1969 was Coronation Street's tenth year. In November, the programme made its transition to colour, beginning with Episode 924 on 3rd November which was recorded using colour videotape, but with black and white location inserts and title sequence, and transmitted in black and white. Episode 928 was the first to be shown in colour and a new title sequence, the programme's third, made its debut a week later in Episode 930, transmitted on 24th November. (see also: Colour Television)
With the advent of Coronation Street's colour era, several of the interior sets were redecorated, and the outdoor Grape Street set was rebuilt in brick, although it was still only a frontage and contained no back yards or ginnel. Within the programme's storylines, the changeover to colour coincided with the Street residents ending up in casualty in the Lake District after their tour coach crashes. The last black and white episode was made entirely on location. Coronation Street would remain in colour until the ITV colour strike the following year.
104 episodes were transmitted in 1969. The highest rated episode of the year was Episode 854 on 26th February, which was watched in 8,350,000 homes, while sixteen episodes reached No.1 in the viewing charts - half the previous year's total. John Finch was the producer until Episode 856, whereupon H.V. Kershaw, previously Executive Producer, effectively became the programme's producer although he remained credited as EP.
The year saw several cast changes, notably Betty Driver who joined the cast as Betty Turpin. Also arriving were Cyril Turpin, Alan Howard, Bernard and Sandra Butler, and lay preacher and camera shop owner Ernest Bishop, who returned on a more regular basis after making a sole appearance in Episode 702 in 1967. Meanwhile, Bill Kenwright left the cast as Gordon Clegg, deciding not to renew his contract, while Anne Dyson as Effie Spicer departed the series in March. Additionally, Lucille Hewitt was absent for seven months beginning in August as Jennifer Moss took maternity leave, and Peter Adamson was suspended for two months late in the year, and Len Fairclough was thus absent for that period. The year also saw the brief returns of Billy Walker and Irma Barlow, both of whom would return full-time the following year.
Storylines included Minnie Caldwell going missing due to gambling debts, Gordon Clegg calling off his wedding to Lucille Hewitt, Annie Walker objecting to son Billy's girlfriend due to her race, Albert Tatlock and Alice Pickins's courtship and wedding (which is called off when the vicar doesn't show up), Elsie Tanner's dalliance with Dave Smith, Len Fairclough's engagement to Janet Reid, Dave Robbins moving squatters into the maisonettes, Ray Langton vying for Audrey Fleming's attentions, and the after-effects of the coach crash.
|1||838||Wednesday 1st January||P228/838||Adele Rose||Tony Wharmby|
|2||839||Monday 6th January||P228/839||James Bryant||Les Chatfield|
|3||840||Wednesday 8th January||P228/840||Geoffrey Lancashire||Les Chatfield|
|4||841||Monday 13th January||P228/841||Tony Warren||Tim Jones|
|5||842||Wednesday 15th January||P228/842||H.V. Kershaw||Tim Jones|
|6||843||Monday 20th January||P228/843||Susan Pleat||Tony Wharmby|
|7||844||Wednesday 22nd January||P228/844||Peter Eckersley||Tony Wharmby|
|8||845||Monday 27th January||P228/845||Leslie Duxbury||Les Chatfield|
|9||846||Wednesday 29th January||P228/846||Malcolm Lynch||Les Chatfield|
|10||847||Monday 3rd February||P228/847||Malcolm Lynch||Tim Jones|
|11||848||Wednesday 5th February||P228/848||Geoffrey Lancashire||Tim Jones|
|12||849||Monday 10th February||P228/849||Ron McDonnell||Tony Wharmby|
|13||850||Wednesday 12th February||P228/850||Malcolm Lynch||Tony Wharmby|
|14||851||Monday 17th February||P228/851||Susan Pleat||Les Chatfield|
|15||852||Wednesday 19th February||P228/852||Leslie Duxbury||Les Chatfield|
