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|ITV transmission date||31st December 1997 (Wednesday)|
|Story/Script editor||Ann McManus|
|Story associates|| Di Burrows|
|Previous episode||29th December 1997|
|Next episode||2nd January 1998|
Sally suggests to Kevin that he fiddles the books so that there's no profits for Natalie. Fred thinks Ashley is a fool for letting Zoe stay but Ashley refuses to put her on the streets. Spider discovers that an endangered plant, the hairy groundwort, is growing on the Red Rec. Nick babysits so he can entertain Leanne in private. He plans to visit friends in Scotland and invites Leanne to join him. Deirdre decides to surprise Jon at work with some champagne. She goes to the tie-shop and is stunned to be told he's at home with his wife and children. She gets the address from the shop assistant. Zoe kisses Ashley, telling him she is attracted to him. He allows her to lead him upstairs. Chris is pleased when Kevin offers him his job back. He accepts. Deirdre calls at Jon's house and confronts him and Linda, telling her that she's the woman who doesn't exist. Jon tells Linda he doesn't know who Deirdre is.
- Ashley Peacock - Steven Arnold
- Zoe Tattersall - Joanne Froggatt
- Shannon Tattersall - Lucy Whipday
- Maxine Heavey - Tracy Shaw
- Roy Cropper - David Neilson
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Spider Nugent - Martin Hancock
- Leanne Battersby - Jane Danson
- Nick Tilsley - Adam Rickitt
- Gail Platt - Helen Worth
- Toyah Battersby - Georgia Taylor
- Kevin Webster - Michael Le Vell
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Fred Elliott - John Savident
- Maud Grimes - Elizabeth Bradley
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Martin Platt - Sean Wilson
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Les Battersby - Bruce Jones
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Natalie Horrocks - Denise Welch
- Deirdre Rachid - Anne Kirkbride
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Angie Freeman - Deborah McAndrew
- Chris Collins - Matthew Marsden
- Janice Battersby - Vicky Entwistle
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 3 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- 4 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 5 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 8 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- Corner Shop
- Roy's Rolls
- Manchester Airport - Lounge and "Tie 'n' Fly"
- Oakside Road
- 15 Oakside Road - Living room
- TV Times synopsis: Deirdre makes an alarming discovery, while Kevin and Sally plan to get the better of Natalie.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,640,000 viewers (4th 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.
|December 1997 episodes|
|Mon 1st • Wed 3rd • Fri 5th • Sun 7th • Mon 8th • Wed 10th • Fri 12th • Sun 14th • Mon 15th
Wed 17th • Fri 19th • Sun 21st • Mon 22nd • Thu 25th • Fri 26th • Sun 28th • Mon 29th • Wed 31st