|ITV transmission date||13th September 1961 (Wednesday)|
|Serial editor||H.V. Kershaw|
|Previous episode||11th September 1961|
|Next episode||18th September 1961|
The day of Ida's funeral arrives. Frank becomes preoccupied with the arrival of David. Broken-hearted Nancy takes to her bed. Valerie breaks down over the strain of looking after Ken and Frank. Jed Stone returns and tells Linda he is a reformed character. Frank breaks down when he realises David is not returning. Harry stands up for the bus driver, Jim Foster, who ran Ida over. Frank, Ken, Val, Annie, Concepta, Albert, Ena, Minnie and Martha bury Ida. Jed asks Dennis to help him get a job at the Orinoco Club. The Starks return to Weatherfield when Mr Stark can't settle. Jean drops Dennis' guitar and is embarrassed when he decides to sell it. Frank learns that David watched Ida's funeral from a distance but couldn't bring himself to join the others. He is delighted that he came.
- Frank Barlow - Frank Pemberton
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roache
- Valerie Tatlock - Anne Reid
- Esther Hayes - Daphne Oxenford
- Christine Hardman - Christine Hargreaves
- Jack Walker - Arthur Leslie
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Concepta Riley - Doreen Keogh
- Harry Hewitt - Ivan Beavis
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Martha Longhurst - Lynne Carol
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Ivan Cheveski - Ernst Walder
- Linda Cheveski - Anne Cunningham
- Dennis Tanner - Philip Lowrie
- Jed Stone - Kenneth Cope
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Florrie Lindley - Betty Alberge
- Leonard Swindley - Arthur Lowe
- Miss Nugent - Eileen Derbyshire
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug and hallway
- 3 Coronation Street - Back room and hallway
- First appearance of Jed Stone since 24th April 1961
- Ken Barlow tells Valerie Tatlock that Frank Barlow is in the living room, talking to Aunt Marjorie; this contradicts the information given in Daran Little's novel Coronation Street at War where Marjorie is killed in an air raid.
- David Barlow does not actually appear in the episode but Ken tells a delighted Frank that he's turned up outside No.3 and wants to speak to him as the programme ends. Alan Rothwell was working in the Associated Rediffusion series Top Secret at the time and was unable to return to Coronation Street.
- Designer Denis Parkin recalled that the hearse used for the funeral in the episode had to be wheeled into the studio and then spun round on a specially greased floor to get it in position as there wasn’t room for its normal turning circle.
- 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 - 6,869,000 homes (1st place - the programme's second time it had achieved the number one position, the first being Episode 73).
- This episode was included on the Granada and Windsong Video Coronation Street 1961 released on 5th November 1990.
|September 1961 episodes|
|Mon 4th • Wed 6th • Mon 11th • Wed 13th • Mon 18th • Wed 20th • Mon 25th • Wed 27th|