After taking over as producer at the end of 1982, Mervyn Watson's first episodes were screened at the beginning of the year, with his predecessor Bill Podmore assuming the role of executive producer. In February, the programme resolved one of its most high-profile storylines ever in the Ken-Deirdre-Mike love triangle. According to Podmore, the story was devised as a means to add excitement back into Ken's life, as he had become "a very boring man", a situation recognised by the writers and William Roache. The writers only decided while writing the story that Deirdre would choose to stay with Ken. Famously, the spectators at Old Trafford during a Manchester vs Arsenal match were informed of the outcome of the storyline over the scoreboard.
William Tarmey completed his journey from extra to full-time regular when Jack and Vera Duckworth moved into Coronation Street in Chalkie Whitely's old house. Their Machiavellian teenage son Terry was introduced at the same time, played by Nigel Pivaro. Terry was first of a new wave of young male characters who debuted in 1983, the others being nerdy binman Curly Watts and cheerful mechanic Kevin Webster, with Kevin Kennedy and Michael Le Vell joining the cast respectively. Other newcomers included insufferable pensioner Percy Sugden, who took over Ena Sharples's old position of Community Centre caretaker, and recurring factory girl Shirley Armitage, the programme's first black regular.
Aside from the Deirdre/Mike affair, tabloid headlines concerning Coronation Street were dominated by scandal. Early in the year, Peter Adamson took time off from the programme to stand trial on charges of indecently assaulting two young girls in a public swimming bath. He was acquitted of the charges, but while on leave from the programme he angered producers by selling his story to a tabloid, in breach of contract. The producers insisted on receiving his assurance that he would not do so again, but Adamson refused and was sacked. To maximise drama, Len's off-screen death in a car crash in December was followed by Rita Fairclough's discovery that he'd been visiting his mistress, Marjorie Proctor.
The year also saw the final on-screen appearance of Doris Speed as Annie Walker, the original landlady of the Rovers Return, after 23 years. Speed was recovering from a stomach complaint when the Daily Mirror printed a story that she was, at 84, fifteen years older than she claimed publicly. After suffering a relapse, Speed was written out of the programme for the time being. This was shortly followed by a break-in at Speed's home by two young thugs, who ransacked the place while the actress hid upstairs waiting for the police. The event was the final straw for Speed who retired immediately afterwards.
Peter Dudley, who played Bert Tilsley, suffered a stroke while awaiting a re-trial on a charge of importuning, at which he intended to plead not guilty. The stroke caused Dudley to lose the use of his left arm, which was incorporated into storylines with Bert being injured in a gas explosion. He was subsequently written out to stand trial, but suffered two heart attacks and a stroke and died before it could take place. Both Annie and Bert's exits were dealt with the following year.
The programme also lost Eddie Yeats when Geoffrey Hughes resigned after nine years. Hughes was disappointed with the decision to have Eddie marry as he viewed the character as a bachelor. Marion Yeats was written out with him. The year also marked the beginning of a lengthy absence for Tracy Langton when Christabel Finch's family moved out of Manchester without informing the producers. It was decided not to recast Tracy until some time had passed, as producers felt that viewers would find it jarring. Yet another blow came late in the year when another of the original cast, Patricia Phoenix, decided to leave. Her final scenes - a romantic reunion with her old flame Bill Gregory - were recorded in 1983 but weren't shown until January 1984.
Despite a high public profile throughout the year, Coronation Street's ratings were only slightly higher than in 1982, the decade's low point. Seven months saw increases over the previous year, with most months seeing only slight climbs or falls. The average figure for the year was 14.64 million viewers, an increase of 137k over 1982. The highest-rated episode of the year was Episode 2285, transmitted on 23rd February, which gained an audience of 18.45 million viewers. The episode concluded the Ken-Deirdre-Mike love triangle with the Barlows deciding to stay together.
