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2 MARCH 1988


Alec doesn't want a child. Bet doesn't understand how she became pregnant at her time of life. They're both frightened of the prospect of parenthood. Linda Farrell tells Gloria she's left Graham for good but is not going to chase after Mike. She confesses she's told Graham about her love for Mike. She asks Gloria to warn Mike. Betty is delighted to hear Bet is pregnant. She gives her extra hotpot. She gets satisfaction from calling Alec 'Daddy'. Graham and his brother confront Mike. Graham tells him that Linda has left him - he calls Mike a bastard and they beat him up.

13 JUNE 1988


Jack has a terrible hangover. He can't remember where he left the suit and thinks it must have been stolen. Gail and Brian attend Ivy at the wedding. She wears an ivory two-piece. Jack wears his Vince St. Clair outfit for the wedding. Don regrets having him as best man. Vera, Bet, Alf, Audrey, Nicky, Sarah, Shirley and Ida attend Don and Ivy's wedding at St Luke's. Brian gives Ivy away and Gail is her Matron of Honour. Jack has to hunt for ages to find the ring. The priest gets tired of waiting so they use Bert's one for the service. Vera recognises Jack's suit being worn by one of Don's mates. Jack gets drunk at the reception and insults Vera in his speech. Nicky drinks all the guests drinks behind their backs and gets drunk. Vera gets Jack to spy on the man in the suit. The man thinks Jack's gay and thumps him

1 AUGUST 1988


Audrey neglects Alf and the shop to be with Malcolm Reid. Ivy is suspicious of Malcolm, who she believes is Audrey's brother-in-law. Emily feels sorry for Percy when she realises how lonely he is. Gus Ferris is furious that Alec sent a dud singer to the Old Band Club as he's been blamed. Ivy suspects Malcolm of having had an affair with Audrey. Emily finds herself offering Percy her spare room. He jumps at it, thanking her for her charity. Alec contacts Marge at the Club, telling her he's heard of Gus' naff singer. He succeeds in getting her to drop Gus and to agree to get her artistes from him in future. Malcolm innocently tells Ivy about Audrey's son Stephen Reid.



Don annoys Brian by suggesting he did a bad job repairing his car when it breaks down again. Mavis is horrified to receive a letter from Derek saying she hasn't got the job. She feels humiliated. Terry needs money and is forced to sell his gold watch to Alec for £50. Don is introduced to Terry by Ivy in the Rovers and grabs him, demanding his taxi fare. Terry swears he doesn't know what's going on. Derek calls on Mavis but she refuses to see him. He calls through the letterbox that the job wasn't for her. He tells her he loves her and proposes marriage. She is stunned.



Percy gets Derek to the Registry Office on time and all is well. They have their reception party at Emily's house. Rita is hoping that Alan will turn up but he doesn't and she breaks down as they all wave goodbye to Mavis and Derek. Alma Sedgewick tells Gail that the sandwich round must stop.



Terry tells Vera he's resigned from the factory. Vera can't believe it. Rita can't believe Alan is back - she feels she's dreaming. Vera demands to know why Terry has left the factory. Mike tells her he's been fired. Vera feels all the girls are talking about her family. Alec asks Sandra Stubbs to return to the Rovers and she tells him she'll think about it. Vera accuses Mike of victimising Terry because he's a Duckworth. Mike tells her that Terry took a married woman out in his Jaguar. Vera is horrified and lays into Terry for tom-catting with a married woman. She tells him she's disappointed in him. Rita is surprised that Alan's back but is too frightened to ask him why in case he leaves again. Alan tells Carole Burns he still wants to see her even though he's returned to Rita. She accuses him of being after Rita's money but he says it's for Jenny's sake. She forgives him. Sandra agrees to return when Alec promises her a rise. Ivy is expecting to spend Christmas at the Roberts' as it's Audrey's turn to have the family. Alan assures Rita he's finished with Carole.



Terry tells Vera there's nothing left for him in Weatherfield. She begs him to stay for Christmas but he sells his jewellery and heads for Bournemouth. Vera is distraught and blames Mike for sacking Terry. Alec doesn't know how to tell Bet that Gloria has left. Vera is horrified to discover Terry sold his gold medallion to Jack. She attacks him for giving Terry the money to leave. Alan tells Rita he plans to give up the Yard and raise the finances for a shop. He assures her he won't be asking her for the money. Alec phones the health farm only to be told Bet and Stella Rigby checked out after only one week of their stay there.

12 DECEMBER 1988


Alec learns from Paul Rigby that Bet and Stella are living it up in a hotel as they couldn't stand the regime at the health farm. Tracy is playing Jack's mother in the school panto. Ivy is annoyed when Audrey doesn't invite the Brennans for Christmas dinner. Bet returns to the Rovers, telling Alec and the customers what a wonderful time she had at the health farm. Bet is uncomfortable when Alec keeps going on about her looking healthy. She lays into him about Gloria leaving but he quietens her by going on about the health farm, making her feel guilty. Deirdre is contacted by Brian Roscoe who has no work and his family has been rehoused on the twelve floor of the derelict Turner House. He urges her to find him somewhere else as the strain is upsetting his family. Audrey decides she doesn't want the Brennans for Christmas. Alan searches through Rita's drawers and steals the deeds to No.7 from a tin.

