Episode 1561
Production code P694/561
ITV transmission date 31st December 1975 (Wednesday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Peter Tonkinson
Script editor Leslie Duxbury
Writer H.V. Kershaw
Designer Knowles Bentley
Director Richard Stroud
Producer Susi Hush
Previous episode 29th December 1975
Next episode 5th January 1976


Blanche deliberately undercharges Minnie in the shop but Ena sees through her kindness. Tricia is sent chocolates by an unknown admirer though she has her suspicions as to who it might be. Annie plans the New Year's Eve party for Rovers. Hilda tries to find why Sean isn't with Concepta but Annie diverts the conversation on to Stan's whereabouts in France. Gail teases Tricia by asking Rita for show-business tips but Mavis butts in and says such people are selfish and don't consider others. Rita is forced to agree. Hilda shows off a French Christmas card from Stan. Bet organises a meeting in the Rovers' back room to talk about how to catch - and keep - a man in 1976. Blanche closes the shop to join in with it. Bet urges the women to be organised for Leap Year. Annie and Ena are amused by the meeting. Mavis has researched the matter and tells the women that if historically the man turned the woman down he was fined £1. The women immediately vote a resolution that they're worth more than that. Len and Alf push the piano into the public for the New Year's sing-song. Billy rings up to wish Annie a Happy New Year but he only has one 2p coin and the call is very short. Prompted by Annie, a sad Concepta tells her she that knows Sean sleeps around but he is kind to her when he comes back from his "jaunts" and he's a kind father to Christopher and Lucille. He also told Concepta himself about Bet and she knows that Bet didn't initiate anything; she's just not letting Bet know she knows. As Ena starts to play the party, Alf calls at the shop to escort Blanche along to it. Concepta gets nostalgic stood behind the bar of the Rovers. Bet determines to trap Ken at the party. A furious Tricia is told by Ray that he sent the chocolates as a joke. Frank Bradley rings to wish Bet a Happy New Year. Prompted by everyone, Ray lets the New Year in as the regulars sing Auld Lang Syne.


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Notable dialogueEdit

Hilda Ogden (about Ray Langton letting in the New Year): "His hair's not black, more mousey I'd say."
Tricia Hopkins: "No, but his heart is."

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