Episode 3261
Production code P694/2261
ITV transmission date 5th August 1991 (Monday)
Story editor Trevor Suthers
Story associates Graham Carlisle
Elizabeth Malpas
Writer Julian Roach
Designer David Butterworth
Director Mervyn Cumming
Executive Producer David Liddiment
Producer Mervyn Watson
Previous episode 2nd August 1991
Next episode 7th August 1991


Derek is done trying to get through to Steph after being called a busybody for his efforts. Andy and Steve ask Jim to help them start an amateur radio station. Jim agrees despite the illegality of it as it'll keep them out of trouble. Winnie Dyson calls Emily and lets her know that Percy is in hospital. Not knowing what's wrong with him, Emily is full of remorse. Deirdre worries about what people are saying about her. Emily visits Percy and finds him weak and washed out, having had an asthma attack. He's puzzled as he's never had asthma before. Emily fears that the stress of the move brought it on. Jim gets the electrical equipment to make a transmitter for the lads. Percy makes Emily promise not to tell Phyllis where he is. Deirdre decides that she's finished with men and starts looking for work. Sally tells her that Alf needs help at the shop. Deirdre laughs at the idea. Mavis prevails upon Steph not to throw all her happiness away as she'll regret it. Steph is spared the lecture when Des arrives No.6. Liz gets suspicious when Jim tells her the twins are working hard at the bike shop. Andy and Steve manage to set the transmitter up and can be picked up by radios. Phyllis finds out about Percy from Mrs Dyson and rushes to his bedside. When Emily visits Percy, Phyllis accuses her of throwing Percy onto the street. Emily rushes from the hospital upset.


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  • TV Times synopsis: The McDonald twins set out on a new venture which might be illegal, could be troublesome, but promises a load of fun. And is Emily Bishop the cause of Percy’s hospitalisation?
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 16,090,000 viewers (3rd place).

Notable dialogueEdit

Deirdre Barlow (to Sally Webster): "You wouldn't remember Elsie Tanner would yer? She used to live in this street. It was always 'Elsie Tanner this, Elsie Tanner that'... Men. Always men! By 'eck, she kept tongues wagging. I never thought it would be me taking over from her though."


Steph Barnes (to Mavis Wilton): "I was just sorting through me laundry. Yer know, me dirty linen. I was thinking of washing it in private."

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