|ITV transmission date||27th September 1972 (Wednesday)|
|Stories by|| Harry Driver|
|Executive Producer||H.V. Kershaw|
|Previous episode||25th September 1972|
|Next episode||2nd October 1972|
Len rings for an ambulance when he and Lucille can't wake Annie. Tommy keeps Dick away from the Rovers while Minnie collects for the Dolores fund. The residents wonder if Annie was attempting suicide. Ena blames herself, as do a lot of the regulars. The ambulance men carry Annie through the bar. Lucille returns from the hospital and tells everyone Annie only took four tablets and has had her stomach pumped. The regulars find it hilarious. Ken helps Norma expand her vocabulary. Annie returns with a doctor. Lucille expects to be told off but instead Annie thanks her for her concern and prompt action, as she feels years younger. Minnie collects £30 for Tommy. Dick realises Tommy is scamming the residents when Maggie and Norma tackle him about putting Dolores to the slaughter in the shop. He goes to the Rovers and tells everyone the truth. Tommy tries to wriggle out of it by claiming Dick is lying to save his reputation but Dick also reveals that he's illiterate, so he didn't know he was signing Dolores's death warrant. Tommy makes a speech about how hurt he is by the accusations and manages to escape before everyone turns on him. They give the money to Dick to install a stove in the stables. Norma confesses that she likes Ken.
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Lucille Hewitt - Jennifer Moss
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Norma Ford - Diana Davies
- Maggie Clegg - Irene Sutcliffe
- Rita Littlewood - Barbara Mullaney
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Ernest Bishop - Stephen Hancock
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roache
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/snug, back room, hallway, landing and Annie's bedroom
- Corner Shop
- Viaduct Street stables
- TV Times synopsis: Efforts to save Annie and Dolores.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,500,000 homes (7th place).
Ken Barlow: "Annie Walker being subjected to a stomach pump operation for no good reason is like the Queen falling off her horse at the Trooping of the Colour."
Minnie Caldwell: “We've got to get enough to save that poor donkey from a fate worse than death.”
Ena Sharples: “I thought 'e was due to be slaughtered?”
Minnie Caldwell: “It is, Ena.”
Ena Sharples: “Well that is death.”
Ena Sharples: “There's far too many dogs roaming the streets as it is, messing up the pavements. We should put a tax on them and then we'd find out who the genuine pet lovers were.”
|September 1972 episodes|
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