Roadworks have started on the street and Stan and Albert meet Ben, the nightwatchman. Ray is due to hear from the Buxton Recuperation Centre as to whether they can admit him. Bill asks Elsie for an answer to his proposal. She tells him he just can't come back after so many years away and pop the question. Ray is delighted to be admitted in a letter saying there is every chance of a full recovery. Annie dresses up in a posh outfit for an afternoon at Gwen Fenton's for her birthday. Elsie tells Alan about the proposal. He is short with her and upsets her. Ena invites Bill to tea. Cyril pays Albert. Bill tells Len about the proposal. Len can't believe Alan is showing no concern. Alan receives a call from an estate agent about a house purchase. Stan is taken with an original composition that he hears Ena playing. She tells Bill he's come back at the wrong time because he's spoiling Elsie's happiness but he refuses to be swayed. Len tells Elsie about the house purchase. Stan and Hilda invite Ben to an evening meal, even though it means him abandoning his post. The Flemings, Ray and Sandra prepare a party to celebrate Ray's news. Ray suggests taking the red warning lamp away from the roadworks as a joke. Audrey falls sick with the drink. Annie returns from Mrs Fenton's in the dark and falls into the roadworks' hole. Bill calls back for his answer, telling Elsie that he must have an answer by Friday when he has to rejoin his ship. A grimy and dishevelled Annie staggers into the Rovers, upset at her ordeal. Bernard checks outside and the lamp is back in its place. Annie demands vengeance against Ben.
- Albert Tatlock - Jack Howarth
- Stan Ogden - Bernard Youens
- Bernard Butler - Gorden Kaye
- Sandra Butler - Patricia Fuller
- Elsie Tanner - Patricia Phoenix
- Ray Langton - Neville Buswell
- Audrey Fleming - Gillian McCann
- Dickie Fleming - Nigel Humphreys
- Jack Walker - Arthur Leslie
- Alan Howard - Alan Browning
- Annie Walker - Doris Speed
- Ena Sharples - Violet Carson
- Cyril Turpin - William Moore
- Len Fairclough - Peter Adamson
- Maggie Clegg - Irene Sutcliffe
- Coronation Street
- Rovers Return Inn - Public/Snug
- 3 Coronation Street - Back room and hallway
- 9 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen
- 11 Coronation Street - Back room/kitchen and hallway
- Corner Shop
- Camera Shop flat - Living room/kitchen
- An additional credit reads "Song by Derek Hilton and Joan Squilino". This refers to the original tune Dreaming Time composed in the storyline by Ena Sharples which caught Stan Ogden's attention.
- The scenes on the Grape Street set were OB recorded.
- TV Times synopsis: Elsie wonders if she is all at sea.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 8,150,000 homes (3rd place).
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