Originally transmitted: 13, 18, 20, 22 & 17 January
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 28 December 1998 - Friday 1 January 1999
Episode Numbers: 2169 - 2173
See 1981 for 4, 6 & 11 January 1982 episodes
Monday (2169, Wednesday 13 January 1982)
There are doubts about Alec Hobson's honesty. Gordon takes Caroline back to London. Bert tells the truth about his court case.
Tuesday (2170, Monday 18 January 1982)
Annie fails to find an escort to accompany her to the Brewery 'do'. Arnold Swain's widow appears with news for Emily about his will. Alec Hobson's mobile home breaks down and Betty gives him lodgings at her place - but for how long?
Wednesday (2171, Wednesday 20 January 1982)
Betty and Annie buy wedding gifts and presents - only to hear some surprising news about Gordon. Bet cons Fred into believing that he could benefit from escorting Annie to the Brewery 'do'.
Thursday (2172, Monday 25 January 1982)
Gordon sends a telegram about his married status. Bert escapes with a heavy fine for fiddling his dole money. Ron Sykes tells Brian he is selling up and going to the Middle East - and asks Brian to go with him.
Friday (2173, Wednesday 27 January 1982)
Brian decides to go to the Middle East with Ron Sykes. Fred takes Annie to the Brewery dinner. Alec Hobson gets the sack from Baldwin's factory.
Monday (2174, Monday 1 February 1982)
The aftermath of the Brewery 'do' brings recriminations from a frosty Annie for Fred - then the Space Invaders machine turns up, ordered by a sozzled Fred the night before! Gail settles down to life without Brian.
Tuesday (2175, Wednesday 3 February 1982)
There are more shocking revelations about Fred's behaviour at the Brewery 'do'. Betty decides to loan Alec the cash to collect his mobile home. There's punishment afoot when Stan fails to buy Hilda a birthday present.
Betty tells Alf and Deirdre in the corner shop that Alec Hobson is staying with her. They warn her to be wary, Alec may be taking advantage of her kindness. Alec is doing a repair job for Gail. He tries to flirt with Gail but she gives him the brush-off. When Alec asks if she has heard from Brian yet, she admits that she hasn't.
Later, Betty offers to loan Alec the £40 he needs to pay the garage and get his van back. After seeming to hesitate, he takes the money. It's Hilda's birthday, but nobody remembers apart from Annie Walker, who gives her a card. Hilda gives Stan £3 to go out and buy her a present - she doesn't want anyone knowing he had forgotten her birthday.
Car salesman Mr Dixon arrives at the Rovers to take Fred for a test drive in a new Rover. Fred is embarassed, as he had made the appointment when he was drunk at the Newton & Ridley function, claiming to be the Rovers Return landlord. Fred hopes he won't be missed, but just as he leaves, Annie arrives home and sees him drive off. When he returns, he thinks he is going to be in serious trouble with Annie, but she is amused rather than annoyed at his pretence. She insists Fred ring the salesman and admit he is not a genuine buyer.
Gail gets the feeling that Ivy doesn't trust her - she is constantly dropping in uninvited. At the Rovers, Hilda proudly displays the box of chocolates Stan has bought with her money. Stan even offers to buy her a birthday drink - with the change left over from the chocolates! Alf is furious when his best suit is returned to him filthy, after Fred had worn it to the Newton & Ridley function. He insists Fred pay to have it dry cleaned. Annie then berates Fred for causing so much trouble with his drunken behaviour.
Alec feels it is time to move on, but Betty tells him he is welcome to stay on with her. Deirdre drops in to visit Gail. Over a drink, they chat about babies. Deirdre admits she would like to have another child, but doesn't think Ken is keen.
Car Salesman PETER ALEXANDER
Writer BARRY HILL Director BRIAN MILLS
Wednesday (2176, Monday 8 February 1982)
Deirdre tells Ken she'd like another baby, but Ken refuses to discuss the matter. Meanwhile, Stan is paying the penanlty for forgetting Hilda's birthday.
It's Elsie's day off, and Bet drops in for a cuppa. Bet suggests the two of them have a girls' night out that evening, and Elsie agrees. Stan complains when Hilda serves him pilchards for dinner - she is trying to save money as he is bringing in so little. Emily visits Deirdre, and they talk about families. Deirdre admits she is feeling broody, but Ken seems non-committal about the idea of a new baby. Emily encourages her to talk openly to Ken about it.
Fred returns Alf's suit to him after having it dry cleaned. Fred is hoping Alf will pay for the cleaning. but Alf refuses. Elsie is getting ready for her night out with Bet when Wilf arrives unexpectedly. At first Wilf gets a cool reception, but manages to sweet-talk Elsie into cancelling her night out with Bet so that he can take her out for a meal.
Phyllis Lomax arrives at the Rovers looking for Fred. He had met her at the Newton & Ridley do, and told her to drop in anytime and see him. Fred had told her he was the Rovers landlord, and she presumes Bet and Betty are his staff. Elsie arrives with Wilf and asks Bet if she can cancel their arrangement. Bet is not thrilled, but agrees. Deirdre tells Ken she would like to have a baby. They start to discuss it but are interrupted by Albert. Stan is still hungry after his tea, and Hilda weakens and gives him some money for fish and chips.
Wilf takes Elsie to a restaurant, and they are soon back on good terms again. Back at the Rovers, Phyllis Lomax tells Bet that Fred had offered her a job as head waitress at his "restaurant".
Ken and Deirdre finally get to talk, and Ken doesn't appear keen on having a baby. He says they have enough children between them, but Deirdre wants a child that would belong to both of them. She is taken aback when Ken eventually states that he definitely doesn't want another child - now or in the future.
Phyllis Lomax SUE RACE Waiter PHIL BANYARD
Writer ADELE ROSE Director JOHN MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Thursday (2177, Wednesday 10 February 1982)
Deirdre and Ken have a blazing row over his refusal to consider having a child and Wilf Stockwell stuns Elsie by telling her his thinking of leaving his wife - will a Valentine card get Stan out of the doghouse for forgetting Hilda's birthday?
Friday (2178, Monday 15 February 1982)
Eddie arranges a meeting with Stardust Lil in Mike's flat. Hilda gets a Valentine card, and Wilf Stockwell tells Elsie about his plans to leave his wife.
