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1961 was Coronation Street's second year of production and first full year on air. It contained the Street's first wedding and birth, as well as the first appearances of many characters who would be with the show for many years, including Len Fairclough, Valerie Tatlock, Billy Walker and Emily Nugent (later Bishop).

In March, the series moved from its Wednesday and Friday slots to Monday and Wednesday, and all episodes started being recorded as live a week before broadcast. At the same time, all UK ITV regions were showing Coronation Street, with ATV in the Midlands the last region to pick it up (although Westward Television declined to show the programme in the first month after their launch in April).

The series climbed steadily up the ratings in the year, first reaching the national top ten with Episode 25 on 6th March (9th place), the No.1 spot with Episode 73 on 23rd August and achieved its highest rating with Episode 101 on 29th November when 7,491,000 homes watched the programme.

102 new episodes were broadcast on ITV in 1961.

Contents

Episodes

# No. Date Production code Writer Director
1 8 Wednesday 4th January P228/8 Tony Warren Derek Bennett
2 9 Friday 6th January P228/9 Tony Warren Michael Scott
3 10 Wednesday 11th January P228/10 Tony Warren Michael Scott
4 11 Friday 13th January P228/11 Tony Warren Eric Price
5 12 Wednesday 18th January P228/12 Tony Warren Eric Price
6 13 Friday 20th January P228/13 H.V. Kershaw Derek Bennett
7 14 Wednesday 25th January P228/14 H.V. Kershaw Derek Bennett
8 15 Friday 27th January P228/15 H.V. Kershaw Michael Scott
9 16 Wednesday 1st February P228/16 H.V. Kershaw Michael Scott
10 17 Friday 3rd February P228/17 Alick Hayes Howard Baker
11 18 Wednesday 8th February P228/18 John Alldridge
Wyn Davies
Howard Baker
12 19 Wednesday 15th February P228/19 Harry Driver
Vince Powell
Derek Bennett
13 20 Friday 17th February P228/20 Michael Dines Derek Bennett
14 21 Wednesday 22nd February P228/21 Michael Dines Michael Scott
15 22 Friday 24th February P228/22 John Alldridge
Wyn Davies
Michael Scott
16 23 Wednesday 1st March P228/23 H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker
17 24 Friday 3rd March P228/24 John Finch Howard Baker
18 25 Monday 6th March P228/25 Tony Warren Derek Bennett
19 26 Monday 13th March P228/26 Harry Driver
Vince Powell
Derek Bennett
20 27 Wednesday 15th March P228/27 Allan Prior Michael Scott
21 28 Monday 20th March P228/28 John Finch Michael Scott
22 29 Wednesday 22nd March P228/29 John Finch Howard Baker
23 30 Monday 27th March P228/30 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
24 31 Wednesday 29th March P228/31 John Finch Derek Bennett
25 32 Monday 3rd April P228/32 H.V. Kershaw Derek Bennett
26 33 Wednesday 5th April P228/33 Tony Warren Derek Bennett
27 34 Monday 10th April P228/34 John Finch Howard Baker
28 35 Wednesday 12th April P228/35 John Finch Howard Baker
29 36 Monday 17th April P228/36 H.V. Kershaw Derek Bennett
30 37 Wednesday 19th April P228/37 Tony Warren Derek Bennett
31 38 Monday 24th April P228/38 Jack Rosenthal Derek Bennett
32 39 Wednesday 26th April P228/39 John Finch Unknown
33 40 Monday 1st May P228/40 Adele Rose Howard Baker
34 41 Wednesday 3rd May P228/41 H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker
35 42 Monday 8th May P228/42 Tony Warren Howard Baker
36 43 Wednesday 10th May P228/43 John Teddington Derek Bennett
37 44 Monday 15th May P228/44 Barbara Clegg Unknown
38 45 Wednesday 17th May P228/45 Jack Rosenthal Unknown
39 46 Monday 22nd May P228/46 H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker
40 47 Wednesday 24th May P228/47 Tony Warren Howard Baker
41 48 Monday 29th May P228/48 Joseph Taggart Derek Bennett
42 49 Wednesday 31st May P228/49 John Finch Derek Bennett
43 50 Monday 5th June P228/50 Charles Vites Richard Everitt
