Episode 1242
Production code P694/242
ITV transmission date 11th December 1972 (Monday)
Stories by Harry Driver
Esther Rose
Tony Perrin
Writer Julian Roach
Designer Ed Buziak
Director Oliver Horsbrugh
Executive Producer H.V. Kershaw
Producer Eric Prytherch
Previous episode 6th December 1972
Next episode 13th December 1972


Rita worries that Alan is drinking too much and asks him why he never brings Elsie to the club. Ena refuses to allow a disco at the Community Centre for Christmas and tells Ernie that Albert has lost the centre’s decorations. Ken won’t tell Albert who he’s going out with for the night. Albert refuses to take responsibility for losing the decorations and threatens to resign when Ernie orders him to find them. Stan refuses to take on Alf’s windows, telling him he’s retiring due to the high levels of tax he pays. Billy, Jerry and Ray are disgusted with Stan’s attitude when they realise how many jobs Hilda has on. Elsie agrees to go with Bet and Norma to the Capricorn with Ken. Ena allows Alf to put up a notice about him being a councillor, guessing that he’s pushing for himself to be made Mayor. Ernie tells Ena that Albert has resigned and she insists that she changes his mind as she can’t cope on her own over the festive season. The ladies arrive at the club and Alan guesses that Elsie is there to keep an eye on him. Ken joins them. Billy and Alf decide to tell Hilda what Stan’s up to. Lucille suggests a 1940s show in the Rovers for Christmas. The idea is enthusiastically agreed to. Bet tells Norma not to be so eager with Ken and he’ll come to her. The advice works as Ken asks her to dance. Albert withdraws his resignation but won’t commit to doing a monologue at the 1940s show. Ken agrees to go back with Norma after the club. Billy sends Lucille to Hilda with a story that he’s found someone to buy Stan’s round and she therefore finds out what he’s planning.


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Notable dialogueEdit

Alf Roberts (about Stan Ogden): “If you had him on the back of a tandem with you, he’d chuck the pedals away and swear he was saving you weight.”

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