Originally transmitted: 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31 January
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 24 - Friday 28 May 1999
Episode Numbers: 2274 - 2278
See 1982 for 3, 5, 10 & 12 January 1983 episodes
Monday (2274, Monday 17 January 1983)
Ivy boasts of how she kicked 'Handbag Sammy' out of the factory. However, Mike is furious, and concludes a deal with Sammy on his own behalf.
Deirdre and Tracy get a warm welcome home from Ken and Uncle Albert when they return from Blanche's. They make plans to all go to a pantomime that evening. Ken tells his wife he is applying for a new job, as Deputy Director of Social Services.
Chalkie knocks on Elsie's wall and asks if she can spare him some milk. He is tickled pink when Elsie offers to prepare a meal for him. After explaining that Phyllis is the blight of his life, he then proceeds to try and chat Elsie up. When Phyllis arrives, Elsie beats a hasty retreat to the Rovers, where she finds Len at the bar. She asks him about his quarrel with Brian, and Len tells her he thinks Brian led Sharon on.
When Mike comes in to the Corner Shop, Deirdre is a little cool with him. Alf tells him that "Handbag Sammy" has been a regular visitor at Baldwin's Casuals during Mike's absence. Mike then finds Ivy, Vera, Ida and Emily settling in for lunch at the Rovers. He tells them to be in his office at 1pm sharp, and for Emily to bring the girls' P45s with her. When they return to work, Mike tells them he knows Sammy has been calling on them in his absence. He assumes they are making more bags for Sammy, and tells Vera, Elsie, Ida and Ivy they are all sacked. The girls then have to do some fast talking, and when Ivy says she sent Sammy away with a flea in his ear, he starts to believe their story and says they can keep their jobs. When Ivy tells Mike that Sammy was offering them £1.50 a bag, he looks thoughtful and tells Emily to get Sammy on the phone.
When Phyllis starts snooping through Chalkie's drawers, she finds out he has £300 in his bank account. She is furious that he has been living off her charity while he's been ill, but he says he never asked her to look after him. Eddie drops in to check on him, and has mixed feelings when he hears that Chalkie expects to return to work soon - Eddie has enjoyed driving the dustcart in his absence.
The factory girls are amazed when Sammy arrives and is given a warm welcome by Mike. They proceed to strike a deal whereby Mike will supply him 500 bags a week at £1.75 apiece. The girls are furious, as they won't make any extra out of the deal now that it is legit. Elsie says it's not right, as the bags are their own design, and Ida plans to contact the union about it.
Deirdre is annoyed when Ken backs out of going to the panto, as he's decided to do some research for his job application. Mike calls in at the shop and tells Deirdre he'd like to take her out for dinner the following night, to celebrate his new business deal. Still angry with Ken, Deirdre agrees to the date.
Sammy LYNDAM GREGORY
Writer LESLIE DUXBURY Director JOHN MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Tuesday (2275, Wednesday 19 January 1983)
Deirdre lies to Ken to go on a date with Mike, and after a good night out, they head for his place. Mike is forced to make a deal with the girls over the handbags.
At Baldwin's Casuals, Mike tells the girls to hurry up with their work, so they can get started on Sammy's handbag order. Vera says they're entitled to extra pay, as Mike wouldn't have the order if it wasn't for them. Mike replies that they're lucky to still have their jobs after doing the first run behind his back. The girls jack up and tell Ivy they're not doing the bags. When Sammy arrives and finds the girls haven't started on his bags, he tells Mike to sort out the impasse or lose the order. Mike reluctantly negotiates a payment rate with the girls.
When Ken says he's going to be doing some job research that night, Deirdre tells him she might pop over to Carol's for an hour or two. When she sees Mike in the Rovers later, she agrees to meet him at his flat at 8pm.
Bet visits Chalkie - he's had a letter from Craig in Australia, and he seems to be settling in well. When Bet mentions the letter to Phyllis, she turns up at Chalkie's, furious he hadn't told her about it. He says he meant to tell her but forgot, and will let her read it when he can find where he put it. Eddie arrives and hints to Chalkie that he'd like to stay on as driver, but Chalkie is keen to get back behind the wheel as soon as he's well.
When Deirdre leaves for her secret date with Mike, Ken seems to barely notice her go. She and Mike arrive at the restaurant, and Deirdre seems awestruck by the 'posh' suroundings. Mike says she's in good hands with him. She relaxes as the evening progresses, and tells Mike that Ken hardly seems to notice her anymore.
Against Phyllis's advice, Chalkie pops out to the Corner Shop for some ale. He seems surprised when Alf suggests that Phyllis is keen on him. Later, Phyllis calls in again, to see if Chalkie needs any shopping done. He gives her Craig's letter to read, and admits his house seems big and empty now that the lad has gone.
When Mike and Deirdre leave the restaurant, he thanks her for a great evening. Once in the car, they kiss and Deirdre agrees to go back to his flat for a nightcap.
Sammy LYNDAM GREGORY Marco RAY MARIONI
Writer JOHN STEVENSON Director JOHN MICHAEL PHILLIPS
Wednesday (2276, Monday 24 January 1983)
Trouble breaks out when Eddie reverses the bin lorry into Annie's Rover. Meanwhile, Suzie Burchill turns up and Gail has to agree to her staying temporarily with her and Brian.
It's Tracy's birthday, and also the day of Ken's interview with Weatherfield Council. He says to Deirdre that if the interview goes well, he'll take her out for dinner. Later, Mike sees Deirdre out side the Corner Shop. She agrees to another date with him the following night. When Ken returns from the interview, he is confident that it went well.
