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Episode 4997
Episode 4997
Production code P694/4997
ITV transmission date 5th March 2001 (Monday)
Script editor Nick Malmholt
Story editor Nick West
Story associates Kathleen Beedles
Darren Fairhurst
Gareth Philips
Josie Burke
Writer Joe Turner
Designer Julian Perkins
Director John Anderson
Executive Producer Jane Macnaught
Previous episode 4th March 2001
Next episode 7th March 2001


Emma finds that someone has ripped open a load of bin bags and thrown rubbish all over the back yard. Ken is planning to move to Scotland with Adam. Peter says he will go too. Ken then broaches the subject with Deirdre. She is very upset that he discussed it with everyone else first. Ken tells her that he's going to move with or without her. She packs her bags and leaves. Whilst standing at the bus stop in tears, Dev sees her and takes her back to his flat. Candice tells Todd that she was about to dump Darren Michaels anyway. Todd accepts this and they are back together. Emily plans a surprise party for Norris's sixtieth birthday. They use Emma and Curly's house. They set up a buffet and all his friends turn up and wait to surprise him. It's Anthony's job to get Norris there. It all goes wrong and Norris and Anthony end up getting drunk together and missing the party. Linda is about to tell Ryan that Emma, the girl who shot his brother, lives on the same Street but he already knows. After Deirdre has left, Ken changes his mind about going to Scotland.


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  • Although this episode features events around Norris Cole's sixtieth birthday, other sources state that he was born in 1940.
  • This episode marks the 3,000th appearance of William Roache in the role of Ken Barlow. He was the first actor in the programme to achieve this milestone.
  • TV Times synopsis: Deirdre reaches the end of her tether. Norris disappears on his birthday.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,230,000 viewers (5th place - combined figure including repeat).
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