Episode 2977
Production code P694/1977
ITV transmission date 9th October 1989 (Monday)
Story editor Tom Elliott
Story associates Diane Culverhouse
Paul Abbott
Writer Peter Whalley
Designer Stephen Graham
Director Sarah Harding
Executive Producer David Liddiment
Producer Mervyn Watson
Previous episode 4th October 1989
Next episode 11th October 1989


Ken celebrates his fiftieth birthday. Sally has the plaster taken off her leg. Martin tries to persuade Gail to attend the Websters' party but she fears that she'll feel too old. Maurice Jones tells Deirdre he will pay the redundancies. The factory girls celebrate. Wendy Crozier feels sorry for Ken as Deirdre forgets his birthday. She lays on a meal for him. Gail is persuaded to go to the party. Deirdre makes Ken a surprise birthday meal but he doesn't return. Jenny takes Stuart Haley to the Websters' party while Mark takes Stephanie Smith. Martin gets drunk and tells Gail that he loves her. Ken and Wendy get to know each other better; she doesn't stop him when he kisses her. Martin declares his love for Gail loudly in the Street, in front of Ivy. Gail is embarrassed. Ken returns home to find the table laid for his surprise party but Deirdre has gone to bed.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Ken and Deirdre both have romantic plans, so why does the evening end in disappointment? And a party in the Street turns sour for Gail.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 20,730,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
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