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Episode 916 (6th October 1969)

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Episode 916
Production code P228/916
ITV transmission date 6th October 1969 (Monday)
Stories by Harry Driver
Esther Rose
Anthea Ingham
Writer Malcolm Lynch
Designer Roy Graham
Director Eric Prytherch
Executive Producer H.V. Kershaw
Previous episode 1st October 1969
Next episode 8th October 1969


The victorious football team continue celebrating in the Rovers. Ken worries about Val and Dave but Val tells him it’s all ancient history between them. Minnie gets upset when Jed Stone sends her a 'complete Katty Kit' for her cat on her birthday. Annie claims her pep-talk contributed to the victory and likens the result to Agincourt and other historic battles. Ken gets upset when he sees Val drinking with Dave and walks out of the pub. The two row at home but Ken apologises and tells her he’s sorry he takes her for granted. Dave tells Ken he's moved a group of squatters into the flat next door as he’s in charge of the local squatter’s aid group. Ena persuades Minnie to change Sunny Jim's name to Bobby. Ken is sympathetic to the squatters' cause but an angry Val calls in Len for help against them. Stan tries to kid on that he’s stiff and sore after the match to get out of work but Hilda sees through him. Emily’s photography of the match is criticised by their subjects. Minnie buys everyone a birthday drink with the money she made selling rosettes and Annie presents her with a birthday cake. The squatters move their furniture in. Len issues Dave's group with a warrant for the squatters to quit.


Regular castEdit

Guest castEdit



  • The Squatters in No. 12 in this and the following two episodes are spoken of but never seen. They are identified as a Mrs Storey and her three children who took up occupancy after her husband was sent to jail.
  • The Rovers door is set flush with the adjoining wall to No.1 and not at right angles to allow for camera movements.
  • The closing theme music for this episode is the different arrangement also used from Episode 907 to 910.
  • TV Times synopsis: Unexpected neighbours for the Barlows and a nostalgic present for Minnie
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,950,000 homes (3rd place).

Notable dialogueEdit

Stan Ogden: "May you live to be an hundred."
Minnie Caldwell: "Oh, I wouldn't like that."
Emily Nugent: "Well of course, you would. You’d get a telegram from the Queen."
Minnie Caldwell: "Oh, but Ena mightn't be alive. And I wouldn't want to be alive if Ena wasn't alive."
Ena Sharples: "Shut up, you daft thing."

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