|ITV transmission date||18th March 1998 (Wednesday)|
|Story/Script editor||Ann McManus|
|Story associates|| Di Burrows|
|Previous episode||16th March 1998|
|Next episode||20th March 1998|
Des tells Samantha he has to go away overnight to a race meeting. Ken agrees to another escort for Alec. Deirdre meets her new barrister, Stuart Hamilton, who makes her see she has to hate Jon enough to make sure he goes to prison and not her. Chris tells Sally he can't stop thinking about her and will drop Samantha for her if she asks him to. She admits she was fond of him but she now wants her marriage to work. She is annoyed by his pestering as it makes her realise she isn't happy with Kevin and is only staying with him because of the girls. Liz and Alec agree to be Deirdre's character witnesses in court. Samantha entertains Chris at No.6. Ken dines out with Babs Fanshawe but half way through the meal she collapses in the toilet. Des watches his house, hoping to catch Samantha and Chris out. He lets himself in just when Samantha has taken Chris to bed. She manages to keep Des occupied whilst Chris sneaks out of the house. Samantha is so convincing that Des feels she must be innocent. Babs dies and Ken is forced to talk to the police as everyone assumes they are a couple.
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Deirdre Rachid - Anne Kirkbride
- Des Barnes - Philip Middlemiss
- Samantha Failsworth - Tina Hobley
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Chris Collins - Matthew Marsden
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Martin Platt - Sean Wilson
- Stuart Hamilton - Nicholas Sidi
- Frances Stillman - Kim Vithana
- Babs Fanshawe - Brigit Forsyth
- Waitress - Simone Stafford
- Restaurant Manager - Peter Pacey
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- 4 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms and front bedroom
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- Barrister's Office
- Pleasure Garden restaurant - Dining area and ladies' toilets
- This episode was broadcast at 7.00pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
- TV Times synopsis: Des sets a trap for Samantha. Ken is heading for disaster on his next date.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,960,000 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.
|March 1998 episodes|
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