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1975 was Coronation Street's sixteenth year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year8412042
1Ray LangtonNeville BuswellFull year845815
1Bet LynchJulie GoodyearFull year844203
4Betty TurpinBetty DriverFull year824961
5Rita LittlewoodBarbara MullaneyFull year772724
6Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year7179014
7Deirdre Hunt/LangtonAnne KirkbrideFull year7017010
8Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year6810318
9Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year6712065
10Alf RobertsBryan MosleyFull year6632812
11Ernest BishopStephen HancockFull year6229114
12Tricia HopkinsKathy JonesFull year619323
12Blanche HuntMaggie JonesFull year617327
14Emily BishopEileen DerbyshireFull year5785511
14Jerry BoothGraham HaberfieldUntil October576527
16Stan OgdenBernard YouensUntil November5675712
17Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantFull year5498416
17Mavis RileyThelma BarlowFull year5414316
19Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year5191518
20Ena SharplesViolet CarsonFrom March4099326
20Eddie YeatsGeoffrey HughesJanuary and March to September404232
22Gail PotterHelen WorthFull year374728
23Billy WalkerKenneth FarringtonUntil May283258
24Gordon CleggBill KenwrightJanuary to February and October to November99129
25Janet BarlowJudith BarkerJanuary to February and September86824
26Ivy TilsleyLynne PerrieApril and September to October73529
27Idris HopkinsRichard DaviesUntil February64420
27Vera HopkinsKathy StaffUntil February62924
27Megan HopkinsJessie EvansUntil February64221
30Peter BarlowLinus RoacheApril only42935
30Alec GilroyRoy BarracloughApril to May46 -
32Fred GeeFred FeastSeptember to October33 -
33Maggie CookeIrene SutcliffeJanuary only241519
33Concepta ReganDoreen KeoghDecember only2320 -

ProductionEdit

Ray deirdre wedding 1975

Ray Langton and Deirdre Hunt tie the knot in Coronation Street's sixth on-screen wedding ceremony

1975 marked the middle part of Susi Hush's two-year stewardship of the programme. Eric Prytherch and Leslie Duxbury produced episodes 1506 and 1507, and episodes 1528 to 1534 respectively; Hush was producer for the rest of the year.

Coronation Street's 15th anniversary was marked by an ambitious storyline in which the Mark Brittain Warehouse was accidentally set alight, starting an inferno which claimed the life of Edna Gee and caused the Street to be evacuated. Episode 1536, set in the aftermath of the fire, was the first script written by Tony Warren since 1969. The storyline saw the first fleeting appearance of Edna's husband Fred, played by Fred Feast, who would return full-time the following year. The warehouse was subsequently closed permanently.

Having failed to meet expectations, the Hopkins family were written out at the end of the Gordon Clegg parentage storyline, with only Kathy Jones kept on. Tricia Hopkins maintained a large role, particularly in comedic storylines alongside Helen Worth's Gail Potter. Other cast comings and goings included Geoffrey Hughes reprising Eddie Yeats for a longer stint following his successful debut, and the exit of Billy Walker following Kenneth Farrington's resignation. As plans for Billy and Deirdre Hunt's wedding were an an advanced stage when the actor quit, the plans were altered so that Deirdre would marry Ray Langton instead.

On 17th October, Graham Haberfield passed away at the young age of 34, suffering a fatal heart attack as a result of a liver condition. Out of respect to Haberfield's loved ones, Jerry Booth was killed off without fanfare in Episode 1546.

A new title sequence was introduced in Episode 1500 in June. This sequence would be the shortest-lived in the programme's history, but it is notable for being the first to contain images shot on the set itself.

Due to a strike by the ACTT union in May and June, three episodes of Coronation Street went unrecorded. These episodes had already been assigned production codes, and therefore are included in Granada's episode numbering. An episode was also dropped later in the year on Monday 22nd December, when a Christmas-themed clip show later known by the title Annie and Betty's Coronation Street Memories was shown in Coronation Street's slot.

Viewing figuresEdit

1975 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

The average rating fell slightly from 1974's figure to 15.46 million viewers, a drop of 100,000 viewers. Five months rose year-on-year, mostly in the first half of the year, although none of the climbs or falls exceeded a million viewers.

The highest rated episode of the year was Episode 1464 on 29th January, which was seen in 8.75 million homes (translating to 19.25 million viewers). This was the highest peak in a year since 1970. In the weekly viewing charts, five episodes reached the top spot, while five episodes failed to make the top twenty.

