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|ITV transmission date||20th December 1978 (Wednesday)|
|Stories by|| Esther Rose|
|Script editor||Leslie Duxbury|
|Previous episode||18th December 1978|
|Next episode||27th December 1978|
Deirdre does some of the Yard work at home. Albert warns Ken that Karen Barnes fancies him. Ivy suggests the police are informed about Eileen Tibson's disappearance - the girls agree. Elsie talks them out of it as her kids will be affected. Hilda refuses to listen, planning to go to the police herself. Eileen turns up at the factory having spent all but £60 of the money. Ivy is shocked at her depressed state, Eileen tells her she's on valium. Mike tells Ivy it's up to her what happens to Eileen. Eileen offers to pay the money back weekly but Mike refuses. He replaces the missing money himself. He takes the money out of the bonuses without the girls' knowledge. Ray writes to Deirdre saying he needs money. He tells her either to join him or sell the house. She decides to sell the house. Ken reads a letter to Karen from Dave. In it Dave tells her that if Ken changes her, he'll "sort him out".
- Deirdre Langton - Anne Kirkbride
- Tracy Langton - Christabel Finch
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Ivy Tilsley - Lynne Perrie (Credited as "Lynn Perrie")
- Ida Clough - Helene Palmer
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Renee Roberts - Madge Hindle
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Steve Fisher - Lawrence Mullin
- Fred Gee - Fred Feast
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- 5 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- Corner Shop
- Baldwin's Casuals - Sewing room and office
- This episode marks the 1,000th appearance of Jean Alexander in the role of Hilda Ogden.
- TV Times synopsis: Deirdre Langton receives her first letter from husband Ray since he left - and it contains an ultimatum. Karen Barnes continues her letters at home with Ken Barlow. But what will happen when her husband gets out of jail?
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 20,443,000 viewers (6th place). This was the most-watched episode of the year.
- No episode was transmitted on 25th December 1978. The next episode was therefore shown on 27th December.
|December 1978 episodes|
|Mon 4th • Wed 6th • Mon 11th • Wed 13th • Mon 18th • Wed 20th • Wed 27th|