The Archers

The Archers

By BBC Radio 4

A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

Episodes

12/08/2022

Writer, Keri Davies Director, Kim Greengrass Editor, Jeremy Howe Pat Archer ….. Patricia Gallimore Tony Archer ….. David Troughton Natasha Archer ….. Mali Harries Tom Archer ….. William Troughton Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde Harrison Burns ….. James Cartwright Chelsea Horrobin ….. Madeleine Leslay Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell Joy Horville ….. Jackie Lye Russ Jones ….. Andonis James Anthony Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence Adil Shah ….. Ronny Jhutti Lynda Snell ….. Carole Boyd
12/08/2213m 1s

11/08/2022

Loading up veg boxes, Pat tells Tom she doesn’t think they’ve ever sold so many salad crops. Tom thinks it’s helped by their personalised social media content, including the diary about Nova and Seren. Tom worries how Pat’s going to cope on her own at the food and music festival. When Tom delivers Joy’s veg box, she notices he looks a bit ragged. She invites him in for a cuppa and something to eat. Later Joy tells Pat that Tom had mentioned how under the cosh they all are. Pat’s relieved when Joy offers to help at the festival. At the Orangery Freddie mentions to Chelsea that she seems distracted. When Adil tells Chelsea that his lunch guest has a nut allergy, Chelsea says she’ll deal with it. But later Adil complains that his guest has been served a dressing containing hazelnut oil. Adil’s not impressed and Freddie’s cross with Chelsea. He tells Chelsea to buck up her ideas; she could’ve killed that customer. He’s not sure if they can continue to employ her; he’s going to have to talk to Trent about Chelsea’s future. Later Russ bumps into Chelsea sobbing in the storeroom; it’s all too much for her. She tells him all about her troubles at home and how she scraped Gemma’s car. And now she might be fired. It’s a mess. Later he asks Freddie to give Chelsea a second chance. Freddie understands that Chelsea’s having a hard time. He’ll have a think, but it’s up to Trent so he’s not making any promises.
11/08/2213m 7s

10/08/2022

Lilian chats to Adil about his palm reading duties at the upcoming fete. But she’s concerned when he appears not to have done his homework and mixes up everyone’s personal details. Adil worries that they’re the ‘knowns’ – but what about the random strangers who turn up on the day? Lilian decides she needs to be his glamorous assistant; she can give Adil a few pointers before the customers go in. For the rest he’ll just have to look for visual clues. Adil starts to feel a little more positive about it all. When Joy appears, Lilian tells Adil that although she’s one of the more sociable women in the village, she’s hard to read. So Lilian invites Joy to join Adil under the guise of canvassing opinion about Grey Gables. But Joy finds out rather more information from Adil than he does from her. Natasha and Tom adjust to life without Caitlin. When Pat asks Tom if he wants a hand with the farm work, he suggests visiting Natasha to see how she’s doing. Natasha’s relieved to see Pat – it’s not just the babies who are causing her stress. Her dad’s mental health is also on her mind. And now the organisers of the food and music festival ‘CotStravaGanza’ have been in touch. They need a replacement juice supplier for this weekend. Natasha says there’s no way she can do it and assistant Louise is busy this weekend. Pat says there is one other possibility – she could do it. Natasha thinks it’s a great idea.
10/08/2213m 7s

09/08/2022

Lynda meets the new-born twins and is impressed at how calm Natasha seems. Natasha credits her mum for all the helping out she’s doing including with Summer Orchard. Harrison arrives and Lynda wastes no time in trying to recruit him for ‘Beat The Goalie’ at the village fete. Harrison denies he’d be any good but Lynda presses him, and he announces a hand injury makes it out of the question. Later at The Bull, Lynda deftly engineers a situation in which Harrison quickly catches a falling pint of beer, proving that he isn’t hindered by an injured hand. Harrison admits defeat and agrees to be goalkeeper. Natasha tells Pat that Caitlin has to leave tonight because her dad’s unwell. He’s bi-polar and has gone into a manic phase. Natasha feels guilty for keeping her mum away for so long, and knows it’s going to be a lot harder without her. Chelsea tries to boost Tracy’s confidence before she joins a work social organised by Gemma. When Tracy emerges from the pub she recounts Gemma’s mean words, which angers Chelsea. Tracy just wants to go home, but indignant Chelsea deliberately scrapes the side of Gemma’s car with the buckle of her bag as they leave. They flee, and Tracy worries what will come of it. On their doorstep, they clam up when Harrison asks if they’ve seen or heard anything about the vandalised car. They deny any knowledge, Chelsea rather too forcefully. After Harrison leaves, Chelsea assures Tracy they won’t get found out – they’ve just got to keep denying it.
09/08/2212m 57s

08/08/2022

Tony’s enjoying milking again while he covers for Johnny. He and Pat realise one cow needs Alistair’s attention. Tony’s not sure if Pat should tell Peggy how Helen feels about the stained-glass window, but Pat is certain that she needs to know what a sensitive issue it is. Later, Pat relays Peggy’s surprise at Helen’s reaction to the planned window. Peggy has said she’ll talk to Helen, but she’s still pressing on with the window. Pat tells Tony that Peggy then went on to say nice things about her. Pat felt like Peggy was making her peace with her. They agree Peggy’s an extraordinary woman. Tracy’s aware trouble at work is making her grumpy and now Gemma has organised a work social at The Bull, only Tracy’s not invited. It gets heated as Jazzer tries to encourage Tracy to stick up for herself. Chelsea walks in and asks what they’re arguing about. Tracy quickly changes the subject, but Chelsea isn’t fooled. She later berates Jazzer for giving her mum a hard time. When Tracy realises this, she finally tells Chelsea what’s really going on. Chelsea feels bad for thinking it was Jazzer who was giving her mum grief. Chelsea offers to go with Tracy to The Bull tomorrow. She’s sure once she gets chatting to Gemma socially they can start to work things out. Jazzer agrees it’s got to be worth a try.
08/08/2213m 12s

07/08/2022

Lynda eventually finds a role for Adil at the fete that he can’t say no to – palm reading. It’s much needed with this year’s fortune teller pulling out. Lilian arrives and Lynda ropes her in so that Adil can demonstrate his skills. Lilian can’t help but snigger when Adil refers to her prominent Mount of Venus while reading her palm. She then feels sorry for Adil for having his arm twisted by Lynda. Adil really doesn’t want to lose any credibility in the village so Lilian offers to brief him on those who visit the fortune teller tent’s regulars. A grumpy Tracy drags the cricket team out for practice. Natasha chats to Pat and Tony during a break – she’s taking Seren for a stroll while Caitlin looks after Nova at home. She then asks if they can keep an eye on Seren while she makes a work call. The person employed to help cover Natasha’s maternity leave isn’t shaping up as hoped. Natasha’s surprised to learn that all is well with Summer Orchard and that her mum had helped out without taking over. Tony assures Natasha that Caitlin can stay as long as she likes at Bridge Farm. Meanwhile Tracy pulls up Tony for gossiping when he should be training. Tony can’t understand what’s got into her recently.
07/08/2213m 7s

05/08/2022

Caitlin bumps into Lynda on a walk and explains about her mix up with the veg boxes and the trouble she caused. Lynda urges her not to blame herself. They’re interrupted by some loud popping coming from Natasha’s Summer Orchard unit. Some bottles have exploded due to a broken fridge. Caitlin says it was good she was passing, and Tom apologises about the veg boxes. When he goes Natasha tells Caitlin how grateful she is to her for everything – especially missing her wedding anniversary to help her. Natasha admits to feeling like an outsider in Tom’s family, promising to bring the babies up to see Caitlin and her dad as soon as she can. Lilian and Shula discuss Justin’s course modifications. He was supposed to be developing the Stables, not sabotaging it. Lilian surprised Shula’s being so calm about it. Shula admits the possibility of becoming a pioneer for an inner-city parish in the north is on her mind. They want someone by September, but she’s needed at the Stables. Lilian says she’ll have a think about who might be a possible replacement. Lynda and Lilian chat about how Adil saved the day with Ruby and supported Justin. They joke about how they’d misjudged Adil. Lynda admits it’s because she felt loyal to her former colleagues at Grey Gables. Lilian knows it was a dreadful shock. They both agree they were wrong about Adil. In fact Lynda’s wondering whether the summer fete might not be the perfect vehicle for Adil’s many talents.
05/08/2213m 11s

04/08/2022

Alistair and Denise make a great team as Alistair operates on Ruby. Adil comforts Justin whilst they await news. When Alistair rings, it’s good news and Adil and Justin can’t contain their joy. Justin again tries to discuss a possible link-up between the Stables and Grey Gables. Adil interrupts him saying Justin should take the day off – it would be understandable if he did, as he obviously cares deeply about Ruby. Embarrassed Justin bats him away saying Ruby’s more Lilian’s than his. Can Adil please not say anything to Lilian about how ‘concerned’ he was about Ruby? Alistair buys Denise lunch as a thank you for helping Ruby pull through. They comment on how attached Justin is to Ruby – Denise thinks he may’ve shed a few tears. Alistair makes Denise blush when he says that Denise was robbed of the Vet Nurse of the Year award; she’s the best one he’s ever worked with. Helen enjoys a bit of baby therapy holding Seren. She tells Tom that he and Natasha are doing an incredible job. He responds it doesn’t feel like it. Helen apologises for adding to Tom’s worries by overreacting to the church window, but Tom says he and Natasha were wrong to agree to it. They’re going to thank Peggy, but refuse the offer. Helen insists Tom should accept, as Henry and Jack don’t mind, but Tom says Natasha’s dead-set on refusing now. Helen says she’ll try to convince Natasha to change her mind, then they all can enjoy the beautiful window when it’s done.
04/08/2213m 16s

03/08/2022

When Tracy asks if there’s been any more gossip about the post box fire, Susan quickly changes the subject. Susan thinks Tracy looks tired and says what made the work bearable for Emma at the chicken factory was the mates; they never stopped laughing. It’s Tracy’s turn to change the subject. Oliver appears and broaches the subject of Brad’s Maths summer school. There’s another one at Christmas – he’d like to pay Brad’s expenses. When Tracy declares she not a charity case, Oliver says it was his fault Brad lost the harvest work. He doesn’t blame Tracy for losing trust in him, but Brad has so much potential, and nothing should get in the way of that. Tracy’s taken aback and agrees to think about it. When Oliver asks how her job’s going she says it’s fine. At Ambridge Hall, Adil comments it’s a shame Justin missed the Grey Gables launch event. Justin tries to engage Adil in possible partnership options between Grey Gables and The Stables. But Adil’s only half listening, noticing that Ruby doesn’t look right. He suggests that Justin ring the vets. When Justin tells Alistair that Ruby’s really not well, Alistair agrees to see Ruby before he closes up. Adil drives Justin there. It’s bad news – there’s a tumour on Ruby’s spleen, which can’t be removed until tomorrow because Ruby needs a blood transfusion first. When Adil asks if Justin’s ok, Justin covers saying he’s fine, it’s Lilian who’ll be upset. Supportive Adil suggests getting back to Ambridge Hall for dinner, but Justin’s lost his appetite.
03/08/2212m 58s

02/08/2022

At Bridge Farm Tony and Helen tell everyone that people were bowled over by the Grey Gables launch event. They’re interrupted by a customer complaining about food missing from the veg boxes – it’s the third complaint today. Tom insists he’d checked the boxes twice, but everyone blames it on his sleep deprivation. When Caitlin brings up the subject of Peggy’s church window, it’s clear no-one’s told Helen about it. Later Tom admits to Helen that he and Natasha were so amazed by the idea they didn’t think about anyone else. Helen feels that Peggy’s implying her children don’t deserve something unique, but that Tom’s do. Tom thinks it’s simply because he’s had twins. He asks Helen not to spoil it for Natasha, who thinks it’s an incredible gift. Later Tom’s cross with Caitlin when she admits she’s been taking things from the veg boxes – she thought she could help herself. She’s apologetic when Tom asks her to steer clear of farm stuff. When Pat tells Helen that Tom should’ve told her about the church window, Helen’s more cross with Peggy as it’s so unfair on Henry and Jack. When Pat points out it also affects Peggy’s other grandchildren, Helen admits she’s discovered they’re all really happy for Tom and Natasha and that makes her feel selfish. Pat says she doesn’t always understand Peggy’s actions, but not to let it come between Helen and Tom. Later Pat talks to Tony saying Peggy’s so clumsy in the way she does things. Tony says it’s unintentional and it was a heartfelt gesture. Pat agrees; Peggy will always remain a mystery to her, but no-one could question her love for their family.
02/08/2212m 54s

01/08/2022

It’s the Grey Gables launch event at the Village Hall. When Oliver, Adil and Roy arrive to set up, they find the hall’s been double-booked with the Borsetshire Scottish Dance Society and they’re not budging. When they discover Audrey Fisher and Hilary Noakes are involved Roy thinks they need to get in the big guns, and he contacts Lynda. Meanwhile Adil goes in to talk them. When Lynda arrives, Adil still hasn’t reappeared, and they realise he’s joined in with the dancing. When he emerges he says it’s all sorted. Oliver and Roy agree that Adil’s brilliant in a crisis. Tony’s at the launch with Helen – he admits that one of the reasons he’s there is to get away from Pat and Caitlin reminiscing about all things Welsh. There’s a large turnout and Tony points out that anyone who’s anyone in their area is there, including Ambridge residents. Adil makes a speech outlining their plans, from sourcing food from Grey Gables land and nearby farms to bringing finance and prosperity to the local economy via guests. Oliver chips in saying they’ll be staffing the hotel as much as possible from Ambridge. Afterwards Helen, Tony and Lynda are all impressed. Roy says it was a fantastic presentation and the audience really got the point of what they’re trying to do. However he’s less impressed when he finds that he, Adil and Oliver will have to take part in the Highland fling – the only way Adil could get the dance society to budge was by agreeing to make up the numbers!
01/08/2213m 15s

31/07/2022

Alice and Shula walk the cross country course and chat about the Grey Gables launch event tomorrow – it’s now at the Village Hall. Shula’s touched when Alice asks her if she’ll lead Martha’s naming ceremony, explaining that it was Shula who helped her get back to rehab and so back to being Martha’s mum again. As they walk the course it becomes clear that the design has been altered – even novices would struggle with it. Initially dismissive, Justin finally concedes that he and an old business friend thought the first section was a bit tame, so they tinkered with it. Alice says it needs putting right. Chris knows someone who could help, but he won’t be cheap. Shula says that’s fine; Justin will be footing the bill. Peggy and Tony are with Nova and Seren while exhausted Tom and Natasha are sleeping. Peggy loves getting to know the babies. When Tony gets Seren off to sleep with his special rock, Peggy says he obviously makes her feel safe. It’s no surprise, he does that with everyone. As Peggy holds Nova she comments that all babies are special, but twins have a special connection. She’d like Nova and Seren to have a stained glass-window in St Stephens, like Jack’s which has been such a comfort to her over the years. Tony thinks it’s a wonderful idea and agrees to ask Tom and Natasha about it. Peggy hopes it would give the babies joy and strength whenever they’d need it.
31/07/2213m 16s

29/07/2022

Russ gets in the mood for Freddie’s DJ’ing gig by listening to some ‘nineties bangers’. Lily reckons Chelsea fancies him – she saw her looking at Russ last week. Russ thinks that’s ridiculous; last time he spoke to her she could barely give him the time of day. Lily worries about going back to university – she’ll be much older than everyone and they won’t be drop-outs like her. Russ reminds her of all the things that were happening in her life at the time; it wasn’t her fault. Later Russ suggests they share a place together in Felpersham, near the university. Then Lily will feel more part of things. Lily thinks it’s a wonderful idea and tells Russ she loves him very much. When Kirsty notices things are a bit fraught between Natasha and Caitlin, Caitlin admits they’re always arguing, but she wants to make sure Natasha can cope on her own when it’s time to go home. Tom tells Kirsty that Caitlin’s driving Natasha up the wall and Kirsty thinks Caitlin’s feeling a bit put upon. Later Natasha’s surprised when Caitlin says she’s accepted Pat and Tony’s offer to stay at Bridge Farm – Natasha needs to be more independent. Natasha counters she would love her own routine, but everything has to be done Caitlin’s way. After Caitlin’s gone, Natasha and Tom enjoy some alone time with the babies. Tom admits he might’ve had something to do with Caitlin’s defection and Natasha concedes that although she likes having her mum around, you can have too much of a good thing.
29/07/2213m 8s

28/07/2022

Alice and Chris discuss having an outdoor naming ceremony for Martha. When Chris says he’d quite like Alan to do the blessing, Alice says there’s someone else she’d like to ask. Toby asks Chris if he knows who torched the post box but Chris says Susan kept saying it will have to remain a mystery. Later Eddie also comments it will have to remain a mystery. Toby declines Eddie’s sweepstake on Chris and Alice getting back together. Eddie joins Chris and Alice and is confused when Alice says it’s their wedding anniversary and then talks about having a ‘Suddenly Single’ party like Steph. When Eddie goes, Chris admits he’s doesn’t regret their Las Vegas wedding. Alice says she’s found a photo of them there – one she’d ripped up. It has a corner missing. Chris has the missing piece in his wallet. Alice suggests repairing the photo and putting it in Martha’s baby book. Later Chris overhears Eddie’s talking about his sweepstake to Toby and tells them that he and Alice will only ever be friends and he hasn’t felt this happy in years. Chelsea’s stressed when The Orangery till packs up, and suggests turning it off and on again. Brad has a better idea – he can add the orders up in his head. Freddie’s impressed with Brad’s mathematical genius and tells him he’ll get a bonus. Chelsea’s put out and when the till comes back on she points out that her idea worked, so Brad’s not that smart. Oliver praises Freddie for taking Brad on.
28/07/2213m 9s

27/07/2022

Caitlin’s unhappy to discover Natasha turned off the baby monitor so that Caitlin could get some sleep. There’s no point being there if Natasha won’t let her help. But Natasha’s determined to do things for herself. Later when Natasha confides that her mum makes her feel incapable, Tom suggests she clears the air. Natasha declines; it would a difficult conversation. Later Tom tries to talk to Caitlin, but she’s dismissive. She understands his concerns and she’s sure between them, they can keep Natasha on the straight and narrow. When Clarrie finds a can of lighter fluid in George’s hoodie, he innocently explains he was using it to degrease his bike chain. He promises that the post box fire was nothing to do with him. Anyway, Clarrie and Susan got what they wanted – no more letter. Clarrie’s thinks it’s a very strange coincidence. Worried Susan tells Clarrie that Harrison wants her to do a witness statement. He might ask some awkward questions and she can’t lie. Clarrie says it’s a better alternative than admitting to planning to blackmail Jean! Afterwards Susan tells George it was excruciating pretending to Harrison she had no clue who did it. When George says now no-one will ever know what was in Jean Harvey’s letter, Susan asks what he means. He explains he’s pieced it all together from things he’d overheard. Now the letter’s burned there’s no evidence – like there’s no evidence it was George who torched the post box. It’ll have to remain one big mystery.
27/07/2213m 16s

26/07/2022

Tom shares the responses he’s had to his past about the birth of the twins. He hopes the good will turns into orders. Tony says it’s just nice that people care. He jokes he feels done out of a job now Caitlin’s arrived – it must be great for Natasha to have her mum around. Tom concedes that it is. His anxiety about the farm, and his assertion that he’s not needed at home, concern Tony. Tom admits he feels like a spare part at home. Everything he does is for the girls, and right now he feels excluded. Tony reassures him: he’s still tired, it’s been a lot and it’s early days. But Tom’s come a long way, and Tony’s really proud of him. Susan’s dumbfounded when Clarrie says Jean’s article is already on the Echo website. But it’s positive and about how Ian saved Jean’s life. George reminds Susan that she’s never liked Jean. Susan sends him off to sort stock, and admits to Clarrie that she’s already posted a note to Jean saying if she didn’t make the article go away people would hear about her affair. She’s put it in the post box. She panics when she realises the post’s about to be collected. Quick-thinking Susan tells Clarrie to ask the postman to give her letter back but Clarrie’s refuses; it’s Susan who’s got them into this mess. As they quickly try to think of ways to fish the letter out, they’re stopped in their tracks when they notice the post box is on fire!
26/07/2213m 7s

25/07/2022

Brian’s back in Ambridge having missed his old life. He’d have found it stressful staying away in Hungary any longer. Alice catches him up with the news, including Chris’s decision to settle for a holiday cottage and nothing more from Home Farm. Brian’s delighted. Chris arrives, and while Alice tends to newly mobile Martha, he and Brian chat awkwardly. At last Chris declares that since Martha’s accident he’s realised what’s really important, and Brian in turn thanks Chris for being so decent about the divorce. They both apologise for their parts in the battle, and Chris announces he’ll probably rent out the cottage. He needs to move on properly. Brian tells him he’s a good man. Later Brian confides to Eddie that things are looking a lot more positive between Alice and Chris. Clarrie and Susan are worried that folk are spreading rumours that Jean Harvey’s pizza was deliberately nobbled when she choked on an olive stone, and that it might scare people away from the pizza van. Eddie doubts that – one sniff and they’ll love the pizzas. Susan suggests Clarrie has a chat with Jean to put a stop to it all. Clarrie discovers Jean’s spoken to a reporter from the Echo about the incident. Susan suggests that they head it all off by anonymously outing Jean’s past affair with Derek Fletcher. Clarrie feels blackmail’s a bit sordid, but she’s won over when Eddie reveals later that a report has approached Adam and Ian. Susan insists they need to fight fire with fire. What choice have they got?
25/07/2213m 12s

24/07/2022

Freddie charges Chelsea with looking after a new member of the Orangery serving team. He thinks she might find they have things in common. Chelsea’s horrified when she later discovers the new recruit is her brother Brad. Chelsea reckons she can’t train Brad, he’s hopeless. Freddie asserts that while he understands it’s hard for her to work with her brother, she can’t pick and choose, and reminds her of her own shaky early days at the Orangery. Chelsea’s impatient with Brad but puts on a good front to Freddie. Oblivious Freddie declares he knew Chelsea would be the best person to show Brad the ropes. Privately Chelsea hisses to Brad that she doesn’t want him showing her up. She’s worked hard to get to this point, so while they’re at work, they’re not related. Freddie offers to put tickets aside for Russ to his upcoming 90s DJ night. He asks Russ to cast his expert eye over the proposed playlist, which Russ is delighted to do. Fussy Tom helps Natasha get the twins over the April Cottage threshold, but before they can make it Natasha’s mum emerges to greet them. Caitlin’s happy to take over from here. Later with the new parents frantically juggling babies, and Tom finding it hard to settle wailing Nova, Natasha reckons they should call on their mums' help. Sure enough Caitlin and Natasha are soon happily singing a lullaby to the sleeping babies. Realising he’s surplus to requirements, Tom sets about posting an announcement of the twins’ arrival on their business website.
24/07/2213m 12s

22/07/2022

Lilian and Justin are enjoying staying at Ambridge Hall while their kitchen is being completed. Their breakfast is interrupted by Adil pointing out that Ruby is on his bed, could they please remove her? When they go up to look, Lilian and Adil discover Ruby has actually got into his bed. Adil admits to Justin that his stay at Ambridge Hall hasn’t all been plain sailing. Lynda’s been very vocal about her views on the closure of Grey Gables. Adil hopes when she sees the plans for the ‘Future of Grey Gables’ she’ll change her mind. When Lilian reappears, it becomes clear that Justin’s the one who spoils Ruby and allows her on his bed at home. To Justin’s consternation, Lilian and Adil tease him about the funny little voice he puts on when he’s talking to Ruby. Justin flatly denies he has any feelings for her. Natasha has her caesarean and first out is a girl, Nova. But they’re all surprised when the second baby out is… another girl! They agree to call her Seren, naming both after stars. When the doctor asks whether they’re disappointed she’s not a boy, both Natasha and Tom say that all that matters is that she’s fit and healthy. When Natasha asks Tom whether he minds about not having a son, he says he couldn’t be more thrilled to be the father of girls. They both declare they’ll dedicate their lives to keeping their children safe and well. Tom’s never realised it before, but this is all he’s ever wanted.
22/07/2213m 14s

