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1962 was Coronation Street's third year. For the first three months of the year, only fourteen characters were seen in the show because of an ongoing Equity actors' strike, which meant actors couldn't sign new contracts. Consequentially the show was limited to the main characters - no guest cast, no extras. However, it was only videotaped ITV drama to continue with new episodes during the strike, which gave it a guaranteed viewership for the duration.

After the strike ended on 3rd April, the series continued with popular storylines such as Ken Barlow and Valerie Tatlock's wedding, baby Christopher Hewitt going missing and Christine Hardman contemplating suicide. Shy builder Jerry Booth was introduced, as was bookie Dave Smith, who would return on a more regular basis in 1966.

105 new episodes were broadcast on ITV in 1962.



# No. Date Production code Writer Director
1 110 Monday 1st January P228/110 H.V. Kershaw Pauline Shaw
2 111 Wednesday 3rd January P228/111 H.V. Kershaw Pauline Shaw
3 112 Monday 8th January P228/112 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
4 113 Wednesday 10th January P228/113 Adele Rose Howard Baker
5 114 Monday 15th January P228/114 Harry Driver
Vince Powell
Richard Everitt
6 115 Wednesday 17th January P228/115 Johnny Whyte Richard Everitt
7 116 Monday 22nd January P228/116 Johnny Whyte Pauline Shaw
8 117 Wednesday 24th January P228/117 Jack Rosenthal Pauline Shaw
9 118 Monday 29th January P228/118 Harry Driver
Vince Powell
Howard Baker
10 119 Wednesday 31st January P228/119 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
11 120 Monday 5th February P228/120 Tony Warren Christopher McMaster
12 121 Wednesday 7th February P228/121 Harry Driver
Vince Powell
Christopher McMaster
13 122 Monday 12th February P228/122 Robert Holles Richard Everitt
14 123 Wednesday 14th February P228/123 Jack Rosenthal Richard Everitt
15 124 Monday 19th February P228/124 Harry Driver
Vince Powell
Pauline Shaw
16 125 Wednesday 21st February P228/125 H.V. Kershaw Pauline Shaw
17 126 Monday 26th February P228/126 John Finch Howard Baker
18 127 Wednesday 28th February P228/127 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
19 128 Monday 5th March P228/128 H.V. Kershaw Christopher McMaster
20 129 Wednesday 7th March P228/129 Jack Rosenthal Christopher McMaster
21 130 Monday 12th March P228/130 John Finch Richard Everitt
22 131 Wednesday 14th March P228/131 H.V. Kershaw Richard Everitt
23 132 Monday 19th March P228/132 H.V. Kershaw Pauline Shaw
24 133 Wednesday 21st March P228/133 Jack Rosenthal Pauline Shaw
25 134 Monday 26th March P228/134 John Finch Howard Baker
26 135 Wednesday 28th March P228/135 H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker
27 136 Monday 2nd April P228/136 H.V. Kershaw Christopher McMaster
28 137 Wednesday 4th April P228/137 Jack Rosenthal Christopher McMaster
29 138 Monday 9th April P228/138 John Finch Pauline Shaw
30 139 Wednesday 11th April P228/139 Robert Holles Pauline Shaw
31 140 Monday 16th April P228/140 Peter Eckersley Howard Baker
32 141 Wednesday 18th April P228/141 H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker
33 142 Monday 23rd April P228/142 Tony Warren Christopher McMaster
34 143 Wednesday 25th April P228/143 H.V. Kershaw Christopher McMaster
35 144 Monday 30th April P228/144 John Finch Richard Everitt
36 145 Wednesday 2nd May P228/145 John Finch Richard Everitt
37 146 Monday 7th May P228/146 John Finch Pauline Shaw
38 147 Wednesday 9th May P228/147 Adele Rose Pauline Shaw
39 148 Monday 14th May P228/148 Tony Warren Christopher McMaster
40 149 Wednesday 16th May P228/149 John Finch Christopher McMaster
41 150 Monday 21st May P228/150 Peter Eckersley Richard Everitt
42 151 Wednesday 23rd May P228/151 Adele Rose Christopher McMaster
43 152 Monday 28th May P228/152 John Finch Pauline Shaw
44 153 Wednesday 30th May P228/153 Tony Warren Pauline Shaw
45 154 Monday 4th June P228/154 Adele Rose Christopher McMaster