44 51 Wednesday 7th June P228/51 H.V. Kershaw Richard Everitt
45 52 Monday 12th June P228/52 Harry Driver
Vince Powell
Unknown
46 53 Wednesday 14th June P228/53 Tony Warren Unknown
47 54 Monday 19th June P228/54 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
48 55 Wednesday 21st June P228/55 John Finch Howard Baker
49 56 Monday 26th June P228/56 Barbara Clegg Richard Everitt
50 57 Wednesday 28th June P228/57 Allan Prior Richard Everitt
51 58 Monday 3rd July P228/58 Tony Warren Unknown
52 59 Wednesday 5th July P228/59 Douglas Enefer Unknown
53 60 Monday 10th July P228/60 Jack Rosenthal Max Morgan-Witts
54 61 Wednesday 12th July P228/61 Allan Prior Max Morgan-Witts
55 62 Monday 17th July P228/62 Barbara Clegg Howard Baker
56 63 Wednesday 19th July P228/63 Tony Warren Howard Baker
57 64 Monday 24th July P228/64 John Finch Richard Everitt
58 65 Wednesday 26th July P228/65 Johnny Whyte Richard Everitt
59 66 Monday 31st July P228/66 Tony Warren Max Morgan-Witts
60 67 Wednesday 2nd August P228/67 Adele Rose Max Morgan-Witts
61 68 Monday 7th August P228/68 Barbara Clegg Richard Everitt
62 69 Wednesday 9th August P228/69 Charles Vites Richard Everitt
63 70 Monday 14th August P228/70 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
64 71 Wednesday 16th August P228/71 Tony Warren Howard Baker
65 72 Monday 21st August P228/72 Barbara Clegg Max Morgan-Witts
66 73 Wednesday 23rd August P228/73 John Finch Max Morgan-Witts
67 74 Monday 28th August P228/74 Charles Vites Richard Everitt
68 75 Wednesday 30th August P228/75 Jack Rosenthal Richard Everitt
69 76 Monday 4th September P228/76 Tony Warren Howard Baker
70 77 Wednesday 6th September P228/77 Harry Driver
Vince Powell
Howard Baker
71 78 Monday 11th September P228/78 John Finch Vivian Milroy
72 79 Wednesday 13th September P228/79 John Finch Vivian Milroy
73 80 Monday 18th September P228/80 Barbara Clegg Richard Everitt
74 81 Wednesday 20th September P228/81 Johnny Whyte Richard Everitt
75 82 Monday 25th September P228/82 John Pennington Howard Baker
76 83 Wednesday 27th September P228/83 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
77 84 Monday 2nd October P228/84 Jack Rosenthal Pauline Shaw
78 85 Wednesday 4th October P228/85 John O'Toole Pauline Shaw
79 86 Monday 9th October P228/86 John Finch Vivian Milroy
80 87 Wednesday 11th October P228/87 Dennis Spooner Vivian Milroy
81 88 Monday 16th October P228/88 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
82 89 Wednesday 18th October P228/89 Charles Vites Howard Baker
83 90 Monday 23rd October P228/90 Barbara Clegg Richard Everitt
84 91 Wednesday 25th October P228/91 John O'Toole Richard Everitt
85 92 Monday 30th October P228/92 Douglas Enefer Pauline Shaw
86 93 Wednesday 1st November P228/93 Jack Rosenthal
John Finch
Pauline Shaw
87 94 Monday 6th November P228/94 H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker
88 95 Wednesday 8th November P228/95 Adele Rose Howard Baker
89 96 Monday 13th November P228/96 Jack Rosenthal Roger Jenkins
90 97 Wednesday 15th November P228/97 John Finch Roger Jenkins
91 98 Monday 20th November P228/98 Jack Rosenthal Pauline Shaw
92 99 Wednesday 22nd November P228/99 H.V. Kershaw Pauline Shaw
93 100 Monday 27th November P228/100 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
94 101 Wednesday 29th November P228/101 Jack Rosenthal Howard Baker
95 102 Monday 4th December P228/102 Tony Warren John Moxey
96 103 Wednesday 6th December P228/103 H.V. Kershaw John Moxey
97 104 Monday 11th December P228/104 Adele Rose Pauline Shaw
98 105 Wednesday 13th December P228/105 Jack Rosenthal Pauline Shaw
99 106 Monday 18th December P228/106 H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker
100 107 Wednesday 20th December P228/107 H.V. Kershaw Howard Baker
101 108 Monday 25th December P228/108 Tony Warren John Moxey
102 109 Wednesday 27th December P228/109 Jack Rosenthal John Moxey

