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Logo 1969

1972 was Coronation Street's thirteenth year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year799604
2Elsie HowardPatricia PhoenixFull year789842
3Ray LangtonNeville BuswellFull year773535
4Billy WalkerKenneth FarringtonFull year7619819
5Maggie CleggIrene SutcliffeFull year7431412
6Jerry BoothGraham HaberfieldFull year7245521
6Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year729991
8Alan HowardAlan BrowningFull year7019313
9Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year685925
10Emily Nugent/BishopEileen DerbyshireFull year666749
11Betty TurpinBetty DriverFull year642507
12Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year628279
12Bet LynchJulie GoodyearFull year621827
14Lucille HewittJennifer MossFull year5866211
14Ernest BishopStephen HancockFull year5811620
16Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year575763
17Norma FordDiana DaviesFrom May5656 -
18Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantFull year5581714
18Ena SharplesViolet CarsonFull year5588315
20Alf RobertsBryan MosleyFull year5414018
21Rita LittlewoodBarbara MullaneyJanuary to February and April onwards5253 -
22Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year4975317
23Ivy TilsleyLynne PerrieJanuary and April122024
24Cyril TurpinWilliam MooreFebruary to March and July874 -
25Concepta HewittDoreen KeoghOctober to November6318 -
26Alec GilroyRoy BarracloughJune only22 -
26Esther HayesDaphne OxenfordApril only26627
26Mavis RileyThelma BarlowApril only2327
29Deirdre HuntAnne KirkbrideNovember only11 -

ProductionEdit

Emily ernie weddingreception

Emily Nugent and Ernest Bishop tie the knot in the most-watched episode of the year

Brian Armstrong completed his six-month term as producer with Episode 1183 in May. His successor was Eric Prytherch, who had previously worked on the show as a director. From this point onwards, Coronation Street would get a new producer every two or three years, instead of every few months as before, thus giving each producer a greater chance to put their stamp on the series. Meanwhile, H.V. Kershaw returned to the role of executive producer with Episode 1222.

Prytherch aimed to introduce more younger cast members but these plans never materialised; 18-year-old Anne Kirkbride made her debut as Deirdre Hunt in November, at this time only a one-off appearance, but the main addition to the cast in 1972 was Barbara Mullaney as Rita Littlewood. Though Rita was a returning character, the role as written was a new one, and only became Rita Littlewood when Mullaney was cast and writers decided to make her the same character she had played in one episode in 1964.

Rita's early storylines concentrated on her club singing career, and in June, Roy Barraclough appeared in two episodes as club owner Alec Gilroy. Barraclough was later asked to play Alec full-time, but he didn't agree until 1986. By the end of the year, Rita and Len Fairclough were established as the Street's new power couple.

Another cast addition was Diana Davies as Corner Shop assistant Norma Ford, replacing Sandra Gough's Irma Barlow at the establishment. Meanwhile, William Moore returned for a short time as Cyril Turpin, making what would turn out to be his final appearance due to his refusal to reprise the role.

A new Coronation Street spin-off was considered in 1972. Entitled Rest Assured, and produced by Harry Kershaw, the series would have followed the comic misadventures of Ray Langton and Jerry Booth. A Kershaw-penned pilot under the title Lift Off was shot, starring Neville Buswell and Graham Haberfield, but the series was never commissioned.

Viewing figuresEdit

1972 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

The highest-rated installment of 1972 was Episode 1171, shown on 5th April, which was Emily and Ernest Bishop's wedding. The episode drew an audience of 18.26 million viewers. Overall, ratings dropped by nearly a million viewers from 1971 to an average of 14.82 million viewers. Both the peak and the average were the lowest since 1961. April was the only month to increase its audience from 1971, while February and December saw the biggest drops, of over 1.5 million viewers.

For the first time since Coronation Street was fully networked, none of the year's episodes reached number one in the viewing charts, a drop from 21 in 1971. In 1972, Granada started showing ATV's Crossroads, and as a result the Midlands soap became fully networked for the first time since it began in 1964. By 1972, its ratings were comparable with Coronation Street, and for a few years it regularly outrated the Granada serial. 1972 was the Street's ratings low point of its first twenty years, though things would soon improve.

The year also saw the transmission of the last Christmas Day edition of the programme until 1985, and the only one of the 1970s. Coronation Street traditionally rated badly at Christmas, and this year was no exception with an audience of 7,191,800 viewers (the lowest rating of the year). After this, no episode of the Street would be shown on Christmas even if it fell on a Monday or Wednesday.