Monday (2179, Wednesday 17 February 1982)
Eddie meets up with Stardust Lil at Mike's flat. Wilf Stockwell confirms that he has left his wife. Hilda thinks that Alf has given her the Valentine's card.
Tuesday (2180, Monday 22 February 1982)
Mike is puzzled over a recorded phone message - but Hilda susses the truth about Eddie's use of Mike's flat to entertain his lady friends.
Wednesday (2181, Wednesday 24 February 1982)
Mrs Stockwell returns and has a blazing row with Elsie about breaking up her marriage. Eddie uses Mike's flat to entertain Marion. Gail gets her first letter from Brian.
Thursday (2182, Monday 1 March 1982)
Rita takes in a foster daughter which causes tensions to flare. Eddie talks his way out of a run-in with the law after using Mike's flat to entertain his girl.
A letter addressed to Eddie Yeats turns up at Mike's flat. Mike questions Hilda about it, but she feigns ignorance, saying the postman must have made a mistake. Mike then informs her that the letter was hand-delivered, not posted. He accuses her of lending her key to Eddie so that he could use the flat. Hilda admits that she did let Eddie have the key once, but doesn't know how he could have gained entrance any other time. Mike tells her to send Eddie around to the flat for a talk at 1pm sharp. Hilda rushes home to warn Eddie, who realises the letter must have come from Marion.
Ivy decides to pay a visit to Gail and Nicky, and see how they are coping while Brian is away. She mentions Wilf to Elsie, who tells Ivy to spread the word: she is not interested in Wilf Stockwell. Donald Worthington from Social Security calls on Rita and asks if she and Len would consider fostering a sixteen year old girl at short notice. Rita weighs it up for a moment and says yes. Mr Worthington then brings in Sharon Gaskell who has been waiting in the car. Sharon tells Rita about her troubled family life.
Eddie arrives at Mike's flat. Mike opens Eddie's letter in front of him - it is a thank-you note from 'Stardust Lil'. Eddie confesses that he has been using the flat to impress Marion - he has fallen for her, and doesn't know how to admit the whole thing was a sham. Eddie eventually manages to talk Mike out of involving the police, and Mike even agrees to let Eddie use the flat just one more time - as a place to tell Marion the truth.
Len arrives home and is surprised to meet Sharon, but is quickly charmed by her. She tells him her father is in gaol and she doesn't get along with her brothers. Gail heads off for a girls' night out with neighbour Jackie Moffatt, leaving Jackie's husband Geoff and their daughter Lucy to mind Nicky. Ivy turns up on Gail's doorstep and is clearly not impressed when Geoff tells her that Gail is having a night out. Elsie and Emily are having a drink at the Rovers when Wilf turns up. Emily offers to make herself scarce but Elsie insists she stays. A grim-faced Ivy arrives at the Rovers and tells Bert that Gail is out on the razzle.
Jackie Moffatt JACQUELINE TONG. Donald Worthington
BRIAN CAPRON. Sharon Gaskell TRACIE BENNETT Lucy Moffatt EMMA
LOUISE FIELD Geoff Moffatt STEPHEN MALLATRATT
Writer LESLIE DUXBURY Director JOHN MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Friday (2183, Wednesday 3 March 1982)
Eddie confesses to Marion that he is not a tycoon with a smart pad, but just a dustman with digs in Coronation Street.
Len isn't impressed when Sharon sleeps in all morning, but Rita tells him to go easy on her. Via CB radio, Eddie makes a date with Marion. Hilda tells him he needs his head read if he's planning to use Mike's flat again. Eddie tells her that Mike gave him permission - he is finally going to tell Marion the truth. Mike later confirms to Hilda that he has allowed Eddie to use his flat one last time.
Ivy tells Gail she should have asked her and Bert to babysit instead of leaving Nicky with a stranger. Gail tells her she has had a letter and a cheque from Brian. Ivy is miffed as she hasn't heard from him. When Ivy returns later with Bert, Gail shows Bert the letter while Ivy is busy with Nicky, and says he can let Ivy read it as well if he likes. Wilf arranges to meet Elsie in the Rovers for a drink that evening.
Rita takes Sharon into the Kabin with her for the day. She meets Mavis and Emily who are a little taken aback - they were expecting Rita's foster daughter to be about six! Rita asks Sharon to make herself useful by sorting out the record racks. She does, but Mavis finds her company a little wearying.
Marion arrives at Mike's flat, and tells Eddie he seems more relaxed than last time - Eddie says there is a reason, and he will tell her later. Marion then tells Eddie she doesn't want to go out with him anymore, because she is intimidated by his posh flat and sophisticated lifestyle. Eddie laughs, and tells her the truth about his true address and humble job. Marion is a little disbelieving at this revelation, but Eddie says he will prove he is now telling the truth. He later takes her for a drink at the Rovers, and manages to convince her he is now telling the truth. Marion meets Hilda, and they all go back to No13.
Sharon tells Rita and Len she is going out for the night, but won't say where. Len offers to drop her off, but she says she'll make her own way.
Writer PETER WHALLEY Director JOHN MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Monday (2184, Monday 8 March 1982)
Bet and Betty have to look after Fred after he takes a fall down the cellar steps. Wilf Stockwell's firm cancels the rest of the orders and Mike places the blame onto Elsie.
Tuesday (2185, Wednesday 10 March 1982)
Elsie's attacked at the factory for being to blame for the return to a three-day week. Confined to bed, Fred gives Bet and Betty the run-around.
Wednesday (2186, Monday 15 March 1982)
The factory girls send Elsie to Coventry - and Fred plays the old soldier as he exaggerates his back injury and plots to get damages.
Thursday (2187, Wednesday 17 March 1982)
Elsie baits the factory girls into ending their silence. Fred gets back to work when Annie hints that he could lose his job.
Friday (2188, Monday 22 March 1982)
Gail learns that Ron Sykes has returned without Brian. Len forbids Sharon to stay out all night. Alec returns - and pays Betty his debt.
Monday (2189, Wednesday 24 March 1982)
Len is forced to intervene when aggro breaks out at Sharon's birthday party. Gail find out the truth about Brian's whereabouts. Alec Hobson wakes up to a shock in his caravanette.
Tuesday (2190, Monday 29 March 1982)
Gail finally loses patience and tells Ivy the truth about why Brian hasn't come home. Rita attempts to give Sharon a motherly lecture.
