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|ITV transmission date||9th February 1981 (Monday)|
|Stories by|| Peter Tonkinson|
|Previous episode||4th February 1981|
|Next episode||11th February 1981|
Ken books a restaurant to take Deirdre out to. Elsie is run ragged as Lorraine Tindall is useless. Lorraine agrees to go to Liverpool with Kevin, a lorry driver. Emily is pleased Ken and Deirdre are back together. The Brewery sends Gordon Lewis to the Rovers as temporary manager. He assures Annie that the pub will be safe in his hands. Elsie is furious when Lorraine walks out of the cafe early. Annie tells Fred that she's brought Gordon in as she doesn't trust him to look after the pub in her absence after previous problems. Deirdre gets ready for her date with Ken but he doesn't turn up. Mike invites her to join him for a meal. She goes with him. Ken breaks down on the moors. He is annoyed to have let Deirdre down. Deirdre and Mike enjoy each other's company. They agree to repeat the experience.
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Deirdre Langton - Anne Kirkbride
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Bet Lynch - Julie Goodyear
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Fred Gee - Fred Feast
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Mavis Riley - Thelma Barlow
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Tracy Langton - Christabel Finch
- Johnny Webb - Jack Smethurst
- Lorraine Tindall - June Page
- Kevin - Kevin Whately
- Gordon Lewis - David Daker
- Rovers Return Inn - Public, Back room
- 15a Coronation Street - Living room/kitchen
- Corner Shop - Back room
- Jim's Cafe
- TV Times synopsis: Ken Barlow fails to turn up for a special date with Deirdre Langton. So who's the man who steps in and whisks her away for a romantic night out? What will the Rovers bar staff say when they find Annie Walker has hired a stranger to keep an eye on them while she's off on a cruise?
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 17,250,000 viewers (3rd place).
|February 1981 episodes|
|Mon 2nd • Wed 4th • Mon 9th • Wed 11th • Mon 16th • Wed 18th • Mon 23rd • Wed 25th|