Albert reads the war poetry of Robert W. Service in the Snug. Hilda wants to find out about Paris from Annie. Alan tells Elsie that he’s meeting a business contact in Cheshire. Ena and Minnie bore of the poems as they’re all about the First World War. Ken visits Mrs Bates. She accuses him of making Terry feel small by visiting her. He tells her he just wants Terry to do well as he’s a bright lad. Elsie has to call in Jerry when she causes a power cut in the house. Alan visits Laura Howard for dinner. He’s on edge, wondering what she wants from him. Mrs Bates promises not to work Terry too hard on domestic chores and make sure he goes to bed early. Laura’s had a letter from Mark saying he’s thinking of giving up his course and going abroad. There were harsh comments about Alan in the letter. Laura blames Alan for Mark being unstable. Terry thinks Mrs Bates fancies Ken. She goes out to a pub and leaves him alone to look after his little sister, despite her promises. Hilda asks Ken for tips on French phrases. Minnie has enough of Albert’s morbid poems though Annie finds them moving. She is delighted when Billy agrees to work at the Rovers and be on the pay roll. Alan promises to see Mark. Laura promises Alan there are no strings attached to the loan. Stan admits to Elsie and Jerry that he’s scared of flying but, unaware, Hilda looks forward to Paris.
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Billy Walker - Kenneth Farrington
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roache
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Jerry Booth - Graham Haberfield
- Elsie Howard - Patricia Phoenix
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Alan Howard - Alan Browning
- Mrs Bates - Barbara Mullaney
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- Rita Bates’ house - Living room
- Laura Howard’s flat - Dining room
- First appearance of Rita Littlewood since 2nd December 1964 although the character was re-introduced and credited initially as "Mrs Bates" and her connection with the character of eight years previously was only disclosed slowly as she became a permanent fixture in the programme. She was first credited again under the name of "Littlewood" in Episode 1194 (26th June 1972).
- Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson) is credited but does not appear.
- The poems that Albert Tatlock reads in the Rovers snug are lines from The Man from Athabaska and the first two verses of Son by Robert W. Service
- TV Times synopsis: Alan and Ken make tricky visits.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,750,000 homes (5th place).
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