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Episode 299 (23rd October 1963)

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Episode 299
Production code P228/299
ITV transmission date 23rd October 1963 (Wednesday)
Stories by Harry Driver
Writer H.V. Kershaw
Designer Denis Parkin
Director Michael Beckham
Producer Margaret Morris
Previous episode 21st October 1963
Next episode 28th October 1963


Dennis tries to practice his Best Man's speech with constant interruptions from Elsie. Walter wears a collarless Beatles suit for the wedding. Martha refuses to go to the service as she hasn't been invited to the reception. None of the wedding guests want to share a car with Ena so she arrives at St. Paul's Church on her own. Myra arrives before Jerry who has been taken to the reception rooms for a drink by Dennis and Walter. Realising that they are late, they rush to the church where the Verger refuses to allow Walter to bring in his guitar. At the reception, Dennis reads telegrams from the Walkers and Sheila. No one talks to Ena at the reception. The Booths go off on honeymoon in Torquay. While Walter and his band play, Len gets blind drunk and insults Ena before leaving early on his own. Ena returns to the Vestry to find it wrecked, the harmonium shattered and the furniture slashed. She breaks down...


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  • The church used for the outside broadcast sequences in this episode was St. Clement's which stood at the end of Archie Street in Salford (used in the programme's opening title sequence) and the scenes showing the guests, bride and groom arriving at the church door (which was situated on Brighton Street, the other side of the church from Archie Street) were punctuated by cries from the crowd, particularly generated towards the character of Jerry Booth when he came into view, all of which made it to the transmitted episode. Amateur colour footage shot by bystanders on the day of location recording can be seen here starting at 5'09".
  • TV Times synopsis: Happiness for Jerry and Myra - heartbreak for Ena
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 8,628,000 homes (2nd place).
  • This episode was included in the Network DVD collection Coronation Street: The Best of 1960-1969, released on 31st July 2006.
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