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|ITV transmission date||31st December 1990 (Monday)|
|Story editor||Tom Elliott|
|Story associates|| Trevor Suthers|
|Executive Producer||David Liddiment|
|Previous episode||28th December 1990|
|Next episode||2nd January 1991|
Sally returns home with baby Rosie. She worries how she and Kevin will cope with Rosie on their own. Phil and Deirdre fly off to Paris. Ken lays on a feast for Tracy. Audrey tries to persuade Alma to spend New year with her and Alf but she wants to be on her own. Emily invites Rita to a Friends of Weatherfield Hospital tea dance as they both want to get out more. Mike tells Alma that he's selling the flat and moving in with Jackie. Tracy is forced to tell Ken that Deirdre is in Paris when he suggests taking a bottle of wine over to No.1. He blows his top and tells her that he wants Deirdre back and he hates being humiliated. Tracy gets upset and runs away to No.1 when he says it's Deirdre he wants, not her. Emily and Percy witness them rowing in the Street. Ken plays it down. Tracy arranges to spend the night at friend Debbie Dawson's house. She tells Ken she's sick of him and that he only feels sorry for herself; he's pathetic and he's not even her father. Ken is hurt and begs her forgiveness but she goes anyway. Kevin and Sally are worn out by Rosie and their constant visitors. Rita decides to join Emily at the tea dance. Ken remembers the past and, as the residents see in the New Year next door at the Rovers, he opens a bottle of pills...
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Percy Sugden - Bill Waddington
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Kevin Webster - Michael Le Vell
- Rosie Webster - Emma Collinge
- Stephanie Barnes - Amelia Bullmore
- Desmond Barnes - Philip Middlemiss
- Phil Jennings - Tommy Boyle
- Deirdre Barlow - Anne Kirkbride
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Kimberley Taylor - Suzanne Hall
- Tracy Barlow - Dawn Acton
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Mavis Wilton - Thelma Barlow
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Alma Sedgewick - Amanda Barrie
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Derek Wilton - Peter Baldwin
- Don Brennan - Geoff Hinsliff
- Ivy Brennan - Lynne Perrie
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Bet Gilroy - Julie Goodyear
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Jim McDonald - Charles Lawson
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Phyllis Pearce - Jill Summers
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen, hallway and yard
- 13 Coronation Street - Front room
- 15a Coronation Street - Living room and kitchen
- The Kabin
- Jim's Cafe
- Jim's Cafe flat
- Manchester Airport - Departures ramp and entrance
- As Ken Barlow reflects on the past, archive voice clips of Frank Barlow, Albert Tatlock, Valerie Barlow and Deirdre Barlow are played, as well as Tracy Barlow from earlier in the episode.
- Jack Duckworth (William Tarmey) is credited but does not appear.
- TV Times synopsis: Voices from the past haunt Ken as he makes first a discovery about Deirdre, and then many more about himself. And the Websters are beginning to show definite signs of suffering from too much baby talk.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 16,430,000 viewers (10th place - combined figure including repeat).
- This episode was included in the Network DVD collection Coronation Street: The Best of 1990-1999, released on 5th September 2011.
Ken Barlow (to Tracy Barlow): "Oh, so you don't mind your mother going off to Paris for a dirty weekend with some spiv, don't you? You don't see anything wrong with your mother getting in and out of bed with every man who knocks on the front door? Do you know what I've given up for that woman? I mean do you really think I like living in this rat-hole? Over a shop in the street that I was born in? It's a humiliation! Like it's a humiliaton every time I go into the Corner Shop or the Rovers and I see them all nodding to themselves and tittle-tattling, but I did it! I swallowed my pride and I moved in, and I tried, I tried to get her back. I was reasonable and sensible even when I saw her taking her fancy men into my house! And sleeping in my bedroom!”
|December 1990 episodes|
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