At the garage, the roof still hasn't been fixed. On her way home, Gail drops in with a pie for Brian. When she arrives home, there's a knock on the door. Gail is amazed to see it's Suzie Birchall, who has hitch-hiked up from London. Suzie tells Gail she's come back to Weatherfield for a change, after working as a croupier and a barmaid in London.
Fred knows of a 'dead cert' in the afternoon races, and sneaks out in Annie's Rover to place a bet. When he returns and parks outside the pub, Eddie fails to see him pull up behind him, and backs the dustcart into Annie's car. A crowd soon gathers to inspect the damage. Chalkie berates Eddie for ruining their chances of winning the Tidiest Dustcart contest. Bet predicts there'll be fireworks when Annie finds out what happens. Sure enough, Annie is horrified, and Hilda adds to her distress by pointing out she will lose her no-claim bonus.
Fred takes the car to Brian's for a quote on repairs. Brian warns him it will be a substantial amount. When Brian arrives home, Suzie wastes no time playing up to him. He tells her as Elsie has a new lodger, Suzie is welcome to stay with them until she gets something sorted out. Gail doesn't look pleased.
Suzie Birchall CHERYL MURRAY
Writer H.V.KERSHAW Director JEREMY SUMMERS
Thursday (2277, Wednesday 26 January 1983)
Annie is horrified to learn that her beloved Rover is a write off. Suzie Burchill fails to persuade Mike to give her a job and Gail is resenting her living with her and Brian.
It's early morning at the Tilsleys', and Brian brews up for Gail and Suzie. Gail isn't happy that Suzie is prancing around in her skimpy nightie. Suzie tells Gail she has noticed that Brian seems to have matured, and it suits him. They reminisce about old times. Suzie isn't saying much about her life in London, and tells Gail she is popping out to the Rovers later to catch up with some familiar faces. When she arrives there, Elsie is thrilled to see her, but Bet and Hilda aren't as enthusiastic.
Annie tells Fred that they are to meet insurance assessor Mr Powell at Brian's garage at 1.30. Fred is still trying to lay all the blame onto Eddie.
Ken tells Deirdre they're going to an important council function that night - the probation officers' ball, to which many of the Council bigwigs will also be going. Deirdre realises she'll have to back out of her date with Mike. She tries to phone him at the office, but he's out.
At the 1.30 meeting at the garage, Annie is devastated to be told that her car is considered a write-off, as the estimated £500 repair bill is more than the car is worth. All the insurers can offer her is the current market value of the car.
Mike has a visit from Suzie, who says Elsie told her Mike might be looking for machinists. However, he tells her there's nothing on offer. After she leaves, Deirdre rings and tells Mike why she has to back out of their date. Emily walks in and overhears him mention something about probation officers. When Emily arrives at No1 that evening to babysit Tracy, Deirdre mentions that she and Ken are going to the probation officers' ball. Emily immediately connects the two conversations, and looks stunned.
Mr Powell WILL TACEY
Writer ADELE ROSE Director JERMY SUMMERS
Friday (2278, Monday 31 January 1983)
Emily shakes Deirdre by revealing that she knows about her and Mike. Meanwhile, Suzie moves out of Gail's into Elsie's to share with Marion.
Mike sees Deirdre outside the Corner Shop. He tells her he's sorry she had to call off their date the previous evening and asks her how she enjoyed the ball. He then asks if she's free that night, and Deirdre says she'll see what she can organise. Later, a troubled Emily calls on Deirdre, and tells her she knows what is going on between her and Mike. Deirdre turns on Emily and tells her to mind her own business.
Gail tells Elsie that Suzie won't take the hint that she's outstayed her welcome at the Tilsleys'. Eventually, Gail confronts Suzie and tells her it's time to move out. Suzie asks Elsie if she could share her spare room with Marion. Elsie says it depends on how Marion feels about the idea. When she broaches the subject, Marion doesn't seem keen on sharing, until Elsie agrees to reduce her rent. Marion agrees to give it a go.
Fred is looking at car prices in the paper, and tries to get Annie interested in buying a new Rover, but she baulks at the £8000 price tag. Ken tells Annie she doesn'r need to run a car for the limited use she makes of it, it would be more economical to catch taxis. Annie thinks it's the perfect answer, but Fred is very miffed with Ken. Deirdre tells Mike that Emily knows about the affair. Mike offers to have a quiet word with her, but Deirdre feels it's her responsibility to set the record straight with Emily. Phyllis drops into Chalkie's with a meal for him and offers to buy groceries for him when she's out shopping next morning. Suzie arrives at No11 with her bags, and Marion is a little taken aback - she wasn't expecting her quite so soon.
Deirdre invites Emily around for a chat to clear the air, and apologises for snapping at her earlier. She admits it's true about her and Mike, and says she only started seeing him because she's been unhappy that Ken has been taking her for granted in recent months. She explains that Mike's friendship has given her the strength to cope with Albert and Ken. Emily pleads with her to think about what she is embarking on, and the potentially devastating effects the affair could have on her family.
Writer BARRY HILL Director CHRIS LOVETT
No Classic Coronation Street today; it's been replaced by Benny Hill's Bank Holiday Hilarity.
Tuesday (2279, Wednesday 2 February 1983)
Emily confronts Mike over his affair with Deirdre and a row flares up but Deirdre and Mike resolve to continue their liaison.
Wednesday (2280, Monday 7 February 1983)
The gossip at the factory about Mike's mystery girlfriend is proving too much for Emily, and she threatens to resign. Fred fails to 'sell' Suzie to Annie as barmaid, but Suzie talks her own way into the job.
