Liz lives in fear of one of the twins being beaten up. Angie feels guilty about eating Christmas dinner with Des whilst Curly is alone. Vicky suspects Bet of having an affair with Des Foster. Ivy and Don entertain the Platts. Ivy enjoys having her family around and decides she'd like to stay at No.5. The Barlows spend the day together. Mike waylays Alma on her way to the Roberts' house, turning up at the cafe with champagne. Alf watches the Queen's speech while Audrey waits for Alma to turn up. At the cafe, Mike tells Alma that he's made mistakes and he's sorry. He tells her that he still loves her and asks for a chance to start again. Jim makes Andy and Steve paint over the graffiti. Phyllis enjoys herself with Emily and Percy. Emily feels caught in the middle. Alma tells Mike that she's learnt how to hate him in the last year. He makes her admit she's not in love with Ken. Alma doesn't know why she isn't throwing Mike out. Curly and Reg spend the day together as they're both lonely. They raid Bettabuy for champagne and caviar. Vera misses Terry and accuses Jack of driving all her family away. Bet invites Des Foster to eat at the Rovers when he tells her he doesn't have any plans. She is shocked to find Vicky has already laid an extra place for him. Alma begs Mike to leave her alone, saying she can't stop loving him. He embraces her and she breaks down. Reg is caught by the police taking food from Bettabuy and the policeman takes him to the station. Don tries to make Ivy see that the Platts won't want them living across the Street but she doesn't take the hint and announces that they're not moving. Gail is horrified but doesn't complain in front of the kids. Audrey rings Ken and tells him that Alma never showed up for dinner. Tracy is put out when Deirdre says she's glad that Ken has found a good woman. Curly gives a comical description of Reg to the police and he is released. Gail tells Martin that she wants to move again, immediately. Vicky keeps Des on his toes by asking him about his marriage. Mike and Alma spend the afternoon together in bed. She feels like a cheat when Ken calls on her and she has to keep quiet.


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  • In a crediting error, Thomas Ormson (David Platt) is listed twice.
  • This episode of Coronation Street was unique in that the episode "surrounded" the traditional 3.00pm broadcast of The Queen's Christmas Day speech on ITV. Coronation Street began at 2.50pm and ran up to the scene where Alf Roberts settles down to watch the speech. After a brief continuity announcement the eight-minute speech was then broadcast and then without any further adverts or continuity announcements, Coronation Street continued, running until 3.35pm. The repeat of the episode on Granada Plus on 3rd July 2003 swapped round two scenes (one with Alf and Audrey Roberts and the other with Mike Baldwin and Alma Sedgewick) to miss out the actual speech and to hide the join.
  • For the first time, two episodes of Coronation Street were broadcast on one day, with a second episode being shown at 7.30pm. This was also the first instalment of the programme longer than the usual half-hour in length.
  • TV Times synopsis: (First part) The Platts and the Brennans gather for Christmas dinner. Will it pass peacefully? (Second part) The police have a surprise for a resident.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 11,130,000 viewers (40th place - combined figure including repeat).

Notable dialogueEdit

Curly Watts (drunkenly giving a description of Reg Holdsworth over the phone to the Policeman who arrested him): "Well he's er... short, fat and balding - although he tries to hide it by dragging a few strands across. And he's got a face like one of them cabbage patch dolls. And he wears rather a lot of that sweet-smelling aftershave - too much really, someone ought to tell him about it. Oh yeah, and he's got erm... a funny manner about him. He talks like a Sergeant Major who's swallowed a dictionary."

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