Episode 1596
Episode 1596
Production code P694/596
ITV transmission date 3rd May 1976 (Monday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Peter Tonkinson
Script editor Leslie Duxbury
Writer Adele Rose
Designer Geoff Bentley
Director Derek Lister
Producer Bill Podmore
Previous episode 28th April 1976
Next episode 5th May 1976


Sylvia's Separates holds a sale and Hilda buys a hideously ill-suited teenager's smock-top. Ray feels there isn't enough work for Terry. Everyone is too embarrassed to tell Hilda she looks a fool so Tricia plucks up courage and tells her that she looks like mutton dressed as lamb. Terry agrees to work part-time at the Yard. Alf is told to train a lad in his job at the Post Office but he feels he's getting too old to work. Elsie tells Stan he ended up at the wrong pub on purpose. Gail refuses to take the top back. Hilda says she'll force Elsie to give her the money back.


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  • This episode saw the debut of the programme's fifth, and longest-lived title sequence.
  • TV Times synopsis: Hilda gets something new to wear - and some sharp reaction from the regulars.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,650,000 homes (2nd place).

Notable dialogueEdit

Hilda Ogden (about her new top): "I'm glad it meets with anonymous approval."

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