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Episode 81 (20th September 1961)

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Episode 81
Production code P228/81
ITV transmission date 20th September 1961 (Wednesday)
Serial editor H.V. Kershaw
Writer Johnny Whyte
Designer Denis Parkin
Director Richard Everitt
Producer Derek Granger
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PlotEdit

Jed takes over Dennis' job at the Orinoco Club when Dennis becomes Assistant Manager and a talent scout. Ken gets the Surrey job but realises he'll have to give it up to stay with Frank. Val tells him not to be so noble. The drayman Fred Clark tries to con Jack out of two dozen bottles of beer. When he threatens Jack, Bill Gregory throws him out of the Rovers. Jean surprises herself by chatting Jed up. Ken tells Frank he didn't get the job. Not realising the sacrifice that he's made for him, Frank tells Ken he's disappointed in his lack of ability.

CastEdit

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NotesEdit

  • Both this and the previous 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: Dennis dreams of seeing stars, and Kenneth makes a sacrifice.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,765,000 homes (1st place).
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