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|ITV transmission date||25th December 1989 (Monday)|
|Story editor||Tom Elliott|
|Story associates|| Diane Culverhouse|
|Executive Producer||David Liddiment|
|Previous episode||22nd December 1989|
|Next episode||27th December 1989|
Deirdre refuses to talk about the affair on Christmas Day and she tries to make the day as pleasant as possible for Tracy. Jack swears never to drink again after seeing Santa. Rita worries about Jenny spending Christmas on her own. Martin gives Gail a gold bracelet. They entertain the Brennans and the Roberts'. Tracy tells her parents that she'll go out so they can row. Ken tells Deirdre he was forced into Wendy Crozier's arms because she was so busy at the Council. He throws the Mike affair at her but she refuses to be blamed. Ivy is upset to find Brian's photo has been put away in a drawer. Jenny refuses to see Rita. Alma and Mike both have quiet Christmases. When he invites her for a meal on Boxing Day she accepts. Jack is relieved to discover it was Derek on the warehouse roof. Derek opens the envelope from work only to discover he's been fired. Deirdre refuses to talk any more to Ken and tells him to decide whether he's leaving or staying.
- Gail Tilsley - Helen Worth
- Nicky Tilsley - Warren Jackson
- Martin Platt - Sean Wilson
- Sarah Louise Tilsley - Lynsay King
- Deirdre Barlow - Anne Kirkbride
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Tracy Barlow - Dawn Acton
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Don Brennan - Geoff Hinsliff
- Ivy Brennan - Lynne Perrie
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Percy Sugden - Bill Waddington
- Bet Gilroy - Julie Goodyear
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Kevin Webster - Michael Le Vell
- Mark Casey - Stuart Wolfenden
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Mavis Wilton - Thelma Barlow
- Derek Wilton - Peter Baldwin
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Jenny Bradley - Sally Ann Matthews
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Alma Sedgewick - Amanda Barrie
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- 3 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- 9 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- The Kabin flat - Living room/kitchen
- 33 Hammond Road - Living room and kitchen
- Manchester Polytechnic - Halls of residence
- Simon Gregory (Steve McDonald) and Nicholas Cochrane (Andy McDonald) are credited but do not appear.
- This episode was transmitted at 8.00pm.
- TV Times synopsis: Christmas comes but once a year, but as far as Ken Barlow is concerned once is quite enough as he finds he has a lot of explaining to do. The Brennans, Roberts, Gail and Martin share a peace offering.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 20,940,000 viewers (4th place - combined figure including repeat).
|December 1989 episodes|
|Fri 1st • Mon 4th • Wed 6th • Fri 8th • Mon 11th • Wed 13th • Fri 15th
Mon 18th • Wed 20th • Fri 22nd • Mon 25th • Wed 27th • Fri 29th