Thursday (2281, Wednesday 9 February 1983)
Deirdre tells Mike they'll have to break up, but Mike says he loves her and wants her to leave Ken and marry him. Fred puts Annie's nose out of joint by buying her Rover.
Friday (2282, Monday 14 February 1983)
Hilda's nagging, the bad weather and advancing old age all make Stan realise he is at the end of his window cleaning days. Meanwhile, angry over being turned down for promotion, Ken asks Alf to find out the reasons
Originally transmitted: 16, 21, 23 & 28 February; 2 March 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 7 - Friday 11 June 1999
Episode Numbers: 2283 - 2287
Monday (2283, Wednesday 16 February 1983)
Deirdre finds out why Ken failed to get the big job - and a row flares, which leads to her confessing her affair with Mike. Stan decides to go to a moneylender to get some extra money to stop Hilda's nagging - but is turned down.
Tuesday (2284, Monday 21 February 1983)
Confrontation breaks out between Ken and Deirdre about her affair with Mike. Ken then stops Mike from intervening and ends up telling Deirdre to get out!
Wednesday (2285, Wednesday 23 February 1983)
Ken and Deirdre talk out their marriage breakdown and agree to give it another try. Meanwhile, Eddie helps Stan collect debts from awkward window customers.
Thursday (2286, Monday 28 February 1983)
Alf falls downstairs after tripping over one of Bet's shoes - and worries about who will look after the shop. Hilda gets a visit from moneylender Syd Kippax, and learns Stan is up to his neck in debt.
Friday (2287, Wednesday 2 March 1983)
The Ogdens worry over their financial mess before moneylender Syd Kippax puts further pressure on them - then Eddie comes to the rescue by buying out Stan's window round. Annie blackmails Bet into taking over at the corner shop.
Monday (2288, Monday 7 March 1983)
Bet's plot to use Jack Duckworth to engineer Suzie Birchall out of the Rovers backfires and she finds herself stuck in the shop. Brian tells Ivy of his concern about Bert's state of health and Phyllis tries to persuade Chalkie to share his house with her.
Bet is up early for the bread delivery at the Corner Shop. She is already fed up with having to work there while Alf is laid up with a sprained ankle. She tries to get Alf back on his feet but he says he's not ready. Bet then enlists Jack's help to convince Annie that Bet is missed at the Rovers - they plot to get Suzie the sack.
At the Rovers, Betty is annoyed when Suzie strolls in half an hour late for work, but Fred makes excuses for her. Chalkie tells Len and Elsie that he hasn't yet found a buyer for No9. When Jack arrives, he is instantly smitten with Suzie and quickly abandons his plotting. Suzie is trying to get a lift to Stockport - Annie won't give Fred the time off to take her, so Jack offers her a ride.
At No5, Bert is worried when he gets a letter from his employer, saying his sick pay is to be cut in half. Ivy puts a brave face on it, but is secretly wondering how they will manage. Brian and Gail offer to help them out financially, but although grateful, Bert and Ivy say they'll cope.
Phyllis visits Chalkie and tells him her house is to be demolished. She's been offered a council flat, but she's not keen, as it's on the fifth floor of a building. Phyllis suggests she could move in with Chalkie and split expenses. When he won't have a bar of the idea, she departs in a huff. Brian tells Gail he is worried that his father has changed since his accident, and he doesn't seem to be getting any better. He catches Ivy alone and voices his concerns about Bert's health and state of mind. Ivy tries to reassure him that Bert will come good in due course.
Fred visits Alf to see how he's faring. He tells Alf and Bet that Jack has been flirting with Suzie all afternoon. Bet is livid when she realises her scheme has backfired.
Breadman BERNARD WRIGLEY
Writer BARRY HILL Director JEREMY SUMMERS
Tuesday (2289, Wednesday 9 March 1983)
In her efforts to get back into the Rovers, Bet causes upset between Vera and Jack, and in turn Vera and Suzie. Ivy finally persuades Bert to go to the doctor, but is still not satisfied when the doctor gives him the all clear.
Wednesday (2290, Monday 14 March 1983)
Bert is told by a specialist that he's suffered a stroke and shouldn't return to his job - but cannot bring himself to tell Ivy. Deirdre takes pity on Alf and starts working again in the shop.
Thursday (2291, Wednesday 16 March 1983)
Albert Tatlock tells Deirdre and Ken to move out of the house to give him some peace - but Emily realises this is a sacrifice to avoid another breakdown of their marriage. Ivy is badly shaken after hearing the news of Bert's stroke.
Friday (2292, Monday 21 March 1983)
Brian accuses Ron of not pulling his weight in the partnership and Ron gives him an ultimatum - to buy him out or sell up! Fred gets all dressed up for a night out.
Originally transmitted: 23, 28 & 30 March; 4 & 6 April 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 21 - Friday 25 June 1999
Episode Numbers: 2293 - 2297
Monday (2293, Wednesday 23 March 1983)
Brian decides to go it alone at the garage and manages to get a bank loan to buy out Ron Sykes. Hilda is horrified when Dr and Mrs Lowther pay an unexpected visit to No13.
Tuesday (2294, Monday 28 March 1983)
Fred Gee thinks his car has been stolen, but the police have moved it from the lay-by where he had run out of petrol. Mike Baldwin asks Len and Alf for their support in a confidential plan to turn the old warehouse into a wine and disco bar.
