Deirdre is thrilled when Blanche and Tracy arrive for her engagement party. Blanche is amazed by the luxury house. Alec discovers that Jack posed as Ken to meet Renee Turnbull and is furious. Jack maintains he did Ken a favour as Renee would have eaten him alive. Steve clears all his things out of No.11 and accuses Jim of smashing their whole family apart. He then moves into his new flat. Ken refuses to attend Deirdre and Jon's engagement party but changes his mind for Tracy's sake. Deirdre has all her friends round to the new house for a house-warming and engagement party and loves showing off her new home. She is glad when Blanche and Tracy approve of Jon. Liz is jealous of everything Deirdre has whilst she has nothing. Deirdre is stunned when Jon announces to everyone that they're marrying on 29th January. Sally tells Chris that he's pushing their relationship too fast. Chris gets angry when she doesn't want anyone to see them together. She is worried that the children will get hurt if she splits with Chris after letting him into their lives. Deirdre tells Jon that being with him is like being on a roller coaster and she never knows what's coming next.
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Deirdre Rachid - Anne Kirkbride
- Tracy Preston - Dawn Acton
- Blanche Hunt - Maggie Jones
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Samantha Failsworth - Tina Hobley
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Rita Sullivan - Barbara Knox
- Chris Collins - Matthew Marsden
- Des Barnes - Philip Middlemiss
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Alma Baldwin - Amanda Barrie
- Steve McDonald - Simon Gregson
- Jim McDonald - Charles Lawson
- Gail Platt - Helen Worth
- Alf Roberts - Bryan Mosley
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Kevin Webster - Michael Le Vell
- Coronation Street
- Rovers Return Inn - Public and back room
- 11 Coronation Street - Hallway
- The Kabin
- Roy's Rolls
- 9 Oak Grove, Didsbury - Living room, kitchen and hallway
- Unknown restaurant
- First appearance of Blanche Hunt since 15th November 1996 and last until 23rd December 1998.
- First appearance of Tracy Preston since 13th November 1996.
- TV Times synopsis: Jon makes an announcement at Deirdre's housewarming, and the pressure is building on Sally and Chris.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 17,170,000 viewers (2nd place - combined figure including repeat).
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