46 155 Wednesday 6th June P228/155 Peter Eckersley Christopher McMaster
47 156 Monday 11th June P228/156 John Finch Richard Everitt
48 157 Wednesday 13th June P228/157 Jack Rosenthal Richard Everitt
49 158 Monday 18th June P228/158 Keith Watson Christopher McMaster
50 159 Wednesday 20th June P228/159 Tony Warren Christopher McMaster
51 160 Monday 25th June P228/160 John Finch Richard Everitt
52 161 Wednesday 27th June P228/161 Adele Rose Richard Everitt
53 162 Monday 2nd July P228/162 John Finch Pauline Shaw
54 163 Wednesday 4th July P228/163 Adele Rose Pauline Shaw
55 164 Monday 9th July P228/164 Jack Rosenthal Christopher McMaster
56 165 Wednesday 11th July P228/165 Tony Warren Christopher McMaster
57 166 Monday 16th July P228/166 Adele Rose Richard Everitt
58 167 Wednesday 18th July P228/167 Tony Warren Richard Everitt
59 168 Monday 23rd July P228/168 John Finch Pauline Shaw
60 169 Wednesday 25th July P228/169 Peter Eckersley Pauline Shaw
61 170 Monday 30th July P228/170 John Pennington Christopher McMaster
62 171 Wednesday 1st August P228/171 Tony Warren Christopher McMaster
63 172 Monday 6th August P228/172 Jack Rosenthal Derek Bennett
64 173 Wednesday 8th August P228/173 Adele Rose Derek Bennett
65 174 Monday 13th August P228/174 John Finch Pauline Shaw
66 175 Wednesday 15th August P228/175 Jack Rosenthal Pauline Shaw
67 176 Monday 20th August P228/176 Tony Warren Richard Everitt
68 177 Wednesday 22nd August P228/177 Ray H. Dunbobbin Richard Everitt
69 178 Monday 27th August P228/178 John Finch Pauline Shaw
70 179 Wednesday 29th August P228/179 Jack Rosenthal Pauline Shaw
71 180 Monday 3rd September P228/180 Adele Rose Christopher McMaster
72 181 Wednesday 5th September P228/181 Peter Eckersley Christopher McMaster
73 182 Monday 10th September P228/182 John Finch Richard Everitt
74 183 Wednesday 12th September P228/183 Tony Warren Richard Everitt
75 184 Monday 17th September P228/184 John Finch Christopher McMaster
76 185 Wednesday 19th September P228/185 Adele Rose Christopher McMaster
77 186 Monday 24th September P228/186 Adele Rose
Jack Rosenthal
Richard Everitt
78 187 Wednesday 26th September P228/187 Tony Warren Richard Everitt
79 188 Monday 1st October P228/188 Clifford Buttrey Pauline Shaw
80 189 Wednesday 3rd October P228/189 John Finch Pauline Shaw
81 190 Monday 8th October P228/190 John Finch Christopher McMaster
82 191 Wednesday 10th October P228/191 Ray H. Dunbobbin Christopher McMaster
83 192 Monday 15th October P228/192 Alec Travis Richard Everitt
84 193 Wednesday 17th October P228/193 Adele Rose Richard Everitt
85 194 Monday 22nd October P228/194 Eddie Maguire
Adele Rose
Pauline Shaw
86 195 Wednesday 24th October P228/195 Tony Warren Pauline Shaw
87 196 Monday 29th October P228/196 John Finch Christopher McMaster
88 197 Wednesday 31st October P228/197 Peter Eckersley Christopher McMaster
89 198 Monday 5th November P228/198 Adele Rose Pauline Shaw
90 199 Wednesday 7th November P228/199 Tony Warren Pauline Shaw
91 200 Monday 12th November P228/200 Adele Rose Richard Everitt
92 201 Wednesday 14th November P228/201 Johin Finch Richard Everitt
93 202 Monday 19th November P228/202 Adele Rose Christopher McMaster
94 203 Wednesday 21st November P228/203 John Finch Christopher McMaster
95 204 Monday 26th November P228/204 Tony Warren Pauline Shaw
96 205 Wednesday 28th November P228/205 John Pennington Pauline Shaw
97 206 Monday 3rd December P228/206 Jack Rosenthal Christopher McMaster
98 207 Wednesday 5th December P228/207 Peter Eckersley Christopher McMaster
99 208 Monday 10th December P228/208 Jack Rosenthal Richard Everitt
100 209 Wednesday 12th December P228/209 John Finch Richard Everitt
101 210 Monday 17th December P228/210 Adele Rose Pauline Shaw
102 211 Wednesday 19th December P228/211 Jack Rosenthal Pauline Shaw
103 212 Monday 24th December P228/212 Peter Eckersley Pauline Shaw
104 213 Wednesday 26th December P228/213 Tony Warren Pauline Shaw
105 214 Monday 31st December P228/214 Alan Travis Richard Everitt