Elsie and Marion are getting fed up with Suzie lazing around the house all day. They try to get her to help with the housework and start job-hunting, but she doesn't seem interested. When they come home later, the house looks like a pigsty.Mike invites Alf out for a meal that night, but won't say what it's about. When Alf sees Len and Rita at the Rovers, he discovers that Len has been invited as well.
Annie is furious with Fred for coming in drunk at 3.30am and making so much noise he woke her up. Fred tries to cadge a lift to collect his car from where he left it, but no-one will take him.When Fred later arrives to collect his car, it's not there, and he thinks it's been stolen. While he's out, a policeman arrives at the Rovers and tells Annie and Bet that the car has been impounded, because Fred left it in a bus layby overnight. However, the car was first spotted at 12.30am, making everyone wonder where Fred got to between 12.30 and 3.30am. Fred eventually returns to work, telling Bet and Annie that the car has been stolen. After playing along with his story for a while, Annie lets him off the hook and tells him the car is at the pound. After their meal, Alf and Len go back to Mike's flat for a drink. He tells them he is planning to convert the disused warehouse in Rosamund Street into a wine/disco bar. He hopes they'll support his plan against any local opposition. They both agree to support Mike, and drink a toast to his success.
Eddie and Marion plan a cosy evening in at No11, but Suzie returns home unexpectedly and spoils their plans. When Eddie leaves, Marion gives Suzie a blast - she is fed up with Suzie borrowing her clothes and jewellery, and leaving their room in a mess. Suzie replies that she's not about to change her ways just to suit Marion. When Elsie arrives home, Marion tells her she's had enough. She delivers an ultimatum - either Suzie moves out, or she will.
PC Maskell. JOE COOK
Writer BARRY HILL
Wednesday (2295, Wednesday 30 March 1983)
Hilda sees the plans for the new disco but Mike Baldwin tells her they are for an ice rink! Meanwhile, Fred Gee's romance with Maureen Slater continues but ends rather unsatisfactorily!
Thursday (2296, Monday 4 April 1983)
The plans to convert the warehouse in Rosamund Street into a disco are out and Ken is persuaded to lead a fight against the proposals. The clash is with Mike Baldwin and it plans to be a hard fight!
Friday (2297, Wednesday 6 April 1983)
Annie goes to Newton & Ridleys to raise money for the 'stop the disco' campaign - only to find that they are backing it! Mr and Mrs Cheetham agree to buy Chalkie's house but change their minds when Phyllis tells them about the disco.
Monday (2298, Monday 11 April 1983)
It's Mavis's birthday and Victor brings a tent to her flat for her to practice for their forthcoming camping holiday. Alf clashes with Ken over publicity in the Gazette about his role in the disco project.
Tuesday (2299, Wednesday 13 April 1983)
Eventually, Mavis and Victor march forth on their camping holiday after various scares and mickytaking. Len offers Leroy a job at the yard...and he accepts. Ken decides to organise a public protest meeting against the disco
Rita is chatting to Len at the yard. He is looking at his plans for the wine bar/disco, and says he thinks he will need outside help to get the work completed on schedule. Rita reminds him that with Mavis about to leave on her camping holiday with Victor, she will need Len to help out with the morning papers. Emily and Ken enter the Rovers, hoping Annie will sign their petition opposing the disco; however, she's away at Joan's. Neither Bet nor Betty are keen to sign, and even Hilda is now in favour of the disco, as Mike had mentioned to her he might employ her as cloakroom attendant. When Alf arrives, Ken tackles him over his reluctance to debate the proposed disco on radio. Leroy Valentine appears at Len's yard, returning the wrench he had borrowed. Len invites him to stay for a brew, and ends up offering the lad a job. If things work out further down the track, it could lead to an apprenticeship. Leroy says he'd like to talk it over with his mother before saying yes or no. He later returns and tells Len he'd like the job. Len says he can start next Monday. Mavis is starting to feel anxious about her impending holiday with Victor, as their tent seems rather small and intimate. When Victor arrives at her flat, she is having trouble packing her rucksack, so he repacks it for her. Rita asks Victor how many sleeping bags he's taking. He tells her one each for him and Mavis. As they prepare to set off, Mavis seems less and less enthusiastic, particularly after Victor tells her how to handle any snakes they may encounter. Eventually they depart for Windermere, laden with camping gear. Bet and Gail see them leave the Kabin and have a good giggle at the sight of them. Ken and Emily are still busily trying to get signatures on their petition, when Hilda tells them the construction work is to begin the next day. Furious that Mike is starting work even before the council has approved the application, Ken proposes a meeting of all interested residents, to let the council know the strength of local opposition to the development.
Wednesday (2300, Monday 18 April 1983)
Mavis returns from her walking holiday with Victor totally exhausted. Meanwhile, Mike Baldwin's disco premises are vandalised and Eddie and Stan decide to take The Streets car-parking into their own hands.
Thursday (2301, Wednesday 20 April 1983)
Hilda Ogden tries to hide the fact that Stan painted the yellow no car-parking lines. Chalkie ventures to Mrs Kirby's, only to find she already has a lodger and a protest meeting is organised against the disco.
Friday (2302, Monday 25 April 1983)
Suzie wants to leave Elsie's after getting a phone call from London, but Elsie persuades her to stay. A man arrives who turns out to be Suzie's husband and Roy Valentine works his first day at Len's yard.
Originally transmitted: 27 April; 2, 4, 9 & 11 May 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 5 - Friday 9 July 1999
Episode Numbers: 2303 - 2307
Monday (2303, Wednesday 27 April 1983)
Elsie persuades Suzie into talking with her estranged husband Terry Goodwin, who then assaults her. Roy takes on some responsibility in the yard and the council back the disco project to the delight of Mike Baldwin.
