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Vera is furious to find Jack behind the bar with buxom Lorraine Ramsden. She demands that Jack sacks her even though he feels that she'll be a hit with the customers. Audrey has a complete beauty makeover to prepare for her visit to Buckingham Palace. Derek sulks as Mavis plans her cruise with Rita. She feels obliged to drop the cruise and spend her holiday with Derek. Lorraine takes her sacking badly, accusing Jack of leading her on. Steve goes to the salon for a haircut. Denise tells Fiona that she doesn't have to deal with him but Fiona cuts his hair, trying to prove he doesn't bother her any more. He tells her that she threw him into Vicky's arms when she threw him out of the flat. Vera apologises to Betty and pleads with her to return to the Rovers. Betty agrees to lunchtimes only, no weekend work and complete control over the food. Mavis gets caught up in the romance and glamour of a cruise and decides she will go with Rita. Denise entertains Brian Dunkley in the flat for another session "going through the books". Ken feels sorry for her having to work with boring Brian. As he prepares to go to the palace, Alf feels he is unworthy to receive the OBE. Bill is astounded to receive a tax demand from 1984 for £1,400 plus interest. He doesn't know where he's going to find the money. Audrey spends so long looking for her diamond earrings that the Robertses miss the last train to London.


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  • The Station Master at Piccadilly is uncredited, despite having dialogue.
  • TV Times synopsis: Bill Webster has financial troubles while Rita has money burning a hole in her pocket.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 17,720,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
  • The ITV3 repeat of this episode on 17th June 2020 was transmitted without any cuts.
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