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Doug starts at the garage and finds Deirdre attractive. Ivy apologises to Gail for being so awkward. Derek starts at Weatherfield Comprehensive under caretaker and councillor Harry Potts. Potts, who wanted his nephew to get the job, expects Derek to run the place whilst he has council meetings. Derek is set to work shovelling coal and the children soon give him the runaround. Kimberley buys a rug-making kit, telling Curly that they can make it together for their love nest. He is appalled at this vision of domestic bliss. Don organises a card school at his flat and tells Ivy that he'll be spending the night there. Doug offers to buy Deirdre a drink but she isn't interested. Carmel is frightened by a prowler at the nurses' home. Gail insists she stays the night at No.8. With Don back at his flat, Ivy starts to drink again. Don returns to check on her and finds her passed out. He gets angry and wakes her, telling her that she's a disgusting drunk.


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  • TV Times synopsis: It's Derek Wilton's first day in his new job.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 19,870,000 viewers (4th place).
  • The ITV3 repeat of this episode on 24th June 2019 was edited, omitting 10" from the start of a scene in 9 Coronation Street in Part One, where Lisa Duckworth lifts a naked Tom out of the bath while Jack gets up to answer the front door. A later scene in 5 Coronation Street in Part Two contained two further cuts, one of 3" as Ivy Brennan's hand reaches for the whisky bottle, and then another 4" to remove her replacing it on the table, so that only the briefest shot of her pouring a drink remains.

Notable dialogue[]

Lisa Duckworth: "It doesn't look like Vera's talking to me."
Jack Duckworth: "Aren't you the lucky one?!"

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