Episode 1770
Episode 1770
Production code P694/770
ITV transmission date 2nd January 1978 (Monday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Peter Tonkinson
Script editor Leslie Duxbury
Writer H.V. Kershaw
Designer Eric Deakins
Director George Spenton-Foster
Producer Bill Podmore
Previous episode 28th December 1977
Next episode 4th January 1978


Len has a black eye. He swears vengeance. Annie reprimands Fred for fighting Len. Fred refuses to pay Ray any money for the coffee table. Hilda decides to camp out for Perkins sale to buy a colour TV for £5. The residents hang around the Rovers in the hope of a fight. Hilda camps outside the store. Len hits Fred in the Rovers. Rita drags him home. Hilda is horrified when a meths-drinking tramp, Ozzie, camps down with her.


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  • The part of Ozzie was written for Laurence Olivier who was a fan of Jean Alexander's portrayal of Hilda Ogden and agreed to take part in the programme. At the last minute re-shoots on a film prevented him appearing in Coronation Street. Bill Podmore states that the film in question was Marathon Man but as that was released in October 1976, it was undoubtedly another production, possibly The Boys from Brazil.
  • TV Times synopsis: What's Hilda Ogden after when she starts her all-night vigil at the sales? Tension mounts as the Rovers' regulars sense impending violence…
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 13,493,000 viewers (19th place).
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