The programme's performance in the viewing charts was very strong, with all episodes charting inside the top 20, and 48 episodes reaching number one, a total only surpassed in 1962, 1963 and 1965 and an increase of 12 over 1982.
|1||2270||Monday 3rd January||Adele Rose||Charles Kitchen||15,850,000||4|
|2||2271||Wednesday 5th January||H.V. Kershaw||Charles Kitchen||17,250,000||1|
|3||2272||Monday 10th January||Barry Hill||Ken Grieve||16,350,000||2|
|4||2273||Wednesday 12th January||Leslie Duxbury||Ken Grieve||16,550,000||1|
|5||2274||Monday 17th January||Leslie Duxbury||John Michael Phillips||16,050,000||2|
|6||2275||Wednesday 19th January||John Stevenson||John Michael Phillips||16,850,000||1|
|7||2276||Monday 24th January||H.V. Kershaw||Jeremy Summers||15,850,000||4|
|8||2277||Wednesday 26th January||Adele Rose||Jeremy Summers||17,250,000||1|
|9||2278||Monday 31st January||Barry Hill||Chris Lovett||16,450,000||2|
|10||2279||Wednesday 2nd February||Peter Whalley||Chris Lovett||16,500,000||1|
|11||2280||Monday 7th February||Tony Perrin||Brian Mills||16,650,000||2|
|12||2281||Wednesday 9th February||Leslie Duxbury||Brian Mills||17,250,000||1|
|13||2282||Wednesday 16th February||Barry Hill||Jeremy Summers||17,600,000||1|
|14||2283||Thursday 17th February||Leslie Duxbury||Jeremy Summers||13,600,000||8|
|15||2284||Monday 21st February||John Stevenson||Brian Mills||17,850,000||2|
|16||2285||Wednesday 23rd February||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||18,450,000||1|
|17||2286||Monday 28th February||H.V. Kershaw||Gareth Morgan||16,850,000||2|
|18||2287||Wednesday 2nd March||H.V. Kershaw||Gareth Morgan||17,150,000||1|
|19||2288||Monday 7th March||Barry Hill||Jeremy Summers||15,850,000||2|
|20||2289||Wednesday 9th March||Leslie Duxbury||Jeremy Summers||16,450,000||1|
|21||2290||Monday 14th March||Bob Mason||Chris Lovett||16,550,000||2|
|22||2291||Wednesday 16th March||Adele Rose||Chris Lovett||16,650,000||1|
|23||2292||Monday 21st March||Julian Roach||Gareth Morgan||16,400,000||2|
|24||2293||Wednesday 23rd March||H.V. Kershaw||Gareth Morgan||16,900,000||1|
|25||2294||Monday 28th March||Barry Hill||Eugene Ferguson||15,000,000||2|
|26||2295||Wednesday 30th March||Tony Perrin||Eugene Ferguson||16,250,000||1|
|27||2296||Monday 4th April||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||13,800,000||4|
|28||2297||Wednesday 6th April||H.V. Kershaw||Brian Mills||16,000,000||1|
|29||2298||Monday 11th April||Leslie Duxbury||John Michael Phillips||15,250,000||2|
|30||2299||Wednesday 13th April||John Stevenson||John Michael Phillips||16,600,000||1|
|31||2300||Monday 18th April||Leslie Duxbury||Eugene Ferguson||14,650,000||2|
|32||2301||Wednesday 20th April||H.V. Kershaw||Eugene Ferguson||16,700,000||1|
|33||2302||Monday 25th April||Peter Whalley||Chris Lovett||14,550,000||2|
|34||2303||Wednesday 27th April||Adele Rose||Chris Lovett||14,600,000||1|
|35||2304||Monday 2nd May||Barry Hill||Gareth Morgan||13,700,000||2|
|36||2305||Wednesday 4th May||Tony Perrin||Gareth Morgan||16,550,000||1|
|37||2306||Monday 9th May||Adele Rose||Eugene Ferguson||14,400,000||2|
|38||2307||Wednesday 11th May||Tony Perrin||Eugene Ferguson||14,700,000||1|
