Originally transmitted: 14, 16, 21, 23 & 28 January
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 9 - Friday 13 February 1998
Episode Numbers: 1960 - 1964
See 1979 for 2, 7 & 9 January 1980 episodes
Monday (1960, 14 January 1980)
Rita books into a bed and breakfast and Len makes no effort to find her
[DATE: a Monday]
Rita calls around to a bed and breakfast. The landlady (Mrs Poppy Watts, played by Margaret Burton) says that she only takes people working in showbusiness. Rita explains that she is a singer, so she is shown to a room. The charge is a week's rent in advance, £25.
At the cafe, Emily and Gail arrive to find their old counter being carried out. Jim is there with some helpers who've been working all weekend installing new equipment. There is also a new employee, Mrs Bolton (played by Francis Cox).
In the factory, Vera tries to ask Mike about the travel expenses for the French trip, but doesn't get a word in edgeways. Later when she does mention it, Mike says he's already paying by not docking them two days' wages while they are away.
In the Rovers, Hilda says she is going to France the next day and spots £3 that has been left on the bar. Stan quietly nicks it and hands it to Hilda, but she hands it in to Mrs Walker. Elsie and Ivy have a shouting match about Elsie's job.
Mavis is trying to cope alone in the Kabin. She doesn't know where Rita is - but then Rita phones. She tells Mavis that she's left Len for good, and not to let him con her into running the shop on her own.
Len comes into the Kabin and is surprised that Rita isn't there. Mavis tries to ask for a break but Len shouts her down.
It's hectic in the cafe.
Hilda goes to see Mike to ask about the travelling expenses. Mike tells her the same as he told Vera, but Hilda looks so upset Mike takes pity and gives her £10, on the condition she doesn't tell anyone else.
One of the other guests in the B & B, Ossie Oswald (Dickie Arnold), calls in to see Rita. She remembers him and says he's changed. They agree to look out for work for each other.
In the Rovers, the factory girls are in high spirits. Len is in a grumpy mood. Stan comes in with £5 for Hilda - he says he doubled his window cleaning charges.
Rita is all alone sitting in the dark in her room. She stares into space.
Directed by MALCOLM TAYLOR (other unknown credits: Fangio PETER DEAN Vic MARK FLETCHER)
Tuesday (1961, 16 January 1980)
Emily walks out of Dawson's while Rita starts looking for a job
[DATE1: Day after Rita phoned
Mavis - so it's Tuesday]
[DATE2: Day factory girls leave for France - so it's Friday as well in the same episode, at the same time!]
It's very hectic in the cafe. Mrs Bolton is busy cooking. Jim comes in and says that he calls a spade a spade, so he's decided to call his business "Jim's cafe".
In the Rovers, Hilda starts singing and Mrs Walker comes out asking what the noise was :-). Hilda tells her that when she's in France she won't pretend to be something she's not, and she'll behave exactly the same. Annie Walker's face is a picture.
Rita phones Ralph Lancaster at the Gatsby, but he isn't there. She is overheard by Mrs Poppy Watts. Rita is calling herself Miss Littlewood.
In the factory, Mike is concerned because he has a workload to meet but certain people are swanning off the France. He says that Millie from packing is ill, so only 4 girls will be going (this is definitely a mistake. "Millie" was not one of the names drawn out). It's just gone 11, and the coach leaves at 3:30. Ida and Ivy both say they can take the 5th place. Ivy makes a big fuss, so Mike tosses a coin. Heads Ida can go, tails Ivy goes. It turns out heads, but only Mike can see, and he announces it as tails. "It's about time I had some justice", gloats Ivy.
In the Kabin, Mavis is very tired. She lies and tells Elsie and Betty that Rita is ill.
In the Rovers, Hilda tries to borrow Annie's dressing gown but Annie refuses. Ivy rushes in asking where her passport is - Bert calms her down. Len slopes in, and Betty says she is sorry to hear that Rita was ill.
Elsie goes into the cafe, and comments on how it's changed. Annie Walker arrives and is visibly aghast at all the changes. She says she feels sorry for Emily having to work there.
The factory girls leave for France. Vera is very flirty with the coach driver (played by Robert Hickson).
Two customers, Fangio and Vic (credited in the previous episode by mistake), get rather too friendly with Gail. Emily tries to throw them out, but Jim Sedgewick intervenes. Emily loses her temper and walks out, saying she doesn't work in pigsties.
In the Kabin, Mavis tells Len that she can't do the evening papers indefinitely. Len says that it won't be for long, but Mavis says that Rita phoned her the previous day and said she'd be gone for good. Len says that he's sure Rita will be back.
Rita manages to get through on the phone to Ralph Lancaster. She apologises for letting him down on New Year's Eve. At first he says there isn't any work, but when Rita tells him that she's left Len, he asks her to go and see her the next day to discuss a job.
Directed by MALCOLM TAYLOR
Wednesday (1962, 21 January 1980)
Rita receives a proposition from Ralph
[DATE: Saturday (Len), probably 19th Jan]
Elsie pops in to see Len, asking if he's got any jobs available. He says he'll let her know. He offers to lend her money, but she says there's no need.
Mrs Poppy Watts is very chatty, but Rita hasn't got time. She phones Mavis and asks her to go to her house and pick up the cabaret gear. Mavis doesn't want to get involved but Rita says she can only ask. Mavis puts her foot down and refuses.
Eddie asks Stan if he can borrow the house that night to "entertain" his girlfriend while Stan is out. Stan agrees as long as Eddie doesn't tell Hilda.
In the cafe, Gail tells Jim that she can't cope on her own. Jim takes his jacket off and gets stuck in. He then suddenly mentions that Gail has to work tomorrow - on a Sunday - but he'll pay double. He makes it plain that if she doesn't come in, she's fired. Brian complains to Jim, but he says it's tough, and he knows they need the money.
Fred Gee spots Rita in the ginnel, going into Len's house. Later in the cafe, he sees Len and tells him that it's nice Rita is feeling better. Len goes home, and thinks Rita has come back with her tail between her legs. He even has the cheek to tell her that there's piles of dirty washing and dishes to sort out! Rita puts him straight, but he says he hasn't got a clue what all the fuss is about!
Eddie buys a box of chocolates in the Kabin. Later he shares them with Lorna, his girlfriend (Lorna Ferguson, played by Annie Hulley). He tells her that he has nowhere to settle down. Later, they are getting to know each other a bit better (!) when Stan gets home. He tells them to ignore him, which Eddie ridicules as being impossible due to his size.
Ralph picks Rita up for her gig. He asks if she's left Len for good, but she says to leave Len out of it for the time being.
Elsie calls in to see Len, who's watching telly. She'd like to borrow a fiver after all. Len is only too happy to oblige. He admits that Rita has left him, but still claims he doesn't know why.
Ralph and Rita arrive back at Rita's B & B. He suggest that Rita live in his flat, as he's hardly ever there. She says she can't afford it, but he says they could "come to some arrangement". Rita declines, and goes into her room.
Directed by ALAN BROMLY
Thursday (1963, 23 January 1980)
Len discovers where Rita is staying, and Elsie is offered a job at the cafe
[DATE: Sunday, probably 20th Jan]
Elsie takes some hotpot over for Len for his dinner, saying that she knew he wouldn't cook for himself. He says that he's not going to go crawling to Rita.
Ralph Lancaster visits Rita and again offers her the flat. She refuses but he insists that she should see it.
Lorna calls over to pick Eddie up, they are going out for lunch. Stan persuades them to go for a drink with him first.
Rita calls into the Kabin. Mavis is pleased to see her but she's only come to pick up her wages. She gives Mavis her address, to forward letters to. Later, Elsie pops in and Mavis tells her she knows where Rita is. So Elsie then loads all responsibility for getting them back together onto Mavis, saying that she hopes Mavis will make the right decision!
In the cafe, Brian moans to Gail about her working a seven day week, but there is nothing they can do about it. Fred Gee arrives and gives Stan some money, in return for use of his house that night.
A nervous Mavis visits Len, and gives him Rita's address.
Eddie returns from his lunch with Lorna, and tells Stan that he's arranged for Lorna to come over that evening. Stan tells him that Fred Gee is coming over, but Eddie orders him to put Fred off.
Len finds Rita in her B & B. He isn't pleased to find Ralph there, and chucks him out. Rita refuses to go back with him. He offers to make his house into a little palace for her, but she is furious at the thought that that is all she wanted. In an emotional scene, she tells him about Ralph's offers of a flat and work. Len takes a swipe in mid-air, and Rita falls across the room at the same time. Len walks out and warns her not to go crawling back to him.
Elsie goes into the cafe to see how Gail is getting on. Mrs Bolton says she's finished for the day, and walks out. Jim finds Elsie serving, and offers her a job. Elsie gets some lip from a customer (Clarkie - Peter Martin), but she gives as good as she gets. Jim says that she could have a permanent job, but Elsie says no thanks.
At Stan's house, Eddie is getting cosy with Lorna. There's a knock at the door, and Fred walks in with his ladyfriend. Eddie kicks him out, but he's very annoyed.
Len is back at the B & B, banging loudly on Rita's door. Mrs Watts tells him that Rita's gone, and opens the door to reveal an empty room.
Directed by ALAN BROMLY
Friday (1964, 28 January 1980)
When Hilda returns from the French trip she senses something has been going on in her absence
[DATE1: Monday 21st Jan]
[DATE2: Tracy's 3rd birthday, Thursday 24th Jan]
It's Monday morning, and Eddie is cooking breakfast for Stan. He's annoyed with him for the stunt he pulled the previous night. Stan says that he forgot to put Fred off.
Elsie sees Len in the street and asks if there is any news of Rita. Len says he isn't in the mood to talk. Later he apologises for biting her head off. He tells her that he hit Rita, and how he went back later but she'd gone.
It's Tracy's 3rd birthday, and she's had some cards from Blanche and Emily. Uncle Ken calls around and gives her a red jumper. Later he calls over after the party, and helps Deirdre tidy up.
In the cafe, Gail says that she wishes she didn't have to work while Ivy was away, and she was looking after Brian and the house on her own. Jim asks Elsie to reconsider and accept a job, but Elsie says that she's set her sights higher.
The coach arrives, and Stan and Bert meet their wives. "I knew Jack wouldn't be here!" laughs Vera. Back home, Hilda says it's nice to be home. She notices how tidy everything is (Lorna had been around earlier and helped out).
Len asks Elsie to take Rita's place in the Kabin. She looks awkward, and says she'll think about it.
In the Rovers, Vera and Ivy are full of stories of their drunken escapades in France. Len comes in with Elsie. She tells him that she doesn't want to work the early mornings, and it wouldn't be a good idea anyway if she "replaced" Rita in the Kabin due to their past.
Hilda asks Stan if he's missed her. Of course, he says. She says that some men would be pleased to see the back of their wives - such as Bert. She'd know, having spent so much time with Ivy! Hilda sends Stan out for fish and chips. There's a knock at the door - it's Fred Gee. He tells Hilda to pass on a message to Stan - he wants his £3 back.
In the cafe, an argument breaks out over an order between Gail and Mrs Bolton. She says she should have left 20 minutes ago, and when Jim shouts at her she walks out. Elsie is there, and agrees to work for Jim. "I must be mad!", she says.
Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Monday (1965, 30 January 1980)
Ken proposes to Deirdre and is stunned when she hesitates over her reply
It's Elsie's first day at the cafe. Gail calls in on her to make sure she won't be late.
Ken calls in to see Deirdre, and invites himself around that evening to cook a meal for her.
Hilda quizzes Stan and demands to know why he owes Fred £3. He says that he lent it to him, but Hilda doesn't believe him. She is also suspicious because the house was so clean and tidy when she returned. Eventually Stan admits that Eddie's girlfriend Lorna helped to tidy up. "She's a trollop, and that's if she even exists!" blares Hilda.
In the cafe, Eddie is surprised to see Elsie, and comments that the cafe gets better each time he goes in. Stan comes in and tells him that Hilda is sifting through the evidence. He tells Eddie to deny everything.
Ken sees Len in the street and asks him if Mrs Sharples could stay with him whilst the council are decorating her house, but he flatly refuses and drives off.
In the Rovers, Alf asks Annie Walker if she could help out. She has a spare room but it's kept for her Billy, and she is too high and mighty to oblige. The factory women arrive; there are no pies so they decide to go to the cafe to gloat at Elsie. Hilda tackles Fred about the money Stan owes him. Fred tells her that Stan didn't have a "fancy piece", but he was about the only one who didn't!
Hilda goes home and has a blazing row with Stan. She doesn't let him get a word in edgeways, and he dodges her around the table as if they are in a boxing ring! Stan suddenly has a twinge in his back, but Hilda isn't impressed. Just in the nick of time, Eddie arrives and saves the day by introducing Lorna to Hilda. "Oh! You look quite respectable!", Hilda says in amazement. [Meanwhile Stan relaxes and stands up straight, but just before the cut to the next scene Hilda looks back at him and he dives back down again, LOL]
In the Rovers, Ivy starts demanding better conditions, having seen France. Mike says he'd be happy to, but the pay would drop in line as well.
Back at the Ogdens, Hilda is having a cosy chat with Lorna. They get on really well. Hilda is pleased that Lorna and Eddie are going steady, and tells her that there's hope for Eddie. She says that Lorna is welcome around anytime, as it's time Eddie was off her hands!
Elsie arrives home exhausted after her day's work. Just as she sits down, Len visits. He asks her why Rita would have left him. She warns him that he won't like it - it's because he's never been interested in women. "To put it another way, I'm a selfish pig", he muses.
Ken is having one of his cryptic political rants, as his entertainment for Deirdre. How much does a nuclear submarine cost, and what good can it do apart from kill people? He tells her that he's thinking of chucking in his job as Community Development officer.
In the Rovers, Alf asks Vera to take Ena Sharples in, but she says she can't. He goes over to ask Elsie, who agrees. Meanwhile Len announces to everyone that Rita has left him.
Ken is dining with Deirdre, and they skirt around the subject of their relationship. Deirdre senses that he's about to propose marriage, and tells him to stop. She says she'd rather it come out of the blue. Ken looks deflated.
Director RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Tuesday (1966, 4 February 1980)
Ena has no choice but to move in with Elsie, and Alf hears of a scandal while at the town hall
Ken sees Elsie in the street, and says that Alf has been told that things were moving faster than they'd thought - Ena Sharples will have to move out much sooner. Elsie gives Ken her key to give Ena - Ken points out that he hasn't told her yet!
In the corner shop, Alf tells Ivy that the Mayor has had a letter of complaint from their twin town in France about their behaviour on the trip. Ivy looks very worried, but Alf smirks to himself as she leaves. Ivy rushes over to the factory and tells Vera that there has been a complaint about "her" behaviour.
In the Rovers, Mrs Walker is ill. Betty Turpin is delegated as nurse, and isn't happy about it. Bet Lynch tells Hilda that reports of the France rave-up are all over the Town Hall - Hilda looks horrified. Later she begs Bet not to tell Stan.
Ken and Alf tell Ena that she has to move out. She accuses them of plotting behind her back, and storms out before Ken can give her Elsie's key.
A reporter, Mr Carter (Les Carter, played by Ian Redford) from the Weatherfield Gazette tells Bet that he's heard rumours that "something" happened in France, and does she know anything? She says she can't comment. After he's gone, Bert and Stan ask Bet who he was, as they noticed he was watching them. Bet tells them he was a reporter from the News of the World.
Ena arrive in Elsie's house, carrying a suitcase. She walks around looking disgusted at the mess.
Mr Carter visits the factory. Mike calls Ivy and Vera into his office, and they are quizzed as to what might have upset the French. They say that can't think of anything, and beat a hasty retreat. The reporter asks Mike if there is anyone else he can speak to? "Two from packing... and have a word with Mrs Ogden, she's always good for a laugh!", he says with a big grin.
Emily arrives home after delivering Tracy at a party. In words that Deirdre will regret in years to come, she says "Ah, she's a right little party-goer is our Tracy. What's known as a real little raver!" :-). The room is dark, and Deirdre is gazing into the fire. Emily sits beside her and says how much she misses Ernest.
In the factory, Hilda agrees with Ivy and Vera that they should all keep quiet and deny everything.
Mrs Sharples cooks tea for Elsie. She thanks her for putting her up, and seems embarrassed. Elsie tells her she's welcome to stay as long as she likes. Later they go into the Rovers together. Mrs Sharples wants to go into the Snug, but Elsie puts her foot down. "You could sit on Martha's chair!", jokes Ena with a wicked grin on her face.
The reporter is back in the Rovers, and tells Bet Lynch that he's going to phone France the next morning and get their side of the story. Bert is worried that he's being watched.
Director MALCOLM TAYLOR
Wednesday (1967, 6 February 1980)
The local paper prints an incriminating story about the trip to France
Mrs Sharples insists on making breakfast for Elsie, who is amazed that she is up so early. They talk about the bad old days, when her next door neighbours used to use a hosepipe to clean their house out.
Mrs Walker isn't at the Rovers, because Joanie has gone down with mumps and she's rushed away. Betty says that on the other hand, it might have been something to do with that reporter, who was in the Rovers again last night.
In the factory, Ida demands to know what's going on. Ivy tells her that it's all a vicious rumour, but Ida says that there's no smoke without fire!
Emily suggests that Deirdre go out to the shops, as she hasn't been out for two days. Deirdre refuses. Emily says that she must be avoiding Ken, but Deirdre says that it's the other way around.
In the corner shop, Alf tells Ena that it'll be a couple of months before she can move back. The reporter comes in, and points out that he's been kind to Alf over the years. A French reporter has told him that at a function in France, three of the English party were seen out in the street having a knees-up. He shows Alf a photo and asks if he can identify any of the women. Alf says sorry, but he's getting warmer. (The photo shows Ivy, Vera and Hilda with three Frenchman, doing the can-can, holding bottles, lifting skirts up, wearing policeman's helmets etc).
In the Rovers, Stan tells Bert he's been thinking again of his future, pension etc. He asks Bert if there's any jobs going at his place, but Bert points out that Stan would have to work an eight-hour day so then he's less keen! Ivy, Vera and Ida arrive for their lunch, closely followed by the reporter. He shows Bet and Betty them his picture, and says that it'll be on the front page that day!
The reporter confronts the ladies, and Ivy sharply tells him that they weren't part of anything. Bert hears the commotion and asks the reporter to leave. He does, and reminds them that he gave them the chance to give their side of the story. Ivy thinks that's the end of it, but Bet calls over and says that the newspaper will be printing the French side of the story! Back at the factory, Vera admits that she's got the copper's hat back at home.
At Emily's house, Emily is arranging some daffodils in a vase. Deirdre tells her that she say Ken, but they only exchanged polite conversation.
That evening in the Rovers, the Gazette has printed the story but there's no photo. Hilda and Stan arrive, and Hilda points out that there are no names in the story. Over in the Snug, Elsie has given in to pressure and is drinking with Ena. Ena says that she'll only stay for a few days, and after that she's off to St. Anne's. Ken comes in, and Betty asks him how Deirdre is. He says that she's fine, but he looks a little awkward.
Deirdre sits at home alone, sewing. She looks up sadly.
Director MALCOLM TAYLOR
Thursday (1968, 11 February 1980)
Len tries to get Rita back. Meanwhile, Mavis tells the police about her mysterious phone calls
[Probably set on Wednesday 13 February due to next episode being set on Thursday 14 February]
Mavis is making a fuss of her budgie, but she is interrupted by a phonecall. She gets very upset and asks whoever it is to leave her alone.
Eddie and Len arrive in the Rovers to do some work on the ladies' toilets. Mrs Walker is back on her feet, and asks Len "as a friend" if there is any news of Rita. Len says he doesn't know where she is.
Albert tells Ken that Ena Sharples told him that Ken and Deirdre were getting married soon. Ken angrily tells him that it's idle speculation, and he hasn't asked Deirdre (yet!).
Over in the Kabin, Deirdre is working there at Len's request. The phone rings, and Deirdre answers and passes it to Mavis. It's the nuisance caller again - Mavis gets upset and pours out the story to Deirdre and Renee. She says whoever it is knows her. Renee says that Mavis must phone the police.
Mavis tells the police all she knows, but it isn't much help. She shivers at the thought that it's a customer she sees every day. The police ask her to agree to date so that they can catch the caller.
In the Rovers, Gail and Brian are showing off their honeymoon photos. Deirdre comes in asking after Ken, but he's not there so she exits hastily. Len tells Annie Walker that he thinks Ralph Lancaster knows where Rita is.
The phone rings again in the Kabin, and a very nervous Mavis arranges to meet the nuisance caller at 8pm.
Later in the Rovers, Deirdre catches Ken and asks him if there's anything he hasn't told her - he says not. Gail and Brian have a bit of a tiff over his spending money - he bought some records but Gail thinks they should be trying to save for a deposit.
The policewoman and Renee persuade Mavis to go through with her "date". They give her a lift into town and lie in wait. Mavis stands alone, waiting.
Len arrives in Ralph Lancaster's club, and starts to wait for him. When he arrives, Ralph tells Len that he doesn't know where Rita is. He denies all knowledge of offering Rita a flat, and has him thrown out.
At Ken's house, Albert moans that he would cook if only he knew what time Ken would be home. Ken calls him a nagging wife :)
Mavis gives up waiting, and walks away.
Director LAURENCE MOODY
Friday (1969, 13 February 1980)
Ken tells Deirdre he would rather be her lover than her husband
[DATE: St. Valentine's Day]
It's the next day, and in the Kabin Mavis tells Deirdre how she had been stood up and felt a fool. In the Rovers, Len laughs his head off at the news, and said it could only happen to Mavis. Renee is not amused at this and storms out. Annie Walker suggests that Len tries to contact Harry Bates.
Back in the Kabin, the policeman hints that he thinks Mavis is making it all up. [As he leaves, we see that the door to "Jim's Cafe" is directly opposite the entrance of the Kabin, barely yards away in fact.]
In the Rovers, Brian shows off the Valentine's card he's had from Gail. Fred ridicules the idea that Eddie would get a card, but Eddie insists he's had his moments. Fred has another jibe at Len - but Len gives him a stern warning to stop and storms out. Ken arrives, and Annie tells him that Albert has told her about his and Deirdre's "plans". Ken isn't pleased with her interference and leaves.
In Mavis's flat, the phone rings again - it's the nuisance caller who apologises for standing Mavis up. He gets her to agree to meet at the same place again.
Ken arrives back home and lambasts Albert for picking over his private affairs with Annie Walker and Ena Sharples. He says that Deirdre is all wrong for him and he would be making a muck his life if he married her. Ken tells him to keep his nose out in future. "I'm going t'ut legion!" says Albert.
The police give Mavis another lift to her meeting point.
In the Rovers, Ken and Deirdre chat. Eddie's in a shirt and tie, obviously going on a date. Len tells Annie that he's seen Harry Bates, but he didn't know where Rita was - and Len believes him. He says that he's going to ask Ralph Lancaster again.
Eddie spots Mavis in the street and goes over for a friendly word. He's immediately jumped on by police from all directions! Mavis tells them that it's not Eddie they want, but they don't take a blind bit of notice and drag him away. Later, in the Rovers he tells Fred and Annie of his ordeal.
Ken tells Deirdre that Albert has been putting pressure on him. Deirdre says that Emily's being going on a bit as well. He says that he isn't affected by all the advice, but he doesn't want to get married again. He also says that he's too old for her. Deirdre looks upset, and leaves.
Eddie goes over to Mavis's flat, and thanks her for sticking up for him at the police station. While he and Renee are there, the phone rings again. The caller tells Mavis that he saw the police car and accuses Mavis of trying to trap him! The worst part of this is that Mavis allows the criminal to offload blame onto her, and is upset when she is told he's "disappointed" in her and won't be calling again.
