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1977 was Coronation Street's eighteenth year.

Main charactersEdit

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Elsie HowardPatricia PhoenixFull year8111938
2Len FaircloughPeter AdamsonFull year7813641
3Bet LynchJulie GoodyearFull year765742
3Hilda OgdenJean AlexanderFull year769345
5Rita Littlewood/FaircloughBarbara Mullaney|/KnoxFull year7440612
6Ray LangtonNeville BuswellFull year697185
7Betty TurpinBetty DriverFull year686403
8Annie WalkerDoris SpeedFull year6613424
9Ken BarlowWilliam RoacheFull year6411607
9Alf RobertsBryan MosleyFull year644549
9Eddie YeatsGeoffrey HughesFull year6414622
12Deirdre LangtonAnne KirkbrideFull year622949
13Mavis RileyThelma BarlowFull year6125916
14Fred GeeFred FeastFull year6011518
15Renee BradshawMadge HindleFull year5910320
16Gail PotterHelen WorthFull year581679
16Stan OgdenBernard YouensFull year5887115
18Ernest BishopStephen HancockFull year5740613
19Mike BaldwinJohnny BriggsFull year567224
19Emily BishopEileen DerbyshireFull year5696913
19Albert TatlockJack HowarthFull year56102517
22Suzie BirchallCheryl MurrayFrom January5454 -
23Tracy LangtonChristabel FinchFrom January4040 -
24Ena SharplesViolet CarsonUntil August32106721
25Vera DuckworthElizabeth DawnFull year172427
26Ivy TilsleyLynne PerrieFull year165528
27Steve FisherLawrence MullinFrom August1414 -
27Derek WiltonPeter BaldwinApril, July to August and November to December142625
29Blanche HuntMaggie JonesJanuary to February and May to June109026
30Peter BarlowJoseph McKennaAugust to September635 -
31Janet BarlowJudith BarkerFebruary only371 -
31Billy WalkerKenneth FarringtonOctober only3328 -
33Alan HowardAlan BrowningJuly only1256 -

ProductionEdit

1977 special

Cover of the TV Times wedding souvenir marking the nuptials of Len and Rita. The episode pulled in 20.85 million viewers - the programme's biggest audience of the decade

After being appointed the programme's producer in 1976, Bill Podmore spent his first full year in the role. Two former producers, June Howson and Leslie Duxbury, served as relief for Podmore for episodes 1738 to 1739 and 1744 to 1747, respectively. The other episodes were produced by Podmore, who would remain in the role until Episode 2269, broadcast on 29th December 1982 - a record-breaking run which has been unmatched since.

Three new younger characters were introduced. One was Tracy Langton, daughter of Ray and Deirdre. Tracy was the first baby born in Coronation Street since 1965, and actress Christabel Finch the first child in the cast since the Barlows twins were written out in 1971. Unlike the twins whose appearances in the late 1960s were kept to a minimum, a conscious decision was made to feature Tracy as much as possible. The other arrivals were Suzie Birchall and Steve Fisher, who along with Gail Potter made up the programme's trio of teenagers.

Alongside the programme's on-screen celebration of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, almost all of the main cast appeared in a skit written by John Stevenson in a Jubilee variety show at Manchester's Palace Theatre.

Viewing figuresEdit

1977 ratings

Ratings chart for the year

TAM/AGB (see Viewing Figures) changed their publishing method on 1st August. On that date, they abandoned their previous system of measuring viewers in terms of number of homes watching, and went over to number of viewers.

The early part of the year saw ratings climb to their highest levels since 1965, with five episodes gaining over twenty million viewers. The last of these - seen by 20.85 million viewers, the biggest audience of the decade - was Episode 1697 on 20th April, which saw Len Fairclough and Rita Littlewood finally tie the knot after a five-year on-again/off-again relationship. Six months gained on the same intervals in 1976, all but one of which were in the first half of the year. The last quarter of the year was over a million down on 1976 but the strong performance in the early months were enough to elevate the yearly average to 15.88 million viewers, the second-highest of the 1970s after 1970 and an increase of nearly 500,000 viewers on 1976.

Nine episodes reached number one in the viewing charts, the most since 1971 and an increase of eight from 1976. This number would steadily increase over the next few years as Coronation Street regained its position as the UK's top-rated programme for the majority of the year.