|39||2308||Monday 16th May||Leslie Duxbury||Charles Kitchen||14,000,000||2|
|40||2309||Wednesday 18th May||Barry Hill||Charles Kitchen||15,200,000||1|
|41||2310||Monday 23rd May||Peter Whalley||Gareth Morgan||14,100,000||1|
|42||2311||Wednesday 25th May||H.V. Kershaw||Gareth Morgan||13,250,000||2|
|43||2312||Monday 30th May||H.V. Kershaw||Brian Mills||11,750,000||3|
|44||2313||Wednesday 1st June||Peter Whalley||Brian Mills||12,300,000||2|
|45||2314||Monday 6th June||Adele Rose||Bill Gilmour||12,050,000||2|
|46||2315||Wednesday 8th June||Leslie Duxbury||Bill Gilmour||12,150,000||1|
|47||2316||Monday 13th June||Tony Perrin||Charles Kitchen||14,200,000||1|
|48||2317||Wednesday 15th June||John Stevenson||Charles Kitchen||13,700,000||2|
|49||2318||Monday 20th June||Julian Roach||Brian Mills||12,850,000||1|
|50||2319||Wednesday 22nd June||H.V. Kershaw||Charlie Nairn||12,350,000||2|
|51||2320||Monday 27th June||Adele Rose||Bill Gilmour||13,000,000||2|
|52||2321||Wednesday 29th June||Leslie Duxbury||Bill Gilmour||13,650,000||1|
|53||2322||Monday 4th July||Tony Perrin||Gareth Morgan||12,000,000||2|
|54||2323||Wednesday 6th July||John Stevenson||Gareth Morgan||12,400,000||1|
|55||2324||Monday 11th July||Tony Perrin||Charlie Nairn||12,050,000||2|
|56||2325||Wednesday 13th July||H.V. Kershaw||Brian Mills||12,250,000||1|
|57||2326||Monday 18th July||Peter Whalley||Bill Gilmour||12,850,000||1|
|58||2327||Wednesday 20th July||Leslie Duxbury||Bill Gilmour||12,300,000||2|
|59||2328||Monday 25th July||Adele Rose||Gareth Morgan||12,200,000||1|
|60||2329||Wednesday 27th July||Barry Hill||Gareth Morgan||12,050,000||2|
|61||2330||Monday 1st August||H.V. Kershaw||Charlie Nairn||13,300,000||1|
|62||2331||Wednesday 3rd August||Bob Mason||Charlie Nairn||12,200,000||2|
|63||2332||Monday 8th August||Julian Roach||Bill Gilmour||12,550,000||1|
|64||2333||Wednesday 10th August||John Stevenson||Bill Gilmour||12,200,000||2|
|65||2334||Monday 15th August||Barry Hill||John Michael Phillips||12,950,000||1|
|66||2335||Wednesday 17th August||Leslie Duxbury||John Michael Phillips||12,750,000||2|
|67||2336||Monday 22nd August||H.V. Kershaw||Charlie Nairn||13,202,000||1|
|68||2337||Wednesday 24th August||Adele Rose||Charlie Nairn||12,835,000||2|
|69||2338||Monday 29th August||Leslie Duxbury||Nicholas Ferguson||10,752,000||4|
|70||2339||Wednesday 31st August||Peter Whalley||Nicholas Ferguson||12,531,000||1|
|71||2340||Monday 5th September||Tony Perrin||Gareth Morgan||14,309,000||2|
|72||2341||Wednesday 7th September||John Stevenson||Gareth Morgan||14,804,000||1|
|73||2342||Monday 12th September||Barry Hill||Charlie Nairn||13,920,000||3|
|74||2343||Wednesday 14th September||Leslie Duxbury||Charlie Nairn||14,870,000||1|
|75||2344||Monday 19th September||John Stevenson||Nicholas Ferguson||14,580,000||1|
|76||2345||Wednesday 21st September||H.V. Kershaw||Nicholas Ferguson||14,195,000||2|
|77||2346||Monday 26th September||Tony Perrin||Charles Kitchen||14,253,000||2|
|78||2347||Wednesday 28th September||Peter Whalley||Charles Kitchen||14,402,000||1|
|79||2348||Monday 3rd October||Peter Tonkinson||Bill Gilmour||14,985,000||1|
|80||2349||Wednesday 5th October||H.V. Kershaw||Bill Gilmour||14,224,000||2|
