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Liz celebrates her birthday, missing her family. Raquel refuses to work at the Rovers, saying that she's just back until she gets modelling jobs coming in. Andy books the register office for 26th November. Steve is stunned that Andy doesn't intend to tell Jim and Liz. Tanya thinks that Raquel is a waste of space. Vera wins £200 on a lottery ticket. She splits it fifty-fifty with Ivy as Ivy bought the ticket. Raquel buys an answerphone to make sure that she doesn't miss any work but has difficulty operating it. Curly wonders if Elaine Fenwick is his future wife and unnerves her by following her around. Maud hears her predictions came true and feels she must have a gift. She talks Bet into letting her read palms in the pub, cutting her profits with her. Tanya goes out with Des out of spite when she learns that Raquel is interested in him. Steve tells Andy that he doesn't approve of marrying in secret and refuses to be his best man.


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  • The scene outside of Jim's Cafe was filmed at 30 Whittaker Lane in Prestwich.
  • The ringleader of the group of boys letting off fireworks in the street is uncredited, despite having lines of dialogue.
  • This episode was broadcast at 9.00pm to allow for coverage of European Cup Winners' Cup football.
  • TV Times synopsis: Liz faces a lonely birthday, while Vera's luck appears to be changing.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,250,000 viewers (6th place - combined figure including repeat).
  • The Granada Plus repeat of this episode on 1st September 2004 was edited for timing reasons, omitting a scene of 19" in Part Two, in which Elaine Fenwick notices Curly Watts watching her as she deals with a customer at Bettabuy. The ITV3 repeat on 16th October 2019 reinstated the cut scene.
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