Episode 1289
Production code P694/289
ITV transmission date 23rd May 1973 (Wednesday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Harry Driver
Writer H.V. Kershaw
Designer Ed Buziak
Director Oliver Horsbrugh and Quentin Lawrence
Producer Eric Prytherch
Previous episode 21st May 1973
Next episode 28th May 1973


Len tells Rita that the purchase of Biddulph's has gone through. Alf overhears a comment from Elsie that Alan has so much on he has to work the bank holiday. He tells Billy that could mean there’s an opening at the garage for him. At Woburn Abbey Annie doesn’t believe that the Duke of Bedford sold Minnie her tea towel. Alan is horrified to hear from Ray that Deirdre will be given a job at Biddulph's and be permanently in the area. Alan isn’t sure he can offer Billy permanent work. Ray tells Deirdre the manager’s job is hers. The daytrippers inspect Queen Victoria’s state bedroom. Stan asks a man if there’s a bar in the house, not realising he’s talking to the Duke. Elsie advises Alan not to take on Billy as he can’t be trusted. Hilda realises that Stan is missing rooms out on the tour so he can get back to the pub. He’s unimpressed with the Canaletto room as it’s not licenced. Len brings Rita to the shop and Ray realises that she’s been offered the manager’s job. Len pulls rank on him but suggests Deirdre could be the assistant. Alan tells Billy there’s no job for him. Though disappointed, Billy wishes him well. Alan feels rotten. In the Canaletto room, Ena recognises one of the guides, Dora Wainwright, as an old friend. She introduces Ena, Minnie, Tom, Faye-Marie and a delighted Annie to the Duke. In the Rovers, Ray gives Deirdre the bad news. He’s relieved when she he takes it well. Elsie sees her and demands to know what happened when she was in her house. Elsie gets a cheeky answer which makes her laugh. Len hears from Alf that Walter Biddulph is with a rich widow and his shop might not be the goldmine he thinks it is. The happy daytrippers leave for Weatherfield. Billy closes up the pub for the night, puts a letter on the bar for Annie and leaves with his suitcases.


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