Tuesday (2304, Monday 2 May 1983)
Elsie sends Suzie's husband packing after the assault but he breaks back into the house to wait for her. Fred takes Bet and Betty on a picnic in the Rover, which soon ends up in a lake with Bet and Betty inside.
Elsie and Marion are tending to Suzie's black eyes and bruises. Suzie is worried about Terry coming back, but Elsie doesn't think he'd dare show his face there again.
Fred offers to take Bet out for a drive that afternoon, as it's a Bank Holiday. He rings Brian at the garage and asks if he can pick up his car at 3pm. Meanwhile, Bet is starting to dread her outing with Fred. She asks Betty to come along with them.
Marion offers to cook for Stan and Eddie while Hilda's away. At the Corner Shop, Vera tells Alf and Deirdre how much she is looking forward to the opening of the disco bar. She hints that Alf must have pulled strings at the Council to get the permit through, but Alf insists all was above board.
Gail pops in to the garage for a cuppa with Brian. He asks her to hold the fort for ten minutes while he collects a customer's car which has broken down. While he's out, Fred arrives to pick up his car. As it appears to be ready, he drives it away.
Elsie is trying to buck up Suzie's spirits. Eventually she persuades her to don a pair of sunglasses and go out with her for a while. While they are out, Terry breaks in to No11 by the back door and lies in wait for Suzie to return.
Fred returns to the Rovers to collect Bet, and is dismayed to hear she has invited Betty to join them. When they arrive at the lake, Fred asks Bet to go for a walk with him. When Betty wants to go too, Fred sulks and says he'll mind the car while the girls go.
When Brian arrives back at the garage, he is annoyed to find Fred's car gone - he still had work to complete on it, including a handbrake adjustment. Brian heads for the Rovers and asks Annie to pass on a message to Fred - he will need to bring the car back in next day to finish off the repairs.
Bet eventually agrees to go for a walk with Fred, but then realises that it's getting late and they should be heading back to work. They quickly pack up and head back to the car. As Betty and Bet get inside, the car starts rolling down the slope towards the lake. Fred yells for Bet to put the handbrake on, but it's not working. A horrified Fred looks on helplessly as the car rolls into the lake with Bet and Betty still inside.
Terry Goodwin TERENCE HILLYER
Writer BARRY HILL Director GARETH MORGAN
Wednesday (2305, Wednesday 4 May 1983)
Fred finally rescues Bet and Betty from the car stuck in the lake and returns to confront Brian over who'll pay for the damage. Suzie is held prisoner by her husband Terry but Eddie and Alf soon come to the rescue
Fred wants to know why Bet didn't use the handbrake. She yells back that she did, but it came off in her hand! She then throws it back at him. The girls insist that Fred wade out and rescue them. He looks unwilling but starts to roll up his trouser legs. Meanwhile, Annie is struggling to cope on her own at the Rovers. She tells her customers that she trusted her staff, but they have betrayed her by not returning on time. She phones Brian to ask if the unfinished repairs could have caused a breakdown. Brian doesn't think so, but advises her to call the AA later to find out whether a breakdown has been reported. At No11, Terry hears Elsie and Suzie arrive home, accompanied by Vera. He quickly hides in the yard. Elsie and Vera soon go out, leaving Suzie alone running a bath upstairs. Terry sneaks back into the house, and takes Suzie by surprise when she comes downstairs. He apologises for hitting her, and says he just wants to talk things through. Suzie is not interested and tells him she is going upstairs to change - if he's still there when she comes back down, she'll call the police. Later, when she comes back down, he's still there, and has disconnected the phone. He begs Suzie to give their marriage another try. When she refuses, he threatens to go out and drive his car into a brick wall. Back at the lake, Fred is unable to start up the car, so says he will find a phone to ring the AA and Annie. When he returns, he says he couldn't get through to the AA, and didn't have enough change to ring Annie. Betty resigns herself to wading out of the lake, but Bet insists Fred come and carry them out. He piggybacks Bet out first, but she is livid when he deposits her in the middle of a cowpat. Annie is at her wit's end trying to find someone to lend her a hand behind the bar, when Elsie suggests she gives Suzie a ring to come and help out. When the phone doesn't answer, Elsie returns home and finds an aggressive Terry still trying to convince Suzie to leave with him. Elsie tells Suzie to make a run for it, while she handles Terry. Suzie quickly returns with Alf and Eddie in tow. Between them, they finally convince Terry to leave. Vera is lending a hand behind the bar when Annie's bedraggled staff finally arrive in a taxi. Annie summons them into the living room to hear their explanations. Fred quickly attempts to shift the blame onto Brian's shoddy repair work, but Annie tells him he is the one responsible for the whole mess. Fred then turns up at the garage and insists it's all Gail's fault - he wants the car towed back and fixed at no charge.
Terry Goodwin TERENCE HILLYER Writer
Director GARETH MORGAN
Thursday (2306, Monday 9 May 1983)
Bet and Betty are encouraged by Len Fairclough to try and get damages out of Fred Gee after their escapade in the lake. Suzie Birchall makes an effort to get a job and Ken gets an idea on what to write in his newspaper article.
