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.
John Lane tells Gail he has to monitor her calls. She begins to be suspicious when he knows her name. Ernie calls on Gail. She introduces him to Lane. Gail worries when Lane shows no signs of leaving at 11.00pm. He tells her to get into bed. Emily is suspicious about Lane and calls the police. John breaks down once the police arrive. He is arrested. The news reaches Stan that Polly Ogden has had an eight and a half pound baby girl. He buys drinks all round. The residents think that Dave Smith is planning to open a club on the warehouse site. Dave is shocked to find Blanche, an old friend, in the Street and dumps Brenda Holden for her.
A TV detector van roams the area. Len and Rita have a date at the Gatsby. A reluctant Stan poses for Hilda as part of her art classes. Rita is furious when Len spends their date chatting to a woman her recognises there - Donna Parker. He arranges to see her again. Fearing that they haven't a licence Stan tries to hide the TV but drops it. Hilda then reveals that she's just bought a licence. Len explains to Rita who Donna is and tells her that he intends to get £500 out of Donna for what she did to Alf. The Ogdens TV is bust. Annie offers Terry Bradshaw a permanent job but he wants to return to being a chippie. She is caught with an out-of-date TV licence by Brian Howe of the detection agency.
As the night wears on Hilda searches for Stan and fears he's dead. Albert and Stan help themselves to the beer barrels in the Rovers' cellar. Hilda fears Stan is with Clara Regan. Albert and Stan get more and more drunk in the cellar. Hilda decides to report Stan missing to the police. In the morning Annie finds Albert and Stan when she opens up. The Bishops sleep badly on their bed. Annie bans Stan and Albert from the Rovers. Ken tries to get Wendy into bed but she resists.
The word spreads that Deirdre is pregnant. She puts the gossipers right. Len gets a phone call to say that someone is coming to stay and gets Hilda to tidy the house in readiness but he won't say who his guest is. Ray enjoys everyone buying him drinks before Rita tells them he's not going to be a father. Rita thinks Len is making the house tidy for her but it is Elsie Howard who arrives at Len's, suitcase in hand.
The Bishops feel it's unfair that they should have to close the shop whilst the Ogdens just sail through life. Ena tells Len and Eddie about Frank Holmes. They hide as she talks to Holmes. She realises he is a con-man. Ernie goes to the bank to ask for a loan. Len and Eddie stop Holmes from leaving. Eddie nearly throttles him. Len takes him to the police station. Albert supervises the residents to sort out his allotment. Eddie is embarrassed about making a citizen's arrest. Ena tells Len she twigged Holmes because Hettie Boothroyd has been dead for five months. Hilda shows the "muriel" off. Annie is horrified that the other wallpaper is the same as her bedroom paper. Ray carves "Albert Rules OK" on Albert's prize marrow. Ernie is refused a bank loan and goes into liquidation.
Ray discovers a load of plumbing stock has been stolen from the site. Len tells the contractor. Stripper, Josie Steel, goes through her routine with Ernie at No.3. Emily walks in half way through. She accuses Ernie of thinking more of letting Rita down than her. Rita throws Emily out of The Kabin when she groups her in the same category as the strippers at the Gatsby. Jack Barker and Doug West steal tiles from the site. The Bishops apologise to each other. He tells her he'll give the job up. Len and Ray suspect Barker of being the thief.
The Warehouse is opened up again as Baldwin's Casuals. Elsie challenges Len to take her out for the night to prove he can still show a girl a good time. Londoner Mike Baldwin arrives in Weatherfield to supervise his new factory. As the office isn't finished he interviews Ernie at No.3, catching him unaware. He tells him he's opening a denim factory and is after a wages clerk. Rita gives Len two free tickets for the Gatsby. He says he'll take Ken. Rita is annoyed when Len takes Elsie there instead while Elsie is annoyed that Len didn't pay for the tickets. Len grows jealous of Rita's agent. He tells her she can't have a week off to sing in Torquay. She is adamant that she's going so he threatens her with the sack. Rita hits him and he falls to the floor, hitting his head.