21/07/2022

Oliver wants to drop a birthday card round to Tracy, but Brad puts him off and says he’ll take it. Tracy’s still mad at Oliver for putting Brad out of the job at Grange Farm. Oliver wishes he and Tracy could be friends again. When he asks if Brad’s found another job, Brad says he’s just had an interview, but won’t say what for in case he jinxes it. Oliver’s concerned when Brad says he’s no longer doing the maths summer school. Brad explains that his mum’s struggle with debt has made him realise how unimportant it is. When Tom worries about handing over his Bridge Farm tasks, Pats says they’ll cope without him. Tom admits he knows where he is with farm work, but he hasn’t a clue about babies. Pat reminds him she’s only a phone call away. She can’t wait to meet her new grandchildren. At the hospital Natasha’s feeling anxious about tomorrow’s caesarean, on top of coping with the twins when they’re born. Natasha’s mum Caitlin rings and Tom’s unsettled when Natasha says Caitlin’s coming to stay with them on Saturday, earlier than expected. She’ll be there when they bring the babies home. Natasha explains knowing her mum will be there makes all the difference; she needs her mum. Later Tom shares his concerns about Caitlin staying to Pat - he had a vision of him and Natasha alone with their little family. But Pat’s pragmatic, saying it will be great for them to have an extra pair of hands. And Pat will still be there if he needs her.
21/07/2212m 56s

20/07/2022

Jill tells Pip that the WI were won over at Adam and Ian’s pizza tasting, but then Jean Harvey choked on an olive. Ian had to give her the Heimlich manoeuvre. Now Jean’s saying they’re going to rethink having the pizza van at the fete. When Jill says she’s buying Rosie an ice-cream making kit for her birthday, Pip broaches the subject of Rosie’s diet. Pip points out that Rosie’s getting quite plump, and she doesn’t think Jill’s baked treats are helping. Jill’s mortified and says she’ll take the ice-cream maker back to the shop. Alice mentions to Shula that she was thinking about her future and couldn’t imagine Shula as a vicar, it’s too staid. Shula admits it chimes with what she’s thinking. She’s really inspired by the pioneer project, particularly one up north. And she could continue with her training there. Alice says she can’t imagine Ambridge without Shula, but she must go where her heart’s pulling her. Lilian despairs at the mayhem the kitchen people are making in her house. Lynda suggests she stays at Ambridge Hall, Adil shah’s the only guest there and Robert’s away so she’d be glad of the company. Lynda admits she finds it hard having Adil as a guest; he’s ruined so many lives in the village. Talk turns to Adil’s ‘Future of Grey Gables’ event – they’ve both been invited. Later Lynda’s very civil to Adil. When Lilian remarks on this, Lynda replies she’s “keeping her friends close, but keeping her enemies closer.”
20/07/2213m 12s

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20/07/2212m 58s

19/07/2022

Josh is avoiding David – he can’t face another rant about how they wouldn’t have embarked on the new cow house and slurry system if they’d known about rising costs. But they do have solar panels, which should earn their keep. Pip asks Josh if he thinks Rosie’s getting a bit fat. They’re really careful with her diet. When Josh says Jill loves baking treats for Rosie, Pip realises where the problem lies, though she’s anxious about talking to Jill. Josh suggests Rosie exercises more; he and Ben will give her a balance bike for her birthday. Chelsea wants to treat Tracy for her birthday on Saturday. Jazzer can’t afford much, but Chelsea tells Susan that Brad and Chelsea could pay for a spa day and say it’s from them all. Initially Brad refuses to use his Grange Farm earnings, but later he changes his mind. When Chelsea asks what he was going to use the money for, Brad won’t say. Alice pays Shula the outstanding balance on her rehab loan, telling Shula she’s been amazing. Shula reciprocates, saying Alice was her saviour last week over equine therapy with Justin. Alice explains the secret is to persuade Justin there’s a profit to be made. Alice notices Shula’s tired and Shula admits it’s because she’s thinking of making a fresh start, maybe working for the Anglican Community of Pioneers. She’s not sure what to do for the best. Alice says Shula has the gift of empathy – she helped Alice, and also Alistair through his gambling addiction. She should use her talent.
19/07/2213m 1s

18/07/2022

When Natasha has Braxton Hicks contractions, Tom worries the babies are on their way. Natasha reassures him; she’s sure the babies will be born on Friday as planned. Helen mentions to Adam that their new marketing strategy on the website seems to have been successful; telling the truth clearly works. Adam talks about the WI pizza tasting at the Village Hall tomorrow – he and Ian have been practising all weekend. Tom tells them that Natasha’s anxiety levels about the babies have sky-rocketed and wonders if it was something Clarrie said. Helen admires Clarrie’s knitted cardies for the babies, but Natasha scoffs at the pink and blue. She thought the world had moved on from gender distinctions, and her boy will be wearing the pink one. Natasha thinks Tom’s terrified something will go wrong with the twins because of what happened with Wren. And she’s scared - when the babies arrive she can’t imagine how she’s going to cope. Her mum’s visiting in a couple of weeks, but she wishes she was here now. Jazzer finds Tracy crying and feeling guilty about Brad. It’s heartbreaking that she can’t scrape enough cash together for his summer school expenses. All she can do is put in a good word for him at the chicken factory – but she won’t do that because it’s a hell hole. Gemma, her supervisor, has got it in for her. Tracy makes Jazzer promise not to tell anyone. She can’t afford to leave, but what she can do is make sure Brad never sets foot in the chicken factory.
18/07/2213m 11s

17/07/2022

Clarrie visits Natasha to see how she’s getting on, but instead of it being a relaxing visit, Clarrie unintentionally winds Natasha up about how exhausting it is having little ones. Natasha anxiously exclaims there’s no way she can cope on her own with two babies. Clarrie gives her a gift of hand- knitted cardies – blue for the boy and pink for the girl. Oliver tries to apologise to Brad for hiring the telehandler – he hadn’t realised the impact it would have on Brad’s work. Tracy appears and is icy with Oliver for pulling the plug on Brad’s haymaking. Oliver’s contrite, saying he knew Brad was saving up for a summer school. Tracy must be proud. Later Tracy asks Brad what he meant? After some coaxing Brad tells her about his free scholarship for a Maths summer school. But he can’t go because he can’t afford the expenses. When he mentions he’s thinking of working at the chicken factory, alarmed Tracy explains he wouldn’t be able to deal with the banter there. Despondent Brad says he’d better get used to it, hadn’t he? Later Oliver tells Clarrie about his bruising encounter with Tracy; he’s reinforced Tracy’s conviction that he’s a penny-pinching fat-cat who doesn’t care about people and she’s not the only one who thinks that. Clarrie’s reassuring; where would they be without Oliver’s generosity? She’s glad the village will be welcomed to the launch of the ‘Future Grey Gables’. When Oliver reveals his plans, she’s sure there’ll be opportunities for everyone.
17/07/2213m 14s

15/07/2022

Alice covers Joanne at The Stables where Shula’s just finished a riding lesson with some young people with disabilities – her favourite part of the job. Justin says they’re on track for opening the cross-country course next month. When he goes, Shula mentions her plan for Equine Assisted Therapy and possible funding for community groups. Alice thinks it’s fantastic – it was spending time with Banjo, when she was at her lowest, that got her through. But later Alice lets slip to Justin about Shula’s plan, and he’s dismissive, calling it another of Shula’s ‘do-gooding’ schemes. Angry Justin says as much to Shula – it’s got financial disaster written all over it. Shula counters that making money isn’t the only focus of the Stables. When Alice intervenes, saying that private customers pay a fortune for this kind of therapy, Justin makes a U-turn and suggests Shula investigates it. It’s Tracy’s day off from the chicken factory. She admits to Chelsea she misses the craic when she’s not there. Chelsea brings up Oliver sacking Tracy, but Tracy’s philosophical about it; she’s made friends at the factory and she, Chelsea and Brad are all in paid work. Things could be a lot worse. When Brad talks excitedly about haymaking, Tracy says it’s lovely seeing him all giddy. When he says Oliver’s really helpful, Tracy agrees that sounds about right. Later she and Chelsea are surprised by angry Brad coming home early. The haymaking all’s done; Oliver’s stupid telehandler finished it. There’s no more work. Chelsea exclaims that basically Oliver’s got Brad the sack too.
15/07/2213m 17s

14/07/2022

Oliver surprises Eddie and Clarrie by hiring a telehandler for their haymaking – it’ll speed things up. When they say it’s too much, Oliver says it’s a selfish gesture really; it’ll save his back. Later Eddie checks that George didn’t put the idea into Oliver’s head, but George denies it, saying Oliver has a heart of gold. When Pip returns Poppy’s school clothes to Clarrie, Clarrie senses that Pip’s upset. Pip admits she’s checked, and Rosie is overweight, but she can’t understand why when she eats so healthily. Clarrie says it will even out as she gets older and mentions that she kept giving Poppy treats after Nic died and in the end Poppy needed fillings. Will gave her a right talking to. Pip’s thoughtful and thanks Clarrie for being reassuring. When Chelsea questions why Oliver’s at the haymaking at all, Brad says it’s George who’s the pain. Oliver’s a laugh. Chelsea calls Brad a traitor for having fun with the man who gave Tracy the sack. Tracy’s grateful that Chelsea has her back, but says Brad’s got no choice who he works with. When Tracy tentatively asks how Oliver is, Brad plays it down, saying he’s a boring old duffer. Later Chelsea warns Brad that family is family – if you cross one of them, then you cross them all. Oliver Sterling’s the reason they’re in this mess. Brad’s defensive: Oliver really cares about Tracy and all of them. But Chelsea’s having none of it – Brad had better work out which side he’s on.
14/07/2213m 14s

13/07/2022

Susan, Clarrie and Adam check out their biogs on the Bridge Farm website, but Susan’s shocked when she sees “Bridge Farm Needs You” on the front page. She wonders what Tom was thinking. Later Helen says the website traffic’s increased. She wasn’t sure about Tom’s strategy but it seems to be hitting the mark. He’s worked really hard to do all this before the babies come next week. Clarrie cautions that Adam and Ian may have to steel themselves for opposition from the WI for their planned pizza van launch at the village fete. Jean Harvey and Pat Fletcher are going to formally object about it to the fete committee. Adam wonders about launching somewhere else, but Susan says they’re not backing down. Later she comes up with the idea of offering the WI an exclusive pizza tasing session. Once the WI have tasted them, they’re sure to fold. Brad enjoys listening to Oliver’s tales of childhood haymaking and admits he’s doing it to pay for a place at a Maths summer school. Brad’s nervous about going because he finds it hard making friends. But Oliver says that Brad didn’t know him until recently – now they get on like a house on fire. However when Oliver admires Brad’s self-funding the course, Brad says it’s because Tracy is broke; she was sacked from a job she loved. He walks off, but later apologises – his temper got the better of him. It’s the only way he takes after his mum. Oliver says he’s got a good heart too. Same as Tracy.
13/07/2213m 16s

12/07/2022

Helen tells Susan that she and Tom have been making plans to boost online cheese sales. As a result Tom’s been overhauling their website and social media with a more personal touch. They’re going to include postcards with every order, with a picture of the Monteys drawn by Henry and signed by everyone on the back. They’re also going to put staff photos and biogs online. Later whilst Susan almost has too much to say about herself for the biog, Clarrie struggles to know what to write. But Susan gives her some tips and Clarrie’s writer’s block lifts. They’re interrupted by Helen saying that some customers have complained that their cheese has arrived ruined. Susan unhelpfully points out that she did warn Helen that the packaging needed careful consideration. Later, based on her past postmistress experience, Susan comes up with a packaging solution and Helen calls her a genius. Susan says she might pop that in her biog. Clarrie drops off some of Poppy’s old school clothes for Rosie. But when Clarrie unwittingly says Rosie looks like she’s made of strong stuff, Pip wonders what she means. Things are awkward between Pip and Ben until Pip mentions an incident with Rosie after Clarrie left – Rosie couldn’t fit into any of Poppy’s hand-me-downs. Pip admits that Ben was right; Rosie has gained weight even though her diet is balanced. When Ben comforts her saying it will be ok, Pip counters that it feels like she’s taken her eye off the ball and let Rosie down, badly.
12/07/2213m 4s

11/07/2022

Lilian sets up generating some interest for the cross-country course which should be finished next month; Justin wants to launch with a bang. Shula and Alice go to see how the course is getting on. Alice can’t wait to try it. Shula comments that Alice has turned a corner these last few months – she seems settled, calm and grounded. Alice agrees – the solicitors just need to work out an amicable financial settlement and then she and Chris can put it all behind them. Alice thanks Shula – she couldn’t have survived the last year without her. Coming to The Stables and talking to Shula was such a help. George is being a hard taskmaster for Brad and Oliver haymaking at Grange Farm. George teases Brad about wanting to go to college to do his ‘A ’levels – he’s better off getting a trade and earning some money. Oliver gently sticks up for Brad, but George counters that he’s only bantering. When Oliver offers to have a word with George, Brad says he’s used to it; people at school do it too. Oliver discovers Brad’s interested in maths, and says Brad must get it from Tracy, she was always good with numbers. Brad asks gently how Oliver is after Caroline’s anniversary yesterday. Oliver says he’s alright, but he’ll always go on missing her. Later George calls Oliver boring and a soft touch, and Eddie tight. But Brad defends them and suggests they get back on with their work.
11/07/2213m 3s

10/07/2022

Pip and Toby discuss Rosie’s imminent start at primary school. Rosie’s looking forward to it, it’s Pip who’ll be in bits. Ben turns up and Pip comments that he’s in a good mood; it must be because Beth’s back on the scene. Ben thinks school will be good for Rosie – she’ll learn how to have a ‘healthy lifestyle’. When Pip questions this, Ben clumsily says that he’s pretty sure that, medically speaking, Rosie’s a bit overweight. Pip and Toby think Ben’s out of order. Furious Pip tells Ben she doesn’t want him babysitting for Rosie again and asks him to leave. But it gets Pip thinking and she worries to Toby about Rosie’s diet and exercise. They eventually agree that Ben’s being over the top. It’s Brad’s first day of a summer job, haymaking at Grange Farm. When he worries whether he’ll be any good at it, Tracy says it’s got to be better than slaving away in the chicken factory. Eddie shows Brad the ropes, but Brad’s alarmed when he mentions Oliver will be there. Initially distant, Brad warms up when he and Oliver get chatting about family life and Brad admits he’s enjoying the work. Eddie asks Oliver how he’s doing. Oliver says he’s bearing up, explaining to Brad that five years ago today he lost Caroline and will always miss her. When Tracy rings to see how it’s all going, Brad doesn’t mention that he’s working with Oliver and says it’s going fine. Tracy’s proud of him.
10/07/2213m 17s

08/07/2022

Alistair and Denise are tired after their night out at the awards. Alistair thinks it’s a scandal that Denise didn’t win. Chelsea gives them both some advice on updating their wardrobes; you can’t put a price on feeling good. Denise gives her some chocolates as a thank you, and Chelsea says she can keep the dress she lent her. When Denise insists on paying for it, chancer Chelsea suggests an outrageous price. Alistair knocks her down to twenty pounds and pays for it himself. Denise is embarrassed but Alistair declares it an award from him and Jakob – she’s the only winner in their eyes. As they pack up for the day, Alistair wishes her a good weekend. At the chicken factory Tracy’s puzzled by Gemma’s attitude, and asks if she’s done something wrong. Gemma lightens up and sympathises with Tracy’s tiredness. Later Susan notes Tracy’s already got her eye on promotion – Jazzer’s proud of her and so is she. All Tracy wants to do this weekend, apart from an afternoon cleaning shift, is sleep. However, Gemma calls and wants her in tomorrow. Conflicted Tracy accepts the extra shift rather than risk losing others. She feels she hasn’t the energy to go out tonight with Jazzer. Chelsea offers to help so that she can go; her mum works hard for them all and Chelsea thinks she’s great. Tracy’s touched. Later she asks Susan about Gemma. Susan remembers her from Emma’s days at the factory as being nice, and an ally for Emma. She asks Tracy to give Gemma her love.
08/07/2213m 5s

07/07/2022

Gatekeeper Josh won’t let Beth in to Brookfield to see Ben. Beth persists and Josh agrees to tell Ben she’s there. Later Beth and Ben are out walking. They make small talk for a while before Beth tells Ben Steph’s finally admitted the truth. Beth’s really sorry she’s been so stupid, but when she saw Ben and Steph together she couldn’t think straight. Ben understands. The hardest thing for him has been knowing she’s hurt and doesn’t want to be with him. He gets why she felt that way. Beth feels she doesn’t deserve him. They agree that they’re ok again; they love each other. Josh lightly teases Ben that he’s all loved up again so quickly – Ben’s been hard to be with recently. Ben just wants to forget the last few weeks ever happened. Josh thinks Beth doesn’t deserve Ben, but if Ben’s happy, Josh is happy. Alistair and Denise prepare for the vet awards event, each commenting that the other looks nice. Denise is nervous, but Alistair thinks she’ll win, especially with Jakob’s endorsement. Alistair attempts to solve a dress zip malfunction for Denise, but the zip breaks. Denise is all for bailing on the event, but Alistair has an idea. He calls Chelsea, who arrives with an assortment of her own dress options for Denise. They settle on a fuchsia pink dress with fake diamonds. Alistair is wowed – it’s perfect. He thanks Tracy for saving the day, and as they head off to the awards, Alistair can’t think of a more deserving winner than Denise.
07/07/2213m 5s

06/07/2022

Tracy’s on afternoons at the chicken factory today. She’s left some ideas for safety improvements on Gemma’s desk. She wants to do the job properly. Jazzer thinks she’ll smash it; she’s management material. Gemma rings and asks her for a chat. She stops enthusiastic Tracy in her tracks, pointing out her role on the production line is simply to get on with the job. She accuses Tracy of chatting during her induction and has asked Paddy, in charge of the production line, to keep an eye on her. She’s moved her to the less salubrious back end of the line. She hopes Tracy’s ready for a 6am start tomorrow. Later Tracy tells Jazzer and Jim it’s all going well. She’s tired, but she’ll get Saturday off. Steph’s grateful to her dad for getting Beth to agree to talk to her – she needs Beth’s forgiveness. Vince counsels her to always face up to her mistakes. Truth will always out. But later with Beth, Steph sticks to her story that it was Ben who made the running. Vince calls her out, demanding she tell the truth, which she finally does. Beth’s furious, and asks why Steph lied. Steph’s so sorry. She’s jealous of Beth; she just felt stupid and ugly. Beth struggles to forgive Steph for causing unnecessary misery. Vince asks Steph to move out – he needs to stop treating her like a princess and looking after her. It’s Beth’s turn. Later Vince reassures Beth – Steph will be ok. Beth’s left Ben a message. What if she’s lost him for good?
06/07/2213m 14s

05/07/2022

Will talks to Lynda about his pottery stall for the fete. She’s admiring of his new hobby. Will’s sorry Lynda’s refused Oliver’s offer to help fund the fete. Lynda insists she can’t get over her disappointment with Oliver about how he handled the Grey Gables closure. Will continues to defend Oliver, pointing out he paid staff out of his own pocket. Lynda acknowledges this, but declares they were a family, and Oliver let them go. Will promises her he had no choice. Lynda goes to see Oliver, who’s building a shelving unit for Will’s pottery stall, and relents. She appreciates his generosity of spirit, and accepts his offer. Oliver’s delighted. Will approaches with some of his ceramic pieces. Lynda attempts to hide her opinion. Tracy’s nervous about her induction day at the chicken factory. Jazzer’s not happy about her working there, or juggling two jobs, but Tracy points out it’s better paid than her cleaning work. Jazzer wishes he could get enough hours to fund them both, but Tracy reminds him they’re a team. Her supervisor Gemma shows her the ropes and soon has her down as a quick learner. Keen Tracy spots a safety hazard, which doesn’t go down well with her new boss. Oblivious Tracy reports later how nice everyone seems. Jazzer’s prepared a dinner of chicken nuggets, and as they banter Jazzer reckons it’s good to see Tracy laughing. Perhaps this job won’t be so bad after all.
05/07/2213m 12s

04/07/2022

Vince is frosty with Steph as he worries about Beth. He tells Steph he’s going to a meeting and will be back late, but Steph persuades him to come over for dinner. She’ll cook and they can celebrate the builders finishing. Vince agrees and Steph thanks him – she knows she’s let him and Beth down, but she’ll make up for it. She’s not proud of herself. Vince suggests she tells Beth that. Steph insists she doesn’t have feelings for Ben – but she feels he’s always been flirty and may have had an ulterior motive the night of the kiss. She begins to heavily bend the truth about events leading up to it, but Vince advises she tell the truth to Beth. It might be her last chance. Tom and Helen discuss Natasha’s mum’s upcoming visit. It’s made such a difference knowing she’ll be there to help. Tom hopes Pat’s ok with it. Helen reassures him, before they move on to discussing strategy for the online cheese venture. They have to be bold and turn the Grey Gables setback into something positive. Helen picks Susan’s brains, and believes her Post Office know-how will be vital. Tom takes Lynda a veg box. Oliver joins them with a proposal for tonight’s fete meeting. Lynda cuts him off, suggesting he attends the meeting. She’s still annoyed with him over Grey Gables. Later at the meeting Oliver offers to put money into the fete, to give back to the village. Susan’s interested, but Lynda snubs him – it’s a definite no.
04/07/2213m 7s

03/07/2022

At the cricket match, Jim’s feeling put out. He’s overheard some of the Darrington players mocking him over his scoring prowess, suggesting he’s past it. Tracy suggests he ignores them, and confirms Jim’s mind and eyes are still pin sharp. Needled Tracy reckons they should bend the rules a bit by putting the better Gleeson in to bat twice. Pat’s not sure it feels right, but Tracy goes ahead. Later she acknowledges it didn’t really work and she felt so worries she couldn’t enjoy it – turns out she’s not made for cheating! Pat suggests they chalk it down to experience, and practise so that next time they win fair and square. Jim has spotted Tracy’s subterfuge, and declares that all play in future should fall within the letter and spirit of cricketing law. Tom and Natasha load veg boxes; she’s fed up of being told to put her feet up and wants to work. Helen calls in to talk new markets. She wants to opt for strengthening existing cheese sales via an online offer, rather than diversifying too soon into mozzarella. Natasha agrees – find your sweet spot in an already established market. The business chat and banter about baby names continues later as they all prepare a family tea at Bridge Farm. Tony’s absent seeing to the Monteys, which disappoints Helen. She was keen to share his research on buffalo. Natasha and Pat think it would be best to focus on the cheese by post for now, but Helen and Tom think there might be room for both enterprises. Pat cautions they’ll have their hands full with the babies soon, but Natasha announces her solution – her mum’s coming to stay after they’re born.
03/07/2212m 51s

01/07/2022

Russ feels awkward at the illicit rave, not open to persuasion by Lily or Chelsea to get involved. He asks Chelsea how she always stays so positive, and she shares some homespun philosophy. Chelsea drags reluctant Russ off to try and get some of his preferred tunes played. She teases him over his lack of movement, but he asserts he could dance her under the table if the music’s right. Lily bumps into old flame Sol at the crowded bar area and he offers to get her drinks for her. They chat, Sol making it clear he’d rather she was with him than with Russ. He makes some not unkind comments about the age gap between Russ and Lily. Lily asserts she’s happy with Russ. She concedes they have disagreements, like everyone, but she’s committed to him. Sol speculates on what could have been, but doesn’t want to cause trouble. Lily’s flattered, but insists she’s not interested and says goodbye. She finds Russ on the dancefloor, a little the worse for wear but having fun. She likes this side of him and joins in. Josh has allowed Ben to attend the rave on the condition he goes with him. Ben spills his beer over unimpressed Chelsea, and storms off for some space. Josh promises to buy Chelsea a drink by way of apology for his brother. Josh finds tearful Ben wandering alone. He sobs that he loves Beth, but however hard he tries he can’t stop things falling apart. He’s messed up everything and doesn’t know how to fix it.
01/07/2213m 5s

