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|ITV transmission date||9th January 1963 (Wednesday)|
|Stories by||Harry Driver|
|Previous episode||7th January 1963|
|Next episode||14th January 1963|
Ena and Elsie spread their rumour. Jed can't get rid of his stock of Cyprus sherry. When black conductor Johnny Alexander accuses Len of not paying his fare, Harry sides with Len and reports Johnny. Jack buys the sherry so that Jed can pay his rent. Elsie and Ena are amazed at the gullibility of the residents. Frank hears the news and is upset. Elsie and Ena realise they should have told him about the joke.
- Leonard Swindley - Arthur Lowe
- Concepta Hewitt - Doreen Keogh
- Frank Barlow - Frank Pemberton
- Doreen Lostock - Angela Crow
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Jed Stone - Kenneth Cope
- Valerie Barlow - Anne Reid
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Florrie Lindley - Betty Alberge
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roache
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Martha Longhurst - Lynne Carol
- Lucille Hewitt - Jennifer Moss
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Jack Walker - Arthur Leslie
- Harry Hewitt - Ivan Beavis
- Miss Nugent - Eileen Derbyshire
- Christine Appleby - Christine Hargreaves
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- The recording of this and the previous episode was attended by winners of the TV Times competition to match the residents of the Street to the characters in the fictional play Lady Lawson Loses which was the centrepiece of Episode 212 (24th December 1962).
- TV Times synopsis: The rumour spreads - and backfires
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 9,116,000 homes (1st place). This was the programme's highest rating to date and the first time that over 9,000,000 millions watched the programme.
|January 1963 episodes|
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