Episode 1563
Production code P694/563
ITV transmission date 7th January 1976 (Wednesday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Peter Tonkinson
Script editor Leslie Duxbury
Writer Leo Knowles
Designer Knowles Bentley
Director Laurence Moody
Producer Susi Hush
Previous episode 5th January 1976
Next episode 12th January 1976


Everyone advises Ken not to talk well of the Marshes. Tricia is tired of being unemployed. The Bishops worry about their reputation. They search for the postal order. Ken tells Douglas Marsh he can't speak up for the lads. Marsh begs him; the lads need a friend, so Ken agrees. Blanche puts Albert off the idea of a lodger. Ernie is asked to resign from scout secretary. Tricia refuses to serve Ken at the shop. Ernie finds the postal order in an exercise book. The Marshes get three months in a detention centre. In court, Ken blames the parents for showing a "couldn't care less" attitude. Marsh is furious and blames Ken. Ken urges him to make a fresh start with the boys when they get out. Marsh calls him a walking manifesto with too many principles and no sense. In the Mission, Ernie shows the postal order and gives a talk about trust and honesty and rumour to a shamefaced congregation including Alf, Blanche, Betty and Tricia.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Will Ken go to court to speak up for the vandals?
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,400,000 homes (9th place).

Notable dialogueEdit

Albert Tatlock: “I were a dirty young man, so why change?”

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