New barmaid Nona Willis starts her first shift at the Rovers Return and is on the receiving end of Ena Sharples who tells her a few sharp rules of the difference between northerners and southerners. Annie is horrified when she hears Dennis talking about Nona's past; she was a stripper. Nona strongly denies these allegations. Christine reminisces about a holiday romance with a man named Steve, Sheila warns her not to dwell on a possible future, guessing he won't contact her again, but they are both taken aback when he appears in the cafe. The atmosphere is very rigid there when Mario feels like a third-wheeler in Christine and Steve's presence, after initially arranging to spend the night with Christine. The events that Christine described to Sheila with Steve do not have a similar impact when the evening is full of awkward conversations and quick remarks, but fortunately for Christine, things gradually make a perk. Harry and Concepta are summoned to see Father Bennett and are surprised to be gifted with Shelagh and Sean Riley, Concepta's parents.


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  • Border Television was launched on Friday 1st September, 1961 covering the English-Scottish border region and the Isle of Man and therefore this was the first episode of the programme to be seen by viewers in those areas.
  • TV Times: Sometimes they're happy, sometimes they're sad. But whatever their mood, the people of Coronation Street are Britain's next door neighbours (This generic synopsis did not appear in all regional editions)
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 5,976,000 homes (3rd place)

Notable dialogueEdit

Christine Hardman (remembering past holidays): "We always went to Blackpool, you know cos of the war. On the last night, I used to cry my eyes out, every year I used to think I wouldn't, but I always did. And on the last morning, we'd go for a walk along the prom and leave the suitcases in the hall. And every year me mam used to say the same thing, breathe in the ocean Chris, it's the last chance you'll get."

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