EpisodesEdit

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
11456Wednesday 1st JanuaryH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies7,450,000
16,390,000
6
21457Monday 6th JanuaryKay McManusJune Wyndham Davies7,550,000
16,610,000
9
31458Wednesday 8th JanuaryBrian FinchBrian Mills7,850,000
17,270,000
6
41459Monday 13th JanuaryJulian RoachBrian Mills7,600,000
16,720,000
9
51460Wednesday 15th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyOliver Horsbrugh7,900,000
17,380,000
6
61461Monday 20th JanuaryAdele RoseOliver Horsbrugh7,800,000
17,160,000
9
71462Wednesday 22nd JanuaryLeslie DuxburyKen Grieve8,300,000
18,260,000
3
81463Monday 27th JanuaryBarry HillKen Grieve7,900,000
17,380,000
8
91464Wednesday 29th JanuaryJulian RoachBrian Mills8,750,000
19,250,000
3
101465Monday 3rd FebruaryBrian FinchBrian Mills8,000,000
17,600,000
8
111466Wednesday 5th FebruaryAdele RoseKeith Hack8,300,000
18,260,000
4
121467Monday 10th FebruaryH.V. KershawKeith Hack7,900,000
17,380,000
6
131468Wednesday 12th FebruaryLeo KnowlesKen Grieve8,250,000
18,150,000
3
141469Monday 17th FebruaryBrian FinchKen Grieve7,900,000
17,380,000
5
151470Wednesday 19th FebruaryJulian RoachPeter Plummer7,750,000
17,050,000
7
161471Monday 24th FebruaryLeslie DuxburyPeter Plummer7,700,000
16,940,000
6
171472Wednesday 26th FebruaryH.V. KershawKeith Hack8,400,000
18,480,000
2
181473Monday 3rd MarchJaney PregerKeith Hack7,650,000
16,830,000
7
191474Wednesday 5th MarchLeslie DuxburyKen Grieve7,500,000
16,500,000
9
201475Monday 10th MarchLeo KnowlesKen Grieve7,600,000
16,720,000
10
211476Wednesday 12th MarchBrian FinchQuentin Lawrence8,000,000
17,600,000
4
221477Monday 17th MarchH.V. KershawQuentin Lawrence7,550,000
16,610,000
7
231478Wednesday 19th MarchJulian RoachKeith Hack8,250,000
18,150,000
4
241479Monday 24th MarchAdele RoseKeith Hack7,600,000
16,720,000
4
251480Wednesday 26th MarchH.V. KershawKen Grieve7,650,000
16,830,000
3
261481Monday 31st MarchAdele RoseKen Grieve6,086,000
13,389,200
17
271482Wednesday 2nd AprilJulian RoachJune Wyndham Davies7,921,000
17,426,200
4
281483Monday 7th AprilH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies7,657,000
16,845,400
9
291484Wednesday 9th AprilLeslie DuxburyKeith Hack7,641,000
16,810,200
n/k
301485Monday 14th AprilBarry HillKeith Hack7,192,000
15,822,400
11
311486Wednesday 16th AprilKay McManusKen Grieve7,628,000
16,781,600
4
321487Monday 21st AprilLeo KnowlesKen Grieve7,251,000
15,952,200
6
331488Wednesday 23rd AprilH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies7,100,000
15,620,000
10
341489Monday 28th AprilAdele RoseJune Wyndham Davies7,331,000
16,128,200
9
351490Wednesday 30th AprilLeslie DuxburyBill Podmore7,665,000
16,863,000
4
361491Monday 5th MayJulian RoachBill Podmore6,946,000
15,281,200
13
371492Wednesday 7th MayJulian RoachColin Cant8,336,000
18,339,200
4
381493Monday 12th MayH.V. KershawColin Cant7,409,000
16,299,800
7
391494Wednesday 14th MayLeslie DuxburyJune Wyndham Davies7,188,000
15,813,600
11
401495Monday 19th MayTim AspinallJune Wyndham Davies6,174,000
13,582,800
n/k
411496Wednesday 21st MayAdele RoseEric Prytherch6,661,000
14,654,200
18
421497Monday 2nd JuneBrian FinchEric Prytherch6,298,000
13,855,600
10
431498Wednesday 4th JuneBrian FinchDerek Lister6,533,000
14,372,600
4
441499Monday 9th JuneLeo KnowlesDerek Lister5,926,000
13,037,200
9
451500Wednesday 11th JuneH.V. KershawKen Grieve6,196,000
13,631,200
6
461501Monday 16th JuneLeslie DuxburyRichard Everitt6,493,000
14,284,600
9
471502Wednesday 18th JuneJulian RoachKeith Hack6,718,000
14,779,600
7
481506Monday 23rd JuneJulian RoachOliver Horsbrugh6,484,000
14,264,800
4
491507Wednesday 25th JuneKay McManusOliver Horsbrugh6,163,000
13,558,600
11
501508Monday 30th JuneLeo KnowlesRonald Fouracre6,200,000
13,640,000
6
511509Wednesday 2nd JulyLeslie DuxburyRonald Fouracre6,150,000
13,530,000
8
521510Monday 7th JulyJulian RoachDerek Lister6,650,000
