Follows the lives of the residents of the fictional Coronation Street, located in Greater Manchester, which is made up mainly of working-class people.
Dennis reveals he got the £25 at the dogs. Ena recovers in hospital. Lucille goes missing whilst in Esther's care. Concepta returns from Ireland and asks the Walkers if they'll have her back. May is upset when Christine doesn't want to see Malcolm anymore. Ena is visited by Vera and Martha. Ena accuses Martha of being after her job. Christine accuses Malcolm of being ashamed of her but he invites her to the rugby club dance. Lucille turns up having gone Christmas shopping. The police call for Dennis.
May complains of pains, Christine thinks she's attention seeking. Dennis refuses to tell Elsie why the police want him. Ena is convinced she's going to die. Lucille dresses up in Christine's dress and marks it. Dennis reveals the police suspect him of breaking and entering on the night he won the money, and hasn't an alibi. Harry reveals he saw Dennis at the dogs winning the money. Malcolm and Christine go to the dance. Ena walks out of hospital and back to the Mission.
The doctor tells Ena she's got senile decay. Florrie is in the paper after being fined £1 in court. Ena throws Martha out of the Mission. May tries to summon help over her headaches but dies in the hallway. The hospital give Christine, May's wedding ring. Dennis gets a job front of house at a club where he sees his father.
Christine is annoyed that Malcolm didn't see her over her mourning period and slams the door in his face. Ken and his student friends make ban-the-bomb posters until Ida orders them out of the house. Arnold Tanner turns up at No.11 after fifteen years and asks Elsie to give him a divorce so that he can marry Norah Dawson. She refuses and they argue before he storms out. Ena, seeing Arnold leaving the house from her vestry window, spreads it about that Elsie's got a fella. Harry is promoted to inspector at the bus depot.
Sharon helps Len complete work on No.7. Vera brings a cat into the factory to keep the mice down. She calls her Cleopatra. Mike is furious to find clawed denim and blames the cat. Eddie tells Len that he's interested in buying No.7 for himself and Marion. Len tells him that it will cost £14,000. Ken warns Deirdre that they could have twins if she becomes pregnant. Jack's car tax is three months overdue and he needs £40 to renew it. Cleopatra knocks Emily's coffee cup over her accounts. Rita decides she wants No.7 for herself and Len.
Rita and Sharon decide they want No.7 and set about persuading Len. Ivy persuades Emily to cover up for Cleopatra spilling the coffee but she is forced to show Mike a coffee-stained order sheet and tells him about Cleopatra. He goes after the cat and is furious when she rips his jacket. Eddie and Marion look round No.7. They both like it but Marion doesn't want to rush the engagement. Eddie is disappointed. Vera is ill and Jack collects her wages from Emily. Sharon lets it slip to Len that Rita wants No.7. Len tells her that he wants to make a big profit on the house for them both; using the money as a deposit on a nicer house in the country. Rita doesn't believe him. Vera is furious to find Emily has given her wages to Jack. Jack pays off his road tax using the money. Vera goes for Jack with her handbag, providing Street entertainment. Mike takes Cleopatra to the RSPCA.
Alf is alarmed to hear that the neighbours think he is after Bet as a wife. Mike tells the girls that he has taken Cleopatra to be put down. Vera goes to the RSPCA and fetches the cat back. Mavis completes her red, white and blue sweater and sends it off to the Palace as a present for the royal baby. Mike tells the girls to get rid of Cleopatra or he'll drown her. Sharon tries her charms to persuade Len to let them have No.7. He maintains that they can't afford it. Emily suggests to the girls that they make Cleopatra a union member so Mike can't get rid of her. Bet discovers her flat, and the whole of Ludlow Avenue has been demolished.
Alf is horrified that Bet has no flat to return to. He suspects she knew all along that it was going to be demolished. The factory girls make Cleopatra an official union member. Mike can't believe it. Bet swears to Alf that she knew nothing of her flat's demolition. Emily works out the sewing room bonus and tells them they'll each get £10. Mike tells them that they'll only get £9 as Cleopatra has to have an equal share which will go "in the kitty"! Bet tries to win Alf's sympathy by pretending to leave but he discovers her bags are empty. He admires her cheek and agrees to her staying in the flat. Rita tells Len that she really would like to have No.7. He promises to put the money they make from No.7 into a building society and offers to redecorate their bedroom.
Hilda tells Stan that she wants the outside of No.13 repainted and gives him money to buy a bright colour. Lorry driver Les Charlton fancies Gail but is too shy to flirt with her. Eddie tells Stan that he'll get the paint for free from the tip. Gail is upset that Brian has decided to stay in Qatar for another two months. She feels that he doesn't want to come home. Eddie and Stan mix all the different coloured paints together. Betty is shocked when old flame Ted Farrell turns up after thirty-five years - he is the father of Gordon Clegg. She never thought that she'd see him again. Gail employs Jill Mason as a childminder whilst Jackie Moffatt is away. Ted tells Betty that he read about her attack whilst visiting his sister. He tries to explain why he never returned to her after the War. She can't bring herself to tell him that he has a son. Hilda approves of Eddie and Stan's "Jamaican Sun" paint. Les invites Gail out for a drink. She agrees, deciding to have some fun. Betty tells Annie that she doesn't know if she should tell Ted about Gordon.
