Elsie returns from Majorca. She enjoyed herself but refuses to tell the girls what the sleeping arrangements were. Ron is annoyed that they were followed everywhere by a man called Harry from Oldham who fancied Elsie. Elsie is pleased that he was jealous. Deirdre misses Ray. Mike discovers the boutique doesn't make much money. He is annoyed at the girls' attitude to work. Steve warns Suzie that Mike is watching her movements. She isn't bothered. Mavis agrees to do the food for the OAP supper. Mike catches Suzie and Gail in the Rovers half an hour before they're meant to close the shop. He tells Steve he's going to close down the boutique.


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  • This episode and episodes 1860 and 1861 were not transmitted by Border Television. A simmering dispute with the ACTT (Association of Cinematograph Television and Allied Technicians) union over levels of engineering staff had led to an overtime ban by the union, although other sources state that dispute was over the number of commercials to be transmitted. Whatever the cause, forty engineers were locked out by management from 12.55pm on Sunday 12th November however some enterprising members broke into the premises in Carlisle and staged a sit-in. The dispute continued until Tuesday 21st November when management and union started talks. Although Border made efforts to stage showings of the missed instalments of Edward and Mrs Simpson and Lillie, both major drama serials at the time, they seem to have made no effort to show the missed instalments of serials such as Coronation Street.
  • TV Times synopsis: Back from holiday, Elsie Tanner and Ron Mather face reaction from the Rovers' regulars. Meanwhile, Mike Baldwin takes a decision about Gail Potter and Suzie Birchall.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 18,850,000 viewers (1st place).
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