|16||853||Monday 24th February||P228/853||Peter Eckersley||Tim Jones|
|17||854||Wednesday 26th February||P228/854||Adele Rose||Tim Jones|
|18||855||Monday 3rd March||P228/855||Geoffrey Lancashire||Tony Wharmby|
|19||856||Wednesday 5th March||P228/856||Malcolm Lynch||Tony Wharmby|
|20||857||Monday 10th March||P228/857||Peter Eckersley||Les Chatfield|
|21||858||Wednesday 12th March||P228/858||Leslie Duxbury||Les Chatfield|
|22||859||Monday 17th March||P228/859||Susan Pleat||Tim Jones|
|23||860||Wednesday 19th March||P228/860||Ron McDonnell||Tim Jones|
|24||861||Monday 24th March||P228/861||James Bryant||Tony Wharmby|
|25||862||Wednesday 26th March||P228/862||Geoffrey Lancashire||Tony Wharmby|
|26||863||Monday 31st March||P228/863||Adele Rose||Les Chatfield|
|27||864||Wednesday 2nd April||P228/864||Malcolm Lynch||Les Chatfield|
|28||865||Monday 7th April||P228/865||Peter Eckersley||Tim Jones|
|29||866||Wednesday 9th April||P228/866||Susan Pleat||Tim Jones|
|30||867||Monday 14th April||P228/867||Geoffrey Lancashire||Tony Wharmby|
|31||868||Wednesday 16th April||P228/868||Leslie Duxbury||Tony Wharmby|
|32||869||Monday 21st April||P228/869||Ron McDonnell||Gerry Mill|
|33||870||Wednesday 23rd April||P228/870||Jack Rosenthal||Gerry Mill|
|34||871||Monday 28th April||P228/871||Susan Pleat||Tim Jones|
|35||872||Wednesday 30th April||P228/872||Geoffrey Lancashire||Tim Jones|
|36||873||Monday 5th May||P228/873||Peter Eckersley||Tony Wharmby|
|37||874||Wednesday 7th May||P228/874||Adele Rose||Tony Wharmby|
|38||875||Monday 12th May||P228/875||Leslie Duxbury||Gerry Mill|
|39||876||Wednesday 14th May||P228/876||Malcolm Lynch||Gerry Mill|
|40||877||Monday 19th May||P228/877||Peter Eckersley||Tim Jones|
|41||878||Wednesday 21st May||P228/878||James Bryant||Tim Jones|
|42||879||Monday 26th May||P228/879||Ron McDonnell||Tony Wharmby|
|43||880||Wednesday 28th May||P228/880||Adele Rose||Tony Wharmby|
|44||881||Monday 2nd June||P228/881||Adele Rose||Michael Cox|
|45||882||Wednesday 4th June||P228/882||Geoffrey Lancashire||Michael Cox|
|46||883||Monday 9th June||P228/883||Malcolm Lynch||Eric Prytherch|
|47||884||Wednesday 11th June||P228/884||Geoffrey Lancashire||Eric Prytherch|
|48||885||Monday 16th June||P228/885||H.V. Kershaw||Vic Hughes|
|49||886||Wednesday 18th June||P228/886||Leslie Duxbury||Vic Hughes|
|50||887||Monday 23rd June||P228/887||Adele Rose||Joe Boyer|
|51||888||Wednesday 25th June||P228/888||Leslie Duxbury||Joe Boyer|
|52||889||Monday 30th June||P228/889||Malcolm Lynch||Eric Prytherch|
|53||890||Wednesday 2nd July||P228/890||Susan Pleat||Eric Prytherch|
|54||891||Monday 7th July||P228/891||James Bryant||Tony Wharmby|
|55||892||Wednesday 9th July||P228/892||Geoffrey Lancashire||Tony Wharmby|
|56||893||Wednesday 16th July||P228/893||Ron McDonnell||Joe Boyer|
|57||894||Monday 21st July||P228/894||John Finch||Joe Boyer|
|58||895||Wednesday 23rd July||P228/895||Susan Pleat||Eric Prytherch|
|59||896||Monday 28th July||P228/896||Leslie Duxbury||Eric Prytherch|
|60||897||Wednesday 30th July||P228/897||Leslie Duxbury||Tony Wharmby|
|61||898||Monday 4th August||P228/898||Peter Eckersley||Tony Wharmby|
|62||899||Wednesday 6th August||P228/899||Geoffrey Lancashire||Joe Boyer|
|63||900||Monday 11th August||P228/900||James Bryant||Joe Boyer|
|64||901||Wednesday 13th August||P228/901||Malcolm Lynch||Tony Wharmby|
|65||902||Monday 18th August||P228/902||Adele Rose||Tony Wharmby|
|66||903||Wednesday 20th August||P228/903||Susan Pleat||Eric Prytherch|
|67||904||Monday 25th August||P228/904||Malcolm Lynch||Eric Prytherch|
|68||905||Wednesday 27th August||P228/905||Geoffrey Lancashire||Joe Boyer|
|69||906||Monday 1st September||P228/906||Geoffrey Lancashire||Joe Boyer|
|70||907||Wednesday 3rd September||P228/907||Adele Rose||Tim Jones|
|71||908||Monday 8th September||P228/908||John Finch||Tim Jones|