30/06/2022

Helen’s excited to hear all the gossip about Adil from reluctant Kirsty, and when they meet up later Kirsty gives her the lowdown on the previous evening. She explains how Adil had to spend the night on their sofa as he missed locking up time at Ambridge Hall. Helen can tell Kirsty likes Adil and gently teases her before remarking how nice it is to see her happy. She and Adil clearly have chemistry. Kirsty agrees it felt effortless, and that if he’d have made a move she would have responded. Elizabeth asks David how Ben’s doing. He admits Ruth’s worried about him. Elizabeth can’t see Ben doing what’s he’s been accused of. She comments Vince is worried too about his daughters, and doesn’t know what to do. She offers to talk to Ben, who arrives having been sent home for falling asleep on the ward. Ben declares to Elizabeth that his relationship’s over – whatever he does or says he’s always going to be the bad guy. Elizabeth’s concerned Ben seems to have given up, and suggests to David someone should keep a close eye on him. Alice and Chris negotiate an agreement for Kate to have Martha overnight after a toddler gym session, and discuss plans they each have for taking Martha on holiday. They can’t believe how easy this all seems now they’ve called a truce. They discuss trying to bring their families back together – both sides are struggling to adjust to this new friendship. Alice suggests another christening for Martha. Chris thinks it’s a great idea.
30/06/2212m 56s

29/06/2022

Beth calls Ben, giving him some hope when she says she wants to talk. But she continues to bat away his protestations of innocence, still insisting she’s heard it all before, and doesn’t know whether to believe he didn’t want to kiss Steph. In spite of herself she reciprocates when Ben declares he misses her. They chat further, both of them enjoying this time talking together like they used to. But then Beth explains she’s sick of being the brainy alternative one while her glamorous sister gets everything she wants. She can’t trust Ben completely. She wants to believe him, but it’s not enough. To Ben’s utter dismay, Beth says goodbye. Roy’s invited Adil over for dinner. He really wants Kirsty’s help with the prep, but she escapes to freshen up. When they’ve eaten Roy’s attempt at an authentic curry, diplomatic Adil struggles to describe it, breaking the ice. They chat about Phoebe’s recent birthday and how she’s enjoying her time in Scotland, and a little about Kate the goldfish, before tired Roy hints at calling it a night. Kirsty’s keen to keep the evening going. She learns Adil knows a little about palmistry, and along with the other things she discovered about him, she likes what she hears. When she accidentally spills scalding hot tea over him, he quickly removes his trousers. Roy comes in and jumps to conclusions, before making a hasty exit, much to Kirsty and Adil’s amusement. Adil thanks Kirsty – he was finding it difficult to warm to Ambridge, but tonight he’s had the best time.
29/06/2213m 12s

28/06/2022

Lily’s shoe shopping for an exhibition she’s agreed to attend with Russ. She asks if they might go to a rave on Friday in return for the favour. Russ is disparaging of the rave, so Lily playfully gives up on the shoes. She continues to work on him – she wants a chance to let her hair down. After more flirty teasing, Russ gives in. He maintains he’d always have agreed to go to the rave, he just wanted to see how long Lily’s sulk would last. Ben’s incredulous that Steph’s still at Beth’s. He assumed Beth would have thrown her out by now. Steph insists she and Ben are in this together. Ben can’t believe Steph hasn’t told Beth that she instigated the kiss. He’d never look twice at someone like her! Stung, Steph calls her dad, who’s convinced Beth to sit down and talk to her. With Vince sitting between them, unimpressed Beth wants the truth, and confronts Steph with the question: was the kiss all her doing? Steph’s reflex is to say no. Vince urges her to be honest. But Steph feels she always gets the blame for everything; she puts the responsibility as much with Ben as herself. Vince ventures that Ben doesn’t seem the type, but Beth counters grimly that they never do. Steph pushes it too far when she comments that she always picks idiots and Beth always attracts cheaters. Vince tells Steph to go and get her things from Beth’s place, as Beth cries in his arms, wondering what she’s going to do.
28/06/2213m 6s

27/06/2022

Vince has two daughters on his hands to deal with after yesterday. Elizabeth sympathises and brings him lunch while the builders continue to work in his kitchen. She says she’s spoken to Ben, and tries to put his point of view to Vince. She emphasises how unlike Ben it would be to do something like kiss his girlfriend’s sister, but Vince is able to focus only on Beth and Steph and how they’re feeling right now. Tom and Helen joke good naturedly about name suggestions for the twins, before Adil arrives to be shown round the farm. Tom’s determined he should see the thick of the action around their beautiful veg, as Helen points out to Adil that losing Grey Gables as a customer wasn’t something they were expecting. Adil’s impressed with the farm, reassuring them they’ll have the Grey Gables business back in eighteen months. He further suggests a mutually beneficial relationship – Grey Gables could lease them some grazing land to allow Bridge Farm to diversify into other cheese varieties. After he’s gone Tom and Helen can see possibilities, but Helen’s keen to guard against empty promises. They agree it’s worth exploring some options. Alice is taking Martha to a Borchester park. Envious Chris has tedious paperwork planned, so Alice suggests he joins them. She admits the trip is to take her mind off today’s social services assessment result. Chris is worried too. Alice reads the email when it arrives. There will be no further action regarding Martha’s accident. They’re both elated; they’ve been handed a clean slate.
27/06/2213m 7s

26/06/2022

It’s the day of Steph’s Suddenly Single party at Brookfield Barn. There’s early disaster as Steph’s hair and make-up artist cancels. Ben comes up with a solution in the form of Chelsea Horrobin. When Chelsea arrives she’s a little starstruck by influencer Steph, and at first the two of them hit it off. Chelsea ends up encouraging Steph, and taking pictures for her social accounts. However the party bombs, and Steph’s demands get a bit much for Chelsea. With few guests other than the male stripper even Steph can’t pretend it’s going well, and Chelsea tells it like it is. She points out that people are siding with Steph’s husband Liam online, before declaring she’s leaving. She doesn’t know why she bothered helping Steph. Steph protests she’s paying Chelsea to be there, but Chelsea doesn’t care. The party well and truly over, Steph is left crying over the pinata. She admits to Ben that the whole event was to show Liam what a good time she was having, and to try and win him back. Now she’s just an embarrassment. She looks awful on social. Ben comforts her, taking her phone away from her; not everything’s about looks. Steph misreads Ben’s sympathy and goes in for a kiss just as Beth walks in. Shocked Beth leaves, bumping into bewildered David on her way out. Ben tries to follow her, protesting his innocence, but Beth runs. David counsels his son to let Beth go and cool off. Distraught Ben insists he didn’t do anything.
26/06/2213m 3s

24/06/2022

Lynda comments to Kirsty that Adil wouldn’t stop talking about rewilding after his tour. Kirsty has no luck in persuading Lynda to be kinder to Adil. Adam joins them; he’s keen to work out logistics for his and Ian’s pizza van at the fete meeting later. Lynda warns that the WI may not welcome their new enterprise. Lynda thinks Adam should have beef with Adil as he made Ian redundant but Adam remains neutral – something had to change with Grey Gables losing so much money. Lynda isn’t convinced the village will benefit at all when the hotel reopens. When Adil arrives at the Tearoom and Kirsty and Lynda introduce him to Adam, Adam wastes no time in promoting his and Ian’s pizza van venture. This makes Adil and Kirsty hungry. Adil asks if he can buy her breakfast. Uncooperative Martha has delayed Chris getting her dressed, and she isn’t ready when Alice comes to collect her. Chris invites Alice in and is amazed how compliant Martha becomes. With Chris’ first client of the day cancelling, Alice stays on a while with him. They compare their experiences of being interviewed by the social worker, and Alice announces she’s cancelled the care hearing. Chris is over the moon and they agree to no more fighting. They tell one another how amazing they are as a parent and Alice is touched when Chris says he believes she’ll never drink again. They can only hope the social worker sees that they’re good parents and pursues no further action.
24/06/2213m 6s

23/06/2022

Beth and Steph both enjoyed their recent night out but that doesn’t help Beth make sense of Steph’s plans for her Suddenly Single party, which includes a stripper. Beth tries to persuade Steph to cancel the party. Steph’s defensive at first but then seems like she might come round. Ben arrives with the decorations Steph requested. Steph quickly dismisses her and Beth’s conversation. They look through the items and Steph gets more excited to Beth’s consternation. Later Beth asks Ben why he’s supporting Steph’s party when it’s a terrible idea. Ben accepts she might be right but tries to offer a more positive view. Beth apologises for having a go at him but then accuses him of encouraging Steph just to get their own space again. Ben talks her down, saying there is only so much she can do to protect her sister. She sees his point and agrees it would be great to have her room back to herself. Alice gives her version of Martha’s accident in the playground to Sam the social worker. She declares that she’s an alcoholic in recovery and Sam assures her he’s not there to catch her out. Alice explains it’s been fraught between her and Chris lately due the financial settlement and care hearing for their divorce. Alice is surprised when Sam asks about Chris’s relationship with Amy. Alice defends Chris and denies the relationship had any impact on his care for Martha. She concludes that it’s money that has poisoned their divorce and she’s not even sure how it has all become so stressful.
23/06/2213m 1s

22/06/2022

As Neil tries to calm Chris before the imminent social worker visit, Chris can’t remember the last time he felt vaguely relaxed. Sam the social worker asks Chris about what happened with Martha’s accident. Chris is full of guilt. When Sam asks if Chris thinks Alice’s recovery has lapsed, Chris emphatically replies no. Chris praises Alice’s strengths as a mother and then gets tearful. He admits he’s heartbroken that their marriage is over. Kirsty ties herself in knots as she compliments Adil on his appearance when they meet for a tour of the rewilding land. Adil’s amused, and teases her. Kirsty explains that part of her role is to grow the number of visitors the rewilding site has. Adil asks for advice on winning round Lynda. Kirsty’s sure Lynda would like him if she gave him a chance. Kirsty’s impressed with how Adil handled yesterday when Lynda was rude to him. Adil’s determined to keep trying with Lynda. He hopes the new Grey Gables will have approval from the whole community, including Lynda. The social worker thanks Chris for the tea and biscuits before heading out. Neil arrives and tells Sam that Chris is a fantastic father, embarrassing Chris. Neil also mentions it’s Chris’s birthday. Once Sam has left, Chris worries that his dad’s words might have made it look like he was asking for special treatment. He also frets that he’s been too nice about Alice in his social worker interview. He feels like his whole future depends on whatever Alice says in her interview.
22/06/2213m 16s

21/06/2022

Chris relays to Neil that a date has come through for the court hearing for the care of Martha. Neil suggests Chris fills in his solicitor about Martha’s accident. Chris calls Neil to let him know the solicitor’s response – it could be used as evidence against Alice, and is Chris sure that Alice hadn’t been drinking? Later Neil tries to reassure Chris who is stressed about his social worker interview tomorrow, and consumed by anxiety over his solicitor asking about Alice’s drinking. Neil carefully asks how sure he is about Alice’s sobriety but Chris doesn’t know what to believe anymore. Kirsty and Lynda reflect on the closure of Grey Gables and Lynda admits it’s not easy having Adil as a guest. Adil interrupts them, keen to hear about rewilding. Listening to Kirsty he is reminded of his grandmother who practices zero budget natural farming in Pakistan. Adil tries to compliment Lynda by likening her to his force of nature grandmother. But Lynda remains cool towards Adil. Robert joins them and Adil jokes about Kirsty leaving rewilding to work for the new Grey Gables. Robert ticks off Lynda for not finding it funny. Lynda changes the subject by reminding Adil he has to stop singing in the shower; they’ve had a complaint. Adil asks for a tour of the rewilding, something Lynda would also like. However, she claims to be unavailable at the time suggested by Kirsty. Kirsty says that’s absolutely fine – they’ll just have to have separate tours.
21/06/2212m 56s

20/06/2022

Ben finds Steph in the freshly cleaned kitchen at Beth’s place – Steph’s gesture of thanks to Beth for letting her share her room. Steph knows she’s been driving Beth mad, but it’s been a weird time for her. Beth gets home from work to find Ben and Steph chatting away. She’s blown away by the spotless kitchen and fridge. When Steph offers to make tea Beth jokes she’s like a totally different person! Ben tells Beth how overwhelming his prep for work is next week, and Beth suggests they stay in tonight. Ben thinks Beth should go out with Steph, and seeing her sister in a new light, Beth agrees. As Martha and Xander play in the park, Adam chats to Alice about his and Ian’s artisan pizza van venture. Alice is unhappy when Chris arrives to pick up Martha earlier than agreed. Alice and Chris argue over who’s unreasonable, but as Adam attempts to mediate they all miss Martha climbing up a slide. Martha falls and injures her head. In A&E Chris and Alice are tense as a doctor confirms Martha can go home when she wakes up. Neither want to leave Martha tonight. They argue about who she should go home with, and whose fault it was that Martha fell. Having overheard their ugly row, the doctor explains she understands this was an accident, but she is concerned for Martha’s welfare. She’s made a referral to children’s social services. Alice and Chris are horrified.
20/06/2212m 55s

19/06/2022

Lynda asks Robert to speak to Adil about his singing in the shower. Robert thinks Adil has an excellent voice; Lynda should cast him in her next production. As Lynda remarks her production days are over, Robert notes Lynda isn’t Adil’s biggest fan. Lynda confronts Adil herself about the singing, but when Robert drops in Lynda’s history with local productions, Adil’s keen to get involved. Lynda tells Adil she has no interest in working with someone who is out to destroy her community. Cautious, Adil tells them he’s planning on holding a consultation with the village – he hopes Lynda will join. As he leaves Lynda berates Adil’s cheek. Robert can’t see Lynda’s problem; Adil is a paying guest, a nice person and just doing his job. Chris bumps into Usha and asks after Amy, but Usha’s more concerned about Chris. Chris feels bad about how things ended with Amy, but Usha tells Chris he did the decent thing. When Usha informs him Amy’s met someone new, Chris says she deserves to be happy. Usha reminds Chris he deserves to be happy too. Chris confesses he’s avoiding the family Father’s Day lunch – he’s too depressing to be around and his family have earned a day off. Usha is sympathetic as Chris tells her about the court hearing. She asks if he can talk to Alice, but Chris thinks it’s too late. Usha encourages Chris not to catastrophise but to focus on the here and now, and enjoy Martha. Chris promises to try and do that.
19/06/2213m 11s

17/06/2022

Alistair congratulates Denise on making it to the final of the vet nurse of the year competition. He’s delighted for her. He gives Jakob some feedback on the supporting statement Jakob’s written that will be read out if Denise wins. Alistair remarks that Jakob’s statement is a bit cool and clinical, and he gives some examples of how better to describe Denise’s warmth as a person. Jakob hurriedly types up Alistair’s words. Before the end of the day Jakob reads out a few passages from his improved supporting statement. Denise is touched at how kind Jakob’s statement is – she comments to Alistair she had no idea he possessed such deep feelings. Alistair holds his tongue. Neil’s grateful to Jazzer for working overtime even though he won’t get paid for it. Neil’s covering Hannah’s work while Hannah’s gone to visit her mum. He’s given Martyn a cover story for her absence. Martyn’s yet to say anything more on the further economies that need to be found at Berrow. Jazzer’s concerned as he can’t afford to lose any more hours. Neil tracks down Martyn so that he can give Jazzer his word that his hours won’t be cut any further. Martyn then suggests other ways they can save money, which Neil and Jazzer diplomatically bat away. Privately neither Jazzer nor Neil are sure how much they can trust Martyn on not cutting Jazzer’s job. Neil can’t give any guarantees, but he’s going to try his damnedest to find other ways to save on costs.
17/06/2212m 59s

16/06/2022

Susan prepares a Mediterranean spread for Hannah, who’s feeling the strain of stress at work combined with supporting dementia care for her mum. Susan’s planning to knit booties for Natasha and Tom’s new-borns. Over dinner, Hannah wistfully reminisces about visiting Lisbon with her mum before her dementia set in. These days Hannah’s taking calls from her step-dad who is caring for her mum, and she wonders when the right time will be to find residential care for her. She’s grateful to Neil and Susan for listening to her. Neil wants her to know that they’re friends as well as colleagues. Hannah then gets a message from Con, her step-dad – she needs to call him. It won’t be a quick one so she reluctantly takes her leave. Susan sends her off with a food parcel to take home. Hannah tells Neil he married a really good woman. Neil agrees Susan’s the very best. Tom’s grateful that he and Natasha are being fed at Bridge Farm. They’re still settling in at April Cottage. Tony’s pleased to hear it was all good news at yesterday’s scan. Natasha joins them and Tony heads off on an errand. She’s unperturbed by Tom’s shock on learning that she’s told Pat what she learned about the sex of their babies. After realising that Tony also knows the information having being told by Pat, Tom relents and agrees to be told. Natasha announces that they are having a girl and a boy. Tom thinks that’s perfect. He couldn’t be happier.
16/06/2213m 4s

15/06/2022

David and Ruth try to placate Ben who’s fed up with Steph being in the way at Beth’s home. David checked in with Vince yesterday about Steph’s Suddenly Single party. Vince was grateful for David’s concern for her wellbeing. Steph requests a punchbag and a pinata with Liam’s face on for the party. David insists she’ll have to source those herself. He’s not happy about holding the party, but Ruth reminds him they can’t pick and choose their customers. Beth joins Ben as he moves a group of sheep. They share one another’s frustration with not having their own space. Neither of them feels comfortable being intimate at Brookfield. Ben’s hopeful that the Suddenly Single party will help Beth move on and out of Beth’s place. Beth complains about Steph eating her food and leaving the kitchen in a mess. Ben thinks she should challenge Steph but Beth says she only ends up crying. Beth is at a loss as to how to tackle it. Ben gives some supportive advice based on what his course mates have said. Beth is put out that Ben’s been sharing details of their sex life, or lack of it, with other people. Tom’s tense while he waits with Natasha for her scan. She reassures him – their babies are going to be fine. They chat about Stella running Home Farm in Brian’s absence, wondering how Adam will feel. The sonographer confirms everything looks well with their babies. Tom leaves the room and Natasha can’t wait to find out if she’s having girls or boys.
15/06/2213m 9s

14/06/2022

Justin’s caught out when Hannah calls him out on his visit to Berrow; it must be due to Brian’s resignation. Hannah and Neil are suspicious as Justin talks about his attitude towards Berrow. He appears to be setting the scene for him to return to the B.L. role there. Martyn arrives and asks for a word with him. Tony and Natasha watch a new-born Angus get to its feet. Natasha’s using her time away from Summer Orchard’s day-to-day running to assess the future of the operation. Tony’s grateful for all the effort she, Tom and Helen are making with Bridge Farm’s businesses. Tony’s bemused by Natasha and Tom’s compromise over finding out the sex of their babies – Natasha will know, but Tom won’t. Natasha explains Tom doesn’t want to tempt fate after his and Kirsty’s experience of a late miscarriage. Tony hopes Natasha will share what she learns with him and Pat. Hannah shares with Neil the difficulties she has with her mum, who has dementia. She acknowledges that Neil also has it hard with the stress of Chris’ divorce. She expresses her annoyance at Brian’s departure and remarks that anyone but Justin would be better as their new boss. Meanwhile, Justin presents to Martyn his case for taking up the reins again at Berrow. Martyn explains that he and the rest of the B.L. board have agreed that while they think Justin would be adequate, they’ve decided that Martyn himself should take the position. All he needs to do now is break the good news to the staff.
14/06/2213m 2s

13/06/2022

Tom’s surprised at how much unpacking and rearranging Natasha has done at April Cottage. Natasha assures him she only supervised; Tony and Johnny did all the heavy lifting. Tom explains how he and Helen want to be more proactive in securing business after losing a number of contracts. Natasha offers to help set up meetings but Tom reminds her she’s supposed to be relaxing. Natasha mentions her conversation with Susan yesterday. It’s made her rethink not finding out what their babies are before they are born. Jakob reveals to Denise that he and Kate still don’t agree on what happened with Amy and Chris. Furthermore, he and Chris haven’t made up yet either. Denise is sympathetic and Jakob recognises her concern. He mentions he may include this quality if he has to supply extra information for Denise’s Vet Nurse of the Year nomination. Both Neil and Jazzer didn’t sleep well knowing B.L. are discussing Berrow’s future today. Much to the relief of both of them, Brian delivers the news that the pig unit will remain open. While further economies need to be made, there won’t be any job losses, but Jazzer will remain on reduced hours. Neil thanks Brian for his effort in keeping Berrow open. Brian clocks that the conversation is awkward and assures Neil that their personal and professional lives will not clash again. Brian announces that he’s taking a holiday, and also stepping down as B.L.’s representative for Berrow.
13/06/2213m 6s

12/06/2022

David and Ruth admire Brookfield’s newly installed solar panels. Meanwhile David’s still unsure about hosting Steph’s Suddenly Single party. He’s not sure they should accept the booking while she’s in a vulnerable state. Ruth thinks a party could be the best way for Steph to move on from her marriage break up. At the first Borchester Show in two years, Jazzer helps Ed prepare his ram lamb for the show ring. Plenty of people from Ambridge are at the show. Jazzer’s stunned to learn that Will has taken up pottery. Then, Jazzer spots Ed’s ram lamb has a limp. Jakob extracts a small thorn from the lamb’s hoof and to Ed’s relief, they’re able to take part in the show. Jazzer asks if Ed has any shearing work as he’s not sure if he’ll have a job after tomorrow’s B.L. board meeting. Ed offers to turn down who he’s already booked but Jazzer won’t take work off another person. At the shop, Natasha and Susan share their experiences of having strange dreams while pregnant. Natasha explains that they’ve decided to wait until the birth to know the sex of the twins. They laugh at the myths around how to tell if a baby will be a girl or a boy. Susan thinks she’s inherited some of her mother’s intuition when it comes to unborn babies. Suddenly she feels like she gets a sense of Natasha’s babies but they then both dismiss it as nonsense.
12/06/2213m 14s

10/06/2022

Ben and Beth have a luxury afternoon tea at The Orangery. Chelsea serves them and Beth teases Ben about Chelsea giving him special attention. Beth feels flat after her dad sided with Steph over her infidelity. Ben encourages her to forget all about it for the weekend. But then Steph turns up. She can’t stay at Vince’s anymore – he’s trying to persuade her to make it up to Liam but she’s sure they’re finished. She asks Beth if she can stay with her, and Beth immediately says no. Steph walks off and Ben wonders if Beth was too harsh on her sister. When Steph returns after a walk she tells Beth she’s right. She doesn’t blame her for not wanting to room share with her. Beth relents and says Steph can stay for a few days – but then wonders what she’s let herself in for. Jazzer turns up at Greenacres, this time to attend to a towel rail he thinks is need of repair. Jim asks him how things are with the Horrobins. Jazzer admits he’s finding it too loud over there. At Greenacres he was the loud one but at Tracy’s it’s all so raucous! Jim advises that Jazzer needs to commit to his new home, and Jazzer realises he needs to stay true to his word to Chelsea that he’ll be sticking around. Later, as Jim looks ahead to an evening to himself, he’s interrupted by Chelsea. She’s fed up with Brad having friends round so she’s come over for some peace and quiet.
10/06/2213m 8s

09/06/2022

After a successful birdwatching walk, Jim asks Robert to stay for dinner. Jim hasn’t yet adjusted to Jazzer’s absence and has over-catered. But Robert needs to get back to look after Adil. Lynda hasn’t taken to him. Jim tells Robert he doesn’t want to look for another lodger. Meanwhile, at 6 The Green, Jazzer trips over the vacuum cleaner and he and Tracy bicker. Their disagreement worsens when he tries to switch it on and it’s unresponsive. He seeks sanctuary at Greenacres. Jim doesn’t mind if Jazzer needs a few minutes after a heated situation but it looks like he’s set to spend the whole evening there. Tracy calls round at Greenacres and apologises to Jazzer for their earlier disagreement. She’s stressed about money and the vacuum cleaner breaking was the last straw. Jim facilitates Jazzer’s acceptance of Tracy’s apology. Jazzer returns to Tracy’s, apologising to Jim for curtailing their evening together. Jim tells him not to give it a second thought. Brian stalls his yoga practice with Kate with news of Brookfield’s booking for Steph’s Suddenly Single party. Kate emphasises how she can help Brian’s health with her knowledge. Brian eventually gives yoga a go but concludes it’s not for him. However, Kate has made him think about taking his health more seriously. He’s pleased to have had an insight into what Kate does for a living. Father and daughter tell one another what they admire about each other and Brian congratulates Kate on the success she’s made of Spiritual Home.
09/06/2213m 13s

