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Episode 1499 (9th June 1975)

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Episode 1499
Production code P694/499
ITV transmission date 9th June 1975 (Monday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Peter Tonkinson
Script editor Leslie Duxbury
Writer Leo Knowles
Designer Knowles Bentley
Director Derek Lister
Producer Susi Hush
Previous episode 4th June 1975
Next episode 11th June 1975


Emily is infuriated by Ernie's pompousness. Harry Goulden discovers the Council are sending Councillor Lucas to a conference in Torquay, out of the rates, in the Mayoral Rolls. He and Ernie confront Len who tells them they're just a joke. The residents feel sorry for Ken's downfall but he enjoys cabbing. Ernie tries to get Len's comments on tape but Len smashes the machine. Ernie goes for Len in the Rovers and Len pushes him to the floor. Lucas calls off his trip to Torquay when he hears of the hassle. Len vows to resign if he can't get Lucas to change his mind but the Town Hall refuses to accept his offer and instead ask him to go to Torquay in Lucas's place.


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  • This was the final episode to use the 1969 title sequence, the third in the programme's history.
  • TV Times synopsis: Ernest - of all people - is goaded into violence.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 5,926,000 homes (9th place), however this figure includes 410,000 homes in Scotland that were watching the previous episode (see next note).
  • Due to the 1975 ITV Strike continuing at Scottish Television until Monday 9th June, this episode was transmitted in the programme's usual slot on Wednesday 11th June, gaining another 530,000 homes watching, and the episode that the rest of the country saw at that time (Episode 1500) was transmitted by STV on Thursday 12th June at 6.30pm, enabling viewers in the region to catch up with the rest of the country. Episodes 1497 and 1498 had been transmitted at 5.30pm and 7.30pm respectively on 9th June. In the Border Television region, this episode was transmitted on Wednesday 11th June in the programme's usual 7.30pm timeslot and the episode seen by the rest of the country that night, Episode 1500, was transmitted on Thursday 12th June, also at 7.30pm. This was due to a dispute at the station which began on Thursday 5th June when staff received a management letter saying they would not be paid for the former strike period when a national agreement with the ACTT had said otherwise. Staff returned to work on Tuesday 10th June. During the same period there were technical problems in the same region with a burnt-out component affecting viewers in the Solway area who received pictures from the Caldbeck transmitter which consequently was only running on quarter power.
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