|72||909||Wednesday 10th September||P228/909||Susan Pleat||Tony Wharmby|
|73||910||Monday 15th September||P228/910||Leslie Duxbury||Tony Wharmby|
|74||911||Wednesday 17th September||P228/911||Adele Rose||Joe Boyer|
|75||912||Monday 22nd September||P228/912||James Bryant||Joe Boyer|
|76||913||Wednesday 24th September||P228/913||Peter Eckersley||June Howson|
|77||914||Monday 29th September||P228/914||Ron McDonnell||June Howson|
|78||915||Wednesday 1st October||P228/915||Leslie Duxbury||Eric Prytherch|
|79||916||Monday 6th October||P228/916||Malcolm Lynch||Eric Prytherch|
|80||917||Wednesday 8th October||P228/917||John Finch||Michael Cox|
|81||918||Monday 13th October||P228/918||Leslie Duxbury||Michael Cox|
|82||919||Wednesday 15th October||P228/919||James Bryant||Joe Boyer|
|83||920||Monday 20th October||P228/920||Susan Pleat||Joe Boyer|
|84||921||Wednesday 22nd October||P228/921||Adele Rose||Eric Prytherch|
|85||922||Monday 27th October||P228/922||Adele Rose||Eric Prytherch|
|86||923||Wednesday 29th October||P228/923||H.V. Kershaw||Howard Baker|
|87||924||Monday 3rd November||P228/924||Malcolm Lynch||Joe Boyer|
|88||925||Wednesday 5th November||P228/925||Peter Eckersley||Joe Boyer|
|89||926||Monday 10th November||P228/926||Leslie Duxbury||Eric Prytherch|
|90||927||Wednesday 12th November||P228/927||James Bryant||Eric Prytherch|
|91||928||Monday 17th November||P228/928||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills|
|92||929||Wednesday 19th November||P228/929||Susan Pleat||Brian Mills|
|93||930||Monday 24th November||P228/930||Malcolm Lynch||Joe Boyer|
|94||931||Wednesday 26th November||P228/931||Ron McDonnell||Joe Boyer|
|95||932||Monday 1st December||P228/932||Leslie Duxbury||Eric Prytherch|
|96||933||Wednesday 3rd December||P228/933||Adele Rose||Eric Prytherch|
|97||934||Monday 8th December||P228/934||James Bryant||Brian Mills|
|98||935||Wednesday 10th December||P228/935||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills|
|99||936||Monday 15th December||P228/936||Susan Pleat||Joe Boyer|
|100||937||Wednesday 17th December||P228/937||Malcolm Lynch||Joe Boyer|
|101||938||Monday 22nd December||P228/938||Adele Rose||Eric Prytherch|
|102||939||Wednesday 24th December||P228/939||Leslie Duxbury||Eric Prytherch|
|103||940||Monday 29th December||P228/940||Geoffrey Lancashire||Brian Mills|
|104||941||Wednesday 31st December||P228/941||Susan Pleat||Brian Mills|
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Janet Reid - Judith Barker (June)
- Alan Howard - Alan Browning (December onwards)
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Ray Langton - Neville Buswell
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Emily Nugent - Eileen Derbyshire
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver (June onwards)
- Effie Spicer - Anne Dyson (until March)
- Billy Walker - Kenneth Farrington (January)
- Sandra Butler - Patricia Fuller (November onwards)
- Irma Barlow - Sandra Gough (December)
- Ernest Bishop - Stephen Hancock (June onwards)
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Dickie Fleming - Nigel Humphreys
- Bernard Butler - Gorden Kaye (November onwards)
- Gordon Clegg - Bill Kenwright (until April)
- Jack Walker - Arthur Leslie
- Sheila Crossley - Eileen Mayers (June, November)
- Audrey Fleming - Gillian McCann
- Cyril Turpin - William Moore (June onwards)
- Lucille Hewitt - Jennifer Moss (until August)
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Valerie Barlow - Anne Reid
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Maggie Clegg - Irene Sutcliffe
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Len Fairclough pulls out all the stops to put his "fiancée" Marj Griffin off him. Ray Langton lends his friend a hand by passing off two boys as Len's children, which scares Marj off - but she leaves behind her monkey Marlon.