14,630,000
3
531511Wednesday 9th JulyLeslie DuxburyDerek Lister6,850,000
15,070,000
1
541512Monday 14th JulyAdele RoseKeith Hack6,900,000
15,180,000
1
551513Wednesday 16th JulyBarry HillKeith Hack6,150,000
13,530,000
5
561514Monday 21st JulyH.V. KershawKen Grieve6,300,000
13,860,000
7
571515Wednesday 23rd JulyBrian FinchKen Grieve6,600,000
14,520,000
3
581516Monday 28th JulyBrian FinchDerek Lister5,593,000
12,304,600
8
591517Wednesday 30th JulyAdele RoseDerek Lister5,572,000
12,258,400
9
601518Monday 4th AugustLeslie DuxburyJune Howson5,656,000
12,443,200
9
611519Wednesday 6th AugustH.V. KershawJune Howson6,088,000
13,393,600
5
621520Monday 11th AugustJulian RoachKen Grieve5,802,000
12,764,400
11
631521Wednesday 13th AugustKay McManusKen Grieve5,704,000
12,548,800
n/k
641522Monday 18th AugustJaney PregerDerek Lister6,498,000
14,295,600
6
651523Wednesday 20th AugustBrian FinchDerek Lister6,581,000
14,478,200
3
661524Monday 25th AugustH.V. KershawRichard Stroud5,290,000
11,638,000
12
671525Wednesday 27th AugustH.V. KershawRichard Stroud5,435,000
11,957,000
10
681526Monday 1st SeptemberAdele RoseKen Grieve5,750,000
12,650,000
20
691527Wednesday 3rd SeptemberLeslie DuxburyKen Grieve5,900,000
12,980,000
17
701528Monday 8th SeptemberBrian FinchDerek Lister6,200,000
13,640,000
17
711529Wednesday 10th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyDerek Lister6,000,000
13,200,000
20
721530Monday 15th SeptemberH.V. KershawRichard Stroud6,350,000
13,970,000
15
731531Wednesday 17th SeptemberJulian RoachRichard Stroud6,000,000
13,200,000
19
741532Monday 22nd SeptemberLeo KnowlesBrian Mills6,450,000
14,190,000
15
751533Wednesday 24th SeptemberAdele RoseBrian Mills6,200,000
13,640,000
20
761534Monday 29th SeptemberTim AspinallKen Grieve6,545,000
14,399,000
17
771535Wednesday 1st OctoberLeslie DuxburyKen Grieve6,279,000
13,813,800
n/k
781536Monday 6th OctoberTony WarrenRichard Stroud6,985,000
15,367,000
12
791537Wednesday 8th OctoberJulian RoachRichard Stroud6,348,000
13,965,600
19
801538Monday 13th OctoberKay McManusJune Wyndham Davies7,286,000
16,029,200
12
811539Wednesday 15th OctoberH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies6,333,000
13,932,600
20
821540Monday 20th OctoberJulian RoachStephen Butcher7,267,000
15,987,400
10
831541Wednesday 22nd OctoberJulian RoachStephen Butcher6,287,000
13,831,400
n/k
841542Monday 27th OctoberH.V. KershawRichard Stroud7,500,000
16,500,000
11
851543Wednesday 29th OctoberTim AspinallRichard Stroud7,350,000
16,170,000
14
861544Monday 3rd NovemberKay McManusBrian Mills7,550,000
16,610,000
7
871545Wednesday 5th NovemberLeslie DuxburyBrian Mills6,800,000
14,960,000
13
881546Monday 10th NovemberBarry HillDerek Lister7,450,000
16,390,000
13
891547Wednesday 12th NovemberBrian FinchDerek Lister7,700,000
16,940,000
10
901548Monday 17th NovemberH.V. KershawRichard Stroud7,650,000
16,830,000
11
911550Wednesday 19th NovemberAdele RoseLaurence Moody7,650,000
16,830,000
11
921551Monday 24th NovemberLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody7,600,000
16,720,000
10
931552Wednesday 26th NovemberAdele RoseDerek Lister7,550,000
16,610,000
11
941553Monday 1st DecemberJulian RoachDerek Lister7,550,000
16,610,000
11
951554Wednesday 3rd DecemberH.V. KershawRichard Stroud7,650,000
16,830,000
8
961555Monday 8th DecemberTony WarrenRichard Stroud7,300,000
16,060,000
13
971556Wednesday 10th DecemberLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody7,800,000
17,160,000
6
981557Monday 15th DecemberBrian FinchLaurence Moody7,400,000
16,280,000
14
991558Wednesday 17th DecemberBrian FinchDerek Lister7,850,000
17,270,000
7
1001559Wednesday 24th DecemberJulian RoachDerek Lister6,150,000
13,530,000
11
1011560Monday 29th DecemberTony WarrenRichard Stroud7,700,000
16,940,000
2
1021561Wednesday 31st DecemberH.V. KershawRichard Stroud6,300,000
13,860,000
15

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