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Episode 797
Episode 797
Production code P228/797
ITV transmission date 7th August 1968 (Wednesday)
Stories by Harry Driver
Esther Rose
Andrew Mayer
Script editor Malcolm Lynch
Writer H.V. Kershaw
Designer Peter Beard
Director Tim Jones
Executive Producer H.V. Kershaw
Producer Richard Doubleday
Previous episode 5th August 1968
Next episode 12th August 1968


Ken continues the play rehearsals and is coerced into giving Pamela Dickenson a lift home because of the escapee. Convict Frank Riley traps Val in No.14. He tells her to sit still. Annie tries to stir it with Ena about Effie but gets short shrift. Len passes on to the regulars the news that the police are concentrating their search on Victoria Street where Riley used to live with a woman. To protect the twins, Val tells Riley she has no children and has only just married. A nervous Elsie goes to No.3 with some chips so as not to be alone but decides to go to the Rovers instead. Dickie escorts her there. Riley spots a photo of the twins but Val claims they're her niece and nephew. Det. Insp. Sharp calls into the Rovers and tells Len there's no trace of Riley in Victoria Street but they think he's in the immediate vicinity. Val tries to alert Ena by banging on the water pipes under the sink but she's still in the pub, being advised to stay on by Len. Val is terrified when Peter wakes up and Riley realises she's lied about having no children. Ken phones Val from the college but Riley refuses to let her answer it, threatening to hurt the children. Val manages to bang the pipes a couple of times but Riley catches her. Ena has arrived home, hears the noise, and begins to be concerned. Riley takes a fancy to Val and starts caressing her. Ken tries the phone again and Ena hears it ringing unanswered. She can't get an answer at No.14. Riley demands money and clothes from Val. Ena runs back to the pub and raises the alarm. Annie takes charge and Jack phones the police and the college. Val gives Riley Ken's coat and money. He then tells her he wants something more from her. Sharp tells the regulars to go home and not to worry as they're watching all of the street. Elsie goes back to the Flemings'. The police study plans of the maisonettes. Val promises that she won't raise the alarm if Riley leaves her alone but hearing a noise he sees the police outside the window. He threatens her with a hammer. Ken arrives at the Rovers, not knowing anything of what is happening. He is taken into the back to be informed of events.


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