Coronation Street

Season 1 Episode 2

Wed 14 Dec, 1960

Aired Tuesday 7:30 PM Dec 14, 1960 on ITV
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Wed 14 Dec, 1960
Florrie is caught by the police selling firelighters after seven. Christine Hardman of No. 13 is annoyed that Ena is telling everyone that her mother May, who is in hospital after suffering a breakdown, has gone mad. Kids scratch Susan's Dad's car. Ida embarrasses Ken by showing Susan his baby photos. Ivan turns up at the Rovers. Civil servant Esther Hayes of No. 5 takes charge of Christine who has broken down after a row with Ena in the corner shop. In the Rovers, Annie breaks off from arguing with husband Jack to tell bus driver Harry Hewitt of No. 7 that he should remarry again after the death of his wife and provide a home for his daughter Lucille who he's had to put in an orphanage. Susan embarrasses Ken by going into the Rovers. Linda also goes there for a drink with Elsie and is not pleased when she bumps into Ivan. Ena and her fellow pensioner cronies, Martha Longhurst and Minnie Caldwell, watch with delight from the bar of the snug, expecting a fight.moreless

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  • The saga expands!

    Tony Warren's excellent build up continues as he presents more characters in the street (Jack Walker, Minnie Caldwell, Martha Longhurst) and shows the programme's ability for "laugh out loud" comedy for the first time in the scene between Ena, Minnie and Martha in the Rovers when Ena speaks about her mother's "beautiful" death - "She just sat up, broke wind and died"! Brilliant (!) and perhaps what one wouldn't expect from television in 1960. The actors seem less nervous in this episode - understandable as they were taping this episode on Friday 9th December for transmission the following Wednesday 14th and therefore wouldn't be going through the terrible fear of a live transmission as they did with episode 1.moreless
Noël Dyson

Noël Dyson

Ida Barlow (1960-1961)

Daphne Oxenford

Daphne Oxenford

Esther Hayes (1960 - 1972)

Violet Carson

Violet Carson

Ena Sharples (1960-1980)

Alan Rothwell

Alan Rothwell

David Barlow (1960-1968)

Christine Hargreaves

Christine Hargreaves

Christine Hardman Appleby (1960-1963)

Betty Alberge

Betty Alberge

Florrie Lindley (1960 - 1965)

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode was featured on the Network DVD "Coronation Street - 1960" released in 2006.

    • This episode was videotaped immediately after the broadcast of Episode 1 on Friday 9th December, 1960 and transmitted the following Wednesday. This same pattern would occur for the next few months.

    • First appearances of following regular characters (with the date of their last appearances in brackets):
      Jack Walker (24 June 1970)
      Christine Hardman (03 April 1963)
      Esther Hayes (05 April 1972)
      Martha Longhurst (13 May 1964)
      Harry Hewitt (06 September 1967)
      Minnie Caldwell (07 April 1976)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Ena Sharples: Sometimes I think I am bout ready to go down to that cemetary
      Martha: Really?
      Ena: I would just like to go the way me mother did
      Martha: Ooh that were a beautiful ending
      Ena: Lovely she just sat up, broke wind, and died.

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