Main cast

Storylines

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January

  • Christine Hardman breaks off her relationship with boyfriend Malcolm Wilkinson for not supporting her after her mother's death. The insurance policy claim on May is invalid and Christine is short of money. Plumber Joe Makinson takes pity on her over an outstanding bill and ends up paying it himself. The two start going out together.
  • Elsie Tanner's estranged husband Arnold turns up after an absence of fifteen years to ask for a divorce so that he can marry girlfriend Norah Dawson. Elsie at first refuses until Arnold threatens to divorce her for a fling she had during the war. Seeing Arnold Ena Sharples jumps to the conclusion that Elsie has a new fellah and spreads gossip to this effect. A furious Elsie has a slanging match with her in the Rovers.
  • Despite his parent's protest, Ken Barlow goes on a "Ban the Bomb" march with Susan Cunningham.
  • Harry Hewitt, newly promoted to inspector on the buses, takes Concepta Riley out to a dance. He also dates clippie Eileen Hughes much to the chagrin of Florrie Lindley who fancies her own chances.
  • Albert Tatlock collapses in No.1. He refuses to move in with his daughter Beattie Pearson.
  • Billy Walker returns home to the Rovers after completing his National Service.
  • Burglars strike when they steal £6 from No.11.
  • A gas main explodes and the police tell the residents to evacuate to the Mission of Glad Tidings.

February

  • Despite the best efforts of Ena to stop them, the residents spend the night in the Mission to avoid the gas leak. The residents take their most precious belongings with them - Elsie her television while the Walkers take their old love letters to each other.
  • Joan Walker returns home from teacher training college with her fiancé Gordon Davies. He and his family are teetotal which causes problems when they meet up to discuss the wedding plans with Annie and Hilda Davies trying to outdo each other.
  • The Barlows encounter problems with items bought on HP - Ken with a record player and Ida with loose covers.
  • Christine continues her relationship with Joe.
  • Harry continues to see Eileen Hughes, even deliberately losing a darts match when she supports the opposing team. On his birthday, an attempt by Florrie to entertain him to a birthday meal for just the two of them is spoiled by the attendance of Lucille Hewitt and the arrival of Eileen.
  • Dennis Tanner dates a stripper called "La Composita" (real name, Eunice Bond) who arrives at No.11 with her pet python – part of her act – scaring Elsie to death when she first opens the box containing the reptile.
  • The Cheveski's landlady in Warrington doesn't want children in her house so they consider buying No.9.

