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Coronation Street

Season 26 1985
TV-PG

  • 1985-01-02T19:30:00Z on ITV
  • 30 mins
  • 20 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Soap

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.

40 episodes

26x01 Episode 2479 (2nd January 1985)

  • Season Premiere

    1985-01-02T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Elaine wants Kevin to go to Southampton with them. Hilda advertises for a lady lodger as she's feeling lonely. Bet feels sure that Gordon Lewis has got the job and he'll sack her. Elaine tells Kevin she doesn't want to split the family up and says that if he doesn't go with them he'll be splitting it up. Sarah Ridley tells Gordon that she wants him to take over the Dockers Arms and makes Bet manageress of the Rovers. Henry Wakefield calls on Hilda as a prospective lodger. Bill rows with Kevin for mouthing Elaine and threatens to thump him if it happens again. Bet looks forward to moving into the Rovers and has to go on a training course. Kevin packs his stuff. Bill refuses to stop him leaving.

Kevin sleeps at the garage. Frank Harvey is installed at the Rovers as manager until Bet takes over officially. Bill promises Percy that he'll make Elaine happy and wins him over by asking him to organise the wedding. Gail makes Brian see that he has to tell Bill where Kevin is; he's a father too. He tells Bill. Hilda shows Henry Wakefield round No.13. Kevin refuses to listen to Bill or return home.

Kevin refuses to go to the wedding. Frank Harvey asks Bet out but she tries to avoid him. Brian makes Kevin see that Bill is entitled to a life. Bill refuses to let Kevin's absence spoil his day. Frank invites Bet to spend the night at the Rovers. Kevin arrives at the Register Office just in time. Bill and Elaine are married. Henry Wakefield moves into No.13. Kevin agrees to stay at No.11 until the house is sold. Bet tells Frank that she's not moving in; her training course starts next week. The Websters go to Southampton leaving Kevin behind.

Christine Millward sends Mike her designs. Betty does all the work at the Rovers whilst Frank Harvey "supervises". She demands that he takes on someone else. Frank gets in contact with friend Gloria Todd and asks her to come and work for him. Mike is impressed when he meets Christine. He promises to look at her designs.

Mike and Christine Millward have a business lunch and he makes a play for her. Terry plans a rave up at Kevin's house. Frank Harvey starts Gloria Todd on at the Rovers and Betty also takes Maureen Barnett on. Gloria has never worked behind a bar before. Mike tells Christine that he's costing her designs. Curly recognises Henry Wakefield from the library and tells Hilda that he often sees him during the day - even though Hilda thought he was at work as a railway ticket collector.

Christine Millward thinks that Mike is stringing her along. Mike looks at her designs and tells her that he's interested in them. Frank Harvey asks Gloria out for a meal. She agrees and they leave Maureen Barnett on her own. Henry Wakefield tells Hilda that he hasn't got a job. Mike tells Christine he's taking her flying suits on. Henry tells Hilda that he broke a strike at the foundry and the anxiety of his friends turning on him killed his mother. He apologises to Hilda for lying to her and tells her that he'll leave in the morning.

Mike starts producing Christine Millward's flying suits. Hilda persuades Henry Wakefield to stay with her. Gloria regrets her night with Frank Harvey. Hilda asks Mike to give Henry a job and he takes him on as van driver. Mike persuades Christine to go to London with him to see some buyers.

Teenager Martin Platt starts at the cafe. Kevin thinks about moving into the shop flat. Mike and Christine Millward go to London. Harry and Connie Clayton make arrangements to move into No.11. The truckers give Martin the run around at the cafe. Alf tells Kevin that he's not renting the flat anymore. Kevin is homeless as the Claytons take possession of No.11. Christine keeps reminding Mike that she's married. Emily takes Kevin in.

Kevin is bitter that his family has split. Percy organises the Community Centre's Valentine Dance. Phyllis waits for him to invite her. Terry agrees to help the Claytons move in when he sees eldest daughter Andrea. The Claytons move in. Gloria worries about her future when Bet returns. Connie doesn't like No.11 and can't understand how Harry talked her into buying it. Kevin isn't happy about Emily's cosy rules at No.3.

