Episode 1559
Production code P694/559
ITV transmission date 24th December 1975 (Wednesday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Peter Tonkinson
Script editor Leslie Duxbury
Writer Julian Roach
Designer Knowles Bentley
Director Derek Lister
Producer Susi Hush
Previous episode 17th December 1975
Next episode 29th December 1975


The audience of children assemble in the Community Centre. Rita apologises to Hilda for being sharp with her. Hilda's delighted when Trevor turns up with flowers, saying he's driven over specially to watch her. Rita and Riley start to suffer nerves. Tricia's black eye still shows through her make-up. Trevor goes for a drink in the Rovers with Ken and tells him that Irma still lives in Llandudno and that Polly is expecting. Betty overhears. The cast wait for curtain up. Trevor rings Polly and tells her that he's not had the chance to ask his mother what he wants yet. Tricia refuses to wish Deirdre luck. As the panto starts, Deirdre refuses to remove her glasses so that she can see properly. Bet performs When I Fall in Love but mimes to Rita's singing. She gets annoyed when Rita deliberately changes the tempo of the tune. Ken and Ray bring over a crate of ales for the cast and help themselves to a drink while the performance continues. Tricia isn't happy when Len makes an ad-lib on stage, poking fun at her black eye. Chatting in the dressing room, an upset Hilda discovers from Betty that Polly is expecting. Bet threatens an amused Rita not to show her up again. Betty's props fail her, causing the children to laugh in derision. Tricia sings All I Have to Do Is Dream. Hilda looks for Trevor. Tricia refuses to cooperate with Deirdre in putting her foot up to fit the slipper on. The panto ends with the cast singing Happy Days Are Here Again while Albert swigs from his hip flask on stage. Trevor tells Hilda that Polly has Toxaemia and has to go into hospital early for a month; this is why they want her to stay at Christmas - to look after Damian. Hilda realises he only wants her to skivvy and breaks down.

Cast of Cinderella:
Cinderella - Tricia
The Prince - Bet
Buttons - Len
Dandini - Deirdre
Ugly Sisters - Alf and Hilda
Fairy Godmother - Betty
Baron - Albert
Baroness - Mavis


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Guest castEdit



Notable dialogueEdit

Bet Lynch: "Rita, darling!"
Rita Littlewood: "Bet, darling!"
Bet Lynch: "If you ever do anything like that to me again, darling, I shall walk straight off and extract your vocal cords with a blunt knife, darling."
Rita Littlewood: "Little tricky for you, darling?"
Bet Lynch (threatening): "You've 'ad yer fun..."

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