EpisodesEdit

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
11144Monday 3rd JanuaryTony PerrinDesmond McCarthy6,900,000
15,180,000
11
21145Wednesday 5th JanuaryJulian RoachDesmond McCarthy7,700,000
16,940,000
4
31146Monday 10th JanuarySusan PleatColin Cant7,500,000
16,500,000
5
41147Wednesday 12th JanuaryKay McManusColin Cant7,900,000
17,380,000
2
51148Monday 17th JanuaryMalcolm LynchRoger Tucker7,600,000
16,720,000
6
61149Wednesday 19th JanuaryBrian FinchRoger Tucker7,900,000
17,380,000
2
71150Monday 24th JanuaryTony PerrinEric Prytherch7,400,000
16,280,000
6
81151Wednesday 26th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyEric Prytherch8,150,000
17,930,000
3
91152Monday 31st JanuarySusan PleatColin Cant7,750,000
17,050,000
5
101153Wednesday 2nd FebruaryMalcolm LynchColin Cant7,850,000
17,270,000
4
111154Monday 7th FebruaryBrian FinchRoger Tucker7,750,000
17,050,000
3
121155Wednesday 9th FebruaryLeslie DuxburyRoger Tucker7,600,000
16,720,000
5
131156Monday 14th FebruaryKay McManusCarol Wilks6,050,000
13,310,000
10
141157Wednesday 16th FebruaryBernard AspenCarol Wilks6,600,000
14,520,000
4
151158Monday 21st FebruaryJulian RoachColin Cant7,100,000
15,620,000
4
161159Wednesday 23rd FebruaryLeslie DuxburyColin Cant6,900,000
15,180,000
7
171160Monday 28th FebruaryMalcolm LynchRoger Tucker7,050,000
15,510,000
6
181161Wednesday 1st MarchBarry HillRoger Tucker7,000,000
15,400,000
7
191162Monday 6th MarchMalcolm LynchEric Prytherch7,600,000
16,720,000
5
201163Wednesday 8th MarchBrian FinchEric Prytherch7,550,000
16,610,000
6
211164Monday 13th MarchKay McManus
Malcolm Lynch
Tim Jones7,450,000
16,390,000
6
221165Wednesday 15th MarchJulian RoachTim Jones7,550,000
16,610,000
5
231166Monday 20th MarchMalcolm LynchDesmond McCarthy7,400,000
16,280,000
8
241167Wednesday 22nd MarchLeslie DuxburyDesmond McCarthy7,600,000
16,720,000
5
251168Monday 27th MarchJulian RoachColin Cant7,750,000
17,050,000
3
261169Wednesday 29th MarchJulian RoachColin Cant7,550,000
16,610,000
6
271170Monday 3rd AprilSusan PleatEric Prytherch5,850,000
12,870,000
16
281171Wednesday 5th AprilLeslie DuxburyEric Prytherch8,300,000
18,260,000
2
291172Monday 10th AprilKay McManusRoger Tucker7,400,000
16,280,000
5
301173Wednesday 12th AprilAdele RoseRoger Tucker7,450,000
16,390,000
4
311174Monday 17th AprilBrian FinchColin Cant7,300,000
16,060,000
5
321175Wednesday 19th AprilMalcolm LynchColin Cant7,400,000
16,280,000
4
331176Monday 24th AprilSusan PleatDesmond McCarthy7,400,000
16,280,000
3
341177Wednesday 26th AprilLeslie DuxburyDesmond McCarthy7,400,000
16,280,000
3
351178Monday 1st MayAdele RoseEric Prytherch7,100,000
15,620,000
8
361179Wednesday 3rd MayJulian RoachEric Prytherch7,200,000
15,840,000
7
371180Monday 8th MayAdele RoseRoger Tucker7,100,000
15,620,000
7
381181Wednesday 10th MayBrian FinchRoger Tucker7,200,000
15,840,000
6
391182Monday 15th MayKay McManusColin Cant6,800,000
14,960,000
7
401183Wednesday 17th MayLeslie DuxburyColin Cant6,800,000
14,960,000
7
411184Monday 22nd MayJulian RoachEric Prytherch6,200,000
13,640,000
12
421185Wednesday 24th MayMalcolm LynchEric Prytherch6,850,000
15,070,000
6
431186Monday 29th MayAdele RoseRoger Tucker5,550,000
12,210,000
14
441187Wednesday 31st MayBrian FinchRoger Tucker6,200,000
13,640,000
3
451188Monday 5th JuneJulian RoachColin Cant6,000,000
13,200,000
12
461189Wednesday 7th JuneJulian RoachColin Cant6,550,000
14,410,000
9
471190Monday 12th JuneLeslie DuxburyUnknown6,450,000
14,190,000
7
481191Wednesday 14th JuneLeslie DuxburyUnknown6,400,000
14,080,000
8
491192Monday 19th JuneSusan PleatRoger Tucker6,300,000
13,860,000
8
501193Wednesday 21st JuneLeslie DuxburyRoger Tucker6,550,000
14,410,000
4
511194Monday 26th JuneBrian FinchColin Cant6,550,000
14,410,000
7
521195Wednesday 28th JuneJulian RoachColin Cant6,250,000
13,750,000
10
