|ITV transmission date||20th December 1972 (Wednesday)|
|Stories by|| Harry Driver|
|Executive Producer||H.V. Kershaw|
|Previous episode||18th December 1972|
|Next episode||25th December 1972|
Maggie tells Elsie that Hilda is gossiping about Alan. Ernie sweet talks Annie into singing There'll Always Be an England at the 40's night. Hilda tells Elsie she was sacked because she knew too much about Alan and Rita. Norma excitedly tells Emily that she won't be alone this Christmas. Ken is annoyed when Emily congratulates him and Norma. He meets Norma and reads her the full-length poem:
- To talk with you, to walk, your hand in mine,
- Through well remembered woods,
- And watch the sunlight searching through the trees,
- To find Your eyes,
- Such are the pleasures of my life.
- To be with you, to feel your thoughts unspoken meet with mine,
- And lead our lips and eager hands to mutual delights,
- These are my pleasures too.
- But doubts arise, to miss those woods and cloud those eyes,
- For without love all pleasures die,
- And soon the last remaining pleasure is goodbye.
Norma realises it's over. They agree to be friends but Norma breaks down in the ginnel, unaware that Jerry has seen her. Elsie decides to ask Rita what's going on. Norma tells Emily she was joking about her and Ken. Rita tells Elsie there's nothing between Alan and her - it's the booze she's got to worry about.
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Maggie Clegg - Irene Sutcliffe
- Alan Howard - Alan Browning
- Elsie Howard - Patricia Phoenix
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Ernest Bishop - Stephen Hancock
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Billy Walker - Kenneth Farrington
- Norma Ford - Diana Davies
- Ray Langton - Neville Buswell
- Jerry Booth - Graham Haberfield
- Rita Littlewood - Barbara Mullaney
- Coronation Street exterior - Ginnel
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen, hallway and back yard
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen and hallway
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- Community Centre - Meeting room
- This was the first episode to feature the ginnel and yards of Coronation Street as part of the outdoor Grape Street set. Building had taken place after the ginnel's previous appearance in Episode 1207 (9th August 1972), where it was constructed in studio.
- TV Times synopsis: In which Elsie hears about her husband - from Rita!
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,122,000 homes (8th place).
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