26x10 Episode 2488 (4th February 1985)

  • 1985-02-04T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Bet takes over the Rovers and moves her stuff from the Corner Shop flat to the pub. She doesn't think much of Gloria. Ida gets an anonymous letter telling her that Henry Wakefield is a strike-breaker. Bet feels that Gloria is no use behind the bar. Ida tells Ivy that Henry is a blackleg. She wants to take it further and contacts the Union. David Millward turns nasty when he learns that Mike was in London with Christine; he thought she was on her own. He drags her away from Mike.

26x11 Episode 2489 (6th February 1985)

  • 1985-02-06T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Union recommends that Ida has Henry removed from the factory. Jack helps Bet out as temporary cellarman. Ida tells Mike that Henry is a strike-breaker. Christine tells Mike that she's sorted David out. Vera accuses Bet of conning Jack into spending his time in the Rovers rather than his window round. She drags Jack out of the pub. Mike tells Henry that he's not bothered about his past. Bet tells Gloria she's not got enough experience and she wants her to finish. Gloria accuses her of not liking the competition from a younger woman. Shirley and her friend Donna model Christine's flying suits for buyer Ralph Ward. Terry helps Bet out in the cellar. Vera catches him but agrees to let him carry on when Bet compliments her on his good manners. Mike invites Christine out for a non-business drink, she refuses.

26x12 Episode 2490 (11th February 1985)

  • 1985-02-11T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Bet finds the responsibility of running the Rovers getting too much. Wilf Starkey applies for the job of cellarman. Ida is furious that Mike isn't going to sack Henry Wakefield. Ralph Ward places an order for the flying suits. Mike and Christine celebrate. Ida tells the girls that Henry is a strike-breaker. Terry tries to lure Andrea away from her revision. Ivy asks the factory girls to give Henry a chance but they all refuse to work with him. They threaten to strike unless Mike sacks him. Wilf agrees to start at the Rovers. David finds Christine and Mike celebrating together. He tells Mike that Christine's future is as a wife and mother.

26x13 Episode 2491 (13th February 1985)

  • 1985-02-13T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Percy prepares for the dance. He is horrified to discover the DJ named Barry Pollard calls himself 'Kaiser Bill'. Vera calls Henry Wakefield a "scab", causing him to give his notice in. Mike sacks him so that he can go onto the dole and gives him an extra week's wages. Christine Millward tells Mike that he has to realise their relationship is purely professional. Henry gets drunk before taking Hilda to the dance. Alf takes Rita to the dance, Terry takes Andrea. Gail is annoyed when Brian has to work and she has to go to the dance alone. Curly gets together with Shirley and takes her home. Henry snatches the microphone and tells the dancers that they're a miserable lot. He walks out. Hilda finds that he's not at home but has left his key. Percy dodges Phyllis all night. She grabs him for the ladies' excuse me. Rita agrees to go dancing with Alf again.

26x14 Episode 2492 (18th February 1985)

  • 1985-02-18T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Ken decides to sell Albert's old sideboard. Mike advises Sally Waterman to grasp her opportunities when she tells him there's a job going at the Gazette. He gives her a free flying suit. Hilda is furious that Henry Wakefield has been hounded out of the Street. Two louts, Stu and Scotty, cause trouble in the Rovers. They smash some glasses and steal a few bottles. Sally calls the Gazette about the job of trainee reporter. Hilda accuses Ivy and Vera of ruining her life; they've ruined her new start by driving Henry away.

