Walter returns from London at 2.30am, and tells Dennis all about the exciting time he had making the record. Tipsy Elsie and Laurie arrive home late after a night at the club. Dennis is put out when Elsie introduces Walter to Laurie, who’s intrigued to hear about his visit to London. Albert agrees to look after Frank’s shop, as Alf has left him in the lurch. Word spreads that Frank didn’t get his second shop. Walter shows off the new clothes bought for him in London. Laurie makes some phone calls to ascertain how Walter’s recording session went. Dennis feels Laurie is muscling in on his discovery. Lucille calls into the shop and asks Frank to make some members’ badges for Walter’s fan club. Jack and Annie bemoan the lack of trade at the Rovers. Dennis feels sidelined when Laurie vows to propel Walter into the big time. The record, Not Too Little, Not Too Much, arrives and they play it for Walter, who giddily mimes along. Laurie smells a hit.
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Jack Walker - Arthur Leslie
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Frank Barlow - Frank Pemberton
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Martha Longhurst - Lynne Carol
- Lucille Hewitt - Jennifer Moss
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Miss Nugent - Eileen Derbyshire
- Dennis Tanner - Philip Lowrie
- Kathy Staff appears as a Customer in Frank's DIY Shop, but is not credited, despite having a line of dialogue.
- In an early example of product placement, Christopher Sandford's record Not Too Little, Not Too Much received its first ever performance in this episode when it closed the programme in the final scene as Walter Potts mimed along to his record. The scene continued while the credits rolled with the usual Eric Spear theme tune not being played. Sandford's record was released two days later on Friday 22nd November and gained another performance a day later on the Saturday 23rd November 1963 edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars. The disc eventually reached No.17 in the charts.
- From 1962 to 1964, the programme presented a generic cast list at the end of the episodes which listed all of the regulars, whether or not they appeared, and then the guest cast. Therefore this episode credits the following absent characters: Concepta Hewitt, Harry Hewitt, Valerie Barlow, Kenneth Barlow, Florrie Lindley and Len Fairclough.
- TV Times synopsis: The wandering minstrel returns, and a new record is created
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 8,782,000 homes (3rd place).
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