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|ITV transmission date||4th January 1978 (Wednesday)|
|Stories by|| Esther Rose|
|Script editor||Leslie Duxbury|
|Previous episode||2nd January 1978|
|Next episode||9th January 1978|
Hilda is the first in the queue at Perkins sale. Fred sports a black eye. Annie tells him that if it happens again he'll have to leave the Rovers. Ernie feels in a bit of a rut as a wages clerk. Alf arranges a date with Renee. Hilda is too busy being interviewed by a local radio reporter, Ted Thomas, to notice the store doors opening. She misses the TV. Two thugs, Tommo and Dave, follow Mike and Ernie when they go to the bank. Alf has to call off his date with Renee because of work. He's got to go on a course in London for a couple of weeks. He assures her they'll go out when he returns. Fred and Rita each pay Ray £5 towards a new table. Rita blames Elsie for stirring trouble between Fred and Len and they row in the Rovers. Fred takes Rita's side causing Len to stand by Elsie. Annie has to stop them all from fighting. Tommo and Dave have a sawn-off shot gun with them.
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Eddie Yeats - Geoffrey Hughes
- Renee Bradshaw - Madge Hindle
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Elsie Howard - Patricia Phoenix
- Fred Gee - Fred Feast
- Ray Langton - Neville Buswell
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Ernest Bishop - Stephen Hancock
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Ozzie - Denis Carey
- Mrs Harrison - Sandra Voe
- Ted Thomas - David Calder
- Tommo - Dave Parke
- Dave - Tony McHale
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 9 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- Corner Shop
- Perkins - Exterior
- Unknown streets in Weatherfield
- 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: The bitterness between Elsie Howard and Rita Fairclough erupts into a public slanging match. Hilda Ogden arrives home exhausted from the sales - but what did she buy?
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 18,858,000 viewers (1st place).
|January 1978 episodes|
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