08/06/2022

Steph’s feeling sorry for herself on the sofa at Vince’s house. Beth holds her tongue as Steph puts in her order for breakfast. Beth questions why Liam isn’t the one moving out when Steph explains her plans to stay at Vince’s for a while. With Vince voicing his anger towards Liam, Beth and Ben offer to collect Steph’s things. Steph advises to blank Liam if they find him at home. Everything seems to be ticking over nicely at Brookfield until an emotional Steph unexpectedly turns up. She explains that her and Liam are over and requests the promotional interview they did for the Brookfield events barn is taken down. Steph lays the blame for her break up with David and Ruth after they recommended honesty for a successful marriage. She books the barn for a Suddenly Single party, saying it will bring her closure. Ruth wonders if it’s a bit soon for that kind of event but is willing to take the booking. David is less enthusiastic but is happier once they’ve confirmed that Steph doesn’t expect the booking to be free of charge. Ben and Beth discover from Liam that it was actually Steph who cheated. Ben brings the news back to Brookfield. Meanwhile, Beth goes back to Vince’s and challenges Steph, who pleads with her sister not to tell their dad. She’s relieved when Beth says she won’t but then Beth makes Steph tell Vince herself. To Beth’s disgust, Vince sympathises with Steph. Beth leaves, saying sarcastically that she has an appointment with the real world.
08/06/2213m 13s

07/06/2022

Brian assures relieved Kate that Spiritual Home won’t be taken into account in the negotiation with Chris over Home Farm’s assets. Kate ministers to her convalescing dad, offering him various remedial strategies none of which he’s finding the least bit attractive. He seeks some peace in the eco office, where Stella finds him contemplating the future of Berrow. She scolds him gently, and he accuses her of being in league with his hyper attentive family. When he persists with work talk she becomes seriously agitated, explaining that her father worked himself into an early grave, and that she’d been there when he had a heart attack. She doesn’t want history to repeat itself with Brian. Brian softens, and agrees that maybe he should take some time out. Stella suggests he takes Kate up on her offer of yoga sessions. He agrees – as long as there isn’t a leotard involved. Ruth’s grateful to Beth for sharing her expertise at the cattle auction. Beth’s more than happy to oblige for her boyfriend’s mum. Ruth’s bought thirty five milkers and half a dozen in-calf heifers, well within budget thanks to Beth. Vince stands Beth and Ben a champagne dinner at a posh restaurant. Vince is full of jolly anecdotes, and Beth teases him fondly. A call from hysterical Steph halts proceedings. She turns up at the restaurant and informs them Liam’s had an affair, and she’s walked out. Can she stay with Vince? Her dad assures her she’ll have everything she needs. All she has to do is ask.
07/06/2213m 6s

06/06/2022

Ben’s reluctant to leave for uni. He gets the result of a theoretical assessment today and he’s not confident. Beth assures him he’ll have smashed it. David explains the cow missed from their delivery last week is arriving today, having recovered from a bruised leg. He asks Beth if she’d be prepared to give Ruth some advice on the auctioneers handling tomorrow’s dispersal sale. Beth would be happy to help. David gets a message from Vince; he’s coming over this afternoon. Beth laughs that there’s no escape from her dad. Later when Vince is at Brookfield, Ben announces he came second in the group for his assessment. Vince reckons it calls for a celebration at the Bull. But the drinks are on Beth, who’s just had a bonus from Rodway and Watson. Ben tells her she’d done amazingly, and Vince asserts they both have. He wants to take them all out for a meal. He’s alone this week – it would have been Nigel’s birthday, and he wants to give Elizabeth and the family space. Beth thinks that’s really sweet of her dad. She’s glad they managed to make up. Jim helps Jazzer pack. He finds some remarkable items, and is suitably diplomatic. They find a history book Jim lent him, which Jim lets him keep. It gets emotional as Jazzer gives him a card, declaring Jim’s the nearest thing to a dad he’s ever had. They laugh – Jazzer’s only moving across the Green! Jim suggests Jazzer keeps a key to Greenacres, and they share a long hug, before Jazzer leaves.
06/06/2212m 55s

05/06/2022

It’s the Ambridge community picnic. Fallon recounts the difficulty around the logistics of judging the perfect pudding competition. Natasha agrees the whole process must have been tiring for Fallon. They chat about Natasha and Tom’s move to April Cottage, until Fallon’s called into action once again due to an errant child. Jim catches up with Jazzer at the croquet game. He tries to return to the subject of Jazzer’s departure from Greenacres. They’re interrupted by Lilian, who’s excited they’re about to announce the result of the Unsung Hero vote. To Jim’s astonishment, he’s the winner. Initially overwhelmed, he takes the opportunity to make an impromptu speech about the value of true friendship, and dedicates his award to the ones he’ll miss when they’re gone. Jazzer gets the reference, and is choked up. Close on the heels of this comes the reveal of Natasha as the winner of the perfect pudding competition. Chelsea’s pleased about Jim – she’d voted for him. Lilian reckons he must have been campaigning, but Chelsea assures her that’s not so. He’s not like that, unlike Lilian. Jim isn’t at all keen for the next part of his prize: posing on a throne for a press photo. Jazzer bails him out by suggesting Natasha takes his place. Jim and Fallon are both grateful for Jazzer’s neat solution, and Natasha enjoys her moment in front of the camera. Fallon pledges the first portion of Natasha’s prizewinning dessert free to Jazzer. Jim wonders meaningfully what he’d do without Jazzer, musing pensively that he’s about to find out.
05/06/2213m 2s

03/06/2022

Alistair points out to Jim that his actions yesterday hurt Jazzer. Jim obfuscates. Alistair tells him he can’t keep battening down the hatches when something affects him. Jim admits he’ll be sad to see Jazzer go, but he is after all just the lodger. Alistair’s exasperated. Finally Jim confesses he didn’t want Jazzer to see that he minded about him leaving. He agrees to talk to Jazzer, at the appropriate moment. Ruairi’s late for breakfast and apologises to Julianne. He turns on his phone and there’s an avalanche of alerts. He races back to Willow Cottage. Alice is determined her dad shouldn’t downplay what’s happened to him. It was an angina attack, and they won’t know how serious it is until he’s visited the chest clinic. Brian can’t believe the fuss everyone’s making. He’s miffed that Stella has banned him making work calls. He’s delighted when Ruairi arrives. Alice tells Ruairi how well Stella did with it all, and Ruairi responds that he’s glad at least someone knew what they were doing. Stung, Alice leaves the room. Ruairi wishes he hadn’t gone out last night. His dad could have died. Brian reassures him all’s well. Perhaps between the two of them they can get everyone off his back. Seeing Ruairi has been a tonic for the soul. Ruairi says he won’t leave Brian’s side. Julianne’s keen Ruairi doesn’t renege on his commitments. Alice sees Ruairi as Julianne drives off. She asks if he can stick around for a few days. No, replies Ruairi, he needs to get back to London.
03/06/2213m 14s

02/06/2022

Ruairi’s home, and Brian suggests a drink in Borchester if he’s up for it. It’s the anniversary of the death of Ruairi’s mum Siobhan, and Brian wonders if he’d like to chat. Ruairi hesitates before agreeing. His friend Julianne calls him and requests that he attends a charity auction with her this evening in Birmingham. There’ll be a bonus in it for him. Ruairi accepts, fobbing off Brian with an excuse about old school friends. Julianne flatters Ruairi and hands him a key to a superior suite for the night. She successfully bids on a prestige lot and gifts it to Ruairi. He gets an alert on his phone; unimpressed Julianne reminds him it should be switched off. Jazzer’s attempting to cook everyone dinner at Greenacres. Alistair and Jim quietly wonder what the occasion is. After a false start Jazzer duly serves up a meal to his hungry housemates, and drops his news that he’ll be moving in with Tracy. Alistair’s delighted for him, but Jim reacts badly. Despite being on leave and promising not to work, Brian’s in the office late into the evening. Now that he’s not seeing Ruairi, he’s got work to do. He tells Stella to go and enjoy the Lakey Hill beacon with Alice and Jennifer. She does so. However when they arrive back later they’re surprised to see the office light still on. They find Brian inside, slumped over in great pain. Stella entreats Alice to stay calm and call an ambulance – she thinks he’s having a heart attack.
02/06/2213m 7s

01/06/2022

As David and Ruth review the photos he took of Steph and Liam on the farm, they agree influencer Steph knows how to get the best out of social media. She’s already posted some pictures; now all they have to hope is that some of her followers are getting married soon. Ruth wonders how Josh is getting on dismantling the old cowshed. David reckons he can use some of the timber for the beacon on Lakey Hill. They’re surprised by the early arrival of ten cows Ruth bought at auction. Alistair acknowledges they’re fine looking beasts, before declaring he’s only counted nine! Ruth reports the auctioneer’s blaming the farmer and the lorry driver’s blaming the auctioneer. With only a promise that they’ll look into it, Ruth’s left wondering how on earth you mislay a cow. Sad Jazzer waves a fond goodbye to Webster. Parting with her is a small price to pay for moving in with Tracy. He gives Tracy the money for the sale, and she’s touched. But Chelsea’s appalled; they have to get Webster back! Finally she admits she wasn’t just scared of the spider. It’s more to do with worrying that yet another of Tracy’s relationships will go wrong if Jazzer moves in. He’s the best bloke her mum’s had; Chelsea would be heartbroken if he did a runner like the others. Tracy and Jazzer promise he’ll be there to stay. Later Jazzer helps Chelsea with her personal statement. All is happy until Jazzer realises he has to update Jim. He resolves to tell him tomorrow.
01/06/2213m 6s

31/05/2022

Roy attempts to continue the conversation with Adil that he began yesterday. He suggests they go to the pub for lunch. Adil observes that as Roy’s been in Ambridge all his life, he must like it. Roy agrees that on its day, there aren’t many lovelier places. Adil thinks so too. They relax and exchange chat. Adil reassures Roy he has no problem with his past – and in turn Roy needs to stop worrying about what other people think of him working with Adil. They need to forge ahead with the future of Grey Gables. Steph Casey’s taken over the Brookfield kitchen as she prepares herself and husband Liam for photos to help promote the farm. She’s full of ideas for good shots, though Ruth observes Liam’s not looking too happy. Stella arrives to finalise arrangements for shearing the Brookfield flock at Home Farm. She raises her eyebrows at the sight of David photographing flamboyant Steph. Ruth suggests they leave them to it, and instead shares with Stella the plans for the new winter housing for the cows. Stella confides to Ruth her concern for Brian. He’s clearly very tired with the fallout from Alice’s divorce. They’re interrupted once more by Steph, who’s had enough of Liam. He’s stormed off the shoot. She wells up, asking David and Ruth what their secret is. They impart some wise words of advice, and Steph pronounces them a great example of a happy marriage. She longs for this for herself and Liam. David suggests she starts by picking up the phone.
31/05/2212m 48s

30/05/2022

Chelsea’s keen to enjoy some space now her Uncle Gary has moved out. But Tracy asks her instead if she’d mind Jazzer moving in. Chelsea doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Tracy points out it would help them financially, but Chelsea counters that she’s sure Tracy will get a new job, so it will all be fine as it is. Jazzer seeks out Chelsea, and gives her a hand with her bike chain. He asks her why she doesn’t want him to move in, and at last she reveals the problem’s Webster. She can’t bear the thought of having a big spider in the house; she’s phobic. But she knows how much Jazzer loves Webster. Jazzer’s just relieved it’s not about him. Adil fills Roy in on some of the plans for the new look hotel. Roy admits he feels like a pariah in his own village. Adil assures him it will pass, and people will come round. He’s had similar experiences in his own past. He moves on, emphasising the focus on local for the new Grey Gables; he wants to connect the hotel to the community, to give guests a sense of place. Later Roy’s prompted to confess the racist incident against Usha he was involved with in the past. This rattles Adil, and he suggests they move forward with work matters. Roy tries to explain his current stance, and that this episode was very much in the past, but Adil excuses himself – he has calls to make.
30/05/2213m 5s

29/05/2022

Brian’s looking on the bleak side of things. He mentions to Stella that the forensic accountant is taking things no further over the farm’s finances, and she exclaims this is fantastic news. She’s puzzled as to why Brian seems so miserable. Brian shares that Neil’s venomous words have been playing on his mind. He bitterly regrets how hard he was on Chris, who he admits was a wonderful husband to Alice and a fantastic dad. If Brian had been in Neil’s shoes he probably would have said the same. Stella feels Brian’s tired, and needs a break away from the farm. She suggests he has time off to unwind when Ruairi returns for the holiday. At the cricket Jazzer admits to Jim he hasn’t told Tracy he’s been sacked. But Jim feels she’d understand; and it’s not as if the two of them are sharing a household. When Tracy pops into the scorebox Jazzer bites the bullet. As predicted Tracy takes a pragmatic approach to the news, but admits it’s not great. Jazzer suggests he moves in, to make up Gary’s lost rent? Tracy’s unsure. They’re interrupted by Roy, and the atmosphere turns icy as Tracy and Jazzer give him a hard time, and he beats a hasty retreat. Jazzer feels this proves his case. They make a formidable team; look how they saw Roy off! Tracy begins to lay down house rules and things get a little raucous as Jim returns wanting to know why the scoreboard isn’t up to date. But Jazzer just thanks Jim for putting the idea in his head.
29/05/2213m 6s

26/05/2022

Jazzer’s delighted the Dower House has agreed to have a kitchen fitted. When Lily says Jazzer’s earned his bonus, Jazzer admits it will be spent before he gets it as Tracy needs a new car. She’s too independent to accept any money, so he’s going to ask for his name on the insurance as an excuse to contribute. His bubble’s burst when angry Fern says she’s on to Jazzer – she knows he’s been buying drinks for people in exchange for booking kitchen sales visits. She assumes Lily’s in on it too, but Jazzer says it’s all down to him. Afterwards he tells Lily he only did it because he and Tracy are so strapped for cash. Neil bumps into Alice. She explains that she only mentioned Brian’s financial input to Chris’s business because he was being so cruel to Brian. But Neil says it was vicious; Chris now wonders if he deserves to have a business and how many other lies Alice has told. When Alice says she’s sick of being to blame for everything, and that Neil used to stick up for her, Neil cuts her short. He’s not defending her anymore. Martha and Chris are his only concerns now. Later Chris tells Neil he’s been chewing it over and it’s all got too much. He’s going to tell the forensic accountant to accept whatever the Aldridges offer. He’s also thinking of agreeing to any conditions the Aldridges want for Martha. But Neil counsels leaving the accountant to finish his report – and that Martha belongs right there with Chris.
26/05/2213m 15s

25/05/2022

Denise and Alistair successfully treat Barry’s ferret and then share some celebratory cake. They chat about the forthcoming ‘Borsetshire Veterinary Nurse of the Year’ award which Jakob’s nominated Denise for. Alistair’s encouraging when modest Denise feels she doesn’t deserve it. At Berrow, angry Neil tries to pin an evasive Brian down. He tells Brian that he’d been worried about Chris as they hadn’t heard from him for a couple of days. Now he knows it’s because Brian’s threatened to tell the tax man about Chris’s cash in hand payments. Although Brian tries not to get involved, saying it’s not the time or place, Neil’s having none of it. He tells Brian he won’t regret telling him exactly what he thinks of the way he’s treating his son. Brian’s a bully trying to frighten Chris into keeping his mouth shut – not to mention kicking him in the teeth when it was revealed that Brian had propped up Chris’s business when he was in trouble. Brian tries to calm things down saying they’ve all said things that shouldn’t have been said, but Neil cuts him short. People have warned him about Brian in the past – he’s not to be trusted either as a husband or caretaker of the land. Neil used to give Brian the benefit of the doubt but not anymore. He wants nothing more to do with him apart from on the most basic level – he can no longer stomach being around someone who’s so completely rotten inside.
25/05/2213m 7s

24/05/2022

Justin’s firm as he says no to Lilian’s kitchen sales rep visit; they have a perfectly good kitchen and he likes knowing where everything is. Lilian reminds Justin they’re not buying a new kitchen, just helping out Jazzer and Tracy by agreeing to the visit. Justin insists neither of them have time, and he thinks Lilian’s too impressionable to handle the rep on her own. Justin relents when Lilian tells him the rep’s already on her way. Fern is utterly persuasive and flattering as she gets Justin under her spell, pointing out how vintage their kitchen is. Justin’s soon taken in looking at new kitchen designs, but Lilian’s unimpressed as Fern outstays her welcome. Eventually an exasperated Lilian goes, leaving Justin to talk kitchen islands with Fern. Shula asks Jakob how Denise is, but a preoccupied Jakob says Denise mentioned something to him about Martyn Gibson being involved in upgrading the Stables. Shula clarifies it’s Justin who’s working on the expansion plan; Martyn just has a course designer contact. Jakob and Shula spot Denise coming out of the surgery, and Shula notices her hair’s different. While Lilian and Jakob are checking over Amir, Chris confronts Lilian – she must have told Brian about taking cash-in-hand. Lilian protests her innocence and Jakob is forced to confess it was he who Brian spoke to after he heard Chris settling up with a customer last week. Chris is dismayed; if he gets done in court the record would be used to stop him keeping Martha. Jakob’s supposed to be a mate. Not anymore.
24/05/2212m 57s

23/05/2022

Alistair tells Denise Chris looked like thunder when he got out of his car. Denise isn’t feeling too cheery herself. The spike in abandoned “lockdown” pets they’re having to put down is getting to her. Alistair sees Stella’s dog Weaver. Denise is pleased Stella’s so committed to Weaver’s welfare, declaring they see plenty of people who obtained lockdown dogs from unlicensed dealers, bringing unvaccinated puppies from abroad, that are then abandoned when they become a problem. Stella admires how much Alistair and Denise care. Stella visits Shula to explore taking up riding again. In conversation, Stella mistakes Denise for Alistair’s wife. Shula corrects Stella, explaining she used to be married to Alistair and Denise is happily married elsewhere. Lilian asks Jazzer to buy her milk when he’s in the village shop – things are awkward between her and Susan. Jazzer’s happy to help; he’s plenty of time to do favours since Justin cut his Berrow hours anyway. Lilian protests that was a BL decision. Jazzer admits he was in the shop buying food for Tracy and her family. Tracy’s car has been written off, and she’ll have to use her redundancy money to buy a new one. Lilian asks if there’s anything she can do. Jazzer suggests Lilian book a visit from a kitchen sales rep. For his scam to work, Jazzer just needs Lilian to agree to the visit and he will get a bonus. Lilian warns Jazzer that Justin hates sales people. She’ll have to ask him first and she’s no idea what he’ll say.
23/05/2212m 58s

22/05/2022

Fallon and Lily tell Stella about events for the picnic on Jubilee field, including human chess and the perfect pudding competition. Having decided any child under twelve can judge, Fallon is more worried about Harrison wanting to enter. For all his enthusiasm, Harrison is not cut out for baking. Stella suggests running an “Unsung Hero” competition. Fallon and Lily agree it’s a great suggestion, but who is Ambridge’s unsung hero? Tracy thinks Roy deserves having “Judas” sprayed on his car; he doesn’t give a damn about the rest of the Grey Gables staff. Jazzer reassures her he’ll have extra money rolling in soon. But Tracy’s got to get to some temporary agency cleaning work. She won’t sponge off Jazzer. Later, despairing Tracy tells Jazzer her car’s broken down, and she’s lost the job – she’s drowning in bills and now needs to fork out for her car. Brian confronts Chris about taking cash in hand for his farrier work. Chris protests it all goes through the books, but Brian turns the heat on, and asks if Chris would be happy for the forensic accountant to take a look? Chris demands to know who Brian has been talking to. He’s earned every penny himself – unlike Alice. Furious, Alice reveals Brian gave them money when Chris was behind on payments on The Forge even though she’d told Chris they were a work bonus. Chris is crushed, and leaves defeated. Alice feels awful, but Brian reminds her Chris started the war. They just need to hope it doesn’t get worse.
22/05/2212m 56s

19/05/2022

Will helps Mia with GCSE revision and she thanks him for everything, including afternoon tea at Lower Loxley. Mia admits she sniped at Chelsea to get back at her for dumping Jake. Later Mia catches Will looking at evening classes. He explains that helping Mia with revision has made him realise how ignorant he is. Whilst Adil walks Roy though his plans for Grey Gables, Roy is interrupted by angry messages, including ones from Jazzer and Freddie. Adil bats them away; Roy’s picture on the Grey Gables’ website may have sparked a couple of hostile reactions, but they’re already getting traffic. It will blow over. Roy’s just signed his contract; he has a lot to celebrate. However, they’re stopped in their tracks when they see that someone has graffitied Roy’s car with the word ‘Judas’. When Brian asks Jakob to do some digging with Chris on his behalf, Jakob declines - his only concern is Kate. So Brian suggests that Jakob should tell Chris to leave Spiritual Home out of it and stop terrorising Kate. Later when Jakob asks Chris about it, Chris says he’s putting himself and Martha first; he’s not going to let the Aldridges treat him like dirt anymore. When Brian suddenly reappears, disgruntled Chris heads off to settle up with a client. Brian’s delighted when Chris is paid cash in hand. Brian asks Jakob if Chris makes a habit of this. When reluctant Jakob admits he does sometimes, Brian wonders about Chris and the lies he’s been telling the tax man.
19/05/2213m 4s

18/05/2022

Mia’s horrified to be served by Chelsea when she goes for her afternoon tea treat with Will at The Orangery. They snipe at each other undetected by Will, but as it escalates, Freddie steps in and tells Chelsea he’ll take over. Later Freddie asserts firmly to Chelsea that he won’t tolerate such behaviour and that she needs to rise above it, even if Mia was winding her up. Chelsea says she understands. Adil tells Roy he’s negotiated a long-term bed and breakfast stay at Ambridge Hall, because of the building work at Grey Gables. When Roy asks if Adil’s given any more thought to offering Roy the job that Kathy turned down, Adil says he emailed an offer first thing – the job’s Roy’s if he wants it. Roy is less than ecstatic when he notices he'll be on less money than he was before, especially when he’d heard from Kathy there’d be a substantial increase and a car. Adil explains it’s for a different position and the salary reflects that. Deflated Roy accepts the job. Adil immediately whisks him off to be photographed for the website as ‘the reassuring face of Grey Gables’. When Adil says the holding website will go live today, nervous Roy says he’s not sure he wants his face out there – people may feel betrayed if he makes a big show of coming back to work there. But Adil’s having none of it – he needs staff who are proud to work there. Roy’s the best man for the job and Adil advises him not to blow it for himself.
18/05/2213m 2s

17/05/2022

Ian tells Alice that he and Adam hope to be up and running with the pizza van project in time for the Ambridge Fete. Alice is mortified when she learns Ian and Adam were asked to buy out her share of Home farm. Alice promises Chris that he won’t lose out financially in the divorce but asks him to leave her family out of it. Chris points out she brought Brian along to the forensic accountant – he thinks she’s just as devious as Brian. Jakob tries to calm them down and says Kate’s a nervous wreck because Chris brought Spiritual Home into it. Chris retorts that Kate was nasty about Amy – he’s not going easy on any of them! Later Chris apologises to Jakob – he’s just trying to get what he’s entitled to. Lily comments on Freddie’s new jacket. Freddie admits that Chelsea suggested he try a more managerial look. Lily says she’d heard Chelsea runs rings around him! Later when Lily tells Freddie she knows he’s trying really hard, Freddie admits he envies her; she’s so good at everything. Lily says the envy works both ways – he’s always got the attention, not to mention the estate! They agree to combine their talents. However when Freddie nearly messes up a booking, Lily says he’s got a long way to go. Freddie’s determined to show her – Lower Loxley will thrive thanks to him. He bets her a million pounds that in two years’ time the success of Lower Loxley will be all of his making – whereas Lily thinks he’ll still be reliant on her expertise. They shake on it.
17/05/2212m 47s

