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|ITV transmission date||22nd May 1989 (Monday)|
|Story associates|| Diane Culverhouse|
|Executive Producer||David Liddiment|
|Previous episode||17th May 1989|
|Next episode||24th May 1989|
Alec finds it hard coping with the staff without Bet's management. Ivy begins to feel fond of Lucky. Don gets Audrey to persuade Alf to have a share in Lucky. Audrey fancies herself as an owner's wife. Alma sorts out her divorce, leaving Phyllis and Christine Carter on their own in the cafe. Alec is forced to wear a Hawaiian shirt as it's his only clean one. He contacts the Home Care agency for a housekeeper. When Percy complains about the food at the cafe, Alma throws him out and closes the cafe as she can't cope. Alec takes Mrs Hargreaves on as housekeeper. Audrey worries as she's got no clothes that match Lucky's colour. Bet finds Mrs Hargreaves ironing Alec's shirts with her iron. She accuses her of being Alec's bit of stuff and takes the iron off her. Bet tells her that Alec is a sex maniac. Ken worries as the Gazette starts a freesheet. Bet enjoys seeing Alec going under. Mrs Hargreaves leaves when Alec asks her to work behind the bar. He is forced to take Vera on for the night and accuses Bet of being a pub-wrecker.
- Don Brennan - Geoff Hinsliff
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Ivy Brennan - Lynne Perrie
- Bet Gilroy - Julie Goodyear
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Alma Sedgewick - Amanda Barrie
- Phyllis Pearce - Jill Summers
- Tina Fowler - Michelle Holmes
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Percy Sugden - Bill Waddington
- Gail Tilsley - Helen Worth
- Sarah Louise Tilsley - Lynsay King
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Deirdre Barlow - Anne Kirkbride
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public, back room and hallway
- 5 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms and yard
- Corner Shop
- Jim's Cafe
- TV Times synopsis: Alec’s frustration at Bet's 'unreasonable behaviour' pushes him into making a sudden decision on the domestic front. And the staff at Jim's Café are jumping through hoops to please Alma Sedgewick, little knowing just how unpredictable she can be.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,820,000 viewers (5th place - combined figure including repeat).
|May 1989 episodes|
|Mon 1st • Wed 3rd • Mon 8th • Wed 10th • Mon 15th • Wed 17th • Mon 22nd • Wed 24th • Mon 29th • Wed 31st|