Elsie and Marion are discussing Maggie's new baby when an over-sensitive Suzie enters the room and thinks they're talking about her behind her back. They assure her they aren't. Fred, Bet and Betty are preparing to open up at the Rovers, but can't stop bickering about the previous day's events. Fred claims his back's too sore to bring any crates up from the cellar. He visits Brian at the garage to see if he has been to pick up the car yet. Brian hasn't, but says he could drive out now in the van with Fred, and Fred can drive the car back. Fred later brings the car back to the garage - although Brian has now finished off the repairs, Fred wants the car cleaned thoroughly inside and out, at no charge. Back at the Rovers, Len tells Bet and Betty they should demand compensation from Fred for their ruined clothing and shoes. Pam Mitchell from the Weatherfield Recorder visits Ken, seeking his opinion of her newspaper. Ken has some constructive criticism for her - she should tackle local issues and stick her neck out a little. Pam invites Ken to contribute an article to the paper, and he's clearly interested. Suzie has had a nasty letter from Terry - he'll agree to the divorce, but wants her engagaement ring and other jewellery back. Suzie has no intention of returning them, but is taken aback when Elsie warns her a divorce will take two years. Suzie starts moping, saying she just wants to put it all behind her and start afresh. Elsie tells her she's young and has a bright future ahead of her if she just reaches out and grabs it. Ken is ticking off student Dean Matthews for missing a football match. He is taken aback when Dean explains that his sister Jeanette had just been hit by a car. Ken realises that Dean's family live in Clifton Road, a bad traffic accident area, where a pedestrian overpass had been promised, but never eventuated. Ken tells Deirdre he can bring the problem to public attention by writing an article in the Recorder.
Pamela Mitchell PRIM COTTON Dean Matthews IAIN
Writer ADELE ROSE Director EUGENE FERGUSON
Friday (2307, Wednesday 11 May 1983)
Suzie prepares herself to go job hunting. Bet and Betty pretend to hire a solicitor to get damages out of Fred, Ken writes his article for the paper and Bet contemplates using a video dating agency.
Monday (2308, Monday 16 May 1983)
Bet goes to a video matrimonial bureau and sees a male face that gives her a shock. Ken finds that Pam Mitchell has altered his article in The Recorder and Hilda is shocked by the news of her brother Archie's death.
Tuesday (2309, Wednesday 18 May 1983)
Bet hoaxes Vera into visiting the matrimonial bureau. Hilda decides to pay for Archie's funeral only to receive an unexpected visit and Ken has a run in with Pam Mitchell over his newspaper article.
Wednesday (2310, Monday 23 May 1983)
Hilda's brother Archie dies and Eddie gives Hilda the idea that as sole surviving relative she and Stan should inherit the business. Victor tells Mavis he is thinking of buying a cottage in Saddleworth.
Thursday (2311, Wednesday 25 May 1983)
There's an argument when Hilda and Stan tell Avril Carter that they want to take over the chip shop. Vera dons a red wig and awaits 'Vince St Clair' - alias Jack Duckworth in the Rovers.
Friday (2312, Monday 30 May 1983)
Mavis has a big decision to make and confides in Rita - Victor wants her to live in Saddleworth. Meanwhile, Hilda goes to the Citizens Advice Bureau about her brother's estate and Ken is asked to address 'reader's problems' by the Advertiser.
Originally transmitted: 1, 6, 8, 13 & 15 June 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 19 - Friday 23 July 1999
Episode Numbers: 2313 - 2317
Monday (2313, Wednesday 1 June 1983)
Hilda decides to see a solicitor about Archie's will. Mavis can't make up her mind about Victor and Avril Carter pays Hilda a visit to tell her she's Archie's common-law wife.
Tuesday (2314, Monday 6 June 1983)
Hilda's worried she won't inherit Archie's chip shop. Eddie discovers that Avril and Frank have been more than just shop assistants together and Deirdre helps Ken with his new Advertiser role.
Wednesday (2315, Wednesday 8 June 1983)
Hilda visits the chip shop to see Avril about her rightful inheritance and wins. Mavis is still worried about living with Victor, Deirdre and Ken go house hunting and after a row with Fred, Hilda hands in her notice.
Thursday (2316, Monday 13 June 1983)
Hilda discovers that with impending rent and rate rises she can't afford to run 'Hilda's Chippy' - so decides to sell it as a going concern. There's concern for Annie as the brewery directors may be paying her a visit.
Friday (2317, Wednesday 15 June 1983)
Newton and Ridley visit the Rovers. Fred tries to ingratiate himself with chairperson Sarah and Annie gets criticised for having tarted the Rovers up too much. Hilda and Stan get some bad news about the inheritance
Monday (2318, Monday 20 June 1983)
Hilda makes plans to spend her inheritance. Deirdre and Ken face up to Albert Tatlock's decision not to move with them and Elsie is angry at the amount of money Suzie owes her.
Tuesday (2319, Wednesday 22 June 1983)
Gail visits her mother who is suffering from food poisoning. Ken and Deirdre offer to buy Albert Tatlock's house and Hilda decides to throw an inheritance party for residents of The Street. Suzie offers to stay the night at Brian's.
Wednesday (2320, Monday 27 June 1983)
Trevor and Damien Ogden visit Hilda and Stan, but Stan is suspicious that Trevor wants something. Gail is furious with Suzie over her liaison with Brian and Stan, Fred, Eddie and Alf have a competition to lose weight!
Thursday (2321, Wednesday 29 June 1983)
Elsie is furious because Suzie still hasn't left but after an argument, she decides to move out. The slimming competition continues and Trevor asks Hilda if he can borrow £2,000.
Friday (2322, Monday 4 July 1983)
Mike hears that his factory has been selected for a visit from a Russian trade delegation, then the girls threaten to strike. Albert Tatock's daughter Beattie arrives and is soon furious to find out he's sold the house.