Main cast




  • Ena Sharples proves Dennis Tanner's innocence in the matter of the missing £20 from the Rovers till but a furious Elsie decides that they're boycotting the pub, even to the extent of refusing to enter the premises when Linda Cheveski phones from Canada. Annie's attitude and paranoia worsens and she insinuates that Len Fairclough is dishonest. The regulars boycott the pub. A horrified Annie finds the missing money stuck at the back of the till drawer and makes it up with her former customers who return to the fold.
  • Frank Barlow discovers that Ida Barlow had run up debts at the Corner Shop when Florrie Lindley, with Ken's agreement, adds ten shillings to each order to pay off the sum.
  • Ena cannot take any more of Minnie Caldwell's mother, Amy Carlton, and wants to move back to the Mission but Albert Tatlock won't vacate. After a short stay at No.11 (to Elsie's horror), Ena moves back to Minnie's.
  • Ken Barlow interviews the residents about their drinking habits for an article that he is writing.
  • Concepta Hewitt grows tired of Harry's whippets and is horrified when he swaps them for a racing greyhound - Lucky Lolita. Dennis is paid to exercise the dog but promptly loses it. The more intelligent animal makes its own way home. The dog wins its first race and the residents, bitten by the bug, go to the next race and place large bets. Dennis steals Elsie's holiday deposit money to make his bet and Elsie finds out.


  • Dennis's gamble pays off and he is able to return Elsie's money together with a share of his winnings.
  • In a sharp freeze, the water pipes freeze. Dennis thaws the pipes in Minnie's house with a blowtorch but they burst and flood the house leading Martha Longhurst to suggest that she sue for damages. When Concepta is sick and Dennis helps out in the Rovers for a night he serves Minnie a strong cocktail that knocks her out.
  • Ken's article appears in a left-wing magazine, earning him twenty-five guineas but there is uproar when the local paper prints extracts leading most of the residents to feel insulted. When Ken tries to explain himself in the Rovers a fight breaks out between him and Len. The notoriety resulting from the articles shames the landlord into undertaking repairs to the houses.
  • Concepta's illness turns out to be morning sickness and she is able to tell a delighted Harry that they are expecting a baby.
  • Albert decides that he no longer wants to be Mission caretaker and he suggests to Mr Baxter, the committee chairman, that Ena be reinstated. The committee agrees and Ena returns to a "Welcome Home" party from the residents.
  • Lucky Lolita runs again after Harry refuses a large sum of money for the dog and, based on its previous performance, some of the residents place large bets – the animal comes in last.


