Gordon gives the Hopkins' forty-eight hours to buy the shop as he's had another offer but the bank manager refuses a loan. Len returns. Rita tells him that she's still seeing Jimmy Graham. Granny hears from Annie that Vera's mother has died and gets Idris to get in contact with her because of her inheritance. Vera returns from her mother's. Rita returns her ring to Len. Jimmy and Rita are caught together by Muriel Graham and his children Robert and Pamela but Jimmy introduces Rita as a client.


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  • A strike at Grampian Television mean that viewers in that region did not see this episode nor Episode 1424 (9th September 1974) or Episode 1425 (11th September 1974). On 5th September a visiting company executive had caught staff in the studio control room, who should have been rehearsing for a local programme, watching the banned pornographic film Deep Throat instead. The staff director in charge, Tony Bacon, was dismissed the next day however Mr Bacon was the local shop steward for the ACTT (Association of Cinematograph Television and Allied Technicians) union and, following a meeting, all sixty-five members walked out at 5.00pm, bringing transmissions to a halt and claiming that the management hadn’t followed nationally agreed procedures for dismissals. As negotiations continued over the next week viewers in the region were left without an ITV service and, as some areas could not pick up any BBC transmissions, they were without a television service entirely. A solution was eventually reached when it was agreed that the record could show that Mr Bacon had resigned voluntarily and the service resumed on Wednesday 18th September at 10.30am. As the station had built up a backlog of shows, they decided not to show the episodes of Coronation Street or Crossroads that the rest of the country had seen but instead gave a verbal resume of missed events before the transmission of that night’s instalments.
  • TV Times synopsis: A cold welcome for Len Fairclough…and a warm one for Idris Hopkins' wife.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,237,000 homes (9th place).
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