Episode 4571
Episode 4571
Production code P694/4571
ITV transmission date 5th March 1999 (Friday)
Script editor Pamela Woods
Story editor David Lane
Story associates Di Burrows
Steve Hughes
Mariam Vossough
Nick West
Writer John Stevenson
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Jim O'Hanlon
Executive Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Producer David Hanson
Previous episode 3rd March 1999
Next episode 7th March 1999


Betty advises Natalie not to rush into another relationship so soon after Des. Toyah falls for Tom. Sharon assures Ian that she has no doubts about getting married. He is disappointed. Jack sadly says goodbye to his pigeons as Charlie West takes them to breed from. Betty sees Sharon kissing Ian and is horrified to learn they're getting married at the weekend. Jack refuses to accept a lift in Charlie's truck when Les tells him it's stolen. Vera buys christening gowns for the Malletts as she knows they've no money. Judy is touched and tells her that she's like a mother to her. Ian spends his stag night wining and dining Natalie. Betty tells Rita that Ian is seeing Natalie behind Sharon's back. Sharon has her hen party at the Rovers. Natalie is stunned when Rita calls her a hard-faced bitch.


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  • TV Times synopsis: On the eve of the wedding, Betty makes a shocking discovery about Ian, and Jack bids a tearful farewell to his pigeons.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 17,750,000 viewers (5th place - combined figure including repeat).

Notable dialogueEdit

Les Battersby: "You know you've got a great place 'ere Charlie, I've always wanted a smallholding."
Charlie West: "Your Janice reckons you've already got one!"


Rita Sullivan (To Natalie Barnes): "By hell, lady, I've met some hard-faced bitches in my time, but you take the bloody gold medal".

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