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Episode 77 (6th September 1961)

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Episode 77
Production code P228/77
ITV transmission date 6th September 1961 (Wednesday)
Serial editor H.V. Kershaw
Writer Harry Driver and Vince Powell
Designer Denis Parkin
Director Howard Baker
Producer Derek Granger
Previous episode 4th September 1961
Next episode 11th September 1961


The Rileys are reconciled with Concepta and agree to come to the wedding. The Bonartis install a juke box. Dennis takes up a ventriloquist doll called Fred. Ken tells Valerie about Marian Lund. Christine worries that she'll lose Steve because of the distance between them. Lucille hates her first day at grammar school. The Rileys offer to look after Lucille in Ireland when the Hewitts go on their honeymoon. Frank is annoyed when Ida goes to work without reading a letter from David or saying goodbye.


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  • Final appearance of Noel Dyson in the role of Ida Barlow whose character dies in the following episode. The news of the death was deliberately held over by one episode as Ms Dyson was due to appear with the rest of the cast at the switching on of the Blackpool illuminations by Violet Carson on Friday 8th September. As Ms Dyson said many years later, "you couldn't have public mourning and public rejoicing in the same week", nor did the production team wish to give away the fact that Ida would die in the next transmitted episode so she appeared with the rest of her television family without any hint of what was to come.
  • TV Times: No synopsis appeared in the magazine between Episode 3 (16th December 1960) and Episode 80 (18th September 1961) with the exception of Episode 64 (24th July 1961).
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,529,000 homes (2nd place).
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