Handel Gartside arrives in the Street and tells Ena that Minnie isn't returning from his home in Whaley Bridge. Ray arranges to look round No.5, thinking he can buy it cheap and do it up. Deirdre refuses to live in Coronation Street. Stan buys the mac back for 10p but to his surprise Hilda refuses to have it back. Handel tells Ena he's fond of Minnie and will take care of her. Hilda plans to buy a new mac out of Christmas money but discovers Stan has taken half of it. She is furious and calls him a liar and a thief. She tells him she hates him and their rotten lives. She tells him tells him to go away from her and he does. Handel oversees Minnie's things being taken away. As a keepsake Ena takes a picture and Albert takes her Coronation mug. Ena tells Handel to take care of Minnie and sadly watches her stuff leave the Street. The Langtons view No.5. Ernie finds out the address of the woman who bought Emily's engagement ring. He tries to buy it back but she's emigrated to Australia. Emily says she's glad as she's got her eye on another ring. Hilda wonders where Stan is when he stays out all evening.
Episode 1648 Ernie has begun his new job and is slightly unnerved when he has to interview girls for jobs in the factory, particularly when Bet appears as an applicant. Annie has decided she can't keep on Bet and Betty in the Rovers unless they will take a salary cut, so they both apply for jobs in the factory. Hilda is worried about Stan who has been missing from home for some days.
Episode 1649 Hilda is still worried about Stan and finally breaks down when everyone is sending her up about his absence in the Rovers; Hilda confides in Annie who rises to the occasion by comforting her and ringing the police. Bet and Betty are shattered when they are told they won't get the factory jobs and Annie has started to make alternative staffing arrangements.
Episode 1650 Annie tells Hilda she won't tell anyone about Stan's disappearance. Bet refuses to crawl to Annie to secure her job. Betty fears she'll never work again. Stan arrives at Norman Crabtree's chip shop in Oakhill. Annie refuses to take Betty and Bet back. Hilda contacts the Salvation Army. Stan tells Norman and assistant Edie Blundell he's been hitching all over the country. Edie feels sorry for him. He asks Norman if he can stay with him. Eddie returns to No.13 from staying in Liverpool. Hilda tells him he can't stay with her as Stan is away. Gail starts work at the Rovers. Bet and Betty, as customers, give her the runaround, ordering cocktails which Annie has to instruct her on how to make up. Norman resents the way Stan lounges around the shop, eating the profits and entertaining Edie to a drink. Stan phones the Rovers to tell Hilda he's alright. The residents begin to realise Stan has left her.
Episode 1651 Mavis considers taking driving lessons. Betty sees Nellie Harvey for a job. Annie finds it hard work at the Rovers, with Fred still doing his afternoon job. She pays Eddie to wash glasses. Hilda fills out a form for the Salvation Army in order to trace Stan who meanwhile enjoys being looked after by Edie Blundell. Norman Crabtree calls on Hilda and tells her Stan is with him. She is furious that he didn't tell her sooner. Hilda refuses to beg Stan to return. Nellie refuses to give any of Annie's "cast-offs" a job. Fred tells Bet and Betty that Annie wants to see them, when she really only wanted to see Betty. Stan plans a night watching Edie's colour TV and isn't happy with the prospect of being reunited with Hilda. Eddie decides he'll reconcile the Ogdens so he can return to being their lodger. Annie offers Bet and Betty their jobs back without the £2 cut, they return to work and Gail gets the push. Stan decides to return home until Eddie tells him that Hilda wants an apology from him.
Episode 1652 Ray completes his plans for modernising No.5 but Deirdre doesn't want the house. He thinks it's a snip at £2,500 but she refuses to look at the plans. Rita takes a fancy to Mike Baldwin and flirts with him. Norman Crabtree threatens to throw Stan out unless Hilda takes him back. She agrees to take him back without an apology. Stan refuses to return until she has apologised to him. Mike asks Bet out, telling her that he has a wife in London but is in the North during the week. The residents advise Deirdre to take No.5. She looks at the plans and likes them. She agrees to buying the house. Ray is delighted. Stan asks Eddie to get some of his clothes for him. Hilda dresses up for Stan's return and is upset when Eddie tells her he's not coming back; he's being looked after by Edie. Ray is horrified to find someone else has beat him to it and bought No.5.