Wednesday (2191, Wednesday 31 March 1982)
Hilda entertains Eddie's young lady to tea at No13. Sharon makes a decision about her future. Gail decides to go out on the town.
It's early Sunday morning and Hilda knocks on the Corner Shop door until she rouses Alf. She tells him she wants to exchange a tin of tuna from the day before - she had asked for salmon, but been given tuna by mistake. She tells Alf that a certain male resident of No 13 is expecting his ladyfriend around for tea. For a moment Alf thinks she is talking about Stan, but Hilda is quick to make it clear she was talking about Eddie.
Len is concerned about Sharon's late nights and her association with an older man, but she tells him to mind his own business - she is not a child. Hilda tries to get Stan and Eddie to help clean the house before Marion arrives. Eddie agrees to clean the bathroom but Stan quickly disappears to the Rovers, having unsuccessfully suggested that Hilda just clean around him!
Elsie visits a depressed Gail. Gail tells her that she has heard Brian is on a break but has gone to Cairo with his workmates instead of coming home. Elsie warns her to wait and hear Brian's explanantion before doing anything rash. Ivy asks Mike if Ron Sykes had told him anything about Brian being in Cairo. Mike says he had heard all the lads were going, but didn't know any other details. Sharon brings her boyfriend Steve back to the Faircloughs' house, and wants to take him up to her room, but Len tells them to stay in the parlour. They argue, and Len tells Steve he is too old for Sharon, and to stay away from her as long as Sharon is under his care. Sharon is upset and says she will report Len to Donald Worthington. Later, Mr Worthington arrives and says he has a posible long-term foster home for Sharon, and wants her to come and have a look the following day. Sharon is upset and thinks Len is trying to get rid of her because of their row over Steve.
Marion arrives at No13 with a bunch of flowers for Hilda. After tea, Eddie suggests Stan take Hilda for a drink at the Rovers so he and Marion can have some time alone. Their conversation turns to the institution of marriage, but Eddie stops short of proposing.
Ivy and Bert visit Gail. Bert offers to write to Brian to ask him what is going on, but Gail asks him not to. Gail tells them she is having a night out with Jackie Moffatt, but won't need Ivy to babysit as she has made other arrangements.
Jackie Moffatt JACQUELINE TONG Steve Dunthorne
HOWARD GRACE Donald Worthington BRIAN CAPRON
Writer JULIAN ROACH Director KEN GRIEVE
Thursday (2192, Monday 5 April 1982)
Alec enlists Eddie's help in getting some new wheels for his van. Gail decides to go out on the town again - and misses a phone-call from the errant Brian. Mavis anticipates a lonely birthday.
Len is opening up the Kabin, as Rita has been called away to visit a sick uncle. He isn't pleased when paperboy Ricky phones in sick. Audrey pops in to buy an Easter egg and Len offers her a day's work behind the counter. Before starting he sends her upstairs to tell Mavis she will have to do a paper round. While Mavis is out on the round, confectionary salesman Tommy Gregg arrives and chats to Audrey. He asks her to tell Mavis that his boss - Derek Wilton - sends his love. Later, Mavis goes all fluttery when she gets the message.
Alec Hobson is having breakfast with Betty, who sympathises with him over his stolen wheels. Gail has a visit from Jackie Moffatt, who fancies another 'girls night out', but Gail worries what Ivy would say. However, she agrees to go if they can find another babysitter. Later, Gail catches up with her mother in the Kabin, and asks Audrey if she can babysit that night. However, Audrey is busy, and so is Mavis.
In the Rovers, Len tells Elsie he and Rita will miss Sharon now that she has found a long-term foster home. Eddie is at the bar trying to flog a kettle, but no-one is interested. He tells Alec Hobson he might be able to fix him up with four wheels at a good price. Eddie later visits his mate at the wreckers yard, who says he can do four wheels for £36.
Mavis and Emily have an evening in knitting - Mavis is knitting a jacket for Princess Diana's baby. Later, Mavis pops in to the Rovers, and Elsie buys her a gin and tonic, as it is Mavis's 45th birthday the next day. Eddie arrives and gives Mavis the kettle as a birthday present. Alec turns up and Eddie says he has four wheels for him, for £50. Betty cautions Alec to see the goods before handing over any money.
Gail and Jackie are unable to find a babysitter, until Bert arrives, and says he will do it. While Gail is out, Brian rings, and Bert tells him to ring back at 10:30, as Gail has said she would be back then. Ivy calls around on her way home from bingo. When Gail comes in late and misses Brian's second call, she gets a tongue-lashing from Ivy.
Tommy Gregg JOHN WILD Curly Watkins FRED PEARSON
Writer TONY PERRIN Director STEPHEN BUTCHER
Friday (2193, Wednesday 7 April 1982)
Alec discovers that Eddie is trying to sell him some stolen 'wheels'. Derek Wilton turns up, but Mavis declines his invitation to a birthday drink. Brian phones Gail with an explanation about his absence.
Monday (2194, Monday 12 April 1982)
Gail looks for a job and Jackie Moffatt lends a helping hand. Mavis feels guilty turning down a night out with Derek, until Rita steps in. Jack Duckworth has eyes for Bet.
Tuesday (2195, Wednesday 14 April 1982)
Gail celebrates her birthday - but fails a job interview and has a row with Ivy. Mavis discovers Derek's true intentions regarding the cruise. Through Jack's persistence, his relationship with Bet develops.
At the Kabin, Mavis proudly shows Rita and Emily the brochure Derek gave her on Mediterranean cruises. Rita cautions her not to get her hopes up too high - there is no way Derek could afford to take her on a cruise.
Gail receives a birthday card from Brian, and is excited about a job interview she has scheduled for that afternoon. Vera tells Jack she resents working while he spends his aftenoons supping at the Rovers. At the bar, Annie bores the regulars with her recollections of her own cruise holiday, and advises Mavis to augment her wardrobe. Rita tells Mavis she can borrow some of her outfits and accessories, but gets Mavis wondering what sleeping arangements Derek has in mind. Later, Derek pops in to the Kabin and arranges to meet Mavis at the Rovers at 7.30.
Bet comes home on her afternoon break to find Jack waiting for her She reluctantly invites him in. He tries his best to seduce her, but at first Bet keeps her distance, saying she is used to fending off married men. Eventually they kiss and she gives in to him.