26x15 Episode 2493 (20th February 1985)

  • 1985-02-20T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Barlows clear out the sideboard. Ken finds stuck behind a drawer an edition of the Manchester Evening News dated 24th May 1919 which details Albert's return home from the First World War with his regiment and mentions his award of the Military Medal. Percy leads the hunt for Henry Wakefield's whereabouts. Ivy apologises to Hilda for Henry's upset and asks for forgiveness. They drink to Henry's return. The Barlows get £400 for the sideboard. They send £100 to Beattie Pearson. When the louts drink at the Rovers again, Bet takes the money for the bottles and breakages off them and throws them out, pretending that she's had karate lessons. Percy spots Henry's bike. Ken buys DIY units at trade from a client. Mike calls Ivy and Vera hypocrites when they show concern for Henry. Hilda feels like a jinx.

26x16 Episode 2494 (25th February 1985)

  • 1985-02-25T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Percy suggests that Hilda looks for Henry Wakefield at the library. Mavis wins a second honeymoon in Modern Bride magazine. Sally Waterman wants to do an article on Mavis' win but Ken refuses to embarrass her. Hilda finds Henry at the Manchester Central Library. He apologises for letting her down. Mavis tells Sally all about the Capri holiday. Sally promises that the Weatherfield Recorder won't carry the story.

26x17 Episode 2495 (27th February 1985)

  • 1985-02-27T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Sally Waterman resigns from the Weatherfield Recorder, the Gazette having offered her a job. The Gazette reports on Mavis' win. She grows hysterical. Henry Wakefield tells Hilda he's starting afresh away from Weatherfield. Ken realises Sally got the job at the Gazette because of Mavis' story. He tells her to leave the Recorder immediately. A reporter, Jim Lomax, from the Nationals calls on Mavis. He frightens her into giving him her side of the story.

26x18 Episode 2496 (4th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-04T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Nationals carry Derek's story of the jilting. Andrea can't study for her mocks because there's not enough room in the house. Ken finds the DIY units too hard to erect. Mavis gives the reporter her reply to Derek's allegations that she's a scarlet woman. Derek turns up and tells Mavis that the reporter tricked him and twisted her words. Ken is surprised when Deirdre puts the units together. Derek and Mavis start to talk to each other for the first time. She worries that the reporter will print what she said about Derek.

26x19 Episode 2497 (6th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-06T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The papers carry Mavis's attack on Derek. Ken completes the DIY units. Derek demands an explanation from Mavis. He realises that her words were twisted. Ken considers fitting his own central heating at No.1. Andrea has enough of revising and considers leaving school for good.

26x20 Episode 2498 (11th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-11T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

George Wardle starts at Baldwin's Casuals as van driver. He is pleased to see Ivy but she can't understand how he knows her. Hilda reads the Rovers staff's tea leaves: Wilf Starkey to travel East, Betty to come into Silver and Bet will hear from a relative. Ivy realises that she knows George from Church. Andrea tells Harry she wants to leave school and get a job but he wants her to go to University. Mavis writes back to Derek and tells him that she'd still like to be friends. She wants to go on holiday with Rita but Rita isn't keen. Andrea reveals that she's got her exam results and they're awful: 'E' in Physics, 'O' in Maths and Chemistry. Alf invites Rita to go on holiday with him. She tells him that she's going with Mavis. Bet decides to give Hilda's predictions a helping hand to shut her up.

26x21 Episode 2499 (13th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-13T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Bet sets Hilda up, giving Betty a silver locket. Wilf Starkey pretends he's been invited East to Gorton. Hilda is chuffed. Ken talks to Andrea for Harry about her future. He tells her not to take the results as a failure. Bet asks an old friend, Tommy Figg, to pretend to be her Cousin Arthur. Terry is keen for Andrea to leave school. "Cousin Arthur" turns up to see Bet and Hilda is ecstatic until Jack reveals that he's a club comic. When Vera tells Andrea she's making the right decision leaving school, Andrea changes her mind and agrees to stay on. Betty admits to Hilda that they've been having her on over the predictions. Hilda is upset but Bet is shocked when her Uncle Ted arrives. He is a tramp and she fears he wants to see more of her.

