|ITV transmission date||1st November 1961 (Wendesday)|
|Stories by|| Vince Powell|
|Writer|| Jack Rosenthal|
|Previous episode||30th October 1961|
|Next episode||6th November 1961|
Ivan is naturalised. Dennis and Jed are stranded in Glossop and have to hitch back. Ken doesn't suspend a worker when he complains of constant migraines. Dennis and Linda grow weary as Elsie shows all the signs of being in love. Mr. Wentworth proves the migraine story to be a lie. Elsie spends her day off with Bill. Annie slags off Elsie's relationship with Bill and is overheard by Elsie.
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Linda Cheveski - Anne Cunningham
- Dennis Tanner - Philip Lowrie
- Jed Stone - Kenneth Cope
- Kenneth Barlow - William Roache
- Doreen Lostock - Angela Crow
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Christine Hardman - Christine Hargreaves
- Florrie Lindley - Betty Alberge
- Minnie Caldwell - Margot Bryant
- Martha Longhurst - Lynne Carol
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- On the day that this episode was broadcast, Equity, the actor's union, came out on strike against the ITV television companies. As the terms of the strike were that actors would not honour contracts signed after 28th June 1961 or sign new contracts, Coronation Street lost a large part of its cast. Characters who were deemed at the time to be "Guest Cast" were on short-term contracts (in some cases, weekly) and, as the programme was recorded very close to transmission at this time, they were immediately lost to the storylines. For this reason, this episode features the last appearance of Bill Gregory and Jed Stone for several months and the next few episodes were hurriedly re-written to explain their absence. (Bill Gregory was next seen on 2nd July 1962 and Jed Stone on 5th November 1962). From this point onwards various characters disappeared, some never to be seen again (Jean Stark, Norman Dobson and Phil Braithwaite), others came back to the programme after the strike was over (in the main Miss Nugent, Mr. Swindley, Esther Hayes, Christine Hardman, Doreen Lostock, Sheila Birtles, Lucille Hewitt, Valerie Tatlock) and others, where the actors had previously been signed to long-term, year-long contracts (a rarity in television) remained. The characters who continued to be seen in the programme were Annie Walker, Jack Walker, Albert Tatlock, Frank Barlow, Ken Barlow, Harry Hewitt, Concepta Hewitt, Elsie Tanner, Florrie Lindley, Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell, Martha Longhurst and Len Fairclough. Philip Lowrie's long-term contract to play Dennis Tanner expired before the strike ended on 3rd April 1962 and thus his character too disappeared from the programme. For the most part, the programme survived for five months with just fourteen characters, no guest cast and no extras (aside from child actors - and non-Equity members - in various appearances and in credited parts in Episodes 103 and 104) however it was the only ITV videotaped drama to continue through the actor's strike.
- TV Times synopsis: Ena prepares to do battle on behalf of Minnie Caldwell; Linda talks with her mother on a very important subject; and Kenneth continues to have a difficult time in his new job.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,473,000 homes (1st place).
|November 1961 episodes|
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