Gail's interview with Mrs Rigby starts off well. She tells her that she has made arrangements to have Nicky looked after if she gets the job. Mrs Rigby then asks her to take a typing test. She fails the test and it is clear she has overstated her level of skills. Later Elsie, Bert and Ivy drop in to Gail's to have a birthday drink with her. Ivy is relieved to hear that Gail didn't get the job, and tells her she should be content to stay home with her baby. Gail flares up and tells Ivy she will live her life as she sees fit.
Derek meets Mavis at the Rovers, and they talk about the cruise brochure. He tells her he has just booked two places, and is taking his sister Doreen - he had only wanted Mavis's advice, as he values her opinion. An indignant Mavis accuses Derek of leading her on, hurls the brochure at him and storms out. Vera confides in Bet that she has a date with a man called Vic, although she told Jack she was going to bingo. She tells Bet that Jack would never dare have a bit on the side, as he knows what Vera would do to him if she found out. As Vera departs, Bet looks uneasy.
Mrs Rigby SALLY GIBSON
Writer JOHN STEVENSON Director BRIAN MILLS
Wednesday (2196, Monday 19 April 1982)
Bet gives Jack an ultimatum: either take her out or the relationship is finished. Gail decides to return to her old job. Marion looks after Stan and Eddie - but makes them toe the line.
Thursday (2197, Wednesday 21 April 1982)
Vera discovers that Bet and Jack are 'carrying on' and takes drastic action. Eddie proposes to Marion.
Friday (2198, Monday 26 April 1982)
Bet refuses Jack's attempts to move in with her. Eddie shows concern for Marion and her problems with the landlord. Ken is visited by the police after a spate of muggings.
Monday (2199, Wednesday 28 April 1982)
Ivy and Bert are lumbered with the Duckworths. Deirdre is suspicious of a local lad who seems to have come into some money. Elsie considers the possibility of Marion as a lodger.
Tuesday (2200, Monday 3 May 1982)
Stan's lies lead Marion to believe that Eddie has stood her up. Gail has a showdown with Alma Sedgwick. Deirdre fails to persuade Ken to go to the police with a clue about the mugging suspects - then Betty is mugged.
Wednesday (2201, Wednesday 5 May 1982)
Deirdre rings the police with her suspicions about the mugger's identity. Marion gives Eddie the cold shoulder over last night's ruined date. Gail outwits Alma.
Thursday (2202, Monday 10 May 1982)
Eddie and Marion announce their engagement. Ken learns how Deirdre's evidence helped in the arrest of Betty's attackers.
Friday (2203, Wednesday 12 May 1982)
Eddie and Marion's engagement party ends in chaos. Len is warned by the building inspectors to puts things right with the new house.
Monday (2204, Monday 17 May 1982)
There's an explosion when Eddie and Stan accidentally break Hilda's chair. Mike goes on a date with Marion's boss, Maggie Dunlop. The factory girls are mystified by the extra cash turning up in their paypackets.
Tuesday (2205, Wednesday 19 May 1982)
The factory girls decide to keep quiet about their new pay-rise - but Kathy spills the beans. Mike and Maggie get to know each other even better.
Wednesday (2206, Monday 24 May 1982)
Stan and Hilda are humiliated when a furniture store refuses them credit. Mike offers Emily a job as a wages clark. Rita suspects that Sharon might be unhappy with her new foster parents.
Thursday (2207, Wednesday 26 May 1982)
Emily narks the factory girls when she docks their wages. Len and Rita make a final decision about fostering Sharon which is thrown into confusion when she appears without warning.
Friday (2208, Monday 31 May 1982)
Sharon settles into her new job at the yard and tries to recover some of Len's debts with tough letters. Ken and Deirdre take Tracy and Tatlock on a picnic and renew their discussion about having a baby.
Monday (2209, Wednesday 2 June 1982)
Bet strong-arms Alf into letting her have the flat. The Faircloughs agree to keep Sharon with them on a permanent basis
Tuesday (2210, Monday 7 June 1982)
The factory girls' pet cat causes aggro with some mice. Unbeknown to each other, Eddie and Rita get the idea of owning the new house.
Wednesday (2211, Wednesday 9 June 1982)
Mike orders the factory girls to get rid of the cat - but they refuse. Rita uses all her wiles to persuade Len to agree to moving into the new house. Jack Duckworth cons Vera's wages out of Emily.
Thursday (2212, Monday 14 June 1982)
Emily is divided in her loyalties to the girls and to Mike. Bet discovers the truth behind her landlord's intentions for the house.
Friday (2213, Wednesday 16 June 1982)
Mike discovers that Cleo has returned and is a full member of the Union. Despite Hilda's revelations, Alf hasn't the heart to throw Bet out on the street.
Monday (2214, Monday 21 June 1982)
A man from Bet's past turns up. Brian is no hurry to come home. Hilda bullies Eddie and Stan into painting No. 13
Tuesday (2215, Wednesday 23 June 1982)
Bet agonises over whether or not to tell Ted that he is the father of her son. Gail makes a date with a lorry-driver's mate.
Wednesday (2216, Monday 28 June 1982)
There is panic in the Street as the search for the missing Nicky Tilsley continues.
Thursday (2217, Wednesday 30 June 1982)
Gail comes to a decision regarding her job. Hilda finally learns the truth about Eddie and Stan's decorating job.
Friday (2218, Monday 5 July 1982)
Eddie keeps up a pretence in order to spend the night with Marion. Gail reacts angrily to Brian's decision to stay on in the Gulf.
Monday (2219, Wednesday 7 July 1982)
Despite Eddie and Marion's efforts, Hilda susses their charade. Gail breaks off her friendship with Les Charlton.
Tuesday (2220, Monday 12 July 1982)
Ivy and Gail are looking forward to Brian's homecoming. Mike is consoling himself with drink.
Wednesday (2221, Wednesday 14 July 1982)
Rita prepares for Chalky's visit to her house. Brian & Gail now reunited, have words over her working in the Cafe.
Thursday (2222, Monday 19 July 1982)
Len's pleased to hear Rita's got a house buyer, but furious to find it's for the old house. Gail & Brian make their peace over Les Charlton.
Friday (2223, Wednesday 21 July 1982)
Len finally agrees to move into the new house. Brian makes a last-minute decision and tells delighted Gail he's not going back to Qatar.
Monday (2224, Monday 26 July 1982)
Ron Sykes threatens Brian with reprisals for his decision not to return to Qatar. Len has aggro from Chalkie over cancellation of the old house sale.