16/05/2022

When Will asks Mia how her revision’s going, assuring her she’s going to smash her exams, Mia says she’s been having a think about stuff. She reminds him of how stressed she got after her mum died and says with her exams coming up, she’s started feeling like that again. Will’s relieved she’s told him, and wants to help. When she explains her fears about letting everyone down if she doesn’t get her grades, Will’s reassuring; they’re so proud of her, she could never disappoint them. When he suggests taking her for a fancy afternoon tea at Lower Loxley as a treat, Mia agrees, telling him it’s really thoughtful of him. Chris, Alice and Brian meet with the forensic accountant to discuss the valuation of the Home Farm partnership and its businesses. Brian’s incensed when Chris tries to bring the three Home Farm cottages and Spiritual Home into the equation. When Chris accuses Brian of trying to hide assets, Brian says he should’ve trusted his instincts; Chris was never good enough for Alice and is a parasite. Chris retorts he’s only after what he’s entitled to. Alice tries unsuccessfully to calm them both down and Chris turns on her, accusing her of letting Brian kick off on her behalf. Chris storms off telling Brian that he’s not going to push him around anymore. After he goes, Alice says how awful it was and Brian tries to comfort her by saying it was never likely to be plain sailing. When Alice notices Brian’s shaking, she asks whether it has to be this painful.
16/05/2213m 11s

15/05/2022

Fallon admits to Pip that she’s beginning to regret her decision to appoint child judges for the perfect pudding competition – it’s been a nightmare! Fallon’s delighted when Pip comes up with the idea of making it so that any child can be a judge, as long as they haven’t entered a pudding themselves. Fallon says she’ll just have to make sure that all of the entries make much bigger desserts to accommodate all of the tasters! Freddie tries to give Chelsea some constructive feedback about her first shift, but she manages to brush off all his concerns. However she has a few pointers for him – he needs to dress more like a manager and be more authoritative as he comes across as a bit drippy. She finishes by telling him not to worry – with a few tweaks, she’s confident he’ll get there. Will encourages Mia about her forthcoming GCSEs; he’s sure she’ll do well. He’d put money on her and Jake being the first in the family to go to university. In fact the whole family’s made up about it. Later on a walk to clear her head from revising, Mia bumps into Stella with her new dog Weaver. With gentle probing from Stella, Mia opens up about the pressure she feels under with everyone’s high expectations for her exam results. Stella encourages her to talk about it with her family, as Mia said it had helped talking to her – a chat with someone at home might help even more.
15/05/2213m 7s

12/05/2022

Freddie shares with Lily somewhat reluctantly his plans for taking more responsibility at Lower Loxley. He doesn’t know whether to believe Lily’s encouraging enthusiasm, or that she’s patronising him as usual. His first step will be to shadow Trent the Orangery manager, which Lily insists really is a good idea. They’re interrupted by Chelsea, who informs them she got the job. Lily reckons this will be the first test for Freddie’s three-point management technique. She’s proved right when Chelsea comes to Freddie with a request to modify her uniform, having been refused permission by Trent. Freddie ends up essentially agreeing to her request. Lily suggests Freddie’s got ‘approachable’ nailed, but what’s happened to ‘firm and authoritative’? Jill asks Fallon whether she’s considered the judges for her perfect pudding competition. Fallon disappoints her by declaring she’s put out a request for children to do it – for a fresh eye and new perspective. Lee joins them and asks whether Henry can be considered. Fallon informs him he’s too late; the last judging spot has just been filled. Lee’s gutted for Henry. They’d only just seen the call-out for judges and he knows Henry will be terribly disappointed. Fallon relents and increases the judge number to four. Henry can be Chair! When Ed discovers this, he can’t understand why Henry should take precedence over Keira, who’s older and better placed to be a chief judge. He tackles bewildered Fallon with some force. The boss’s son gets special treatment – it’s clearly favouritism. Fallon hasn’t heard the last of this.
12/05/2213m 52s

11/05/2022

Jazzer’s excited. Tracy has her interview at the Orangery, and he’s secured a commission with a sales rep visit to Greenacres. Freddie informs him this will also mean some commission for Lily, as Jazzer’s recruiter. Tracy comes out of her interview and chats to Freddie about their job situation. She declares thoughtlessly that Freddie has everything on a plate. Freddie reminds her he’s taking over from his dad, and Tracy apologises for her comment. They agree they’re just on different tracks. Tracy gets the news that she hasn’t got the job – but Chelsea has! And every penny she earns will go to her mum. Overcome Tracy hugs her daughter. The Felpersham Kitchens sales rep flatters Jim on the state of Greenacres, but declares the kitchen is underperforming. Panicked Alistair has the rep fetching tile samples, while Jim rolls his eyes. They don’t need a new kitchen. Alistair just wants to help Jazzer out. Jim has a brainwave, and informs Fern the rep that they’ll need agreement from Alistair’s ‘wife’ Shula, who’s currently away. Fern’s about to leave when Shula walks in the door. Initially mystified, Shula soon cottons on to the plan, and plays along, doing an expert job of convincing Fern that she really does not want a new kitchen. Fern is finally squashed. Jazzer’s delighted her visit will mean commission for him, and will help Tracy. Jim’s less positive. They came within a whisker of buying a kitchen they didn’t want, and the odd bit of commission won’t make any difference to Tracy’s money worries.
11/05/2213m 54s

10/05/2022

As the veteran cricketers await a training session with Lee, they discuss the Picnic Day pudding competition, and their lack of match fitness. Lee arrives and drives home the importance of good preparation, though he assures them this session will be basic and not arduous. Pat and Tony bicker gently as they exercise. They seek Lee’s arbitration over their ongoing runout dispute of the day before, but when Tony demonstrates his action on the disputed shot, he accidentally whacks Lee with his bat. As Lee nurses his bruised knee over a drink bought by guilty Tony, he listens to Tony’s philosophical musings on the irony of the team’s trainer picking up an injury. With great restraint Lee pledges to pass on the wisdom he’s gained today to Tracy: never let Pat and Tony bat together. Lily chats to oblivious Jazzer about his telesales technique. He believes it’s all going swimmingly; the prospective customers like his conversation. Lily points out he’s not converting enough calls into actual appointments. Is he the right man for the job? Privately to Shula Lily admits she’s worried he’ll lose the job. She feels Jim and Alistair’s laughter at his methods may be undermining him. And if he goes, she’ll lose her bonus for recruiting him. Shula offers to have a word. She hints to Alistair that Jazzer might be struggling, and when Jazzer gets home Alistair tackles it. All Jazzer needs is for a customer to book a visit from a rep – and he might have an idea about that.
10/05/2213m 54s

09/05/2022

Stella puts her foot in it with Jim when he asks her about the slurry agreement with Brookfield. She casually brushes aside his curiosity, confirming a deal’s been done and that there’s been some sniping and moaning from ill-informed villagers. Jim tells her he’s one of the moaners. And he’s not ill-informed. As Stella tries to explain, Jim suggests she might convene a meeting in the village hall if she wants to defend her position. Later Stella apologises for being disparaging, but doesn’t want to be bullied into calling a meeting about the slurry. She’d found Jim rude and dismissive. Alistair acknowledges his father can be a little like that. As the disagreement escalates Alistair has to forge a peace. As Stella finally manages a reasoned explanation regarding the slurry movement, Jim has to admit it seems the scheme will be well managed. He’s happy to take it to parish council. Stella hears the persistent barking of a greyhound as they talk. Alistair explains it’s been abandoned. Stella’s keen to make its acquaintance. Chelsea wants to know the truth about her mum’s financial situation as Tracy rehearses an interview for a table clearing role at Lower Loxley. Reluctantly Tracy reveals more than she’d like about their troubles. Chelsea pledges her support. She’ll sell some stuff to help out. Tracy’s touched, but says it shouldn’t be Chelsea’s worry. Chelsea assures her she’s there all the way. Later Tracy has more bad news. Gary’s got a job and is moving out, so they’ll lose his share of the rent.
09/05/2213m 55s

08/05/2022

It’s Ambridge’s opening match of the ‘Ashes’ against Darrington, but Tracy is a no show. Worried Pat calls in to see her, sympathising when she sees how down she is. Pat tries to persuade her back to the cricket – the team needs her. But Tracy feels no-one wants a loser like her around; she has nothing to offer. In that case, declares Pat, she’ll leave. Tracy can choose to stay at home and ruminate, or join them and support her team. Tracy turns it round and goes to the match after all, which Ambridge wins. Tony tells her she made the difference. Tracy’s grateful Pat gave her a talking to. She’s seen what it’s like when a team leader lets everyone down, and she doesn’t want to do the same. Jill’s looking forward to watching Leonard at the match with his ‘lucky bat’. Fallon reckons she might wander over later too – she thinks the Veterans competition is a good idea. Fallon’s delighted when Jill takes two of her new recipe quiches to try at Brookfield. She’s using some secret ingredients. But later at the match Fallons’s chatting with Pat when she remembers she’s used the wrong jar of ingredients – Jill’s quiches will taste horrible! She rushes to Brookfield with replacements to find Jill replete, and celebrating Leonard’s winning run earlier. Mortified Fallon’s full of apologies, but Jill insists the family enjoyed every morsel of the quiches. Some of the best dishes have been the result of ‘creative mistakes’. This inspires Fallon to consider holding a competition for a brand new dish.
08/05/2213m 55s

05/05/2022

Roy hasn’t heard from Adil about the job at Grey Gables. He tells Kirsty he thinks he won’t be offered it and imagines Adil doesn’t want him. Their conversation stops when Tracy appears, followed a while later by Jolene with donations of food from Fallon for the staff party. As the event gets into full swing Roy introduces the surprise farewell tribute to Kathy, presenting her with a memory book. Quietly Kirsty and Tracy reminisce fondly about their years at Grey Gables. Tracy doesn’t know what she’ll do without it. This party feels like a funeral. She’s lost a good friend in Oliver and it hurts. Meanwhile Roy takes Kathy through a host of memories, Grey Gables and otherwise, including the time when Joe Grundy was in residence at the hotel and chaos ensued. Roy praises Kathy’s calm control over the years, and Kathy thanks him, in turn hailing the resilience of the staff. Later Kathy and Jolene chat. Kathy apologises for being distant at Elizabeth’s party. She thanks Jolene for digging out the old photos of her for her memory book. They agree to forgive and forget the past, and bid each other a fond farewell. Kathy, Roy and Kirsty agree it’s been a sad day. Grey Gables may be empty but it’s full of ghosts. As they close the door for the final time, it’s the end of an era.
05/05/2213m 17s

04/05/2022

Natasha unveils her new pad to Pat – it’s April Cottage! Pat declares Kathy a dark horse, while Natasha hopes this might be a nice surprise for Pat. But Pat’s quiet, and a little bit shocked. She tells Kathy they were all getting on alright at Bridge Farm, and Natasha will need all the help she can get once the babies arrive. It seemed ideal having them at the farm. Kathy apologises for upsetting Pat’s plans, but Pat says there’s no need. She’s just being selfish and can see Tom and Natasha will be thrilled to have their own place again. She declares she’ll miss Kathy terribly. Eddie reckons Ed’s got a good bunch of lambs for showing this year, but notices they’re not as good looking as usual. Ed admits he’s been concentrating more on the Texels’ liveweights and meatiness than their faces. Eddie helps him to choose a suitable handsome specimen for the Borchester Show. Miserable Oliver confides to Eddie he’s been keeping Grey Gables afloat from his own pocket – when Adil came along it was too good an offer to resist. Eddie doesn’t have a good word for Adil, but Oliver insists the new owner’s vision is well intentioned and chimes with him. He’ll miss everyone at Grey Gables, and hopes they’ll forgive him. He thought they’d appreciate his view that the buyer’s offer would be something Caroline would have wanted. Eddie counsels him to give them time; they’ll come round. Oliver wishes he could believe that.
04/05/2213m 16s

03/05/2022

Stella confides to Jolene she’s thinking of getting a dog – she has ‘empty Bungalow syndrome’. Pip joins them full of the news that Brookfield has finally settled on cattle mattresses. It will save them having huge amounts of straw bedding. Stella guesses this means her ‘muck for straw’ deal is off. She’s happy though; she’s not keen on muck spreading as a method and can easily find another buyer for Home Farm straw. A result! Later Pip informs Stella there’s unrest among some residents about the proposed movement of slurry from Brookfield to Home Farm. They agree it won’t cause any of the potential problems raised at parish council, but Pip reckons some in the village will need convincing. Adil agrees to a bonus payment for Ian, but when he finds out about Tracy’s recent Grey Gables bedroom misdemeanour, he tells Oliver she doesn’t deserve an extra payment. Roy apologises to Adil for his recent rudeness, and is forced to take back his declaration that he wouldn’t work for him and has no loyalty to Grey Gables. He’s heard about the job opportunity and would like to be considered. Adil promises to add Roy to the list of interested candidates. Jolene brings biscuits in a gesture of support for the staff. Sad Tracy’s grateful. Roy mentions a farewell for Kathy on Thursday when they have the hotel bar. Jolene agrees wryly to supply some old photos she’ll get from Kenton. Oliver hopes he and Tracy can still be friends. Tracy tells him he’s sacrificed friendship for money. She needs nothing from him.
03/05/2213m 8s

02/05/2022

Kathy’s made a decision about her job offer from Adil and Oliver. Her answer is no. She explains to Adil that it’s not personal, but she couldn’t bear to be part of what she sees as the destruction of Grey Gables. She’ll get a decent payout if she leaves, and would feel uncomfortable with her less fortunate colleagues if she accepted the job. Adil’s sorry but thanks Kathy for her honesty. Kathy visits busy Pat. She can’t help noticing that Pat’s fielding a lot of Tom and Natasha’s laundry, which she thinks is a bit much, but Pat insists it’s no problem. Kathy fills her in on her grand plan to travel America – a road trip. She asks Pat to go with her; after all they’ve talked about it before. But Pat doesn’t feel able to leave the farm and her grandchildren, current and expected, right now. Kathy’s disappointed but sanguine. She might move closer to Jamie eventually. She’s not ready to cut ties with Ambridge yet. Kirsty and Roy are gathering items at Grey Gables for disposal and lamenting their respective financial situations. Kathy joins them to collect some files. She tells them about the job offer, and that she’s turned it down. She forewarns Roy that Adil might offer it to him instead. Roy’s conflicted, but he needs the money, and declares to Kirsty he’d have to take the job if asked.
02/05/2213m 16s

01/05/2022

Pat sympathises with Kathy over the Grey Gables news; it must be very sad for her. Kathy admits she loves Grey Gables, and her job, and was hoping not to retire for at least another couple of years. It’s a nightmare and she reckons Oliver’s handled it badly. There’s been no consultation period. She’s determined to have it out with him, and Mr Shah. Oliver’s very down about the news he’s had to give the staff – they’re his friends and he feels he’s let them down. Adil reassures him; Grey Gables will be reinvented, better and with more opportunities than before. That’s little comfort to the staff right now, declares rueful Oliver. They agree it would be good to open the bar for the staff as part of their send-off. As Oliver tries to negotiate a better severance deal for Tracy with Adil, they’re interrupted by Kathy, come to express her indignation at the way everyone’s been treated. As she angrily sets out her case, Adil floors her by offering her a job – she’d be a perfect liaison officer overseeing the transition from old Grey Gables to new. Kathy shares her news with Pat. Apparently Oliver had furnished Adil with glowing reports on Kathy and Adil had seen her feistiness as a positive. She’s torn. Clearly Adil genuinely believes in the project, and she feels she could work with him. But it doesn’t look good if she takes the job. She doesn’t know what to do.
01/05/2213m 6s

28/04/2022

Adam’s pressed by Ian about how he’d use a small windfall – helping Brian and securing Xander’s future versus investing in Ian’s cookery venture? Adam admits Xander comes first, and Ian agrees – decision made. Susan’s pleased that the client Adam showed round Bridge Farm has put in a big order with Helen. Adam and Susan discuss Ian and Tracy having to make new starts. Susan admits that you can only try to do your best, before excusing herself to leave Adam to finish up at the dairy – she needs to do something important. Susan gives Tracy some cash to help out. Initially protesting, Tracy’s grateful for some breathing space while she looks for work and they share a tender moment. As Adam enjoys the best pizza he’s ever eaten from Ian’s new oven, Ian proposes a toast to Home Farm. But Adam shocks Ian - thanks to talking with Susan, Adam has changed his mind and told Brian it’s a no to Adam and Ian helping financially. After some prep with Tracy, Jazzer aces the job interview that she recently failed, proudly announcing that he’s the newest salesman in the Felpersham Kitchens team – with a three month trial. They celebrate with what’s left in the cupboard – schnapps. Jazzer insists that everything he earns will be shared; he’ll do everything he can to avoid Tracy going to work at the chicken factory. Tracy’s moved, and finally starts to feel better. She’s so happy to have Jazzer with his big, generous heart.
28/04/2213m 14s

27/04/2022

Ed reminds restless injured Clarrie to take it easy and stop fussing, and to do her exercises as directed by the doctor. To keep busy, Clarrie offers to take on Ed’s job of filling in Keira’s reading record and helping with reading after school. Ed surprises Clarrie again later, concerned she hasn’t kept her phone next to her – what if she had a fall? Feeling useless, Clarrie has been working away at her patchwork picnic rug, which should cover the jubilee field and half of Ambridge for the picnic. She welcomes a visit from Susan, who’s amazed by Clarrie’s handiwork. Susan reassures insecure Clarrie that she’s much missed at the dairy and asks for some material to make a sunhat for Martha. Snappy Tracy insists to Jazzer she’s fine, despite not getting the kitchen sales job, and learning via email this morning. Jazzer has an idea – why doesn’t he have a go at getting the job, using the same prep as Tracy, if Lily can swing him an interview? Tracy agrees to help him. Tracy shares her bad news about the job with Susan, who’s surprised to hear that Jazzer is going for it, but more shocked that Tracy is now looking at working at the chicken factory. Susan does her best to put Tracy off, with horror stories and accounts of how much Emma hated it, despite appearances. Reluctantly, Tracy asks Susan for a loan, but Susan’s so sorry she can’t help – due to helping Chris with his solicitor fees. Tracy understands – what on earth is she going to do?
27/04/2213m 14s

26/04/2022

Adam talks about village gossip around slurry, but Brian has bigger issues on his mind. Brian asks about Ian’s career plans and Adam wonders what’s really going on - is it Alice? It’s Chris, who wants to take the family to the cleaners and Brian hopes Adam can help - could the remaining partners raise the funds to buy Alice’s share in the business? Adam realises that the upcoming valuation will take everything into account, which made Brian think of Adam and Ian and the need for everyone to chip in. But Adam is resistant – he’s already making plans with Ian. Tracy has an interview today for a new job in kitchen telesales, via Lily, but she’s worried about not understanding the questions. Reassuring Jazzer does some practice with Tracy. The interviewer breaks the ice and gets Tracy to talk a bit about herself – being a single mum has armed her for any challenge. The interviewer realises she knows Tracy and introduces herself as Tam Brownlow, who sat next to Tracy at school. Gently grilled on specific questions, Tracy struggles and the interview breaks down, with Tracy apologising. On the phone to Jazzer, Tracy’s upset and feels like she’s not good enough - she could tell what Tam was really thinking. Jazzer tries to encourage Tracy, but she lets rip – Tam Brownlow has it all, whereas Tracy has to borrow her sister’s clothes just to turn up to an interview.
26/04/2213m 15s

25/04/2022

Worried Tracy checks on injured Clarrie, who has an adductor strain (not a groin injury!). Clarrie reports that Oliver looks awful – exhausted and hardly eating. Hurt by her own situation, Tracy doesn’t feel sympathy. Susan’s aghast to see Clarrie turn up at work and insists she’s fine with Adam supporting, with Pat worried about Clarrie. Adam’s showing a client around the farm, as Helen’s desperate to find new customers. Tracy tells Susan about Roy trying to make waves at Grey Gables by involving a solicitor. New face Adil Shah has got Tracy’s back up, but more happily Lily has agreed to recommend Tracy for a telesales job. Brian and Stella discuss the spring barley at Home Farm, which is coming along nicely. Stella knows about rumours going around about slurry and distracted-looking Brian admits he has other things on his mind, namely the impact of Alice’s divorce on the farm business. Hopefully for Stella she’ll keep her job. Brian feels he’d be less vulnerable if he hadn’t set up the family partnership, and regrets Alice marrying on a whim with no pre-nup. Brian is going to call an accountant friend – but Stella warns Brian not to muddy the waters by involving friends and give Chris any legal ammunition. Stella may have spotted something to work in Brian’s favour – a legal provision for the rest of the family to buy out Alice’s partnership share and leave Chris unable to make a claim. Brian will start with Adam (and Ian), and thanks Stella for giving him a ray of hope.
25/04/2213m 4s

24/04/2022

Brian rues that he and Jennifer only saw Ruairi briefly and now he’s gone again. Brian and Alice can’t believe Grey Gables is closing its doors next week. Brian is not looking forward to the valuation of his own assets, due to Alice’s divorce proceedings, and everything being under the microscope. Wondering whether Alice’s share in the family partnership will provide a matrimonial asset, Brian wants to press on as they are and involve the rest of the family when they have to. Alice knows how worried Jennifer is. At cricket practice, Pat and Tony sympathise with Tracy, all reeling from the news about Grey Gables. Tracy explains the plan to play a series of games against Darrington, with the overall winner lifting the trophy. Tracy’s impressed by new starter Leonard, and Tony’s reflexes, but then Clarrie takes a nasty slip catching a ball. She refuses to go to hospital. They all worry about Clarrie, and Pat realises she’ll need a plan B to help Helen in the dairy. Tony suggests Adam. Ian admits to Adam he’s upset and a bit lost without the challenge of cheffing at Grey Gables. Ian has started researching ideas to use his redundancy money. Adam says why don’t they just go ahead with Ian’s idea to buy a pizza oven? Enjoying a relaxing drink at the Bull and watching Xander play, Adam and Ian reflect – Adam’s happy as a farmhand, while Ian wonders whether Oliver and Adil have given him his ticket to freedom.
24/04/2213m 16s

21/04/2022

Freddie directs the volunteers he’s drafted in to staff his mum’s surprise birthday party. Roy is impressed with what Freddie’s managed to pull off. Roy then explains they might be able to challenge Adil and Oliver’s decision to fire everyone at a tribunal. Elizabeth is stunned by the surprise and Vince credits Freddie for making the party happen. Elizabeth shows off the platinum bracelet Vince had bought her. Then, Vince says he has something for Freddie as a way of thanks. Freddie struggles to hide his disappointment when Vince hands him a CD of classic 1980s music. Behind the bar Jolene tries to chat with Kathy about village news. Adil approaches and recognises Jolene. He asks if Jolene and Kenton took over The Bull from Kathy. The two women awkwardly explain their relationship histories with Sid and Kenton. Lynda interrupts to ask if they’ve seen Freddie. Adil is keen to make her acquaintance but Lynda is set on finding Freddie. She finds him in the Grey Gables kitchen, the place that Freddie rescued her from in March 2020. Freddie feels low after not securing investment from Vince for his DJ business. Lynda tells him to have faith in himself. Roy loses his cool with Adil and tells him that the Grey Gables staff will be taking him to a tribunal. Adil says he and Oliver plan to give everyone an extra bonus plus eventually there will be jobs at Grey Gables again. Roy says he’ll be lucky if anyone ever sets foot in there again.
21/04/2213m 18s

20/04/2022

The village absorbs the news that Grey Gables is closing and everyone is being made redundant. Brian can’t believe Oliver didn’t give Peggy a heads up. Meanwhile Vince wants to be sure that the news about the hotel won’t affect the party he has planned there for Elizabeth’s birthday. On his way in to work, Freddie takes Vince’s list of requests to Oliver for the party. Oliver interrupts him to say with staff leaving for other work it’s not feasible to host the party. Vince is livid when Oliver relays the party’s cancellation to him. Freddie interrupts them to say he’s persuaded enough people to help so that the party can go ahead. In fact he hopes to make it the best party his mum’s ever had. Brian and Jennifer enjoyed their stay in Bath which Ruairi arranged. When Brian asks Alice what’s happened while they’ve been away, it gets awkward and Ruairi makes a swift exit to pack to return to London. Alice follows him and asks if Ruairi has spoken to Ben since the party. Ruairi doesn’t want to listen but Alice presses on saying she is there if he ever wants to talk. For a moment Ruairi looks like he’s about to open up but then says he can’t trust Alice with his secrets which puzzles Alice. After dropping Ruairi at the train station, Brian calls in on Alice. He feels like there’s something she’s not telling him. She tells him that Chris has requested Home Farm to be valued so that Alice’s share can be assessed for their divorce. Brian isn’t surprised.
20/04/2213m 11s