26x22 Episode 2498 (11th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-11T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

George Wardle starts at Baldwin's Casuals as van driver. He is pleased to see Ivy but she can't understand how he knows her. Hilda reads the Rovers staff's tea leaves: Wilf Starkey to travel East, Betty to come into Silver and Bet will hear from a relative. Ivy realises that she knows George from Church. Andrea tells Harry she wants to leave school and get a job but he wants her to go to University. Mavis writes back to Derek and tells him that she'd still like to be friends. She wants to go on holiday with Rita but Rita isn't keen. Andrea reveals that she's got her exam results and they're awful: 'E' in Physics, 'O' in Maths and Chemistry. Alf invites Rita to go on holiday with him. She tells him that she's going with Mavis. Bet decides to give Hilda's predictions a helping hand to shut her up.

26x23 Episode 2499 (13th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-13T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Bet sets Hilda up, giving Betty a silver locket. Wilf Starkey pretends he's been invited East to Gorton. Hilda is chuffed. Ken talks to Andrea for Harry about her future. He tells her not to take the results as a failure. Bet asks an old friend, Tommy Figg, to pretend to be her Cousin Arthur. Terry is keen for Andrea to leave school. "Cousin Arthur" turns up to see Bet and Hilda is ecstatic until Jack reveals that he's a club comic. When Vera tells Andrea she's making the right decision leaving school, Andrea changes her mind and agrees to stay on. Betty admits to Hilda that they've been having her on over the predictions. Hilda is upset but Bet is shocked when her Uncle Ted arrives. He is a tramp and she fears he wants to see more of her.

26x24 Episode 2500 (18th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-18T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Stella Rigby, Landlady of the White Swan, contacts Bet and invites her to join her circle of Lady Victuallers. Nicky is ill and has to be brought home from playgroup. Hilda hears about Bet's Uncle Ted. Vera volunteers Ivy to wash and iron the rugby team's kit for George Wardle. Hilda gets her own back on Bet by telling her that Ted will be around for a while. Nicky has chickenpox. Brian is surprised that Gail is returning to work. He tells her that she'll have to look after Nicky; he's got to be at the garage. Bet puts on airs when Stella calls. Gail returns to the cafe telling Brian that he'll have to look after Nicky. Stella invites Bet for a landladies' night out. An important customer, Mr Crompton, is annoyed when his van isn't repaired as Brian is at home.

26x25 Episode 2501 (20th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-20T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Tilsleys work out a rota for looking after Nicky. With Gail off work some of the time, Percy helps Phyllis out at the cafe on the condition that he's in charge. Brian refuses to leave the garage because of all the work. Ivy irons fifteen rugby kits. Martin doesn't like Percy bossing him about. Bet goes to the "Hare and Hounds" with the girls. Ivy feels in the way as the Tilsleys row.

26x26 Episode 2502 (25th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-25T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Gail and Brian continue to fall out over looking after Nicky. Bet recovers from her night out and realises that she's invited the girls round for a buffet. Betty refuses to help. Gail lets Hilda look after Nicky whilst she works causing Ivy to row with her over letting Hilda into the house on her own. Betty hears from Gordon Clegg that Caroline has had a son, called Peter. Bet breaks open the champagne. Betty agrees to do a buffet for Bet. George Wardle tells Brian not to be so protective over Ivy.

26x27 Episode 2503 (27th March 1985)

  • 1985-03-27T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Betty worries that Bet is getting like Annie Walker, especially when she calls her "Elizabeth". As Brian is working, Gail leaves Nicky with neighbour Connie so she can work. Bet is desperate to impress the Lady Victuallers. Ivy is surprised to find Connie looking after Nicky. Bet is embarrassed as the Lady Vic's eye up the men in the pub. Brian is furious as Gail works late and there's no tea for him. Ivy goes out with George. Stella Rigby challenges Bet to enter the "Brainiest Pub" contest. When Brian tells Gail that she should be at home with Nicky she tells him that she hasn't got a home.

