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|ITV transmission date||24th April 1974 (Wednesday)|
|Stories by|| Esther Rose|
|Producer|| Eric Prytherch|
|Previous episode||22nd April 1974|
|Next episode||29th April 1974|
Hilda is on the verge of a breakdown. Stan asks Len if they can use the money from the smoking syndicate but Len refuses. Mrs Morris wants her sugar bowl, used as a prop in the play, back during the show. When Mavis refuses to give it to her she calls the police. Stan finds something in an advertisement to help Hilda and gets her to sign an application form. The production goes well, despite Mrs Morris snatching her sugar bowl back on stage. Mavis is shocked when she walks into the men's dressing room to be confronted by a naked Billy.
Cast of The Importance of Being Earnest:
- Algernon - Ken
- Jack - Jerry
- Cecily - Bet
- Gwendolyn - Deirdre
- Lady Bracknell - Annie
- Lane - Len
- Miss Prism - Emily
- Cannon - Ernie
- Masters - Billy
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Rita Littlewood - Barbara Mullaney
- Jerry Booth - Graham Haberfield
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Deirdre Hunt - Anne Kirkbride
- Mavis Riley - Thelma Barlow
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Billy Walker - Kenneth Farrington
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Ernest Bishop - Stephen Hancock
- Ray Langton - Neville Buswell
- In a continuity error, Hilda Ogden can be seen seated at the back of the audience as the lights are lowered for the first act of the play and then a moment later is seen to be entering the hall after the play has started to take her seat.
- TV Times synopsis: Will it be right on the First Night?
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 8,050,000 homes (3rd place).
- This episode was included on the following commercial releases:
|April 1974 episodes|
|Mon 1st • Wed 3rd • Mon 8th • Wed 10th • Mon 15th • Wed 17th • Mon 22nd • Wed 24th • Mon 29th|