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Episode 358 (18th May 1964)

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Episode 358
Episode358
Production code P228/358
ITV transmission date 18th May 1964 (Monday)
Stories by Harry Driver
George Reed
Writer Peter Eckersley
Designer Peter Caldwell
Director Michael Beckham
Producer Tim Aspinall
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PlotEdit

Swindley returns to the Street from Hilda Barrett's having heard about Martha's death. Ena lays Martha out herself in the vestry bedroom and she and Albert take turns watching over her. Stuart Hodges pays his respects and meets Swindley. They agree that the funeral arrangements must be left to her frequently absent daughter Lily Haddon who, along with husband Wilf, goes through 7 Mawdsley Street to find her mother's insurance policies. They find she has been taking glyceryl trinitrate for a heart condition she had for nine months that she never told anyone about. Lily regrets that she and her mother never got on. A happy Minnie returns from her convalescent holiday and goes straight to the Rovers. Len gently breaks the news of Martha's death to her and she breaks down. She goes to the vestry but refuses to see the body. Neither she nor Ena can understand why Martha never told them she was ill. A Whit walk goes down the street, watched by the residents. The regulars remember Martha. Insurance man George Entwistle tells Lily and Wilf that Martha's policies come to only £22, 4s and 9d and they'll have to pay the rest of the funeral for themselves. Ena calls on the Haddons and insists the funeral tea is held in the vestry. Minnie joins her at Martha's and they look through her belongings. They find a record made on Blackpool's Golden Mile on which she swears her love for a strange man named Phil and they sing I'll String Along With You to each other. Ena dates the recording to 1934 when Percy Longhurst went off on a trip with another woman. She's pleased to know her old friend once had some fun in her life.

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NotesEdit

  • Lynne Carol is heard as Martha Longhurst on a record made in 1934 on Blackpool's Golden Mile. The actor playing Phil on the same record is uncredited.
  • In continuity error, Ena Sharples states that Martha Longhurst was the youngest of the snug trio whereas she was the eldest
  • Minnie Caldwell is seen getting out of a taxi and then supposedly unlocking the front door of No.9, even though she lives at No.5. This was due to a shortened version of the exterior set having to be erected in the small studio.
  • TV Times synopsis: Minnie and Swindley return to sadness, but Ena finds that hard work leaves little time for grief
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,436,000 homes (6th place).
  • This episode was included in the Network DVD collection ITV at 60, released on 26th October 2015.

Notable dialogueEdit

Leonard Swindley (about Martha Longhurst): "I always found her very willing."
Ena Sharples: "You found her catty and nasty and don't claim anything else, Leonard Swindley. She wasn't the biggest comedian we had round here but she was good company for me."

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Annie Walker: "Well I remember the time when widows wore black for at least three months. Nowadays you're laid out in one, buried in three, forgotten in five."

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Len Fairclough (about Martha Longhurst): "She always looked as though she'd lost a quid and found a ha'penny".

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Ena Sharples: "Well, that's one summer she got a kiss without a kick coming after it, though God knows, one summer in sixty-eight isn't all that much to live for."

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