19/04/2022

With no sign of Adil, whose check-out is overdue, Roy and Kathy try to track down Oliver. Tracy arrives for work and congratulates Kathy on her fundraising as the Borsetshire Bunny. When Kathy learns they don’t have Adil’s card details she heads straight for his room. Adil opens the door and explains that he was in an important meeting. Oliver appears and asks Kathy to gather the staff in the ballroom. Tracy speculates about what’s going on. She reckons Oliver is going to announce filming is going to take place at Grey Gables. To everyone’s surprise, Oliver announces that he’s sold a 60% share of Grey Gables and that he’ll be stepping down from the day-to-day running of the hotel. Adil Shah, the new owner’s representative, will replace him. The staff’s shock is compounded when Oliver says the hotel will be closing imminently and everyone will be made redundant. Afterwards, Adil tries to placate Oliver who feels bad for what he’s just done. He decides to show his face rather than hide away in Adil’s room. Roy and Kathy try to absorb the news. Although they are all reeling there is still a hotel to run. Teary Tracy returns and thanks Roy for covering the reception desk for her. She’s worried about how she’ll cope without her Grey Gables job. On Oliver’s arrival, Tracy departs again. Roy scoffs when Oliver say he is also upset. He tries to explain he had to do something to protect Caroline’s legacy. Roy replies that Oliver’s destroying it rather than protecting it.
19/04/2212m 55s

18/04/2022

Freddie covers when Roy asks him about how he worked out that the Borsetshire Bunny was Kathy. Roy complains how full on Vince is being with the preparations for a surprise birthday party for Elizabeth at Grey Gables. Then Freddie informs Roy of Ruairi’s party – neighbour Roy is going to need his earplugs. As Ruairi unpacks alcohol for his party at Willow Cottage, Ben questions his arrangement with Julianne. Ruairi is defensive and rude in his replies. With the party in full swing Ben tries to persuade Ruairi to slow down on the drinking but he won’t listen. When Roy bangs on the front door complaining about the loud music, Ben answers and apologises. Ruairi joins them and invites Roy in, but when he learns Roy wants the music turned down he slams the door closed. Freddie is enthralled by Ruairi’s tales of clubbing in London. Ruairi reckons Freddie will soon be DJ-ing in top venues with money on its way from Vince. Freddie clarifies the cash isn’t definite. When Ben suggests that Ruairi explains who pays for his nights out in London, they descend into a drunken fight. Freddie tries to break them up and then Alice arrives, having been called by Roy. She puts Ruairi to bed and asks Ben to end the party. Alice remains calm in the face of Ruairi’s drunken insults. When she returns downstairs she asks Ben what’s going on with Ruairi; she’s noticed he’s different. Ben doesn’t let on what he knows and puts it all down to too much alcohol.
18/04/2213m 9s

17/04/2022

Adil quizzes Ian about his ingredients in the Grey Gables kitchen but to Ian’s annoyance declines to stay for lunch. Roy adds to Ian’s displeasure by reporting that the oven cooking the lamb isn’t working. Ian refuses to take the dish off the menu even though it means more work for an already busy kitchen. Later, Roy applauds Ian’s determination. Going by the customer feedback Roy shares it paid off and Roy is hopeful for Grey Gables’ future. Elizabeth is pleased with the surge in ticket sales for Freddie’s Easter activities. Freddie admits he invited the Borsetshire Bunny to start the egg-rolling but people have misinterpreted it as confirmation that the Bunny will be there. Adil holds up stressed Freddie by asking about the rules for the egg-rolling event. Freddie is about to announce the Borsetshire Bunny won’t be appearing when Elizabeth rushes up to him to say the bunny has in fact arrived! Vince is impressed how Josh has used the Lower Loxley Easter events to market his eggs. Freddie remains hopeful that Vince is going to help him with his DJ-ing business. Freddie introduces Vince to Adil who despite getting mud on his suit enjoyed the egg-rolling. Meanwhile, inside Lower Loxley, Elizabeth thanks the bunny for turning up. Elizabeth worked out its true identity by looking closely at a photo posted online. Freddie rushes in just as the person inside the costume takes off the head – it’s Kathy Perks!
17/04/2212m 59s

14/04/2022

Vince goes on a charm offensive at Brookfield, declaring he’s grown fond of the whole family. He likes Ruth and David – that’s why he’s offered them the loan for the solar panels scheme. He’s aware of how he might come across, and regrets they got off on the wrong foot with the business over Crowthers. But they were great with Steph’s wedding, he’s got a lot of time for Ben, and Elizabeth’s bowled him over. He rates Josh, and would like to play a part in his future success. Privately Ruth and David agree the solar panel deal’s very good, and they’re confident Vince isn’t hiding anything. When they accept his offer, Vince plants a kiss on surprised Ruth. In a change of plan Beth’s in the lambing shed with Ben. As he briefs her on the nitty gritty of birthing, Ruairi arrives and informs Beth her dad’s on the farm. But then a lamb’s foot appears, and it’s clear they have a job on their hands. Under Ben’s guidance Beth delivers her first lamb. Ruairi suggests it needs a name. Beth agrees, and Baa-naby is welcomed to Brookfield. Later Ruairi remarks to Ben how happy he and Beth seem, and Ben admits the love word has been dropped. So what about Ruairi and Julianne, persists Ben. Who is she? Ruairi finally admits Julianne is an older woman he met online, and he’s her sugar baby. He keeps her company in return for money and gifts – but they’re not sleeping together. Shocked Ben agrees reluctantly to keep Ruairi’s secret.
14/04/2213m 12s

13/04/2022

Jazzer and Tracy are both job hunting – Tracy’s after something better paid than Grey Gables. It’s depressing, there’s nothing out there and it would break her heart to leave, but she comments that Adil’s told her she has a lot of potential and could do well elsewhere. Jazzer doesn’t understand; if Adil thinks she’s so good, why’s he encouraging her to leave? Jazzer declares he’s going to find another job. He’s not letting Tracy chuck in Grey Gables. Josh wants an opinion on his Easter idea for promoting egg sales, but distracted Freddie’s keen to track down the Easter Bunny and get him to Lower Loxley. He’s drawing interest on social media and is clearly a crowd puller. He cracks the clue as to the Bunny’s current location and heads off, taking Josh with him for assistance. However his plan goes awry and he reports later to Elizabeth that they couldn’t get anywhere near the Bunny. Meanwhile Josh updates Freddie on Vince’s investment in his solar panels. Freddie declares Vince is on the verge of investing in him, too, though later Vince tempers Freddie’s enthusiasm. He assures Elizabeth he’ll set Freddie straight if he thinks he’s punching above his weight. David’s insistent it’s a no to Vince’s investment in the solar panels. Elizabeth tries to win him round, unsuccessfully. Vince shrugs breezily, but frustrated Elizabeth can’t understand David and Ruth’s reticence. Vince explains the Brookfield Archers don’t necessarily see him like she does. He counsels leaving it to him. He’ll handle this one himself.
13/04/2212m 57s

12/04/2022

Excited Beth’s looking forward to thrashing Ben at the race track. Distracted Ben seems nervous to Jill but plays it down. In the car with the instructor Ben makes a start but soon pulls into the pit lane. Beth checks on him but he insists he’s ok, just out of breath. Beth talks about race cars, and Leonard gets nostalgic. Beth compliments him on his motoring knowledge. She suggests to Ben that she donates one of her drives to him, but Ben jumps in and offers his own. Leonard’s overjoyed and can’t believe he gets to drive. Jill comments on the generosity of Ruairi’s gift. Jill lets slip to Beth she was aware of Ben’s nerves. Beth insists to Jill that Ben had no need to act brave for her; he’s so courageous in other areas. Jill suggests she share some of that praise with him. Beth confronts Ben about pretending not to be scared – she tells him all she wants is for him to be honest. Ben admits that David and Ruth’s accident affected his confidence. They become closer and end up saying “I love you” – before wondering who’s in the car instead of Beth. Jill’s taken her chance to try a bit of racing herself – in the passenger seat with the instructor. As they speed along, thrilled Jill is up for one more lap! The instructor compliments Leonard’s skills too. Inspired, Leonard offers to whizz Jill around the Hassett Hills. But for now, sensible Ben insists he’s driving them home.
12/04/2213m 5s

11/04/2022

Freddie tells Tracy Adil is overstaying his welcome in Ian’s kitchen, and Kathy is equally annoyed Adil’s electric car is blocking her parking space. Who does he think he is? Adil appears, and Tracy recommends he go to Freddie’s Easter Sunday event at Lower Loxley, but Freddie is dismissive. Tracy sets Adil up so he can work in his suite. Later Freddie tells Tracy the Easter Bunny has been spotted in Hollerton, but Freddie’s put out at seeing how well Adil and Tracy are getting on. Determined to prove himself, Freddie decides he needs to get the Easter Bunny to the Lower Loxley event. Elizabeth is delighted Freddie’s drawing up a proper business plan for his DJ’ing; Vince’s talk clearly did the trick. Vince calls in on David to check about Elizabeth’s surprise birthday party. He isn’t sure what to get her and wondered if David or Ruth had any ideas. Vince is shocked to hear David and Ruth aren’t going ahead with the solar panels. David protests solar just doesn’t make the cut against everything else they need to invest in. Vince offers to lend them the money, but David is uncomfortable. Vince tells him to think about it. Back at Lower Loxley Elizabeth tells Vince Freddie reminds her of Nigel, but she wishes he had more of his business sense. That’s why she’s so grateful to Vince for taking Freddie under his wing. Vince isn’t convinced, but Elizabeth thinks Freddie will learn what he needs to from Vince.
11/04/2213m 6s

10/04/2022

Beth helps Ruth in the yard as Ruth tells her about the plans to upgrade Brookfield’s winter housing and slurry storage. Ben mock-teases Ruth for boring Beth with slurry talk. Ben unknowingly hits a nerve, and Ruth leaves them to it but Beth is embarrassed that Ben was so rude. Beth learns Ben and Ruairi are covertly planning a house party next week with Brian and Jennifer away. Ruairi’s phone rings and Beth sees the caller ID: Julianne. Ruairi’s tetchy; it’s a uni friend and he’ll call them back. Ben and Beth suspect she’s more than a friend. Ruairi teases Ben for being awkward about inviting an old school friend because they are dating Ben’s ex, Evie. Beth agrees it’s not a big deal, and asks if Ruairi is inviting his uni friends? Ruairi tells them they’ve all gone home for Easter, none are local. Not even Julianne, persists Beth. Ruairi tells Beth to stop going on about her. A put out Ruth asks Josh if she really goes on about slurry? Josh is sympathetic and tells her to ignore Ben. Josh wants to talk about solar panels. He thinks they should roll them out across the farm roofs. With energy prices about to soar and their consumption increasing it makes sense – the panels would pay for themselves eventually. Ruth tells him in an ideal world they’d jump at it, but they’re already borrowing so much money for the dairy expansion, there’s too much risk. Josh protests but Ruth is adamant; it’s a definite no.
10/04/2212m 51s

10/04/2022

Writer, Liz John Director, Peter Leslie Wild Editor, Jeremy Howe Adil Shah ….. Ronny Jhutti Alice Carter ….. Hollie Chapman Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood Chris Carter ….. Wilf Scolding Clarrie Grundy ….. Heather Bell Elizabeth Pargetter ….. Alison Dowling Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence Ian Craig ….. Stephen Kennedy Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie Pat Archer ….. Patricia Gallimore Roisin ….. Cherylee Houston Roy Tucker ….. Ian Pepperell Ruairi Donovan ….. Arthur Hughes Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch Stella Pryor ….. Lucy Speed Susan Carter ….. Charlotte Martin Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell Vince Casey ….. Tony Turner
10/04/221h 0m

07/04/2022

Tracy finds Freddie skulking in Grey Gables. Oliver’s emailed to notify them a special visitor is to book in at the hotel. Tracy says she and Roy reckon Oliver has a new girlfriend. Freddie decides to make the Royal Suite fancy and romantic in readiness. The guest introduces himself and Freddie realises he’s misread the situation. As the guest, Adil Shah, asks Freddie to carry his bags, Freddie pleads with an amused Tracy to remove the rose petals and chocolates from the pillow. Later, Adil asks Tracy for restaurant recommendations, keen to explore Borsetshire. Alice visits Ian. Ruairi’s there too, and chastises Alice for reading a text from Chris – her divorce is all she talks about and it brings people down, especially Brian and Jennifer. Alice concedes, and asks Ruairi for details about the apartment in Bath. Ian changes the subject to Alice and Martha – Alice is planning to stay at home with her. The tension continues when Alice grills Ruairi about his uni exams. Ruairi in turn asks how Alice is coping with sobriety. Ian tries to keep things light, and Alice mentions an upcoming family fun day event on Easter Monday, as part of her recovery. Ruairi gleefully points out that’s the weekend of Brian and Jennifer’s visit to the Bath apartment. Ruairi strongarms Alice into agreeing that her parents need the break. Alice picks at the detail of the Bath property owners, causing Ruairi to get details mixed up. Later, Alice confronts Ruairi. She knows the Bath trip isn’t all it seems – Ruairi had better not do anything to compromise Brian and Jennifer.
07/04/2212m 55s

06/04/2022

Pat and Clarrie catch up at the veterans’ cricket practice – Pat’s delighted to see Clarrie who was a whizz at Single Wicket. Pat has snuck a chocolate Easter egg to eat away from dieting Natasha and offers Clarrie some. Taskmaster Tracy promises today’s session will be less strenuous, but the apprehensive team is still exhausted. Tracy asks Clarrie about Oliver. Clarrie admits he doesn’t seem himself, but she’s interrupted when Tracy tries to confiscate Pat’s chocolate egg – which Pat throws around the team amid much hilarity. Vince drops in to see Josh’s egg enterprise in action and points out that linking up with Freddie should be good for business. Josh is wary of Vince, but Vince insists he’s a pussycat. Vince is impressed by Josh’s initiative and when Josh divulges some of his big ideas like investing in solar panels for Brookfield, Vince offers to look over some figures for him. Susan tells Chris about Ruth and Stella’s proposed slurry arrangement, concerned about it disrupting the village with tankers and the smell. Noticing Chris’s stress, Susan offers to have Martha overnight so he can catch up with work. Later, Chris is shocked to learn Alice has decided to give up work and be a full time stay at home mum – she’s bound to get custody. Susan wonders how Alice can afford it but Chris contrasts the well-off Aldridges with himself. Chris decides to go for half of Alice’s assets, enabling him to employ someone at the forge and be available for childcare himself. Alice has pushed him to this and he owes it to Martha.
06/04/2213m 9s

05/04/2022

Plans are afoot at Brookfield, and Freddie spies a new opportunity.
05/04/2213m 3s

04/04/2022

Tracy needs some extra housekeeping shifts at Grey Gables, now that a downbeat Jazzer’s hours at Berrow are reduced. But Tracy reports back to Roy that Oliver was abrupt when she approached him – guarded on a phone call, quickly dismissing Tracy. Oliver later emails Tracy to confirm he’s happy with the idea. Roy and Tracy speculate on whether Oliver has a ‘lady friend’. Roy also fishes for info on Tracy’s disciplinary last month, but Tracy deflects. Meanwhile Roy’s delighted to have beaten Kate in their fish challenge - his ‘Kate’ fish is still going strong, unlike the deceased ‘Roy’ fish. On her way to her solicitor, Roisin, Brian sends Alice a contact for a job opportunity – she’ll ring later. Alice tells Roisin about Chris and Amy, but Roisin sets Alice straight – she needs to look after her own mental health. Alice insists she’s tougher than she seems, determined to have full custody of Martha and not let Chris break her. Roisin advises it’s going to be an uphill battle as Alice is marginalised in the current arrangement, and courts prefer to stick to the status quo. Alice tells Roisin about the lecturing job her dad has put her on to, building her earning potential – but to Alice’s shock Roisin proposes Alice doesn’t return to work, and instead becomes a full time stay at home mother. It would strengthen Alice’s case though Chris is likely to contest with everything he has, but Alice agrees – it’s the right thing for Martha.
04/04/2212m 54s

03/04/2022

Chris feels out of sorts, exhausted looking after unsettled Martha. He texted Amy to see how things were, which he knows was a bad idea. Susan reveals that happily Alice and Amy have made up, and despite family fallouts, Susan and Tracy are talking again. Chris just hopes Alice is ok and admits it was the worst time to see whether he and Amy had potential. Susan tells Chris to move on with his life, with Martha safely with him. Chris agrees it’s best, whatever Alice thinks. Freddie is looking forward to a busy summer of DJing, but needs gear. Josh is unimpressed by Freddie’s egg rolling idea for Lower Loxley’s Easter activities, until Freddie offer to buy the eggs from Josh. Josh helps Freddie work out details, keen to promote his own business. Alice wonders whether to mention Chris’s fling to her solicitor – Brian’s not sure how much difference it’ll make. Ruairi arrives, in an expensive looking new shirt, but he plays down the cost to Alice. Polite Ruairi’s indifferent to Alice’s ideas about catching up. He’s pleased that Jenny enjoyed his amusing Mother’s Day card. He has also booked a treat for Brian and Jennifer – a trip to Bath. The posh apartment sounds expensive. Alice tries to make peace with Ruairi, but he makes it clear he has no time for her and nothing has changed. Ruairi reminds Alice of her unforgivable comments about his mother. Alice loves him but she won’t keep apologising. So if Ruairi wants to stay out of her way, fine – but Alice is not changing a thing for him.
03/04/2213m 4s

31/03/2022

Writer, Keri Davies Director, Marina Caldarone Editor, Jeremy Howe Alan Franks ….. John Telfer Alice Carter ….. Hollie Chapman Amy Franks ….. Jennifer Daley Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood Chris Carter ….. Wilf Scolding Fallon Rogers ….. Joanna Van Kampen Hannah Riley ….. Helen Longworth Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly Justin Elliott ….. Simon Williams Kate Madikane ….. Perdita Avery Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde Martyn Gibson ….. Jon Glover Natasha Archer ….. Mali Harries Neil Carter ….. Brian Hewlett Pat Archer ….. Patricia Gallimore Susan Carter ….. Charlotte Martin Tom Archer ….. William Troughton Tony Archer ….. David Troughton
31/03/2213m 3s

30/03/2022

Alan visits Kate and catches her performing a ceremony to mark the death of Roy the goldfish. Alan apologises for how he spoke on Sunday but stands by what he said. Kate reassures him, saying she won’t be making a complaint - on reflection she and Alan are more alike than she realised. Alan recounts this conversation to Amy, but it doesn’t put her at ease. She thinks there’s still lots of people in Ambridge who think badly of her and the best thing would be to return to Nottingham for good. Jazzer’s anxious about his Berrow Farm job even though Borchester Land isn’t closing the pig unit. After a meeting between Brian, Neil and Hannah, Jazzer learns that he remains employed but with reduced hours. Later, Jazzer tells Neil that he was impressed with how Tracy took the news and that he took the opportunity to persuade Tracy to make up with Susan. Neil’s grateful and tells Jazzer that he’s part of the family now. Amy tells Chris about her plans to return to Nottingham. She says that she’s fallen in love with him and asks if he feels the same. If he does, then maybe they can find somewhere they can be together or stay and tough it out it. Chris isn’t ready to say that he loves Amy but thinks that one day in the future they would be good together. That’s not enough for Amy and her mind is made up: she’s moving back to Nottingham. It would be easier if she and Chris weren’t in touch for a while.
30/03/2213m 4s

29/03/2022

Fallon asks Alice to join her looking for the Easter Bunny - the first clue’s on the village website - but Alice declines. When Alice asks, Fallon confirms she knew about Chris and Amy sleeping together. Fallon’s sorry; she was trying to protect Alice. Alice is emotional feeling she doesn’t deserve Fallon’s friendship. She opens up about Chris and Amy’s liaison; she can’t get over Amy’s betrayal. Fallon tells Alice about what happened between Kate and Alan after Sunday’s church service. Natasha chats to Pat and Tony about rewilding. She questions its economic viability while Pat and Tony gently make their arguments in favour of the project. Tom has helped Tony with a Tamworth pigs contact for the rewilding land. Later, on her return from a routine pregnancy scan, Natasha reveals to Pat that she has gestational diabetes. Natasha’s confident she can manage it and Tom’s going to reduce his sugar intake in solidarity. Tony’s dismayed when Pat suggests that they should do the same, starting today. Ahead of the Borchester Land board meeting to agree Berrow Farm’s fate, Brian’s nervous of Justin wanting to get to the bottom of the leak about its possible closure. Afterwards, Brian’s relieved that another board member is the prime suspect. Justin continues to threaten to sell his majority share in BL so, to Brian’s horror, Martyn offers Justin the role of Chair. Justin declines but mysteriously says there’s another local project he’d like to discuss with Martyn. Meanwhile Brian’s tasked with communicating the latest decision on Berrow to the workforce.
29/03/2212m 56s

28/03/2022

Jazzer’s switched to packed lunches since learning his Berrow Farm job is at risk. Hannah tries to stay hopeful that the pig unit won’t close. It would be bad news for both of them if it did. Jazzer misses the money his milk round brought in but admits life is different now that he’s older and with Tracy. Tom calls in to buy some overweight carcasses to make bargain sausages. While he waits for Hannah, Tom tries to lighten Jazzer’ mood with talk about the Easter Bunny and the challenge to track it down and guess who’s in the costume. The two of them also look back - Tom apologises for how he handled Jazzer’s exit from Bridge Farm and recounts Jazzer’s feelings for Hannah when they first met. Lilian calls on Alan to talk about his encounter with Kate yesterday. Alan’s embarrassed by it. Lilian’s clear she doesn’t want to blame anyone but wanted to warn Alan that Kate’s talking about making an official complaint. Alan accepts Kate’s entitled to do so. Later, Chris visits Alan to apologise for Kate’s behaviour and for Alan getting dragged into the mess of his personal life. Alan makes it clear that while he likes Chris, when it comes to Amy his first concern is her welfare. Alan will do everything in his power to protect Amy from hurt and he expects Chris to do the same.
28/03/2213m 13s

27/03/2022

At the shop, Susan tells Neil Tracy is avoiding her. Neil’s sorry that Berrow Farm has caused tension between the two sisters. When Lilian joins them Susan gives her the cold shoulder. Lilian doesn’t want to be involved in any awkwardness due to Chris and Alice’s divorce. But Susan is also annoyed with Justin looking to close Berrow Fam while at the same time investing in The Stables. She orders her out of the shop and refuses to serve her there in future. After delivering a Mothering Sunday sermon, Alan thanks Amy for standing in for an unwell Clarrie to do a reading. Kate attends the service with Jennifer and Peggy and approaches Alan to donate to the Lent Appeal. She then confronts Amy about sleeping with Chris. Amy flees in tears and Alan is furious at Kate for attacking his daughter in church. Tearful Amy calls in at the shop and explains what happened between her, Alan and Kate in church. Neil goes to find Alan and Susan comforts Amy. Susan goes as far to say that Alice was never right for Chris and that she’d give her backing to Amy and Chris becoming a couple. Meanwhile, Lilian and Kate chat on their way to Mother’s Day lunch at The Lodge. Kate wants to make an official complaint against Alan.
27/03/2213m 6s

24/03/2022

Beth bumps into Lily in a Felpersham chocolate shop and they get chatting about siblings. Later over cocktails Lily recounts cuddling the Easter Bunny who she thought was Russ. When Beth teases Lily about her and Russ’ relationship, Lily reveals she slept with a colleague a few months ago. Beth is shocked at the admission and gets cross. Lily asks her not to tell anyone else. Lily explains her infidelity has helped her see that she does love Russ and that she needed to connect with him properly. Things between them are better now. Ian pops over to Ambridge View to share some gossip about the Gleeson twins being champion ballroom dancers in their youth. The chat cheers Ian who is feeling down about Grey Gables having so few customers since lockdown. Talk turns to comfort food and Susan’s surprised to hear Ian’s choice would be tomato soup with cheese and bread followed by a particular instant dessert. Ian’s over the moon when Susan pulls a packet of that very dessert from the cupboard. After languishing in her room for days, Amy tells Usha and Alan about sleeping with Chris. They are both understanding and remind Amy that Chris also has responsibility for what happened. Amy shares with them how she poured vodka away for Alice and worries that her and Chris’ liaison might push Alice back to drinking. Alan says that alcoholism is a complex illness and she can’t take responsibility for the decisions Alice makes. He comforts sobbing Amy as she apologises for making a mess of everything.
24/03/2213m 8s

