List of Coronation Street characters (1969)

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Cyril Turpin[edit]

Cyril Turpin
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by William Moore
Duration 1969–70, 1972
First appearance 4 June 1969
Episode 882
Last appearance 19 July 1972
Episode 1201
Introduced by H.V. Kershaw (1969)
Brian Armstrong (1972)
Eric Prytherch (1972)
Book appearances Coronation Street: The Complete Saga
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Policeman

Cyril Turpin is played by William Moore. Policeman Cyril arrived in Coronation Street with his wife Betty Turpin in 1969, to stay with his sister-in-law Maggie Clegg. The Turpins set up home in Weatherfield and in 1971, Cyril left the police force for an office job. After 1972, Cyril wasn't seen on screen anymore, only spoken about by Betty. In February 1974, Cyril was due to attend Len Fairclough's and Rita Littlewood's engagement party in the Rovers Return, but he died on his way there.

Janet Barlow[edit]

Janet Barlow
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Judith Barker
Duration 1969, 1971, 1973–74, 1975, 1977
First appearance 16 June 1969
Episode 885
Last appearance 21 February 1977
Episode 1680
Introduced by H.V. Kershaw (1969)
Leslie Duxbury (1971)
Eric Prytherch (1973)
Susi Hush (1975)
Bill Podmore (1977)
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Clerk

Janet Felicity Barlow (née Reid) is played by actress Judith Barker from her debut in 1969 until she was killed off in 1977. Janet worked as the town clerk in Weatherfield. Always portrayed as an upwardly mobile homewrecker, she first came into the picture as a love interest for Len Fairclough, but she finished their relationship. In 1971, she set her sights on Alan Howard, but his wife, Elsie, saw Janet for what she was and confronted her in the corner shop, telling her exactly what she thought of her; Elsie's big heart, however, made her realise that Janet was a bleeding heart, who just wanted to be loved.

The Janet character was used as a plot device for the Ken Barlow character, so his storylines would become more interesting. Barker was quoted as saying, "She was used as a device, in the Ken relationship, and people were encouraged to hate her. I used to go about being terribly nice and pleasant to everybody in the hope that people would like her more."[citation needed]

In that year, Ken and Janet were wed, but the two clashed many times, most notably when it came to Ken's twins from his previous marriage to Val. Janet didn't want to raise children, while Ken wanted them to return to Weatherfield (they were sent to live in Scotland after Val's death). Another key showdown came when Valerie's Uncle Albert, who had since moved in with Ken, told him that he did not like Janet, as she disapproved of the twins. In May 1974, Janet left Ken, telling him that she had no faith in him, that he had no drive or ambition. The day she left, Ken was offered a high-powered job at the Mark Brittain Warehouse opposite the Street.

While separated, Janet and Ken did not divorce; they did, however, date other people. Ken met Janet's new partner, a taxi driver, and the three of them got on very well. However, he too was to tire of Janet's forthright behaviour and he left her. In February 1977, Janet came to Ken's house and begged for him to take her back. He refused, but allowed her to stay the night in their bed — Ken slept on the sofa. Rejected by the one person she thought would never forsake her, a distraught Janet took an overdose of sleeping pills. Ken discovered her dead in bed the following morning, and the situation was complicated when Ken was initially suspected by the police of murdering her in order to avoid a divorce. Ken had lost his mother, father, brother, nephew and his first wife, and now he had lost another — all at a relatively early age.

Sandra Butler[edit]

Sandra Butler
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Patricia Fuller
Duration 1969–70
First appearance 17 November 1969
Episode 928
Last appearance 31 August 1970
Episode 1003
Introduced by H.V. Kershaw
Classification Former; regular

Sandra Butler is the niece of Elsie Tanner, played by Patricia Fuller. She made her first appearance on 17 November 1969. Sandra was looking to become a hairdresser and soon after arriving, Elsie got Sandra a job at the local salon owned by Alan Howard, along with her brother Bernard. As the Butlers settled in Weatherfield, Sandra met Ray Langton and took care of him while he recovered from a serious accident. The pair became involved and eventually got engaged, setting the wedding for May, but it was called off when Sandra found out Ray had been unfaithful with their married neighbour Audrey Fleming. The Butlers were axed from Coronation Street just months after their arrival, and Sandra's exit storyline was her moving to London.

Bernard Butler[edit]

Bernard Butler
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Gorden Kaye
Duration 1969–70
First appearance 17 November 1969
Episode 928
Last appearance 29 June 1970
Episode 984
Introduced by H.V. Kershaw
Classification Former; regular

Bernard Butler is the nephew of Elsie Tanner played by Gorden Kaye between 1969 and 1970. Bernard got a job in Saddleworth, where he had lived previously and moved back there.

Alan Howard[edit]

Alan Howard
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Alan Browning
Duration 1969–74
First appearance 1 December 1969
Episode 932
Last appearance 16 January 1974
Episode 1357
Introduced by H.V. Kershaw
Classification Former; regular

Alan Patrick Howard was played by Alan Browning. A local businessman, he first appears in December 1969 and quickly makes Elsie Tanner manageress at his salon. Alan makes it clear he is interested in Elsie, and when her old flame Bill Gregory rocks up after several years away, Alan makes his move and asks Elsie to move in with him. Elsie agonises over her choice, before turning Bill down. Elsie and Alan later split up however, when he says he doesn't want to get married again. Alan leaves the area following the split in March 1970.