Over breakfast at No9, Len tells Rita and Sharon he still intends selling No7. Potential buyer Mrs Slater phones and arranges a time to come over and measure up No7 for curtains. Rita wants to know who will tell Chalkie No9 is not for sale after all - Len asks her to do it. Later, the Slaters arrive and Rita lets them into No7 to measure up.
Maggie arrives at Mike's flat to check that he hasn't changed his mind about her moving in with him. He is still keen and gives her a key. Maggie says she will go and start packing.
At the Rovers, Fred tries to sneak out to place a bet at the bookies. However, Annie catches him and tells him he can gamble in his own time. Fred asks Hilda to place his bet for him, but she refuses. Mavis hesitantly agrees to do it for him on her way back to work.
Ivy visits Gail and is surprised to see Brian still there. He tells her he has changed his mind about returning to the Middle East, and is staying in Weatherfield. Later Brian bumps into Ron Sykes, who is taken aback by Brian's decision. He asks Brian to meet him later in the Rovers to have a talk.
Chalkie arrives at No9 and is told by Sharon that the sale is off. He is furious and says he will have words with Len. Chalkie then finds Len inside No 7. Len is apologetic, but confirms the sale of No 9 is off - much to Chalkie's disgust.
Mike arrives home to find the flat in a mess - Maggie has clothes strewn everywhere. Mike offers to take her out to dinner but she says she'll get the place cleaned up first.
Mr Slater visits Len and tells him his surveyor has valued No7 at £12,500 - well short of Len's asking price of £14,000. Len isn't prepared to drop the price, so Mr Slater tells him the sale is off.
In the Rovers, Ken and Deirdre try to decide what they'll do to celebrate their first wedding anniversary the following day. Hilda tries to interest Annie in going to Bingo. They ask Fred how his 'dead cert' horse went, and he admits it didn't come anywhere. Ron tells Brian he is a fool for not going back to the Middle East. He urges Brian not to break his contract - he could fly out the next day and tell his bosses he was late back due to illness.
Ron Sykes BOBBY KNUTT Maggie Dunlop JILL KERMAN
Mr Slater JOHNNY LEEZE Mrs Slater MAGGIE LANE
Writtten by PETER WHALLEY Director OLIVER HORSBROUGH
Tuesday (2225, Wednesday 28 July 1982)
Len finally admits defeat and convinces Chalkie he can now definitely buy the old house. Hilda is shocked to find Maggie has moved in with Mike.
Wednesday (2226, Monday 2 August 1982)
Ron Sykes shows Brian a dilapidated garage and suggests they set up in business together. Fred gets deeper in debt backing horses.
Thursday (2227, Wednesday 4 August 1982)
Fred is put under pressure by his bookie and Brian decides to go into partnership with Ron Sykes.
Friday (2228, Monday 9 August 1982)
Brian opens the S & T Garage for his first day as a boss. Bet and Betty con Fred into confessing he's hired out Annie's Rover behind her back.
Monday (2229, Wednesday 11 August 1982)
Fred is still trying to find Mrs Chadwick and get the Rover back - for Annie's return. Bet is visited by an irate owner of the local flea pit and then by a local reporter and photographer.
Tuesday (2230, Monday 16 August 1982)
Marion's old flame Phil Moss reappears, causing embarrassment between her and Eddie. Maggie shows Mike a shop she's after and asks him for a loan to finance it.
Wednesday (2231, Wednesday 18 August 1982)
Eddie frees Marion from their engagement to make a decision about their relationship. The Faircloughs house-leaving party runs into trouble.
Thursday (2232, Monday 23 August 1982)
It's the Faircloughs first day in their new house and Mike spells out why he refused Maggie a loan for the shop.
Len, Rita and Sharon move the last of their things from No9 to No7. Emily pops in with Tracy to see how they are settling in. Elsie also calls by later and has a drink with Len.
Eddie is off his food and Hilda is curious to know why. At first he claims there is nothing wrong, but after Hilda tidies up his room, she tells him she wants a quiet word. She says she saw Marion's engagement ring on top of his chest of drawers. Eddie tells her he has broken the engagement to give Marion time to consider her furture, now that her ex-boyfriend is back on the scene.
Mike and Maggie are having a quiet morning reading the Sunday papers. He says he needs to pop in to the factory, and would she like to come with him and have a drink at the Rovers afterwards? Maggie agrees. When they reach the Rovers, she tells Mike she has found the perfect location for a florist's shop. She asks him for a loan of £3000 to get her business up and running. Mike turns her down, and bluntly tells her he doesn't see her as a good investment. Maggie is angry at Mike's decision and heads off, telling him she has a business appointment to go to.
Brian is putting in some extra hours at the garage when Frank Skinner arrives and says one of the jobs Brian had subbed out to him is ready. Brian agrees to pick the car up and bring it back to the garage for his customer to collect. Gail pops in to see how Brian's day is going, and tells him Ivy has offered to babysit Nicky if they'd like an evening out. While they are chatting, Brian's customer Mr McKellar arrives and collects his car. Later, Frank comes back for his payment. Brian hands over the cash, keeping his 10% commission.
Len is exasperated when Rita complains her new sink is too high. Sharon thinks it's OK, but there may be something wrong with the position of the taps. Hilda appears at their door for a sticky-beak, on the pretext of borrowing some sugar. Rita manages to get rid of her quickly, then tells Len the TV is on the wrong side of the room - could he move the aerial point and socket?
Maggie arrives home at the flat and tells Mike a friend has agreed to lend her the money. Mike wants to know if it's a male friend but Maggie won't say. She says as Mike had refused to help her, it's none of his business.
Eddie leaves the Rovers, sick of everyone asking him where Marion is. Len and Rita plan a quiet night in at their new home - until they are disturbed by the noise of Craig Whiteley's drum practice at No9.
Frank Skinner WILLIAM MAXWELL Mr McKellar ALAN
Written by PETER WHALLEY Directed by CHARLES KITCHEN
Friday (2233, Wednesday 25 August 1982)
Brian is in trouble when one of the customers he passed on to Frank Skinner complains of bad work. Rita keeps on finding faults with the new house.
Monday (2234, Monday 30 August 1982)
Mike begins to realise that starting a family is not such a bad prospect....but Maggie remains unenthusiastic.