531196Monday 3rd JulyMalcolm LynchGerry Mill6,900,000
15,180,000
2
541197Wednesday 5th JulyAdele RoseGerry Mill5,650,000
12,430,000
14
551198Monday 10th JulyJulian RoachJoe Boyer6,100,000
13,420,000
6
561199Wednesday 12th JulyMalcolm LynchJoe Boyer5,200,000
11,440,000
12
571200Monday 17th JulyLeslie DuxburyColin Cant5,400,000
11,880,000
8
581201Wednesday 19th JulySusan PleatColin Cant5,350,000
11,770,000
10
591202Monday 24th JulyAdele RoseGerry Mill5,550,000
12,210,000
6
601203Wednesday 26th JulyBrian FinchGerry Mill5,050,000
11,110,000
12
611204Monday 31st JulyBernard AspenJoe Boyer6,324,000
13,912,800
3
621205Wednesday 2nd AugustAdele RoseJoe Boyer5,436,000
11,959,200
13
631206Monday 7th AugustAdele RosePaul Bernard6,279,000
13,813,800
5
641207Wednesday 9th AugustLeslie DuxburyPaul Bernard5,815,000
12,793,000
9
651208Monday 14th AugustJulian RoachNick Burrell-Davis5,981,000
13,158,200
7
661209Wednesday 16th AugustJulian RoachNick Burrell-Davis5,966,000
13,125,200
8
671210Monday 21st AugustMalcolm LynchJoe Boyer5,915,000
13,013,000
4
681211Wednesday 23rd AugustBrian FinchJoe Boyer5,660,000
12,452,000
6
691212Monday 28th AugustJulian RoachPaul Bernard4,521,000
9,946,200
n/k
701213Wednesday 30th AugustBarry HillPaul Bernard5,231,000
11,508,200
7
711214Monday 4th SeptemberAdele RoseNick Burrell-Davis6,121,000
13,466,200
6
721215Wednesday 6th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis5,843,000
12,854,600
9
731216Monday 11th SeptemberH.V. KershawColin Cant6,664,000
14,660,800
4
741217Wednesday 13th SeptemberJulian RoachColin Cant6,630,000
14,586,000
4
751218Monday 18th SeptemberBrian FinchJoe Boyer6,762,000
14,876,400
10
761219Wednesday 20th SeptemberBrian FinchJoe Boyer6,218,000
13,679,600
14
771220Monday 25th SeptemberBrian FinchNick Burrell-Davis6,700,000
14,740,000
6
781221Wednesday 27th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis6,500,000
14,300,000
7
791222Monday 2nd OctoberAdele RoseColin Cant7,200,000
15,840,000
4
801223Wednesday 4th OctoberKay McManusColin Cant6,350,000
13,970,000
11
811224Monday 9th OctoberJulian RoachOliver Horsbrugh7,000,000
15,400,000
8
821225Wednesday 11th OctoberSusan PleatOliver Horsbrugh6,600,000
14,520,000
10
831226Monday 16th OctoberLeslie DuxburyNick Burrell-Davis7,200,000
15,840,000
6
841227Wednesday 18th OctoberBrian FinchNick Burrell-Davis6,550,000
14,410,000
11
851228Monday 23rd OctoberJulian RoachColin Cant7,150,000
15,730,000
6
861229Wednesday 25th OctoberJulian RoachColin Cant6,900,000
15,180,000
8
871230Monday 30th OctoberBrian FinchOliver Horsbrugh7,150,000
15,730,000
4
881231Wednesday 1st NovemberBrian FinchOliver Horsbrugh6,800,000
14,960,000
10
891232Monday 6th NovemberLeslie DuxburyJoe Boyer7,150,000
15,730,000
5
901233Wednesday 8th NovemberLeslie DuxburyJoe Boyer6,600,000
14,520,000
15
911234Monday 13th NovemberSusan PleatColin Cant7,350,000
16,170,000
6
921235Wednesday 15th NovemberBernard AspenColin Cant7,400,000
16,280,000
5
931236Monday 20th NovemberBrian FinchOliver Horsbrugh7,000,000
15,400,000
6
941237Wednesday 22nd NovemberStanley WoodOliver Horsbrugh6,950,000
15,290,000
9
951238Monday 27th NovemberBarry HillJoe Boyer7,201,000
15,842,200
8
961239Wednesday 29th NovemberLeslie DuxburyJoe Boyer7,224,000
15,892,800
8
971240Monday 4th DecemberLeslie DuxburyColin Cant6,973,000
15,340,600
9
981241Wednesday 6th DecemberBarry HillColin Cant7,080,000
15,576,000
6
991242Monday 11th DecemberJulian RoachOliver Horsbrugh7,161,000
15,754,200
4
1001243Wednesday 13th DecemberBernard AspenOliver Horsbrugh6,971,000
15,336,200
6
1011244Monday 18th DecemberSusan PleatJoe Boyer7,068,000
15,549,600
9
1021245Wednesday 20th DecemberKay McManusJoe Boyer7,122,000
15,668,400
8
1031246Monday 25th DecemberBrian FinchColin Cant3,269,000
7,191,800
n/k
1041247Wednesday 27th DecemberKay McManusColin Cant5,963,000
13,118,600
13