March

  • The residents have problems with their gas pressure. Ena takes it upon herself to go to the Town Hall with the complaint where she reads a notice proposing the demolition of the Street. She gets all the residents worried and worked up only to find that the notice actually stated that Coronation Terrace was to be demolished, not Coronation Street. The furious residents send her to Coventry and she is threatened with eviction from the Mission.
  • Although Elsie dislikes Eunice Bond, Dennis continues to see her.
  • Joan Walker is married to Gordon Davies and the two of them move to Derby.
  • The residents take part in various pools syndicates and Elsie wins £4.
  • The Barlows worry about the health of Ida's mother, Nancy Leathers.
  • David Barlow is signed up to play football professionally for Weatherfield County FC.
  • Christine accepts Joe's proposal of marriage.
  • Ena finds out what her family really thinks of her when she looks after her grandson Colin Lomax for the day and bleeds him dry of gossip.
  • The Cheveskis decide to buy No.9 and Ivan takes on an extra job as Rovers' cellarman to help with the mortgage.
  • Doreen Lostock begins work at Sylvia Snape's café on Rosamund Street.
  • Harry's attention moves back to Concepta but she has started going out with Michael Regan. He reluctantly accepts an offer from his sister, Alice Burgess, to move in with him in order that Lucille can come home permanently from the orphanage but the stern Alice and the rebellious Lucille start to immediately clash.

April

  • Furthering his show business ambitions Dennis starts singing work at the Orinoco club. He is perturbed when approached by Jed Stone, an old "associate" from his borstal days who wants help with a job he planning to carry out. Dennis gets rid of Jed by introducing him to Arthur Dewhurst, a somewhat morose policeman who has started a relationship with Elsie who is more interested in rep Walter Fletcher.
  • The residents go on an Easter coach trip to Windermere.
  • Alice's relationship with Lucille worsens when her complaining forces Harry to sell his whippets to Alf Roberts.
  • The committee of the Mission of Glad Tidings sacks Ena. She is forced to move in with an extremely reluctant Martha Longhurst. Emily Nugent becomes temporary caretaker at the Mission and moves into the Vestry but finds the area too rough. She begs Swindley to reinstate Ena.
  • Christine has second thoughts about marrying Joe but he takes the news badly. Christine takes Jean Stark, a young co-worker at Elliston's Raincoat Factory who is dominated by her parents, under her wing.
  • Ken starts a relationship with Marian Lund, a sophisticated librarian at the university who is eleven years his senior but he doesn't know how to tell his parents. They are more concerned about Nancy who suffers a heart attack.
  • Billy starts work as a car mechanic.
  • The Cheveskis move into No.9 where Linda has a fall down the stairs.

May

  • Alice Burgess has enough of Lucille and moves out of No.7 to a housekeeping job. Lucille is saved from having to go back to the orphanage when Harry proposes to a happy Concepta on the Rovers annual picnic to Blackpool. Lucille is delighted with the prospect of her new step-mother but Len reminds Harry that there will be a problem as Concepta is Catholic and he is Protestant.
  • Esther Hayes' scapegrace brother Tom is released from prison and comes to live with her at No.5.
  • Ken introduces Marian to his parents. Ida is relieved when Marian tells her that she is not interested in marriage.
  • David is promoted to the first team but breaks his ankle on his first match.
  • Nancy Leathers agrees to move in with the Barlows.
  • Ena is "persuaded" to take her both old job and home in the Mission back – but with a ten shilling raise.
  • Florrie is investigated for incorrect scales in the shop but cleared when Lucille confesses to playing with them.
  • Christine encourages Jean to rebel against her parents but is also involved in a reconciliation between them when the Starks apologise for their previous attitude. Jean decides to stay with Christine for a while.
  • Ivan gets a more local job but a mix up occurs when he and Linda both buy identical expensive prams for the forthcoming baby.

June

  • Tom Hayes tries to interest various people in his scheme for fruit machines, causing distress to Esther who confides in her boss Brian Foley. Her persuades Tom to leave the area.
  • Linda gives birth to a baby boy and the family celebrates.
  • Despite some opposition from priest Father Bennett and Concepta's father Sean Riley, the wedding plans progress. Harry takes Catholic instruction before the marriage and also buys his whippets back from Alf.
  • Ken's romance with Marian ends when he finds out that she's engaged to his lecturer at university. He becomes depressed about his life in the Street. Ida worries when she finds brochures for Australia in his case but is relieved when she finds that they are for a friend.
  • Ida is further upset when David is transferred to a London club for £1,000. He leaves Weatherfield after a farewell party. Billy Walker is also interested in moving to the capital to work in a garage in Chiswick.
  • Elsie finishes with Arthur Dewhurst, annoyed with his possessive manner.
  • Emily happily amalgamates her shop with Swindley's when she faces eviction from her premises. Swindley organizes an Over-Sixties club where Minnie Caldwell becomes friendly with Michael Courtney, much to Ena's displeasure. Minnie is further overjoyed to receive a visit from former GI Joe Baumgarten who had lodged with her during the war.