  • Dennis organises a charity concert for the Over-Sixties. The "Blue Streak Rockets" are banned from performing by the police and the other main act breaks down on the way to the Mission where the concert audience is waiting. Dennis is forced to cancel the concert and find overnight accommodation for the "Rockets" and two performing sea lions. As the Walkers are way for the night, he thinks that ensconcing them in Rovers is the answer but Jack and Annie return home early. By total coincidence, Dennis soon afterwards moves to London to help Lenny Phillips open a new talent agency office there.
  • Concepta has concerns that she is too old to have a baby.
  • Ken starts to write a novel about three boys growing up in a northern back street (Ken would return to the manuscript in July 2008).
  • Jack collapses behind the bar of the Rovers from overeating but Annie doesn't believe his reassuring news from the doctor. When she investigates herself, she thinks that Jack has been leading her on that he was really ill and loads job after job on him in retaliation.
  • Ena collapses in the Vestry from a stroke one evening and is not found until the next day. She is rushed to hospital also suffering from pneumonia and remains unconscious.
  • Len fits a fireplace for Elsie and causes gossip with the time he spends with her.


  • Jack's mother dies in Barnsley.
  • Ena comes to in hospital and is soon her old self but is surprised when she receives a visit from a concerned Elsie. Minnie and Martha but her a mynah bird as a welcome home present but she rejects the gift when it constantly repeats "Ena won't like it". Martha takes the bird in.
  • As gossip spreads about Len and Elsie, Nellie Fairclough leaves her husband, taking son Stanley with her. When Concepta comforts Nellie, she and Len argue leading Harry to step in and the two friends fighting. Soon after Len is sacked for doing foreigners on Elsie's home and Concepta is suspected of telling his boss but it is Martha who confesses. Len becomes self-employed, working from a yard behind his home at 15 Mawdsley Street.
  • Harry sells Lucky Lolita and uses the money towards a saloon car. Len helps him with a broken headlamp and the two men become friends again. The Hewitts, Len and the Walkers use the car to go to the Peak District for an Easter Monday picnic where the vehicle breaks down.
  • There are reports in the press about a night prowler in the area and the women become nervous that there are intruders in the empty No. 9. More and more signs become evident that someone is using the house until Len catches someone in the backing.


  • Len finds out that youngster Billy Makin and his friends of the "Black Hand Gang" have been using No. 9 as a hideout.
  • The Brewery approves alterations to the Rovers and Len is given the job. Ken helps him out and the two forget their differences.
  • Frank and Florrie start spending time together to overcome their loneliness.
  • Nellie returns to Len.
  • Billy Walker returns to Weatherfield with his fiancée, London Beauty Queen Philippa Scopes. Annie is horrified and tries to dissuade Billy from marrying her. She causes consternation in the Street by encouraging Lucille Hewitt to experiment with make-up and by being too friendly with Ken. She breaks off her engagement to Billy when he objects to her continuing with beauty contests and returns to London.
  • Esther Hayes decides to move to Moor Lane and leaves the Street.
  • The council decides to rename the Street as there are too many "Coronation Street"'s in the area. The residents protest and Ena writes to Prince Philip to gain his support.


  • Christine Hardman becomes clinically depressed at the drudgery of her life. She goes to the roof of Elliston's Raincoat Factory with the intention of committing suicide but Ken talks her down. Soon afterwards she meets old flame Colin Appleby and marries him on impulse, moving away from the area with him.
  • Ken's novel is rejected by the publishers.
  • Frank and Florrie's understated romance continues, with Ken's blessing.
  • Leonard Swindley's shop is taken over by the chain of Gamma Garments. Doreen Lostock is re-employed as sales assistant. Len is employed to convert the loft into a store room and gets stuck in there for the night causing Ena to wonder if he spent the night with Elsie.
  • Sheila Birtles' parents are moving to the country and, wanting to stay, she and Doreen persuade Florrie to let them be tenants in the Corner Shop flat.
  • Len tells Elsie that Bill Gregory is returning to the area.