Tuesday (2235, Wednesday 1 September 1982)
Mike tells pregnant Maggie that he wants to marry her. But Maggie stuns him by saying that they should part. Brian takes advice from Skinner and gets awkward McKellar off his back.
Wednesday (2236, Monday 6 September 1982)
Mike realises that pregnant Maggie has left him for good, leading to street gossip, and Hilda is sacked by Mike for gossiping.
Thursday (2237, Wednesday 8 September 1982)
There's conflict between new neighbours Chalky and Len. Meanwhile Elsie and Hilda hatch a plot to get a lovesick Marion and Eddie back together again.
Friday (2238, Monday 13 September 1982)
Mike brings a time and motion expert into the factory, but the girls react strongly against him. An ex-Walton mate of Eddie's turns up and soft soaps Hilda into letting him stay at No13.
Monday (2239, Wednesday 15 September 1982)
There's rumours at the factory that the time and motion study may lead to redundancies - or closure. Eddie's mate Billy Nelson, reveals that he's on the run from Walton and the Len & Chalkie conflict continues.
Tuesday (2240, Monday 20 September 1982)
Eddie pressures escaped prisoner - Billy Nelson to quit the Ogdens, but Hilda insists that Billy have a drink at the Rovers! Craig's Grannie tracks down Chalkie and Craig starts to interfere.
Wednesday (2241, Wednesday 22 September 1982)
Eddie finally gets shot of escapee Billy Nelson...But before leaving, Billy steals Marion's engagement ring. Sharon does some detective work to find out more about Brian and Phyllis Pearce starts to haunt Chalkie.
Thursday (2242, Monday 27 September 1982)
Mike cons the girls into believing that the time and motion report recommended redundancies. Sharon deliberately punctures Gill's cycle tyre in a ruse to get to know Brian, and then chats him up.
Friday (2243, Wednesday 29 September 1982)
Eddie retrieves Annie and Marion's stolen property, leaving them still believing it was merely lost. Meanwhile, the factory girls tell the London shop steward that their secret ballot went against a supporting a strike.
Monday (2244, Monday 4 October 1982)
Craig persuades Chalkie into agreeing to keep pigeons again, and cons the wood for lofts out of Len. Fred and Bet help Annie lay on a red carpet welcome for her old friend Joyce Lomax - and she and Alf take a shine to each other.
Tuesday (2245, Wednesday 6 October 1982)
Unsuspecting Gail accepts Sharon's offer to baby-sit and persuades Brian to run her home. Annie invites Alf to supper to foster the relationship between him and her friend Joyce.
Wednesday (2246, Monday 11 October 1982)
Brian is faced with the unexpected return of a critical Ron Sykes. Hilda short of cash, decides to apply for a cleaning job and gets a surprise reference from Mike.
Thursday (2247, Wednesday 13 October 1982)
Sharon steps up her romantic pursuit of Brian with birthday gifts and a request for driving lessons. Hilda gets tarted up for her cleaning job interview and comes home impressed and hopeful.
Friday (2248, Monday 18 October 1982)
Unsuspecting Gail invites Sharon to baby-sit, and Brian getting home first, falls for temptation and has a 'session' with Sharon. Meanwhile, Joyce Lomax puts business and personal pressure on Alf.
Monday (2249, Wednesday 20 October 1982)
Alf finally realises that Joyce Lomax really is hell bent on taking over his entire life and gives her marching orders. An infatuated Sharon visit's Brian's home, for an interlude in his van.
Tuesday (2250, Monday 25 October 1982)
Craig and Chalkie get some pigeons and face aggro over them from Len and Granny Pearce. Rita returns and susses that Sharon has a boyfriend and Brian prevents Sharon from babysitting.
Wednesday (2251, Wednesday 27 October 1982)
Gail realises that Brian and Sharon have been having an affair. There's a flaming row and Gail asks Rita to sort out Sharon. Chalkie accuses Len of releasing his pigeons, but then finds the culprit is Granny Pearce.
Thursday (2252, Monday 1 November 1982)
Fred reluctantly agrees to retrieve Eunice's belongings from the Critchley's. Meanwhile, Rita confronts Sharon over the affair with Brian.
Friday (2253, Wednesday 3 November 1982)
Fred goes to retrieve Eunice's belongings, but then refuses to have her back. Brian finally tells Sharon he no longer wishes to see her.
At breakfast, Gail asks Brian to tell Sharon to stay away from him, but he feels it would be best if he just ignores her. Later that morning, Gail pops in to the garage to check if Sharon has been in, but Brian says he hasn't seen her.
At the Rovers, Annie is insisting Fred do the right thing and offer Eunice a helping hand to move out of Ben Critchley's place. Fred wants nothing to do with Eunice, but reluctantly agrees to help when Annie says he can borrow her Rover. Eunice arrives with Debbie in tow. Fred drives Eunice to Critchley's, while Debbie waits at the Rovers. Debbie then tells Annie and Betty she's sure her mother wants to get back with Fred again. Annie is concerned when she hears this, and starts to regret her efforts to get Fred to help Eunice.
Rita tries to convince Sharon she should forget about Brian, but she's still convinced he loves her. Rita tells her she has spoken to Gail and Brian, and Brian told her he has no interest in Sharon. Sharon is convinced he was only saying that because Gail was there.
When Fred and Eunice arrive at Critchley's, Eunice waits in the car while Fred goes inside to collect her things from Critchley. When Fred emerges with her suitcases, he tells Eunice that Critchley seemed almost glad to see him. He guesses that Critchley must have wanted to get rid of Eunice for playing around on him. Eunice then tells Fred she made a mistake when she left him. He is taken aback when she asks if it is too late for them to give their marriage another try. Fred tells her there is no chance - it is too late to start again.
Sharon arrives at the garage, still professing her love for Brian. He tells her their supposed romance is all in her head, and he has no intention of leaving Gail and Nicky for her. In the end, he has to yell at her to get out before she realises he means what he says. Sharon arrives home in tears and tells Rita it is all over. When Rita fills Len in on the situation, he threatens to break every bone in Brian's body if he has laid a hand on Sharon. Rita eventually convinces him the whole thing was just in Sharon's imagination. When Brian arrives home at the end of the day, Gail is relieved when he tells her he has made the situation clear to Sharon. Gail tells him he has done the right thing.