StorylinesEdit

JanuaryEdit

Episode1146

Len refuses to be sympathetic to Elsie's plight

  • Edna Gee and Ivy Tilsley try to bring Elsie Howard out of herself and take her out in the evening. Nevertheless she feels alone. Len Fairclough returns and refuses to console her, saying she's hurt him enough in the past. Unable to bear the separation any more, Elsie asks Alan to come home and they are reconciled.
  • Billy Walker returns from London. The business in Chiswick fell through and he owes £3,000. Annie wants to give him the £2,000 she got from the insurance company when Jack Walker died but he refuses it. Billy tells Alan he's got to sell the Canal Garage and if he can come up with £2,500, it's his. Annie is delighted when Billy agrees to work at the Rovers and be on the pay roll.
  • Lucille Hewitt and Lorraine Binks asks Ernie to take publicity photographs of their go-go dancing business and agree to let Ray Langton be their agent. He gets the girls a booking near Oldham.
  • Ken starts at Bessie Street School. Headteacher Wilfred Perkins doesn't approve of his caring teaching techniques. Ken gives pupil Terry Bates detention without listening to his excuses and is rebuked by Perkins. Ken tells Terry to tell his mum not to work him so hard on domestic chores but to concentrate on schoolwork. Mrs Rita Bates is angry over Ken's interference and Ken visits her. He tells her he just wants Terry to do well. She promises not to work Terry too hard.
  • Alan gets the money to buy the garage but is evasive as to its source. He tells Elsie he got the money from his accountant but Mr Vine tells a suspicious Elsie he couldn't raise it when she questions him. Elsie asks Len to find out where the money came from. She performs the opening ceremony and confronts Alan over the money. He tells her he got it from a business source but admits to Len that he got the money from ex-wife Laura Howard. Alan has to visit Laura to discuss the deal behind Elsie's back. She makes him promise to see their son Mark but also promises him that5 there are no strings attached to the loan.
  • Stan Ogden promises to take Hilda anywhere she likes for her birthday. They arrange to go to Paris for the day however he is terrified of the thought of flying there.

FebruaryEdit

  • The Ogdens miss the plane to France when Stan panics in the terminal and needs fresh air. They get drunk in the airport bar and kid on they've been to France when they return home.
  • Ken and Mrs Bates set to writing to each other over Terry.
  • Billy takes an interest in Lorraine. Ray warns him off her but Lucille tells Ray he doesn't stand a chance himself.
  • Maggie becomes very nosey suddenly about the residents and reveals she's enrolled in the Open University, taking a Social Services course.
  • Len enquires about how Ena is coping at the Community Centre. She is put in charge of the new colour TV there which is stolen when she forgets to lock the door. The committee decides she will have to have a helper. Affronted, she scares off all who think of applying except for Albert Tatlock who is accepted as co-caretaker but Ena refuses to work with him until it is pointed out that if she doesn't she'll lose the job. She insists on being called 'Senior Caretaker'.
  • Ernie wants to put Auntie May in a home but the old lady has a relapse and cannot be moved. Emily and Ernie despair as the wedding seems further away but decide on an Easter wedding when Ernie decides that May can live with them after all. However she refuses and Emily books her into the Bluebells old folks' home. They set the wedding date for 3rd April - Easter Monday.
  • Maggie gets a letter from Irma Barlow. She's back in Llandudno and she wants all her money out of the shop. Cyril Turpin tells Betty they could become Maggie's partners. Betty is excited about the idea but Maggie tells Alf Roberts she could never work with Betty. Annie also enquires as to the selling price, thinking of buying the partnership for Lucille. Cyril tries to blackmail Maggie by using the fact that Betty came to look after her. Alf warns Cyril to stop putting pressure on Maggie and Billy stops them from fighting. Maggie feels beholden to the Turpins, but tells Betty she doesn't want her in the shop. Betty walks out, telling her to rot though they soon make up. Gordon Clegg offers to lend Maggie the money but she thinks it's his wedding money. Lucille tells Annie she doesn't want the shop. Annie tells Maggie the offer still stands - she will be a sleeping partner. Maggie tells Alf that whoever offers her the most can have the whole shop.
  • Jerry Booth demands more housekeeping from Ray and Len. They decide to go shopping for themselves, not believing Jerry's excuse of the cost of living. Jerry, Len and Ray go to the supermarket to get their own shopping. Len's bill comes to £5.92, Ray's £5.30, both buying luxury items, and Jerry's is £3.44. Jerry demands £6 a week off Ray and Len or else he's packing in housekeeping and as they refuse to pay the increase, Jerry refuses to cook.