July

  • Doreen is sacked from Elliston's when she confronts boss Harold Pilkington for groping her. She gains employment in Swindley's shop when Emily complains that she cannot cope with the workload and needs an assistant.
  • Tom Hayes leaves the Street. Esther starts to go out with Brian Foley.
  • Billy takes the job in Chiswick but delays telling his parents for several weeks until after they return from holiday in Torquay.
  • The Cheveskis name their son Paul. Linda and Elsie clash over Linda's modern parenting techniques.
  • Lucille befriends a runaway from an approved school, Patricia Holmes. The police catch up with her but not before she has stolen ten shillings from No.7. Lucille passes her 11-plus exam.
  • The Bonartis open an Italian restaurant on Rosamund Street. Ena wants to boycott it but wins a meal there in a raffle and gets drunk on the wine when she claims her prize. Owner's son Mario Bonarti courts both Doreen and Christine.
  • Elsie starts going out with Walter Fletcher.
  • Florrie is concerned about the lack of business in the Corner Shop.

August

  • Christine wins a two-week holiday in Cornwall which she shares with Esther.
  • Dennis thinks he has a new career when he fills in for a spot at the Orinoco and does so well he had to do two encores. He gets a regular spot at the club and is thrilled when talent spotter Lenny Phillips arrives to watch him sing.
  • Billy leaves for London.
  • Albert's brother Alfred is moving to Glasgow and his daughter Valerie wants to stay in Weatherfield. She moves in with her Uncle Albert, both to his delight and also that of Ken Barlow who falls for the young hairdresser. He applies for a teaching job in Surrey but wants to stay in Weatherfield for Val.
  • Florrie opens the shop up on Sundays but she still has financial problems, caused by non-payment of bills owing to her. Her problems are solved when she wins £500 on the premium bonds.
  • Frank is promoted at the Post Office. He and Ida plan their first holiday in twenty years and Ida agrees to give up work at the Imperial Hotel.
  • The Walkers are offered a better pub than the Rovers but both of them realise that they want to stay where they are. As Concepta is planning to leave work when she gets married, they employ a new barmaid – Cockney Nona Willis.
  • Dr. Graham loses a box of sleeping pills. Lucille finds it and it is handed back but not before she has taken one, causing her to sleep for four hours.
  • Emily's father, James Nugent arrives to see Swindley and ask him if his intentions towards his daughter are honourable.
  • Elsie is reconciled with Linda when she stops Paul's convulsions. He is christened with Jack, Christine and Dennis as Godparents.

September

  • Dennis is told by Lenny Phillips that he is not talented enough but he would make a good talent scout. Jed Stone returns and asks Dennis to get him a legitimate job at the Orinoco. He does so when Dennis becomes Assistant Manager leaving a vacancy for Jed. Jean Stark and Jed start going out together.
  • The Hewitt's wedding preparations continue when Concepta's parents, previously hostile to the match, agree to come to the wedding from Ireland. They also agree to take Lucille there when Harry and Concepta go on their honeymoon.
  • The Street is shocked and saddened when Ida Barlow is knocked down and killed by a bus. David Barlow returns for the funeral but can't bring himself to join the others at the graveside. Ken turns down the job in Surrey to be with his father who doesn't know of his sacrifice and blames his lack of ability. Ken applies for a job at in the personnel department at the nearby Amalgamated Steel. A distraught Nancy Leathers moves out of No.3 when she is given her long-awaited OAP bungalow and Albert helps her move in.
  • Bill Gregory, an old naval shipmate of Len's turns up after twelve year's absence and joins in on Harry's stag night.