When Fred arrives back at the Rovers, Annie is horrified when he pretends he is getting back with Eunice. When he tells her he is only joking, Annie is very relieved.
Written by BOB MASON Directed by CHRIS LOVETT
Monday (2254, Monday 8 November 1982)
Craig Whiteley's father, Bob, arrives back from Nigeria and meets the neighbours. Marion nags Eddie to save more money for their future and Rita finds out more about Mavis's friend Victor.
Tuesday (2255, Wednesday 10 November 1982)
Bet meets Craig's dad, Bob Whitely, and chats him up, whilst Bob meets Deirdre and chats her up. Rita spots Elsie's new boyfriend, Geoff Siddall and Bet goes round to the Whiteley's to spend the evening with Bob, to find the entire family at home.
Wednesday (2256, Monday 15 November 1982)
Chalkie throws a welcome home party for his son, Bob. Bet makes headway with Bob, then he shocks the family by saying he's emigrating to Australia. Eddie secretly puts money into Geoff Siddall's car import syndicate.
Thursday (2257, Wednesday 17 November 1982)
Marion discovers that Eddie has withdrawn £1,000 from their joint account against her wishes, and feels that she can no longer trust him. The Whitley family fall out over Bob's plans to migrate.
Friday (2258, Monday 22 November 1982)
Eddie persuades Marion to trust him again after he invested their savings with Geoff Siddall. Then they learn that Siddall is missing. Chalkie decides not to emigrate to Australia and he tries to persuade Bob to leave Craig with them.
Monday (2259, Wednesday 24 November 1982)
There's conflict between Elsie, Marion and Eddie when it's confirmed that Geoff Siddall has asconded with his £1,000 and left Elsie without a holiday. Meanwhile, Chalkie changes his mind about opposing Craig emigrating.
Tuesday (2260, Monday 29 November 1982)
Len and Rita are upset when a social worker comes up with a job for Sharon, which could mean her leaving home. Len decides not to tell Sharon and Eddie goes missing after his dust-up with Marion.
Hilda pops in to Elsie's to borrow a cup of milk, and is agog when Elsie tells her that Geoff Siddall has done a bunk. To make matters worse, Stan then tells Hilda that Geoff has disappeared with Eddie and Marion's savings - the £1,000 they had invested with him.
Len wonders why Sharon is spending so much time moping around the house. Rita says she thinks it's because Sharon is still not over her crush on Brian. When Len opens the phone bill for the yard, he hits the roof - it looks like Sharon has been making phone calls all day while he has been out on jobs. Rita tells Len a Mr Carter from Social Security is coming to see them to discuss Sharon. Len wonders what the problem could be.
At No9, Chalkie is trying to get Craig enthusiastic about emigrating to Australia with Bob, but Craig thinks his granddad just wants to get rid of him. Chalkie says that's not true, he will miss Craig, but just wants what's best for the lad's future.
Jack comes into the Rovers hoping to chat up Bet, but she does her best to avoid him. When Elsie comes in for a drink, Bet tells her she's sorry to hear that Geoff has let her down. Later, at No11, Marion brings Elsie some flowers to apologise for their row the previous night. Elsie convinces Marion to patch things up with Eddie as well, but when she pops in next door, Stan and Hilda say they haven't seen Eddie all day.
Mr Carter arrives at No7 and tells Len and Rita he has a possible full time job for Sharon, working at kennels owned by a friend of his. When the Faircloughs hear the job is near Sheffield, they say they don't want her to move, but Mr Carter says they should leave the decision to Sharon. When they discuss it over drinks at the Rovers, Len's intention is to not mention the job offer to Sharon, so that she will stay on with them. However, Rita says she doesn't think it's fair on Sharon to keep her in the dark, just because they're reluctant to lose her. Meanwhile, Mavis is excitedly telling Bet and Emily that the Gazette has printed an article about the short story she and Victor wrote, having been read out on radio.
Chalkie arrives at No13 looking for Eddie, as he hasn't turned up for work. Hilda starts to worry what can have happened to him. When Marion tells Hilda that she had told Eddie they were finished, they both become even more concerned about his whereabouts.
Bob Whitely FREDDIE FLETCHER Mr Carter HOWARD
LLOYD-LEWIS Craig Whitely MARK PRICE
Writer PETER WHALLEY Director JOHN MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Wednesday (2261, Wednesday 1 December 1982)
Eddie's mysterious disappearance goes on, causing concern to Marion and sparking a street row between Elsie and Hilda. Despite Len's decision to keep silent, Rita tells Sharon about the job offer down south...and Sharon is undecided whether to take it.
Thursday (2262, Monday 6 December 1982)
Len offers Sharon an apprenticeship in an effort to persuade her to stay...but Steven eventually decides to accept the kennels job in Sheffield. Meanwhile, there's no news from missing Eddie, so Marion goes to the 'Pool to try to find him
Friday (2263, Wednesday 8 December 1982)
Marion searches Liverpool for Eddie...and finally tracks him down. Finally Sharon leaves Len and Rita for the job in Sheffield.
Monday (2264, Monday 13 December 1982)
Eddie and Marion return re-united from his 'escape' to Liverpool. Eddie decides to recoup their stolen £1,000 savings by giving up booze and smokes.
Tuesday (2265, Wednesday 15 December 1982)
The girls in the factory continue turning out illicit handbags, but a furious Mike finds out, and sacks Ivy. Emily volunteers to look after Albert so the Barlows can go to Blanche's for Christmas, but Deidre finds out that Ken doesn't want to go.
Wednesday (2266, Monday 20 December 1982)
There's conflict between Ken and Deirdre over his refusal to go away for Christmas. Meanwhile, Ken tries to recruit cabaret for tomorrow night's 'do'.
Thursday (2267, Wednesday 22 December 1982)
It's Ken's Cabaret-Dance Night: Deidre and Mike get together and Mavis walks out after being made a wallflower by Emily and Victor.
Eddie is doing the rounds trying to sell Christmas trees, but when he calls at the Rovers, no-one is interested. Elsie and Vera ask Mike to consider re-employing Ivy, but he won't listen. Annie calls in at No13 to discuss Christmas work schedules with Hilda, and is amazed to see the Ogdens eating tea dressed in their Sunday best. Hilda doesn't tell her they are dressed up in preparation for the dance at the Community Centre. While the Rovers' regulars gather for a drink before the dance, Marion finds Eddie sitting in front of the TV at No13. He is feeling down in the dumps, but she convinces him to go with her to the dance.
