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Curly starts work at Bettabuy. Mavis is upset when Alan calls at The Kabin. She has to pretend that Derek is upstairs. Eccentric store manager Reg Holdsworth teaches Curly the ropes. Alan asks Mike to go into business with him, putting money up for a security business. Mike tells him that he's not interested. Alan gets nasty when he discovers that Dawn is Mike's girlfriend. Alf is shocked when Audrey calls in an estate agent, Mr Simpson, to have No.11 valued. It is valued at £25,000, Alf is confident that the asking price won't be offered. Store worker Kimberley Taylor falls for Curly. Jenny is upset to hear Mike talking to Rita about Alan's nastiness. She tells them that they've got Alan wrong. Curly is dismayed when Jack asks him to get Vera a job at the supermarket. No.11 goes up for sale.


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Guest cast



  • First appearances of Reg Holdsworth (initially credited as "Mr Holdsworth") and Kimberley Taylor.
  • From this episode onwards, Bettabuy supermarket appears as an ongoing location. Scenes set within the store were recorded on location in an Eccles branch of the Morrisons supermarket chain.
  • TV Times synopsis: It's a proud day at the Duckworths's when 'our Curly' starts a new job. And Alan Bradley has a business proposition for Mike and begins to realise just what the locals think of him.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 21,470,000 viewers (1st place - combined figure including repeat).
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