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|ITV transmission date||9th January 1989 (Monday)|
|Story associates|| Tom Elliott|
|Previous episode||4th January 1989|
|Next episode||11th January 1989|
Charlie Bracewell starts at the Rovers. Bet is surprised at his seediness. He used to be a ventriloquist on Alec's books and Alec feels sorry for him. Eddie Seddon crashes his lorry and is in Weatherfield General. Alan manages to get Rita and Jenny out of the house. The valuer, Mr Stoppard, tells Alan he could get £15,000 for the house. Sally and Gina look after Elsie Seddon. Charlie depresses everyone by talking about death all the time. Bet is shocked when Alec reveals that Charlie is going to be residential.
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Alan Bradley - Mark Eden
- Jenny Bradley - Sally Ann Matthews
- Mavis Wilton - Thelma Barlow
- Derek Wilton - Peter Baldwin
- Bet Gilroy - Julie Goodyear
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Sandra Stubbs - Sally Watts
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Don Brennan - Geoff Hinsliff
- Percy Sugden - Bill Waddington
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Kevin Webster - Michael Le Vell
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Martin Platt - Sean Wilson
- Charlie Bracewell - Peter Bayliss
- Gina Seddon - Julie Foy
- Mr Stoppard - Steve Dixon
- Salesman - Lloyd Peters
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 7 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- The Kabin
- Weatherfield General - Waiting area
- TV Times synopsis: The Rovers staff await their new bar-person with eager anticipation, but could this be a classic example of it being better to travel than to arrive? And a change of plans for Rita keeps Alan on tenderhooks, but it's clear he's not considered every eventuality.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,980,000 viewers (5th place).
|January 1989 episodes|
|Mon 2nd • Wed 4th • Mon 9th • Wed 11th • Mon 16th • Wed 18th • Mon 23rd • Wed 25th • Mon 30th|