In Ralph's club, Len is getting impatient at being kept waiting. Ralph repeats that he doesn't know where Rita is, and if he needs a woman he should wait until later! Len looses his temper and thumps Ralph, but is severely "sorted out" by the bouncers. Ralph kneels down and tells Len that he can't help him, and he should get used to the idea that Rita has left him.
Director LAURENCE MOODY
Monday (1970, 18 February 1980)
Len takes advantage of his new-found freedom
Ivy comes downstairs and finds Brian sleeping on the sofa. She wakes him up and demands to know what he's doing. He says he got home late and didn't want to wake Gail, but Ivy doesn't believe him.
Mavis tells Fred in the Kabin that Deirdre has gone to stay with her mother - this was apparently cleared with Len, but it's left Mavis overworked again.
Elsie visits Len and finds his house a disgusting tip. He won't let her tidy up or do any shopping for her. Elsie says that Len isn't trying hard enough, but Len shows her his bruise he acquired from the Gatsby. Eddie arrives and tell Len that Mavis is struggling, but Len gets annoyed calling Mavis a stupid fool.
The Tilsleys are eating together in silence. "It's like the Labour club on the last Election night here today!", says Bert. Neither Gail nor Brian will say what's bothering them, and they both storm out.
Len has a blazing row with Mavis about her mistakes, but she stands her ground. Len tells her to go to the job centre and advertise for an assistant. In the Rovers, Mike Baldwin tells Len about a new club that has opened, and invites him out.
Bert is fed up of Ivy siding with Brian, and makes her promise that she won't interfere in Gail and Brian's current argument, whatever it is.
A very forceful young lady is having an "interview" in the Kabin. Mavis is dithering and flustering, as she explains hours and conditions to her. Doreen Lovell (played by Sally Grace) demands to know when she'll be starting, at which point Mavis lies and tells her she has more people to see. Unfortunately Len pops in at this point, and gives her the job on the spot.
Brian is listening to his records downstairs, at high volume. Ivy asks him why Gail kicked him out of bed, which he at first denies and then says it's because she was "nagging, like some other people I could mention!".
Len is getting ready for his night out, and invites Alf, but Alf says he can't go because Renee still hasn't forgiven him for New Year's Eve. Len meets up with Mike in the Rovers, who hastily exits alone. Fred tells Len that "going bird hunting with you is like going fishing with a foghorn".
Gail and Brian have a row, overheard by Ivy as she arrives home. They both go out (separately), and Ivy moans at Bert for interfering too early and preventing her from hearing what it was all about! Gail has a drink with Elsie in the Rovers, who cheers her up. As they leave, a very drunk Len arrives and propositions Bet, who is not amused.
Bert tells Ivy that he thinks the row will have blown over - but then Gail comes downstairs and dumps Brian's blanket on the sofa, before wishing them goodnight and going back up.
Director ALAN BROMLY
Tuesday (1971, 20 February 1980)
Bert discovers that Brian and Gail have financial problems, and Len receives news from Rita's Uncle Sam
Gail wakes Brian up in the morning, but he's not interested in talking to her.
Annie Walker goes into the Kabin and she's not amused! She has had the wrong papers (complete with naked breasts!) delivered to her again, and threatens to cancel. Mavis tells her that the new assistant is starting that day. Annie says that as long as Mavis remembers she's in charge there shouldn't be any problems. Doreen waltzes in and starts by getting Mavis to make her a cup of tea!
Renee discovers that Bet has clocked up a debt of £20 on the slate for cigarettes. She asks Alf to give her the bill, but he points out that it's her name above the door and she should do it.
Brian tells Bert that the argument was about money, and that he and Gail will sort it out between them. In the Rovers, Ivy wastes no time in pinning the blame firmly on Gail's overspending. She says that she isn't going to sit by and let "that poor lad suffer. I've kept quiet long enough!".
In the Kabin, Doreen is constantly grinding Mavis and her job down. Mike comes in for his cigars, which Doreen has moved, making Mavis look stupid when she can't find them. The evening papers arrive, and Mavis spots an advert for a job in a dress shop which Doreen had been bleating on about earlier. She encourages her to phone and arrange an interview.
Ivy confronts Gail about "her overspending problem". Brian arrives home, and admits to Ivy that it the problem was him overspending on records, not Gail. Ivy swiftly changes track (what an evil woman!), and ridicules Gail for locking Brian out of the bedroom over such a trivial matter. After she leaves, Gail blames Brian for wasting money on records when they are supposed to be spending every penny on a deposit for a house.
Doreen returns from her interview saying that she had been offered the job in the dress shop, but hadn't taken it because Mavis "needed" her. Mavis persuades her that it was fate that they had the newspapers earlier than everyone else, and she agrees to leave. Mavis is secretly overjoyed.
Gail and Brian kiss and make up, to the sound of a smoochy record. Later they arrive back home after a walk, and find Bert on the sofa! At first he says that he's had a row with Ivy, but then admits it was a ploy to stop Brian from being able to sleep there.
Rita's uncle Sam (Sam Littlewood, played by Harry Littlewood!!) comes into the Rovers. He says he's come from Blackpool, to see Len. Annie Walker tells him that she hasn't seen Len that night.
Sam then goes round to Len's. He tells her that Rita is staying with her, and never wants to see Len again (and didn't want Len to know where she was). He says that Len should go up to Blackpool and fetch her back - but Len rants and raves that Rita left him so he doesn't have to do anything. Sam leaves, saying he's disappointed. Len smashes the bottles off his table onto the floor in anger.
Director ALAN BROMLY
Wednesday (1972, 25 February 1980)
Len takes a trip to Blackpool to visit Rita
Hilda is looking into a mirror and says she wishes she was more beautiful. She says the feeling gets worse when it's the beginning of spring.
Len goes over to see Elsie and tells her that Rita is in Blackpool. Elsie says that he doesn't really want her advice, he wants to use her as a sounding board.
In the Rovers, Fred makes fun of Hilda and says that Stan has an easy life letting Hilda do all the work. Hilda storms out in disgust, leaving the cleaning unfinished.
In the corner shop, Emily tells Renee how much she loves having Deirdre and Tracy around and how quiet the house is without them. Ken arrives and invites her for a drink "and a chat" at lunchtime.
Betty goes berserk when she hears that Hilda has resigned. (She's been left in charge whilst Mrs Walker is away). Fred admits that he said Stan would rather spend money on booze than a perm for Hilda, but he says he was on her side because he feels sorry for her. He refuses to go an apologise.
At Hilda's, she tells Stan that she's left her job. Stan shows her a note that he's been given - he has to report to a solicitor.
At lunchtime in the Rovers, Betty says that Mrs Walker will be back the day after tomorrow, and they need a cleaner! Ken apologises to Emily for what happened with Deirdre. Emily says that there's no need, and she only wanted them both to be happy.
Stan and Eddie are cautious about going to see the solicitor, but Hilda demands that he make an appointment by the time she gets back home from job-hunting. She says that she intends to move upwards from cleaning.
In the cafe, Elsie is pressured into considering giving lodgings to one of the lorry drivers who needs somewhere to stay. Hilda asks Jim for a job, but he says there isn't enough work.
Back home at Elsie's, and her new lodger Ian McAllister (played by Freddie Boardley) asks her about her other old tenant (he knew about Gail) - Elsie laughs and says that she (Suzie) would have chewed him up and spat out the pips :-). (Ena Sharples is nowhere to be seen. Thinking back, she said in episode 1967 that she was going to St. Anne's).
In the Rovers, Fred and Hilda both save face in a conversation about bottles, the result of which is that Hilda says she'll be in for work the next day - but she'll have to leave early as she and Stan have a Business Appointment at 11am. Fred laughs to Betty, because he didn't actually apologise to Hilda.
Rita's uncle visits Len again, to try and persuade him to see Rita. He tells him that Rita is working in a grotty launderette. Len is very drunk, but says that he'll go to Blackpool first thing in the morning.
Director RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Thursday (1973, 27 February 1980)
Rita is unmoved by Len's declaration of love and the Ogdens discover Stan is a beneficiary in a will
Elsie makes a nice cooked breakfast for Ian. She tells him about her son Dennis, and how she's out of touch with him these days.
Len leaves for Blackpool. He sees Alf and tells him where he's going but it's just between the two of them.
Eddie scares Stan about solicitors. He says that they're trouble! Hilda says that Stan's done nothing, but Stan doesn't want to go.
In the corner shop, Renee tells Emily about Elsie's latest guest. Emily says that Elsie has never been afraid to be unconventional. Eddie comes in asking after Len, but no-one knows where he is.
Len has arrived in Blackpool. He catches Rita as she pops out of the launderette for a few minutes, and begs her to listen to what he has to say. She agrees to meet him at lunchtime but she says he's wasting his time.
In the Rovers, Fred suggests that Stan might be a vital witness to a crime, but Hilda puts a stop to his joking around. Then she turns to Stan: "I'm going home to get the dinner ready. It'll be on the table in 20 minutes. In 25 it'll be on the fire!" :-).
Rita meets Len at lunchtime. She just wants to "get it over with" and doesn't seem to care about anything he says. Len says that he's sorry and wants Rita to come back with him. She says that she had already left him when he hit her - that was just the icing on the cake. She says that her life now is better than it was when she was with him.
Hilda is making the dinner and there is a knock on the door. It's a letter from the solicitor for Stan. Eddie urges her to open it, but she puts it aside and shoos him out to look for Len. She is in the middle of trying to steam it open when Stan arrives home, so it is duly opened and read. Mrs Dora Entwistle of 2, Chapel Yard, Weatherfield has named Stan as a beneficiary in her will. Stan has to go to the solicitor's office for more details. Stan thinks that it is probably an old customer.
Emily arrives in the Rovers, saying that she fancied a change for lunch. She asks Betty for a ham sandwich. Stan and Hilda announce their news. Fred is full of nods and winks about what Stan must have done to get such high praise from a customer!
Len tells Rita that he loves her and needs her, but she says it's too late. She walks away across the beach.
Director RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Friday (1974, 3 March 1980)
Stan inherits £100 and a dog. Rita comes back to Len, but finds that Mavis has already given her job to someone else.
Hilda dresses Stan up to see the solicitor, but he is pessimistic about how much he'll inherit. After he leaves, Hilda tells Eddie that it could be the big win - money, cars, the lot!
In the Rovers, Mavis has had enough. She's locked the shop and walked out. Bet advises her to hire an assistant - if Len isn't around to consult, that's his problem!
Len arrives back home and tells Elsie that he pleaded with Rita to come back, but it's all over.
In the corner shop, a customer (Mrs. Tetlow, played by Bara Chambers) accuses Mavis of short-changing her on purpose, but Mavis says it was an honest mistake and puts it right. Louise Clayton (played by Janet Rawson) is there, full of enthusiasm as she fills her paperbag. She has recently left school but it still looking for a proper job. Mavis offers her a job as her assistant. She goes home to ask her mum, and later returns to accept. She asks for her final wages as a papergirl because she is going to see "Alien" that night.
Rita arrives home, to a stunned Len. She tells him that she's back for good. She says that when she was telling herself leaving Len was for the best, she suddenly realised what she was doing. She says she is back partly because she doesn't want to be lonely, but Len is quite happy with that.
Hilda is beside herself because Stan isn't back yet. When he finally returns, Hilda thinks he's been out drinking. She smells his breath but says "it's hard to tell with you. A beer barrel doesn't stop smelling of ale when it's empty!". Stan tells her that he had to wait because the solicitor was in court all afternoon. He shows her his cheque for £100 - Hilda says that they won't pay their bills but will splash out a little instead. There's something else as well - a porcelain (?) dog which Stan brings through and puts down on the table. "Well by the 'eck," exclaims Hilda, "now I've got a pair!".
They go into the Rovers, smugly acting as if they've had a windfall - but Mrs Walker congratulates Stan and reads out the figure of £100 from the Gazette. Bet asks Stan whether the money was for being cheerful all those years, or "something else" - because she says that Dora Entwistle was to Chapel Yard what Elsie Tanner is to Coronation Street! Hilda is not amused!
Len and Rita are tidying up the house together. Rita says that she doesn't expect him to change overnight, and admits that she was "a bit of a bitch". They laugh together.
There's a knock on Elsie's door. It's a lorry driver, Dan Johnson (played by Richard Shaw) who has no-where to stay and Elsie was "recommended" to him by Ian McAllster. Elsie isn't keen but invites him in.
Directed by PAUL BERNARD
Monday (1975, 5 March 1980)
Rita is settling down to being back at home
Elsie makes breakfast for Dan, under protest that she does not run a lodging house. He says he is unmarried and is from London. When he leaves, Bet Lynch is passing and comments that he looks younger that her "last one".
Len is taking a tray of breakfast through for Rita, but she comes barging through the door and he drops the lot. There's no fuss and Rita is pleased at his thoughtfulness.
Hilda demands to know what Stan has done to deserve to be left £100. Stan says that Hilda has a suspicious mind.
Louise bounces into the Kabin for her first day at work. Mavis tells her awkwardly that there is a possibility that she won't have a job now that Rita is back.
In the Rovers, Annie Walker tells Elsie Tanner that opening a boarding house for lorry drivers would "lower the tone" of the neighbourhood. Stan arrives and tells Hilda that the bank wouldn't cash the cheque because it was crossed, and must be paid into an account. As a special favour, Annie agrees to cash it for them, and gives Stan the money.
Rita goes into Rovers for the first time since she got back. Bet and Elsie drink her health. She tells them that she's back - but this time it's on her terms.
Hilda threatens to "do a Rita" to Stan unless he gives her half of his inheritance money. At first he only gives her ten pounds, but relents and gives her some more. Eddie arrives, and Hilda tells him she hasn't forgotten the five pounds he gave her when she was saving up to go to France - and gives him only two pounds back!
Rita tells Len that she isn't going to go back and work in the Kabin. He is stunned.
Lorry driver Dan turns up at Elsie's. She is annoyed but he ignores her and gives her a handbag as a present. He asks if they can go out for a drink later - Elsie says no but he says "we'll have to change that!".
In the Kabin, Louise is very downcast and assumes that Rita will be coming back. Mavis tells her that she'll pay her until the end of the week, but Rita arrives and says that she's not coming back to work. She tells Mavis that she wants Len and her to move away and make a fresh start.
In the Rovers, Stan gives Eddie £2 for his help on Stan's window round in the past. Elsie and Dan walk in, and Dan buys a drink for Elsie. "Flattery will get you everywhere", she says.
Directed by PAUL BERNARD
Tuesday (1976, 10 March 1980)
Annie begins a food service at the Rovers, much to the staff's annoyance
Annie announces to Bet, Fred and Betty that they are to extend the food menu in the Rovers. She sends them out to the bar saying that she'll do the cooking. The staff aren't happy about the extra work, and they appoint Fred to represent them.
Fangio the lorry driver comes into the cafe and flirts with Gail. Unlike the episode when Emily walked out of her job in the cafe, Gail laughs and jokes with him, and seems quite comfortable.
Rita gets Len to agree to look at some houses that lunchtime.
Hilda asks Mrs Walker for a job helping with the cooking, but is humiliated. Fred tries to impress her with a menu that he's made, but she pours scorn over his spelling and the use of the phrase "pub grub"! So he doesn't get the chance to ask about the payrise that the bar staff are due. Bet and Betty aren't pleased. Deirdre arrives in the Rovers, back from staying with her mother. Rita picks Len up and they leave to go house hunting. Len almost crashes his van when Rita tells him the house she wants to see is in the 25-30K bracket.
Annie deems the lunchtime a success, and says that she's tired and is going to put her feet up. Ken arrive in the Rovers and Bet bluntly tells him that Deirdre is back. Brian asks for some soup, but Ken had the last bowl.
In the cafe, Gail wonders why Brian hasn't been to see her all day. Dan Johnson pops in to check that it's ok to stay the night with Elsie. She is all smiles and says yes.
Len and Rita are at the third house on their list but there's no-one in. Len says that it would be cheaper to "do up" their own house. Back at home, Rita tells him that this is only the start.
Fred asks Annie about a payrise. "Productivity, Fred; that is the answer - our leader's favourite word, and how right she is!" (Mrs Thatcher). To Fred's surprise Annie hadn't forgotten about the forthcoming review either. He then suggest that she have a button she can press, to save time. She says it's a brilliant idea and asks him to take care of it.
Dan arrives at Elsie's, and says that his lorry will be out of action for a few days. He asks if he can stay longer than just one night, and as before, Elsie accepts. But she looks upset.
Directed by ROGER JENKINS
Wednesday (1977, 12 March 1980)
Deirdre and Ken meet for the first time since her return from Blanche's
Rita tells Len that she's got something up her sleave, but she won't tell him yet.
Deirdre comes into the cafe and is shocked to see the transformation from the old tea-shop. She says that she hadn't been in for a few weeks before she went away, and had heard rumours that something had happened but she wasn't sure what. (Yeah right, living with Emily she didn't know! As if!)
Fred is fixing the bell in the Rovers. Betty complains that Annie will be "drunk with power" when it's installed.
Rita and Len go to look at another house. When they arrive, Mrs Lambert (played by Kathy Meryck) shows them in. Later she tells them about the other people in the street, and how they have Sunday morning drinks and they're all keen gardeners etc. Len looks uncomfortable!
In the Rovers, Brian is very reluctant to go to the cafe, and even after complaining about the menu still orders some soup. Bet tells him not to worry about Gail being chatted up by cafe customers.
Over in the cafe, Dan gives Elsie a pair of black tights. Fangio creeps up behind Gail and pinches her and hugs her. Brian walks in and tells Fangio to lay off, but Elsie tells him that if he doesn't like the "harmless" flirting he should stay away. Later he apologises to Gail for making a fuss.
In the Rovers, Eddie says he wishes he had a car so that he could "pull the birds". Betty asks what happened to his girlfriend Lorna, and he says that she and her family have moved to Sutton Coldfield. Deirdre arrives, and tells Ken that Blanche is looking years younger. They chat about the cafe, and Deirdre says that she likes it.
Rita and Len are in his van discussing the house. He says that if she wants it, he'll put in an offer. This is despite it being miles away and it being in a different world. Rita is pleased, then says that she doesn't really want it and they go home.
In the Rovers, Dan and Elsie are apparently very friendly. He tells her that he will be in Bristol the next day and has to phone a Mrs Poppy Thorn to arrange his B & B there. Annie rings her buzzer, and Fred is sent through to see what it was. He tries to mention their payrise again but Annie sends him back to the bar.
Directed by ROGER JENKINS
Thursday (1978, 17 March 1980)
Annie has the Rovers staff on the hop to impress her new chum, Olive Taylor-Brown
Annie asks Hilda to give the spare room a thorough cleaning, because her friend Mrs Taylor-Brown is coming to stay.
Len and Eddie are doing work on Rita's kitchen. Rita says that she's going shopping to buy new bedding and curtains.
In the cafe, a customer (Ernie, played by Johnny Wade) tells Gail that Dan Johnson has got homes at the end of every motorway, and Elsie isn't his only ladyfriend. Gail looks shocked.
Mrs Walker goes shopping, driven by Fred. Apparently she met this Mrs Taylor-Brown in her pub/restaurant in Derbyshire. Bet and Betty wonder what she is going to be like.
Dan phones the cafe and arranges to stay with Elsie. Gail gently tries to tell Elsie that she's not Dan's only woman, but Elsie say it is none of Gail's business.
In the Rovers, Renee asks Rita how she's getting on with her house hunting, and that it would seem a shame to leave her house if Len works so hard on it. Rita says with a smile that the nicer their house gets, the harder it'll get to find somewhere else suitable - but Len doesn't know that yet!
Dan arrives in the cafe and gets a cold reception from Elsie. He goes and sits with Ernie, who tells him that he "might have mentioned something in passing to Gail".
Eddie and Len finish fitting the new sink. Hilda pops in and says that Stan would never do anything like that.
In the Rovers, Bet flirts with Dan. Betty advises Alf not to ignore his wedding anniversary. Mrs Taylor-Brown (Olive Taylor-Brown, played by Paula Tilbrook) arrives with Fred. Annie Walker is all over her, and rings the bell and orders Betty to make them a cup of tea.
At Elsie's, Dan tells her that Ernie is a liar. Elsie warns him not to make a fool of her. Dan says that he could really fancy her when she's mad. "Oh no you couldn't", Elsie says, "and don't you ever forget it".
Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Friday (1979, 19 March 1980)
Elsie finds out that she's being two-timed
Annie and Olive have a light lunch so as not to spoil their appetites before the Ladies' Evening at the Weatherfield Lodge. Annie rings through for Betty to clear the table, but Hilda comes instead and shatters Annie's illusion.
Rita has a phonecall from Mr Lambert, the owner of the big house they went to see. She tells them that it wasn't really what they were looking for.
In the Rovers, the two ladies get ready for their evening out, and compliment each other on their outfits. Bet tells Dan that she has the evening off, and he invites her out. Betty warns her that she is playing a dangerous game. Hilda says that she fancies eating out that day. Stan says that they can go to Jim's cafe, but when he says that Hilda should pay she says she's going on her own. He says he is skint (what about his inheritance money?).
Olive and Annie are ready to leave for their evening out. Albert Tatlock asks them where Cinderella is, implying that they are the ugly sisters :-). Betty laughs and says she'll buy him a big drink. Outside, poor Fred is run off his feet opening car doors, but leave Annie's handbag on the car roof. It falls off as soon as they drive away.
There is a commotion when Annie notices that her handbag is missing (which is only when they arrive, pah!). It contained the invitations - but Annie assures Mrs Taylor-Brown that she is well known locally and it won't be a problem. She sends Fred back to search for her handbag.
Elsie is tired and says she wants to stay in. Dan spins a yarn about going to see one of his mates at the yard.
At the ladies' evening, Annie Walker is refused admission by a jobsworth doorman ("Commissionaire", played by Wally Thomas). She is annoyed but he's had his instructions and won't let them in.
Outside the Rovers, Stan finds Mrs Walker's handbag and quietly pockets it. Seconds later, Fred arrives back in the car and asks two passing lads if they've seen it. "Why, have you got your stuff in it?" says one. "Go on, yer cheeky monkeys!" says Fred.
Stan goes into the cafe and shows the bag to Hilda. She recognises it as Annie Walker's and says she'll get the bus to Weatherfield Hall and give it to her (not before rooting through and reading a letter from Billy which says he won't come home for Easter unless Annie would send him the airfare!).
In the Rovers, Elsie asks Betty if she's on her own. Betty explains that Fred is driving and it's Bet's night off. Elsie tells Betty that Dan has gone to see a friend. Fred arrives in a fluster because he can't find the handbag, and Elsie has a good laugh.
Back at the hall, and Olive's patience is running out. She's annoyed that no-one seems to know who Annie is so they can't get in, and she isn't the local celebrity that she said she was! Then Hilda arrives, and Annie is delighted to be reunited with her handbag. At first she goes to give her a reward of £2, but then ups it to £5 and a further £2 for the "taxi" that Hilda says she caught.
Dan kisses Bet in the street and asks if he can stay the night with her, but at that moment Elsie puts the empty milk bottles out and sees him. She gets his things and throws them into the street. As the credits roll, Dan picks up his things and goes into the corner shop with Bet Lynch.
Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Monday (1980, 24 March 1980)
Mike Baldwin offers Pauline Stringer a job at the factory, Elsie and Bet have a row at The Rover's over Dan Johnson, and Louise buys some pornographic magazines by mistake.
Elsie calls into the corner shop demanding to see Bet, but Alf and Renee say that she's still in bed. Later when she comes downstairs, she says she knows why (a certain lorry driver!) but thanks them for the message without telling them anything.