Hilda supervises the painting of No.13. Gail tries to get out of her date with Les Charlton but he persuades her to go for a lunchtime drink. Betty tells Bet that Cyril never knew Gordon was hers. Eddie and Stan run out of homemade paint. Betty tells Ted Farrell that Gordon wasn't Cyril's son. He half-guesses that he's the father and tells her that he couldn't live with himself if Gordon was his son. Betty lets him believe he is not Gordon's father. Nicky disappears from Jill Mason's care whilst she's shopping in the Corner Shop.
Alf and Jill Mason search for Nicky. Jill thinks someone has taken him. Ken and Annie organise a search party. Les Charlton takes Gail to the Farrier's Arms. Jill innocently tells Ivy that she's lost Nicky. Ivy rushes to tell Gail and is furious to find she's been out with a lad. Elsie takes charge of distraught Gail. Annie fears that Nicky might have fallen down the cellar trap door but Bet finds he's not there. Hilda tries to comfort Ivy. Ivy decides to phone the police and hears Nicky's cries from inside No.7. Eddie smashes a window to get in and brings Nicky out. Whilst Alf searches for Nicky, someone has nicked £20 worth of cigarettes from the shop. Ivy blames Gail for Nicky's disappearance; she shouldn't be working.
Gail decides to give up work to look after Nicky as she realises that it was her fault in the first place. Alma finds Ken attractive. Gail gives in her notice at the cafe but helps out with the lunchtime rush. Hilda demands that her front door is finished. When Eddie tells her the paint came from the tip, she demands the house be totally repainted in purple. Bet plans a dinner party for Elsie and Rita and gets Alf to do all the cooking whilst she's working. Les Charlton asks Gail out for a drink but she says that she'll see him around. Elsie tells Marion that she's going to see Linda for a couple of days and asks her to tell everyone she's ill. Gail decides to keep working part-time.
Eddie and Marion plan to spend the night together at No.11. Mike is upset to hear that Frankie has died of a heart attack. Brian writes to Gail telling her that he's signed up for another two months. Mike goes to London to organise the funeral and Maggie comforts him. Eddie tells Hilda that he's going to Liverpool for the night. Les Charlton pesters Gail for a date. Hilda feels sorry for Elsie as she's ill in bed and calls round. Eddie has to hide in the backyard. Ivy calls on Gail and finds Les visiting her.
Eddie and Marion spend the night together. Ivy apologises to Gail for thinking she's been unfaithful. Gail tells Ivy that she's missing Brian and wants him to return. Hilda guesses that Elsie is away. Stan tells her that Eddie spent the night with Marion. Deirdre celebrates her twenty-seventh birthday. Hilda makes Eddie run up and down stairs to "invalid Elsie". Gail asks Les Charlton not to call on her any more. He tells her that he likes her company but agrees not to see her again. Mike feels vulnerable now all his family are dead. Maggie tells him that he's always got her. Ken buys a weekend trip away in London for Deirdre's birthday. Eddie tells Hilda he's off to Liverpool again so Hilda brings Stan round to spend the evening with Marion. She tells Eddie that she knows what he's up to. Eddie maintains they've done nothing to be ashamed of. Ivy tells Gail that Brian is coming home next Monday.
Ivy is adamant that she's missed Brian more than Gail has. Chalkie Whitely looks at No.7 with a view to buying it. Gail is upset that Ivy has taken the day off to welcome Brian home as she wanted to be alone with him. Maggie stops Mike from drowning his sorrows. Brian returns home - he can't believe how much Nicky has grown. Ivy and Gail are delighted. Ivy stops Brian and Gail's passion. Chalkie tells Rita that he'd like to buy No.7. Rita tells him it's £14,000, but he thinks it's too expensive. Sharon suggests that Rita sells him No.9. Brian has signed up to return to Qatar for another spell in a couple of weeks. Ivy tells Brian about Nicky going missing and Gail returning to work.
Brian tells Gail that he doesn't like her working amongst all the lorry drivers at the cafe. Rita tells Chalkie that he could buy No.9 for cheaper than £14,000. He's interested in it for £10,500. Brian gets angry when he overhears pub-talk that Gail has been going out with lorry drivers. Chalkie looks round No.9 and likes it. He tells Rita that he'll buy it for £10,000. Rita worries what Len will say. Mike tells Maggie that he wants to get married. Les Charlton calls on Gail and is confused by Brian's presence. Brian wants to know who he is. Brian goes for him and throws him out, upsetting Gail who swears he's just a friend. Brian accuses Gail of having an affair with Les and tells her that he was unfaithful as well, with a nurse. She slaps his face.
