Episode 80
Production code P228/80
ITV transmission date 18th September 1961 (Monday)
Serial editor H.V. Kershaw
Writer Barbara Clegg
Designer Denis Parkin
Director Richard Everitt
Producer Derek Granger
Previous episode 13th September 1961
Next episode 20th September 1961


Nancy is upset that she has got her OAP bungalow now. She learns that if she gives it up she'll have to wait another two years for another. Bill Gregory returns looking for Len, after not seeing him for twelve years since their navy days.


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  • Both this and the next episode were firsts for the programme in that they were not recorded in the Quay Street studios of Granada Television in Manchester but instead used the facilities of Tyne Tees Television on City Road in Newcastle. The listings magazine for the North-East region, The Viewer, carried the story in its issue dated 14th October 1961, concentrating on Jack Watson who was recording his debut as Bill Gregory there and who had worked extensively in the area before. He was quoted as saying “Fancy having to come to Newcastle to start my role in Coronation Street.” The magazine stated it was a “red-letter day...when a large number of the cast of Coronation Street spent a couple of days at the Tyne Tees studios, doing two episodes of the series.” Based on the recording pattern of the period, the days in question were almost certainly 14th and 15th September, i.e. the week before transmission. The reason why the normal studios in Manchester were not available was not stated but was probably due to either maintenance work or another one-off production which bumped the programme from its standard routine booking.
  • TV Times synopsis: Frank Barlow returns to work, and the Royal Navy pays a visit to the "Rover's Return"
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,210,000 homes (3rd place).
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