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|ITV transmission date||5th May 1980 (Monday)|
|Stories by|| Peter Tonkinson|
|Director||John Michael Phillips|
|Previous episode||30th April 1980|
|Next episode||7th May 1980|
Deirdre is amused to type a manuscript from a local authoress of racy stories. Arnold is impressed by Emily's work and gives the Bureau more jobs. He asks Emily out some time. The building society gives the Tilsleys a 95% mortgage. Gail is delighted. Mavis is annoyed that Rita has returned to work as manageress. Rita tells her it'll only be part-time. Emily is touched by a poem Arnold has written which she finds in his typing. Brian discovers they'll need £1,000 cash to buy the house and they've only got £400. Louise can't face the idea of working under Rita and decides to give her job up. She walks out. Len is annoyed and tells Rita it's her fault and she'll have to do the morning papers. Brian asks Bert to loan him £500 but Bert hasn't got any money. Emily agrees to go out to a pub with Arnold.
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Gail Tilsley - Helen Worth
- Eddie Yeats - Geoffrey Hughes
- Brian Tilsley - Christopher Quinten
- Deirdre Langton - Anne Kirkbride
- Tracy Langton - Christabel Finch
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Mavis Riley - Thelma Barlow
- Ivy Tilsley - Lynne Perrie
- Bert Tilsley - Peter Dudley
- Arnold Swain - George Waring
- Fred Gee - Fred Feast
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 3 Coronation Street - Back room, hallway and kitchen
- 5 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- The Kabin
- Jim's Cafe and passage outside
- This May Day Bank Holiday episode was transmitted at 7.00pm. As the episode was coming to a close, in London the SAS began storming the Iranian Embassy after a six day stand-off between armed police and terrorists who were holding and killing hostages. ITN asked ITV network control to switch to their live coverage of troops making a secret assault on the back of the building but were refused, supposedly because Coronation Street couldn't be interrupted. It was only after the event that ITN realised that if coverage had started earlier, the terrorists would be have been given prior notice of what was supposed to be a covert operation. At 7.27pm, ITV switched to the ITN coverage after the first three names on the credits list above had rolled across the screen and the rescue had started in earnest.
- TV Times synopsis: Gail and Brian face a serious cash problem
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 10,244,000 viewers (chart placing unknown).
|May 1980 episodes|
|Mon 5th • Wed 7th • Mon 12th • Wed 14th • Mon 19th • Wed 21st • Mon 26th • Wed 28th|