Alf finds the card and realises he forgot to post it. He pushes it through No.13's door. Eddie starts to use a CB radio with the callsign of "Slim Jim" and he contacts a woman calling herself "Stardust Lil". Hilda finds her Valentine and hides it from Stan. Deirdre is cool towards Ken. Hilda thinks she's got a secret admirer, Stan says he sent it but she refuses to believe him as he's never sent her one before. Eddie spends the day talking to Stardust Lil. He tells her he's a business man. She is impressed by him. He asks her for a date and she agrees. Hilda dresses up in case her admirer makes himself known to her. Wilf turns up to see Elsie. She worries that he's left home. He tells her that he would never leave Dot for her. She feels better when he tells her his marriage has been wrecked for a long time, now he wants a bit of happiness. Eddie decides he'll nick Hilda's keys to Mike's flat to entertain Lil.
Frankie leaves Mike £3,000 and he decides to give Sylvie Hicks £500. Rita points out to Len that after estate agent's charges and tax he might as well sell No.9 instead of No.7. Len gives in and tells Rita she can have No.7. Maggie tries to dissuade Mike from giving Sylvia £500. Ivy and Gail throw a farewell party for Brian. Rita tells Chalkie that he can buy No.9. Maggie falls out with flatmate Kathy whose new boyfriend is always around. Mr. Slater tells Len that he'd like to buy No.7 for £13,750. Len agrees but Rita is horrified. Brian tells Gail that he's not going back to Qatar; his family is more important than money. Gail is thrilled. Mike invites Maggie to move in with him. She agrees.
Rita reluctantly shows the Slaters around No.7 and they have a survey carried out. Fred is annoyed when Annie refuses to let him go to the bookies. Ivy is shocked to find Brian's still in England. She is thrilled that he's staying. Fred gives Mavis £15 and instructions to put a bet on. Ron Sykes is furious when Brian tells him that he's not returning. Chalkie is horrified to hear No.9 is no longer for sale. He accuses Len of taking him for a ride. Maggie moves into Mike's flat. Mr. Slater's surveyor down values the house to £12,250. Len refuses to lower the price of the house so Slater withdraws from the sale. Fred's horse loses. Ron tells Brian that he's signed a contract for work and the employers aren't going to be pleased. Ron knows he's going to be blamed and tells Brian to return to Qatar.
Hilda is upset that Maggie and Mike are living together. She accuses Maggie of letting the female sex down. Len shows the Barlows round No.7 and tries to get them to buy it. Deirdre tells him that if they wanted to move they wouldn't want another house in the Street. Len decides No.7 shouldn't be sold as no one else would appreciate it as much as him. He tells Rita that they can move in. Brian keeps out of Ron Sykes' way. Hilda tells Mike that her morals are offended by Maggie's presence but he shuts her up by offering her an extra £1 a day whilst Maggie is there. Len tells Chalkie he can definitely buy No.9. Fred owes bookie Sammy Chadwick money and has to keep betting to pay him back. Ron tells Brian he wants to see him in the morning in Albert Street.
Ivy doesn't trust Eric Broadhurst as he carries out his study. Mike wants to know which the most expensive factory to run: London or Weatherfield. Eddie's jailbird friend Billy Nelson calls at No.13 and gains Hilda's sympathy with his tales of woe. The factory girls guess that Broadhurst is studying them, Ida decides to bring in the union. Mike tells the girls he has to have the study carried out. Len discovers that Chalkie has redirected his mail. He is furious as the Wilshaw's order would have earned him £600. Hilda falls for Billy's tales and tells him that he can sleep on the sofa. Eddie warns her that Billy is a thief.
Mavis nurses the egg and watches it, waiting for it to hatch. Gail looks over the garage. She thinks that it's a dump and isn't keen to put all their money into it. Fred offers Sammy Chadwick weekly instalments but Sammy demands payment in full as he needs to get a hire car for his wife. Mavis carries the egg around in her bra to keep it warm. She calls in the RSPCA. As Annie is going away for a few days, Fred hires the Rover out to Sammy for the week to wipe off his debt. The RSPCA man, Jack Walsh, tells Mavis that the egg won't hatch but offers to supply a cock bird for her to mate Harriet with. Mavis refuses, worried that Harriet won't like him. Brian and Gail decide to take a chance on the garage. They start advertising Sykes and Tilsley's Garage. Annie shocks Fred by telling him that she wants to take the Rover away with her. He tells her that the brakes are pulling. She is convinced to take the coach. Fred hands the Rover over to Sammy.
Brian is nervous on his first day as a boss. Len offers to look after the maintenance of the garage in return for van repairs. Alf joins the watch committee and has to clear a blue movie. A competitor, Frank Skinner, calls on Brian and tries to suss him out - he asks him to send any jobs that he can't do to him for 10% commission. Alf votes against the showing of the X-rated film and it is banned from Weatherfield. Fred panics when he discovers that Mrs Chadwick is in Blackpool with the Rover as Annie is returning in the morning.