In the factory, the girls are laughing and joking when Mike walks in. He's exhausted through working late regularly just to keep the place running, and snaps at Ivy. Later in the Rovers, Len says that he saw Mike's light on late at night. Bert says that he needs some extra help, and Mike agrees.
Deirdre tells Emily that she misses having a job, and that she's going to start looking for one. She goes into the Kabin, but Mavis tells her she's sorry that she's already employed Louise. Then she goes into the Rovers just as Mike is talking about how silly it is that he works to many hours, but Mike tells her he hasn't got a job for her. Meanwhile Bert tells Ivy that the supervisor's job is as good as hers.
Elsie goes into the Rovers and has a big slanging match with Bet, but Bet is on home territory and comes off better with her "I thought he was only a lodger" remarks.
Mavis leaves Louise on her own in charge of the Kabin while she goes to the wholesalers. A man (Salesman - George Little) comes in and gets Louise to sign some kind of invoice.
Pauline Stringer (played by Patricia downing) from Aspinall comes to the factory, to pick up their order. Mike had checked with Ivy that the "duff stuff" was near the bottom of the boxes, but Pauline says that she wants them all opened to check the quality!
Deirdre comes home pleased, because she has been given a job working at Weatherfield Rainwear. She says she is starting the next Monday.
Bert buys one of the new magazines from the Kabin. Mavis returns and looks at them, then explodes in a frenzy of worry because they are porn magazines!
At the factory, Mike apologises for some poor quality items and ends up offering Pauline Stringer a job, saying he'd rather she was on his side. She asks if not promoting his existing staff wouldn't cause problems, but Mike assures her it's nothing they can't handle.
Directed by PAUL BERNARD
Bitparts: Teenage Lad MARK HUDSON (he bought a record in the Kabin)
Tuesday (1981, 26 March 1980)
Len finds out about the porno magazines and has an argument with Louise and Mavis. Emily and Deirdre decide to banish the blues by setting up a secretarial agency. Ivy makes it clear to Mike Baldwin that she doesn't approve his choice of Pauline Stringer as factory supervisor.
Mavis has packed up the magazines, and angrily writes "Not to be sold - for return" on the outside. Alf comes in, and Mavis asks what the penalty would be for selling hard-core porn. Alf says that she'd better hope there are no complaints - and there might be if Ivy finds out!
Back in the corner shop, Ida, Vera and Alf laugh about Bert buying the porn mag. Len is there and didn't know about the affair.
In the factory, Mike is just about to tell Ivy that she won't be getting promoted, but is interrupted by a phonecall. Ivy gets the wrong and of the stick and thinks she'll be getting the job.
Deirdre tells Emily that she's going into town to buy some decent clothes for her new job (Tracy is helping Emily roll some pastry).
Len has a blazing row with Mavis in the Kabin about the magazines. He says they could be taken to court for selling them, and demands that they get rid of them. When the salesman comes in later, Louise tells him firmly that Mavis is out at lunch, but he says he'll wait for her with a view to setting a regular order.
Mike tells Pauline Stringer that he can match any offer that Aspinalls make, up to a point.
The salesman tries the hard sell, but Mavis is having none of it. Louise throws the bundle of magazines back at him, and he angrily leaves. Mavis phones the publishers to complain about his behaviour, but suspiciously, they haven't heard of "Teaser" magazine before.
In the Rovers, Vera and Ida notice that Bert is reading a magazine. After much goading, Ivy demands to see what Bert is reading - but it's only one of his DIY mags and they all have a good laugh.
Emily tells Deirdre that she feels trapped into being a permanent babysitter. Deirdre apologises for taking her for granted, and says that she'll cancel her job.
Mike introduces Pauline to the factory workers. Ivy looks very downcast. Later Mike tells her that the other girls wouldn't have looked up to her.
In the corner shop, Deirdre mentions that she's got some typing to do for Len. Alf suggests that she do a bit more of the same work, and says he'll put the word around the Town Hall for her.
The salesman is back in the Kabin - he's been sacked for fiddling his firm and wanted to have a "word" with Mavis. But Len is there and saves the day, throwing him out onto the street. Louise loves it, and says she wishes her dog was there because he bites the rent man!
Deirdre tells Emily about Alf's idea to set up a secretarial agency. Emily says that she's had experience and she'd like to help out as well.
Directed by PAUL BERNARD
Wednesday (1982, 31 March 1980)
Alf is worried by the number of Easter eggs in stock, Ena returns from St Anne's and Pauline checks into Ivy's past at the factory.
In the Corner shop, Alf is arranging a display of Easter eggs. Vera tells Alf and Renee about Pauline Stringer working at the factory.
At Len's yard, which we haven't seen for a while, Len persuades Eddie to do some more work for him that day (he had wanted to go to Liverpool). He has to paint some old radiators.
In the factory, Pauline tells Mike that there is spare capacity, but if they got rid of anyone it should be done by the book. Ivy and Vera talk about going away to Spain in the summer as a foursome with Bert and Jack. Ivy says that they need someone in the office who's on their side.
In the Rovers, Eddie tells Betty that Rita's "new" central heating is not going to be new at all, merely 2nd hand stuff. Ken comes in and says that the community centre is almost ready, and Mrs Sharples should be back from St. Anne's next week to inspect.
But outside in the street, disaster! Mrs Sharples is back early and can't get in. She tells Elsie Tanner that the locks have been changed, and she'll complain to Alf. In the corner shop, she says that she sent a postcard to Albert Tatlock telling him she was coming home, and the whole thing is a shambles.
Later that day it's suddenly snowing, and Ena Sharples goes into Albert's house. He's asleep in his chair, and she wakes him up saying that she needs lodgings!
Len gives Eddie a fiver for his day's work, but Eddie is annoyed he still hasn't been paid for the Belshore job. For some reason Len won't pay his employee until his client has coughed up, and Eddie is left to dictate a "demand" letter to Deirdre.
At Albert's house, Ken demands to know why Albert didn't tell him about Ena's postcard. Albert says that is was on the mantlepiece and Ken was always too busy. Ken says to Ena that it's their fault and so they'll put her up for a few nights.
In the Rovers, Fred has been sent on an errand to Jubilee street. Len says that it's near the Flying Horse, and they've got a barbershop quartet there. Fred returns, singing, and says that the barbershop quartet wasn't up to much - words that he will live to regret.
Mike tells Ivy that she's been found out - Pauline Stringer has phoned up the union and Ivy isn't registered as a member. If she is going to be the official shop steward, there must be an election first! Ivy looks horrified.
Directed by ROGER JENKINS
Thursday (1983, 2 April 1980)
The build-up to the factory shop steward's election begins and tension mounts at the Tatlocks between Albert and Ena. Fred launches a barber shop quartet competition between The Rovers and The Flying Horse.
Vera tells Alf and Renee that Ida is standing against Ivy in the factory election.
At Len's yard, Belshore's cheque arrives. It's for £100 and Eddie isn't happy about only getting £30. But Len gives him an earbashing, and says if he doesn't like it he knows what he can do!
In the corner shop, Deirdre complains that she's not getting much secretarial work. Fred Gee comes in, and says that he all but challenged the bloke at the Flying Horse that the Rovers could produce a better quartet. Renee volunteers Alf, so along with Fred they're half way there!
In the factory, Pauline Stringer tells the girls that they'll have a stronger voice with a properly elected shop steward. They agree to hold the election that day after lunch. Later, the results are given - Ivy wins by 17 votes to 14.
In the Rovers, Eddie buys Len a drink to make up. Fred tells them about the barbershop quartet gauntlet. Len pooh poohs the idea, but Eddie says he's up for it when he hears that there is beer involved. Later, Fred persuades Bert to sign up and the quartet is complete. Ken tells Albert and Ena that he's off to the community centre to chase up Ena's decorators. After he's gone, Ena invites Albert to the Rovers for a milk stout, but he wants to go t'ut Legion. She tells him that he's not going anywhere until he's done the washing up!
Rita is living a life of leisure. After going shopping the previous day, she's been to the sauna today. She calls in on Len who tell her that Eddie's taken the last of the radiators over to their house.
The quartet try to have a rehearsal in front of everyone. Fred tells than that the challenge is set for the next Monday. Annie Walker looks as if she's in pain. Ena Sharples comes in, and suggests that they try without Fred. They do, and it sounds a lot better. But now they are without a 4th singer. Later, Renee, who pushed Alf into joining up, finds herself agreeing with Fred and Alf that she should replace Fred. After all, there is nothing in the rules to say that they all have to be men.
Ena goes back to Albert's house, where Ken and Albert are looking very awkward. Ken tells Ena that the decorators won't be finished for some time yet. Ena says that she knows when she isn't wanted, and she's just been on the phone to Mr Foster in St Anne's who would be happy to have her back. Ken says that perhaps that would be better, and he'll let her know as soon as her flat is ready. But Mrs Sharples angrily says that she's sick and tired of being messed about, and she will be the one to decide when - or if - she ever comes back :-(.
Directed by ROGER JENKINS
Friday (1984, 7 April 1980)
Renee, Alf, Bert and Eddie have teamed up to form a barber's shop quartet - but the group from The Flying Horse is far superior. Susan Barlow and her friend Duncan drop in en route to a holiday in Wales - much to Albert Tatlock's disapproval. Mavis wonders what she can do to celebrate her birthday.
[DATE 1: Easter Monday Bank
[DATE 2: Day before Mavis' birthday]
In the corner shop, there's a rehearsal going in on the back room. Len comes in and Renee persuades him to buy an Easter egg. Alf shuts the shop so that they won't be disturbed again. Len goes back home, and Rita is pleased with the egg even though she guesses that Renee was trying to shift her stock. Len says that he'll have finished the central heating that day.
Susan Barlow (Suzy Paterson) turns up on Albert's doorstep with a friend from Glasgow, Duncan Craig (played by Garry Stewart). He says that they are on a cycling holiday and just passing through. Albert is thrilled to see Susan.
In the Rovers, Mrs Walker tells Ivy that the landlord of the Flying Horse is "quite common" and if his singers were to beat theirs he would consider it a victory over the Rovers, and her personally. Ivy says that it's not the winning but the taking part that's important. "That's what the losers say - the winners never say anything like that!" remarks Annie.
Albert is talking to Duncan about his times in the War. Ken arrives back and is pleased to see Susan. She tells him that they are heading to North Wales for their touring holiday, and had to change train at Manchester so they thought they'd pop in. Ken looks unsure at the idea of them going away together.
Rita tells Len that she's seen the back of the radiator lying upstairs on their bedroom, and she knows that it isn't a brand new system. She warns him that it had better work, or else. Later it does, and Rita is pleased and asks Len to stay in with her and "feel the house get warm" (never heard it called that before!).
Duncan tells Ken that they'll be catching up with the rest of their group later, which makes Ken perk up thinking it is an "organised" "school" trip. But alas it isn't, just some friends going on holiday together, so his suspicious mind goes into overdrive. Ken says they can stay the night and then leave the next day. Later, Susan tells him that her grandmother doesn't approve of the holiday because the older generation are narrow-minded. Ken looks awkward.
Renee arrives in the Rovers, looking utterly ridiculous with a moustache. The Flying Horse team arrive and are given drinks on the house by Annie Walker. Their singing is full proper four-part harmony, and leagues ahead of the Rovers team. Tony Hayes (played by James Warrior), the landlord of the Flying Horse, objects strongly when he sees Renee, but Ivy steps in and gives him a piece of her mind! The Rovers team make a good attempt, but the standard isn't really there. Fred reluctantly concedes defeat and has to buy a round of drinks for the Flying Horse folks.
Mavis and Emily arrive in Mavis' flat after going to the cinema. It's Mavis' birthday the next day, and Emily suggests that she should have a party.
Back at Albert's house, Duncan is just about to unroll his sleeping bag next to Susan when Ken firmly suggests that he'd be "more comfortable" in the front room. Duncan leaves the room, saying it'll probably be the best night's sleep they'll get for a while(!). In the hall, Albert tells Ken that he has to stop Susan going, but Ken says it isn't that simple.
Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Monday (1985, 9 April 1980)
Albert Tatlock is still trying to persuade Ken not to let his daughter Susan go away on holiday with her 'young man', but Ken decides to trust his daughter. After a slow start, Mavis' birthday party hots up - and a good time is had by all!
[DATE: Mavis' birthday]
Ken wakes Susan up. She says that Peter (her brother) used to put his foot on her belly when she used to lay out in her bikini. Duncan walks in, so Ken doesn't get a chance to have a "chat" with Susan. They go upstairs, leaving Albert to tell Ken that time is running out for him to lay down the law.
Mavis calls in to see Rita, and invites her and Len to the party that evening. Rita accepts and Lens has to go along with her.
Duncan is dragged down to Albert's allotment, leaving Ken alone with Susan. She asks him what happened with Deirdre, and says that her and Peter both wish he'd get married again. She convinces Ken that she is mature enough to go away unsupervised, and so he gives her his blessing.
In the corner shop, Bet asks for another packet of fags to be put onto the slate. It now stands and over 20 quid, but Bet tells Alf and Renee she'll settle it when it's up to £25. Mavis arrives and invites them all to her party. After she's gone Bet says that it'll be the rave-up of the year, but sadly she will be working and won't be able to go.
Susan and Duncan leave. Albert tells Ken that he hopes he's satisfied. Ken tells him that they talked, and he trusts Susan. She's got to be allowed to grow up in her own way.
Mavis is a nervous wreck waiting for people to turn up. She says it's much harder for her being on her own as a single woman. Emily asks her why she didn't ask Derek? She says that she hasn't seen him for months, but he had sent her a card. Eddie is the first to arrive, followed by Rita and Len. Rita quietly sends Len down to the Rovers to get as many people as possible back.
In the Rovers, Ivy sounds surprised that Mavis had gone to so much trouble saying that she had been playing it down when she invited them. Ivy, Bert, Renee, Alf and Ken all agree to go over to the party. Annie Walker says that if it were anyone else, she'd be quite annoyed that all her customers were walking out, then gives Len a present to take to Mavis. Bet receives a phonecall from Dan the lorry driver. It seems he'll be back on Monday.
The party is in full swing and Mavis has a great time. Everyone sings Happy Birthday to Mavis and they give her a cake.
Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Tuesday (1986, 14 April 1980)
Bet gets dressed to kill for the arrival of Dan, and Eddie brings his girlfriend Pat round to the Ogdens' for a cuddle. But Hilda arrives back unexpectedly, catches Eddie and Pat, and throws Pat out.
Bet dolls herself up ready for Dan's arrival. Hilda comes into the Rovers and uses the phone to call her son and daughter-in-law in Chesterfield - she has the chance of a lift down there and wants to visit them and her grandchildren. She whisks Stan and Eddie away to give them their "instructions". Eddie gets Hilda's permission to have his girlfriend over.
Gail buys a picture, saying that it's for her and Brian's future house. She puts it up over the Tilsley's fireplace.
In the Rovers, Ivy reminds Vera that it'll be her and Jack's 23rd wedding anniversary that Friday. She invites them over for a meal on Friday night. Dan Johnson arrives in the Rovers and starts chatting Bet up. Mrs Walker looks on with disapproval.
Eddie is anxious for Stan to go out before his girlfriend arrives. Pat arrives (Par Marshall, played by Barbara Peirson) and Eddie introduces her to Stan. Whilst Pat is in the kitchen, Eddie reminds stan that Lorna, his old girlfriend, has moved away. Pat says that she loves chubby men and takes a shine to Stan, much to Eddie's disgust! Eventually, Stan takes a hint and leaves.
Bet takes Dan into the shop, and introduces him to Alf and Renee. They march past them and go upstairs. Dan admires the room as if it's the first time he's seen it (which isn't true as we know he's been in there before!). He assures her that there was nothing between him and Elsie.
Gail and Brian discuss having some friends over for a meal on Friday, before Bert and Ivy return from the Rovers. Ivy mentions Jack and Vera's meal, leaving Brian in a dilemma.
Renee is beside herself with worry because it's 1am and Bet's "guest" hasn't left yet, but Alf tells her that they shouldn't interfere.
Hilda arrives back home from her day-trip. When she sees that Eddie's girlfriend is no longer Lorna, who she got on well with, she is angry and throws her out. She goes to make a cup of tea, and Stan comes down wondering what the noise was. Thinking that Pat has gone to fetch a friend for a foursome, Stan wonders if he should tidy himself up! Hilda emerges from the shadows - "Will I do, Stanley?!" she snaps.
Directed by RONALD FOURACRE
Wednesday (1987, 16 April 1980)
It's the morning after Bet and Dan's night together, and they cause an upset when trying to leave quietly through the shop. Eddie apologises to the Ogdens, and Pat gets on famously with Hilda.
It's the next morning, and Bet and Dan have overslept. Downstairs, Alf and Renee are both in the shop. Alf tells Renee that they have no cause to complain because Bet pays rent and she is a grown woman. Dan invites himself over again that night, and persuades Bet that it'll be ok to go out through the shop. But Annie Walker is in there and freezes to the spot, along with Renee. She leaves just as Vera arrives.
Hilda has a shouting match with Stan, and tells him that Eddie can't bring his trollop round again! Later, Eddie apologises to Hilda and she relents and say it's ok to bring Pat round again.
Brian tells Ivy that Gail is upset because of Friday, and she was looking forward to preparing the meal. He says they'll put his friends off until Saturday, and Gail should get over it. Later, Gail tells Ivy that she was upset because it's one of the snags of living in someone else's house. Ivy says that she likes having them around, but she admits it can't go on forever.
Renee tells Bet that she didn't like the way she paraded Dan around that morning, but Bet doesn't accept that she did anything wrong.
Eddie brings Pat round again, and Hilda apologises to her. They get chatting, and Stan and Eddie are left out in the cold!
Vera calls in on Gail and Brian, and tells them that her Jack has booked a restaurant for Friday night. So all Gail's trouble has been for nothing.
In the Roves, Dan arrives and offers to buy drinks for Renee and Alf. Renee tells Alf that if Dan stays another night, Bet will have to move out of her house.
Directed by RONALD FOURACRE
Thursday (1988, 21 April 1980)
Renee and Alf have a show-down with Bet over Dan's staying at her flat - so she walks out, but has nowhere to go. Hilda wants Stan to accompany her to bingo, but he's not so keen.
[DATE1: Tues night/Wed morning
of the previous week]
[DATE2: Bank Holiday monday of the next week]
Renee sees Bet coming out of the bathroom, and says that she didn't hear her come home. Bet says that it's because they (her and Dan) were quiet because Renee had asked her to keep her private life private! The next morning, Renee tries to tell Bet she needs to have a talk, but Bet brushes her aside saying she needs to get dressed.
Deirdre and Emily are busy doing typing for their new business, the "Coronation Street Secretarial Bureau". Emily is anxious to get more work, but it's early days as their advert has been in the local paper for the first time the previous day.
In the Rovers, Betty tries to warn Bet that she might be going too fast with Dan, and upsetting Alf and Renee. But Bet says that she's paying rent and there's not much they can do. She's sure they only need time to get used to the idea.
Emily takes a phonecall from a Mr Bateman (Jeff Bateman, played by Peter Dean) who wants some circulars done - but when he comes around it turns out to be "Fangio" from the cafe who was partly responsible for Emily leaving her old job [see episode 1961]. He's set himself up with his own business, and even Emily's frostiness doesn't put him off. Deirdre hopes that they'll have the work done by 6pm that day, but later when he calls back it isn't ready. He seems more bothered about fancying Deirdre than the work, though.
Alf and Renee tell Bet that she has to respect their home, and that she mustn't bring Dan back to stay the night anymore.
Stan comes home for his dinner, and Hilda moans that it's a good thing they aren't rich because good food would be wasted on him. She says that they'll never be lucky with money, despite Stan's tea-leaves that morning. Hilda goes to the corner shop for some brown sauce for Stan, just as Bet is having a row with Renee and Alf. Bet calls their bluff and pays them all her outstanding rent and cigarette money, and says she is leaving that day. She tells them they can stuff their flat.
In the Rovers, Ivy and Vera arrive back from the bingo. They say that no-one won the £1,000 jackpot, and it's carrying on the next night. Hilda excitedly rushes home to see Stan, and says that they both have to go to the bingo tomorrow! Stan protests saying that he'll be the only bloke there, but it's no good!
Bet calls in to see Betty, saying that she walked out. Betty agrees to give her a bed for the night. Bet says that she's got Dan, and he'll look after her when he finds out what has happened.
Directed by ROGER JENKINS
Friday (1989, 23 April 1980)
Renee and Alf are worried about Bet. At bingo, Vera wins the jackpot, but this provokes a row with Hilda.
Bet hasn't had much luck finding somewhere new to live. Betty assures her that she's not imposing, but Bet says that she won't bring Dan around to Betty's house.
Hilda tells Stan that he's going to the bingo with her whether he likes it or not.
A new client called Mr Swain (Arnold Swain, played by George Waring) brings his book-keeping over for Emily to do. He says there's a bit of a backlog, but after that is cleared he'd like her to carry on keeping it up to date as an ongoing job. He's a pet shop owner, and asks if Emily has any pets - she says she owns a rabbit, and she feeds a stray cat. He gives her his home phone number.
In the Rovers, Hilda and Stan leave for bingo with Ivy and Vera. Bet asks Betty to leave her spare key outside the house in case she goes out with Dan and arrives home late. Fred overhears this, and warns Betty that she'll end up with a midnight visitor. But Dan phones Bet at the Rovers and says that he'll be in Birmingham that night.
In the bingo hall, none of the Coronation Street party are having much luck. The jackpot game begins. Hilda screams out in excitement that she's got a line - to her embarrassment because there is no prize for that on the jackpot game. Someone else wins, and Hilda curses her bad luck. She goes off to search for Stan.
Fangio/Jeff calls in to collect his circulars from Emily - Deirdre is out, so he says he'll call back later. When Deirdre gets home Emily tells her she has an admirer. In the Rovers, Fred doesn't hesitate to tell Fangio/Jeff all about Ray living in Holland. He goes back to Emily's house and persuades Deirdre to go for a drink with him.
Hilda returns from the bar, annoyed because Stan has slipped away to the Legion. Vera offers to mark Stan's card. The next game begins, and the prize is a holiday in Blackpool. Vera wins! Hilda says that it was Stan's card, but Vera is adamant it was her own. Hilda yells at Vera, saying that she won't enjoy the holiday.
Bingo caller COLIN MARTIN Bingo checker TOM
Directed by ROGER JENKINS
Monday (1990, 28 April 1980)
Bet and Dan set up a love-nest. A fraught day at the Tilsleys' leads to Gail declaring that she and Brian must find a home of their own. Hilda, choked by the conviction that she was cheated at bingo, has a public row with Vera
In the Kabin, Mavis isn't feeling very well. Louise is there working, and with Elsie's encouragement Mavis agrees that she could manage on her own.
In the Rovers, Hilda is still angry with Vera. She tells Bet that Vera has fiddled them out of the holiday. Bet is reading Mrs Walker's paper, looking for a flat. Mrs Walker appears and gloats that normally one finds a new place before leaving the old.
Gail discovers that Ivy has been doing Brian's washing, and taken his coat to the cleaners. She is not amused, but Ivy can't see what the problem is. Later, Gail tells Brian that she can't stand living with his parents for much longer.
Dan arrives in the Rovers, and Bet tells him that she's homeless (wouldn't she have told him in one of the several phonecalls we know she made?). Dan needs a bed for the night, and so has an incentive to help her find a flat! He finds a bedsit in the paper, and urges Bet to ask for permission to leave work to view it. Bet tells Annie a sob-story about being concerned for Betty, and so is allowed to leave after lunch. Later, Bet and Dan go to view a pokey bedsit. Bet phones the Rovers saying she's too ill to work that night, but Annie Walker doesn't believe it.