  • Bill arrives and he and Elsie take up their relationship again. Ena is the first one to realise that Bill is married and that Len knows. When he refuses to tell Elsie, Ena takes on the job. A shattered Elsie confronts Bill who tells her that he and Phyllis are separated but when Phyllis turns up and asks for a reconciliation he agrees to her request and they leave the area together.
  • Amy Carlton dies and Minnie Caldwell makes enquiries about moving from 15 Jubilee Terrace to 5 Coronation Street.
  • Valerie Tatlock returns to Weatherfield from Scotland. She and Ken take up where they left off the previous year and quickly become engaged. They set a date for 4th August and decide to buy No. 9. Val's parents can't make the wedding as her mother Edith is ill. Albert is happy to give the bride away and hires a morning suit and top hat for the occasion.
  • Business is good for Len and he takes on twenty-one year old Jerry Booth as his apprentice.
  • Doreen and Sheila move into the flat.
  • Gamma Garments holds a sale but it goes badly when Swindley forgets the key to the shop and Doreen sells hankies at 1/11 a box when the price should be per individual hankie.
  • Annie goes on holiday on her own to Babbacombe when Jack refuses to go with her snobby friends. She returns full of stories about an Arthur Forsythe-Jones.
  • Despite Harry's refusal to do so, Concepta buys a washing machine on HP.


  • Ken and Val are married and go on honeymoon to London where they meet an old friend of Ken's, Geoffrey Simpson, and spend time with him, much to Val's annoyance. They return to the Street and move into No. 9 where Val opens a hair salon.
  • Concepta goes into labour and gives birth to a son who is named Christopher. Lucille soon shows signs of jealousy over the baby and clashes with Harry when she plays loud records. Ena reminds Concepta that she needs to be a mother to Lucille too.
  • Minnie moves into No. 5.
  • The council drops its plan to rename the Street.
  • Sam Leach, an old man down on his luck is taken on at the Rovers. Jerry recognises him as his Uncle. The regulars start to wonder what happened to his wife and why Sam is on his own and they start to get ideas that perhaps Sam killed her. Sam disappears when the police come looking for him.
  • Swindley holds a fire drill at the shop but locks both himself and the staff out. Len has to smash a window to let them get back in.
  • Ena demands repairs to the Vestry which Len and Jerry carry out.
  • Frank and Florrie's friendship breaks up acrimoniously, not helped when Martha spreads gossip about them. Len threatens her with action for slander if she continues.
  • Swindley joins PPOP (the Progressive Property Owners and Small Traders Party) who are thinking of entering the local elections.


  • Swindley is shortlisted as a candidate in the future elections. When the sitting councillor dies, the elections are brought forward and Swindley becomes the PPOP candidate when his opponent fails to turn up for the meeting.
  • Ena finds Sam hiding in the Mission. He is wanted for desertion of his wife. Ena persuades him to go to the police of his own free will but the regulars at the Rovers think she shopped him and they send her to Coventry. Sam writes to the Walkers telling them what really happened and, feeling guilty, the regulars apologise to Ena and welcome her back to the Snug.
  • Another London publisher considers Ken's novel. Enthused, Ken plans to give up teaching and become a writer, living off Val's earnings in the meantime. Val is supportive but Esther and Albert oppose the idea.
  • Elsie meets dodgy bookie Dave Smith when Dot Greenhalgh persuades her to go to the races and she wins on a horse. Dave takes Elsie out but Len is jealous and hits Dave in the Rovers.
  • Ena blackmails Swindley for expensive paper in the vestry by threatening to vote against him in the elections.
  • Lucille reaches breaking point with Christopher when Concepta blames her for making him cry. She runs away from home but is found by Ena and persuaded to return.


