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Annie and Irma tell an annoyed Emily that Mr Hunter's persuasions have worked and they're dropping out of the protest. Emily retorts that Ena will be more than enough to help them when she returns. The Tatlocks get an offer for their house and shop in Glasgow to enable them to move to Weatherfield. Ken isn't pleased at the prospect. Betty enjoys looking after the twins. Minnie buys a new grate for Len to install which she can't afford. She has to refuse Albert's invitation to eat at a pensioners club in Jubilee Terrace. Stan and Hilda drop out of the protest in the hope of jobs at the new warehouse. Ena returns but refuses to help the fight as she has to look after her own interests but she refuses to elaborate why. Ena pushes Len to keep his promise of a job at the new Community Centre. Prompted by Irma, Maggie tells Betty she'd smother the twins and Ken doesn't want her. Maggie accuses Betty of thinking of planning to adopt Peter and Susan. Minnie returns to her bed in a bid to keep warm. Local butcher and bowls club member Harold Dewhurst calls on Annie and pays his respects about Jack. Ken tells Edith and Betty that he's hired Mrs Lacey, a housekeeper/nanny to look after the twins.


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  • H.V. Kershaw returned to the role of producer for the final time while still being credited as executive producer.
  • In a rare reference to current affairs in the programme (and helped by the fact that at this period episodes were being recorded the week before transmission), Ena Sharples makes a comment about the national postal strike ending the previous week.
  • In studio chatter over the countdown clock (displaying the incorrect production code P964 instead of P694) for part 2, the Floor Manager can be heard saying "Could you lean back a bit, please Vi?" to Violet Carson for the opening shot which shows Ena Sharples sat in the Snug of the Rovers in the background talking to Bet Lynch which is referenced by other characters in the initial dialogue.
  • TV Times synopsis: Twin problem for Ken - with well-meaning adults.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 7,950,000 homes (2nd place).
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