Len finds Louise alone in the shop, and is annoyed. He says that he'll get some more help in. Louise rolls her eyes. Len finds Rita in the Rovers and asks her to work in the Kabin for a few days. She agrees, and smiles mysteriously. She goes to visit Mavis and gives her the news.
Hilda accosts Vera coming out of the factory, and accuses her of lying about the bingo prize. Vera says that if it's such a problem, she'll take Stan to Blackpool instead of Jack! Hilda declines!
Ivy and Gail have another argument, this time about who was cooking the meal that night and what it was. Brian tells Bert that he can't carry on like this, but they can't afford their own place. Gail persuades Brian that there's no harm in looking, and gets him to agree to start looking the next day.
Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Tuesday (1991, 30 April 1980)
Despite discouragement from Ivy, Brian and Gail see a houseplot and decide to try for a mortgage. Rita helps out in the Kabin and ministers to a sick Mavis
[DATE: Bet's 40th birthday, May 1st]
Bet cooks a full breakfast for Dan in her bedsit. She says that her new place isn't swish, but it isn't a dump and vows to make it nice.
Ivy tries to put Gail off buying a house with Brian, saying they'll have no money and will be unhappy.
Mavis is still ill in bed. Rita goes up to see her, and she makes a big fuss saying she thinks she is dying.
In the Rovers, Annie Walker is annoyed that Bet Lynch hasn't showed up. Albert Tatlock orders some onion soup from Annie's food menu. Hilda is helping out in the kitchen, and has another row with Vera when she brings Albert's soup out. Stan vows never to go to bingo again. Bet turns up an hour late.
Gail and Brian go to the building site where the new housing estate is being built. Gail swallows everything the salesman (Peter Cross, played by Alan Hulse) says, but Brian is sceptical.
Albert goes into the Kabin, and asks Rita what she's doing there. Rita send him up to visit Mavis who has gastric 'flu.
Rita tells Len that she'd like to go back to work in the shop.
Betty visits Bet in her new flat. It's Bet's birthday. Dan arrives, but he isn't stopping - Bet is a bit deflated. He admits that he has "commitments" at his home in London...
Later they go home, excited. They've put an offer in for a house. Ivy is astounded at the price - £16,000 - and immediately says they can't afford it, they'll get into debt and start rowing, etc. Bert tells Ivy that they should let Gail and Brian take risks, and that they can look after themselves.
Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Wednesday (1992, 5 May 1980)
Rita starts working again at The Kabin which provokes trouble with Louise. Deirdre finds a poem on the back of Arnold Swain's accounts. Brian and Gail realise they haven't got enough money for the mortgage
In the cafe, Brian and Gail ask Elsie if Gail can have time off to go an apply for a mortgage. She says no, because it's too busy at lunchtimes. Eddie buys a full cooked breakfast, but complains about it - after he "forced himself" to eat it all! He gets Elsie to give him the same again.
Emily is busy typing for "her" Mr Swain, as Deirdre puts it. Emily insists that he's just another client. Ken arrives and gives Deirdre a memo to type up. Emily is anxious that she won't have the work ready in time.
In the Kabin, Rita makes Louise turn her record player off, then disappears for lunch. Louise was expecting to be going herself and isn't pleased. Mavis comes downstairs and can hardly believe it when she hears that Rita had been referring to herself as the boss.
Mr Swain arrives at Emily's but he doesn't want to stop long because he's having trouble with Amanda, one of his parrots. He writes out a cheque and is pleased to put more work Emily's way. He says he knew Ernest when he was a photographer and was sorry to hear of his death. He mentions that his wife has died, and asks Emily out. She says that she's really busy but she'll think about it.
Brian arrives back in the cafe looking dispondant. Gail starts saying how sorry she is that they didn't get the mortgage, but then he grins. They got it! A 95% mortgage, and Gail is overjoyed.
Rita returns to find Mavis in the shop, but Mavis says she's feeling better. Mavis challenges the fact that Rita said she was the boss, but Rita says she only intimated it and having her back would lighten the load. She says that they can get Louise to do all the hard work.
In the Rovers, Ken and Annie talk about UFOs. They wonder why an intelligent life would visit, and Ken asks her if there was anything there that she would travel millions of miles to see? She turns around just as Fred is blowing his nose ;). Len tells Elsie that Rita was crawling up the wall so it's good that she's back at work. Elsie tells Bert and Ivy about the good news. Ivy looks annoyed, because she was hoping that Gail and Brian wouldn't get their mortgage!
Deirdre finds a poem written by Arnold Swain, and reads it out wondering if he meant it to be typed. Emily tells her that he's invited her out.
Brian tells Gail that with all the fees, they'll need another £500 if they are to buy a house.
Mavis tells Louise that Rita would be coming back, but only part time. Louise smells a rat, and says that she's not going to be taken for a ride and she's jacking her job in. Mavis phones Len at the Rovers, who quizzes Rita as to what she said to Louise, and more importantly, who's going to do the papers tomorrow? Rita says that she won't do it. Len says that she will!
Brian asks his dad to lend him the £500. He says no. Ivy looks smug.
Mr Swain arrives to collect his work. Deirdre asks him about Sam, the dog in the poem. She then pretends to hear Tracy and leaves. Arnold asks Emily if she'll change her mind about going out with him. "Well..." she begins, "Good! I'll pick you up tomorrow about 7". He leaves, and Emily looks worried.
[dodgy credits; theme music finishes before director appears, let alone producer].
Thursday (1993, 7 May 1980)
Rita offers Louise more money to stay at the Kabin, but Louise refuses. Ivy is worried about Brian and Gail's problems with the extra money they need for their house
Mavis comes downstairs to the Kabin to see how Rita is doing (she had to do the morning papers). Rita snaps at her and sends her back upstairs.
Emily tells Deirdre that she doesn't want to go out with Arnold Swain. But Deirdre takes charge and talks her into it. They go out to find something for Emily to wear.
In the cafe, Gail tells Elsie that she and Brian need another £300 for their house deposit. Elsie talks her out of selling her wedding presents. Ken arrives and sits with Eddie. He says that Albert has gone to visit his daughter, hence the eating out.
Louise goes into the Kabin to collect her "cards". Rita, annoyed at having had to do the papers, tries to bribe her into staying with a payrise. But Louise glares at her and storms out.
In the Rovers, Mrs Walker gloats at Brian and Gail over their mortgage. Fred suggests a loan shark, but Ken pooh-poohs the idea. Brian tells Gail that he'll ask his boss for some help.
Jack Clayton (played by Tommy Wright), Louise's father, comes into the Kabin in a furious mood demanding to know why Rita sacked his daughter. Rita says that she did not sack her, she walked out, and that she isn't surprised with such a domineering father. "Right. Stay there!" he says and stomps out of the shop.
Deirdre puts some makeup on Emily, and Arnold arrives. They drive off. Eddie comes along and comments on how nice Arnold's car was. Deirdre says that if he had a car like that she'd go out with him!
Bert and Ivy are looking at slides of where they might go on holiday. Brian arrives and takes his record player, one of his prized possessions, away to sell because he needs the money got his deposit. Ivy looks guilty.
Louise's father returns to the Kabin with Louise. He demands that Louise repeat the accusation that Rita sacked her, but Louise says that she never said such a thing. Rita calls Mavis down to back her up. Jack rants that provocation counts, and that Rita left Louise no choice but to walk out and that's the same thing. He says that she should wait until the tribunal! Rita points out that Louise wasn't there long enough, so then he says she hasn't heard the last of this and there are "other ways". He drags Louise out.
Bert tells Ivy that they had it hard when they were first married, and Brian and Gail will manage. He says that they can't afford to help them out - but Ivy should get down to the travel agent tomorrow!!
Emily and Arnold return from their meal in a French restaurant. Emily smiles but looks awkward.
Mrs Walker is in a generous mood, offering a lock-in glass of brandy for herself, Fred and Elsie, and gives him permission to watch a match on the telly (starting that late at night?!). She tells Elsie that she's worried about Bet now that she's seeing Dan Johnson.
Brian and Gail are talking about their money woes, and suddenly Ivy comes downstairs and gives then £300 cash. They are stunned. Gail hugs Ivy.
Directed by JOHN MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Friday (1994, 12 May 1980)
Stan Ogden objects to price rises at The Rover's and Annie bars him from the pub after a row. Vera is mad with Ivy for giving Gail and Brian the deposit for their house
It's the next morning, and Brian is dressing up to go the building society. He and Gail leave, again thanking Ivy. When Bert arrives home Ivy skirts around the subject, and admits that she lent their holiday money to Gail and Brian. Bert can't believe it, and says they should have to stand on their own two feet. He tells her that she'll have to tell Vera and Jack to make other arrangements! (They planned to go away with them for the holiday they won at the bingo - but that was a trip to Blackpool?! The slides Bert was enthusing about were nice and sunny!).
Hilda says she wishes they lived closer to her grandchildren in Chesterfield. Stan says that she went to visit them recently, but Hilda says that was a month ago and she was only with them for half an hour. Stan offers to take her to the Rovers that evening instead! Hilda sighs and says ok.
In the factory, Pauline Stringer jokes with Ivy for being late. Ivy looks awkward as she sits down next to Vera. After lunch, Vera can't believe that Ivy lent Brian her money - they had booked an apartment for the four of them. She phones her husband Jack and tells him not to pay the travel agent the rest of the money.
One of Bet's fellow tenants (Keith Sadler, played by Richard Kay) calls in asking for last night's newspaper. He's looking for a job. Bet offers him a cup of tea, and he says how much he would envy Dan being a lorry driver. Later in the afternoon, he and Bet are both back at home and he says he didn't get the job he went for. Bet invites him in for *another* drink. "Anytime!", he says with a big smile.
The prices have gone up in the Rovers, and Stan's not happy. He and Albert make a fuss, but Fred won't budge. Annie and Bet look on. Back at home, Hilda tells Stan that he'll have to clean more windows and earn more money!
Brian and Gail arrive back home, and say that they've put the deposit down on "the house" and the mortgage is settled. (Presumably this is the house on the building site they went to see). Ivy is worried about getting the deposit back from their holiday.
Stan has a list of the Labour Club prices, and puts it up on the wall. Annie orders him to remove it, which he doesn't, so she bars him! Albert demands to know why her prices are so high compared with the Labour Club. "A public house is a microcosm of society", she boasts. "Can you imagine spending all your time with someone exactly the same as yourself?". She turns away with a victorious smile, as Fred and Bet snigger.
When Hilda hears that Stan has been barred, she's furious. "Right, the next war's just started!" she says.
Written by H V KERSHAW Directed by MALCOLM TAYLOR
Monday (1995, 14 May 1980)
The row between Vera and Ivy over the holiday money becomes more heated. Pauline agrees to go out with Mike Baldwin
Hilda says that Annie Walker only has a go at them because they're the underdogs. She suggests that Stan should put his prices up as well.
In the factory, Vera selfishly moans that she had set her heart on that holiday in Benidorm (oh! not Blackpool then, scripties?!). Pauline tells them to keep the noise down, and tells Mike that he's patronising. He's pleased! Mike makes a one-line reference to some painting work they've done in the factory. Later he asks her out that evening. She says that she's already got a date - but Mike says she should break her date!
Bet's neighbour Keith calls in to offer her his paper now that he's read it. She makes him a cooked breakfast!
In the Rovers, Fred is writing out a new food menu when Mrs Walker buzzes 3 times for Fred. Fred's a bit slow going, so she comes through. Hilda gives her a mouthful, saying that it's victimisation. But Annie is unrepentant.
At the Tilsley's, Ivy arrives home for lunch. Gail arrives to drag Brian out to the shops. She mentions that she'll buy Ivy a pair of mules for her holiday. After they've gone, Bert tells her that Brian and Gail will find out eventually that they used their holiday.
In the Rovers, Bert sees Vera who says she'll be round that evening to collect her deposit back from him when he gets it from the travel agents (eh? in the last episode, Jack/Vera and Bert/Ivy were making separate payments). Then at the bar, Bert, Ken and Albert all stand up for Stan. They accuse her of being biased, and that it wouldn't have been the same if it was Mike Baldwin, or a Conservative Club! She's furious and retreats to her back room. Hilda is chuffed and thanks Ken.
Albert refuses to pay Stan's new charges, and says that he doesn't need his services anymore. Later Stan tells Hilda that he's lost three customers. Hilda tells him that public opinion is on her side, and that Annie Walker now has no choice to back down.
Keith takes a phone message from Dan for Bet (he's coming to visit tomorrow), and in return for giving her the message, gets *another* drink and a doughnut. This is getting serious!
Ken "haircut" Barlow goes into the Rovers, and orders a drink for Stan and Hilda who just happen to be following him. Annie Walker warns Ken that he's putting her in a difficult position, but then Ken tells her that if Stan is forced to go elsewhere then other regulars will join him. She smiles, and swiftly changes tack saying it was never a permanent ban, just intended to teach Stan a lesson,and that she is a tolerant and reasonable person. "I never knew she could be so two-faced", Fred says to Bet. "Well as well as being 'tolerant' and 'reasonable', she also knows when she's been out-manouevred", Bet replies. Ken smiles.
Pauline tells Mike that she's rung her friend Roy and broken her planned date. They leave together.
Bert returns home and tells Vera that the deposit was non-returnable. They have lost two lots of £60. She explodes in a fit of rage and says she's going home to tell her Jack! Bert tells Ivy that he's going to tell Gail and Brian how much that money is costing him.
Written by ADELE ROSE Directed by MALCOLM TAYLOR
Tuesday (1996, 19 May 1980)
Audrey Potter arrives and sparks off trouble between Brian and his mother. Dan Johnson warns Bet's babysitter to keep away from her. Mike's progress with Pauline causes gossip at the factory
[NB: Bet Lynch didn't have a BABYSITTER! It's her NEIGHBOUR!!]
Bert tells Ivy that the least they will have to do is to pay Vera her 60 quid.
Bet's iron is broken, and her neighbour offers to lend her his. But he wants to borrow her ironing board afterwards.
Deirdre calls into the factory. We see Mike's new office for the first time, it's all corridors and people carrying piles of clothes now. No machines in sight! She asks Mike to pass word around about her and Emily's bureau. Pauline says that she knows someone who needs a thesis typing.
Annie is away at Joannie's. Hilda makes Fred and Betty some tea using her best china to celebrate.
Audrey Potter has arrived at the Tilsley's to visit. They take her to show her the house. They return, and Audrey says how wonderful it was. Brian says that it should be finished by Christmas.
Dan arrives at Bet's bedsit, to find Keith there doing ironing. He doesn't look thrilled to see him, but Bet returns and Keith makes his excuses.
Deirdre calls into the Rovers to give out some fliers. Pauline tells Mike that his company is in a strong position. He's pleased to know a woman with strong ideas. Later Mike swaggers about talking about business. Pauline is offended and storms out when his back is turned.
Ivy is making Brian's bed, much to his protestations. She tells him that Audrey is a bad influence on Gail and she shouldn't see her! Brian tells her that just because she lent him some money, she can't rule his life - and if he wants to spend his money on comics, he will! He storms out of the house and Ivy cries.
Bet is called out to the phone, and Keith finds Dan changing the fuse on her iron. He mocks Dan, knowing that it'll just blow again. Dan warns him to stay on the other side of the landing, otherwise they'll be another crease in him trousers! Keith looks as if he wants to be somewhere else!
Written by TONY PERRIN Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Wednesday (1997, 21 May 1980)
Dan Johnson's jealousy over Bet leads to a fight and a break-up. Gail and Brian offer to return the deposit money to Bert and Ivy. Mike persuades Pauline to come to his hotel room for a night-cap
Bert tells Ivy that Brian shouldn't be able to refuse good advice, but Ivy tells him to keep quiet in the interests of peace.
Keith sees Bet on the landing and tells her that Dan threatened him. Bet says she'll put him straight.
In the Rovers, Vera sees Pauline and tells Ida that she must be up to something. Bert tells Vera that he'll pay her her full £60 deposit back. Mike arrives, but he drinks with Bert and Len, leaving Pauline alone at a table. Brian arrives and asks Bert to buy him a drink, but Bert storms out.
Back at home, Brian asks Bert what he's done wrong. Ivy won't tell him. Gail arrives home in the heat of the argument. Bert blurts out that it was his holiday money that they were lent. They say they had no idea.
Keith knocks on Bet's door, excited because he's got a job. He invites Bet over for a drink in his room, and she accepts.
Gail and Brian decide to give the money back to Bert and Ivy. Since Audrey is always boasting about her rich friends, perhaps one of them can help out. They tell Bert and Ivy (but there's no mention of the holiday already having been cancelled). Later in the Rovers Audrey admits that she hasn't seen her friend Alan for weeks, and she can't ask him - because he's just gone back to his wife. She says that she's sorry but she can't help them. Bert tells them that they must keep the money, he wouldn't enjoy his holiday now anyway. Hilda is feeling ill, and comes in to buy a bottle of whiskey. She says she thinks it is flu, and Stan's got it as well.
Mike takes Pauline out on a date to his hotel restaurant.
Bet and Keith are talking in his doorway with Dan appears and punches him in the stomach, leaving him gasping on the floor. He then goes into Bet's room and cheerfully asks what's for tea, telling her to forget it! Bet is furious, but he says that Keith was warned to stay away. At the same time he refuses to tell her anything about his life away from Weatherfield, and demands that she put his meal on the table. Bet thinks for a few seconds, and then tells him no, he can't have it both ways. Without a moment's hesitation he ups and leaves her, cheerfully saying that there are plenty more birds about, all just like her. Bet is speechless.
Written by LESLIE DUXBURY Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Thursday (1998, 26 May 1980)
The passion is hotting up between Pauline and Mike Baldwin. Bet is very depressed over her break-up with Dan - but her friends on the Street decide to cheer her up
Hilda and Stan are coughing and wheezing in bed. Hilda drags herself to work at the Rovers, but Annie sends her straight home. She goes straight back home to bed with Stan.
In the factory, Pauline arrives for work and marches into her office (Mike's old office) pleased as punch. Mike comes in to see her, and it seems they got on rather well at their meal out. He's all over her. The girls are suspicious.
Arnold Swain gives Tracy a hamster. Emily, Deirdre and Mavis are all pleased. Tracy says that she'll call him Conky. He invites Emily out, but she says she is going to the cinema with Mavis. After he's gone, Mavis tells her that they can always go another time and she should phone Arnold and say she can go out with him after all.
Annie senses that something is wrong, and Bet tells him that Dan has left her. She is sympathetic, but Bet says she should have known better. She says she regrets giving up her home at Renee's, but her only ambition was to be with someone. Later, Annie tells Elsie, who goes over to console Bet.
Eddie visits the Ogdens, and offers to make them tea and something to eat. He says that today he will prove to them the value of knowing him :-). He suggests moving in, so that he can look after them even better!
Ivy approaches Pauline with the idea that they should have time off on a rota basis to go shopping - Aspinol's do the same, which is where Pauline came from. To Ivy's amazement she agrees, and says it won't be necessary to even ask Mike as she's the supervisor.
In the Rovers, Renee and Alf talk to Elsie about Bet. Renee says that Bet has burned her bridges with them, but feels sorry for her. Mavis arrives, at a loss for something to do now that she isn't going to the cinema with Emily.
Emily has made Arnold a meal. Afterwards she lets him smoke a cigar. He says that he's very contented and all's right in his world.
Written by LESLIE DUXBURY Directed by ALAN GRINT
Friday (1999, 28 May 1980)
Emily is worried that Arnold is only after her money. Mike Baldwin is furious with Pauline over shopping arrangements at the factory. Hilda is embarrassed about the state of her bedroom
Hilda and Stan are still feeling ill in bed. Eddie brings them breakfast in bed,and points out to Hilda that Stan's never done that! They complain that he should have let them sleep, but agree to try and force the food down since he's made it.
Vera arrives at work early, and sees Pauline arriving with Mike in his car. She starts gossiping, but Ivy says if there's anything "going on" it could be to their advantage, as she's on their side.
Arnold Swain pops into Emily's house to thank her for a nice evening the night before and to give Deirdre some letters to type. After he's gone, Emily tells Deirdre that he'd suggested that he could invert the compensation money that Emily got from Ernest's death for her.
In the Rovers, Alf and Renee tell Bet that fellas come and go, but at least she'll always have friends. Bet teases them and pretends to think that they are offering her flat back, but then tells them thankyou but she really should have moved out ages ago and was under their feet. Eddie comes in and tells how he's been looking after the Ogdens. Annie says that she'll visit Hilda in the afternoon.
Deirdre is typing one of the letters Arnold had given to her - a begging letter to his bank manager. She is suspicious of his ability to handle so-called large investments, and tells Emily so. Emily looks worried. Later she says she can't help wondering why he's being so nice to her in particular - is he after her money?. Despite the warning signs, Deirdre changes direction and defends Arnold, saying he wouldn't be after her money.
Hilda and Stan are sitting up in bed. Hilda complains that Stan never talks to her. "It's like being married to a horse, or some other dumb animal!". They hear banging from downstairs, which turns out to be Eddie moving the furniture around. Mrs Walker arrives, bringing flowers for Hilda.
In the factory, Mike catches Ida just as she's leaving for her shopping hour. When he hears what has been agrees he says no way, regardless of what Pauline has told them. He orders Ida to get back to work. Then he announces to all the girls that they were never going to get that hour off, so forget it and get back to work. In the office, Pauline goes berserk. She tells him that he's completely destroyed any authority she had. Mike says that her job was to solve situations like that, not to create them, but she says he's basically told them to ignore anything she says. Mike laughs and doesn't take her seriously, and then Pauline tells him he can stick his job, car, and charm - and resigns.
Arnold arrives at Emily's to pick up his letters. He says that he's had a busy day - but "better busy than bankrupt!". Emily tells him that she's been thinking about his investment plans, at which point he says he's pleased to hear it, and holds her hands saying he's become very interested in her! Emily looks awkward.
Written by JOHN STEVENSON Directed by ALAN GRINT
Monday (2000, 2 June 1980)
Gail is worried that she might be pregnant, and Mike Baldwin offers Emily the supervisor's job at the factory
Emily is suspicious of Arnold's intentions. But Deirdre says that such conmen only operate in the movies, and he's a very nice man.
Gail wakes up feeling sick, and says she'll go to the doctor's to find out if she's pregnant. She refuses to talk about the consequences until she knows for certain.
Mike tells the factory workers that Pauline may have left, but it's none of their business and they're working for him.
Arnold Swain goes round to Emily's and give Deirdre some more letterheads. Deirdre insists that he doesn't leave without seeing Emily, and calls her. She comes down and he says he's going to try and get some tickets for a Weatherfield Operatic society performance. After he leaves Deirdre says that even if he does con her out of money, it'll be worth it!(?)
In the Rovers, Annie reminds everyone that it's Coronation Day - 27 years since Her Majesty ascended the throne. Coos of "oooh!" from Mavis, Hilda and Betty. Annie boasts that she and Jack Walker had the first TV in the whole area. She says it was a "colourful" occasion, but Hilda interrupts and says that colour TV wasn't broadcast until December 1967, on BBC2! She says she can remember because it was her 24th wedding anniversary on 4th December 1967. She and Stan were watching colour TV through a shop window and a dog bit Stan! (It's scenes like this that make the classic episodes a joy to watch.)
Gail returns from the doctors, saying she has to go back at the end of the day for the results. Brian is worried about how they'll manage with the mortgage.
