Episode 5246
Episode 5246
Production code P694/5246
ITV transmission date 9th April 2002 (Tuesday)
Script editor Kim Crowther
Story editor Nick West
Story associates Mark Bickerton
Josie Burke
Darren Fairhurst
Jane Hudson
Gareth Philips
Writer John Stevenson
Designer Julian Perkins
Director John Anderson
Executive Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Producer Kieran Roberts
Previous episode 8th April 2002
Next episode 12th April 2002


Archie invites Blanche to go to Blackpool for the weekend with him. Blanche says she'll think about it. Deirdre is horrified. Charlie is hitting the bottle again. She staggers into the Medical Centre looking for Matt but he isn't there. Sarah sees her and later when she's telling Candice about it, Miss Johnson, the Headmistress overhears. Fred visits his new grandson in hospital and is surprised to find that Ashley isn't there. Maxine is upset that Ashley hasn't been to visit and tells Audrey that she's worried that she's lost Ashley forever. Jack offers his services to Archie as a pallbearer; Archie says he'll bear it in mind if they're ever desperate. Fred buys drinks for everyone in the Rovers and they wet the baby's head. Matt calls to see Maxine to try and win her round. Maxine tells him that if he doesn't leave her alone she'll get him struck off. Audrey calls to see Ashley and tells him how sorry Maxine is and that he should be at his wife's and son's side. Ashley cries.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 8.00pm on a Tuesday to make way for Champions League football coverage in the programme's usual Wednesday slot.
  • TV Times synopsis: Charlie puts Ken in a difficult position at school. Audrey attempts to make Ashley face up to the future.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 10,220,000 viewers (8th place).
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