23/03/2022

Freddie tells Russ about his plans to upgrade his DJ kit to get more bookings and Lily excitedly announces her idea of having a Lower Loxley Easter Bunny again this year. When Russ refuses to wear the costume again, Freddie and Lily bet on whether he can be persuaded. Later, they spot the Easter Bunny and although the costume’s slightly different, they think Russ must’ve changed his mind. Later Russ is confused when Freddie and Lily congratulate him. He insists he’s been painting all day. Freddie wins the bet and Lily cringes as she remembers patting the bunny on his bum! They wonder who it was. Tony’s still feeling the effects from Sunday’s cricket training. He admits to Brian that he unwittingly spilt the beans about the threat to Berrow to Tracy and Jazzer. Talk turns to Tamworth pigs as Tony’s looking to source them for the rewilding site. He says he’s really enjoying his advisory role for the project; Rex and Kirsty talk a lot of sense. While Tony champions the nurturing aspect of rewilding, Brian wonders where food will come from if land continues to be taken out of production. Adam joins the healthy debate. Adam and Brian discuss the impact of Chris and Amy’s liaison on Alice. Brian says that Jennifer’s furious with Chris; she’s worried it will push Alice back to alcohol. Adam says Chris is a free agent although it’s not very classy getting together with Amy. Brian agrees and understands Jennifer’s concerns, but he has faith in Alice. She’s determined to win custody of Martha and won’t do anything to jeopardise that.
23/03/2213m 10s

22/03/2022

Tracy tells Susan she still feels she’s in the doghouse with Oliver; he’s barely spoken to her since he caught her and Jazzer in the hotel room. Tracy can’t risk losing her job especially when Jazzer’s is under threat. She wouldn’t have coped financially the last few months without Jazzer’s help. Susan shares her worry over Chris and Alice’s divorce. When Susan explains she’s worried about overloading Neil who he’s been worrying about Berrow for weeks, Tracy catches her out. Tracy’s only known about the threat to Berrow since Sunday. Tracy’s angry at Susan for not letting her and Jazzer know sooner. Susan’s stung when Tracy discredits her loyalty, saying she’s in cahoots with Brian to only save managerial jobs. Tracy orders her to leave. Chris is woken by Alice banging on his door. Amy has told Alice about them and is worried that Alice might start drinking again. But when Chris rushes round to Alice’s, she’s calm and sober. When Chris admits he messed up and it shouldn’t have happened, Alice tells him she’s heartbroken and devastated. Chris points out that he’s single and it was Alice that left him. If it was up to him, they’d still be a couple. But Alice won’t take any responsibility for Chris sleeping with Amy and says that she no longer wants to feel guilty. She’ll be in touch with her solicitor; she knows she’s a good person and is going to fight for her daughter.
22/03/2213m 15s

21/03/2022

Hannah tries to explain to Jazzer that she and Neil are working on a cost-cutting plan to save Berrow from closure. This doesn’t give Jazzer any hope, he doesn’t trust Hannah will not cut his job. Later, Hannah finds Jazzer in The Bull and implores him to listen to her properly. She reveals that if she loses her job, she won’t be able to support her mum and stepdad with respite care for her mum’s dementia. Justin overhears their conversation and warns them not to gossip. Jazzer and Hannah push back against Justin’s warning and once he’s gone agree that they are on the same side. Alice calls in at The Vicarage asking after Amy. Usha and Alan present a united front explaining that Amy is still away in Nottingham. When Alice asks them if Amy is OK, Alan struggles to answer. Alice wants to be there for Amy as she has been then for her, but Amy hasn’t been answering her calls. Once Alice has gone, Alan calls out to Amy who is hiding in her room. He’s never lying to her friends for her again. Over dinner, Alan and Usha press Amy for the reason behind her avoidance of Alice but have no success. Amy calls in on Alice at The Nest and confesses that she and Chris slept together. Alice laughs and then realises Amy isn’t joking. Alice insists that Amy tells her everything about how it happened. Alice is incredulous of Amy’s explanations and her anger builds to screaming at Amy to get out of her house. As Amy goes, Alice dissolves into tears.
21/03/2213m 0s

20/03/2022

The future of Berrow pig unit weighs heavy on Neil and Hannah. Brian confronts them about spreading word that the unit may close as it seems it’s now village gossip and the Borchester Land board have got wind of it. Brian warns if the board oust him, there’ll be no hope for the unit. Back at home, Neil asks Susan if she has told anyone about Berrow being at risk of closure. Susan is offended that he’s asked and assures him that she hasn’t and she’s not a gossip. Later, Neil apologies to Susan. She reveals how hard it’s been not being able to share the worry or give Tracy a heads up that Jazzer’s job could be in danger. Justin turns up to the first training session of Tracy’s over-65s Ambridge cricket team. He’s keen to join and has even brought his old bat. Afterwards, in The Bull, Tracy can only sing Justin’s praises – good with a cricket bat and first to the bar, what’s not to like? Tony is put out by this favouritism and mentions Berrow. He quickly realises Jazzer and Tracy are unaware of the rumours and has to come clean that Justin plans to close Berrow down. Tracy confronts Justin who won’t be drawn on the subject. He then confirms it is an option being considered by the BL board. Tracy sacks Justin from the cricket team and Jazzer wonders what he will do without his job at Berrow?
20/03/2213m 7s

17/03/2022

Writer, Naylah Ahmed Director, Dave Payne Editor, Jeremy Howe Tony Archer ….. David Troughton Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde Harrison Burns ….. James Cartwright Alice Carter ….. Hollie Chapman Chris Carter ….. Wilf Scolding Neil Carter ….. Brian Hewlett Susan Carter ….. Charlotte Martin Justin Elliott ….. Simon Williams Alan Franks ….. John Telfer Usha Franks ….. Souad Faress Jakob Hakansson ….. Paul Venables Jim Lloyd ….. John Rowe Kirsty Miller ….. Annabelle Dowler Fallon Rogers ….. Joanna Van Kampen Roy Tucker ….. Ian Pepperel Peggy Woolley ….. June Spencer Nora ….. Ellie Darvill
17/03/2213m 13s

16/03/2022

Usha wishes Fallon all the best for Harrison’s baptism tomorrow. Fallon is equivocal, and sensitive Usha backs off. But Fallon wants to talk, and asks Usha how it is being in a mixed marriage. Usha shares her thoughts on the challenges she and Alan initially faced as a couple. They had to prove themselves and their commitment to one another, something Fallon and Harrison won’t have to do. Fallon queries whether Harrison will want to stick with her if she doesn’t share his views. Usha reckons it’s clear Harrison loves Fallon and the fact they’re together answers her question. Justin’s hard line on whether Berrow should close isn’t well received by Lilian. She points out how its closure would affect people in their community, and how bad this would be once they know he’s behind it. Justin insists that the only people who know his mind are the other BL board members. Susan’s upset when Neil mentions that Alice is seeing a solicitor regarding full time care of Martha. Later Justin rubs out of sorts Susan up the wrong way. Lilian wonders what’s wrong with her – it can’t have been Justin, as Susan was clearly distracted before they saw her. The thought occurs to Justin that word may have got out about Berrow. Why else would Susan be so tetchy with them? If news has leaked, declares Justin grimly, the culprit will be toast.
16/03/2213m 12s

15/03/2022

Peggy has a proposition for Tony. Rex and Kirsty would like him as farming consultant to the rewilding scheme. Tony assumes it was Peggy’s idea, and that others have turned down the role. Peggy denies this. Everyone was in agreement it should be Tony, and that his expertise could really benefit the project. He was ahead of the curve with Bridge Farm and he should be proud of its success. Tony agrees to visit to the site, and is impressed. Kirsty confirms Peggy had told her and Rex he’d be the best person for the job. Tony returns to Peggy declaring his acceptance of the role. They have a touching mother and son moment. Alice tells her dad that Chris didn’t take the news of her wish to be Martha’s main parent well. Brian points out it must have been a shock for him. He thinks Alice should have given Chris a heads up beforehand of her intentions. Alice maintains she’s better than Chris thinks, and she’s determined to prove it. Brian sees Neil, who admits the news has come as a shock to him and Susan. Brian tries to advocate for Alice, but has to admit he doesn’t know why she’s changed tack. It might be best to leave them both to sort it out through mediation. However later Alice blows this out of the water. She’s made an appointment with her solicitor. Brian feels she’s being hasty. A solicitor will be expensive, and the courts will expose everything. Alice counters all she wants is Martha.
15/03/2213m 6s

14/03/2022

Roy takes Kate the goldfish to the vet’s but Alistair’s out. Roy requests client confidentiality but impatient Jakob just wants to get on with it. He confirms Kate looks fine, but Roy’s worried and wants Jakob to take a closer look. Jakob vouches for the physical condition of the fish, but suggests she may be neglected – she may need clean water and a bigger tank. The penny drops with Roy that this is what they’ve done for Kate’s fish, Roy. The real Roy demands to know what type of tank has been chosen for Roy the fish. Mischievous Jakob points to the most expensive one online, and resigned Roy decides to buy it. It will be worth it to keep Kate the fish alive and win his bet with the real Kate. Chris and Alice discuss their possessions split with their mediator Nora. Chris is relieved they no longer have to cite any wrongdoing. Nora notes their conciliatory attitudes over the care of Martha, commenting they seem to have found an agreeable pattern. Chris agrees, and then announces the bigger decisions concerning Martha should be down to him as the main parent. Alice is initially quiet, before suggesting she should now have Martha more. Chris argues that Alice may not always be reliable. Alice calmly counters that Chris shouldn’t be telling her when she’s able to parent. Nora gently pushes the conversation on. Alice feels Martha’s the priority and finally declares her home should be with Alice, at The Nest. She wants to be Martha’s primary carer.
14/03/2212m 59s

13/03/2022

Roy’s already missing Phoebe. The goldfish she gave him isn’t much of a substitute. Kirsty tries to cheer him up as they good humouredly banter about Kate the fish. As they chat about the rewilding, Kirsty spots Kate has escaped. They find her on the floor, but Roy can’t face scooping her up. It’s left to Kirsty to return Kate quickly to the water, where she recovers. Relieved Roy pledges to take the fish to the vet – but he’ll need to make sure Jakob doesn’t see them, or the real Kate will know something’s up. Alice takes Jim some birthday cake, and a bookmark made by Martha. He’s touched. Alice is keen to make amends for her past actions. She asks Jim if there might be some shifts she could do at the shop. Jim agrees it would be a service to the village, but Alice will need to ask Susan. Jim hopes Alice’s quest will eventually allow her to forgive herself. As he holds Martha, he praises Alice’s ‘mother’s instinct’, commenting that his wife possessed a good one. He feels experiences in his life meant he was ill equipped to carry this on with his children. He’s troubled that Alice might be hanging on to the idea that she must make up for something. She’s clearly doing a good job as a mother, and she shouldn’t sell herself short. He himself realised too late that we never get a second chance to be the best parent we can be.
13/03/2213m 13s

10/03/2022

Tracy’s appliance misfortunes continue when her washing machine breaks down. Susan bails her out, and stressed Tracy shares her money worries over a cup of tea. She also mentions she nearly lost her job, without divulging the detail. She admits that without Jazzer’s financial help she’d be struggling. Susan’s dubious about Tracy relying on him so much, but manages not to say why. Instead she suggests Tracy comes to her if she’s strapped for cash, rather than her boyfriend. As Phoebe prepares to leave Ambridge, she takes the opportunity to tell Kate how impressed she is with her for allowing Kirsty to take the rewilding post unopposed. She also informs her that Kirsty wants to incorporate some of her ideas into the scheme; that way the rewilding will still have Kate’s stamp on it. Kate thinks it’s sweet and doesn’t mind at all. Later Roy and Kate reassure one another that Phoebe will be alright, and agree they haven’t done a bad job with her. Phoebe declares she wouldn’t be where she is without their encouragement; they’re amazing parents. When she’s gone Kate and Roy find she’s left them each a gift of a goldfish. The fish are named for them, and each has to look after the other’s namesake. Roy hates fish but can see Phoebe was being thoughtful. Kate reckons they’re stuck with them. They challenge one another as to who can keep their fish alive the longest.
10/03/2213m 1s

09/03/2022

Chris comes to the village hall to collect Martha from her birthday party. Alice comments that Amy’s departure was sudden, but as ever with Amy she’s helping a friend in need. As Chris tries to divert the subject he’s saved by Martha, who appears covered in chocolate. Amused Alice wants to get a photo, but Chris isn’t happy. He expects Alice to be as careful with Martha’s consumption of sweet stuff as he is. Now he’s landed with a hyperactive, grizzly child. Alice is sorry. Later she calls him, and finds out Martha’s having a good time and not bouncing off the walls. Chris explains he was stressed earlier, but Alice asserts she’s not a bad parent, and her way is ok too. Chris acknowledges this. Kate and Kirsty are thrown together at Willow Farm while Kate waits for Phoebe. Kate takes the opportunity to question whether Kirsty’s really up to pitching for the rewilding job. Kirsty isn’t fazed. As they agree that the best woman will win, they realise they have identical time slots for their interviews. Later Rex explains he and Peggy want the joint interview to be more like a conversation, in which both can hear each other’s pitches. As each candidate comments on the very different ideas of the other, it becomes clear that Kirsty has a fuller pitch. Rex and Peggy are about to dismiss them to deliberate when Kate announces she’s withdrawing. She’s there to honour Phoebe, but it’s Kirsty who has the genuine passion. Peggy’s proud of Kate, and Kirsty’s delighted when she’s offered the job.
09/03/2213m 13s

08/03/2022

Susan can see Neil has something on his mind. With reluctance he shares with her that Berrow’s future is on the line. Shocked Susan can’t believe everyone might lose their jobs. Neil hopes it won’t come to that. He and Hannah are going to work out some cost effective ideas to strengthen Brian’s case, which Susan thinks sounds stressful. She puts it to Neil that he might want to consider retiring. But Neil’s not ready to give up on Berrow yet. He wants to try and steer his team through this crisis. Susan declares Neil a good man. She’s glad he’s talked to her. Neil tells her she mustn’t mention this to Tracy in case Jazzer finds out. He hopes to save Jazzer’s job before he’s even aware it’s at risk. Tracy’s terrified of what Oliver’s going to say to her. Jazzer advocates simply apologising. Oliver thinks a lot of her; he’ll calm down. The meeting is set for 6pm, and Tracy’s sweating. Meanwhile Jazzer calls Oliver. He admits the whole room incident was his idea, and his fault. But his efforts fall on deaf ears and Oliver hangs up on him. Later at the meeting Oliver’s stern. Tracy begs him not to lose faith in her, but he insists he has to do things by the book. However to her joy he lets her off with a written warning. She pledges to awkward Oliver that she’ll never let him down again.
08/03/2212m 56s

07/03/2022

Amy begs to talk to Fallon at the Tearoom but gets an icy reception. Amy can’t bear the atmosphere between them. Fallon agrees to keep things civil, but only for Alice’s sake. She points out Alice is trying to put her life back together, and Amy’s risking her friend’s recovery. Amy crumbles; she doesn’t want any of this to be happening, and she has feelings for Chris. Her head’s all over the place. Fallon urges her gently to go home. Amy leaves to figure out what to do. Later she calls Fallon and tells her she’s decided to leave Ambridge after Martha’s party. Tracy and Jazzer are furtive at Grey Gables Reception as she sorts him out a room key card for their tryst. She cuts short his clowning around for fear of being discovered, and sends him off to open up the room. Tracy’s intercepted by Oliver, who informs her that a guest is being moved to the room she’s just put Jazzer in. Tracy rushes to oust now naked Jazzer, having despatched the guest to the bar to delay her arrival. But before Jazzer can get his clothes back on, Oliver arrives at the room and lets himself in. They’re sprung. Oliver’s furious at their breach of trust and sends mortified Tracy home. He’s suspending her immediately, pending further action.
07/03/2212m 59s

06/03/2022

Alice gets uncomfortable Amy on board with arrangements for Martha’s first birthday party. As they chat Amy’s horrified when Fallon arrives. Tension simmers between them as oblivious Alice presses on. But when Amy leaves abruptly, Alice demands to know from Fallon what’s going on. With an effort Fallon evades Alice’s question, but Alice can’t understand why Fallon’s taking out her tetchiness on Amy, their good friend. She couldn’t do any of this without the two of them, and begs Fallon to make things right with Amy. Fallon reluctantly agrees. Jazzer wants to know what’s bothering grumpy Alistair, who eventually gives up that he’s miffed not only to miss the tradition of being persuaded to attend cricket training, but also that Tracy thinks he’s eligible for the veterans team. Does he really look sixty-five? He’s not even sixty yet! Jazzer reckons it’s his dress sense letting him down, but Alistair counters it’s lack of sleep. The noise coming from Jazzer’s room when Tracy stays over is keeping him awake. Jazzer conveys this delicate information to Tracy, and suggests they spend more time at hers. No, says Tracy, the walls are paper thin at No.6. Jazzer has the idea of creating a secret love nest in one of the rooms at Grey Gables. As Tracy protests it’s more than her job’s worth, Jazzer can tell she’s a little excited too. It’s mad, but they have to do it – as soon as possible.
06/03/2213m 4s

03/03/2022

Lynda’s asked Kirsty over for cake and stern talking to about her decision to leave Ambridge. Kirsty says staying reminds her about the mess she’s made of her life. Lynda asserts she belongs in Ambridge, and the rewilding job is made for her. She and Kirsty are very similar; they’re both inspired by the village and are there to make a difference. Kirsty needs to make it impossible for the rewilders to say no to her. Harrison tells Fallon he doesn’t want a baptism party – it something that’s very personal to him. Exasperated Chris has it out with Fallon, saying if she tells Alice about him and Amy it could set Alice back. Fallon’s furious – he should have thought of that before jumping into bed with Amy. When things escalate, Harrison asks Chris to leave. Later Fallon admits she shouldn’t have lost her temper. Harrison reminds her that Chris and Amy love Alice too and want what’s best for her. But you don’t choose who you fall for. If Chris and Amy stay together, it’s their decision to tell Alice. Later Fallon visits Chris and explains that Harrison’s convinced her not to mention anything to Alice. Chris says he’s been lonely and that he and Amy really tried to stay apart. Amy was trying to finish with Chris when Fallon saw them. Fallon’s unconvinced. She wonders what she’ll do when she and Amy are helping with Martha’s party next week. She won’t be able to look Amy in the face.
03/03/2213m 16s

02/03/2022

Tracy despairs when Toby backs out of the cricket meeting; he was the only person coming from the cricket team. When Leonard’s at a loose end and mentions he played cricket years ago, Jazzer invites him to the meeting for moral support. Later when only Tracy, Jazzer and Leonard turn up, Tracy’s inspired when Leonard chats about Tony’s enthusiasm for cricket and Jazzer adds that Jim loves being the scorer. If the only people keen on reviving cricket are the ‘oldies’, then Tracy thinks they need to get able-bodied older people in the village – male and female - to form an OAP team. Leonard suggests the more palatable name of ‘veterans’. Chris and Amy talk on the phone. He comforts her when she continues to worry that they were seen kissing in the churchyard last night. Amy agrees to go round to Chris’s later. Chris visits Roy on the pretext of making something for Grey Gables’ garden. He works his way round to asking Roy whether he was at the churchyard yesterday evening as Chris thought he saw him. But Roy says he wasn’t. Amy and Chris are wrong-footed by a surprise visit from angry Fallon who saw them last night in the churchyard. She’s been worrying all day about what to do. She turns on Amy, asking her how she could do that to Alice, when she’s supposed to be her friend? Chris defends Amy, maintaining she hasn’t done anything wrong. But Fallon won’t be appeased – she’s going to tell Alice.
02/03/2213m 15s

01/03/2022

When Lilian and Justin discuss the forthcoming extraordinary meeting of the BL board, Justin says it can’t come soon enough; Berrow’s been haemorrhaging money for too long. However, the site has a lot going for it with the access road – he can think of several possible alternative uses. Brian, Neil and Hannah have a furtive meeting. When Neil asks whether it’s Justin’s idea to get the unit closed down, Brian can’t comment. But he admits that certain members of the board are threatening to withdraw investment from BL if they don’t get their way. He asks Neil and Hannah for a detailed plan for the future - examples of where they can cut back and economise, so that they can keep going for the coming months. They discuss cutting back staff and worry that might mean Jazzer losing his job. However, if Berrow closes he won’t have one anyway. Amy and Chris meet up while he’s fixing the churchyard gate. Guilty Amy says they need to stop seeing each other. But Chris says that as he’s no longer Alice’s husband, it’s up to him what he does. Amy worries that if they tell Alice, she might start drinking again. She’s clear they shouldn’t have spent the night together. Struggling to contain their feelings, they kiss but are disturbed by a noise close by and worry they might’ve been seen. When they spot Roy in the distance, Chris says he’ll have a word with him tomorrow. Anyway, he’s sure no-one saw them.
01/03/2213m 6s

28/02/2022

Neil returns from his mini break with Susan, to hear from Hannah about the potential plans to shut Berrow and Brian appearing to ‘accidentally’ leave behind a confidential document. Shocked Neil says at least that shows Brian’s on their side. Later Neil relays that cagey Brian didn’t deny that Berrow may close and there’ll be an emergency board meeting soon. Brian’s asked for a secret meeting with them tomorrow. Amy admits to Fallon that although she got on really well with Rex on their date, there wasn’t a spark. Fallon moans that having already planned the buffet menu for Harrison’s forthcoming baptism, he’s now given up meat for lent! Later Fallon asks Amy to visit Alice with her - she thinks Alice is struggling a bit and Amy always knows how to make Alice feel better. But Amy’s adamant; she’s busy. Phoebe wonders how Kirsty will cope away from the countryside in Plovdiv. But Kirsty says although she loves Ambridge, it’s time to move on and that Phoebe must feel the same. But Phoebe is clear that although she’s ready for a new challenge, she thinks Kirsty isn’t in the same boat; she’s part of the fibre of Ambridge and she’ll miss out on the chance to follow her passion by not taking the rewilding job. Kirsty’s insistent that she can’t stay in Ambridge after all that’s happened. Unconvinced, Phoebe’s says that she’s leaving Ambridge because it isn’t her home anymore. Can Kirsty, hand on heart, honestly say the same thing? Isn’t she already home?
28/02/2212m 58s

27/02/2022

Roy and Tracy discuss where Rex’s housewarming party might be – the only clue is to wear sensible shoes. When Roy says he’s not free to come to the cricket meeting on Wednesday, Tracy admits she’s getting a bit desperate - no-one has agreed to come yet. Phoebe tells Roy that although she’ll miss Ambridge, she’ll be doing her dream job in Scotland. They muse over why Kirsty chose Bulgaria when Phoebe thinks the rewilding job would’ve been a perfect fit. Roy agrees but says Kirsty has too many bad memories here and Lexi can be very persuasive! Rex invites Amy to his party. Although initially awkward after their ‘date’ Rex breaks the ice saying they can still be friends even if they don’t fancy each other. When Rex asks if Amy had someone else, Amy says there was, but not anymore; it’s complicated. Rex admits to knowing all about complicated – he wasted years being in love with someone who didn’t want to know. But he won’t be drawn when Amy asks if it was someone in Ambridge. Later, as everyone gathers together to walk to Rex’s new abode, there’s much speculation about where it is – Kate’s yurts? The cricket pavilion? When they arrive at the river they discover it’s a narrowboat called ‘Serendipity’, covered in fairy lights and moored by the country park. Rex explains that it’s much cheaper than buying a house. In lieu of champagne, everyone cheers when Jazzer smashes a bottle on the boat and makes a speech.
27/02/2213m 0s