Back in the factory, and Vera says that things haven't been right since Steve Fisher left. Just as they are leaving for lunch Mike takes Ivy into the side office (his old one) and offers her the supervisor's job. But there's a catch - she'll still have to do machine work at the same time to cover people's holidays - "a sort of 'working manager'!".
Ivy rushes home and grabs a cup of tea as if she's a crazed deprived addict. She excitedly tells Brian and Bert her news. Brian makes his excuses and leaves. Bert then gives her a bracelet that she thought she'd lost, and she's pleased. "I think today's going to be one ov 'em days where everything goes alright!" she says.
Gail bumps into Mavis coming out of the doctor's, and is very embarrassed at being recognised. Mavis rabbits away as usual and doesn't really notice.
In the factory, Ivy tells Mike that she'll accept his job offer. He leaves her in charge to lock up. Vera thinks that's great because she'll be able to leave early, but Ivy puts her straight and announces that she's the new supervisor! Later in the Rovers, Hilda congratulates Ivy who is buying a round of drinks for all the girls. Continuing the anniversary discussion from earlier, Albert says that Coronation Street was built in 1902, and was named after King Edward VII's coronation.
Arnold calls on Emily again, whilst Renee is there. Emily begs her to stay but she ends up being left alone with Arnold again. He says he's bought some tickets for next Wednesday, but Emily says she can't make it that day. "To tell you the truth" - she meant 'lie' - "I'm rather busy in the foreseeable future!" she tells him. He gives her his stockbroker's phone number and leaves.
In the Tilsley household, Bert is waxing lyrical about Ivy's payrise and his early retirement :). Brian goes upstairs to see Gail. "We're going to have a Christmas present!" she tells him, and they hug and smile.
Written by H.V.KERSHAW Directed by MALCOLM TAYLOR
Tuesday (2001, 4 June 1980)
Ivy has the feeling that something is up between Gail and Brian - then they break the 'happy' news.
Ivy tells Bert that she thinks "something's up" between Gail and Brian. Up in their bedroom, Gail says that she must have forgotten to take the Pill, but they are both chuffed to bits. Gail wonders how they'll afford the house. Predicting the future, Brian says there'll be three of them and they can send their child out on a paper round!
Emily is still suspicious of Arnold, but Deirdre pooh-poohs the idea that he's dishonest. Emily says that she doesn't want to talk about it.
In the Factory, Ida says it isn't fair that Ivy should be shop steward and supervisor as well. To her surprise, there is no opposition to her being the new shop steward from either Ivy or Mike (she was 2nd in the vote that was held).
In the Rovers, the regulars remember what they were doing on D-Day. Albert moans that the others wouldn't have known what it was like in the first world war.
Deirdre phones up the number that Arnold left, and claims that she's interested in investing money. She makes a point of mentioning Arnold's name. Later she confesses to Emily that she phoned up behind her back, but the broker was very helpful.
Gail and Brian go home and tell Ivy and Bert their news. They are overjoyed. Gail phones her mum but there's no answer. She says that she's two months gone. Ivy advises her not to tell many people until she's sure everything will be ok, and Gail agrees. Bert embarrasses Ivy by telling how she craved for CARROTS every day while she was carrying Brian.
Later in the factory, Ivy excitedly blabs the news to Vera. Ida asks about the Shopping Hour - since Ivy hadn't been against it...? Ivy goes to ask Mike, and he agrees, saying that it's the first thing the girls have asked her to do, and she'll have delivered. In return, Ivy agrees to make sure that there's no phoney production to make the 38 hours back up to 39, and there won't be complaints about lost bonuses.
Emily goes to see Arnold in his shop. He's pleased and surprised to see her. He introduces her to his female assistant. They agree to go out on a date. But what's this? The assistant is credited as "Flora Swain" played by Ann Wrigg, and she doesn't look like his daughter!!
Ivy says to Bert that she'll pray for Gail. Bert agrees, and says that she and Brian have got their heads in the clouds at the moment, but when they come down to earth they'll have a lot to face.
Written by PETER WHALLEY Directed by MALCOLM TAYLOR
Wednesday (2002, 9 June 1980)
Gail's mother turns up and starts taking over, Eddie tarts up a second-hand chair for Mavis, and Annie plots with Deirdre to get Arnold into the Rovers
Eddie sees Rita in the Corner Shop and asks her to ask Len if he's got any work for him. He then tries to sell Alf and Renee a chair, but has no luck. Later Len finds him painting a 'hanging chair' and ridicules him, saying he'll never sell it!
Ivy fusses over Gail, but Gail isn't in the mood for taking advice. Later in the Rovers, she tells Bert that she can't stop thinking about her miscarriage in the past - Brian could have had a sister. They talk about Ggail and Brian getting a cheaper house, or perhaps staying on with them after the baby is born.
Eddie tries to sell his chair to Annie Walker in the Rovers, but she won't hear of it! She says that she hasn't forgotten the carpet he sold her! She says that if she was dying in the desert, she would not buy a bottle of water from him! Eddie is most offended at the idea that he'd charge for water, but Mavis overhears and says she's interested in the chair.
Lunchtime at the Tilsley's, and Ivy tells Brian that he's the breadwinner now and he should be making all the decisions. Gail arrives and says that she's got in touch with her mother and told her the news, and she'll be coming over for tea. Ivy tries to persuade Gail to give up her job immediately. But Gail wants to work as much as she can, and go back to work after her baby is born. Bert tries to tell her that she'll never manage, and they'll have to get a cheaper house or stay on with them. Brian says he agrees; Gail glares at him.
Eddie shows Mavis the hanging basket chair, and she agrees to buy it straight away.
Out in the street, Gail tells Brian that she wants her own place. Brian says they'll have a proper talk about it and sort something out.
Arnold visits Emily and arranges to take her our for a meal that evening. Deirdre persuades them to take her into the Rovers for half an hour beforehand.
Audrey arrives, and after a bit of chat Gail bursts into tears because she might loose the house. Her mother comforts her.
Eddie delivers the chair to Mavis' flat. He can't believe that he sold it so easily - he says he feels as if he's been conned because there was no haggling!
In the Rovers, Arnold is introduced to everyone. Annie Walker smiles her sickly smile. "All the same, not a bit like Ernest", she snipes.
After tea at the Tilsley's, Brian and Audrey are left alone. Brian says that they'd have preferred to get their house sorted out first, and have a baby a couple of years later. Audrey is blase, and says that these days it's no problem - maybe they ought to think about it...
Written by JOHN STEVENSON Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Thursday (2003, 11 June 1980)
Eddie takes a swing in Mavis' new hanging chair and brings half the ceiling down. There is a confrontation between Ivy and Audrey about Gail's pregnancy
Gail is home from work early, as Elsie sent her home sick. Brian checks that she hadn't told Elsie that she's pregnant. He reminds her that they can't afford the house they want. "There are ways. We'll get round it" he says mysteriously.
Renee finds her old tennis racket. She says there are courts on the Red Rec, and Alf should play with her and not waste the summer evenings. Alf doesn't like the idea, and Len comes in and makes fun too. Renee says that they are getting older, fatter, and more boring.
In Arnold's shop, he talks with his assistant about Emily. She says "you've been a widower all these years" and is now showing an interest.
At the Tilsley's, Bert says that Ivy's first pregnancy was a bombshell, and they had been planning to emigrate to Australia. And then she lost it. Bert says that Ivy had 3 miscarriages, but Ivy tells him to stop scaring Gail. Brian then says that "if" they had the baby, they'd never be able to afford the house. Ivy goes ballistic at the idea of an abortion. Brian admits that it was Audrey's idea, and Gail storms upstairs. "Folk with brass are doing it all the time!", he protests.
Arnold comes over to Emily's bringing a bottle of wine. Emily has dolled herself up with makeup and earrings. Deirdre leaves them on their own.
Renee and Alf go out to play tennis. They visit Eddie and Mavis to see the chair.
Audrey visits the Tilsleys. Ivy tells her that she isn't welcome and gives her a roasting for putting ideas into Brian's head. Audrey insists that she respects Ivy's religion but only wants the best for Gail. Gail appears briefly and says she doesn't want to see Audrey, and runs upstairs. "You have POISONED her against me!", Audrey shouts at Ivy.
In the pet shop, Deirdre has picked Tracy up and is talking to Flora Swain. She tells her that she went to live with Arnold after his wife died. She says that if Arnold and Emily got married, she'd have nowhere to go.
Rita tells Len that Eddie has been fixing up the hanging chair. They rush over to Mavis' flat just as Eddie sits in the chair. It collapses, making a huge hole in the ceiling. Len rants and raves, and says he wants to kill Eddie.
Gail comes downstairs and tells Brian that she's going to have her baby no matter what. Audrey apologises to Gail and they hug.
Written by JULIAN ROACH Directed by RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Friday (2004, 16 June 1980)
Elsie's grandson Martin turns up in the Street, and Mavis gets on Len's nerves during her first day lodging with the Faircloughs
Mavis is staying with Rita and Len because of her damaged flat. She gets up early to do the papers, but clatter and clangs and wakes up an irritated Len.
Gail goes to see Elsie. First time we've seen her for ages! Elsie is puzzled about Gail's recent illnesses, and makes a big play of suggests various wacky possible causes. Eventually she asks if it's anything to do with feet - the patter of little ones? Gail smiles and Elsie congratulates her, saying the only thing she needs to worry about is whether it looks like the milkman!
In the Rovers, Ken says it's "National Community Week". Fred says if he'd known he'd have had the barber's quartet back. Ken's busy with all the organising.
Arnold is visiting Emily, and she comments on his scraggy cardigan. He says he wore it on purpose, but she insists on measuring him up so that she can knit a new one. There's lots of horseplay and tickling (involving Tracy as well) while this goes on. Arnold says that he doesn't know what his *sister* would say if he went back with a new cardie!
A young lad peers through Elsie's letterbox, but Bert tells him to get lost without giving him a chance to explain who he is. So he goes around to the ginnel. Len catches him climbing over Elsie's back wall, but she comes out of her back door just in time. "Martin!" she cries, and tells Len it's her grandson and to let him go.
Martin (Martin Cheveski, played by Jonathan Caplan) tells her that he's finished school now - they're only sitting exams so there's no point in attending (!). He offers to fix a washer on her tap. Later he goes into the Rovers, and after being treated with suspicion when he orders a pint, is welcomed by Betty when he says who he is. Albert ropes him into doing some work for him that Ken had left.
Mavis talks to her budgie in her silly childish voice, much to Len's annoyance. Rita arrives home, and insists that they have a proper meal at the table. Len wanted his on his lap in front of the telly.
Elsie introduces Martin to Gail. She's proud of her grandson now that he's fixed her tap. Martin tells her how he did Albert's whitewashing. He looks awkward when she mentions him going back home.
Emily starts asking Deirdre about Arnold's sister, but Mavis arrives and interrupts them. She had wanted to go to the cinema but is shortly followed by Arnold. Mavis goes back to Len and Rita and makes a nuisance of herself.
Martin tells Elsie that he's fallen out with his dad and wants to come and live with her. He says there's nothing left for him in Brum.
Written by TONY PERRIN Directed by MATTHEW ROBINSON
Monday (2005, 18 June 1980)
There is trouble at the Fairclough's when Len gives Elsie's grandson a job, and Len gives Rita an ultimatum to get Mavis out of the house.
Martin's having his breakfast. He says he'll look for a job but he doesn't think he'll get one. Elsie is concerned to see him so negative. Brain pops in to let Elsie know that Gail's got a tummy bug and won't be able to work in the cafe that day.
Mavis has gone to a lot of trouble to make breakfast for Len, but he only wants a slice of toast and a cup of tea! He's amazed that Mavis has *three* cereals, and makes a big fuss to Rita later. But Rita says she won't be there for long, and her 3 cereals are a substitute for a man!
Arnold invites Emily out for the afternoon. At first she says she's got work to do but Deirdre conspires and says that she'll cover it all. After he's gone, Emily says that it's all getting a bit much - she'd rather there was a happy medium than the all-or-nothing it's getting to be with Arnold.
Martin goes to Len's job looking for a job, but Eddie tells him that there's nothing going. Later, Elsie is indignant when she finds out - Eddie's only protecting his own interests.
In the Rovers, the Tilsley four are having lunch. Brian lets slip to Fred and Betty that Gail is expecting, but it's no problem - Ivy says that she can start boasting now!
Arnold picks Emily and Tracy up for the trip in the park, leaving Deirdre at home working. He buys them all an ice-cream.
Martin goes back to Len's yard, and this time manages to speak to Len in his office. (Len shouts at Eddie to get back to work first). Martin tells him that he wants to be a plumber. Len asks him a few simple questions to make sure he knows his stuff, then tells him that he'd been thinking of taking on an apprentice and the job's his. Martin leaves excitedly.
Len arrives home for his meal. Mavis and Rita have made cheese and pineapple salad, but he goes ballistic and says it's not good enough for rabbits! Mavis goes upstairs, upset. At that point Elsie pops in and thanks Len for giving Martin a job. After she's gone Len demands that Mavis leaves and moves back to her flat. Rita says she should stay.
In the park, Arnold tells Emily that he feels 21! He tells her that he misses her and loves her. He says he wants to marry her and thinks that they'd make a good job of marriage, before leaving her stunned, alone on the park bench and going to get Tracy.
Written by LESLIE DUXBURY Directed by MATTHEW ROBINSON
Tuesday (2006, 23 June 1980)
Emily decides to turn down Arnold's proposal, but he won't take 'no' for an answer. Eddie gets a fright when he realises that he might be out of a job
Martin is still excited about his job. He asks Elsie about Len, Rita and Eddie. Hilda "pops" in, nosing about to see what Martin is like.
In the corner shop, Renee is furious that they've had no unsliced loaves of bread delivered, despite having a standing order with the baker. Rita and Alf have apparently just come back from a holiday. Mavis pops in for some (sliced!) loaf, and says she can't understand why she seems to irritate Len.
At Emily's, Deirdre demands to know if Emily enjoyed herself the previous day with Arnold. Emily admits that he proposed to her, and says she doesn't know what to do. Later in the shop, Renee tries to congratulate Emily but she doesn't like hearing it, and walks out. "You can't even be nice to people 'round 'ere", she moans to Alf.
Martin arrives at Len's yard. Eddie tries to send him off to buy a glass hammer, but he doesn't fall for it. Eddie tells him that the only reason he got the job was because of 'connections' with Elsie Tanner. Later, Elsie tells Martin that she and Len were close, but he got his job on merit. She also warns him not to believe everything he hears, should he hear people gossiping about her.
In the Rovers, Ken is organising a raffle - "Win Mr Wonderful for a Day". He says that the identity of Mr Wonderful is a secret. Annie gives him permission to put the poster up. Mavis complains to Len that she can't live with a hole in her ceiling (she's gone back to live in the flat).
Hilda brings back a tin of peaches to Renee's shop, and complains about the mouldy state of one peach left at the bottom of the tin. Renee exchanges it without a fuss because she can't be bothered to argue.
In the Rovers, Betty says that if she wins the raffle, she'll get Mr Wonderful to mow her lawn and do odd jobs! She tells Bet that it'll probably be someone local - and in walk Mike and Eddie. Eddie complains to Mike about Len taking on Martin, but Mike says that if anyone gets the push it won't be Elsie's grandson...
At the yard, Eddie is feeling left out at the end of the day. He asks if there's any work for him the next day - at first Len says no, but then asks him to do Mavis' ceiling. Eddie's pleased, and says it'll be like the "Cistern Chapel"!
Albert Tatlock gives Renee more of his lip, and Renee tells Alf it's been like that all day. She's really fed up with running the shop.
Arnold calls on Emily. He says he's there to continue the conversation that was broken off the previous day. Emily says that she's fond of him and flattered, but she's sorry she can't marry him.
Written by ALAN DOWNER Directed by MALCOLM TAYLOR
Wednesday (2007, 25 June 1980)
Arnold fails to change Emily's mind about marriage and enlists Deirdre's help, while Emily turns to Betty as confidante.
Annie Walker goes into the corner shop and asks Renee and Alf how they enjoyed their holiday in Grange-over-Sands. She says she always preferred the Morecambe side of the bay. Alf tells her that Renee wants to go and live there, and leaves to make some tea. Annie says that she can't see Alf ever leaving, but Renee says that she's working on him.
In the yard, Eddie still isn't getting on with Martin. Martin refuses to make him a cup of tea just because he's the apprentice.
Arnold visits Emily and apologises for pushing her for an answer. He says he won't give up, but Emily pleads with him to let things be, and says she's made up her mind. He sees Deirdre in the street, and she encourages him to keep trying.
In the Rovers, Hilda buys one of Ken's raffle tickets. Ken reminds Bet that the Mr Wonderful will be the winner's property for 24 hours, but he can't do anything illegal or "immoral". Mike advises Alf that it would be a good idea to sell up and not get stuck in Weatherfield, like he is. Deirdre pops in and tells Betty the news about Emily.
Len gives Martin some cleaning to do. He tells him that Eddie won't be around much longer. A few minutes later Eddie arrives back from Mavis' flat and starts gloating, but the smile is wiped off his face when Martin tells him his days are numbered. Later Eddie confronts Len, who admits that it's true in a sense. He was never permanent, but Len will always put work his way when he can. Eddie is very downcast.
Alf tells Renee that perhaps they should find a nice little sub Post Office to run. They agree to go looking the next day, and Renee is thrilled.
Annie decrees that Martin (17 years old) will be allowed into the Rovers at lunchtimes if accompanied, but not in the evenings. Len buys Eddie a drink and there's no hard feelings. Eddie blames society. Mavis arrives and thanks Eddie and Len for the work done on her ceiling, but Len has deducted the cost from Mavis' wages!
Betty talks to Emily about a friend that proposed to her after Cyril died. She says she turned him down because she was too used to her routine being on her own. Emily points out that she's not alone, but Betty says that Deirdre and Tracy won't always be there.
Written by JOHN STEVENSON Directed by MALCOLM TAYLOR
Thursday (2008, 30 June 1980)
The mystery man turns out to be Mike Baldwin and Hilda wins him. Emily finally tells Arnold her reasons for refusing to marry him
[DATE: ten years since Jack Walker died]
Ken won't tell Renee who the Mystery man is, but he says the draw is that evening. Betty rushes in and says that she can't cover for them because it's the anniversary of Jack Walker's death and Annie might want her to go to the cemetery with her.
In the Rovers, Annie asks Hilda to stop singing. When Hilda finds out what day it is she is very apologetic and pays tribute to Jack. All the Rovers staff are very supportive of Annie, but she says she doesn't want the day to be morbid. She tells Betty that she'd prefer to visit Jack's grave alone.
Deirdre tells Emily she thinks she's making a mistake, but Emily is annoyed. She says she's not going to marry Arnold, and she's very put out that he is involving Deirdre in such a conspiracy. Over in the Kabin, Mavis is gobsmacked that Emily turned Arnold down. She's desperate for a companion for her own old age and doesn't understand why Emily could possibly refuse a proposal.
Mavis buys *ten* raffle tickets from Ken, so that she's in with a good chance. But Hilda pops up and buys another ten too!
Arnold visits Emily (again, groan!), and Deirdre excuses herself and goes to post some letters with Tracy. They agree that they can be friends on the condition that Arnold accepts Emily's position on marriage.
Alf and Renee arrive back to the corner shop, excited that they've found the perfect PO and they've put an offer in for it. They'll find out the next day if they've got it.
In the Rovers, Ken thanks everyone for their generosity in buying so many tickets. He announces that the Mystery Man is Mike Baldwin. Annie Walker draws ticket green 63, and the winner is Hilda Ogden. She's delighted, but Stan isn't so happy!
Written by LESLIE DUXBURY Directed by CHRIS LOVETT
Friday (2009, 2 July 1980)
Hilda steps out on her big date with Mike, but he tries to duck out of it. After a heart-to-heart discussion, Arnold proposes to Emily again
The postman arrives with a letter from Grange-over-Sands for Renee. Alf reads it - the business is theirs if they want it! Renee is excited but nervous.
Hilda tells Stan and Eddie that they'll have to look after themselves that day. Mike's taking her shopping, and then to the hairdressers. Stan says that he wishes that she'd never one.
Mavis apologises to Emily for her behaviour the other day, and asks if she's becoming an eccentric old maid. She says she's scared of men. Emily assures her that it's not too late. She admits that Arnold is taking her out that night, and Mavis is suspicious. But Emily says that Mavis can go with them if she likes!
In the Rovers, Mike buys Hilda a drink. He smiles but looks uneasy of the thought of so many more hours entertaining Hilda. Later he calls for her, and finds Stan eating a sandwich (his tea)! Hilda is thrilled to be driven away in Mike's Jaguar.
Arnold calls for Emily. She's dolled up again in her earrings and makeup. She asks him if he doesn't mind Mavis coming, and he says it's ok.
Mike pulls over and asks Hilda if she'd rather have the money instead of a posh meal. Hilda says that she knows that Mike would rather not go, but she wants to go with him because she wants to go in style. "Well you've got it Hilda!", Mike grins, and they drive on.
Eddie says that he's starting up his own company, and tries to sell "shares" to Stan and Ken to set it up. Ken tells him that he'll need more than just a bit of paper.
Hilda savours every moment. She asks Mike about his roots. He says his father was a London docker. Hilda says she's never been in a bank in her life, but her son is doing well as an accountant. She wishes it had been her generation, but she's going to enjoy herself that night.
Later Mike and Hilda arrive in the Rovers, and Mike buys a round for everyone. Renee and Alf tell Betty that they've got the Post Office if they want it. Betty asks how they'll manage out in the country, but Renee says she's going to learn to drive...
Emily and Arnold arrive home. For some reason Emily barely turns any lights on, and sits down next to Arnold. They talk about how lonely Mavis is. Emily tells him that her reasons for not marrying him were true and genuine, but they don't seem so important now. She tells him of all the pressure she's been under to change her mind, and says that she isn't frightened by the prospect of marriage any more. "Will you marry me, Emily?". "Yes, Arnold. I will".
Written by LESLIE DUXBURY Directed by CHRIS LOVETT
Monday (2010, 7 July 1980)
The Street hears of Emily's engagement - and there's a bit of a knees-up. Elsie falls asleep on her sofa with a lighted cigarette.
In the Kabin, Mavis suspects that someone has been shoplifting. Martin comes round to paint the Kabin shelves. Mavis decides on magnolia paint (!)
Emily and Arnold go out to buy an engagement ring, much to Deirdre's delight and suprise. They return to the Rovers to announce the news, show off the ring and buy drinks all round.
A hansome stranger walks into the Corner Shop - "Is the lady ready ?" he asks. "What's going on ?" asks Alf. "I'm leaving you Alf" replies Renee "...but just for an hour. This is Mr Lorimer, my driving instructor !" and in preparation for living in the country, Renee begins her first driving lesson. Alf puts a 'For Sale' sign up in the Shop. On her return, Renee wants to be tested on the Highway Code. Alf wants nothing to do with it as he may contradict what her driving instructor says.
Deirdre throws a party for Emily and Arnold. The two spinsters Mavis and Flora get on famously. Emily remarks that she had a small ring because she wanted nothing bigger than Ernest had bought her. In the hall of No3, Deirdre chats soulfully with Ken and she is reminded that today would have been her and Ray's fifth wedding anniversary.
An exhausted Elsie returns from work and falls asleep on the sofa with a cigarette still in her hand...
Jim Lorimer WILLIAM ABNEY
Tuesday (2011, 9 July 1980)
There's a commotion in the Street when Elsie is found in a smoke-filled room. Alf and Renee show prospective buyers round the shop premises.
