Mel tells Norris to get the Book Club members to make their cheques out to Lionel Hipkiss, Mel's publisher. Jamie and Leanne go for lunch at Carol's house in Birmingham. Carol burns the lunch and drinks too much. Leanne's shocked at the squalor of the house. Upset Liz tells Deirdre that Jim's attacked his cell mate and had his sentence extended by two years. She decides their relationship is over. Liz tells Steve she's going to divorce Jim. Steve's upset. The Book Club meet and hand over their money to Mel. Mel reads a passage from his new tome,The Canary's Last Song. Jamie thinks the lunch with Carol went well but Leanne points out she's got a drink problem and needs help. Ken arrives at the Book Club and exposes Mel for the fraud that he is. Mel's real name is Lionel Hipkiss and he has a track record of taking money from people for potential book publication, only for nothing to appear. Emily, Blanche, Roy, Rita, Audrey and Norris are shocked and demand their money back. Norris manhandles Mel out of the door after he has told the group what he really thinks of them. Jamie blames himself for his mother's mental state as he chose to live with Danny and Frankie over her. Leanne tries to console him.
- Leanne Battersby - Jane Danson
- Jamie Baldwin - Rupert Hill
- Norris Cole - Malcolm Hebden
- Roy Cropper - David Neilson
- Betty Williams - Betty Driver
- Shelley Unwin - Sally Lindsay
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Deirdre Barlow - Anne Kirkbride
- Fred Elliott - John Savident
- Steve McDonald - Simon Gregson
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Rita Sullivan - Barbara Knox
- Blanche Hunt - Maggie Jones
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- Rosamund Street
- Victoria Street
- Roy's Rolls
- Carol Baldwin's house, Birmingham - Living room and exterior
- TV Times synopsis: Liz learns that Jim has had his sentence extended for bad behaviour; Jamie takes Leanne to visit his mum; and the truth about Mel could be revealed.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 10,780,000 viewers (4th place).
- This episode was included in the Golden Anniversary DVD Collection, released by ITV Home Entertainment on 11th October 2010.
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