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Episode 1840 (4th September 1978)

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Episode 1840
Episode 1840
Production code P694/840
ITV transmission date 4th September 1978 (Monday)
Stories by Esther Rose
Peter Tonkinson
Script editor Leslie Duxbury
Writer Julian Roach
Designer Geoff Bentley
Director Alan Bromly
Producer Bill Podmore
Previous episode 30th August 1978
Next episode 6th September 1978


Edith Tatlock arrives in Weatherfield to find out why Ken doesn't want Peter to return to Glasgow. Renee worries about the dampness in the wall. Ken tells Edith it's his responsibility to decide what is best for Peter. Ken believes it's more important for Peter to pass his exams than to be happy in Glasgow. Edith is forced to give in. Mike entertains a buyer and gets drunk. Elsie takes his car keys off him and gets Ron Mather to take him home in the taxi. Mike has no money to pay the fare but Ron trusts him. Edith tells Peter she's going back to Glasgow and it's up to him if he wants to return with her.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 7.00pm to allow for the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service to be shown at 7.30pm.
  • TV Times synopsis: Ken Barlow's ex-mother-in-law Edith Tatlock turns up - and family rows begin over the future of Ken's son Peter. A surprise for Elsie Tanner when her taxi call brings a chance meeting with new acquaintance Ron Mather.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 13,299,000 viewers (11th place).

Notable dialogueEdit

Edith Tatlock (to Ken Barlow): "I really do believe you're peculiar. You don't understand about people's feelings, do you? You don't even understand that they have feelings."

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