MarchEdit

  • Maggie plans to go and live in London but changes her mind. She summons the Turpins and Annie to the shop and tells them she's getting a bank loan to buy Irma's share for herself.
  • Jerry takes up a hobby of building a boat in the Yard and gets annoyed when Len and Ray take over the job. He calls it Shangri-La and asks Freddie Baxter, the secretary of the Weatherfield Sailing Club on advice on sailing but Baxter is dismissive of his efforts. The sea cadets are more open to Jerry's questions. He gets upset when Ray varnishes the boat is christened with beer. Jerry tries to get out of sailing it but the regulars are adamant. They take it to Burmer Reservoir with Stan, Ray and Jerry sailing on its maiden voyage. Stan leans the wrong way and the boat overturns in the water. Stan catches flu from his ducking in the water.
  • Paul Cheveski, recovering from flu, comes to stay at No.11. The Howards both enjoy his stay, although the boy exhausts them and their pockets. Alan and Paul play football in the Street and Alan smashes the Ogdens' window. Paul traumatises Bobby and when he hears that his stomach is off, almost poisons him by giving him liver salts. Fully recovered from his flu, he returns to Birmingham.
  • Lucille gets a job as wages clerk at the warehouse but using a forged reference from Maggie. Furious at the deception, she nevertheless backs her up when the warehouse makes additional enquiries.
  • Emily gives wedding present lists to everyone and reaches the decision that she could never live in Ernie's old house in Eccles as he never sees his neighbours. Ernie wants to hang onto it but Maggie advises him to start somewhere new. Emily moves back into the Rovers in readiness for the wedding and Ernie tells Emily he's going to sell his house. They agree to take over No.3 from Ken. Ernie gets in touch with Audrey Fleming about buying the house and tells Ray that she is coming to see them. In the end she sends friend Vicki Bright in her place who agrees to the sale of No.3. Ken plans to move in with Albert for £3 a week. Ray and Vicki take a liking to each other and persuades her to stay around for a bit. Ray tells Vicki he's fallen for her.
  • Minnie worries when she is two weeks behind with the rent. Albert lends her the money.
  • The residents plan a stag and hen party. The men take Ernie on a pub crawl whilst Annie lays on a party for Emily. Ernie gets drunk and is horrified when Stan reveals how Emily jilted Leonard Swindley in 1964.

AprilEdit

April 1972

Miss Nugent becomes Mrs Emily Bishop

  • Ernie worries that Emily won't turn up to the Mawdsley Street Chapel. Annie takes charge of Emily, to Norah Seddon's annoyance. The guests arrive for the wedding including Esther Hayes, down from Scotland and Mavis Riley. Ernie is very nervous and keeps driving round the church whilst Emily waits in the Rovers for the all clear. She refuses to let the delay upset her and she sets out for the service, surprising everyone. Ernie follows Emily to the church and they are married. At the reception, Mavis takes a shine to Jerry. Ken reads the telegrams from Dave Smith, Jed Stone and Dennis Tanner. The Bishops honeymoon walking in Edale.
  • Ray asks Vicki to marry him and she tells him she's pregnant. He leaves Vicki to make up her mind; the offer is still there but she leaves to go back to Preston. She later returns tells Ray she might have the baby adopted. Ena makes Ray realise that Vicky will always miss her child and he tells Vicki her that he wants the child too. However Len tries to put Vicki off marrying Ray and she leaves Weatherfield.
  • The decorators let Annie down in finishing off the work at No.3 before the Bishops return and Annie threatens to bar the regulars if they don't all lend a hand. The residents finish the job, painting the living room purple but don't complete the work, alarming the happy couple when they see it. Alf paints the ceiling white for them.
  • Ken is made temporary and reluctant sports master in order that Bessie Street can beat Regent's Road in football. Albert talks Ivy into washing the football team's kit and he and Ken train the team. On the day of the match Terry Bates disappears when he's needed but Bessie Street still manages to win. Ken goes to Mrs Bates's home as he thinks she had Terry running errands but finds that's not the case. Ken tells Rita he's a widower. When Rita threatens to tell Terry's dad, Harry Bates, about him disappearing from the match, Terry threatens to tell him Rita is interested in Ken. Perkins sees pupil Mark Hillkirk writing comments about Ken and Rita on the blackboard.
  • Ivy Tilsley catches husband Jack with his fancy woman Cheryl Crowther in her Inkerman Street house and walks out, dumping herself on the Howards. Alan feels that she is in the way. Elsie tries to get rid of her by pointing out that Jack will be all on his own with Cheryl but she only ends up returning with her bags. Ivy rows with Edna Gee for not taking her in and goes for her when she suggests romance is in the air with her and Alan. Warehouse boss, Johnny Fitzpatrick, catches them and summons Elsie. He advises her to throw Ivy out. Ivy goes out with warehouseman George Harrop and he invites her to come and live with him. Alan gets Jack to take Ivy back and Elsie tells her to leave No.11. She returns to Jack.
  • Stan goes back working on the lorries but almost immediately is hospitalised after a crash and being covered with bananas.

