Episode 389
Florrie breakdown
Production code P228/389
ITV transmission date 2nd September 1964 (Wednesday)
Stories by Harry Driver
George Reed
Writer Jack Rosenthal
Designer Peter Caldwell
Director Gerard Dynevor
Producer Tim Aspinall
Previous episode 31st August 1964
Next episode 7th September 1964


Stan prepares for his first day of work and even Irma is impressed by his chauffeur's uniform. Annie sulks over losing the talent contest but compliments from Jack and Lucille cheer her up. An upset Florrie snaps at the customers and Irma. She accuses the customers of laughing at her over her Irishman. Stan shows off the Rolls and gives Hilda, Irma, Ena, Minnie, Albert, Charlie, and Little Titch a ride in it. The dog relieves itself in it and Minnie rips a seat with her hat pin. Stan is sacked. Norman offers Lucille a contract as a singer but she turns him down, not being interested in show-business. Irma has enough of Florrie's bad-tempered behaviour and walks out. Florrie feels old and alone and snaps, wrecking the shop and breaking the window with a tin.


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  • This episode features a rare use of incidental music in the programme for the scene where Stan Ogden takes friends and family out in the Rolls Royce. The scene was played in the fashion of a silent film with appropriate piano music of the chilren's tune We're Off in a Motor Car accompanying it.
  • The scenes in Coronation Street were not shot on the usual set but were shot on location. This meant that the frontage of a real pub stood in for the Rovers Return Inn and consequently bore little resemblance to that usually shown in the programme. The pub used was "The Amalgamated Inn" which stood on the corner of Clifton Street and Gloucester Street in Ordsall about half a mile north of Archie Street which was used as the template for the design of the Coronation Street set. The pub was re-used as the Rovers exterior in Episode 690 (26th July 1967) for shots of Annie Walker setting off in a chauffeur-driven limousine for a trip to Paris she won in a competition. The pub closed in 1970 and was demolished in 1971.
  • TV Times synopsis: Stan takes everyone for a ride
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,474,000 homes (3rd place).
  • This episode was included in the Network DVD collection Coronation Street: The Best of 1960-1969, released on 31st July 2006.

Notable dialogueEdit

Annie Walker: "How often does Maria Callas do a week at the Viaduct Sporting Club?


Ena Sharples: "Do you know how often I've been in a big shiny car? Twice in sixty years and I'd just like to do it once without a wet hanky in me 'and."

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