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|ITV transmission date||21st December 1998 (Monday)|
|Script editor||Pamela Woods|
|Story editor||David Lane|
|Story associates|| Di Burrows|
|Executive Producer||Carolyn Reynolds|
|Previous episode||20th December 1998|
|Next episode||23rd December 1998|
Gail invites Nick for Christmas dinner but Janice invites Leanne. Leanne tells Nick there's no way she's going to Gail's house and says that he'll have to tell her they're going to Janice's house. Gail refuses to change her plans and orders Nick to stand the Battersbys up. Alec is impressed by Vicky's plans for her new business. Fearing squatters, Audrey asks Maxine to move into the salon flat over Christmas. Maxine holds out until Audrey agrees to her moving into it permanently. Maxine is thrilled to finally have a place of her own. Greg is interested to hear that Maxine has her own flat. Alec suddenly has a change of heart and tells the Duckworths that they're welcome to spend Christmas in Blackpool.
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Rita Sullivan - Barbara Knox
- Vicky McDonald - Chloe Newsome
- Gail Platt - Helen Worth
- Nick Tilsley - Adam Rickitt
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Maud Grimes - Elizabeth Bradley
- Betty Williams - Betty Driver
- Fred Elliott - John Savident
- Ashley Peacock - Steven Arnold
- Janice Battersby - Vicky Entwistle
- Leanne Tilsley - Jane Danson
- Tyrone Dobbs - Alan Halsall
- Alma Baldwin - Amanda Barrie
- Les Battersby - Bruce Jones
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Steve McDonald - Simon Gregson
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Jim McDonald - Charles Lawson
- Judy Mallett - Gaynor Faye
- Gary Mallett - Ian Mercer
- Jackie Dobbs - Margi Clarke
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Maxine Heavey - Tracy Shaw
- Greg Kelly - Stephen Billington
- Natalie Barnes - Denise Welch
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public, back room and hallway
- 4 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 9 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- 10a Coronation Street - Living room
- Corner Shop
- Roy's Rolls
- TV Times synopsis: The Duckworths are surprised when Alec gives them his blessing to go to Blackpool. Nick and Leanne face a Christmas dilemma.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 17,890,000 viewers (4th place - combined figure including repeat).
Alec Gilroy: "Now I know I'm a cynical old beggar, but believe me, there's very few people you can trust. The world's full of sharks."
Vicky McDonald: "I know, Grandad. Don't worry, I still love you!"
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