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Bet prepares for her interview with Sarah Ridley but feels she really hasn't got a chance. Nicky celebrates his fourth birthday. Elaine returns from Southampton. Bill is delighted to see her. Gordon Lewis and Bet go to the brewery to be interviewed by Sarah. Bet tells Sarah that she knows she can do the job. She says she was happy being a barmaid under Annie Walker but she knows that she can do the job as well as any of the male managers. She has no experience of accounts but is willing to learn. She tells Sarah she wouldn't change the Rovers' image; the customers like it the way it is. She is surprised when Sarah shows her the regulars' petition. Gordon tries to impress Sarah with his ideas about transforming the Rovers by having a main entrance on Rosamund Street to turn it into a main road pub. Sarah is interested in his plans. Kevin accuses Bill of being under Elaine's thumb. Elaine is upset that Kevin isn't coming to Southampton. Hilda contemplates taking in a lodger.


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  • TV Times synopsis: The locals look back on the old year and prepare to ring in the new. Bet Lynch hopes her feminine charm will put her one step ahead in the race for the Rovers' management - but it doesn't quite work out that way.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,050,000 viewers (5th place).

Notable dialogue

Bet Lynch: "I was pulling pints before I was legally old enough to sup 'em. And I've been doing it ever since. I have given myself body and soul to the public house trade. There's not a lot I don't know about pubs. And there's not much I don't know about customers either."


Bet Lynch: "Me behind a bar, I'm in me element. I'm like Santa Claus in his grotto."

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