but Ken enjoys himself and returns the favour by inviting the Hepworths for dinner. He's embarrassed when Albert calls while the Hepworths are there. Ken is taken with their middle class lifestyle and decides to spend Christmas abroad but later changes his mind after offending Albert by not inviting him. Ken advises Albert to move to Bury permanently or get someone to share No.1. Albert asks Effie and she accepts.
  • Reverend James and Emily decide to produce Aladdin for the children at Christmas. When the residents aren't interested, Emily ensures their co-operation by blackmailing them. The panto is a success with Len, Albert and Stan leaving beer around the stage to keep them going. The residents are amused by Emily's obvious affection for James.
  • Marj Griffin shows up and tells Len she's left her husband Basil for him (Len was with Marj during his earlier absence). Basil appears at No.9 on Christmas Day and tells Len he's welcome to Marj but Len isn't interested in anything serious and, at Ray's suggestion, tries to scare Marj off by proposing to her. The plan backfires when she accepts!

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