It's the same evening. Hilda smells "burning rubbish" in her backyard. At Emily and Arnold's party everyone toasts the happy couple. Hilda goes round to No11 to borrow a cup of sugar only to find Elsie unconscious on the smouldering sofa with the room filled with smoke. She gets Stan to help pull Elsie out and then raises the alarm. Fortunately, Dr Crawford just happens to be running a First Aid course in the Community Centre and checks her over. Elsie stays at No3 for the night. The neighbours rally round and clean up the house. At the Rovers, Hilda basks in the glow of being a heroine, and talks of her newly forged 'special bond' with Elsie.
Alf and Renee show a "slightly mad" couple - the Bannisters - round the Corner Shop.
Dr Crawford PAUL LALLY Mr Bannister ALEX JOHNSTON Mrs Bannister MAGGIE FLINT
Wednesday (2012, 14 July 1980)
Hilda is getting on Elsie's nerves. Renee persists with her driving lessons. Eddie's bid to become a one-man decorating business is thwarted.
Elsie comes home to No11 to find Martin starting the re-decoration. Hilda goes round to check on her new "busom pal". At dinnertime, she pops round again - for vinegar (!) In the evening, Hilda seeks out Elsie in the Rovers and has a drink with "her very good friend". Elsie is rapidly tiring of Hilda's attentions.
Eddie Yeats comes up with a new scheme for work - decorating, but it rapidly falls flat, and Eddie realises he "has to make the supreme sacrifice and go down the Labour Exchange".
Renee has another driving lesson. Alf gets worried as she dresses up especially - and she is late back.
Jim Lorimer WILLIAM ABNEY
Thursday (2013, 16 July 1980)
Renee and Alf face a take-it-or-leave-it offer for the shop. Eddie gets a regular job at last. Ivy and Bert have bad news for Gail and Brian.
Hilda pops round to Elsie's to borrow some lard (!!) and to see how she is. They meet up again in the Rovers and Elsie narrowly avoids having to buy Hilda yet another drink. When Hilda meets up again with Elsie in the Rovers in the evening, Elsie snaps and tells Hilda to stop being overfriendly.
Eddie has been thrown out of Monkey's and is looking for digs. Hilda says he would be welcome at No13 - if he earned any money. Later Eddie goes down to the Job Centre and is offered a job. he approaches Ken to be a reference. He gets the job, and as he's a "refuse official" working for the Council, Hilda willingly agrees to give him lodgings - until Stan points out he's just a binman. Hilda refuses to have someone walking in dirt all the time. Later in the Rovers, Fred suggests to Stan and Hilda that Eddie will be earning at least £80 a week. Hilda is left to dwell on how much rent she is missing out on.
The Bannisters ring Alf and Renee - they want to talk terms. Their final offer is £1,000 below the asking price of £16,000.
In the Rovers, Ken asks Ivy and Bert to tell Gail that he has the list of registered childminders she asked for. They are not amused.
Coming out of her house, Betty comes across two local kids. Their mum has just started work and they are locked out of the house until 5:30pm. They are still there in the evening - their mum has gone out with their "new dad". Betty takes pity on them and takes them in.
Friday (2014, 21 July 1980)
Gail and Brian come to a hard decision about their dream house. Alf has a big row with Renee.
Renee goes out for another driving lesson. She's late back again - and so Alf walks out of the shop leaving it empty. He admits to Len he is worried if they can afford to move - the new sub-post office is costing £26,000 and they have only been offered £15,000 for the Corner Shop. Later, in the shop, Alf and Renee have a "chat", which rapidly degenerates into an arguement between the two of them. Alf presses the question of the Bannister's offer, and Renee tells him to call the whole thing off - and then rapidly changes her mind. They decide to accept the Bannister's offer.
Bert tries to spell out to Brian all the costs of running a house. Gail is still adamant she wants the house - but reluctantly agrees they can't afford it.
Stan and Hilda discuss Eddie and decide they should let him lodge at No13. Eddie goes round to see Hilda and complains how hard he's finding work. Hilda offers him No13 again - the front bedroom ! They agree on £20 a week - paid directly to Hilda, NOT via Stan !
As Betty is going home she comes across the Fletcher children again, and sees their mother's boyfriend going out, leaving them locked outside again. Betty tells himshe thinks they are a little young to be left on their own. He tells Betty to keep her nose out.
Monday (2015, 23 July 1980)
Brian and Gail start house-hunting again. Betty is worried about her neighbours' neglected children. Eddie moves in with the Ogdens
Hilda spring-cleans in preparation for Eddie's arrival. She even puts an new 60W bulb in his room ! She makes a hot pot for Eddie's first night.
Renee and Alf are rowing - Renee isn't covered on Alf's insurance and isn't pleased. Later Renee takes a look at Alf's insurance certificate and finds it's "Any Driver". She persuades Alf to take her out for a practice. Afterwards, Alf vows never again...
Betty still frets about her neighbours children. Annie Walker advises caution, and so do Ivy and Rita later. However, Ken recommends contacting the NSPCC.
Brian and Gail cancel their hold on the new house and get their deposit back from the builders. they give Ivy and Bert their £300 back. Gail is still adamant she wants her own house though. they look at a couple of cheaper places, but both are pretty grotty.
Writer PETER WHALLEY Director CHRIS LOVETT
Tuesday (2016, 28 July 1980)
Alf and Renee are all set to move away to their new life - but there's a disaster in store for them. Gail finally decides to set her sights lower regarding her new home
Alf refuses to take Renee out on a driving lesson, they have harsh words. Ken tries to persuade Betty to ring the NSPCC. But it's Annie who finally talks her into it. Gail and Brian decide to buy an older house in Peterloo Place. They tell Bert and Ivy who walk round to see it and get invited in.
The Post Office General contacts Alf to say he can open a PO in Grange-on- Sands. They decide to have a drive out to celebrate. When they come out the pub, Alf tells Renee she can drive. Renee cottons on that he's had too much to drink, but Alf says he hasn't. They get lost on the country roads. Travelling down one, Renee stalls the car, and Alf wants to swap places, he gets out of the car, and a lorry runs into their car with Renee inside it.
Wednesday (2017, 30 July 1980)
Unknown to the entire Street, Alf keeps a lonely, desperate vigil by Renee's hospital bedside
Renee is in hospital and Alf is breathalyzed, it's routine the PC says, and positive! He tells Alf he'll have to take another in 20 mins, and then have a blood test or urine sample. Alf says he would prefer the latter, as it's more reliable. Renee has to go to theatre and doesn't survive. The Doctor says she couldn't be saved with a spleen and liver rupture. The breadman can't get into the corner shop, nor can Betty or Elsie. The Police arrive and tell Betty and Deirdre that Renee is dead. They want to discuss the facts with Alf. The blood test will take some days. Mr Newton , the Estate agent comes to see Gail. He has a one-bedroomed house for £13,000. Gail wants it, badly.
Writer LESLIE DUXBURY Director KEN GRIEVE
Mr Newton: CHRISTIAN RODSKA PC White: MARTIN FISK Police Sergeant: PATRICK NYLAND Sister Baker: LESLEY BENNETT Woman in hospital: ALISON LLOYD Dr Edwards: ANTHONY SCHAEFFER Breadman: DAVID WILLIAMS
Thursday (2018, 4 August 1980)
It is the day before Renee's funeral and the regulars find out that Alf's breath-test was positive. Betty gets a visit from an NSPPC inspector
Everyone is in shock over Renee's sudden death and wondering how Alf is coping. Ken goes to see Alf, and he tells him he got breathalyzed and had a blood test, and that it's a releif to tell someone. Later in the Rovers they are discussing how Alf escaped without a scratch, and ask if drink was involved... presuming it would be the lorry driver. Annie sends food to Alf via Betty, and Betty says she'll open the shop for him. Daisy and Uncle George arrive just when Betty is putting out Alf's lunch. The assumption being Alf has moved someone else in already! Councillor Frank Chapman goes to the RR, and lets the cat out of the bag about Alf being breathalyzed. He says the blood test will prove it either way.
Inspector Vaughan of the NSPCC arrives to have a chat with Betty about the Fletcher kids. He says she's done right to inform them and it will all be confidental. Fred says Alf could be charged with manslaughter, and Uncle George overhears them. He tells Daisy that they aren't supposed to know about Alf being breathalyzed, but Daisy goes hysterical saying Alf has killed her baby.
Writer H.V.KERSHAW Director STEPHEN BUTCHER
Daisy Hibbert: PEARL HACKNEY George Marsden: KEITH MARSH Cllr Chapman: FRANK CROMPTON Ins Vaughn: TENNIEL EVANS
Friday (2019, 6 August 1980)
At Renee's funeral, her mother accuses Alf of causing Renee's death. The father of the neglected children threatens Betty - but Eddie deals with it
It's the day of Renee's funeral and the neigbours are delivering the wreaths. Daisy is still saying to George that Alf killed Renee, and Renee had told her things about the marriage and Alf only wanted a housekeeper. George tries to calm her. Reg Sudworth is having a drink at the RR and ask where Betty is. Fred tells him at the corner shop, and he goes there and catches her on her own and threatens her. Mike comes in halfway thru and sends him on his way, backed by Eddie. The police arrive during the funeral tea to tell Alf the blood test was negative and they thought he should know. Alf gives Daisy a recent photograph as she's leaving and she rips Alf's side off it. Betty tells her the blood test was negative, but she tells Alf he can't do anything right, he should have died with her.
Writer H.V.KERSHAW Director STEPHEN BUTCHER
Boy: DAVID WILLIAMS Undertaker: PETER NEWTON Reg Sudworth: PETER ELLIS PC White: MARTIN FISK
Monday (2020, 11 August 1980)
There's an upset about Brian and Gail's new house. Betty is blackguarded by the mother of the neglected children
It's Annie's birthday, but she prefers to keep it quiet, and her age too. Hilda overhears Ken mentioning it, and he's about to tell us Annie's age when she walks through the bar. Hilda brings her a plastic plan pot holder. Ivy and Gail are going to see the new house... Ivy presumes her and Bert are invited, Gail is not pleased. Ivy thinks a one-bedroomed house is far too small, and later on is telling Brian all the snags with it. Two buses for him to get to work, not near enough to visit. Gail tells him she's having that house, or moving in with her mother. Ivy thinks Peterloo Place is the better buy.
Emily and Arnold set their wedding date for September 11. Emily presumes it will be in church, but Arnold says he doesn't beileve in God... so it's a registry office. Mrs Fletcher comes into the shop to see Betty, and tells her because of her interfering Reg Sudworth has left her and the kids. He may have not been much but he was better than nothing, she says. Betty is upset by it all thinking she's done the wrong thing. Annie phones the NSPCC, and they will come and out and discuss it all with Betty.
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: OLIVER
Mrs Fletcher: SUE WALLACE
Tuesday (2021, 13 August 1980)
Gail finally manages to persuade Brian to sign for the house, and Alf decides to stay at the corner shop
Gail is still threatening to leave if Brian doesn't buy the house. Brian says he doesn't like being blackmailed. Ivy still says the house is too small, Gail snaps that they can always get an extension. The estate agent rings and Ivy is the only one at home. He tells her there's another couple interested and he had give them first refusal, but he needs to know by close of business. Ivy tries to contact Brian at work, but cannot get in touch with him. Gail is furious and says he'll be in a pub somewhere, playing darts. She eventually finds him in the RR, and rushes off home. The estate agent calls and Brian signs for the house. Deirdre informs Emily that everyone expects Mavis to be chief bridesmaid at the forthcoming marriage.
Emily tells Deirdre that it will be in a Registry office, but that she would have liked a church wedding. Deirdre tells Ivy to put her foot down. Later Arnold visits, and Emily tells him feelings. Arnold says they'll toss for it, and Emily wins with 'heads'. Arnold says out of three. Emily wins the toss, but decides to go for the Registry Office anyway. Mavis comes to visit and Emily tells her that Tracy will be bridesmaid, Deirdre will be chief. Mavis says it doesn't matter her being a bridesamid, but Deirdre says she should have the honour. Alf tells Elsie that he's still going to sell the shop and make a new start. People still think he was drunk, even though the blood test was negative. Elsie asks if petition would make him stay. Later Mr Bannister comes to see him at the shop, Alf tells him he's not selling. Alf relates to Elsie that they will be upset, but Mr Bannister goes to the Rovers, and more or less insinuates that they'd changed their mind anyway.
Written By: TONY PERRY Directed By: OLIVER
Mr Bannister: ALEX JOHNSTON
Wednesday (2022, 18 August 1980)
It's the day that Gail and Brian are moving in their new house. Andy, Brian's friend is helping them. Eddie arrives and tells them he's their new binman. He says's he'll watch out for any bits and pieces. Gail says she doesn't want any, but Eddie says there are some good pieces sometimes. Mike is moaning about the number of girls off sick with a stomach bug, and another one is sent home. Mike takes to the machines as they must finish the order in time.
Annie is away, and Fred is left in charge. Betty is on holiday, so he rings an agency for a releif barmaid. Arlene duly arrives and Fred is quite smitten. Bet tells her to keep an eye on him. Rita and Len are back from their holiday, and mention a dirty postcard that they sent to Alf and Renee. Bet realises they don't know that Renee is dead and buried, Rita and Len are in shock. Because Bet has told Arlene to keep an eye out for Bet, Fred thinks he's really in with her, much to Bet's amusement.
Written By: JULIAN ROACH Directed by: KEN GRIEVE
Arlene Jones: GERALDINE MOFFATT Andy Rowlands: PAUL DUNCAN
Thursday (2023, 20 August 1980)
Gail and Brian are discussing all the odds and ends they will need in their new home..as well as curtains. Ivy says she will sew them for Gail in her lunch hour. Ivy and the girls are looking at Mike's sewing. they are not impressed, and Ivy has to show him the work. Mike says he thought she was never going to do it, and he knows it's bad. But, the girls were trying to keep with him, so more production. Eddie is emptying the bins, and he spots a table and chairs in a woman's backyard. He tells her he'll take it away, for a price. She says it can rot there, but she's not paying. He takes it away for nothing, around to Gail and Brian's, and ask for a fiver. When Brian, produces it, Eddie has a change of heart and tells them to call it a wedding present. Ivy goes to hang the curtains for Gail, and tells her that Brian got a good 'un when he got Gail. They think they've done rather well over the months, two women sharing a kitchen. They celebrate with a glass of wine.
Fred ask Arlene if she'll stay behind to help clear up, and tells Bet she can get off home at closing time. Arlene tells Bet she'll stay as long as she's paid, and her husband is sitting drinking in the Rovers, and that he always goes to new bars with her , so there's no funny business. Bet, aware that Arlene has a husband, tells Fred he can walk her home. Fred says no, he has something else on. Bet tells him he only gets one chance. At closing time Fred tries to throw Arthur out, and he tells Fred that Arlene is his missus and to get her coat and wages. Bet put her coat on and walks out too.
Written By: JOHN STEVENSON Directed By: KEN GRIEVE
Friday (2024, 25 August 1980)
Hilda is moaning to Eddie about life in general, she's worried about the lack of money coming into the house , and the bills that needed paying. Eddie offers to lend her some money, but she thanks him but refuses. Later she goes to see Annie and asks for a months sub on her wages. Annie refuses her. Mavis is reminder yet again of the old saying "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride' andtells Rita she can't be bridesmaid as she's booked to go on holiday to London that week. Rita, prods and pokes but cannot get Mavis to say why she's picked that week to go on holiday.
Alf mentions in the Rovers that he'll need some help in the shop. A young girl arrives at the factory asking about a job. Mike decides to set her on as a trainee machinist. Deirdre wonders to Emily where her and Tracy will end up living. Emily reassures her that she won't be homeless, and she can stay on till she finds something suitable. Later , Emily is reciting this to Arnold, and tells him she has told Deirdre not to panic about finding a place to live. Arnold disagrees, very strongly, and tells Emily he only wants him and Emily there when they are wed.
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: STEPHEN
Karen Oldfield: SALLY JANE JACKSON
Monday (2025, 27 August 1980)
Hilda takes her revenge over the Pools Syndicate, and there's gossip about Mavis' real motive for not being a bridesmaid.
Annie receives an invitation to Emily and Arnold's wedding. Rita tells her they have received an invitation to the Reception only. Hilda says she's received nothing, and how can they be neighbours for years and not get invited. Emily asks Arnold if he's had an change of mind on Deirdre staying after they marry. Arnold has not changed his mind, and Emily says she will tell Deirdre that night.
Deirdre ask Alf if she and Tracy can have the spare room in the flat. Alf is taken aback, but doesn't say no. He confides in Annie, who doesn't think it's a good thing.
Emily sits Deirdre down to tell her about Arnold not wanting Deirdre living there after the wedding, Deirdre interrrupts to say she understands, and she's asked Alf about above the corner shop. Emily is pleased that they will be so near, as Deirdre seems so confident about it.
Mavis tells Emily that she can't be chief bridesmaid, and Emily is suprised about the holiday, asking if she can change it. Mavis says she can't as it was a bargain break, and Emily must be the only one she hasn't told. Len , too is suprised to hear about the holiday, but Rita coves for Mavis saying she has a weeks holiday due, and she'd asked Rita for the time off sometime ago. After Len and Martin are working overtime in Mike's factory, Hilda is asked to go in and clean up. She is still mad at Vera chucking her out of the pools syndicate, as Vera said she hadn't paid her week before subs. Hilda sees a spare coupon and a paper, and rewrites the pool coupon, giving the syndicate 8 out of 10 perms... a good jackpot!
Written By: PETER WHALLEY Directed By: STEPHEN BUTCHER
Tuesday (2026, 1 September 1980)
Emily and Deirdre are off shopping for wedding clothes. The phone rings with work, but Deirdre refuses it, saying the agency is now wound up. The girls are in the factory, Vera checks the coupon, and tells them all they've won the pools. She phones Jack to make sure he's posted the coupon , and he did. The women are over the moon, and Mike can't get them settled back down to work. Hilda tells stan about changing the pools coupon, and Stan tells her to get over to the factory and tell them. A judge would convict her, he says. Hilda goes over, but all the women are so excited she walks back out again. In the Rovers they use the phone to make their claim. Stan is sitting there and accepts a drink then goes back and tells Hilda about all the women throwing their money about. Ida Clough wonders whether they should give Hilda some cos she saw Hilda with a pound in her hand... but Vera says nohe hasn't paid this week.
Alf asks Len what he thinks about Deirdre and Tracy sharing the flat, Ken says it should be OK, after all Alf is old enough to be Deirdre's grandad. Alf goes to see Deirdre, and tells her no she can't have it. He was hoping that when he gets a new assistant, they could live there. Hilda and Stan join in the celebrations in the Rovers. Vera comes in with a new fur coat. She says she's spent the morgage, electricity and Xmas club money while waiting for the pools win to come through.
Wednesday (2027, 3 September 1980)
Alf goes to the inquest on Renee, and Deirdre gets him to agree to her and Tracy living in the flat if she works in the shop
It's the day of Renee's inquest. Alf is a worried man. Rita tries to reassure him that it wasn't his fault.
The girls in the factory are expecting the pools cheque this morning, and are disappointed that it hasn't arrived. There's always the second post though. Hilda tells Stan that it ws only a bit of fun, and the girls will understand. Stan thinks not, and tell Hilda to keep her head down.
Deirdre is worrying about getting a job. She thinks she'll try an agency in Manchester, and put Tracy into childcare. It suddenly dawns on Deirdre that she can ask Alf for a job and solve two problems.
Alf comes back from the inquest.. it's accidental death and the lorry driver will not be prosecuted.
The second post arrives and a letter from the pools with no cheque inside. It explains that their claim has been rejected and gives them a photocopy of the coupon. The girls don't believe it, but eventually get round to deciding that someone has changed their coupon, and that someone has to be Martin as he was in on Sunday on overtime. A delegation goes to Elsie's who tells them they are wrong, but Vera says she wants the money off Martin. Hilda hears the commotion, and she comes into the street but is told it's none of her business. Hilda tells Stan that they are blaming Martin, so she'll have to tell them. Stan tries to dissued her.
Written By: JOHN STEVENSON Directed By: RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Thursday (2028, 28 September 1980)
The factory girls insist Mike sacks Hilda after they discover she is the 'fake football pools culprit'. She is sent to Coventry. Arnold gatecrashes Emily's hen-party
Martin is still saying he didn't change the pools coupon, but no one believes him. Arnold says he'll pop into see Emily and bring the holiday brochure and the best man. Deirdre suggests a get together for the ladies at Emily's. Later Annie comes to see Emily and offers to hold it in her sitting rooom and she'll provide a buffet. They all agree this is a good plan.
Hilda goes to the factory and tells the girls she hears they are blaming Martin, and that he's not to balme. Hilda tells Mike she swopped the coupon and will he tell the girls. He agrees after some persuasion.
Mike tells the girls he knows who swapped the coupon , and he'll tell him if they promise no physical violence. They are furious when they find out it's Hilda. Mike says they promised, and any aggro and they've got him to answer to. The girls decide to send Hilda and to Coventry and refuse to work with her. Mike has no choice but to give Hilda her cards.
Geroge Turner (later to be Percy Sugden) is Arnold's best man. They've known each since 1974 and he's a ex-Navy man. They keep on buying Arnold drinks, and he ends sleeping at the table while the rest are enjoying their night out.
Written By: BARRY HILL Directed By: KEN GRIEVE
George Turner: BILL WADDINGTON Flora Swain: ANN RIGG
Friday (2029, 10 September 1980)
Emily Bishop marries Arnold Swain at Weatherfield Registry Office
Hilda tell Bet she's had the push from the factory as no one is talking to her. Later Vera and Ivy come into the Rovers and ignore Stan. They tell Bet that if she doesn't want to lose their custom , she shouldn't be talking to Stan and Hilda neither. Bet says they can please themselves where they drink. Hilda tells Stan she's going to Trevor's for a few day. Karen and Martin set a date for a dance the following week.
It's Emily's wedding day. A lot from the Street are attending, but Hilda and Stan aren't invited. The marriage goes ahead, and the Reception is held at Emily's house. Flora asks Deidre she is moving out, and she tells her about her job and flat. Flora says Arnold has been good to her and allowed her to stay in his house. Len tells Emily that she has got a smashing fellow.
Arnold gives a lovely speech saying he was told there were seven sins and pride was one of them, But this day he was proud of his bride.
Written By: H.V.KERSHAW Directed By: KEN GRIEVE
Lady Registrar: DIRINA BROWN Supt Registrar: BILL CROASDALE
Monday (2030, 15 September 1980)
Gail is cajoled into inviting Ivy and Bert for Sunday dinner, although she's not really ready for this kind of family 'Do'
Audrey visits Gail in her new home. Gail is pleased she's come to visit, coming on two busses to get there. Audrey tells her about her new married friend Les, he sells sheets and blankets on the markets and can get anything. Ivy meanwhile is complaining to Bet that they've never been invited over to Gail and Brian's house, and maybe they should pop over to see the,. Bert says no, they should wait for an invite. Audrey goes to see Ivy, and tells her she's been to see Gail, and how lovely the house is... Ivy is madder than ever at the thought that she's never been.
It's the day that Deirdre and Tracy are moving into Alf's flat. A stranger on the street gives Deirdre a hand with her suitcase and baggage. Mike introduces him later to Rita, Len and Bet as his sales manager Alan Skidmore.
Later Deirdre comes into the Rovers and he asks her for a drink, which she refuses but accepts lunch out on Sunday. Alf says he'll babysit for Deidre for a few hours. Gail and Brian go to the Rovers expecting to see Ivy and Bert, only Bert is there, Ivy comes in later and Brian invites them to Sunday lunch.