EpisodesEdit

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewing
Figures
(homes,
until August/
viewers)
Chart
Position
11666Monday 3rd JanuaryJohn StevensonAlan Bromly7,600,000
16,720,000
13
21667Wednesday 5th JanuaryJulian RoachAlan Bromly8,550,000
18,810,000
2
31668Monday 10th JanuaryAdele RoseJune Wyndham Davies8,950,000
19,690,000
4
41669Wednesday 12th JanuaryH.V. KershawJune Wyndham Davies8,900,000
19,580,000
6
51670Monday 17th JanuaryPaula MilneJohn Black8,900,000
19,580,000
3
61671Wednesday 19th JanuaryBrian FinchJohn Black8,800,000
19,360,000
4
71672Monday 24th JanuaryKay McManusLaurence Moody8,800,000
19,360,000
5
81673Wednesday 26th JanuaryLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody8,800,000
19,360,000
5
91674Monday 31st JanuaryLeslie DuxburyAlan Bromly9,050,000
19,910,000
2
101675Wednesday 2nd FebruaryH.V. KershawAlan Bromly8,800,000
19,360,000
4
111676Monday 7th FebruaryJohn StevensonQuentin Lawrence8,950,000
19,690,000
2
121677Wednesday 9th FebruaryBarry HillQuentin Lawrence8,650,000
19,030,000
5
131678Monday 14th FebruaryAdele RoseLaurence Moody9,000,000
19,800,000
3
141679Wednesday 16th FebruaryBrian FinchLaurence Moody8,650,000
19,030,000
5
151680Monday 21st FebruaryBrian FinchOliver Horsbrugh9,250,000
20,350,000
2
161681Wednesday 23rd FebruaryH.V. KershawOliver Horsbrugh9,050,000
19,910,000
6
171682Monday 28th FebruaryAdele RoseQuentin Lawrence9,050,000
19,910,000
2
181683Wednesday 2nd MarchJaney PregerQuentin Lawrence9,000,000
19,800,000
3
191684Monday 7th MarchKenneth EastaughBill Gilmour9,150,000
20,130,000
4
201685Wednesday 9th MarchLeslie DuxburyBill Gilmour8,400,000
18,480,000
7
211686Monday 14th MarchLeslie DuxburyJohn Black9,100,000
20,020,000
2
221687Wednesday 16th MarchH.V. KershawJohn Black8,300,000
18,260,000
6
231688Monday 21st MarchPeter TonkinsonOliver Horsbrugh8,850,000
19,470,000
3
241689Wednesday 23rd MarchAdele RoseOliver Horsbrugh8,550,000
18,810,000
4
251690Monday 28th MarchJohn StevensonQuentin Lawrence9,144,000
20,116,800
1
261691Wednesday 30th MarchBrian FinchQuentin Lawrence8,587,000
18,891,400
4
271692Monday 4th AprilAdele RoseJune Wyndham Davies8,883,000
19,542,600
2
281693Wednesday 6th AprilPaula MilneJune Wyndham Davies8,200,000
18,040,000
4
291694Monday 11th AprilJohn StevensonLaurence Moody5,902,000
12,984,400
n/k
301695Wednesday 13th AprilH.V. KershawLaurence Moody8,483,000
18,662,600
3
311696Monday 18th AprilLeslie DuxburyStephen Butcher8,731,000
19,208,200
4
321697Wednesday 20th AprilBrian FinchStephen Butcher9,478,000
20,851,600
1
331698Monday 25th AprilJohn StevensonJune Wyndham Davies8,680,000
19,096,000
4
341699Wednesday 27th AprilBrian FinchJune Wyndham Davies8,841,000
19,450,200
2
351700Monday 2nd MayKay McManusLaurence Moody8,097,000
17,813,400
6
361701Wednesday 4th MayH.V. KershawLaurence Moody8,120,000
17,864,000
5
371702Monday 9th MayAdele RosePhilip Draycott8,443,000
18,574,600
1
381703Wednesday 11th MayLeslie DuxburyPhilip Draycott7,628,000
16,781,600
5
391704Monday 16th MayBrian FinchStephen Butcher8,211,000
18,064,200
1
401705Wednesday 18th MayPaula MilneStephen Butcher7,135,000
15,697,000
8
411706Monday 23rd MayBarry HillLaurence Moody8,032,000
17,670,400
3
421707Wednesday 25th MayAdele RoseLaurence Moody5,345,000
11,759,000
n/k
431708Monday 30th MayH.V. KershawPhilip Draycott7,627,000
16,779,400
1
441709Wednesday 1st JuneLeslie DuxburyPhilip Draycott6,848,000
15,065,600
4
451710Monday 6th JuneJulian RoachBill Gilmour5,409,000
11,899,800
n/k
461711Wednesday 8th JuneJohn StevensonBill Gilmour6,420,000
14,124,000
9
471712Monday 13th JuneDavid CraneLaurence Moody7,776,000
17,107,200
1
481713Wednesday 15th JuneBrian FinchLaurence Moody7,079,000
15,573,800
7
491714Monday 20th JuneH.V. KershawPhilip Draycott7,439,000
16,365,800
1
501715Wednesday 22nd JuneLeslie DuxburyPhilip Draycott6,350,000
