Coronation Street (colloquially known as Corrie, Corro, or The Street) is an award-winning prime time soap opera set and produced in Manchester created by Tony Warren. It is the longest running and most watched soap opera on British television. It was first broadcast on 9 December 1960, made by Granada Television (now ITV Studios) and broadcast in all regions of ITV almost throughout its existence.
Ena and Minnie ask Cyril to help get Albert out of No.1. Albert enjoys telling Sandra all about the First World War. Alan is puzzled why Len doesn't get Bill Gregory to move into No.9. When Len discovers Bill is after Elsie he gets him to stay for competition with Alan. Tommy reveals he sent the valentine to Annie hoping for a free drink. Elsie is amazed to see Bill. She agrees to go out with him. Cyril breaks into No.1 and makes Albert realise people are worried about him. Len tells Alan and Bill they're both after Elsie. Annie is horrified to discover Tommy sent the card. Bill tells Elsie that Phyllis is dead and he is buying a bar in Portugal. He asks her to marry him.
The Men form a 'Kibbutz' in self defence against women's campaign to deny them "services". Ena sets a trap to pay Stan back for stealing her song. Ken admits he's thinking of buying the Salon.
Ray decides to move in with Len. Ray and Sandra set the date for 23rd May. Ken and Val host a fifth birthday party for Peter and Susan. Audrey begs Ray not to give her up but he stands firm. She weakens him and they kiss, witnessed by Maggie as she passes the Builder's Yard at night.
Bernard asks Irma not to go to the dogs with Dave but she doesn't listen. Hilda is ashamed that Irma is going out with "one of Elsie's cast offs" and rows with Annie when she feels that she's looking down on them. Stan wants to warn Dave off but can't because of the deeds to the house. At a club after the dogs Dave and Irma bump into Bet Lynch and Bob Chadwick, a former associate of Dave's. Irma remembers Bet from their time at the PVC Factory. Keith Lucas, a customer at the Rovers takes an interest in Betty. Irma and Bet enjoy themselves. Lucas follows Betty home and tells her that Cyril put him in prison three years ago and he wants his own back.
Elsie asks the Barlows to be witnesses but they can't. Handel Gartside returns to Weatherfield after thirty-three years in Canada. Ena and Minnie remember him and they tell him of the death of Martha Longhurst six years previously. Len and Bet turn up at the Registry Office and surprise Alan and Elsie as their witnesses. Irma and Bet move into the flat. Elsie and Alan marry. The residents throw a surprise party at the Rovers for the Howards before they honeymoon in Paris. Ray tells Len that Alan, despite signs of wealth, owes them £350 and it looks as if he has money troubles.
Lucille is pleased to see Gary Strauss. Bet warns her off. Ken phones Val and tells her he's had a letter warning him about Ray and her. Annie decides to take on a hostess' role in the pub and leave the work to her employees. Ernie tells Emily the Mission people are talking about her working in the Rovers. Emily tells Annie she won't work the bar anymore. Irma is frightened when Joe comes on strong. Annie feels that she'll have to run the pub on her own with Billy. He is against the idea. A drunken Joe tells a scared Irma how he killed Steve Tanner.
Joe lets himself into Irma's flat, locking it behind him. She is terrified. Greg and Gary tell Maggie that they think Irma is in danger. Gary rings Major Ryan. Maggie tells the regulars about Joe's confession whilst Gregg breaks the news to Elsie. The residents don't know what to do about Irma. Ena suggests they throw a welcome home party for Ken, inviting Irma and Joe. The residents persuade Joe and Irma to come to the party in the Rovers. The police and US Army M.P's rush to the Street. Joe escapes through the toilet window when he realises the Ogdens know nothing about a party supposedly being long organised and realises it's a set up. Joe takes refuge with Minnie and his gun in No.5.
The police surround No.5. Joe fires a bullet out of it and refuses to come out. Ena fears for Minnie. Minnie isn't frightened, just worried about Joe. Irma breaks down about not telling anyone about him. Stan is angry that Joe threatened her. Stan breaks into No.5 and confronts Joe. He releases Minnie and holds Stan at gunpoint. He insanely makes Stan sing carols before turning the gun and killing himself. Stan is proclaimed a hero by the residents and his drinks at the Rovers are on the house. Albert takes Minnie in when she doesn't want to stay in No.5.