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: STEPHEN
Alan Skidmore: PETER HARRIS
Tuesday (2031, 17 September 1980)
Deirdre goes on a first date with Alan Skidmore and has a great time. Eddie and Stan argue over the chore
Gail is up early tidying up for Ivy and Bert's visit. Ivy and Bert go to the Rovers for a pre-lunch drink and in comes Audrey and Les. Audrey tells Ivy they have some things for Gail and they may call later. Ivy tells Audrey that Gail and Brian are out for the day, then make their excuses to go. Audrey and Les decide to go to Gail's anyway and leave the things with a neighbour.
Alf tells Deirdre he can't watch Tracy as some council business has come up, so when Alan turns up to take her out, Tracy goes with them. On their return he tells Deidre that next time to get a babysitter.
Bert and Brian are washing dishes when Audrey and Les knock on the door. Audrey acts suprised that Gail and Brain are at home, so Ivy explains that she told Audrey they were out for the day, as she didn't think she'd have enough dinner for everyone. Gail is absoulutely furious at Ivy, and asks them all to leave. She tell Brian that Ivy is still trying to run their lives and that she never wants Ivy to set foot in her house again.
Written By: BARRY HILL Directed By: STEPHEN
Les Boden: BARRY HART
Wednesday (2032, 22 September 1980)
Bet's handbag goes missing and Len offers to help her get into her house
Martin and Karen are having a meal in Elsie's, Martin invites her to meet Elsie later on that evening. He tells her his gran is a redhead who drinks gin! Bert is in the Rovers on a few days holiday, they've been forced to take time off as there is a shortage of work. Brian comes in and they have a drink together, and Bert tries to explain why Ivy told a lie. They decide to forget about the whole affair and Brian tells Bert that him and Gail will come round to their house later that evening. Bet wants to go to the sales, and Rita ask if she can tag along as well. On teir return Bet realisies her handbag is missing, the only spare key she has is under the teapot in her flat. Len says he'll come at closing time and get in for her. Mavis is back from holiday and both Rita and Bet ask if she found a fella.
Bert tells Ivy she bumped into Brian and that him and Gail are coming round that evening. When Gail meets Brian in the Rovers, Gail refuses to go to his parents, and she rushes out. Bert and Ivy meanwhile, are waiting for them. Ivy is getting more and more upset at the non-arrival of Gail and Brian. Bert tries to calm and her down and tells her they are ungrateful kids. Eddie has found some old records and resold them on for a few bob. Fred is berating that it's stealing... Eddie thinks not.
Len breaks in for Bet, a trick that Eddie taught him. Martin introduces Karen to Elsie and they get on well. Len stays for a cup of tea, and it's getting late. When he arrives home he is locked out, but Riat eventually lets him inside.
Written BY: PETER WHALLEY Directed By: RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Thursday (2033, 24 September 1980)
Bet thinks her handbag has turned up, only to discover it's a con. Then her key is used to burgle her flat
Bet apologises to Rita about Len's lateness. Rita says that's OK, but Bet tells her Elsie had told her she was shouting at Len.
Bert rings Gail and tells her that Brian is finsihing off a car for a mate, Ivy is on overtime, so why don't Bert and Gail go and have their tea's at the chippy. Maenwhile, Brian goes to see Ivy, and she tells him Bert is at a Union meeting. Brian stays and has tea with Ivy. Bert and Gail are in the Rovers later, and in walk Brian and Ivy. Gail and Ivy realise it's been planned. Ivy says she's sorry to Gail and they make friends again.
Meanwhile Bet gets a call to her phone in the flat telling her that her handbag has been handed in. She calls Mrs Walker to tell her she will be late into work. Annie releates this across the bar, and Eddie says it's a well known trick that people play. Him and Len go round to Bet's flat to find it's already been burgled. Bet walks in and says she can't stay there, she will ask Betty if she can stay.
Written By: JULIAN ROACH Directed By: RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Friday (2034, 29 September 1980)
Emily and Arnold return from their honeymoon
Elsie tells Martin after the state Karen was in, he'll probably not be allowed to see her again. She asks where he got the cider from and he says the corner shop. On her way there, she sees Karen, and she confirms that her father has forbidden her to see Martin again. Elsie ask who sold Martin cider in the shop, knowing he was only 17. Deirdre says it was her, but Martin had said the cider was for Elsie, like the gin last week. This shuts Elsie up, but she make Deirdre and Alf promise not to sell him drink, ever again. No matter who he says it's for.
Bet meanwhile is back at her flat. She only has the clothes she stands up in and a spare set at the cleaners. The burglars even took the photo and frame of Martin, her son, the only one she had. They've stolen her kettle, TV and radio and all he jewellery.
Emily and Arnold are back off honeymoon from the Isle of Wight. Emily thinks it's good to be home, but Arnold says home can be anywhere. He wants to put her house on the market, once they've found a nice cottage, maybe in the country. Emily looks very wistful.
Bet is telling Rita about what the burglars took, Rita gives her a new lipstick as it wasn't her colour. Annie overhears this, and tells Bet she has some clothes for her. Bet is trying to say no, but Annie wil not hear of it. The clothes are old fashioned and not Bet at all.
Len goes to Bet's to put a new lock on the door and Mavis arrives with an old kettle for her. In the Rovers, the regulars decide to have a whip round for Bet. Eddie says he'll organise it, but Ken gets volunteered. Bet arrives with one of Annie's dresses on, their are gasps of delight from the men, when Annie informs them that Bet has the dress on back to front!
Written By: JOHN STEVENSON Directed By: OLIVER HORSBURGH
Monday (2035, 1 October 1980)
Bet has a flat warming to help her settle back in, and is touched by the gifts and cash she receives. Emily begins to see new facets of Arnold's character
Martin tells Elsie he is going to see Karen. Elsie tries to warn him off. A stranger goes into Alf's shop - it's Karen's father. Alf admits to making a mistake in selling to an underage person, but Karen's father says if it happens again, he will prosecute them.
Bet says she will go back home tonight to stay, and a party is suggested. Mavis takes a record player around, but she can't stay, she's been invited to Emily and Arnold's.
Martin waits for Karen out of work and invites her to the pictures, she says she can't go. Later, Martin phones Karen and persuades her to come around to Elsie's for an hour.
Mike comes to the party and brings Bet a gift of a pair of jeans and a top. She changes straight away out of Annie's cast-offs and into them. Ken gives her the collection of £56. Annie presents her with a 9ct gold brooch. Emily, Mavis and Arnold are sitting in the house, looking bored. Arnold tries to persuade Mavis to go back to the party.
Mr Oldfield comes to Elsie's instead of Karen. Elsie says he is making mountains out of molehills, and she threatens to call the police. He tells Elsie that he is the police, a sergeant.
Written By: JOHN STEVENSON Directed By: OLIVER
Mr Oldfield: MICHAEL LEES
Tuesday (2036, 6 October 1980)
Stan's new lodger cons him and Eddie out of a few quid at dart
The Street is woken up with the sound of Eddie and his pal emptying the bins. On their break, Johnny has no bait. He tells Eddie he left home last night as his missus has been playing around. Eddie says he'll fix him up with digs and later asks Stan if Johnny can stay. Stan agrees for £25 per week, but only for a week till Hilda gets home. Stan tells Johnny he can sleep on the sofa, but Eddie says for that much money, Stan can stay on the sofa.
Annie goes to visit Emily to ask about her honeymoon in the IOW. She mentions that Arnold has said they may be moving to Derbyshire, and she'll be sorry to see Emily go. Later Emily queries Arnold on the move to Derbyshire, and he talks her around. Later, Arnold visits Len and ask him to fit a new door, and a few more odd jobs before they put the house up for sale. Emily comes home to find Len talking about the jobs, and Arnold shows her some brochures on houses.
Martin gives Vera a message for Karen to meet him later on in the evening in the Rovers, Fred is telling Elsie about Karen's father, and what a strict copper he is, and how he's cleaned the area up. Elsie comes home to find Martin and Karen there, and asks her to leave. She warns Martin there will be trouble if he doesn't stay away from her.
Written By: H.V.KERSHAW Directed By: STEPHEN
Johnny Webb: JACK SMEDLEY
Wednesday (2037, 8 October 1980)
Despite Emily's obvious lack of enthusiasm, Arnold pushes ahead with plans to move to the country
Martin isn't speaking to Elsie over Karen being thrown out. He waits for Karen and ask her to meet him at lunchtime. They go to the Builders yard, but can't get into the office. Martin says he'll ask Len for a key.
Stan says Eddie and Johnny will have to share a bed as he is not sleeping on a sofa again. They bribe him with another £25, and he agrees to cook breakfast. Later, Johnny and Eddie are playing darts. Johnny told Eddie he couldn't play, but wins him every time, then walks out without letting Stan win his money back. Stan tells Eddie that he's been had. He can tell the way Johnny stands that he's a darts player. He thinks there's something not altogether right with him, and he need watching. Johnny is the Rovers, and Vera says she recognises him. Fred tell her that he's left his wife because she's been spreading her favours about. Vera doesn't believe it, and says to Ida that it will have been Johnny spreading his favours. She thinks it would be a giggle though, to tell Johnny's wife that he's moved into Hilda's with his fancy women, it will be revenge on Hilda for the pools coupon.
Arnold is upset at Len not being punctual. Emily explains it's one of his quirks. Emily later comes back from shopping, the door is stiff, Emily pushes at it and puts her hand through the glass. Arnold takes her to hospital, where she gets six stitches. Arnold goes round to the Rovers, furious. He tells them what has happened, and Len apologises. Arnold says that Len had done a sloppy job, and he will never employ him again, he is incompetent and he may sue for damages. Mavis goes around to visit Emily, and tells her how furious Arnold was with Len, Rita had told her. Mavis asks Emily if she really wants to move, and Emily says that she does if Arnold does. Arnold tells Emily that he won't pay Len and will never employ him again.
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: STEPHEN BUTCHER
Thursday (2038, 13 October 1980)
Karen and Martin continue to meet secretly. Len and Arnold are still doing battle over the damaged front door
Martin is waiting outside the yard when Len arrives. He tells him that the phone was ringing, and if he's had a key, he could have answered it. Len gives him a key to the office. Len goes to see Emily, and tells her he will repair the door. He says he warned her that the door would drop and need shaved and to be careful. emily agrees that he did. Len says if Arnold pays the £80 he will repair it, and to stop telling everyone that he's incopetent. Emily asks if Arnold needs help in the shop. It would give Nora a break. Arnold asks if she's sick of looking after the house.
Johnny is telling Eddie about a date he's got with Sandra. Eddie understands now that it was Johnny playing about and not his wife. Hilda arrives home from Trevor's and Stan tells her about Johnny, and the £25 per week. In the Rovers later, Hilda is ignored by Vera and Ida, but says she doesn't need her job back, she has other means and starts buying a round of drinks. Vera is annoyed and decides to put her plan in action. Later her and Ida are in the Rovers for opening time. Vera tells Ida that she went to the Flying Horse at lunchtime and and told Johnny's wife where he was living, at No13 with Hilda. Johnny's wife couldn't come at lunchtime but will after work. Mrs. Webb walks down the Street, and finds No13. Eddie answers the door and invites in in. She tells him she is Mrs. Webb.
Written By: PETER WHALLEY Directed By: JOHN
Maureen Webb: EILEEN KENNELLY
Friday (2039, 15 October 1980)
Len is forced into giving Arnold an ultimatum over his refusal to pay for the door installation
Eddie and Maureen are still waiting for Hilda's return. Eddie tells her that Johnny is not staying there, and that Hilda is a happily married woman. Maureen notices Johnny's shoes by the sofa. She eventually decides to leave but tells Eddie she will be back. Johnny is crossing the road and helps Hilda with her bags, just as Maureen comes out of Hilda's from door. Johnny drops the bags and scarpers, leaving Hilda and Maureen facing one another. Maureen starts on Hilda, threatening her with a solicior, Hilda laughs at her. Stan turns up and Hilda introduces him as her husband. Later in the Rovers, Ida and Vera think Hilda came out on top. Stan wonders aloud who told Maureen about Johnny living at No13. Hilda meanwhile clears out Johnny's clothes, and sends him on his way.
Rita sees Emily in the Street and asks her if she's broken anymore doors. Rita gets Emily to admit that Len told her to be careful with the door. Len later goes to Emily's and says it's all getting silly, and as a gesture of goodwill he will knock £5 off the price. Arnold asks if that's and admission of guilt. He want's it rehung and glass fitted. Len says he'll rip it off the hinges if the bill is not paid in two weeks.
Martin is trying to hide his pierced ear from Elsie. Gail tells Elsie that Audrey wants to come and stay, she sounded very upset on the phone.
Monday (2040, 20 October 1980)
Audrey Potter comes to stay with Gail and Brian and insists Gail gives up work
Audrey arrives at Gail's. She tells her she's lost her boyfriend, flat and job. He was supposed to be paying the rent, but he hadn't been and he wasn't divorced like he told her. She says it wont be for long. Later, Gail has had a funny turn and been sent home from the cafe. Brian goes to pick her up after work, and Sedgwick tells him that Gail should hand in her notice. Both Brian and Audrey think he's right but Gail says they need the money a little bit longer.
An old friend of Albert's is looking for him and comes to the Rovers. Monty had saved Albert's life in WWII.
Tracy is not in the shop. The neighbours meet up to start a search when she is found locked in the toilet. Alf tries to coax her to pass the key, and eventually Bert has the idea to put a bag on the end of a stick. Tracy suprises them all by walking out herself when they are trying to get in.
Written By: JULIAN ROACH Directed By: RICHARD
Marty Shawcross: JOHN BARRETT Factory Girl: EVA MULDEAN
Tuesday (2041, 22 October 1980)
Fred throws a birthday party in Annie Walkers dining room while she is away, resulting in a damaged sideboard. Brian 'borrows' a car from the garage to take Gail out and is spotted by the owner
It's Fred's birthday, he's 51 today. Fred decides to have a party in Annie's parlour during hours. He invites the boys from the bar and tries to get £2 a head from them. They end up doing party games and Annie's sideboard is scratched.
Ken is trying to talk Albert into going to London to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph for Rememberance Sunday. Albert says he hasn't been asked , though Marty Shawcross has been asked to march down Whitelhall.
Gail has gone back to work, she wants to work another month. Audrey has burned the pies for lunch and decides to take them out for a meal in the evening. She begs Brian to take the borrowed car, though he's supposed to have it back after tea time. Audrey says she hates public transport, and Brian agrees to use the car. Later after their meal, Brian comes out of the resturant and is seen by the owner of car, who thinks it's been stolen.
Written By: TONY PERRIN Directed BY: RICHARD
Customer: TERRY MCDONALD ?? CHRISTINE SANSOME
Wednesday (2042, 27 October 1980)
Brian gets the sack for borrowing a car the previous night, resulting in aggro between the mothers-in-law. Fred panics to repair Annie's scratched sideboard, and is relieved when she doesn't spot the damage. Arnold still won't give way over a damaged door
The owner of the borrowed car comes to the garage to see the owner, Ron. He wants money knocked off the bill. Ron goes for a run out with the the car owner to make sure everything is OK. Brian sees this, and wonders what is up. When Ron comes back he tells Brian not to act the innocence. That he was seen driving from a resturant by the owner, who called the police, and him, and when they got back to the garage, the engine was still warm. He fires Brian. When Gail gets in from work, Brian is sitting waiting for her. Gail goes hysterical. Later, Elsie is telling Ivy that Gail has asked for her job back. So Ivy goes round to Brian and Gail's house. Audrey says's she will go to the garage and explain, but Ivy say's she will get Brian his job back.
Fred has put gravy browning on the scratch on the sideboard and tells Bet he may blame Hilda for it. He may say she did it with her hoover. Annie arrives home and asks if everything is OK. When Fred is being over helpful, she asks Bet if he has more gambling debts.
Arnold says the door is getting worse, but that Len will come to his senses as it's not a good advert for Len. Later, Emily comes to see Len and Rita at the Rovers. Arnold hasn't sent her, but will Len come tomorrow and fix the door.
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed BY: OLIVER
Car owner: TERY McDONALD Ron Sykes: BOBBY KNUTT
Thursday (2043, 29 October 1980)
Brian and Gail are both out of work, and despite their pleas Ivy tries, but fails to get Brian his job back. Len finally fixes Emily's door. Arnold is furious when he learns that Emily has paid in full. Martin and Karen are discovered in the yard lovenest by the police
Gail blames Audrey for the mess they are in. Neither of them are working, morgage to pay and a baby on the way. Gail asks Audrey to go. later Audrey returns home and Gail and her hug. Ivy tells Brian she's going to see his boss, Brian says no but she goes anyway. She hears Ron turning down work., but he won't set Brian on again. She tells him she knows the law, and he should have given Brian a written warning. He sends her packing saying Brian won't get his job back.
Len comes to fix the door. Emily tells him Arnold will be back at 1pm for lunch. when Arnold comes back he tells Emily if you stick to your guns, all will be OK. He goes to the Rovers and gives Len a cheque. Len tears it up and puts it in Arnold's pocket. Arnold goes home and tells Emily he's amazed at her, he is very upset. He's really annoyed that Emily has paid him in full.
Annie meanwhile has noticed the scratch on the sideboard and blames Hilda for it to Bet. Bet tells Annie that Hilda found a sausage roll behind the settee, and walks from the room. Annie invites Fred into the sitting room and plays word games, she says sideboard. Fred realises he's been rumbled, and explains he was havinga party for his birthday and that it was Alf's fault. Annie says she want's it french polished.
Martin and Karen are still meeting in Len's office after hours. A police officer spots a light on and ask what they are up to. He asks for their names, and Karen gives her's as Smith. Later she explains that she recognised the PC. Martin tell's the PC he works there and even has a set of keys. Len is summoned to the yard, furious that his evening has been disturbed.
Written By: H.V.KERSHAW Directed By: OLIVER
Tony Newall: PETER WALLIS P.C. Maskell: JOE COOK
Friday (2044, 3 November 1980)
Elsie crosses swords with Karen's father who tries to lay down the law over Martin and Karen after they were found in Len's yard by the police. Annie, fed up at Eddie going on about her dustbin contents, phones the council to get a new dustbin team. Against Gail's wishes, Brian arranges to borrow £200 from his parents
Karen tells Martin she is worried her father will find out about last night. Later in the R.R. , Len tells Elsie about last night's escapades. Mr Oldfield rings and ask to visit Elsie. Elsie asks him to give the kids a chance, he says he's going to stop them once and for all, and storms out.
Annie tells Albert her soup is homemade when he asks. Eddie and Johhny are in the RR and ask Annie to fill her large soup tins with other rubbish, making more room. Albert overhears this and asks for a reduction to 10p a bowl. Annie is upset at them discussing her business. Later, Eddie brings a half full can of hair coloring belonging to her and says it's been in the van for a week. Annie is furious and calls the cleansing department saying she will no longer tolerate her dustbin men and wants them changed.
Brian wants to accept the £200 that Ivy has offered them but Gail wants to wait. Later he tells her he's borrowed the money and Gail says she will go and see Ron Sykes herself.
Written BY: H.V.KERSHAW Directed By: STEPHEN BUTCHER
Monday (2045, 5 November 1980)
Gail goes to ask for Brian's job back - against his will and Ivy's advice - and succeeds where Ivy failed. Police Sgt Oldfield has a long talk with Martin - and gives his approval to their relationship, under certain conditions. Annie finds that, far from the Council providing a new dustbin team for her, Eddie and his gang are going to boycott her rubbish.
Martin tells Elsie he may go back to Birmingham if he can't see Karen. Mr Oldfield comes to see Len, who tells him that Martin isn't a bad lad, but with him being a policemen he probably thinks all young men are yobbos. Martin meets Karen in the lunch hour, and tells her of his plans to return to Birmingham. Mr Oldfield catches them under the viaduct and send Karen to work. Martin says he's going back to Birmingham. Later at Elsie's there's a knock on the door, and Martin says it will be his new girlfriend. In walks Karen, much to Elsie's suprise. Mr Oldfield has allowed them to see one another again.
The binmen are doing their rounds. Eddie and Johhny ask Annie if they can remove the rubbish, and she refuses. She is still insisting on a different crew.
Gail goes to see Ron. She tells him Brian doesn't know that she's here. Ron asks if Brian has a job, he'll give him a good reference. Gail breaks down and Ron tells her to tell Brian to come in tomorrow. Gail waits for Brian, who has been walking round looking for work, She tells him he can start back to his job tomorrow.
Later in the RR they are discussing the situation. Eddie tells Annie that she has rubbed up a lot of people, and if that crew don't move , no crew will, the Rovers has been blacked.
Written By: PETER WHALLEY Directed By: STEPHEN
Ron Sykes: BOBBY KNUTT
Tuesday (2046, 10 November 1980)
Rita discovers that the Kabin is more profitable than the Yard, and attempts to get Len to help with the housework. Albert hears that his old friend Monty has died before getting to march down Whitehall to the Cenotaph. Annie arranges with Stan to move the rubbish, but Eddie intervenes.
Len and Rita are invited to Blackpool for Xmas to stay with Rita's uncle. Rita says the only way she'll go, is if they stay in a hotel. She's not going to spend Xmas looking after two men. Meanwhile, an accountant is to look at the books for the Kabin and the yard and Rita discovers the 30% profitability at the Kabin. Rita asks Len to help with the dishes, he refuses as he's going out for a game of darts. Later in the Rovers, Rita asks Hilda if she'd like a job as a daily.
The rubbish is still piling up at the Rovers, and no one is shifting it. Annie rings the council and they suggest that she apologises. Annie is blaming Eddie, and Hilda suggests that Stan move the rubbish as long as there's a few quid in it for him. Stan agrees to get rid of the rubbish for £3, but is interrupted by Eddie and Johnny walking into the Rovers. Stan goes to move the rubbish but the whole gang come and says his bins will be blacked if he moves it. Alf comes to see Annie about the the rubbish, and tells her it will bring rats. He asks her to apologise, but she refuses. She also wants her 3 quid back, but Stan refuses, as it was Annie who told the whole pub who was going to shift the rubbish.
Ken tells Albert that a visitor has told him, Monty has died. Albert decides he wants to go to the cenotaph to lay a wreath on the 11th of November, in memory of Monty, and he'll sell his medal to fund it. Ken offers to but it from him, or lend him the fare, but Albert refuses. A dealer comes and offers him £20, which he accepts.
Written By: TONY PERRIN Directed By: RICHARD
Coin Dealer: ALAN PARTINGTON Book Keeper: DAVID MOORE
Wednesday (2047, 12 November 1980)
Len discovers that Hilda is his new daily and he's paying for her. Annie tries to get Fred to dump the rubbish, but he fails. Albert pays his respects to his old friend Monty by laying a wreath on the cenotaph.
Bet suggests that Fred takes the rubbish to the tip in the rover. When he gets there, he is queried about the rubbish and tells them lies. But he is recognised by the man on the gate as being from the RR and told to get lost. When he gets back to work, he is told off for being so late and he explains thathe couldn't tip it, so he tried to get rid of it in a country lane, but was caught by a policeman. Johnny and Eddie are will aware of Fred not being allowed to tip the rubbish, and still demand an apology. Annie says that as a ratepayer she shouldn't need to apologise, then packs her bags and goes to her daughters , Joanie.
Albert goes to Manchester to lay a wreath for Monty.
Rita tells Len that Hilda has made a good job of the housework and that she doesn't feel tired coming in from work knowing there's none to be done. They end up squabbling and Rita tell Len she could make a better job of it at the yard than him.
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: RICHARD
Man at Tip: KEVIN LLOYD
Thursday (2048, 17 November 1980)
Following yesterday's challenge Len runs the Kabin (but drives Mavis to threaten to quit) and Rita smoothly runs the Yard. Bet secretly tips off the press about the Rover's rubbish mountain and they get a story and pictures.
