Val gets excited about the move to Montego Bay. Elsie is summoned by her boss, Mrs Dawn Painter. Alan wants Elsie to ask for an extra £3 a week to help pay off their debts which she is pleased to see that they have reduced by a large degree. Painter tells her saleswoman Mavis Sidlow didn't sell anything for a month and wants to know why. Minnie prepares for Handel's arrival from Whaley Bridge but Albert refuses to have a conscientious objector in his house. Ken is afraid that there is too much poverty in Jamaica to feel comfortable there. They worry about Albert living on his own and try to get him interested in living with Beattie Pearson. He raises no objections to their move but says he’s capable of looking after himself. Handel looks for accommodation. Mavis calls at No.11 and tells Elsie she's had a breakdown. She asks Elsie to let her do her area a bit at a time. Elsie says she'll do her best. Albert agrees to Handel staying at No.1 when Minnie threatens to return home with him. Mavis tells Elsie she had a breakdown because her husband left her and her three kids. Elsie tells her to leave Mrs Painter to her.
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roache
- Valerie Barlow - Anne Reid
- Elsie Howard - Patricia Phoenix (Credited as "Elsie Tanner")
- Emily Nugent - Eileen Derbyshire
- Alan Howard - Alan Browning
- Irma Barlow - Sandra Gough
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Maggie Clegg - Irene Sutcliffe
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Mrs Painter - Barbara Mitchell
- Handel Gartside - Harry Markham
- Mavis Sidlow - Carmel Cryan
- Janet - Maxine Turner
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- 14 Coronation Street - Living room, hallway and kitchen
- Corner Shop
- Dawn Painter’s office
- 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.
- This is the first episode written by Leo Knowles who until Episode 1364 on 11th February 1974 wrote under the pen-name of Bernard Aspen and then used his own name thereafter.
- TV Times synopsis: An opportunity for the Barlows, a problem for Elsie and a victory for Minnie.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,850,000 homes (joint 3rd place with Episode 1043).
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