- Billy Walker returns to the Street with his girlfriend Jasmine Choong. Annie pretends to approve of Jasmine but Emily Nugent, sharing a room with Jasmine, tells Jasmine that Annie's niceness is put on and Annie actually objects to the relationship as Jasmine is Chinese. After collapsing at the bar, Annie is looked after by Jasmine and reveals her true feelings when Jasmine tells her that Billy wants to marry her. Jasmine breaks her relationship with Billy and leaves, making it clear it's because of Annie. Billy also leaves as he can't stand being around Annie anymore. Looking for a scapegoat, Annie throws Emily out of the Rovers. Elsie Tanner takes her in at No.11.
- Dickie Fleming is jealous of Richard Matthews, a customer at the petrol station who takes a fancy to Audrey. When Richard gives them cinema tickets, Gordon escorts Audrey. Hilda Ogden spreads it around that they're having an affair, little realising that a kiss they shared was for her benefit.
- Stan Ogden decides to go into the antique business and buys Albert Tatlock's sideboard for £5, but Hilda bargains for a refund when it turns out to be too heavy for Stan to move.
- Ena Sharples and Minnie Caldwell becomes babysitters for Peter and Susan Barlow. Ken gives Ena a baby alarm so she can hear the twins from her flat, but she uses it to eavesdrop on the Barlows.
- Gordon goes for Ray when he jokes about Maggie being Len's bird. Maggie tells Gordon to stay out of her private life.
- Ray's sister Janice Langton turns up, after giving her probation officer the slip. Ray doesn't like her flaunting herself at men. She considers going out with Len but doesn't as she knows Ray won't like it.
- Hilda starts practicing clairvoyancy.
- Dave Smith's Jaguar is stolen.
- Hilda sets up professionally as a clairvoyant, believing she has "the vision". She's unaware that her success is due to Stan working behind the scenes to make her predictions come true, as he thinks she could earn a fortune for them. He comes clean with Hilda when a reporter investigates her talent. To put the man off, Hilda tells him the gift has left her.
- Elsie and Dave try to make Emily uncomfortable at No.11 so that she will want to move back to the Rovers. The residents send Emily and Annie presents from each other but Emily takes "Annie"'s present as a bribe. When Annie expresses her regrets over her earlier behaviour and apologises, Emily agrees to return.
- Janice confesses to Ray that she and Bob Neale took Dave's car. Ray returns it and takes the blame but Dave says £550 and two gold watches are missing. Janice caims to know nothing about it but Ray later catches Janice and Bob splitting the proceeds and goes for Bob. Janice leaves the Street. Ray thinks about disappearing with the money but Ena convinces him to return it to Dave through her.
- Lucille Hewitt returns from staying with Concepta in Ireland. Gordon passes his Accountancy exams and wins £5 for being the youngest to do so. The couple start planning their wedding, with Gordon buying Lucille an engagement ring, but Gordon later starts being off with Lucille and admits to Maggie that he doesn't want to marry her anymore.
- Minnie's debt at Dave's Betting Shop has reached £10 but Dave decides to wipe the slate clean as a favour to Elsie. He reverses his decision when Ena rows with him, accusing him of making chidren starve. A guilty Ena tries to help Minnie raise the money but he demands immediate payment. Ena appears to win when she finds out about Dave not telling the tax man about the £550 in the car and blackmails him, but Minnie is ashamed and disappears, leaving a note asking Ena to look after Sunny Jim. The residents pull their efforts as they search Weatherfield for Minnie, while Ena blames herself, fearing that Minnie could be dead. She's informed when Minnie is hospitalised after sleeping rough on a park bench for two nights, but Minnie doesn't want to see her. Dave tells Minnie he's limiting her betting.
