Episode 2479
Production code P694/1479
ITV transmission date 2nd January 1985 (Wednesday)
Stories by Tom Elliott
Peter Tonkinson
Writer John Stevenson
Designer Eric Deakins
Director Nicholas Ferguson
Executive Producer Bill Podmore
Producer Mervyn Watson
Previous episode 31st December 1984
Next episode 7th January 1985


Elaine wants Kevin to go to Southampton with them. Hilda advertises for a lady lodger as she's feeling lonely. Bet feels sure that Gordon Lewis has got the job and he'll sack her. Elaine tells Kevin she doesn't want to split the family up and says that if he doesn't go with them he'll be splitting it up. Sarah Ridley tells Gordon that she wants him to take over the Dockers Arms and makes Bet manageress of the Rovers. Henry Wakefield calls on Hilda as a prospective lodger. Bill rows with Kevin for mouthing Elaine and threatens to thump him if it happens again. Bet looks forward to moving into the Rovers and has to go on a training course. Kevin packs his stuff. Bill refuses to stop him leaving.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Who's to be the new boss at the Rovers? Sarah Ridley arrives with the brewery's decision. Elaine Prior begs Kevin Webster not to split his family by refusing to move to Southampton after the wedding. Can she succeed where his father Bill failed?
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 21,400,000 viewers (1st place). This was the highest-rated episode of the year and, based on a single showing of an episode, is the most-watched edition of the programme ever broadcast.
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