Bill Podmore announced his retirement in 1988 and stood down as producer in December. The end of his 13-year association with the programme would be an important moment in Coronation Street history, and preparations for his departure began early; David Liddiment, Granada's commissioning executive for light entertainment, was appointed to replace him as executive producer, and Mervyn Watson returned to produce the programme at the end of the year.
Liddiment was keen to modernise the programme, feeling that it risked falling behind its rivals. He began by abandoning the use of film when shooting on location and instead recording everything on videotape using new lightweight OB cameras. The change occurred with Episode 2807 (22nd February 1988), with a preceeding four week stint between Episode 2788 (21st December 1987) and Episode 2796 (13th January 1988). He also arranged for the Street to be given more studio space, allowing more sets in each episode. However, Bill Podmore remained the main creative force behind the programme throughout the year, and Liddiment and Watson did not take full charge of the programme until the beginning of 1989.
New Rovers cleaner Sandra Stubbs, played by Sally Watts, and Sally Webster's sister Gina Seddon, played by Julie Foy, were introduced, while Dawn Acton replaced Holly Chamarette as Tracy Barlow, becoming the third actress to play the role. This time, Tracy was absent for a mere nine months between heads. Meanwhile, Peter Baldwin joined the main cast after 12 years playing Derek Wilton on an occasional basis, Nigel Pivaro returned as Terry Duckworth for five months before leaving again at the end of the year, Amanda Barrie returned after six years for another short stint as Alma Sedgewick, and Helene Palmer left after ten years playing factory worker Ida Clough.
The Granada Studios Tour launched, giving fans an opportunity to visit the real sets used on some Granada productions. Its most popular feature was Coronation Street's outdoor set. The tour lasted until 1999.
Ratings dropped by 400,000 viewers from 1987 to an average of 14.76 million viewers. This was the third year in a row with an overall decline. April, May and November saw slight increases year-on-year, while the biggest drops occurred in February and June, of over a million viewers. No other drops were significant.
The highest-rated episode of the year was Episode 2793 (4th January 1988), the first episode of the year, which gained an audience of 18.15 million viewers. As in 1986 and 1987, Coronation Street was kept off the top spot in the national ratings due to the chart dominance of EastEnders which was granted two showings, the audiences of which were combined by BARB.
|1||2793||Monday 4th January||Barry Hill||Tim Sullivan||18,139,000||3|
|2||2794||Wednesday 6th January||Brian Finch||Tim Sullivan||17,696,000||4|
|3||2795||Monday 11th January||Tony Perrin||John Michael Phillips||17,263,000||3|
|4||2796||Wednesday 13th January||John Stevenson||John Michael Phillips||16,133,000||4|
|5||2797||Monday 18th January||Peter Whalley||Gerald Blake||17,240,000||3|
|6||2798||Wednesday 20th January||Leslie Duxbury||Gerald Blake||16,974,000||4|
|7||2799||Monday 25th January||H.V. Kershaw||Tim Sullivan||16,387,000||3|
|8||2800||Wednesday 27th January||H.V. Kershaw||Tim Sullivan||16,296,000||4|
|9||2801||Monday 1st February||Adele Rose||Sarah Harding||17,034,000||3|
|10||2802||Wednesday 3rd February||Peter Whalley||Sarah Harding||16,591,000||4|
|11||2803||Monday 8th February||Leslie Duxbury||Ric Mellis||15,244,000||3|
|12||2804||Wednesday 10th February||John Stevenson||Ric Mellis||16,369,000||4|
|13||2805||Monday 15th February||Barry Hill||John Michael Phillips||16,800,000||3|
|14||2806||Wednesday 17th February||Brian Finch||John Michael Phillips||15,944,000||4|
|15||2807||Monday 22nd February||Adele Rose||Tim Sullivan||16,532,000||3|
|16||2808||Wednesday 24th February||Tony Perrin||Tim Sullivan||15,871,000||4|
|17||2809||Monday 29th February||Peter Whalley||Sarah Harding||16,627,000||3|
