Episode 1580
Production code P694/580
ITV transmission date 8th March 1976 (Monday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Peter Tonkinson
Script editor Leslie Duxbury
Writer Tony Warren
Designer Geoff Bentley
Director Bill Gilmour
Producer Bill Podmore
Previous episode 3rd March 1976
Next episode 10th March 1976


The brewery run a promotion for "Yokohama" tropical fruit drink. Deirdre and Rita wonder where Mavis has got to. Rita thinks Betty should have accepted the Corner Shop gift. The Ogdens don't know what a delicatessen is. Stan thinks it means "delicate grub". Gail gives Hilda running shoes to wear on the dash. Wendy Nightingale calls on them, doing a survey in the area on people's reading habits. They have very little information to give her. Alf tells Len there's no hard feelings over Donna Parker. Mavis returns late from Kendal, the bus back having broken down. Her mood-ring is green for contentment but won't give any details about what happened. Hilda can't do a proper practice run. Gail offers her the Corner Shop for a few goes. Wendy is relieved to find Ken reads books as no one else does. He offers to show her the Community Centre. The Ogdens practice their dash with a baby's pram, horrifying Annie as they ransack the shop. She alerts Betty who stops them and makes them put all the items back where they belong. Ken tells Wendy his ambitions for the centre, including a Literary Appreciation Course. A shattered Stan puts all the items back on the shelves as Gail calculates they grabbed £98.04 on their last effort, £10 worse than the previous time. He complains his back is sore. Rita is annoyed that Mavis won't gossip about her weekend, aside from talking about the scenery. Albert wants an assurance that Betty won't sell the shop to anyone who makes it self-service. Wendy offers to run the class for Ken. Hilda asks Stan not to drink the night before the dash, so that they'll be on top form.


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Notable dialogueEdit

Hilda Ogden: "Don't chuck, please. Just for me. We're in training, love. I want us to be on top form tomorrow when the eyes of the world are on us."
Stan Ogden (laughing and hugging Hilda): "Hee hee! You're a love, aren't you?"
Hilda Ogden: "Yeah, well that's very much appreciated with your top atheletes, that's out an' all."
Stan Ogden (miserable): "Hell of a price to pay for a cartload of groceries, innit?"
Final dialogue in series written by creator Tony Warren

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