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Episode 88 (16th October 1961)

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Episode 88
Production code P228/88
ITV transmission date 16th October 1961 (Monday)
Stories by Vince Powell
Harry Driver
Editor John Finch
Writer Jack Rosenthal
Designer Denis Parkin
Director Howard Baker
Producer Derek Granger
Previous episode 11th October 1961
Next episode 18th October 1961


Swindley completes the arrangements for the trip to the Blackpool illuminations with Jack. Doreen is taken on as the new Rovers' barmaid. Annie deputises her to keep an eye on Jack in Blackpool as she's looking after the pub for the night. Town Hall clerks Phil Braithwaite and Norman Dobson look for digs in the area. Len suggests they look at the cards in the Corner Shop window. Esther comes down with a heavy cold and decides not to go on the trip. Jed shows off a motorbike he's borrowed. Phil and Norman are not pleased to bump into Ena in the shop. She warns them off living in the area, based on the funny folk who live there. Frank is persuaded to go on the trip and joins the menfolk in the Rovers for a few pre-drinks. Jed, Christine, Dennis and Jean make up a foursome for the trip. Emily is forced to give up the seat she's reserved for Swindley on the coach to Ena. Doreen hands in her notice with just two days' notice. The coach departs with Jack, Ena, Minnie, Martha, Albert, Ken, Val, Frank, Christine, Dennis, Jed, Jean, Elsie, Bill, Alf, Doreen, Swindley and Emily on board. The travellers enjoy driving through the illuminations. Brian Foley keeps Esther company rather than go out with his mother. The men congregate in the bar of the Castle Hotel. Len and Alf have a bet as to who can get Doreen in the Pleasure Beach ghost train but she's happy to spend her time chatting with Albert. Bill keeps an assignation with Elsie on the south pier and they try and avoid the others. Ken sneers at the resort, thinking people deserve better. He and Val kiss. Dennis eats too much. Minnie sees a Fortune Teller and is told she's getting a visitor from the skies. Ena decides to see her for herself. The coach departs with everyone thinking Ena is on board but she is still having her hand read. She is told she's going on a long, lonely journey.


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