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Logo 1975

1976 was Coronation Street's seventeenth year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year8212861
2Bet LynchJulie GoodyearFull year784971
3Betty TurpinBetty DriverFull year765724
4Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year7012769
5Ray LangtonNeville BuswellFull year686491
5Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year688586
7Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year6610978
8Elsie HowardPatricia PhoenixFrom April641111 -
9Deirdre LangtonAnne KirkbrideFull year622327
9Gail PotterHelen WorthFull year6210922
9Alf RobertsBryan MosleyFull year6239010
12Rita LittlewoodBarbara MullaneyFull year603325
13Emily BishopEileen DerbyshireFull year5891314
13Ernest BishopStephen HancockFull year5834911
15Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year5681316
16Mavis RileyThelma BarlowFull year5519817
17Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year5496919
18Fred GeeFred FeastFrom March525532
19Terry BradshawBob MasonFebruary to December4848 -
20Renee BradshawMadge HindleFrom May4444 -
21Ena SharplesViolet CarsonFull year42103520
22Eddie YeatsGeoffrey HughesFrom June408220
23Tricia HopkinsKathy JonesUntil June3012312
24Mike BaldwinJohnny BriggsFrom October1616 -
25Derek WiltonPeter BaldwinFebruary to March, June and August1212 -
26Blanche HuntMaggie JonesJanuary only78012
27Vera DuckworthElizabeth DawnJuly and December67 -
28Ivy TilsleyLynne PerrieDecember only43926
29Minnie CaldwellMargot BryantMarch to April398717
30Gordon CleggBill KenwrightMarch only29324

ProductionEdit

Hilda ogden history

Bill Podmore ushers in a new era, with many comedic storylines focusing on Hilda and Stan Ogden

Susi Hush completed her two-year run as Coronation Street producer with Episode 1571. Her final episodes saw the exit of Blanche Hunt - serviced by the brief return of Reginald Marsh as Dave Smith - and the arrival of chippie Terry Bradshaw. Four subsequent episodes were also produced by Hush - 1586 and 1587 in March and 1636 and 1637 in September.

Hush's replacement was one Bill Podmore, a Granada comedy producer who had worked on the soap as a director. Podmore didn't want the job but, assigned to Coronation Street by David Plowright, he agreed to do a year and move on. He went on to become one of the programme's most celebrated producers, remaining in the job until he retired in 1989 (with a period as executive producer).

Upon watching recent episodes, Podmore observed that the programme's natural flair for comedy was all but gone, and instructed the writers to include more humour in scripts. Podmore sought out the areas "crying out for a facelift or even a face change" and began to put his stamp on the show; Geoffrey Hughes was brought back full-time, with Eddie Yeats becoming a regular fixture at the Ogden household, Fred Gee became the new Rovers potman, bringing a balance to the sexes behind the bar, Madge Hindle was introduced as Corner Shop proprietress Renee Bradshaw, befitting Podmore's belief that the shop - as a focal point of gossip - needed an older woman in charge, and the defunct warehouse was re-opened as denim sweatshop Baldwin's Casuals, run by shrewd Cockney Mike Baldwin. The factory maintained a greater presence in storylines than its predecessors on the site, and heralded more regular appearances by machinists Ivy Tilsley and Vera Duckworth. The cast was expanded to accommodate the new arrivals, with only Tricia Hopkins, played by Kathy Jones, written out.

Patricia Phoenix returned as Elsie Howard after an absence of over two years. Elsie came back to Weatherfield after separating from Alan, who was not brought back with her. As one 1960 veteran returned, another left; returning after a three-month break, an increasingly ill Margot Bryant found it difficult to remember her lines to such an extent that it was affecting her performances. Minnie Caldwell was written out until further notice, and Bryant retired shortly thereafter, spending the rest of her life in a nursing home.

The programme's fifth title sequence made its debut with Episode 1596. The new sequence was a modification of the old one, with fewer shots and one significant addition: a cat, which became a staple from thereon in.

Viewing figuresEdit

1976 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

The highest-rated episode of the year was Episode 1589 (7th April 1976), the episode after Elsie Howard's surprise re-appearance at the end of the previous episode, which was seen in 8.8 million homes (translating to 16.83 million viewers). This was the highest audience for Coronation Street since 1970.

Despite Elsie's return which boosted figures for April and May, the average rating for the year was 15.39 million viewers, a drop of 70,000 viewers from 1975 and the third lowest of the decade. Seven months saw gains on 1975, scattered across the year with no major trends.

The programme's absence at the top of the viewing charts continued, with only one episode reaching number one.

