Mavis worries that Victor wants to sack Derek as he thinks that he doesn't like Yvonne. Alf is made President of the Weatherfield Association of Retail Traders and Stockholders (WARTS) and has to give a speech. Mavis secretly sees Victor to find out why Derek's job is at risk. He tells her that the branch isn't profitable enough and Derek won't be able to save it. Mike doesn't know how to tell Alma that it's over. He feels he has to do it today as to do it closer to Christmas would be cruel. Jack doesn't know what to get Vera for Christmas. Alma plans Christmas in Wales as a surprise for Mike. Mavis asks Derek not to get his hopes up but he's confident that his salesmanship will rescue the branch. Alf wants his speech to be funny and asks around for jokes but Jack's suggestions are less than inspiring. Kevin and Martin worry about the births. Mike tells Alma there won't be a Christmas. She realises that he loves Jackie and breaks down.
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Mavis Wilton - Thelma Barlow
- Rita Fairclough - Barbara Knox
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Betty Turpin - Betty Driver
- Gail Tilsley - Helen Worth
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Alma Sedgewick - Amanda Barrie
- Martin Platt - Sean Wilson
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Jackie Ingram - Shirin Taylor
- Des Barnes - Philip Middlemiss
- Jim McDonald - Charles Lawson
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Derek Wilton - Peter Baldwin
- Kimberley Taylor - Suzanne Hall
- Ivy Brennan - Lynne Perrie
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 4 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 9 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- 13 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- Corner Shop - Shop and stockroom
- The Kabin
- Jim's Cafe
- No. 6 Quebec House, Weatherfield Quays - Living room/kitchen
- 17 Elmgate Gardens - Kitchen
- Ingram's Textiles - Offices
- Pendlebury Paper Products - Office
- Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) is credited but does not appear.
- TV Times synopsis: Alf worries about the preparations to make him a big WART! Not for the first time, Mike has to make a decision about his complicated love life.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 18,410,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
- The Granada Plus repeat of this episode on 12th November 2002 was edited for timing reasons, trimming 9" from the start of a Jim's Cafe scene in Part One, where Audrey Roberts tries to persuade Alma Sedgewick to go shopping with her. The ITV3 repeat on 20th November 2018 contained the same edit.
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