MayEdit

  • Hilda's brother Archie Crabtree turns up to look after her. She has plans for a porch on the outside of No.13 and Archie completes it for her but Jerry tells him they'll need planning permission. Archie goes to Weatherfield Town Hall where Councillor Warburton tells Archie the porch has to come down but the entire shoddy structure goes mysteriously missing.
May 1972

Rita Bates dumps herself on Len

  • Perkins warns Ken about his involvement with Rita. She tells the headteacher to keep his nose out of her business as there's nothing between Ken and her. True to her word, she starts to go out with Len who entertains her at No.9. She finds out that he is a councillor and asks for his help as her house is due for demolition and Len is on the housing committee. She introduces Len to Harry Bates, convinced Len will get them a house. The Bates are offered a flat but need to produce a marriage certificate. They reveal to Len that they are not really married and he refuses to pull strings for them. Harry kicks Rita out, thinking she's carrying on with Len, and she dumps herself on him. He goes to see Harry at his roadworks to persuade him to take her back and he agrees, but not before they fight, watched by housing committee rival Councillor Warburton from afar. When Ken lectures Rita about the kids' welfare, she tells him they're not hers. Rita goes back to Harry.
  • A lonely Maggie goes to visit Gordon and Billy and Ray plan to use the shop flat as a love nest in her absence. They trick Alf into giving them the key but the girls stand them up.
  • Sid Bolton, Newton & Ridley rep, asks Billy if he's thought of running the Rovers. Billy tells Annie about the brewery's offer and she calls him a Judas. She goes to the brewery while Billy turns down the idea. Annie is reassured of the brewery's faith in her.
  • Stan celebrates his fiftieth birthday in hospital and discharges himself soon afterwards. Hilda throws Archie out before Stan comes home. Stan begs Len and Ray for his old job back but they refuse. He takes up window-cleaning again. Ray sells him his old ladders back and Alan gives him an old handcart in return for free cleaning for six months.
  • Ernie starts up a street orchestra with himself on piano, Billy and Ken on trumpets and Alan on guitar.
  • Maggie advertises for an assistant. She gives Ellen Page a trial but she reminds Maggie of Betty too much. Norma Ford applies for the job but Maggie feels obliged to Mrs Page so Norma poses as Maggie's niece to let Mrs Page down gently and Maggie takes her on.
  • Len is summoned by Mayorm Harold Chapman who tells him to be careful after the Harry Bates fight incident as he wouldn't like to see him lose a seat because of someone like Warburton.

JuneEdit

Episode1191

Hilda pretends to be unimpressed with Elsie's bathroom

  • An endowment policy on Dennis Tanner that Elsie opened comes up and she has £296 to spend. She uses it to have Len and Jerry install a pink bathroom suite. A jealous Hilda and Elsie argue over Hilda's snide comments about the suite.
  • The Yard does some work for Silcock's Shirts where Ray takes a fancy to owner's daughter Sue Silcock and her flashy car. After fixing her car so that it breaks down on her - giving him a chance to chat her up,- they make a date. She takes him home to meet her father Tommy and the two men take a liking to each other. Tommy asks Ray to work for him. Ray wants to become engaged to Sue but she only wants fun and tells him to stick with Tommy.
  • Ernie is forced to disband the orchestra through lack of interest although they have promised a concert for the Darby and Joan club. Ernie decides to give a silent film show instead of the concert. Ena plays piano for it until the film breaks, but the Bishops and Ken enjoy it more than the old folks.
  • Norma is annoyed when old acquaintance Ritchie Levitt turns up to see her. Norma tells Ritchie she doesn't want her dad, Jacko, to know where she is. Without telling anyone, Norma goes to Strangeways Jail to visit her father but, ashamed, tells Maggie her father is in a miner's home. Ritchie tells Norma that Jacko is coming out and knows where she is. Maggie forces Norma to tell her the truth. Norma rows with the customers in an attempt to get Maggie to sack her but she refuses to. Jacko turns up and Maggie tells Norma he can stay with her. Jacko swears he's a reformed character and Maggie feels he ought to be given a chance to prove himself. Jacko agrees to leave Norma alone.
  • When the binmen boycott No.13 the Ogdens dump their rubbish in the Yard in protest at Len's lack of action as a councillor.
  • Len gets tickets from Alec Gilroy for the opening of the new Victoria Street Working Men's Club and invites the Howards. Elsie is well overdressed, to her embarrassment. Len is shocked when Rita appears on stage, singing. Len wants to get to know her again. She agrees.
  • Albert organises a trip to the Preston Guild.
  • Stan thinks someone is pinching his customers and goes on the war path. Ray tells him that the thuggish Henshaw brothers have pinched his patch but Stan doesn't believe him. The big Henshaws call on Stan. They agree to swap one of Stan's streets for a bigger one but he later discovers his new patch has being demolished as part of a slum clearance.
  • The police look for Jacko over a break-in at a jewellers in Longsight.