Episode 1653 Edie throws herself at Stan. Ken organises the Old Folk's Christmas Party. Eddie is forced to sleep at Monkey Gibbons' but wants to return to No.13. Mike asks Len and Ray to do a conversion job on his new house - No.5 for which he is the mystery buyer. Ray is furious. Hilda is horrified that Edie washes Stan's underwear. She goes to the chippie and has a slanging match with Edie. Edie gets Norman to defend her, causing Stan to stick up for Hilda. Norman throws them both out. The Ogdens are reconciled. Hilda tells Eddie they want to live alone - he can't move back. Mike takes Bet out. Rita is horrified; she wanted him.
Episode 1654 Bet is angry when Betty tells her to look out for herself as Mike has a family but Bet just wants to enjoy herself. Mavis plans to send a romantic novel she has written to a publishers. Rita tries to read it. Mike thinks Ray's estimate for the work on No.5 is steep, especially when Deirdre shows him Ray's own plans and his costings. Mike tells Len he'll get someone else to do the job. Len is furious as Ray could have lost them jobs on the factory as well. Rita takes Mavis' manuscript from her bag and starts to read it. Eddie takes Ena to see "Gone with the Wind" for her 77th birthday treat. Len offers Mike a new estimate, down 20% but Mike refuses it. Bet asks Mike to take Len's estimate as a favour and he agrees. Rita tells Deirdre about "Song of a Scarlet Summer" and how Mavis has written about them all, changing their names: 'Rosalind Lane' is Rita, 'Lionel Forrest' is Len, 'Lady Annabel Ryder' is Annie. The book is very steamy: "...she glided on to the shadowy balcony and into the waiting arms of Lionel. Her white throat gleamed in the moonlight as she raised her face to his. She tossed back her chestnut curls and unable to contain his passion Lionel bent his strong mouth to her waiting rosebud lips..."
Episode 1655 Mavis is horrified that Rita has read her book. Rita tells her she liked it. Mike gives Len the job to renovate No.5. Eddie tries to sell Christmas trees. Bet enjoys herself with Mike. Mavis sends her book off to the publishers. Emily warns her that she could be sued if anyone recognises themselves in the book. Annie lays on a party for Ena's 77th birthday. She is touched. Having a touch of last-minute nerves, Mavis tries to retrieve her parcel but the postman refuses to give it to her. Mike invites Bet to move into No.5 with him.
Episode 1656 To show Mavis she won't be sued, Rita reads a bit of the novel to Stan, about 'Santos Olivier' and Stan doesn't recognise himself. Bet doesn't know whether or not to live with Mike. He shows Bet round No.5 to Len and Ray's amazement. Mavis asks Ken to read the book to see if any of it is libellous. Rita and Elsie try to dissuade Bet from moving into No.5. Ken doesn't think the book is libellous but he doesn't like it. Bet tells Mike she'll move in with him.
Episode 1657 Ena is upset to discover Bet and Mike will be living together in Minnie's old house. Eager to write about real life, Mavis asks Terry about army life. Annie tells Bet to stop the gossip in the bar over her living arrangements and tell everyone she is Mike's housekeeper. Mavis is shocked by Terry's tales and decides to give up writing. Elsie reveals Sylvia's Separates is closing.
Episode 1658 Bet makes plans for No.5. Sylvia's Separates holds a clearance sale. Sylvia Matthews tells Elsie that she and Gail go with the shop. Hilda doesn't think it's fair that Bet should be treated by Mike and his big wallet, especially when he buys Bet a new mac. She refuses to do any housework until Stan has bought her a mac. Elsie tells Mike that Sylvia's would make a good outlet shop for him. Mike looks around the shop and tells Gail he likes it but wouldn't want to employ Elsie; she's too old.
Episode 1659 Elsie is furious that Mike would fire her from the shop. She thinks he's going to replace her with Bet. Eddie gets a mac for Hilda. He tells her it's exclusive and is only £10. Gail tells her it's a bargain. Elsie tackles Bet about Sylvia's. Bet denies all knowledge of it. She confronts Mike about his plans to get rid of her and is speechless when he tells her she's past it. Hilda shows her mac off in the Rovers and sees a woman wearing an identical mac. Mike apologises to Elsie and offers her the job of sewing room supervisor at Baldwin's Casuals. She is pleased.