|18||2810||Wednesday 2nd March||Leslie Duxbury||Sarah Harding||16,018,000||4|
|19||2811||Monday 7th March||Brian Finch||Ric Mellis||16,133,000||3|
|20||2812||Wednesday 9th March||John Stevenson||Ric Mellis||15,936,000||4|
|21||2813||Monday 14th March||Bob Mason||Tim Sullivan||16,049,000||3|
|22||2814||Wednesday 16th March||Leslie Duxbury||Tim Sullivan||14,548,000||4|
|23||2815||Monday 21st March||Barry Hill||Sarah Harding||16,565,000||3|
|24||2816||Wednesday 23rd March||Tony Perrin||Sarah Harding||14,927,000||4|
|25||2817||Monday 28th March||Leslie Duxbury||Ric Mellis||16,289,000||3|
|26||2818||Wednesday 30th March||Stephen Mallatratt||Ric Mellis||14,967,000||4|
|27||2819||Monday 4th April||Tony Perrin||Tim Sullivan||16,399,000||4|
|28||2820||Wednesday 6th April||Peter Whalley||Tim Sullivan||14,491,000||5|
|29||2821||Monday 11th April||Adele Rose||Sarah Harding||14,796,000||3|
|30||2822||Wednesday 13th April||John Stevenson||Sarah Harding||13,870,000||4|
|31||2823||Monday 18th April||Adele Rose||Ric Mellis||15,241,000||3|
|32||2824||Wednesday 20th April||Leslie Duxbury||Ric Mellis||13,943,000||5|
|33||2825||Monday 25th April||John Stevenson||Tim Sullivan||14,381,000||3|
|34||2826||Wednesday 27th April||Barry Hill||Tim Sullivan||13,414,000||5|
|35||2827||Monday 2nd May||Brian Finch||Nicholas Ferguson||11,960,000||8|
|36||2828||Wednesday 4th May||Peter Whalley||Nicholas Ferguson||13,251,000||4|
|37||2829||Monday 9th May||Brian Finch||Ric Mellis||14,703,000||3|
|38||2830||Wednesday 11th May||John Stevenson||Ric Mellis||13,908,000||4|
|39||2831||Monday 16th May||Adele Rose||Tim Sullivan||12,282,000||3|
|40||2832||Wednesday 18th May||Barry Hill||Tim Sullivan||13,834,000||6|
|41||2833||Monday 23rd May||Kay Mellor||Howard Baker||14,332,000||3|
|42||2834||Wednesday 25th May||Leslie Duxbury||Howard Baker||14,262,000||4|
|43||2835||Wednesday 1st June||Peter Whalley||Ric Mellis||13,961,000||3|
|44||2836||Monday 6th June||Adele Rose||Ric Mellis||12,550,000||5|
|45||2837||Wednesday 8th June||Tony Perrin||Nicholas Ferguson||14,135,000||3|
|46||2838||Monday 13th June||John Stevenson||Nicholas Ferguson||12,670,000||2|
|47||2839||Wednesday 15th June||Bob Mason||Howard Baker||8,325,000||16|
|48||2840||Monday 20th June||Brian Finch||Howard Baker||11,900,000||4|
|49||2841||Wednesday 22nd June||John Stevenson||Ric Mellis||10,350,000||7|
|50||2842||Monday 27th June||Tony Perrin||Ric Mellis||12,859,000||6|
|51||2843||Wednesday 29th June||Leslie Duxbury||Nicholas Ferguson||11,595,000||4|
|52||2844||Monday 4th July||Stephen Mallatratt||Nicholas Ferguson||13,738,000||3|
|53||2845||Wednesday 6th July||Peter Whalley||Howard Baker||13,022,000||5|
|54||2846||Monday 11th July||Barry Hill||Howard Baker||13,250,000||5|
|55||2847||Wednesday 13th July||Barry Hill||Ric Mellis||13,050,000||6|
|56||2848||Monday 18th July||Tony Perrin||Ric Mellis||12,640,000||3|
|57||2849||Wednesday 20th July||Brian Finch||Nicholas Ferguson||12,018,000||5|
|58||2850||Monday 25th July||Peter Whalley||Nicholas Ferguson||13,682,000||4|
|59||2851||Wednesday 27th July||Leslie Duxbury||Howard Baker||13,104,000||6|
|60||2852||Monday 1st August||John Stevenson||Ian White||13,057,000||4|
|61||2853||Wednesday 3rd August||Barry Hill||Gerald Blake||12,375,000||5|
|62||2854||Monday 8th August||Adele Rose||Gerald Blake||12,789,000||6|
|63||2855||Wednesday 10th August||Peter Whalley||Nicholas Ferguson||14,173,000||3|
|64||2856||Monday 15th August||Brian Finch||Ian White||13,222,000||5|
|65||2857||Wednesday 17th August||Leslie Duxbury||Ian White||12,425,000||6|
|66||2858||Monday 22nd August||Leslie Duxbury||Richard Holthouse||13,468,000||5|
|67||2859||Wednesday 24th August||Bob Mason||Richard Holthouse||13,432,000||6|
|68||2860||Monday 29th August||Barry Hill||Ron Francis||14,479,000||5|
|69||2861||Wednesday 31st August||Peter Whalley||Ron Francis||13,217,000||8|
|70||2862||Monday 5th September||Tony Perrin||Ian White||13,789,000||3|
|71||2863||Wednesday 7th September||John Stevenson||Ian White||12,419,000||6|
|72||2864||Monday 12th September||Adele Rose||Howard Baker||13,715,000||5|