Originally transmitted: 6, 11, 13, 18 & 20 July 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 2 - Friday 6 August 1999
Episode Numbers: 2323 - 2327
Monday (2323, Wednesday 6 July 1983)
Mike and the factory girls play host to the Russian delegation. Beattie interrupts Deirdre's birthday celebrations and accuses her and Ken of conning her father over the sale of the house.
Tuesday (2324, Monday 11 July 1983)
Eddie persuades Chalkie to make a bet on the horses and he wins over £3,000. Bet Lynch falls for councillor Des Foster although Des is married, and Gail learns to drive.
Wednesday (2325, Wednesday 13 July 1983)
Chalkie is over the moon about his win on the horses and on Eddie's advice decides to put the money in the bank. Bet and Des become more friendly and Bert helps Brian in the garage with disastrous consequences.
Thursday (2326, Monday 18 July 1983)
Bert is taken to hospital after the garage incident. Chalkie wants to use his winnings to visit Australia and Des visits Bet, but Alf is not too pleased about the situation.
Friday (2327, Wednesday 20 July 1983)
Bert is still very ill in hospital and Ivy, Gail, Vera and Brian make a visit to see him. Phyllis finds out about Chalkie's Australia plans and wants to go with him. Alf lectures Des and Bet
Monday (2328, Monday 25 July 1983)
Des's wife turns up at Alf's flat while Des is with Bet and it's not long before Alf gives Bet an ultimatum - give up Des, or find another flat. Ivy, Gail and Brian welcome Bert home from hospital
Tuesday (2329, Wednesday 27 July 1983)
Bet asks for Des's help over Alf's threat of eviction and he offers to set her up in a flat, but she refuses. Hilda replies to her begging letter and Bert disappears
Wednesday (2330, Monday 1 August 1983)
Vera and Jack are offered £1,000 to leave their rented home and Vera has her eyes on Chalkie's house. Bert Tilsley has disappeared with £80 and the police are soon called in. Chalkie gets packing for his Australian holiday
Thursday (2331, Wednesday 3 August 1983)
Bert is still missing but eventually turns up in a Bristol hospital. Jack makes an offer to rent Chalkie's house but Vera makes it clear she wants to buy it and Hilda Ogden learns that Kitty Earnshaw hasn't been telling the truth
Friday (2332, Monday 8 August 1983)
Ivy sets off with Brian to bring Bert home but has to return without him. Des Foster tries to persuade Bet to accept his change of heart and Deirdre decides to invite Pam Mitchell to Albert's 88th birthday.
Originally transmitted: 10, 15, 17, 22 & 24 August 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 16 - Friday 20 August 1999
Episode Numbers: 2333 - 2337
Monday (2333, Wednesday 10 August 1983)
Bet decides to move in with Des Foster after checking he's moved into the flat first. Deirdre throws the conversion-warming-cum-birthday party for Albert and Ivy tries to come to terms with Bert's absence and mental illness.
Tuesday (2334, Monday 15 August 1983)
Bet forgives Des for lying to her about his wife throwing him out and decides to live with him after all. Ken is persuaded by Pam Mitchell to divulge a secret council plan and Ivy faces up to the regulars at the Rovers and breaks the news about Bert
Wednesday (2335, Wednesday 17 August 1983)
Bet moves in with Des Foster and then finds out that he has more than one woman on the go! Pam Mitchell's articles on the proposed youth club closure cause more problems for Ken and Ivy goes back to work
Thursday (2336, Monday 22 August 1983)
Ken Barlow plans to reveal that he was behind the leaked youth club closure story and Percy Sugden, the new caretaker at the community centre, has some problems on his first day
Friday (2337, Wednesday 24 August 1983)
Ken has an appointment at the Town Hall with the Social Services and finds himself on the spot. Jack and Vera finally decide to buy Chalkie's house and how will Brian react to Gail's news?
Monday (2338, Monday 29 August 1983)
Mike Baldwin is checking progress at the Graffiti Club in which he has a financial interest but is stunned when he finds out who the new manager is to be.
Tuesday (2339, Wednesday 31 August 1983)
Hilda is delighted with the new carpet that Eddie found while emptying bins but the rightful owner is soon on it's trail. Ken Barlow is summoned to the Town Hall to see the Deputy Director of Social Services
Wednesday (2340, Monday 5 September 1983)
The Graffiti Club opens it's doors but Mike is not reassured by the manager Don Watkins' attitude. Meanwhile, Vera Duckworth issues a strange invitation to Fred Gee
Thursday (2341, Wednesday 7 September 1983)
Jack and Vera move their furniture into Chalkie's house even though it's not legally theirs, but trouble is just around the corner and will Brian sort out the problem of over-work at the garage?
Friday (2342, Monday 12 September 1983)
The Duckworths move into their new house. Brian wants to sell the garage and Gail gets a date for her driving test.
Originally transmitted: 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 September 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 30 August - Friday 3 September 1999
Episode Numbers: 2343 - 2347
Monday (2343, Wednesday 14 September 1983)
Jack and Vera have a Spanish evening for their house warming party and get some unexpected visitors. Gail fails her driving test and Brian places the garage in the local newspaper for sale column
Tuesday (2344, Monday 19 September 1983)
Hilda receives her inheritance money, opens a bank account and plans a posh dinner for Stan. Brian gets a buyer for the garage and Ken, out of work, asks Pam for some assistance.
Wednesday (2345, Wednesday 21 September 1983)
Pam Lawton says goodbye. Mike Baldwin offers Brian some advice over selling the garage. Hilda and Stan go out for their 'posh' dinner.
Thursday (2346, Monday 26 September 1983)
Ken applies for Pam Mitchell's ex-job on The Recorder, only to hear that the paper is for sale. Ivy is horrified to hear Brian and Gail's news.