Mavis and Victor arrive at the dance with Emily. When Mavis is unsure whether she is ready to dance, Victor sweeps Emily onto the dancefloor. When they follow up with a tango, Mavis becomes more and more put out. Sick of being a wallflower all night, Mavis gets up and leaves. Victor seems unconcerned by her absence.
Back at the Rovers, Bert and Ivy confront Mike Baldwin, who unexpectedly tells her she can have her job back. Mike then heads over to the Community Centre with Bet and Chalkie. When Bet reluctantly agrees to dance with Charlie, Mike starts dancing with Deirdre.
While Fred and Chalkie vie to dance with Elsie, Mike and Deirdre appear to be getting along famously. Marion confides in Elsie that Maggie Dunlop got married that day - they wonder how Mike will react when he hears the news.
Music by THE DEREK HILTON TRIO
Writer LESLIE DUXBURY Director JOHN MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Friday (2268, Monday 27 December 1982)
It's the aftermath of the centre dance... and Mavis and Emily are at loggerheads. Meanwhile, Elsie breaks it to Mike that Maggie has got married.
Monday (2269, Wednesday 29 December 1982)
Annie Walker holds the staff party for the Rovers Return. Emily eventually convinces Mavis that nothing's going on between her and Victor and Deirdre gets thoroughly fed up with Ken.
Tuesday (2270, Monday 3 January 1983)
Mike and Deirdre spend a pleasant interlude in his flat late at night - and Ken accepts Deirdre's lies about where she's been. Aggro continues, as the Rover's party spills over into the next day.
Wednesday (2271, Wednesday 5 January 1982)
Deirdre visits Mike's flat again, surprises him by rebuffing a pass, then tells Ken she's going to her mother's to get away for a while. Customers desert the Rovers because of staff aggro and bad service.
Thursday (2272, Monday 10 January 1982)
Chalkie, ill in bed, is furious with Eddie for bringing in Phyllis to nurse him. Ivy, re-installed in her old job, runs into trouble with the girls when she puts her foot down. Brian fails to get Len to repair his leaking garage roof.
Eddie wonders where Chalkie is, as he hasn't turned up for work. He knocks at the door of No9 without response. Eventually, he and Marion enter through the backdoor, and find Chalkie laid up in bed with a bad dose of the flu.
Mike tells Emily he will be away all day, and wants her to keep an eye on the machinists for him. Emily tells him she needs to pop in on Albert, as Deirdre has gone to Blanche's for a few days. Mike seems interested to hear this. After Mike has gone, Ivy has a hard time keeping the girls working. She is furious when Vera takes a personal call from Sammy Patel at the market. Vera arranges to see Sammy next day.
Bert comes in to the Kabin, and tells Rita his doctor has said he will have a slow recovery with his arm. Brian follows his father in, and asks Rita to tell Len he needs to see him urgently, as there is a bad leak in the garage roof he wants fixed. When Rita passes the message on, Len doesn't look pleased.
When Eddie has to get back to work, Chalkie tells him he might be up to eating something later in the day. Eddie says he will get someone in to check on Chalkie during the afternoon - Chalkie suggests he tries Elsie or Bet. Eddie then drives his dustcart around to Phyllis Pearce's house, and tells her Chalkie is ailing and needs her to look after him. Although initially reluctant, Phyllis agrees to call around. When she arrives, Chalkie is horrified. Phyllis tells him he needs looking after, and she is the only one prepared to take on the task. Marion and Eddie call in later in the day, and find Chalkie a little better, having been under Phyllis's thumb all day.
Brian arrives home at tea time, angry that Len hasn't returned his call. He phones the yard, Rita answers the phone and puts a reluctant Len on the line. Len tells Brian he is not doing his repair job, and hangs up on him. Rita guesses that Len is bearing a grudge against Brian over Sharon, but Len won't discuss it. Brian tells Gail he won't let Len get away with treating him like that.
Writer BARRY HILL Director KEN GRIEVE
Friday (2273, Wednesday 12 January 1982)
There's a near punch-up between Len and Brian about the leaking garage roof, which still isn't mended. Sammy calls at the factory to start the handbag production up again, but gets the boot from Ivy.
When the girls arrive for work at Baldwin's Casuals, Ivy tells Vera to forget about Sammy and his handbags, and buckle down to work. Later in the day, Sammy turns up and tells the girls the denim handbags sold like hotcakes. He wants more and will pay them £100 for another lot. The girls are sorely tempted, but Ivy tells him to get out - they would lose their jobs if Baldwin found out.
Gail and Brian are surprised that Len seems to be bearing a grudge over Sharon, and Brian decides to set him straight. Meanwhile, Rita advises Len to let bygones be bygones. A grim-faced Len tells her he's not looking to make trouble. When Mavis goes to lunch with Emily, Gail arrives at the Kabin for a quiet word with Rita. Rita tells her Len is just having a sulk because he misses Sharon, and will be over it soon. When Brian calls in at the yard however, Len tells him he won't fix his roof - now or ever, and slams the door in Brian's face. Brian angrily retorts that two can play at that game.
Phyllis brings Chalkie some beef tea, and says she'll make him well again - even if it kills him! Chalkie says he believes her! When she returns later with some chopped onions for his dinner, Chalkie tries without success to get Eddie and Marion to lock her out.
When Emily reminds the girls at Baldwin's Casuals that it's payday, all they can think about is the extra money they could be getting from Sammy. Later in the day Sammy returns and ups his offer to £150, but quickly leaves when Emily and Ivy appear.
Gail tries to persuade Brian to let the matter with Len drop, but he feels he's being blamed for something that isn't his fault. Later, when Brian disappears from the garage, Gail rings Rita, who offers to go round to the yard in case Brian has turned up there looking for Len. Gail decides to meet her there. Rita finds Brian waiting at the yard, and tells him she's sure Len will see sense soon. When Len appears, Brian presents him with an £80 bill for repairs to his van. Len screws the bill up, and Rita and Gail narrowly prevent the confrontation from ending in a punch-up.
When the girls at Baldwin's knock off for the day, Elsie, Vera and Ida decide they will accept Sammy's offer, regardless of the consequences.
Sammy Patel LYNDAM GREGORY
Writer LESLIE DUXBURY Director KEN GRIEVE
Written by Nick Bunning