26x28 Episode 2504 (1st April 1985)

  • 1985-04-01T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Nicky returns to playgroup. With the Lowthers going away, Hilda agrees to house-sit. Cliff Farmer from the Brewery tells Bet that Stella Rigby has entered her in the "Brainiest Pub" contest. Bet ropes Ken in to lead the team. Gail wants to buy a house but Brian refuses to look for one. Hilda enjoys herself at the Lowthers' posh house. The Tilsleys have over £3,000 saved but Brian wants to spend the money on the garage rather than buy a house.

26x29 Episode 2505 (3rd April 1985)

  • 1985-04-03T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Brian refuses to view a house that Gail is keen on. Mavis is delighted when Ken asks her to join the Rovers' quiz team. Gail packs and gets Kevin to drive her and Nicky to Audrey Potter's in Cadishead. Hilda has a wonderful time at the Lowthers'. She returns home to find she's been burgled. Her bill money, £8.50 is taken and the house is vandalised. Wilf Starkey joins the quiz team. Brian returns home to find Gail has left. Ivy breaks down.

26x30 Episode 2506 (8th April 1985)

  • 1985-04-08T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Ivy urges Brian to talk to Gail but he refuses. Gail refuses to return until things change. Percy volunteers himself for the "Brainiest Pub" contest but Ken says that the team's been picked. Audrey tries to convince Gail to return to Brian.

26x31 Episode 2507 (10th April 1985)

  • 1985-04-10T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Terry hires Jack's car for £5 to move some furniture for money. Gail feels in the way of Audrey's love-life. She thinks that Brian doesn't care as he doesn't get in contact with her. Terry and Curly plan to go into the removal business. Terry plans to buy Jack's car, do it up and sell it to buy a van. Wilf Starkey turns himself into a walking sports manual for the "Brainiest Pub" contest but the Brewery says he can't be on the team as he works for them. Terry and Curly are paid £10 for the removal. The car breaks down on the way. Percy replaces Wilf on the team. Wilf accuses him of reporting him to the Brewery. Gail and Nicky move into a bedsit. Ivy is angry that Brian hasn't seen Gail. He agrees to see her to stop Ivy's nagging. Terry offers Jack £500 for the car. Brian arrives at Audrey's to find Gail has left, thinking that their marriage is over.

26x32 Episode 2508 (15th April 1985)

  • 1985-04-15T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Brian contacts Gail on her birthday and tells her that he wants to see Nicky. He accuses her of having another man and refuses to chase after her. Cliff Farmer tells Bet that the Rovers have been drawn against the White Swan, Stella Rigby's pub. Brian plans to enjoy his freedom. Terry tries to show Jack that the car is a deathtrap to knock him down on the price but Jack tells him it's too dangerous to sell to him. Ivy asks Gail to come home before the rift gets too big. Jack gets £525 off Terry for the car. Audrey discovers Gail and Nicky are festering in a bedsit and she rows with Brian. Jack discovers Terry is using the car for removals.

26x33 Episode 2509 (17th April 1985)

  • 1985-04-17T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Ivy is furious that Brian spent the night in a club. The Duckworths celebrate their twenty-eighth wedding anniversary. Terry and Curly go halves on the car. Brian plans another night out and tells Ivy he's single again. The White Swan team are made up of professionals. Bet worries about the Rovers' reputation. The car breaks down and Curly has to run to the Rovers to be in time for the quiz. Terry realises Jack knew the engine was knackered and it'll cost a fortune to repair. Stella Rigby is put out when the Rovers take a lead over the White Swan. Percy gets the deciding question on sport wrong and the Rovers lose the quiz. He is sorry but everyone shuns him. Ivy packs Brian's bag and tells him to leave.

26x34 Episode 2510 (22nd April 1985)

  • 1985-04-22T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Brian spends the night at the garage. Jack gets a load of silver lurex off a customer. Ivy rows with Brian and makes him realise that he has to see Gail. Terry asks Kevin to fix the car for a part share in it. Jack gives Vera the material for an anniversary present. She gives it to Connie to have a dress made up. Brian tells Gail that he'll buy a house if that's what she wants. She is upset at his manner and refuses a reconciliation.

