Nita is pleased to have spent the night with James Kitching. Fred dresses as Santa and forces Ashley into an Elf costume to sell reindeer meat. No one wants to buy it so Fred stages an attack on Santa's grotto until the children cry and one kicks him in the ankle. Anguished Gail doesn't know where Martin is and fears he's left her. Spider and Toyah plan a housewarming party. Steve is alarmed when Jez Quigley tells him Lee Sankey's in prison for drug dealing. Jez decides to take over his patch. Alma calls for the last of her belongings at the flat and ends up nursing Mike through a headache. Linda is annoyed to find them together and tells Alma she's put all her rubbish in bin bags. Gail is relieved when Martin returns. She begs his forgiveness but he tells her their marriage is in danger and it's her fault.
- Sarah Louise Platt - Tina O'Brien
- Gail Platt - Helen Worth
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Linda Sykes - Jacqueline Pirie
- Nita Desai - Rebecca Sarker
- Mark Redman - Paul Fox
- Fred Elliott - John Savident
- Roy Cropper - David Neilson
- Ashley Peacock - Steven Arnold
- Spider Nugent - Martin Hancock
- Toyah Battersby - Georgia Taylor
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Les Battersby - Bruce Jones
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Sally Webster - Sally Whittaker
- Betty Williams - Betty Driver
- Alma Baldwin - Amanda Barrie
- Martin Platt - Sean Wilson
- Leanne Battersby - Jane Danson
- Vinny Sorrell - James Gaddas
- Steve McDonald - Simon Gregson
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- James Kitching - Nicholas Irons
- Mother - Karen Moore
- Rebecca Hopkins - Jill Halfpenny
- Jez Quigley - Lee Boardman
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public
- 8 Coronation Street - Downstairs rooms
- Roy's Rolls
- Freshco - Shop floor
- Weatherfield General - Staffroom
- No. 4 Montreal House, Weatherfield Quays - Living room/kitchen
- The young boy who speeks to Fred Elliott inside Freshco's is uncredited.
- This episode was broadcast at 9.45pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
- TV Times synopsis: Gail is worried, and Fred’s meat promotion is a disaster.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,980,000 viewers (7th place - combined figure including repeat).
- This episode was included in the Network DVD collection Coronation Street: The Best of 1990-1999, released on 5th September 2011.
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