Albert is rushed to hospital and the Street residents are evacuated to the Community Centre. Billy tries to get in touch with Ken in Saddleworth and calls Dave Robbins. Eventually Betty gets the police to put a call out for Ken over the radio. Minnie is upset when Bobby can't be found. Elsie has to sit around in her freshly washed hair and Hilda worries about Stan's whereabouts. The residents speculate as to the cause of the leak. Ken returns to the Street and is stunned to see police activity. Ted Loftus tells him about Albert and he races to the hospital. Len and Elsie reminisce about the 1961 gas leak when the residents were evacuated to the mission. Albert is put into an oxygen tank and Ken keeps vigil. Stan phones the centre and lets Hilda know he's at a club down Argyle Street. Ted finds Bobby and returns him to Minnie. As the police give the all clear it becomes apparent that Jerry might be to blame as he installed the new electric cooker.


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Guest castEdit



  • The end credits for this episode are in a smaller font and play over the right half of the screen, against a camera shot of Jerry Booth parking his bicycle outside the Rovers.
  • This episode features a black-and-white flashback to Episode 16 (1st February 1961), featuring Albert Tatlock, Ken Barlow and David Barlow at the Glad Tidings Mission Hall during the gas leak evacuation, which is referenced in dialogue by Len and Elsie immediately beforehand. During the discussion, Elsie erroneously claims the incident occurred in 1962 and Len also intimates he was in the hall at the time whereas he wasn't present at the event.
  • TV Times synopsis: Explosion warning for the Street.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,150,000 homes (8th place).

Notable dialogueEdit

Hilda Ogden: "It makes you wonder about them Barlows. You get that with certain families. It's as if there's summat out there. Huntin' 'em down. One after another."

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