As well as being the first episode of "Coronation Street" to be broadcast, this episode of the programme was also the very first to be repeated. Until 1981, no episode was ever repeated. This was supposedly due to a strict policy on the part of Granada TV who did not wish to confuse viewers (although actors for old 'out of contract' programmes could apparently veto second showings and it is alleged that Philip Lowrie, who played Dennis Tanner, was so disenchanted with his time on the programme that he refused until 1981 to grant permission to allow repeats).
The episode was repeated at 10.30pm on Monday 4th May 1981 as part of a week-long series of repeats to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Granada TV. The whole of the ITV network joined in these special repeats, therefore viewers in the Newcastle and Birmingham regions were given their first chance to see episode 1 (It had not been broadcast originally there).
As the episode had been broadcast live, Granada's recording of it included all of the original adverts and these were broadcast too in this repeat showing.
The other five episodes to be repeated in this week were:
5/5/81 - The Gas Leak (episode 16)
6/5/81 - Emily jilts Swindley (episode 375)
7/5/81 - The viaduct collapse (episode 668)
8/5/81 - Elsie and Steve's wedding (episode 702)
9/5/81 - The Lakes coach crash (episode 923)
The repeats were very successful and six months later and shorter set of episodes were repeated to celebrate the programme's own 21st anniversary.