October

  • Harry and Concepta are married at St. Theresa's and fly to the Isle of Man on their honeymoon. They return to a surprise party organised by the Street residents and a present of a television set.
  • At the wedding Elsie is introduced to Bill Gregory and the two are attracted to each other. However Elsie doesn't know that Bill is married and he refuses to admit this fact to her.
  • Nona Willis gives in her notice at the Rovers as she can't understand the customer's northern accents. Doreen is taken on in her place, giving in her notice to Swindley.
  • Jim Foster, the bus driver who hit Ida makes contact with the Barlows as the stress is getting to him. He makes his peace with Frank.
  • Ken gets the job at Amalgamated Steel but dislikes the work. When Frank chides him for this, Val reveals to him that Ken sacrificed his position in Surrey for Frank's sake.
  • The residents go on a coach trip to Blackpool to see the illuminations. Ena and Minnie both see a Fortune Teller. Ena is told that she's going on a long journey, promptly misses the coach back and has to return home on a potato lorry. Minnie is told that she will receive something from the skies and a slate drops off the roof of No.13 and hits her on the head. Ena pushes her to sue for compensation.
  • Florrie worries about competition from a new supermarket but her customers stay loyal. She takes in two lodgers for the empty shop flat – Phil Dobson and Norman Braithwaite.

November

  • Elsie receives an anonymous letter warning her that her relationship with Bill Gregory could jeopardise her divorce from Arnold. She suspects first Annie and then Ena of sending the letter and has huge public rows with both of them. Arnold writes to tell her than Norah Dawson was the author of the letter. Elsie suggests to Bill that they stay away from each other for a while.
  • Val goes to Glasgow to look after his sick father.
  • Ken dislikes his job more and more and finally packs it up. When he asks the Walkers for a temporary job, Jack assumes Frank knows of Ken's resignation and talks to him about it. Frank and Ken row and Ken makes plans to leave for London but Christine talks him out of it. Ken gets a temporary Christmas job as a postman and then a permanent job teaching at Bessie Street School.
  • Swindley starts a credit system at the shop and business boons but cash flow doesn't. The business still faces difficulties.
  • Ivan is naturalised. He and Linda become interested in emigrating to Canada. They make the arrangements but they put off telling Elsie. When they have to sell their house Ena finds out what is happening and tells Elsie who rows with the pair of them but they are soon reconciled.
  • Lenny Phillips asks Dennis to look after a performer called Rupert. It turns out to be a monkey that Elsie finds in her kitchen sink. The chimp gets into the Rovers and causes £4 worth of damage.
  • Ena is again warned by Swindley about drinking in licenced premises. She walks out of her job and the Mission and moves in with Minnie and her mother Amy Carlton in their home at 15 Jubilee Terrace.
  • Annie wants to make changes at the Rovers but a reluctant Jack puts his foot down and refuses. Annie has a minor breakdown as a result.

December

  • Christine helps out behind the bar of the Rovers as Annie recovers from her mild nervous exhaustion. Jack gives in and agrees to the alterations. After initially refusing, Harry agrees to Concepta taking up her old job as barmaid.
  • The Cheveskis manage to get a last minute passage to Canada and leave to start a new life after a farewell party and a tearful farewell from Elsie. She has a miserable Christmas as a result until Dennis takes her to the pictures to cheer her up.
  • Swindley persuades Albert to be the new Mission caretaker. Minnie secretly helps him but Ena finds out. She initially falls out with both Minnie and Martha but soon make up and spend Christmas Day together.
  • Ken starts work at Bessie Street School where he soon finds himself embroiled in trouble when he sends Len's son Stanley out in the snow when he claims he has a bad chest. For once showing an interest in his son, Len threatens Ken.
  • Harry and Concepta have a late house-warming party. She is thrilled when he buys her a new bathroom suite and they celebrate their first Christmas together as a family.
  • Annie discovers that the till is £20 short and suspects Dennis as he seemed to be alone in the bar for a while. With no other proof she over-reacts and bars him.

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