Episode 1973
Production code P694/973
ITV transmission date 27th February 1980 (Wednesday)
Stories by Peter Tonkinson
Esther Rose
Writer John Stevenson
Designer Eric Deakins
Director Richard Holthouse
Producer Bill Podmore
Previous episode 25th February 1980
Next episode 3rd March 1980


Elsie enjoys having Ian McAllister about the house. Alf asks Len to look at his guttering but Len tells him he's off to Blackpool to find Rita. Stan is nervous of what the solicitors want and avoids them. Renee gossips to Emily about Ian. The solicitors, Rosenfield, Blackburn and Fox, write again telling Stan that Dora Entwistle of 2, Chapel Yard in Weatherfield has named him as a beneficiary in her will. Hilda wants to know who she was to Stan. He says he's never heard of her. Len finds Rita working at the launderette in Blackpool that Sam told her about. She is shocked that he's tracked her down. She tells him they've got nothing to talk about. He begs her to return home and have a fresh start. He promises he'll change but she doesn't believe him. She knows he means it now but also knows that really he doesn't care enough about her to change. She tells him it's too late and walks off.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Will Rita respond to Len's pleas to return? The Ogdens have hopes that their ship has come in at long last…
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,446,000 viewers (6th place).
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