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Commissionaire (Episodes 1054/5)

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First appearance 22nd February 1971
Last appearance 24th February 1971
Number of appearances 2
Played by Frank Crompton

The unnamed and uniformed Commissionaire did door duty at the newly built Brookside Motel which put on a grand opening in February 1971. There were several guests of honour including Annie Walker and the Mayor and Mayoress of Weatherfield. Proceedings became confused however when Billy Walker was given the job of repairs the mayoral Rolls Royce at the Canal Garage and, for a laugh, took Irma Barlow and Alan and Elsie Howard out for the day in the car, wearing a chauffeur's hat. The car was misdirected by a helpful RAC Man down the road towards the motel where, upon arrival, the Howards were mistaken for the Mayor and Mayoress due to their badged vehicle and taken inside, leaving Billy with the Rolls.

He told Billy to park his car round the back and go to the kitchen where Gladys would look after him. Upon enquiry he told Billy that he was at the Brookside Motel upon which he realised that his mother would be in there. He then refused Billy access to the hotel to get a message to his friends to get away as quickly as they could. Billy later managed to slip past the man and get inside to whisk his travelling companions away before the real Mayor arrived but not before they had been "introduced" to a surprised Annie.

Although the episodes in which the character appeared in were videotaped in colour, the location sequences were shot on black and white film as a carry over from the ITV Colour Strike which had ended a couple of weeks before. As the character was only seen on location, all of his scenes were therefore in monochrome.

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