|ITV transmission date||4th January 1971 (Monday)|
|Stories by|| Harry Driver|
|Executive Producer||H.V. Kershaw|
|Previous episode||30th December 1970|
|Next episode||6th January 1971|
Stan is annoyed to discover Len and Ray have advertised for a housekeeper. Hilda is upset when she is told they don't want her anymore. The Brewery plans to prosecute. Annie agrees to take Hilda back at the Rovers. At the Top Drum pub Stan overhears Arthur Burrows talking about getting his own back on Annie. He thinks he might have something to do with the gin. Annie gives Betty a week's notice as the staff outnumber the customers. Len and Ray have to choose between competent Eileen Hutchinson and glamorous Gina Fletcher.
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Ray Langton - Neville Buswell
- Billy Walker - Kenneth Farrington
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Lucille Hewitt - Jennifer Moss
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Arthur Burrows - Ken Jones
- Gina Fletcher - Deirdre Costello
- Eileen Hutchinson - Maureen Morris
- Dodo Williams - Barbara Keogh
- Although ITV had begun full-colour transmissions on 15th November 1969, the ITV Colour Strike which began on 13th November 1970 caused this episode to be recorded in black and white.
- TV Times synopsis: Situation vacant at the Fairclough's - and tables vacant at the Rovers.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,600,000 homes (6th place).
|January 1971 episodes|
|Mon 4th • Wed 6th • Mon 11th • Wed 13th • Mon 18th • Wed 20th • Mon 25th • Wed 27th|