In July, Alan makes a shock return and pleads with Elsie to take him back, telling her he is ready to commit. Elsie forgives Alan and the pair marry a couple of weeks later. However, it becomes clear after the wedding that Alan is in serious debt and after returning from their honeymoon Alan gets a rude awakening when rumours of a petition against him start circulating. He is forced to move into Elsie's house and start again while he pays off what he owes. Billy Walker gave Alan a job as a mechanic in his garage in September, and was promoted to manager when Billy left the area in 1971. He later bought the garage with a loan from his ex-wife Laura.

Alan was tempted in 1971 when Janet Reid made advances towards him. He tried to turn her down, but she was persistent. When Elsie found out, Alan denied anything had happened and she believed him, but warned Janet off him anyway. In 1972, despite Elsie's pleas, Alan starts a new venture going into partnership with Jimmy Frazer selling used cars. The workload becomes too much for him to bear and he turns to drink. Quickly falling victim to the addiction, he falls asleep one night after drinking and almost sets fire to the house. Elsie was devastated by his reckless actions, and Alan agrees to terminate the partnership with Jimmy in order to save their marriage and quit the alcohol.

In 1973, Elsie was offered a job in Newcastle and on Alan's advice, she accepted. The Howards moved away, and after tying up loose ends selling the garage back to Billy and renting out the house, Alan last appeared in January 1974. Alan and Elsie later split up and Elsie moved back to Weatherfield in the spring of 1976. They divorced a couple of years later when Alan wanted to marry again.

Janice Langton[edit]

Janice Langton
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Paula Wilcox
Duration 1969
First appearance 22 January 1969
Last appearance 5 February 1969
Introduced by H.V. Kershaw
Classification Former; regular

Janice Langton was played by Paula Wilcox. Janice arrived in Coronation Street when she ran away from her probation officer following a sentence for robbery with violence. Her brother allowed her to stay with him at No.9. Whilst there, she offended him by making a pass at his friend and landlord Len Fairclough. Janice was using her growing friendship with Len as a cover for her relationship with Borstal boy Bob Neale, with whom she stole Dave Smith's car. Before Ray replaced Dave's car, Janice and Bob removed £500 cash from it, leading to Ray being suspected of stealing it. Janice was shortly afterwards evicted from No.9. She left Weatherfield for good.

When Ray was in hospital in November 1969 recovering from the coach crash in the Lake District, Ena Sharples visited him and revealed she'd tried to trace Janice for him, only to find that she was in a Remand Home.

In 2005, Ray mentioned that he had no living family, implying that Janice died sometime between 1969 and 2005.

Edith Tatlock[edit]

Edith Tatlock
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Clare Kelly
Duration 1969-1978
First appearance 12 May 1969
Last appearance 6 September 1978
Introduced by H.V. Kershaw
Classification Former; recurring

Edith Tatlock (née Brown) was the second wife of Alfred Tatlock (his first wife Edna and their child Joyce died of scarlet fever) and mother of Valerie Barlow. She met and married Alfred in 1936, and she gave birth to Valerie, their only child, in 1942.

When Valerie married Ken Barlow in August 1962, Edith was unable to attend because she was ill. She came to Weatherfield to help Ken out when Val was in hospital. When she took her twin grandchildren Peter and Susan Barlow, she ended up losing them but they were eventually found again.

After Valerie's tragic death in 1971 from an electric shock and house fire, Ken took the twins to Scotland to stay with Edith and Alfred. Edith later returned to Weatherfield with Ken and decided it would be best to sell their house in Scotland so she and Alfred could stay in Coronation Street. However, Ken told Edith that he'd got a nanny/housekeeper who would help look after the twins, and feeling unwanted, Edith left to return to Glasgow. She came back a few months later and decided to take over as she didn't think that Bet Lynch should be looking after the twins as she was "too tarty". When Ken returned home drunk from a night out, Edith decided to try and get custody of the twins. Instead Ken talked it over with Edith and decided it was best that the twins went and lived with her and Alfred in Glasgow.

Edith spent most of her years raising the twins, with Ken coming up to visit now and then. However, with his marriage to Janet Reid in 1973, Ken began making plans to relocate the twins back to Weatherfield and made enquiries with local schools. Edith had doubts about Janet's suitability and willingness to be a mother, but she didn't stand in Ken's way. However, at her suggestion, Ken asked Peter and Susan whether they wanted to move back to Weatherfield and was shocked when they told him they didn't. Their wishes put an end to the matter, although their decision didn't sit well with Albert Tatlock, who only believed it when Edith told him.

When Peter received bad exams results in 1978 due to not putting in enough effort, Ken brought him back home so he could re-sit them under his supervision. Peter didn't want to stay in Weatherfield and phoned Edith to come and collect him, but Ken made her leave without Peter, asserting that as Peter's father he had the last word.

Edith didn't return for Susan's wedding to Mike Baldwin in 1986 as she was too unwell to attend. Edith passed away sometime between 1986 and 2008.

(Edith was portrayed by Clare Kelly on-off from 1969 to 1978. The actress was intended to return again in 1981 but was unable to due to a heart attack before filming. After Clare's passing in 2001, the fate of the character hasn't been discussed, however in a 2008 episode, Peter Barlow mentioned her death in passing.)