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Rita worries about what's happening to her, realising that she's got more than flu. The Websters return from Florida. The Rovers' staff anticipate a huge crowd for the World Cup final and decorate the pub. Kevin has a dilemma as he wants to watch the football but Sally expects to go out as it's her birthday. Jack plans to watch the football rather than serve behind the bar and is furious when Vera says if he does so will she. Sally is concerned over Rita's illness and looks after her. Rita is terrified that she's got a brain tumour like Ted. Alec thinks that Audrey is a liability and feels he's wasting his money backing her. Audrey decides to pull out of the election but changes her mind when Alf tells her that she's right; she'd make a terrible councillor. Michael Wall tells Jim not to shut Liz out completely as it's obvious he's in love with her. Kevin is relieved when Sally cancels their evening out. Secretly she's had enough of his company. Rita falls unconscious in her flat. Fred and Alec warn Spider that by standing against Audrey he's allowing Labour to storm ahead. He refuses to stand down in favour of Audrey and is furious when they offer him £150 as a bribe. Greg tells Sally that he's glad she's back. Michael advises Liz to make herself available to Jim, even if it means forcing her company upon him. She accuses Jim of shutting her out because he's fighting his feelings for her. He tells her that he has no feelings for her. Sally has a boring birthday as Kevin ignores her in favour of the football. Vera enjoys watching the football and leaves Jack to man the bar. Alec and Sally worry when they can't raise Rita. Greg helps them kick her door in and they find Rita unconscious and freezing on the floor. Sally calls for an ambulance whilst Greg gives the kiss of life. Alec goes to the hospital with Rita as she is rushed off in an ambulance.


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  • This extended forty-five minute episode was shown at 6.55pm before transmission of the 1998 World Cup final from Paris.
  • All of the Rovers' scenes in Part Three were recorded very close to transmission, in order to feature references to France and Brazil, the teams who had just qualified for the World Cup final, and to include footage from a supposed semi-final replay of Brazil v The Netherlands on the pub TV, which had taken place six days earlier on 7th July. On one of the master versions of the episode held in the ITV library, these scenes are missing, having been slotted in at the last minute.
  • The end credits of this episode roll against a shot of the Rovers' regulars re-entering the pub after watching the departing ambulance instead of the usual chimney backdrop.
  • TV Times synopsis: A silent killer strikes on the Street. The Rovers' regulars gather to watch the World Cup final.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,280,000 viewers (7th place - combined figure including repeat).
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