- Gordon decides not to marry Lucille and breaks the news to her after seeing her in her wedding dress. After a night out to commiserate, Lucille makes a fresh start, quitting The Posy Bowl for a job at Dave Smith's Betting Shop. She enjoys it when people think she's going out with Dave and buys a new bracelet, making out it's from him, but Dave puts everyone right.
- The residents throw Elsie a party for her 46th birthday. She rows with Hilda in the Street when Hilda jeers at her over Dave and Lucille. Later in the month, Elsie starts thinking a man is following her and hears someone trying to get into her house.
- The local community centre falling out of use, the Reverend Reggie James holds a meeting to rally the residents but people aren't interested. When the side chapel is ransacked, Emily pays the residents to clean it up, hoping to show James that the community spirit in the Street is not dead.
- Effie Spicer decorates No.1 as a surprise for Albert but Albert doesn't like the changes and, refusing to pay the bill, he moves in with the Flemings. Effie gets one over on Albert by moving out, leaving to live with her niece, and inviting Alice Pickins to move in. Albert promptly moves back to No.1 and throws Alice, and her bird Kitchener, out on the Street.
- Ken starts doing the cooking at the Barlow household and surprisingly turns out to be a good cook.
- The Street has a power cut.
- The Barlows take Alice in. When the pensioners boycott Albert's Easter Monday coach trip to the Fusiliers' Museum in Bury, Albert feels guilty and offers Alice her room back but she moves into No.5 with Minnie.
- Len catches Arthur Green, a private detective, snooping the Street. He's spying for Lillian Smith, Dave's wife, who soon arrives in Weatherfield from London to tell Dave she wants a divorce on terms of adultery, citing Elsie. Dave defends the divorce and denies a relationship, worrying Elsie that her name is going to be dragged through the courts. When she realises she would lose Dave's inheritance money if she divorced him, Lillian decided to drop the divorce and have more money from him instead and returned to London. Elsie dumped Dave.
- The pensioners of the Street form a committee to save the OAP clubhouse after finding out it's going to be demolished. Ena, Minnie, Alice and Albert form a sit-down outside the Council offices in protest, but it ends with Ena being carried off by a policeman and getting a caution. Undeterred, they have a sit-in at the Club house. The Council is saved.
- The Ogdens go walking and get lost. They return on a milk float.
- Gordon considers working at head office in London.
- Hilda discovers Stan has a tax bill for £42. He takes a barman job at the Rovers but drinks away his earnings. Hilda solves the problem by selling Stan's window cleaning round to Ray, with Ray taking on the outstanding debt, but Ray is now Stan's boss.
- On learning that the brewery is holding a Perfect Landlady contest, Annie behaves overly nice to the customers to get a nomination. When Ray nominates her, Annie installs a suggestion box and even gives Hilda a rise in exchange for her support.
- Unhappy Dickie skives off tech and goes to the amusement arcade instead. He meets Sandra there and is offered a job as engineer. He takes it but doesn't tell Audrey.
- Val bangs her knee.
Who lives whereEdit
- Rovers Return Inn - Jack and Annie Walker, Lucille Hewitt (from January to August). Emily Nugent (January and February to December).
- 1 Coronation Street - Albert Tatlock (from July to December). Effie Spicer (from January to May). Alice Pickins (from April to May and July to September).
- 3 Coronation Street - Dickie and Audrey Fleming. Ray Langton (from July to August and November to December).
- 5 Coronation Street - Minnie Caldwell. Alice Pickens (April). Ray Langton (from September to October).
- 9 Coronation Street - Len Fairclough. Ray Langton (January to July). Janice Langton (from February to March). Alan Howard (December).
- 11 Coronation Street - Elsie Tanner. Emily Nugent (from January to February). Bernard and Sandra Butler (from November onwards).
- 13 Coronation Street - Stan and Hilda Ogden. Irma Barlow (December).
- Corner Shop (No.15) - Maggie Clegg
- Corner Shop Flat (No.15a) - Gordon Clegg (from January to March). Cyril and Betty Turpin (from June onwards).
- Maisonettes: No. 4 - Effie Spicer (January). No. 6 - Ena Sharples (from January to July). No. 14 - Ken, Valerie, Peter and Susan Barlow.
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