EpisodesEdit

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes/
viewers)
Chart
Position
11562Monday 5th JanuaryAdele RoseLaurence Moody7,450,000
16,390,000
8
21563Wednesday 7th JanuaryLeo KnowlesLaurence Moody7,400,000
16,280,000
9
31564Monday 12th JanuaryLeo KnowlesRichard Stroud7,700,000
16,940,000
5
41565Wednesday 14th JanuaryAdele RoseRichard Stroud7,700,000
16,940,000
5
51566Monday 19th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyAlan Grint7,700,000
16,940,000
8
61567Wednesday 21st JanuaryBrian FinchAlan Grint7,550,000
16,610,000
11
71568Monday 26th JanuaryBarry HillLaurence Moody7,600,000
16,720,000
8
81569Wednesday 28th JanuaryH.V. KershawLaurence Moody7,400,000
16,280,000
10
91570Monday 2nd FebruaryKay McManusOliver Horsbrugh7,600,000
16,720,000
8
101571Wednesday 4th FebruaryBarry HillOliver Horsbrugh7,650,000
16,830,000
7
111572Monday 9th FebruaryH.V. KershawAlan Grint7,350,000
16,170,000
13
121573Wednesday 11th FebruaryAdele RoseAlan Grint8,000,000
17,600,000
3
131574Monday 16th FebruaryJulian RoachBill Gilmour7,450,000
16,390,000
8
141575Wednesday 18th FebruaryLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour8,150,000
17,930,000
3
151576Monday 23rd FebruaryBarry HillJune Wyndham Davies7,750,000
17,050,000
4
161577Wednesday 25th FebruaryLeslie DuxburyJune Wyndham Davies7,350,000
16,170,000
9
171578Monday 1st MarchAdele RoseDerek Lister7,550,000
16,610,000
7
181579Wednesday 3rd MarchJulian RoachDerek Lister8,150,000
17,930,000
3
191580Monday 8th MarchTony WarrenBill Gilmour7,400,000
16,280,000
9
201581Wednesday 10th MarchH.V. KershawBill Gilmour8,000,000
17,600,000
3
211582Monday 15th MarchJaney PregerBrian Mills7,100,000
15,620,000
15
221583Wednesday 17th MarchLeslie DuxburyBrian Mills7,150,000
15,730,000
11
231584Monday 22nd MarchAdele RoseAlan Grint7,350,000
16,170,000
10
241585Wednesday 24th MarchH.V. KershawAlan Grint7,950,000
17,490,000
4
251586Monday 29th MarchH.V. KershawStephen Butcher7,515,000
16,533,000
8
261587Wednesday 31st MarchLeslie DuxburyStephen Butcher7,895,000
17,369,000
5
271588Monday 5th AprilLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour7,650,000
16,830,000
5
281589Wednesday 7th AprilLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour8,818,000
19,399,600
3
291590Monday 12th AprilAdele RoseBaz Taylor7,488,000
16,473,600
8
301591Wednesday 14th AprilH.V. KershawBaz Taylor8,344,000
18,356,800
2
311592Monday 19th AprilH.V. KershawLaurence Moody4,570,000
10,054,000
n/k
321593Wednesday 21st AprilJulian RoachLaurence Moody8,396,000
18,471,200
3
331594Monday 26th AprilKay McManusRichardstroud7,700,000
16,940,000
4
341595Wednesday 28th AprilBarry HillRichardstroud8,400,000
18,480,000
3
351596Monday 3rd MayAdele RoseDerek Lister7,650,000
16,830,000
2
361597Wednesday 5th MayJulian RoachDerek Lister7,600,000
16,720,000
3
371598Monday 10th MayLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody7,100,000
15,620,000
5
381599Wednesday 12th MayJohn StevensonLaurence Moody7,500,000
16,500,000
2
391600Monday 17th MayH.V. KershawBill Gilmour7,050,000
15,510,000
3
401601Wednesday 19th MayLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour6,950,000
15,290,000
4
411602Monday 24th MayPaula MilneDerek Lister6,750,000
14,850,000
8
421603Wednesday 26th MayLeslie DuxburyDerek Lister6,700,000
14,740,000
10
431604Monday 31st MayH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies5,450,000
11,990,000
19
441605Wednesday 2nd JuneJulian RoachJune Wyndham Davies6,250,000
13,750,000
8
451606Monday 7th JuneAdele RoseLaurence Moody5,850,000
12,870,000
14
461607Wednesday 9th JuneJohn StevensonLaurence Moody6,700,000
14,740,000
3
471608Monday 14th JuneJaney PregerRichard Stroud5,750,000
12,650,000
19
481609Wednesday 16th JuneAdele RoseRichard Stroud7,000,000
15,400,000
1
491610Monday 21st JuneH.V. KershawBill Gilmour6,200,000
13,640,000
2
501611Wednesday 23rd JuneJulian RoachBill Gilmour5,850,000
12,870,000
5
511612Monday 28th JuneLeslie DuxburyOliver Horsbrugh5,686,000
12,509,200
11
521613Wednesday 30th JuneH.V. KershawOliver Horsbrugh5,941,000
13,070,200
6
531614Monday 5th JulyKay McManusLaurence Moody5,624,000