Episode 1660 Elsie starts work at Baldwin's Casuals. Ivy Tilsley, Vera Duckworth and Marie Stanton work under her. Terry grows tired of being treated like a lad at the Yard as he considers himself a tradesman. Annie's driving test comes through for the next day. Her instructor doesn't think she's ready. The factory girls want to be paid on a different day and Mike tells Ernie to sort it out. Terry tackles Len about the boring jobs he gets given. Len agrees with him and gives a week's notice; there's not enough work for three. Ernie refuses to change the pay day from Friday to Thursday for just the sewing room girls. Eddie runs a book on Annie's driving test. Annie puts £1 on herself to pass. Elsie rows with Ernie - the girls are going to hold a strike meeting.
Episode 1661 Ivy tells Elsie the girls will strike if they're not paid on Thursdays. Renee pushes Terry to find work. Ernie refuses to give way to the girls and he is certain he has Mike's backing. Annie is nervous about her driving test. The factory girls strike. Mike tells Ernie he hopes for his sake that they're soon back at work. The girls don't believe Elsie when she tells them she's on their side. She convinces them that their argument is with Ernie not Mike. She offers to put their case to Mike. Terry tells Renee he doesn't fit in in the Street and he's returning to the army. Ivy wants a fight but the other girls want to return to work. Elsie tells Mike their request and he agrees. Ernie is humiliated. Annie passes her driving test. As a result of their bets on the outcome, Fred wins £20, Terry £5, Annie £10 and Betty £1. Eddie is horrified at the pay-outs he has to make. Ken advises him to find a car for Annie and pay his debts out of the commission.
Episode 1662 Marie Stanton hangs mistletoe over her sewing machine and kisses Mike. Eddie tells his debtors he'll pay half-odds as any bet made on licenced premises is illegal and therefore invalid. Mike throws a party for his workers and gets the drink from Renee for which she is delighted. Bet is angry as she isn't going to the party and she knows the machinists are after Mike. Vera and Marie throw themselves at Mike at the factory party. Ivy has her eye on Tom Pickup and sends Gail out to get more men for the girls. Eddie sets his pal, Lanky Potts, up to sell Annie a Rover 2000. Terry tells Gail he fancies her - she is pleased. Len and Marie break off from the crowd and lock themselves in an office. Ernie tries to give a speech to the girls but they grab him and remove his trousers.
Episode 1663 The girls continue to undress Ernie. Vera pulls his shirt off and he runs away in his string vest and underpants. Gail gets drunk and kisses Terry. He reads more into it, especially when she tells him she doesn't want him to leave the area. Annie refuses to lend glasses for the party as they got the drink from Renee. Terry asks Gail to go out with him as he'd like to settle down. She laughs at him and says she's only with him as there's no one else. He calls her a tart and slaps her face. Len is angry when Marie Stanton dumps him for Mike. Ernie's clothes can't be found so he has to wear denims. Annie test-drives the Rover 2000. Terry leaves for Lancaster, planning to join up again. Renee is upset at being on her own. Bet goes to the party fearing Vera has her claws into Mike but finds him on his own. He gives her the key to No.5 as a Christmas present.
Episode 1664 Mike and Bet move into No.5 but he immediately returns to London. Annie gets one over on Kitty Stonely by offering to take her to a Licenced Victuallers lunch in her Rover 2000. She quickly buys the car off Lanky Potts and he gives Eddie commission on the sale. Bet's wall units are delivered but she has to assemble them. She lures the men round with a bottle of whisky to do the job for her. Renee accuses Gail of being responsible for Terry's leaving and calls her a tart. Annie is stopped by the police after the lunch, doing a three-point turn in the Street. She is breathalysed. The crystals turn green.
Episode 1665 Gail is depressed as she's not doing anything with her life and people think she's a tart. Annie had to provide a blood sample in the police station. Annie discovers her car insurance is £200. She is annoyed as Kitty Stonely spreads the word round the Lady Victuallers about the breathalyser. Bet holds a housewarming. The residents are jealous of the modern house. Annie's blood sample proves she was below the limit. Mike arrives halfway through the party but doesn't mind. Len gets a letter from his son Stanley Fairclough saying he's coming up to visit with his fiancée.