Len and Rita are still at odds with one another. Their squabbling has resulted in Len running the Kabin and Rita the building yard. Martin is suprised to see Rita walk into the yard, and Mavis is suprised to see Len. Rita tells Martin not to moan at Len about all the work, and there'll be extra money in his pocket.
Arnold is complaining about the smell of the rubbish, he says he will write to the council and to the papers. Bet phones the Gazette and tells them the story. They send a photographer and a journalist around to the Rovers. Albert tells them the tale, while Betty is trying to say it's nothing, and it will all blow over. The photographer takes a photo of Bet, but not much else. Bet asks Arnold if it were him that rang the Gazette, but he says it was't Fred and Betty confront Bet, and tell her Mrs Walker will be mortified with it all over the papers, and Bet maybe out of a job.
Friday (2049, 19 November 1980)
The Gazette splashed the 'Rovers rubbish' story... Annie tipped off about it in Derby, warns staff she is returning to deal with them. Rita, still running the yard, gets chatted up by a new customer while Len has to go easy with a militant Mavis in the Kabin.
Len and Rita are still fighting. Rita says Len should do the shopping, because when she was running the Kabin, she had to do it. Len sends Mavis out at lunch time for it. A man from Atkinson Transport comes to Len's yard , asking Rita about a tender that they put in some months ago. He needs a quick job, and invites Rita to discuss it over lunch the next day.
Ken ask Alf who buys and sell medals, and goes to the shop. He brings the medal back to Albert who won't accept it, but eventually Ken talks him around.
Arnold is complaing about the smell of the rubbish, and that he's going to see if there can be anything done legally, and organise a petition. The paper is delivered and Bet has made the front page, photo and headlines. Bet is misquoted in the paper, saying 'it is all a storm in a teacup'. Alf thinks it's Annie's responsibility and tells Betty that she should insist that Annie comes back to the Rovers. Betty asks Eddie and Johnny to call it a day, but they think the paper has put them in a bad light, and they still want a full apology from Annie. The phone rings, Annie tells Bet she has heard about the paper article and she's home the next day. Bet still thinks the article was a good and that Annie will thank her for bringing it to a head.
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: OLIVER
Bob Atkinson: JOHN WHITE
Monday (2050, 24 November 1980)
Annie returns to sort out her staff after allowing the Gazette to pillory her over the rubbish story. Rita, still running Len's yard clinches the Blackburn job and accepts an invitation from Bob Atkinson to visit the site, upsetting Len. Stan starts to itch.
Fred goes to meet Mrs. Walker and Bet invites Eddie and Johnny for a tot. She tries to get them to remove the rubbish before Annie gets home, but they still want an apology first. Annie arrives home and wants to see Bet and Betty - and a copy of the Gazette. She tells them they were minutes away from being finished for gross betrayal. Bet and Betty end up apologising to Annie, even though Bet comments that it's a matter of opinion who is right and who is wrong. Alf later talks with Annie, and tells her that he and Ken were talking and that Ken thinks it will be someone with intelligence and wisdom who resolves this problem. Annie says she has been thinking exactly the same and for the sake of the country, she will offer an apology. She doesn't want another 'winter of discontent.'
Rita tells Len there's big job on, but he refuses to believe her and goes round to the yard to question Martin. He tells Len that Rita has gone to the hairdresser, then out for lunch. Rita comes back to the yard, and Bob Atkinson tells her the contract is her's. He tries to flirt with her, but Rita send him away. He extracts a promise that she'll visit the site the next day. Rita tells Len about the big job, and that they've got the contract. Len says he's already done the estimate, as he saw it in the filing cabinet. He says it's about time that she went back to the kabin, but Rita says she's going back to the yard.
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: STEPHEN BUTCHER
Tuesday (2051, 26 November 1980)
Len and Rita end the job feud. Len runs into aggro with Bob Atkinson when he replaces Rita for the site inspection. Annie is forced to back down over the rubbish dispute and gives Eddie and Johnny an 'Annie' type apology. Stan's itching gets worse and he seeks advice.
Len comes to the yard and tells Rita that he thinks she's in too deep. She's made her point now it's time for her to go back to the Kabin, and him to the yard. Later Mr. Atkinson comes to take Rita to the site. Rita isn't there, and Martin tells him to take a seat in the office. When Len walks in, he asks him, can he use the phone to tell them he will be late for lunch at the motel. Len says he thought Rita and him were going to the site, and Mr Atkinson tells Len he has no problems with mixing business and pleasure. Len tells him that he is Rita's husband and threatens him with a punch. He tells Len he wants to be careful, there is still the contract. Len tells him he doesn't want it, and to push off. Later at home, Rita ask how the meeting went. Len tells her he didn't go, and just how did she get that contract. Bob Atkinson lost interest in going to the site, when he knew Rita wasn't going. Rita tells him to be very careful in just what he is saying.
Annie tells Fred to invite Eddie and Johnny into her room at 1pm sharp. After some careful manouvering by Fred, they agree. Annie offers them a drink and a cigarette, and tells them she will withdraw her remarks. Johnny wants her to tell the regulars in the bar, and Annie tells them that these things can esulate into a national stoppage. So, for community and country she withdraws her remarks. The binmen can remove her rubbish anytime.
Stan is complaining of a body itch and is advised to go to a doctor.
Fred takes a phone message for Mike Baldwin. His father is coming for a visit.
Written By: BARRY HILL Directed By: STEPHEN BUTCHER
Wednesday (2052, 1 December 1980)
Mike's father turns up from London with a 'great' idea which Mike refuses to finance. Hilda thinks she is suffering from every disease in the book when trying to diagnose Stan's complaint.
Bet tells Mike in the Street that his father is coming for a visit. Mike tells her that he hopes she is joking. Later Mike's father comes to the factory and Ivy brings him into the office. Mike asks why he is here, and he tells him a personal visit. He tells Mike he wants a couple of thousand pounds, and he'll double it for him very quickly. Mike says he can't. He has no money, the factory is just ticking over, and no orders on the books. He tells Mike that's not what Ivy told him. Mike takes him for a drink to the Rovers, and is trying to get him to catch the train home. Mike's father says he wants to stay overnight, and Bet says he can stay at the Rovers, Annie is away and there's a spare bed. Later, Fred is bragging that Annie Walker holds the licence to the pub, but it is he that runs it. Frankie has told Fred all about the deal, and offers Fred to come in with him. Fred gives him £70.
Stan is still scratching at his spots. he won't go to the doctor, so Hilda borrows a Home Doctor book. Allergy isn't in the book when they look it up, nor is spots. Hilda is very engrossed in the book, and later has convinced herself she's ill, and wants to go to bed.
Rita tells Len they should invite Mavis for Xmas, but Len says no. Emily asks Arnold if Mavis can come at Xmas, and he too says no. It's their first Xmas together and it would be spoiled.
Written By: JOHN STEVENSON Directed By: RICHARD
Frankie Baldwin: SAM KYDD
Thursday (2053, 3 December 1980)
Stan pays a visit to the doctor and finds that he might be allergic to beer. Bert tells Ivy that he is worried about redundancy. Emily gets a shock when she discovers that Arnold's wife is still alive.
Frankie is helping himself to scotch as he is chatting to Hilda. Fred catches him and ask him to pay up. He tells Bet what his new business venture will be. It's a video recording deal, and his partner used to be a BBC producer. Frankie is still pestering Mike to change his mind and go in on the deal. Mike refuses. Later, Fred says to Mike that he hasn't seen much of Frankie, and tells him about his investment. Fred tells Mike he thinks it's a great plan, and Mike says it is, just like the digital watches last year. Later Fred asks Frankie for his money back, but he says he can't have it, it's already been paid into the bank.
Rita asks Mavis what she's doing at Xmas. She tells Rita that she got her first Xmas card, and it was from Derek, with an address and phone number. Rita says she should give him a ring. And later Mavis does. She tells Rita that he's going to Rhyll for Xmas.
Hilda finally persueds Stan to go to the doctors. Stan asks could it be his shammy leather that's causing the allergy, the doctor thinks it's more likely to be beer, and to stay off it.
Bert is looking troubled and Ivy asks him what the matter is. He tells her there's talk of redundancy, but he should be OK as he's maintenance. Gail and Brian tell Ivy and Bert that it's Damian for a boy, and Angela for a girl. Ivy starts mouthing off that she likes plain names, but stops mid sentence. She says she's made a New Year's resoloution not to interfere.
Len is a bit worse for wear with the drink, and Rita asks him once again if Mavis can come for Xmas. Len agrees, and when Mavis walks through the door of the Rovers, Len invites her . Mavis is pleased to accept.
Emily is working in Arnold's pet shop, Arnold is away overnight to buy some stock. In walks an Insurance man, and asks Emily if the shop belongs to Arnold Swain. He wants to leave an insurance policy for him to sign for his wife, Maragaret Patricia Swain, he's been trying to catch up with him for weeks.
Written By: PETER WHALLEY Directed By: RICHARD
Mr Emery: PETER CHILD
Friday (2054, 8 December 1980)
Emily, stunned by the news that Arnold's wife is still alive, seeks Flora's help to solve the mystery. She then confronts Arnold with the evidence. Len fails to tell Rita to tell Mavis that she can't spend Christmas at the Fairclough's. Allergic Stan copes with life as a tee-totaller!
Emily is in shock. Mr Emery shows her the policy and it it a husband and wife one. The next day Betty asks about Emily, she rushed into the house when Betty had shouted hello to her. Fred says, she may be trying to hide the bruises, the quiet ones are always the worst. The phone rings in Emily's and she takes it off the hook. Later she phones Flora to tell her she isn't too well, and will she come round for lunch. Flora duly arrives, and Emily sits her down and asks her what Arnold's first wife was called. Flora tells her Margaret Patricia Swain. She tells her about Mr Emery coming round and Flora gasps that she knew it. She has no proof that Margaret was alive, but she hadn't even been invited to the funeral. Whenever she broached the subject to Arnold, he changed it . She tells Emily that may be they were divorced but that he didn't like the stigma attached to being divorced, so he told everyone that he was a widower. But Emily says no, they'd discussed the situation, and he knew she felt OK about someone being divorced. He's a bigamist.
Fred tells Betty about his investment, and offer her a half share which she refuses.
Len tries to change his mind about Mavis coming for Xmas, he comes into the shop, and tells Mavis that Rita has something to say to her. Rita promptly invites Mavis for Boxing Day tea.
Betty asks Rita if she's seen anything of Emily, Rita replies no, but that all must be OK, as Arnold cames into the shop for chocolates for Emily. Arnold returns home, takes one look at Emily, and asks what is the matter. Emily shows his the policy.
Written By: H.V.KERSHAW Directed By: BRIAN
Flora Swain: ANN WRIGG
Monday (2055, Wednesday 10 December 1980)
Emily is horrified to learn that she and Arnold are not legally married. And despite his pleading Emily insists that their relationship is at an end. Stan is relieved when the doctor confirms that he is allergic to eggs, and not beer. Bert is made redundant.
Emily asks Arnold if he was ever going to tell her that he was already married. Arnold says that she's been dead to him for fifteen years. He says he expects they came to the shop, and they should have come to see him. He tells Emily he was married fifteen years ago, and that his wife left him after three weeks. Can she imagine the humiliation. He couldn't tell people that, so he used the same symptoms that a man next door to them had, and everyone believed him. Emily asked why he couldn't have got a divorce. He said to him she was dead. He had even put a memorium in the paper, the first few years, and fancy, she had kept up that little insurance policy, husband and wife one. When Flora came to keep house, he never thought he'd remarry again. He asks Emily, does it matter? He's never set eyes on her for fifteen years, and Emily is his wife. Emily says no, she isn't and he's a bigamist, and will he go. She takes her ring off. Arnold writes Emily a letter , and places the ring beside it, takes his case and leaved the house. Emily finds the letter, but puts it to one side. Later she opens it, and starts to read it. But then folds it over, and tears it up.
Stan goes into the Rovers, and Eddie makes him go home. The barmaids have been told by Hilda not to serve him. Hilda is saying that maybe the allergy to beer is a good thing, think what money they will save. Later Stan goes to the doctors for an allergy test. He's allergic to eggs when the tests come back. Hilda says trust him! Natures only pre-packed food, and Stan is allegic to them.
Bert comes off night shift reading a letter. He's been served a redundancy notice. He brings the letter home to show Ivy who says he'll get another job, and then Bert starts crying. Deirdre goes to visit Emily, and asks why is she washing blankets just before Xmas. Emily tells her that's what you do to keep busy when you've found out your husband is a bigamist. Deirdre tells Emily she doesn't know what to says and they clutch one anothers hands.
Dr Crawford: PAUL LOLLS
Written By: JULIAN ROACH Directed By: BRIAN MILLS
Tuesday (2056, Monday 15 December 1980)
Arnold's sister pleads with Emily to forgive him and take him back but Emily refuses and sends his clothes with her. Bert begins to cope with life on the dole. Decorating for Christmas begins at the Ogdens.
Deirdre comes to see Emily. Emily wonders what her legal position is. Deirdre tells her that there's plenty of time. Later, Mavis calls at Emily's - she doesn't get a reply. Flora comes to see Emily. Arnold had come to the shop. He's picked up a few things, but wouldn't talk to her about it. Flora tells Emily that he was so upset, pitiful. She asks Emily if she's thought of taking him back. Emily says she couldn't. Flora says that he could get a divorce and they could remarry again. Emily says no, and that she wants all his clothes taken away. As Flora is getting into the taxi with bundles of clothes, Hilda is watching, and telling Len that there's something going on in that house.
Bert is phoning old friends and checking the jobs vacant section in the paper. Ivy tells him there'll be nothing going at this time of year, but he insists on looking. She wonders what will be happening for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Annie meanwhile is inviting Bet for Boxing Day. Bet tries to get out of it by saying Len and Rita have invited her, but Len says they haven't.
Eddie brings Hilda a Christmas tree. She tells him she'd rather have a real plastic one. Eddie asks Hilda what she most wants for Christmas. Later Hilda is in the shop, and she sees a notice for a cleaner for hire. Hilda rings Mrs Palin and makes an appointment to see her later that afternoon. She tells her there will be threee to clean for, and arranges for her to start next day at 11:30, for £1.75 per hour.
Mrs Palin: SANDRA VOE
Written by: H.V.KERSHAW Directed by: STEPHEN BUTCHER
Wednesday (2057, Wednesday 17 December 1980)
Gossip about Emily and Arnold is rife, forcing Deirdre to tell Emily that she should admit to the truth. Hilda hires a daily char for Number 13.
Eddie asks Hilda if she wants to give a party over Christmas. She tells him no, and that she's arranged her own treat. Later, Eddie and Stan walk in as Mrs Palin is cleaning. They tell her she's got the wrong house as Hilda is a char. Stan thinks Hilda has gone bonkers. Eddie says he's never seen it look so clean. When Hilda returns home, she's very impressed. She tells them she thinks she's come to the wrong home. Stan ask Hilda for an explanation . She tells him she's paying, and it's her treat. Hilda agrees to hold a party if Eddie pays half.
Annie asks Bet for Christmas lunch. She tells her she will also be inviting Emily and Arnold. Hilda is in the shop and says that Emily will find a difference this year with having Arnold. She mentions to Alf that all his suits were took away in a taxi. Deirdre says she knows nothing about it, and maybe he just wanted them all cleaned. After Hilda leaves, Alf asks in bewilderment, what all that was about. Emily meanwhile is replacing her pictures of her and Ernest on their wedding day. Deirdre invites herself around to Emily's. She says they must talk. Annie knocks at Emily's door, but doesn't get any reply. In the Rovers, Alf asks Mavis if everything is OK. Mavis explains that since her marriage she doesn't see a lot of Emily. Bet says Mavis should go round. Mavis tells her she should do her own fishing. Alf mentions the rumours circuilating about Arnold's clothes going off in a taxi. Len says that it's true, he saw the taxi drive off. Deirdre tells Emily that all the claok and dagger stuff is getting her down. She tells Emily that rumours are flying and that she's been getting asked questions.
Written By: ADELE ROSE Directed By: STEPHEN BUTCHER
Thursday (2058, Monday 22 December 1980)
The regulars are finally told the truth behind the rumours about the Swains. Martin has to tell Karen that he has promised to go home to Birmingham for Christmas. Gail's mother arrives to spend Christmas with them and await the arrival of the baby.
Eddie is writing invites to the party. He hands them out later in the Rovers. Fred asks about his, so Eddie gives him one with 'drop dead' wrote on it. Hilda drops it into the conversation that she has a daily. Annie and Bet are nonplussed.
Brian tells Gail that Bert has been made redundant. Gail tells Brian that Audrey is coming at Christmas. Audrey arrives, and tells Gail and Brian she's had to give up the flat, her electricity has been cut off and she's up to her ears in debt. Gail tells her she can stay at their house. Audrey laughs, and tells them she was only testing them. She brings out a carrier bag, full of presents and a turkey. She has a job, and says she will cook it.
Elsie is telling Len that Martin is going home home to Birmingham for the holidays. Meanwhile, Karen is inviting Martin for Christmas Day. He tells Elsie, who asks has he forgotton he's going home for Christmas. His mother will be expecting him. Later, Martin phones home. He tells Karen that he is expected home at Christmas, and that he can't let his mum and dad down. Karen get upset, and tells him if he goes to Birmingham, he needn't come back.
Mavis and Annie are invited to Emily's. She's returning all her wedding presents. She tells them she wants everything out of the house that reminds her of Arnold. She also tells them she wants people to know all the facts, that Arnold was a bigamist. Annie tells Bet and Fred that Emily is now Mrs. Bishop, and explains why.
Hilda is suprised to hear that Stan has emptied the bag for Mrs. Plaine and made her a cup of tea.
Written By: TONY PERRIN Directed By: RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Friday (2059, Wednesday 24 December 1980)
The Ogdens Christmas party is a great success but ends with a punch up over Audrey Potter. Martin returns from Birmingham to find Karen with another boyfriend.
It's the day of Hilda's party. Hilda asks Elsie to cook her sausage rolls. Elsie hasn't got an invite, Hilda tells her of couse she has, after all they went through together.
Martin has gone to Birmingham. Karen comes to see him, and asks Elsie if he was mad. Elsie asks if she wants to leave a message. She tells her to tell Martin that there's plenty more fish in the sea, and storms out.
Len invites Emily to his house for Christmas Day. He asks her if there's anything he can do. He tells her she must get the paper work going, and she must go to the police. Emily says that Arnold was going to go. Len says he'll take her, and gets her coat. Emily is at the police station and tells the officer her story. He asks if they've had a barney, as quite a lot of women report their husbands as bigamists after a row. Emily looses her temper and tells him he's seen the proof. He tells her if the insurance company can find him, so can the police.
Karen is in the Rovers with a group of friends. Paul asks her about Martin, and she shrugs it off and tells him that he's in Birmingham. Martin returns from Birmingham and goes to Hilda's party, until Rita tells him that she saw Karen in the Rovers. He goes there to see her, and a fight erupts. Martin is thrown out by Fred.
At Hilda's party, Johhny is there with the rest of the binmen. He tells Hilda that the wife couldn't make it. One in particular is making a nuisance of himself, chatting up all the ladies. He offers to take Audrey home, but she refuses, it's too early. Later she's dancing with Fred, and says she must go. Fred offers to walk her home, and she is getting her coat, when a fight a breaks out between Fred and one of the binmen. Hilda breaks down.
Alec Dewhurst: KEN BURGESS Barry Holt: JOHNNY
ALLAN Paul Sidall: STEVE DIXON Det Sgt Simms: DAVID BRADLEY
Written by: JULIAN ROACH Directed By: RICHARD HOLTHOUSE
Monday (2060, Monday 29 December 1980)
Martin begs Karen to be his girlfriend again but she turns him down. Pregnant Gail is rushed to hospital. All the family worry but it turns out to be a false alarm. Tatters blackmails Ken to take him out more.
Gail has a false alarm and is sent home from hospital. Hilda tells Annie how wonderful her cleaner is. Annie ask her to send her around. Karen refuses to go the pictures with Martin, as she's going out with Paul. Elsie tells him that Karen can see who she likes, it's not as if they are engaged.
Written By: JOHN STEVENSON Directed By: BRIAN MILLS
Tuesday (2061, Wednesday 31 December 1980)
New Years Eve in the street and Baby Tilsley arrives in the Rovers. Karen turns down Martin's plea for them to become engaged - and he returns home for good. Ken buys a car in response to Tatlock's nagging - then Albert refuses to even get into it because it is German made.
Ken buys a VW Beetle, which Albert refuses to ride in. Martin buys a engagement ring, which Karen accepts , but then hands back. Martin packs to go back to Birmingham. Gail is rushed from the Rovers with pains. It's a boy weighing 7lb 2oz.
Ambulanceman: MIKE KELLY
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: BRIAN MILLS
Wednesday (2062, Monday 5 January 1981)
Gail returns home with her new baby and Ivy and Audrey start to squabble over it. Bert tells them they must make a no-aggro pact. Tatlock still refuses to travel in Ken's German car and warns Ken to get it removed from his house front.
Albert wants Ken's car shifted from outside his house , he calls the police. They apologise when they realise Ken lives there too. Albert asks Eddie if he can take the car off Ken's hands or swap it for him. Gail and Brian bring the baby home. Mavis is having problems with a paperboy, Eddie says he will talk to him. He tells Eddie to get someone else to do the papers. Audrey prefers Daniel for a boy, Ivy prefers David. Gail tells Brian that her mam and his are fighting like cat and dog and it's getting on her nerves.
Neil Grimshaw (paperboy): MICHAEL LE VELL Baby
Tilsley: WARREN JACKSON
Written By: LESLIE DUXBURY Directed By: MARY McMURRAY
Thursday (2063, Wednesday 7 January 1981)
Gail asks Elsie to be godmother to the baby - Ivy is shocked. Brian threatens to go back work unless she gets rid of her mum. Ken still battles on with Albert over the German car.
Two other paper boys haven't turned up for work, Mavis blams Neil Grimshaw. Eddie says he'll give him a fatherly chat, and threatens him. Brian goes to see Bert, telling him he can hardly get into the house for Audrey and Ivy. Bert says as long as Audrey is staying there, wild horse won' t keep Ivy away. Gail tries to ask Audrey to leave, but Audrey gets in first - she's going the next day. Ken gets himself a lock-up garage for his car. Gail asks Elsie to be Godmother. Ivy is furious at the decision.
Written By: BARRY HILL Directed By: MARY McMURRAY
Friday (2064, Monday 12 January 1981)
Mike's bad-penny Dad turns up again on the run and gets Mike to give him refuge. Rita makes a deal to sing for Ralph Lancaster, and Hilda gets a hint of something but promises to keep mum. Ivy fails to talk Gail out of having Elsie as a godmother.
Rita gets offered work by Ralph Lancaster in Stockport. She tells him if Len finds out he's offering the work, he will go mad. Hilda later takes a call and tells Rita the booking is now 21:30 and not 22:00. Rita ask Hilda to keep it to herself. Rita tells Len about her offer of work. Len says it's OK as long as Ralph Lancaster is not involved.
Rumours are adrift that Elsie is to be godmother to Brian & Gail's son.
Frankie Baldwin comes to stay again. He's had to get out of London as the vice sqaud are looking for Terry,his partner, as some older people have complained about their business venture. Fred tells Frankie he wants to withdraw from his investment, Frankie writes him a cheque for £150, and persuades him to reinvest another £50.
Written By: H.V.KERSHAW Directed By: STEPHEN BUTCHER