|73||2865||Wednesday 14th September||Peter Whalley||Spencer Campbell||12,570,000||4|
|74||2866||Monday 19th September||Tony Perrin||Nicholas Ferguson||12,602,000||7|
|75||2867||Wednesday 21st September||Brian Finch||Nicholas Ferguson||13,598,000||5|
|76||2868||Monday 26th September||John Stevenson||Ian White||14,089,000||6|
|77||2869||Wednesday 28th September||Leslie Duxbury||Ian White||14,723,000||4|
|78||2870||Monday 3rd October||Barry Hill||Spencer Campbell||14,911,000||4|
|79||2871||Wednesday 5th October||Barry Hill||Spencer Campbell||14,229,000||6|
|80||2872||Monday 10th October||Stephen Mallatratt||Nicholas Ferguson||15,632,000||4|
|81||2873||Wednesday 12th October||John Stevenson||Nicholas Ferguson||14,995,000||5|
|82||2874||Monday 17th October||Adele Rose||Ian White||15,494,000||5|
|83||2875||Wednesday 19th October||Peter Whalley||Ian White||15,144,000||6|
|84||2876||Monday 24th October||Barry Hill||Spencer Campbell||16,445,000||5|
|85||2877||Wednesday 26th October||John Stevenson||Spencer Campbell||16,162,000||6|
|86||2878||Monday 31st October||Brian Finch||Nicholas Ferguson||15,991,000||6|
|87||2879||Wednesday 2nd November||Tony Perrin||Nicholas Ferguson||16,857,000||4|
|88||2880||Monday 7th November||Leslie Duxbury||Ian White||17,028,000||5|
|89||2881||Wednesday 9th November||Adele Rose||Ian White||16,820,000||6|
|90||2882||Monday 14th November||Leslie Duxbury||Spencer Campbell||16,896,000||3|
|91||2883||Wednesday 16th November||Peter Whalley||Spencer Campbell||16,570,000||6|
|92||2884||Monday 21st November||Brian Finch||Sarah Harding||17,457,000||6|
|93||2885||Wednesday 23rd November||Barry Hill||Sarah Harding||16,389,000||8|
|94||2886||Monday 28th November||Adele Rose||Ian White||17,217,000||5|
|95||2887||Wednesday 30th November||Tony Perrin||Ian White||16,608,000||6|
|96||2888||Monday 5th December||Leslie Duxbury||Spencer Campbell||16,998,000||5|
|97||2889||Wednesday 7th December||Barry Hill||Spencer Campbell||16,688,000||6|
|98||2890||Monday 12th December||Leslie Duxbury||Sarah Harding||16,856,000||4|
|99||2891||Wednesday 14th December||Peter Whalley||Sarah Harding||15,984,000||5|
|100||2892||Monday 19th December||Brian Finch||Ian White||15,789,000||9|
|101||2893||Wednesday 21st December||Tony Perrin||Ian White||16,163,000||8|
|102||2894||Sunday 25th December||John Stevenson||Ian White||9,121,000||51|
|103||2895||Monday 26th December||Adele Rose||Spencer Campbell||15,600,000||5|
|104||2896||Wednesday 28th December||Tony Perrin||Spencer Campbell||16,550,000||4|
Who lives whereEdit
- Rovers Return Inn - Bet and Alec Gilroy.
- 1 Coronation Street - Ken, Deirdre and Tracy Barlow.
- 3 Coronation Street - Emily Bishop. Curly Watts (until April). Percy Sugden (from May to July and August onwards).
- 5 Coronation Street - Ivy Tilsley/Brennan. Don Brennan (from June onwards).
- 7 Coronation Street - Rita Fairclough, Alan Bradley (until October and from November onwards). Jenny Bradley.
- 9 Coronation Street - Jack and Vera Duckworth. Amy Burton (until March). Terry Duckworth (from September to December).
- 11 Coronation Street - Alf and Audrey Roberts. Malcolm Reid (from July to August).
- 13 Coronation Street - Kevin and Sally Webster (from February onwards). Gina Seddon (from March to April and October onwards).
- Corner Shop flat (No.15a) - Kevin and Sally Webster (until February). Curly Watts and Shirley Armitage (from April onwards).
- Community Centre flat - Percy Sugden. (until May).
- The Kabin flat - Mavis Riley/Wilton. Derek Wilton (from November onwards).
- Flat 3, 44 Rosamund Street - Sandra and Jason Stubbs (from May onwards).
- 37 Hillside Crescent - Betty Turpin.
- 46b, St. Mary's Place - Mike Baldwin.
- 33 Hammond Road - Brian, Gail, Nicky and Sarah Louise Tilsley.
- 4 Gorton Close - Phyllis Pearce.
- Nelson Street - Shirley Armitage (until March).
- 15 Parliament Street - Percy Sugden (from July to August).
- 12A Redwing Road - Alan Bradley (from October to November).
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