|81||2350||Monday 10th October||Adele Rose||Nicholas Ferguson||15,201,000||1|
|82||2351||Wednesday 12th October||Leslie Duxbury||Nicholas Ferguson||13,500,000||3|
|83||2352||Monday 17th October||Julian Roach||Charles Kitchen||15,237,000||2|
|84||2353||Wednesday 19th October||John Stevenson||Charles Kitchen||16,051,000||1|
|85||2354||Monday 24th October||H.V. Kershaw||Gareth Morgan||14,793,000||2|
|86||2355||Wednesday 26th October||Bob Mason||Gareth Morgan||16,122,000||1|
|87||2356||Monday 31st October||Leslie Duxbury||Bill Gilmour||15,784,000||1|
|88||2357||Wednesday 2nd November||John Stevenson||Bill Gilmour||15,626,000||2|
|89||2358||Monday 7th November||Barry Hill||David Carson||15,013,000||2|
|90||2359||Wednesday 9th November||Adele Rose||David Carson||15,675,000||1|
|91||2360||Monday 14th November||Barry Hill||Charlie Nairn||14,548,000||3|
|92||2361||Wednesday 16th November||Peter Whalley||Charlie Nairn||14,591,000||2|
|93||2362||Monday 21st November||Leslie Duxbury||Bill Gilmour||14,548,000||3|
|94||2363||Wednesday 23rd November||Julian Roach||Patrick Lau||14,566,000||2|
|95||2364||Monday 28th November||Leslie Duxbury||Mary McMurray||14,908,000||3|
|96||2365||Wednesday 30th November||Tony Perrin||Mary McMurray||15,274,000||1|
|97||2366||Monday 5th December||Adele Rose||Stephen Butcher||14,825,000||3|
|98||2367||Wednesday 7th December||Julian Roach||Stephen Butcher||16,954,000||1|
|99||2368||Monday 12th December||Barry Hill||Patrick Lau||16,073,000||1|
|100||2369||Wednesday 14th December||Peter Whalley||Patrick Lau||15,970,000||2|
|101||2370||Monday 19th December||Leslie Duxbury||Mary McMurray||13,762,000||3|
|102||2371||Wednesday 21st December||Leslie Duxbury||Mary McMurray||15,191,000||1|
|103||2372||Monday 26th December||Peter Whalley||Stephen Butcher||10,315,000||20|
|104||2373||Wednesday 28th December||Adele Rose||Stephen Butcher||13,798,000||2|
Who lives whereEdit
- Rovers Return Inn - Annie Walker and Fred Gee
- 1 Coronation Street - Albert Tatlock. Ken and Deirdre Barlow. Tracy Langton.
- 3 Coronation Street - Emily Bishop. Curly Watts (November onwards).
- 5 Coronation Street - Ivy Tilsley. Bert Tilsley (until August). Brian, Gail and Nicky Tilsley (from October).
- 7 Coronation Street - Len Fairclough (until December). Rita Fairclough. Sharon Gaskell (December onwards).
- 9 Coronation Street - Chalkie Whitely (until July). Jack, Vera and Terry Duckworth (September onwards).
- 11 Coronation Street - Elsie Tanner. Marion Willis/Yeats (until December). Eddie Yeats (from November to December).
- 13 Coronation Street - Stan and Hilda Ogden. Eddie Yeats (until November).
- Corner Shop (No.15) - Alf Roberts.
- Corner Shop flat (No.15a) - Bet Lynch.
- Community Centre flat - Percy Sugden (from September).
- 37 Hillside Crescent - Betty Turpin.
- 5 Buxton Close - Brian, Gail and Nicky Tilsley (Until October).
- 20 Inkerman Street - Jack, Vera and Terry Duckworth (until September).
- 46b, St. Mary's Place - Mike Baldwin
- 4 Gorton Close - Phyllis Pearce. (from February)
- Nelson Street - Shirley Armitage.
- Omdurman Street - Phyllis Pearce (until February)
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