|ITV transmission date||29th October 1969 (Wednesday)|
|Stories by|| Harry Driver|
|Executive Producer||H.V. Kershaw|
|Previous episode||27th October 1969|
|Next episode||3rd November 1969|
On the way to the Lake District Ray and Audrey flirt on the coach to Dickie's anger. The coach company gets in touch with the police. Ray persuades the driver to take an alternative route. The police try, in vain, to contact the coach. Ray persuades Audrey to go off with him from the crowd. Dickie goes after Audrey and finds her and Ray together. Ken stops Dickie and Ray fighting. On the way back, the coach brakes fail and it violently crashes into a tree.
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Jack Walker - Arthur Leslie
- Maggie Clegg - Irene Sutcliffe
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Cyril Turpin - William Moore
- Hilda Ogden - Jean Alexander
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Valerie Barlow - Anne Reid
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roach
- Audrey Fleming - Gillian McCann
- Dickie Fleming - Nigel Humphreys
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Emily Nugent - Eileen Derbyshire
- Ray Langton - Neville Buswell
- Ormerod - Roger Heathcott
- Searle - Eric Thompson
- Landlady - Jean Lockhart
- Landlord - Peter Schofield
- Policeman - Edward Gardener
- Policeman - Derek Etchells
- Control Voice - Diana Davies
- This episode was made on film and entirely on location in the Lake District aside from establishing shots of the coach on the M6 Motorway (over which the title credits are run) and some shots of the coach company's depot at an unknown location. The cast and a production crew of twenty-five travelled to the Lakes on Monday 13th October, arriving in Bowness on Windermere and stayed filming until Saturday 18th. The North-western Evening Mail reported on the filming in the issue of Wednesday 15th October, saying that the team were already ahead of schedule. In an article which included shots of Margot Bryant and Eileen Derbyshire signing autographs, the paper reported that Granada had said that there would be a serious accident, leading them to speculate that a regular would die. The article also erroneously stated that it was the first time that an entire episode was being shot on location (see Episode 700 (30th August 1967)). The entire cast plus H.V. Kershaw were pictured posing for press in agroup shot except for Jean Alexander and Bernard Youens who were filming their scenes in a rowing boat at the end of a jetty.
- The end credits are run over a shot of the crashed coach and not the usual end caption of cobbles in a street.
- According to some sources this episode should have been made on colour film but the correct stock couldn't be found for the film cameras used. These sources give no explanation as to why an episode should have been made in colour that was going to be transmitted in black and white (ITV began colour transmissions - along with BBC1 - on Saturday 15th November 1969 therefore Episode 928 was the first to be transmitted in colour). See also Episode 924.
- Diana Davies (later Norma Ford) is heard as the police radio's Control Voice.
- TV Times synopsis: Journey's end.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,550,000 homes (3rd place).
- This episode was repeated on Saturday 9th May 1981 at 10.05pm as part of a week of repeats celebrating Granada's 25th anniversary. The repeat was not aired by London Weekend Television, Yorkshire Television, Ulster Television, Anglia Television, Westward Television, Border Television, Tyne Tees Television or Channel Television. The other episodes repeated in the week were Episode 1 (the first episode), Episode 16 (the 1961 gas leak), Episode 375 (Emily Nugent jilts Leonard Swindley), Episode 668 (the viaduct collapse) and Episode 702 (Elsie marries Steve Tanner) although these repeats were not screened in all of the ITV regions (see individual episode entries for details).
Elsie Tanner: "I've done the solitude bit. I know what it's like. For twenty four hours it's great. Then you start wishin' somebody'd break the door down. An' if they don't you can always run out of fags. There's always a corner shop an' a pub an' some daft devil livin' next door!"
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