JulyEdit

  • Annie organises a Preston trip from the Rovers while Albert organises one from the Community Centre. Annie refuses to advertise Albert's trip in the Rovers and Emily and Alf are forced to come down against her, however Annie receives a separate invitation to the Guild from the Lady Victuallers and hands over the organisation of the outing to Albert.
  • Norma refuses to give Jacko a false alibi but Maggie believes he didn't commit the robbery. PC Conway and the police take Jacko away and Norma reveals she shopped him. Subsequently, the police catch the real crook and release Jacko. Maggie lets him stay and sleep in the stock room.
  • Rita cooks for the lads at No.9 but Jerry doesn't like the idea of having her around as he thinks she's is a gold digger. Len spends the night with her.
  • Billy and Bet discover they've booked in at the same villa in Italy at the same time. Lucille thinks they've planned a dirty holiday. They both change their plans.
  • Annie takes Jacko on as a potman. He confesses to the Bishops he's just out of Strangeways. Norma recognises Cyril Turpin as a policeman and then discovers Betty is married to him. Jacko tells Cyril he's going straight and asks him not to reveal he's been inside. Cyril tells Betty that Jacko is a petty thief. Maggie asks her to keep quiet but, feeling pressurised, Jacko tells Annie he's done time. She sacks him. Norma and Ernie persuade her to take him back. Betty is worried about being alone with Jacko when the Walkers plan a night out. Billy tells her he's going to prove that Jacko is going straight.
  • Londoner Benny Lewis opens a new betting shop in Dave Smith's old premises, keeping clerk Ted Loftus on. Benny's hostess Carol Webb gets drunk at the opening function and flirts with Billy. When she tells Det Insp Patterson that Benny doesn't bank his money he sacks her. He talks Rita into an afternoon job as hostess and Len thinks he's got designs on her. He also takes on Lucille behind the counter and Hilda on as a cleaner. Ray and Jerry get a job to transform his flat into a bachelor pad.
  • Ernie tells Emily he wants her at home, not in the Camera Shop. She thinks he wants her out of the way.
  • Hilda suspects Stan of seeing Clara Regan of 19 Inkerman Street again.
Episode 1201

Two old friends fall out

  • Ena gets Benny to ban Minnie from the shop. She is furious and tells Ena she's had enough of her interfering - their friendship is over. Emily tries to sort things out between them by getting Benny to put a 50p a week limit on Minnie he refuses. Ena and Minnie both turn on Emily telling her she can't boss them around.
  • Len plans a romantic evening with Rita but has to attend an emergency meeting so Benny entertains her. The two start to see each other.
  • Laura phones for Alan. He finally tells Elsie he got the money for the garage from Laura. Laura tells Alan she's coming to see him but Elsie is determined to make sure she doesn't get Alan back.

AugustEdit

  • Elsie takes the day off work to prepare herself for Laura's arrival. They meet and respect each other. Laura tells them she's getting married and wants to drop the loan but Elsie refuses to let her. Elsie later admits she was wrong over the money as it was only what Laura owed Alan but Alan makes her stand by her decision.
  • Annie and Emily are appalled when Billy tests Jacko's honesty by planting £3 under the phone. Jacko discovers what he's up to and resigns from the Rovers, moving away from the street.
  • The female residents, including Lucille, Emily and Elsie, are terrorised by a peeping tom in the area. A vigilante committee is formed which patrols the area and catches Stan down the backing. The Street turn on him but decide not to call in the police over Stan. Hilda sticks by him. Hilda tells the residents what she thinks of them and spits on the Rovers' floor. PC Conway tells the residents they've caught the man in Bessie Street. Billy waits for the man to be charged before he believes that Stan is innocent. The Ogdens talk about moving as Stan loses some customers. After they receive anonymous hate mail, Hilda decides to fight her ground and decides a put a notice in the Gazette threatening legal action against slanderers. The Ogdens read of the arrest of Edwin Blakely Ferguson - the real peeping tom. Hilda storms round to the Rovers with the paper. A shame-faced Billy calls at No.13 and apologises but Stan and Hilda feel no better. They continue to spurn the residents but Albert refuses to give them a refund on their Preston Guild tickets. Finally, the Ogdens call into the Rovers, thinking the regulars will be uneasy at seeing them but, aside from a drink on the house from Billy, no one bats an eye lid.
  • Len tells Benny he's got no serious intentions towards Rita but Len also tells her to choose between him and Benny. Benny asks Rita to marry him and she accepts him. He presents her with an expensive engagement ring but asks to see Len and tells him that he's not certain Rita wants to marry him and that she and Len are meant for each other. He wants Len to confess his feelings to Rita. Len tells Rita that Benny is backing out and leaving the field open for him. He confesses he needs her and Rita goes off with him, leaving a disappointed Benny behind. Len insists that Rita give Benny his ring back. The residents get the wrong idea and think that Len is marrying Rita. Benny tells Rita to keep the ring.
  • Alf's wife Phyllis is taken into hospital. Tests are conducted but her condition deteriorates. She is put on the danger list and goes into a coma.
Episode 1210