14 DECEMBER 1988


Ivy demands to know from Alf where they stand over Christmas. Bet finds out from Stella Rigby that Alec knows they booked out from the health farm. She stuns Alec by telling him she's booked him into the health farm as he obviously is so interested in it. She tells him he's a rat for letting her go on when he's known she booked out. Alan goes to a building society with the deeds to No.7 and says he wants to mortgage the house for £15,000. He calls himself Len Fairclough.

19 DECEMBER 1988


Deirdre is annoyed when mentally disturbed Brian Roscoe keeps phoning her up. Derek tells Mavis he'd like to throw a party on Christmas Eve to impress his boss - 'DP'. Bet is amazed when Alec plans to open the Rovers on Christmas Day. Roscoe calls at No.1 whilst Deirdre is out. Tracy lets him in. She is disturbed by his strange manner. Ivy is stunned when Audrey tells her she and Alf are going to a hotel for Christmas. Gail invites the Brennans to join them for the day. Ivy is pleased as she won't have to have Don's mother. Emily invites the Wiltons for Christmas. Ken is furious to find Roscoe alone with Tracy. He tells Roscoe he shouldn't bother Deirdre at home and throws him out. Ken shouts at Tracy for letting a stranger into the house. Ken accuses Deirdre of getting too involved with no hopers. Roscoe corners Deirdre again. She tells him she can't help him find another flat before Christmas.

21 DECEMBER 1988


Alec is annoyed that none of the staff will work on Christmas Day. Bet refuses to serve as she's got to cook the dinner. He tells her they'll do without dinner. Deirdre buys presents for Brian Roscoe's children. Ken accuses her of being a soft touch. Ken takes Tracy to Beattie Pearson's when Deirdre breaks down. The Wiltons throw their dinner party but DP doesn't turn up. Percy throws himself into making Christmas Dinner for Emily's guests. Bet gives her turkey to Emily to spite Alec. Deirdre takes the presents round to Roscoe's only to find his wife has left and taken the children with her. He tells her his life is over and he's lonely and depressed. Derek is depressed that DP hasn't come to the party. Mavis thinks it's unforgivable that he hasn't contacted them. Vera gatecrashes the party and starts a knees up. Roscoe tells Deirdre he's not going to spend Christmas alone; she'll have to stay with him. When she tries to leave he stops her.

25 DECEMBER 1988


Ken reports Deirdre missing to the police. They suspect she's run off with another man. Brian Roscoe sits against the door of his flat, refusing to let Deirdre out despite her pleas. She has enough at 4.00am and starts to shout at him, telling him she's working class as well. She tells him she's sick of hearing about what he wants, she tells him he lives in luxury compared with some. She shoves the TV at Roscoe and runs out of the flats all the way home. Ken is grateful she isn't hurt and comforts her. Jack delights in working on Christmas Day as he can escape Vera. He is stunned when Alec employs Vera to help behind the bar as they're short-staffed. Percy thanks Emily for taking him in. She is annoyed when he says he feels that they're a couple. Vera enjoys flirting behind the bar. The police retrieve Deirdre's handbag from Roscoe's empty flat; he has disappeared. Tracy is disturbed by Deirdre's upset. The Gilroys and Wiltons join Emily and Percy for dinner. Percy lays on a feast and acts as host. Emily is pleased when Phyllis calls. She invites her to stay for dinner and sits her with Percy.

26 DECEMBER 1988


The Roberts return from the hotel early as Alf suffers from food poisoning. Tracy has nightmares about Deirdre disappearing. She tails Deirdre everywhere, fearing she'll go again. The Brennans and Duckworths go horse racing on Boxing Day. Don refuses to drive as he wants to drink. Vera is furious as she has to drive. Ken wants Brian Roscoe caught as he feels he could have raped Deirdre. She just wants to forget all about it. Deirdre breaks down and tells Bet she really feared she was going to be raped. She felt vulnerable and frightened. Bet tells her she mustn't be frightened anymore. Vera has a rotten day as everyone but her gets drunk. Don celebrates a big win on the horses. He feels he's on a winning streak. He gets Jack and Mike to have a game of cards with him. Ivy thinks it's hysterical that Alf and Audrey had to leave the hotel because of food poisoning. Ivy feels uncomfortable when Don plays poker with Mike at No.5. Don wins £60 from Mike. Ivy is frightened that Mike will be a sore loser and sack her.

28 DECEMBER 1988


Social Services tell Deirdre her interference in the Brian Roscoe case has made extra work. They accuse her of trying to make a name for herself on the Council. Deirdre is horrified to hear that Roscoe assaulted his father-in-law and is in police custody. Mike sets up another card school. Don is pleased. Deirdre refuses to let her nasty experience put her off helping others. Mike, Don, Jack and Alan play cards. Alan and Jack step out of the game when big money is laid down as stakes. Mike raises the stakes too high. To get the £1,000 he needs to see Mike's cards, Don throws in the keys to his taxi. He is horrified when Mike wins the game.

18 JUNE 1988


Emily feels sorry for Percy when she realises how lonely he is.

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