Judy and Gary celebrate when she discovers that she's pregnant. People avoid Jim as he stinks of booze and seems to be constantly drunk. Alec tries to tempt Jack into smoking and he nearly weakens but Vera refuses to let him and sticks a nicotine patch on his back where he can't rip it off. The Court of Appeal agrees to let Deirdre out on bail. When Maggie Veitch tells her to collect her things, Deirdre thinks she's tricking her again but when she sees Frankie she realises she is really being released. Jackie Dobbs cheers her on. Zoe can't stop Shannon crying. Deirdre leaves prison and runs into Jon as he's led in. She jeers at him and is comforted by Mike and Ken. Judy warns Gary that pregnant women often demand more sex. Ken takes Deirdre in at No.1 where she struggles to feel normal again. Nick and Leanne babysit Shannon to give him a chance to tell her about seeing Brian's killer. He doesn't know how he feels about it. They panic when Shannon makes strange noises. Emily and Liz are thrilled to have Deirdre free. The residents throw her a party at the Rovers where Mike gets carried away and kisses her, to Alma's fury. Nick fetches the Malletts whilst Leanne rings for an ambulance. Judy discovers Shannon has stopped breathing and rushes to hospital with her as Ashley and Zoe return home.
- Judy Mallett - Gaynor Faye
- Gary Mallett - Ian Mercer
- Liz McDonald - Beverley Callard
- Jim McDonald - Charles Lawson
- Alec Gilroy - Roy Barraclough
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Shannon Tattersall - Lucy Whipday
- Zoe Tattersall - Joanne Froggatt
- Nick Tilsley - Adam Rickitt
- Leanne Tilsley - Jane Danson
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Alma Baldwin - Amanda Barrie
- Jackie Dobbs - Margi Clarke
- Deirdre Rachid - Anne Kirkbride
- Ashley Peacock - Steven Arnold
- Coronation Street
- Rovers Return Inn - Public and back room
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- 4 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- 9 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen and hallway
- Redford Prison - Canteen, office and exterior
- Last appearance of Jackie Dobbs until 22nd November 1998.
- Final appearance of Lucy Whipday as Shannon Tattersall.
- TV Times synopsis: As Deirdre hopes for her prayers to be answered, tragedy strikes on the Street.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 17,140,000 viewers (3rd place - combined figure including repeat).
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