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Stan refuses to do general maintenance in a mill for £9 a week as he's on £8 10/- on the dole. He refuses a labouring job with Len because it's raining. Ena can't afford coal so she and Vera go cold. Minnie applies for a supplementary pension and advises Ena to do so - getting £4 10/- a week and rent paid. Secretly, Ena is interviewed by the social security. She is told she'll get £5 a week as her rent is free. She is convinced that she is entitled to it. Irma refuses Hilda tick until Stan gets a job. The social man, Mr Hale, says Vera can have £3 19/-. The Labour stop Stan's dole as he keeps refusing jobs.


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  • TV Times synopsis: In which Ena discovers the benevolence of authority, and Stan feels its sting
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,050,000 homes (15th place - this low rating was explained by the BBC airing the comedy series Till Death Us Do Part directly against this episode).
  • No episode was shown on 4th January 1967 due a strike at Granada Television. The strike began at 6.30pm on the 4th and was called in protest over an announcement by management that a bonus payment which had been made at Christmas would not be repeated in the forthcoming December. The strike lasted just one and half hours but it meant that Granada were unable to transmit that night's editions of University Challenge or Coronation Street to the ITV network.
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