  • The Hewitts make an effort to be more peaceful with each other. Harry and Concepta organise a party to celebrate their first wedding anniversary but a crisis hits the Street when Lucille, running an errand before the party, leaves the pram outside Gamma Garments only to discover that the baby has been taken when she comes out of the shop. The police start an intensive search of the area that the residents join in with. Concepta breaks down at the loss of her baby. Elsie returns from a holiday and meets a young lady called Joan Akers who knew Linda at school. Suspicious of the baby that Joan supposedly has, Elsie visits her and discovers Christopher in her possession – Joan's own baby had previously died and the event had disturbed her mind.
  • Emily socialises with her cousin Edwin, causing Swindley to feel jealous. He is preoccupied though with his election campaign. Minnie agrees that her house can be election HQ and he goes canvassing with his agent Mr. Spinks. An election meeting in the Mission is curtailed when the boiler in the basement explodes.
  • Mr Spinks finds an abandoned love letter “from Jack” in the Mission and makes the mistake of handing it to Martha who immediately thinks it is to Ena and starts to show it round the Street. Annie realises that it is one of hers that Jack sent her and which she took to the Mission on the night of the gas mains explosion.
  • Albert becomes a lollipop man outside Bessie Street School.
  • Len Fairclough goes to court over his fight with Dave Smith and is bound over to keep the peace.
  • Jerry goes out with Sheila, riding on a tandem bicycle. The date goes badly when the bike falls into a ditch and the two have to walk ten miles back.
  • The Walkers celebrate their silver wedding anniversary with a party in the Rovers but the event goes wrong when Jack and Annie bicker and Swindley accidentally spills a trifle over a dress that Elsie "borrowed" from Miami Modes. She manages to get the dress cleaned and back in the store before her boss Mrs Dumbarton finds out.
  • Frank and Florrie come to an understanding when Frank tells her he only wanted friendship but nothing more. She lies and says she wanted the same thing.
  • Emily joins a literary circle.
  • Christine returns to the area and the residents wonder if she has left Colin. They are shocked to discover that Colin is dead, killed in a car accident only three months into their marriage.


  • Christine starts working with Elsie at Miami Modes. Jed Stone returns to the area and tries it on with her but Frank comes to her rescue. He, in turn, starts to develop a crush on the younger girl.
  • Martha badgers Ena about the love letter until Jack makes her hand it back.
  • Jed lodges with Minnie and tries to sell twenty four wash basins and cons Jerry into buying the lot for the Builder's Yard for £25. Jerry becomes nervous that they’ve stolen. The police investigate but for once Jed is involved in a legitimate deal and made a huge profit from Jerry, having only bought them himself for £6, 10/-.
  • Albert becomes concerned for a young girl who uses his crossing called Susan Schofield. She sports a black eye and, encouraged to tell her troubles to the old man, runs away from home to No. 1 where she tells Albert about her drunken and abusive father. Albert confronts Jim Schofield, backed up by Harry and warns him not to touch the youngster again.
  • The election takes place but Swindley loses, achieving third place.
  • Emily’s literary circle makes plans to put on a play at Christmas for the Over-Sixties but when they back out the residents form the Mission Hall Players and decide to perform an old melodrama, Lady Lawson Loses and Swindley agrees to direct it.
  • Elsie is delighted when the Cheveskis come over for Christmas. It soon becomes clear that Linda doesn’t like Canada.


  • Linda wants Ivan to get his old job back in Britain but he refuses, preferring their life in Canada. She worries about Elsie being alone and wonders about staying but after a chat with Ena she decides to return once Christmas is over.
  • Sheila's parents try to force her to come and live with them in Rawtenstall but she refuses. Florrie brokers the peace by agreeing to keep them informed as to how Sheila is really coping and not just rely on their daughter's assurances.
  • Val starts to realise that Frank is serious about Sheila and snubs her. Frank tells his son and daughter-in-law that his intentions are serious and they are to mind their own business. He gives Christine a brooch for Christmas.
  • As the Barlow's money situation gets worse, Val starts to worry as her hairdressing business doesn't cover the bills. Albert tells Ken the predicament that they are in and he manages to save his job at Bessie Street at the last moment and not give up teaching.
  • The residents get to grips with putting on the play. Emily's nerves fray as the opening night gets nearer, especially when she is cast in the lead role. Len builds the scenery and Jed provides the costumes but gets ones from the wrong period. The cast make do and despite several errors on the night all goes well. Emily, plied with tranquilisers and whiskey, faints when the play is finished and everyone has gone home.
  • The residents worry about Len who is becoming more and more irritable. He finally reveals to Harry that Nellie and Stanley have run off to Nottingham with insurance man Harry Bailey.

Who lives where

Coronation Street residents


Coronation Street in the 1960s

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