26x52 Episode 2530 (1st July 1985)

  • 1985-07-01T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Betty takes command of the Rovers whilst Bet holidays. In Blackpool, Mavis is embarrassed when men whistle at Bet. Rita finds herself caught in the middle of their bickering. Bet grows frustrated as she hasn't met any men. Barman Frank Mills makes her night by telling her a load of toy reps are checking into the hotel. Mavis goes to the zoo on her own. Bet and Rita ensnare a couple of reps. Mavis meets up with Norris Birchall who shares her taste in literature. Rita is embarrassed by the youthful age of her rep, Glenn Pritchard. Bet flirts heavily with hers - Wally Trainer. Norris turns out to be the reps' boss. Kevin and Michelle babysit with Nicky. Michelle worries that Kevin is getting too serious.

26x58 Episode 2536 (22nd July 1985)

  • 1985-07-22T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Andrea is annoyed that Terry knows about the baby. Alf tells builder Les Pringle that he wants to enlarge the shop. Terry feels the Claytons are treating him like dirt by not saying anything to him about the baby. Harry threatens Terry when he calls round. Andrea tells him she wants nothing from him. Ivy and George throw an engagement party. The Claytons can't understand the Duckworths' happy mood. When Jack asks them to join in the celebrations, they row. Harry tells them that Andrea is pregnant. Vera insinuates that Andrea is a slut causing Harry to thump Jack. Connie goes for Vera and they have to be separated.

26x72 Episode 2550 (9th September 1985)

  • 1985-09-09T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Alf lays on wine for the grand opening. Miss Weatherfield is too ill to open the shop. Bet opens the mini-market as Miss Weatherfield 1957. Sam Tindall asks Phyllis to go on the bowling club outing with him. She tells him she'll go with him if he beats Percy at bowls. Alf gets drunk and proposes to Rita. She tells him to leave it until he's sober.

26x84 Episode 2562 (21st October 1985)

  • 1985-10-21T18:30:00Z — 30 mins

Deirdre becomes hysterical and fears that Tracy has been abducted. Tracy arrives in Newcastle. A man tries to pick her up but Tracy threatens to tell a policeman. The police take her in. Emily tries to comfort Deirdre who blames herself for Tracy's disappearance. The police tell the Barlows that Tracy is in Newcastle with Susan. Tracy tells Susan she wants to stay with her and not return home. Vera fancies the idea of being a pub landlady and encourages Jack. Gail pushes Audrey to find a job. She helps Alf out at the shop with Deirdre worrying about Tracy. Susan brings Tracy home. Stella Rigby tells the Rovers' staff about Bet's probation and smilingly tells Bet she'll support her all she can.

26x102 Episode 2580 (23rd December 1985)

  • 1985-12-23T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Alf throws the pudding away. He is hungover and ill-prepared for the wedding. Audrey worries about giving up her singleness. She and Gail laugh at the thought this being her first wedding day. Sam demands compensation from Bet for his lost pudding. Frank moves into the Rovers for Christmas. Gail, Brian, Ivy, Mike, Ken and Deirdre gather for Alf and Audrey's wedding. Alf and Audrey are married at the Register Office. Bet lays on a wedding spread in the select of the Rovers. The celebrations turn into a Christmas party. Rita wishes Alf well. Ken is displeased to see Mike dancing with Susan at the party. Bet is upset to see Frank and Gloria flirting together. The Roberts sneak off on honeymoon to Paris.

26x104 Episode 2582 (30th December 1985)

  • 1985-12-30T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Audrey and Alf return from Paris. Mike invites Susan to spend New Year with him at a London hotel, she agrees. Alf is preoccupied with the overflow of stock at the shop. Frank makes another pass at Gloria and hurts her. She defends herself and threatens to tell Bet. Susan lies to Ken and tells him that she's spending New Year in Newcastle with friends. Frank tells Gloria that she'll regret rejecting him.

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