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.
Elsie is stunned when Bill Gregory returns and tells her he wants her to come to Portugal with him. Curly wants to thump Terry for hijacking Sharon. Terry tells him he doesn't fancy her and advises him to build a few muscles to impress her. Bill tells Elsie he doesn't want to be lonely any more - he's been lonely for her for years. She doesn't think she can give everything up on a whim. The Ogdens move Stan's bed into the sitting room. The police warn Fred that his tyres are bald. Sharon gets Curly to carry her bags to the station, telling him she's returning to Sheffield. Elsie decides she's wasted enough of her life and she should grasp her opportunity to escape. Bill is delighted when she phones his hotel to say she's on her way to him in London. Elsie packs. She takes her photographs of Linda and Dennis and, posting her keys at the Barlows' house and remembering old times, leaves the Street for ever.
Stan continues to take money from the bank and kids Hilda that he's on a winning streak with his betting. Rita is thrilled with her new car. Ken and Deirdre ask Billy to invite Percy back into the Rovers. He refuses to listen to them and tells them that they can take their custom elsewhere. Mavis complains that there's too much chutney in the Rovers' sandwiches. Billy is annoyed and bars her from the pub as well. Rita tells Mavis she'll pay for her flat to be decorated if she'll take driving lessons. Mavis agrees. Hilda receives a bank statement and discovers Stan has withdrawn £40. She accuses Stan of stealing the money but he is adamant that it was his money. She tries to make him see they'll need the money to live on soon. Billy tries to make up with Deirdre but she refuses to speak to him. Alf stands by Deirdre and bars him from the shop.
Curly and Elaine Pollard spend the night together in the boat when it breaks down. Emily is upset with Curly when he finally arrives home because he didn't phone her beforehand to say that he was safe. He is touched that someone worries about him. A TV detector van roams the area. Bill finds someone has stolen all the lead off the chapel roof. He calls in the police. The police tell Emily they're surprised she employed Bill in the first place. Jack panics when the detector van calls in the Street. He tries to stop the family watching the TV but the detector operators call anyway. Vera swears she gave Jack the money to buy the licence but discovers he kept the money instead.
Bet meets Vinny Morris from Strangeways and gives him £20. Bill repairs all the rotten wood at No.11. Eddie phones Hilda with the news that Marion has had a 9lb 2oz girl. Bet feeds Vinny and is flattered when he chats her up. He tells her he can't trust himself to be alone. She falls for his line and takes care of him. Billy tries to interest Mike in buying his wine bar and pays him the money he owes him. Bet begins to worry as Vinny makes sexual overtones towards her. Eddie phones her and asks her why she didn't pick Vinny up; her Vinny was an imposter. Bet is furious when he runs off. Billy flirts with Deirdre, taking advantage of Ken being away. Betty finds the till is £50 down and realises Billy took the money to pay Mike back.
Mavis is a bag of nerves at the talent concert, fearing the turns will be awful. Billy acts as Master of Ceremonies at the concert. Percy, as "Old Enoch", starts the concert with his farmyard impersonations. They are awful but he thinks the act went down well. Alf tells jokes but none of his jokes are funny. Curly sings a song, "My Heart is a Bridge" accompanied by his guitar. Kevin and Terry harmonise with percussion. Vera and Ivy dress as tramps and sing "We're a Couple of Swells". Gail looks after Nicky whilst the family are at the concert. George Hepworth calls on her and tells her he fancies her. She is frightened and tries to fight him off as he drags her to the floor.
Billy has thrown Fred out of the pub and sports a bruise but is pleased to have the pub to himself. Mavis arranges an engagement party and is horrified to discover Victor has been calling. Bill visits the cafe and is annoyed to see Dazz Isherwood eating there. He reminds Debbie that she's not to see him. Mavis panics that Derek and Victor may come face to face. Bill is furious to see Debbie riding with Dazz on his motorbike. Percy loses Randy the budgie when he flies out of his window. He fears the local pigeons will attack him and offers a two pound reward for his return. Victor hangs around outside The Kabin for a glimpse of Derek. Bill tells Debbie he doesn't like her lying to him and tells her she's not old enough to go out with Dazz; either she quits Dazz or she returns to school. Victor warns Mavis that she's falling into a trap in marrying Derek - she's obviously on the rebound from him. Mavis is furious at his cheek.
Deirdre calls Ken a liar because he fancied Sally and kissed her. He swears he only loves her - she tells him to watch it in future. Fred and Jack buy another load of shirts and store them in Mike's van. Audrey runs away from George Hepworth who wants his engagement ring back. She regards them as the spoils of war. Sally tells Ken she'll resign as she's sick of the mess. Ken makes her see it's all blown over. She doesn't know if she can cope with working for Ken as she still fancies him. Frank Tyler likes the shirts and takes Fred to a boozy business lunch. Brian catches George at No.5 bothering Audrey for the £500 he gave her as a tax dodge. George tells him Gail enjoyed their kisses causing Brian to go for him. Brian sees him off but George tells him he'll never know if Gail encouraged him. Tony Cunliffe is embarrassed by all the attention he's receiving from Bet. When Ken tells Deirdre that Sally offered to resign Deirdre is furious, she must have been feeling guilty. Fred has a great meal with Tyler and celebrates having his cheque for £432. Jack points out the cheque is made out to M. Baldwin.
Billy lays on the funeral meal to help Hilda. Jack tells Tony how he gave the police Stan's name. Tony takes him to the station to make a statement. Trevor Ogden, Ken, Mike, Emily, Ivy, Vera, Fred, Alf and Stan's cousin Edwin and his wife Doris arrive from Ormskirk to attend Stan's funeral. Hilda is touched to receive flowers from Annie Walker and the Lowthers. Bill tells Elaine he thinks she's special. Tony tells Bet he's furious she warned Rita off; he's a free agent. He only went out with her for a bit of fun and doesn't want to see her again. Trevor finds the funeral boring. As soon as it's over he returns to Chesterfield. Mike tells Fred he's found out he's been posing as him to buy and sell shirts. He tells Fred he's fired. Hilda breaks down when she opens Stan's spectacle case, sent on by the hospital.