Ethne Willoughby finds herself caught in the one-upmanship battles of Annie Walker and Nellie Harvey

  • Nellie Harvey tells Annie that the National President of the Licenced Victuallers Association, Ethne Willoughby, is to call on her. Annie insists that the regulars wear ties in the pub for when she is due to call. The unpretentious Ethne arrives with Nellie and gets on well with Annie. She shows an interest in the Preston Guild and Nellie promises to get her a ticket but then discovers all the tickets have been taken. Annie gives up her ticket for her.
  • A travelling salesman offers to take Maggie to the Rovers but it's only to discuss business. She is depressed at being on her own. Norma puts an advert in the paper's personal column for her but only advises her when she receives some letters. Maggie gets a letter from Ron Cooke she likes but is unsure about getting in touch with him. Norma persuades her to phone Ron and he calls round in his dinner hour. They both like each other and feel they need more excitement in their lives. They go out for the evening. Maggie introduces Alf to Ron but Alf wants Maggie on her own so he can pour out his troubles about Phyllis. Ron tells Maggie he's an alcoholic and asks her for help.

SeptemberEdit

  • Maggie doesn't know what to do about Ron but eventually tells him that she can’t take him on.
  • Ena, Minnie and many of the residents go to the Preston Guild on a coach trip. Whilst they are gone, Colin and Karen Lomax with baby Jason turn up from Hartlepool to visit Ena only to find she is away. Annie refuses to let them bring the baby into licenced premises so they put him outside the Rovers in his pram from where he is taken. Karen becomes hysterical as the residents search for him. Annie blames herself as the police are called in. They contact the army to help with the search. Ena is shocked when she is summoned from Preston. The police set up a mobile HQ on Victoria Street and frogmen drag the River Irwell. Ena breaks down. Margaret Beecham tells the police how she took Jason and after killing him, buried him. The police follow up her story but she is obviously ill. Emily and Betty continue to search and find the pram on waste ground. Minnie overhears Billy on the phone to Betty and tells the Lomax's that Jason has been found. They arrive with the police to find Jason asleep in the pram. Ena thanks the residents for their help, and leads them in a hymn to God. Karen wants to go home but they haven't the fare so Alan drives them home.
September 1972

Dolores chooses which donkey she wants to live with

  • Maggie is alarmed to discover Dirty Dick and Tommy Deakin have reopened the viaduct stables for Dolores. Dick and Tommy row over who is the legal owner of her. Ray tells Tommy to let Dolores decide for herself and tips off the newspaper about the contest. Tommy and Dick try to lure Dolores to each of them in the Street but she goes to sleep. Tommy gives Dolores to Dick but then tricks the illiterate man into signing a form and then announces Dick's plan to sell Dolores to the slaughterhouse for £30. Minnie starts the 'Save Dolores Fund' to enable Tommy to buy Dolores off Dick. Minnie collects £30 for Tommy. Dick reveals Tommy is lying and they give the money to Dick to install a stove in the stables.
  • Annie can't forgive herself for Jason’s kidnapping. She refuses to leave her bed so Billy calls in Dr. Mitchell who gives her sleeping tablets but he tells Billy they have to get Annie up and about. Billy goes to London in an attempt to get Annie behind the bar. Annie takes four sleeping tablets but Lucille thinks she has taken the whole bottle. She is rushed to hospital. Ena blames herself for being cold with Annie, as do a lot of the regulars. Lucille reveals Annie only took four tablets and has had her stomach pumped. Annie puts a brave face on her ordeal. She thanks Lucille for her concern and tells her she feels years younger.
  • Alf breaks down and tells Jerry that Phyllis has died. Maggie is upset that Alf hasn't told himselfs. Alf tells Maggie that he can't see so much of her because of his feelings towards her.
  • Norma confesses that she fancies Ken.

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