|ITV transmission date||25th December 1961 (Monday)|
|Stories by|| Harry Driver|
|Writer||Carol Nicholas a.k.a Tony Warren and Derek Granger|
|Previous episode||20th December 1961|
|Next episode||27th December 1961|
Christmas Day: The men go to see the ladies football team - the Corinthians. Dennis is bored as Elsie mopes. Minnie entertains Ena and Martha at 15 Jubilee Terrace, choking Ena with sixpences in her pudding. Harry buys Concepta a gold watch. Albert, Frank and Ken spend the day together having eaten a meal prepared by Esther. When their TV goes wrong the Hewitts have to watch the Queen at the Walkers' while Lucille recovers from indigestion. Dennis spends Christmas Day with Jed not knowing that Elsie has prepared a Christmas dinner for him. He gets round her by taking her to the pictures.
- Frank Barlow - Frank Pemberton
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roache
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Martha Longhurst - Lynne Carol
- Jack Walker - Arthur Leslie
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Harry Hewitt - Ivan Beavis
- Concepta Hewitt - Doreen Keogh
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Florrie Lindley - Betty Alberge
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Dennis Tanner - Philip Lowrie
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug, hallway and back room
- 3 Coronation Street - Back room
- 7 Coronation Street - Hallway, back room and kitchen
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room
- 15 Jubilee Terrace - Back room
- In typical examples of minor errors that didn't necessitate a retake being retained in the programme in the 1960s, Arthur Leslie calls Martha Longhurst "Mrs Caldwell" when the character enters the Rovers Return. A few scenes later, Frank Barlow calls Albert Tatlock "Jack", the actor's name instead of the character's name. Elsie also refers to Len as "Leonard Clairfough" talking to him from her window.
- The original script of this episode was written by Tony Warren but he and Derek Granger disagreed over elements of it. Tony allowed Derek to rewrite it but asked that his name should not appear on the credits. The 'Carol Nicholas' pseudonym was then invented to hide the change. Presumably the production credits were issued to TV Times in advance, before the change had been made in time for the recording as they published in the billing Tony Warren as being the sole writer.
- TV Times synopsis: Christmas Day in Coronation Street - the men go off on a special sports outing while their wives have a long morning getting the dinner ready. Harry gives Concepta another present. Minnie entertains Ena and Martha, Kenneth and Frank Barlow have their first Christmas without Ida. Elsie cooks up a last minute treat for Dennis. Annie and Jack ask some friends in for the Queen's broadcast - and greetings flow in from far and near.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 4,708,000 homes (14th place).
- This episode was included on the Granada Video The Magic of Coronation Street released on 16th November 1982.
|December 1961 episodes|
|Mon 4th • Wed 6th • Mon 11th • Wed 13th • Mon 18th • Wed 20th • Mon 25th • Wed 27th|