13,970,000
7
511716Monday 27th JuneJaney PregerBill Gilmour7,350,000
16,170,000
1
521717Wednesday 29th JuneH.V. KershawBill Gilmour6,550,000
14,410,000
6
531718Monday 4th JulyAdele RoseLaurence Moody6,400,000
14,080,000
3
541719Wednesday 6th JulyLeslie DuxburyLaurence Moody5,500,000
12,100,000
18
551720Monday 11th JulyJulian RoachStephen Butcher6,550,000
14,410,000
5
561721Wednesday 13th JulyJohn StevensonStephen Butcher6,300,000
13,860,000
11
571722Monday 18th JulyH.V. KershawBill Gilmour7,000,000
15,400,000
3
581723Wednesday 20th JulyBarry HillBill Gilmour6,050,000
13,310,000
13
591724Monday 25th JulyJohn StevensonJune Howson6,850,000
15,070,000
1
601725Wednesday 27th JulyLeslie DuxburyJune Howson5,600,000
12,320,000
17
611726Monday 1st AugustAdele RoseOliver Horsbrugh10,915,0008
621727Wednesday 3rd AugustJulian RoachOliver Horsbrugh10,306,00016
631728Monday 8th AugustH.V. KershawTristan de Vere Cole12,738,0002
641729Wednesday 10th AugustJohn StevensonTristan de Vere Cole11,217,0007
651730Monday 15th AugustBrian FinchDarrol Blake11,841,00010
661731Wednesday 17th AugustKay McManusDarrol Blake12,251,0009
671732Monday 22nd AugustLeslie DuxburyJeremy Summers12,604,0006
681733Wednesday 24th AugustJulian RoachJeremy Summers11,660,00011
691734Monday 29th AugustH.V. KershawStephen Butcher
Laurence Moody
10,525,000n/k
701735Wednesday 31st AugustBrian FinchStephen Butcher
Laurence Moody
12,728,00011
711736Monday 5th SeptemberJohn StevensonTristan de Vere Cole12,820,00013
721737Wednesday 7th SeptemberAdele RoseTristan de Vere Cole12,798,00014
731738Monday 12th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyMarek Kanievska12,057,00016
741739Wednesday 14th SeptemberJulian RoachMarek Kanievska12,111,00015
751740Monday 19th SeptemberH.V. KershawPhilip Draycott13,492,0008
761741Wednesday 21st SeptemberJohn StevensonPhilip Draycott12,813,00017
771742Monday 26th SeptemberLeslie DuxburyRoger Cheveley13,887,0008
781743Wednesday 28th SeptemberAdele RoseRoger Cheveley12,592,000n/k
791744Monday 3rd OctoberJaney PregerOliver Horsbrugh14,740,0002
801745Wednesday 5th OctoberJulian RoachOliver Horsbrugh12,767,00017
811746Monday 10th OctoberAdele RoseMatthew Robinson14,288,0005
821747Wednesday 12th OctoberH.V. KershawMatthew Robinson12,328,000n/k
831748Monday 17th OctoberBarry HillColin Richards14,818,0004
841749Wednesday 19th OctoberJohn StevensonRoger Cheveley12,731,00020
851750Monday 24th OctoberLeslie DuxburyOliver Horsbrugh15,011,0004
861751Wednesday 26th OctoberLeslie DuxburyOliver Horsbrugh13,162,00019
871752Monday 31st OctoberJohn StevensonMatthew Robinson14,350,0005
881753Wednesday 2nd NovemberJulian RoachMatthew Robinson12,900,00013
891754Monday 7th NovemberH.V. KershawColin Richards16,150,0003
901755Wednesday 9th NovemberKay McManusColin Richards13,450,00018
911756Monday 14th NovemberLeslie DuxburyJonathan Wright-Miller15,500,0009
921757Wednesday 16th NovemberBrian FinchJonathan Wright-Miller15,800,0007
931758Monday 21st NovemberJulian RoachJeremy Summers15,950,0008
941759Wednesday 23rd NovemberPaula MilneJeremy Summers16,350,0006
951760Monday 28th NovemberBrian FinchColin Richards16,600,0007
961761Wednesday 30th NovemberLeslie DuxburyColin Richards16,000,00010
971762Monday 5th DecemberJohn StevensonRoger Cheveley16,550,0009
981763Wednesday 7th DecemberH.V. KershawRoger Cheveley15,700,00016
991764Monday 12th DecemberLeslie DuxburyJeremy Summers16,300,0005
1001765Wednesday 14th DecemberAdele RoseJeremy Summers16,250,0007
1011766Monday 19th DecemberPaula MilneColin Richards16,500,0006
1021767Wednesday 21st DecemberJohn StevensonColin Richards15,250,00010
1031768Monday 26th DecemberH.V. KershawRoger Cheveley8,564,000n/k
1041769Wednesday 28th DecemberBrian FinchRoger Cheveley16,210,0006

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