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|ITV transmission date||28th December 1988 (Wednesday)|
|Story associates|| Tom Elliott|
|Previous episode||26th December 1988|
|Next episode||2nd January 1989|
Social Services tell Deirdre her interference in the Brian Roscoe case has made extra work. They accuse her of trying to make a name for herself on the Council. Deirdre is horrified to hear that Roscoe assaulted his father-in-law and is in police custody. Mike sets up another card school. Don is pleased. Deirdre refuses to let her nasty experience put her off helping others. Mike, Don, Jack and Alan play cards. Alan and Jack step out of the game when big money is laid down as stakes. Mike raises the stakes too high. To get the £1,000 he needs to see Mike's cards, Don throws in the keys to his taxi. He is horrified when Mike wins the game.
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Ivy Brennan - Lynne Perrie
- Sandra Stubbs - Sally Watts
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Deirdre Barlow - Anne Kirkbride
- Tracy Barlow - Dawn Acton
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Don Brennan - Geoff Hinsliff
- Bet Gilroy - Julie Goodyear
- Alan Bradley - Mark Eden
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Gail Tilsley - Helen Worth
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- 5 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 9 Coronation Street - Hallway (seen through front entrance)
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- 46b, St. Mary's Place - Living room
- TV Times synopsis: Deirdre looks for a pat on the back but gets something more akin to a slap in the face. And a return gesture from Mike leads to an evening fraught with devastating repercussions.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,550,000 viewers (4th place).
|December 1988 episodes|
|Mon 5th • Wed 7th • Mon 12th • Wed 14th • Mon 19th • Wed 21st • Sun 25th • Mon 26th • Wed 28th|