Deirdre is annoyed when mentally disturbed Brian Roscoe keeps phoning her up. Derek tells Mavis he'd like to throw a party on Christmas Eve to impress his boss - 'DP'. Bet is amazed when Alec plans to open the Rovers on Christmas Day. Roscoe calls at No.1 whilst Deirdre is out. Tracy lets him in. She is disturbed by his strange manner. Ivy is stunned when Audrey tells her that she and Alf are going to a hotel for Christmas. Gail invites the Brennans to join them for the day. Ivy is pleased as she won't have to have Don's mother. Emily invites the Wiltons for Christmas. Ken is furious to find Roscoe alone with Tracy. He tells Roscoe he shouldn't bother Deirdre at home and throws him out. Ken shouts at Tracy for letting a stranger into the house. Ken accuses Deirdre of getting too involved with no-hopers. Roscoe corners Deirdre again. She tells him that she can't help him find another flat before Christmas.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Christmas is a-coming and Alec hopes to get fat on his bar takings, but he's worried that the rats may be deserting a sinking ship.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 15,800,000 viewers (9th place).
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