Episode 1051
Production code P694/51
ITV transmission date 10th February 1971 (Wednesday)
Stories by Harry Driver
Esther Rose
John Temple
Writer Julian Roach (Credited as "Julian Roache")
Designer Eugene Ferguson
Director Eric Prytherch
Producer Leslie Duxbury
Previous episode 8th February 1971
Next episode 15th February 1971


Len and Alf decide it’s better to try and keep quiet about the Community Centre plan. Handel returns to Whaley Bridge and Albert has gone to stay with Beattie so Minnie feels alone. Alf tells Len that Ena has been asking about jobs at the new centre and they might be able to use this to keep her quiet. They ask Emily to pass a message on. A happy Ena joins Mrs Parsons at Tony's first concert at his music college. Yvonne Chappell tries to draw Ken out of his shell although he is initially angry and ungrateful. Ena is delighted as Tony’s spot on stage comes up. Ken starts to talk to Yvonne Chappell. She tells him that it’s no good staying in his room all the time. He tells her about Val's funeral and says he doesn't feel grief-stricken – he feels nothing at all. Ena tells Mrs Parsons that Tony did her proud. She is pleased to hear that Tony specially requested she be there. Ken shows Yvonne a photo of his family and tells her the twins are in Glasgow. He talks of his feelings and that no one can help him. Mrs Parsons and Tony come back to Ena’s flat and are told how happy she has made them. He plays Ena’s harmonium for them. Emily passes Len’s message on. Yvonne gives Ken a train timetable to Glasgow and tells him how important he is to his children. Len asks Ena to keep quiet about the site and in return he'll try to get her the position of caretaker at the Centre. Ken phones Edith Tatlock and tells her that he's travelling up by the night train. Ena is summoned by phone to St. Anne's as Henry Foster is ill. She tells Minnie about the centre job and asks her to keep her ears open about the job while she's away. Len and Alf know that something else is being built aside from the centre.


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Notable dialogueEdit

Ken Barlow: "Life turns out to be just a bloody cheat, and I can't even whimper."

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