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|ITV transmission date||15th January 1979 (Monday)|
|Stories by|| Esther Rose|
|Script editor||Leslie Duxbury|
|Previous episode||10th January 1979|
|Next episode||17th January 1979|
Suzie returns, having a lift from a jag driver with tales of the good life in London. Deirdre puts No.5 on the market. In Annie's absence Fred wants to watch a race at the bookies. Betty refuses to let him. Deirdre is forced to take from Tracy's money box in order to live. Rita is embarrassed to see Deirdre searching for money and offers her help but Deirdre refuses. Fred puts Annie's TV on the bar so he can watch the race. He is embarrassed when Alec Young, a mate who thinks he owns the Rovers, comes for a drink with a pal of his Frank Bebbington. They persuade Fred to take bets over the bar on the race. He phones the betting office but the line is engaged, he pockets the bet money and tells everyone the bets are on. Mike 's horse wins 20-1. Fred realises he has to find £40 to give him.
- Steve Fisher - Lawrence Mullin
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Gail Potter - Helen Worth
- Suzie Birchall - Cheryl Murray
- Deirdre Langton - Anne Kirkbride
- Tracy Langton - Christabel Finch
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Renee Roberts - Madge Hindle
- Fred Gee - Fred Feast
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Mavis Riley - Thelma Barlow
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Ron Mather - Joe Lynch
- Alec Young - Max Smith
- Frank Bebbington - George Selway
- Race Commentator - Peter Ellis
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public and hallway
- 5 Coronation Street - Living room
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- Corner Shop
- The Kabin
- TV Times synopsis: While Annie Walker is away, Fred Gee turns the Rovers into a betting shop. He soon regrets it. Deirdre Langton returns from her mother's, and Suzie Birchall returns from London…two girls of similar age but with totally different problems to face.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,250,000 viewers (6th place).
|January 1979 episodes|
|Mon 1st • Wed 3rd • Mon 8th • Wed 10th • Mon 15th • Wed 17th
Mon 22nd • Wed 24th • Mon 29th • Wed 31st