12,372,800
11
541615Wednesday 7th JulyJohn StevensonLaurence Moody5,659,000
12,449,800
9
551616Monday 12th JulyBrian FinchBill Gilmour5,975,000
13,145,000
11
561617Wednesday 14th JulyJulian RoachBill Gilmour5,381,000
11,838,200
n/k
571618Monday 19th JulyH.V. KershawRichard Stroud6,035,000
13,277,000
5
581619Wednesday 21st JulyLeslie DuxburyRichard Stroud5,867,000
12,907,400
7
591620Monday 26th JulyBarry HillLaurence Moody6,043,000
13,294,600
4
601621Wednesday 28th JulyBrian FinchLaurence Moody5,832,000
12,830,400
8
611622Monday 2nd AugustJulian RoachStephen Butcher6,119,000
13,461,800
5
621623Wednesday 4th AugustJohn StevensonStephen Butcher5,764,000
12,680,800
14
631624Monday 9th AugustAdele RoseRichard Stroud5,756,000
12,663,200
13
641625Wednesday 11th AugustH.V. KershawRichard Stroud5,510,000
12,122,000
16
651626Monday 16th AugustBrian FinchBill Gilmour6,197,000
13,633,400
6
661627Wednesday 18th AugustAdele RoseBill Gilmour5,361,000
11,794,200
20
671628Monday 23rd AugustH.V. KershawRonald Fouracre5,822,000
12,808,400
11
681629Wednesday 25th AugustLeslie DuxburyRonald Fouracre5,307,000
11,675,400
n/k
691630Monday 30th AugustJulian RoachJune Wyndham Davies4,951,000
10,892,200
n/k
701631Wednesday 1st SeptemberJohn StevensonJune Wyndham Davies6,167,000
13,567,400
11
711632Monday 6th SeptemberAdele RoseLaurence Moody6,722,000
14,788,400
13
721633Wednesday 8th SeptemberH.V. KershawLaurence Moody6,233,000
13,712,600
16
731634Monday 13th SeptemberJohn StevensonOliver Horsbrugh6,919,000
15,221,800
13
741635Wednesday 15th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyOliver Horsbrugh6,127,000
13,479,400
n/k
751636Monday 20th SeptemberBrian FinchJune Wyndham Davies6,848,000
15,065,600
16
761637Wednesday 22nd SeptemberJaney PregerJune Wyndham Davies6,812,000
14,986,400
17
771638Monday 27th SeptemberPaula MilneRonald Fouracre7,191,000
15,820,200
9
781639Wednesday 29th SeptemberJohn StevensonRonald Fouracre6,073,000
13,360,600
n/k
791640Monday 4th OctoberBarry HillOliver Horsbrugh7,448,000
16,385,600
8
801641Wednesday 6th OctoberLeslie DuxburyOliver Horsbrugh7,198,000
15,835,600
14
811642Monday 11th OctoberH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies7,018,000
15,439,600
15
821643Wednesday 13th OctoberAdele RoseJune Wyndham Davies6,615,000
14,553,000
n/k
831644Monday 18th OctoberKay McManusRonald Fouracre7,637,000
16,801,400
8
841645Wednesday 20th OctoberPaula MilneRonald Fouracre6,412,000
14,106,400
19
851646Monday 25th OctoberJohn StevensonOliver Horsbrugh7,621,000
16,766,200
10
861647Wednesday 27th OctoberBrian FinchOliver Horsbrugh7,580,000
16,676,000
10
871648Monday 1st NovemberH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies7,650,000
16,830,000
10
881649Wednesday 3rd NovemberLeslie DuxburyJune Wyndham Davies7,900,000
17,380,000
7
891650Monday 8th NovemberJohn StevensonDerek Lister8,000,000
17,600,000
6
901651Wednesday 10th NovemberAdele RoseDerek Lister7,550,000
16,610,000
12
911652Monday 15th NovemberKenneth EastaughOliver Horsbrugh7,700,000
16,940,000
13
921653Wednesday 17th NovemberBrian FinchOliver Horsbrugh7,600,000
16,720,000
15
931654Monday 22nd NovemberH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies7,650,000
16,830,000
8
941655Wednesday 24th NovemberLeslie DuxburyJune Wyndham Davies7,600,000
16,720,000
9
951656Monday 29th NovemberPaula MilneMichael Simpson7,700,000
16,940,000
8
961657Wednesday 1st DecemberPaula MilneMichael Simpson7,600,000
16,720,000
12
971658Monday 6th DecemberJaney PregerAlan Bromly7,600,000
16,720,000
12
981659Wednesday 8th DecemberLeslie DuxburyAlan Bromly7,350,000
16,170,000
16
991660Monday 13th DecemberBrian FinchJune Wyndham Davies7,650,000
16,830,000
9
1001661Wednesday 15th DecemberJohn StevensonJune Wyndham Davies7,450,000
16,390,000
14
1011662Monday 20th DecemberH.V. KershawJohn Black7,250,000
15,950,000
11
1021663Wednesday 22nd DecemberDavid CraneJohn Black7,950,000
17,490,000
4
1031664Monday 27th DecemberBrian FinchOliver HorsbrughNot knownn/k
1041665Wednesday 29th DecemberLeslie DuxburyOliver Horsbrugh7,350,000
16,170,000
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