Friday (2347, Wednesday 28 September 1983)
Ken shocks Deirdre with his decision about The Recorder, but Ivy is delighted with Gail and Brian's news. Marion tells Eddie that she is pregnant.
Monday (2348, Monday 3 October 1983)
Eddie and Marion discuss plans for their wedding. Emily gets lots of support from Percy for her Autumn Fayre in aid of the hospital.
Tuesday (2349, Wednesday 5 October 1983)
Eddie and Marion are to be married in a register office. The Newton & Ridley uniforms arrive and cause a lot of trouble.
Wednesday (2350, Monday 10 October 1983)
Brian and Gail shows the Dentons around their house as prospective buyers. Victor arrives with his pottery for the Autumn Fayre.
Thursday (2351, Wednesday 12 October 1983)
Gail is unhappy about moving, and Elsie guesses that Marion is pregnant. At the Autumn Fayre, Miss Weatherfield sells kisses and Victor's precious pottery gets smashed.
Friday (2352, Monday 17 October 1983)
Marion's mother arrives - and she has definite plans about the sort of wedding Marion and Eddie should have. It's Sunday at the Duckworths and there's aggro all round... [This is also Annie Walker's last screen appearance]
Originally transmitted: 19, 24, 26 & 31 October; 2 November 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 13 - Friday 17 September 1999
Episode Numbers: 2353 - 2357
Monday (2353, Wednesday 19 October 1983)
There's more trouble at the Duckworth's between Jack and Terry over Jack's 'fancy piece'. And there's trouble with Marion's mother when she finds out about their arrangements for the wedding.
Tuesday (2354, Monday 24 October 1983)
Marion and Eddie send out the last of their wedding invitations, but are concerned that they've asked both Mike and Maggie.
Wednesday (2355, Wednesday 26 October 1983)
Elsie resolves Eddie and Marion's housing problems - but there's a fight at Eddie's stag night. Terry confronts Jack about his 'bit on the side'.
Thursday (2356, Monday 31 October 1983)
It's Marion and Eddie's wedding day, and there are a number of upsets: Maggie arrives at the church with her baby and Mrs Willis is not pleased.
Friday (2357, Wednesday 2 November 1983)
There's plenty of excitement in the aftermath of Marion and Eddie's nuptials - including a few tense moments as Mike encounters Maggie once again.
Monday (2358, Monday 7 November 1983)
Mike books advertising space in 'The Recorder' to boost the Graffiti Club - and puts Ken in a dilemma. Fred hears from Eunice that she wants a divorce.
Tuesday (2359, Wednesday 9 November 1983)
Ken tries to bar Mike from advertising in 'The Recorder'. Emily takes Curly Watts in as a lodger - to the disapproval of Percy Sugden.
Wednesday (2360, Monday 14 November 1983)
The Rovers prepares for the decorators and Bet gets a shock when she discovers that one of them is Des Foster. Emily adjusts to life with her new lodger.
Thursday (2361, Wednesday 16 November 1983)
A row breaks out when Ken discovers that his article in The Recorder has been doctored. The Rovers regulars enjoy the silent drama between Bet and Des Foster.
Friday (2362, Monday 21 November 1983)
Eddie and Marion return from honeymoon to hear some sad news about her mother. Bet goes out to dinner with Des.
Originally transmitted: 23, 28 & 30 November; 5 & 7 December 1983
Transmitted by Granada Plus: Monday 27 September - Friday 1 October 1999
Episode Numbers: 2363 - 2367
Monday (2363, Wednesday 23 November 1983)
Des tells Bet that his wife wants him back. Marion's mother is set to come out of hospital, but is not in a fit state to look after herself.
Tuesday (2364, Monday 28 November 1983)
Hilda realises that it's her Ruby Wedding and plans a second honeymoon abroad. Percy Sugden angles for an invitation from Mavis.
Wednesday (2365, Wednesday 30 November 1983)
Eddie finally agrees with Marion that they will have to live with her mother until she recovers. Percy Sugden explains the fine art of budgie breeding to Mavis.
Thursday (2366, Monday 5 December 1983)
Hilda organises the festivities for her Ruby Wedding and hires the Rovers Select for the occasion. Ivy is harassed by Mike Baldwin about the girls.
Friday (2367, Wednesday 7 December 1983)
It's Hilda and Stan's ruby wedding anniversary. The girls try to get Ivy's supervisor job back for her, but fail. Eddie gets his transfer to Bury. Len Fairclough is killed in a car crash. [This is also Len Fairclough's last screen appearance]
Monday (2368, Monday 12 December 1983)
Everybody is stunned by Len's death and preparations start for the funeral. Elsie says she is interested in the supervisor's job again
Tuesday (2369, Wednesday 14 December 1983)
The day of Len's funeral arrives. Mike offers Ivy the position of supervisor and Sharon offers to stay a little longer with Rita
Wednesday (2370, Monday 19 December 1983)
Rita, still puzzled about why Len was on the wrong road, finds a clue in a phone number - and rings the number
Thursday (2371, Wednesday 21 December 1983)
Fred and Jack both lose the pigeon race. Out of work Elsie decides to take the Tropicana job, despite Bet having given the position a bad report
Friday (2372, Monday 26 December 1983)
Rita persuades Alf to take her to Bolton to see Mrs Proctor, Len's secret woman, but she gets the door slammed in her face. Curly confesses to Emily that he fancies Sharon.
See 1984 for Monday 28 December 1993 episode
Written by Nick Bunning