24/02/2022

Neil tells Hannah that he’s taking Susan away for a few days in the Cotswolds for their wedding anniversary. Brian appears unexpectedly at Berrow hoping to see Neil. When Hannah says Brian’s away for the weekend, Brian asks to use a spare desk. As he’s leaving, Hannah notices he’s left a document on the printer. Brian says it’s not his – but then Hannah sees it’s about the possible closure of Berrow. Brian says it’s confidential – but now Hannah has found out by accident it wouldn’t be ethical for her to keep secrets from Neil. Later when Neil rings, Hannah tells him everything’s ok and to have a wonderful weekend away. Chris and Rex avoid Tracy in case she hounds them about cricket. Chris admits his life now is his work and Martha – if he can keep those plates spinning, he might just make it through the year. When Rex tells him he’s going on a date with Amy to the Bull, Chris says he had no idea Rex was into her. Later Alice chats to Chris about it. Chris says he can’t really see Amy and Rex as a couple. When Alice says they’re both young and good looking, Chris is surprised that Alice thinks Rex is. At The Bull Rex and Amy get on well and enjoy several drinks together. Later it’s clear that Amy didn’t go home with Rex, but ended up on Chris’s doorstep and in his bed.
24/02/2213m 6s

23/02/2022

Alice and Chris discuss plans for Martha’s birthday party – Alice wants to mark the occasion with a party for family and friends, but Chris thinks a small tea will do. Later Brian tells Alice if she wants a big first birthday for her daughter, she has every right to organise one. So Alice suggests to Chris that they have two parties and Chris reluctantly agrees. Neil and Hannah commiserate over the breeding sows – they hate seeing healthy animals going to waste. Neil says things have never seemed so uncertain. Justin tells Martyn that The Stables is a good investment, but the pigs are eating his money at Berrow. When Martyn points out that Brian thinks the market might pick up, Justin retorts that Berrow is haemorrhaging money, with animals being fed up just to be slaughtered. They need to get out and close it down. And if the board doesn’t agree, he will sell his shares in Borchester land and leave Berrow to sink without him. Later, Martyn tells Brian what Justin thinks and that Brian needs to convince him that Berrow has a future. Brian asks for a couple of weeks to get his case together so he can expose Justin as a man without vision. Then he’ll call an emergency board meeting to force a discussion on Berrow’s future. Martyn tells Brian to keep this top secret – they don’t want the staff getting wind of it.
23/02/2213m 14s

22/02/2022

Tracy wonders if Rex is sad to be moving out of the bungalow, but he says he’s ready for a change. When talk turns to the cricket team, Rex says he’s too busy. Tracy doesn’t get any further talking cricket with Chris either. Rex offers Tracy the pick of the things he’s throwing out. Amy’s supportive of Alice when she admits it’s hard living without Chris at The Nest. She’s lucky to have family, friends and Martha – she could’ve lost it all. But it takes work keeping it all going. Amy says she’s there for her. When Alice encourages Amy to go out for a drink with Rex, Amy says she’ll think about it. Chris apologises to Amy for giving her the wrong idea the other week, but Amy says it’s fine. Later Alice asks Chris if he’s decided about taking the cottage at Home farm, but he’s decided not to – he doesn’t want to feel indebted to her parents. They agree to carrying on mediation to sort out their finances. Alice is pleased when Amy arranges to meet up with Rex on Thursday; they’re perfect for each other. But Amy says it’s only a friendly drink – they hardly know one another. However if she’s to put last year behind her, a night out with Rex is a good starting place. She thanks Alice – she wouldn’t have texted Rex without her encouragement. When Alice asks if she can tell Chris, Amy’s very clear she doesn’t want everyone knowing – it’s just a drink.
22/02/2213m 0s

21/02/2022

Tracy endures another cold morning in her house, and tells Jazzer that despite Alice’s treatment of Chris, she might be Tracy’s favourite person if Alice’s mate fixes the boiler. When Jazzer mentions that Alice is lonely, Tracy agrees to invite her round sometime. Tracy’s on a mission to resurrect the Ambridge cricket team and Jazzer agrees to help recruit some players. Later Tracy admits that no-one in the village wants to play. But when Jazzer suggests leaving it til next year, Tracy’s determined to get a team together. Pip shows Stella around the bungalow. When Stella says she was disappointed yesterday when Pip said it was already let, Pip says it was her mistake. Stella can really imagine living there. Pip warms to Stella and reminisces about her time in the bungalow as a child. Stella says she knows they got off to a bad start over the sheep. She screams when she comes across what she thinks is black magic in the attic; a string of bird corpses. Rex later explains that it was a joke parting gift he found in a junk shop for whoever moved in, along with some of Eddie’s cider and Helen’s cheese. Pip’s horrified until she realises their wires are crossed and he’s referring to a snorting pig toilet roll dispenser and not the birds! He explains the birds were Bert’s – he was having a go at taxidermy. Relieved Stella says in that case she’d like to move in.
21/02/2212m 57s

20/02/2022

Alice visits Jazzer to look at Tracy’s boiler and works out what’s wrong. She suggests an engineer who can fix it at no cost; he owes her a favour. Initially frosty, Jazzer warms when Alice admits to being lonely when Martha’s not around. Alice invites Jazzer to Martha’s birthday party to apologise for what she’s done and when jelly and ice cream are mentioned, he agrees to come! Pip helps Rex pack up the bungalow. She shares her frustration about her parents dragging their heels over the herd expansion. Rex infuriates Pip when he says his new location is a secret but confirms it’s in Ambridge - she’ll find out where at his housewarming. He hopes that after everything that’s happened, things will fall into place once he’s moved, including finding a replacement for Phoebe – though hopefully it’s not Kate. Pip says she and Rosie will really miss him, but he guarantees Rosie will love his new home. Pip’s grumpy when Stella drops by on the off chance to look around the bungalow and says it’s already promised it to someone else. After disappointed Stella’s gone, Rex cross-examines Pip and she admits she made it up; she doesn’t like Stella. Pip’s wrong footed when Ruth rings Rex to arrange for Stella to look around, and later Pip admits that Stella’s already been and she told her the bungalow was let. Ruth makes Pip ring Stella straight away to tell her it’s still very much available and Pip will be giving her a full tour.
20/02/2213m 4s

17/02/2022

At Greenacres Chelsea’s being a little inconsiderate of her fellow residents. However Jim’s impressed with her inquiring mind, and her recent academic achievements. Chelsea wishes her teachers had been more like Jim. They’re soon both engrossed in some reality television, which Jim prefers with the sound off. Chelsea declares Jim a genius for working out the villains and heroes in the programme, and reckons he’d be brilliant on a real date, working out whether he’s wasting his time. Jim remarks those days are behind him. Jazzer’s not impressed Chelsea’s eaten his lunchtime snack, but admits it’s a small price to pay for seeing the two of them watching TV together. Chelsea confesses she’s going to miss Jim when she goes home. Alice returned Martha to Chris last night, which she admits to Rex felt strange. She suggests to Rex that he asks Amy out – they seemed to get on well at the Valentine’s event. Rex doesn’t think he’s in the right mood. Recounting Kate’s bid to replace Phoebe, he sees his and Kate’s ideas for the rewilding scheme as totally different. Alice sympathises; Kate would be a nightmare to work with. She suggests asking Kirsty whether she’d be interested in the role. Inspired Rex goes for it. Kirsty’s flattered, but it’s a no. She’s accepted a job at a hotel in Bulgaria. Phoebe’s amazed – Kirsty belongs in Ambridge! Kirsty gets it; it’ll be hard to say goodbye. But she doesn’t want the shadow of Philip over her any more. Rex says they’ll all miss her.
17/02/2213m 9s

16/02/2022

Alice visits her solicitor, Roisin. She has Martha with her, who acts as an ice breaker while Roisin eases in to asking Alice about her circumstances. Alice declares the divorce her fault; she wants everything settled as quickly and easily as possible. She doesn’t want things to get messy. Roisin points out gently that Alice has rights, and needs to be comfortable with childcare, custody and any financial settlement. She recommends mediation. Alice ruefully observes she’s not great with assessments. Roisin assures her that no-one will apportion blame. She probes Alice’s view that Chris should continue to be Martha’s primary carer; Alice shouldn’t agree to anything now that she might regret later. Peggy and Kate visit the rewilding office. Peggy’s keen to impress on Rex that she’s not there to influence him in any way, and that he must make his own choices regarding a replacement for Phoebe – though she does think Kate has some excellent ideas. Kate’s late arrival doesn’t make a good first impression. Rex listens reluctantly as Kate points out various shortcomings of the site, and makes suggestions for improvements to the scheme. Pitch presented, Kate asks what her chances are. Rex points out the importance of developing wildlife habitats rather than increasing visitor numbers. Kate counters that’s what makes she and Rex such a good team. Rex concedes that one or two of her ideas are good, but he needs to do things by the book. Kate doubts he’ll find a better candidate than her.
16/02/2213m 0s

15/02/2022

Brian reports to Jennifer that he’s been to the solicitor, who clearly knows his stuff regarding the implications for the farm of Alice’s divorce. All the farm’s assets might need to be valued for the settlement, which would amount to an eye-watering figure. Brian’s hoping Chris can be persuaded to play nicely, helped along by Brian’s offer of a rent-free cottage for him and Martha. Jennifer believes Chris will be sensible, but Brian’s not sure. Alice is still so unpredictable it might push Chris to demand more. He hopes Alice’s appointment with her solicitor tomorrow will prove fruitful. Jazzer has a massive favour to ask of Jim. Tracy and Chelsea need somewhere to stay while the boiler at No.6 is being fixed – it will be one night, two at the most. Given the alternative scenario of playing host to Bert, Gary and Brad, Jim agrees to the request. He has a few house rules; Chelsea takes a dim view of having to be up before 7.30am but reckons she’ll get used to it. When she declares she’s used to living with wrinklies, Jazzer demands she shows kind Jim some respect. Tracy offers Jim payment, which he refuses. She assures him they’ll only be staying until the weekend at the latest, and proceeds to inform him of Chelsea’s little quirks. Rattled Jim doesn’t quite know what to make of this unexpected Horrobin influx, until Chelsea charms him with a heartfelt expression of gratitude.
15/02/2213m 0s

14/02/2022

It’s ‘social speed dating’ at the Bull, and Amy and Alice don’t quite know what they’re in for. The pub is packed and everyone’s having fun. Amy thinks the conversation starter cards contain some quite personal questions, and she and Alice pledge to avoid the likes of Cecil Jackson if they possibly can. Rex lands with Amy, who’s escaped from Barry Simmonds. Rex has just come away from Sabrina Thwaite, and he and Amy share outlandish stories. They discuss their idea of a perfect night before the bell rings for them to move on, and it’s Alice’s turn for Rex. But Alice is distracted by Amy’s lack of success with her pairings. She was really hoping Amy would meet someone tonight. Kate’s stuck indoors for Valentine’s, giving Peggy an opportunity to question her about rewilding. Kate admits she’s interested in being involved. Peggy’s surprised. Kate’s never showed much interest in the farm over the years. Kate readily agrees with this view. She’s more interested in the business and marketing side of the scheme. Rewilding Ambridge faces similar challenges to the ones she successfully overcame with Spiritual Home. Peggy asks her to expand, and Kate conveys some of her ideas. Peggy’s impressed at the amount of thought Kate’s put in, and even more so when she learns Kate’s motive is to continue Phoebe’s legacy, creating a bond between mother and daughter. Kate confirms she’ll go and see Rex. She would love to have Peggy’s backing when she goes for the job.
14/02/2213m 0s

13/02/2022

Tracy interrupts Jim watching birds in his garden. He’s recording his sightings in the bird diary Jazzer gave him at Christmas. Tracy emphasises how much Jazzer wanted everyone to have a good Christmas, and Jim twigs that this is why Jazzer fell behind with his rent. He thanks Tracy – he should have realised and given Jazzer the benefit of the doubt. Tracy counters that Jazzer really needs to learn to budget better. Having warmed herself up at Greenacres, Tracy hopes Gary’s sorted the boiler at home. Neil acknowledges to Brian that they’ve done well to keep going at Berrow. He points out he’s only brought Jazzer in to straw down and clean the arcs for an hour or two – he’s aware it’s an extra cost. Neil’s grateful to Alice for looking after Martha so well while Chris has been ill. Brian observes it can’t be easy for Chris living in the flat. He wants to offer Chris one of the holiday cottages, until the divorce is settled. Neil thinks it’s a generous offer. Brian points out Alice would be close by, adding he wants what’s best for Martha. Phoebe breaks her job news to busy Rex. He’s very reasonable about it, which makes Phoebe feel guilty. He points out the rewilding will be a challenge until he can find help – but he knows he’s in the right place, and he hopes Phoebe will be too. She thanks him, before dropping the news that Kate’s interested in taking over from her. Rex really hopes Phoebe’s joking.
13/02/2213m 10s

10/02/2022

Kirsty shares with Phoebe her experience at the Remembrance Garden. She’d found being there with Tom made her feel like she’s not alone with it all, and it restored the feeling of peace that had temporarily deserted her when she’d taken Philip to the Garden. She admits to being jealous about the twins, but she’s happy for Tom and Natasha and she’ll find a way to manage her feelings. Later she takes some handmade blankets planned for Wren over to Natasha for her babies. Natasha fears she might regret giving them away but Kirsty assures her it’s fine; she’s kept some other items and this feels like a joyful thing. Natasha is won over. They’ll tell the twins one day about their big brother. Wren won’t be forgotten. Chris invites Amy for a takeaway as a thank you for her understanding. After dinner and wine Amy comments that Chris seems much better. He admits there was a point recently when he was struggling and felt like an awful father. Amy thinks he’s an amazing dad. She’s sorry that things seem final between him and Alice. She affirms all the things he has going for him, including being a good looking man – as a friend. Chris in turn observes Amy’s very good looking too. Amy reports to Fallon how much better Chris seems. Fallon remarks he’s lucky to have Amy as a friend; she doesn’t know what Chris and Alice would do without her.
10/02/2213m 15s

09/02/2022

Amy takes matters into her own hands with Chris and starts to tidy his flat. Chris is grateful, and apologises for his rudeness when she last visited. Amy brushes it aside but Chris feels bad. Amy accepts his apology and suggests they move on. She’s enjoying having some space to work out a life plan, and is feeling happy. Chris admits to still missing Martha like a physical pain. He finally feels ready to watch the video of her that Amy had tried to show him last week. Kirsty calls Tom to apologise for how she took the news of Natasha’s pregnancy. Tom for his part feels equally to blame for handling it badly. He tells Kirsty he intends to visit the Remembrance Garden where Wren is, and they agree to go together. Kirsty shows him where she scattered Wren’s ashes, near a brook that flows to the Am. It’s a location that gives her comfort; the Garden makes her feel less alone. Tom admits he’d been afraid to hold their baby that day five years ago. In the end it was hard, but really amazing. Kirsty agrees; that’s how she felt about it too. They speculate on how their boy would be now if he’d lived, and Kirsty explains why she named their baby Wren: they’re so tiny, but their song is so loud. When Tom gets home he shares with Natasha how brilliant it was to be at the Garden, and they hug.
09/02/2213m 23s

08/02/2022

Phoebe arrives at The Lodge to give Peggy the news about her new job. Kate assures her it will be okay, but Phoebe’s doubtful. But Peggy thinks it’s wonderful news. Phoebe was always going to outgrow Ambridge and the rewilding project; she’s worked hard and Peggy’s proud of her. Phoebe insists she’ll remain hands-on remotely, but Peggy counsels against this. It might be difficult, and Phoebe shouldn’t make promises to Rex just because she feels guilty. Peggy’s sure they’ll find someone to replace her. Phoebe reports back to her mum that they need to consider a suitable candidate to take over. Kate agrees it should be someone passionate, who gets on with Rex. As Jake prepares to go with Chelsea to a film, Mia continues to warn him off. Chelsea’s disappointed to discover Jake doesn’t have a car, and that Will’s going to take them home from the cinema. Jake tries to engage Chelsea in chat about driving, but her friend Tara calls and her attention’s diverted. When Chelsea arranges to meet up with Tara after the film, Jake’s disappointed. He’d thought it would be just the two of them on a date. Chelsea disabuses him of this. There’s no chemistry, and he’s not old enough. Mia has her ‘told you so’ moment, but it’s clear Jake still likes Chelsea. Mia’s sorry – she won’t mention it again. Sad Jake thanks her.
08/02/2212m 53s

07/02/2022

Tom has a dilemma. Natasha’s excited to tell people their baby news, and so is he, but it’s the fifth anniversary of when he and Kirsty’s lost their baby this week. Understanding Natasha says she’s happy to wait another couple of weeks before going totally public, but Tom doesn’t want Kirsty finding out from another source in the meantime. After all, Hazel knows about the pregnancy and is a loose cannon. He arranges to meet Kirsty, who pre-empts him by guessing Natasha’s pregnant. She assures Tom she’s fine with it, and congratulates him. But when she finds out it’s twins, it becomes clear the news is hard for her to take. Tom reports to Natasha that he’s messed it up, and that Kirsty’s upset. When Natasha probes the history a little she wonders why Tom hasn’t told her before. He admits he finds the loss of Wren, their son, too much to talk about. Natasha suggests he visits the Remembrance Garden where Wren’s ashes are scattered. Jake’s staying with Mia at Grange Farm. She suspects he’s seeing someone, which he hotly denies. She won’t let it go, and is appalled when she discovers the mystery girl is her nemesis, Chelsea Horrobin. She warns Jake Chelsea will break his heart – because Chelsea doesn’t have one, which Jake is about to find out.
07/02/2213m 28s

06/02/2022

Phoebe finally manages to tell her mum about her new job and clear up any misunderstanding about her friend Salil. Kate admits she’s disappointed there’s no romantic involvement, but Phoebe’s keen to elaborate on the job. She starts to explain her role as Director of Business development for an eco start-up, but as her mum continues to talk relationships Phoebe gives up – Kate makes it too hard for her to tell her anything. Kate apologises and whilst thrilled about the job, confesses she’s sad Phoebe’s leaving. Phoebe assures her she’ll visit, but she needs a change. Kate accepts this and is mollified when Phoebe says she’d love her mum to visit Scotland. Chris rings Alice for an update on Martha. He still sounds rough, and Alice reassures him. As soon as he’s well Martha will be back with him. Alice confesses to Amy and Fallon she finally feels like a proper mum, and the best person to be looking after her daughter, apart from Chris. She admits she doesn’t know how to help him. She asks Fallon about Harrison’s wish to be baptised. Amy thinks it might be a good thing, but Fallon doesn’t get it and worries he might want to become a vicar. Alice makes her realise how ridiculous that sounds. Later Amy and Fallon visit Chris, who’s short with them. He apologises, but when Amy tries to show him some video of Martha, he doesn’t want to see, and suggests they leave. Fallon can’t believe how rude and cold Chris is being.
06/02/2213m 12s

03/02/2022

Poorly Chris is worried about work piling up. He’s missing Martha and is concerned about Alice. Susan counsels him not to rush things or stress about Alice, who has Brian and Jennifer keeping an eye on her. Chris asks if Susan might call on Alice. Alice guesses she’s being checked up on, but when Susan declares it’s clear how well Alice is coping, she’s pleased. They agree it must be hard for Chris missing Martha so much. Alice asks when Susan will take Martha to visit Chris, but Susan has a better idea, and later Alice visits the flat herself with Martha. Chris is very happy to see his little girl. Roy confides to Kate that Phoebe seems edgy. Kate informs him Phoebe has a new boyfriend, Salil. Roy remembers him from Oxford but thought they were just mates. Kate’s excited, both for Phoebe and by a conference she’s heard about. She approaches Phoebe with a request: her friend Burdock, the conference organiser, wants Phoebe and Rex to give a talk on rewilding. To Kate’s disappointment, Phoebe hedges – she’ll need to speak to Rex, who may be too busy. Frustrated by Kate’s bulldozing attitude, Phoebe talks to her dad, who admits to being confounded by her unpredictable mood. Phoebe apologises. Roy tentatively asks about Salil, which upsets Phoebe. She confides that her mum has it wrong. Phoebe’s been offered a job in the Highlands. But she’s worried about abandoning Rex and her Ambridge commitments. And how is she ever going to break it to her mum?
03/02/2213m 2s

02/02/2022

Jolene and Kenton are surprised to see Ian and Susan teaming up for a Valentine’s event pitch. Susan’s sure they’re going to love the idea – it’s a sort of speed dating. This puts Jolene off. Speed dating only appeals to people who are available. Ian explains their idea involves people moving tables as with speed dating, but it would provide an opportunity to have a laugh with different people, not necessarily to find a new partner. As Ian and Susan elaborate, Kenton and Jolene are convinced. It’s a winner! Delighted Ian and Susan can’t wait for the interesting stories their event might unearth. Alice is struggling with unhappy Martha, and is pleased when Jennifer calls in and offers help. Though Jennifer’s shocked when Alice suggests more than just a hand with the washing and ironing – she wants her mum to look after Martha full time until Chris is better. Alice feels she can’t manage; she’s at the end of her tether. Jennifer gently refuses, pointing out it wouldn’t be good for Alice or Martha if she took her. She tries to explain that Alice’s worry is normal parental anxiety and nothing to do with her drink problem. She affirms she has faith in Alice, and knows she’ll put Martha first. Later Jennifer returns to find Alice singing to sleeping Martha. She admits it was hard, but her mum’s tough love was the right thing. She thanks Jennifer, who shares Kate’s news that Phoebe seems to be dating someone. Alice is pleased for Phoebe, and hopes it works out.
02/02/2212m 57s

01/02/2022

Amy visits The Nest to find that Alice has settled a grizzling Martha but seems distracted. Amy’s worried – it’s a big step to live alone. Alice insists she’s looking forward to some independence. As she bends down to Martha again, she’s alarmed to notice spots on her neck. Amy’s sure it’s chickenpox, and give Alice advice on Martha’s care. Alice panics and calls Chris – she’d rather he looked after their poorly daughter. Chris confirms he’ll take Martha after work, but when Amy and Alice get there Amy thinks Chris doesn’t look too great himself. He admits he’s feeling bad, and after looking at a rash on his stomach, Amy reckons it’s shingles. Chris agrees he’ll see a doctor, and nervous Alice steps up to take care of Martha until he’s better. Ian’s not impressed that Susan’s changed her mind about coming over for the evening. She’s such a busybody. Adam thinks being in Susan’s company will surprise Ian – there’s more to her than meets the eye. Ian’s heart sinks further when it becomes apparent she’s staying for dinner. But after some flattery from Susan Ian’s won over and expands on Adam’s gossip about Jean Harvey and Derek Fletcher, before they all share their secret Ambridge crush. Ian admits to Adam he was wrong about Susan. She’s a hoot. And it’s given him an idea for the Bull’s Valentine event too.
01/02/2212m 59s

31/01/2022

Susan’s thrown by Adam’s appearance at the dairy as her willing assistant in the absence of Clarrie. Adam attempts to warm Susan up with some conversation openers, pointing out the two of them have never really actually had a conversation. Susan joins in and soon the two are laughing and swapping village gossip. Susan comments she hadn’t picked Adam as the sort to engage in this sort of chat but he puts her right, and Susan enjoys herself. She’s disappointed he’s not booked in to cover again, and he invites her to Honeysuckle Cottage to relieve her lonely evening tomorrow. Susan shyly declines. Irritable Brian hasn’t slept well with Berrow on his mind. Alice offers a welcome distraction with the news that she’s leaving W illow Cottage to go back to The Nest, and he helps her with the move. Understanding Alice affirms that as the only farmer on the BL board, they need to trust his judgement on the future of the pig unit. Brian admits he finds it hard to see Alice back at The Nest, but acknowledges it’s a step she needs to take. He reassures her she has his support. Jennifer remarks late on their daughter’s independent spirit. She and Brian agree you never stop worrying about your children. They discuss Adam; Jennifer feels he’s made a brave choice with his work. Later Alice invites them round for supper, admitting she wanted some company. Jennifer assures Alice she’s not alone.
31/01/2213m 1s

30/01/2022

Kate heads down the wrong path and Brian argues his point.
30/01/2212m 54s

27/01/2022

Ruth and David are grateful to Alistair for saving their cow and calf last night. Alistair says he had the help of two very capable farmers – Pip and Josh. Ben tells Beth he’s really happy with his nursing course; it’s down to her that he didn’t give it up after Bert died. Beth says that Josh thought he was great with their parents after the accident. She thinks there’s something about Ben that makes people feel better. Jill’s frosty with Leonard, but is quietly chuffed when Leonard tells her that Iris isn’t really his cup of tea; if there’s any woman he wants to look at plants with, it’s Jill. Leonard buys everyone a take-away for dinner – after the trauma of this week, he wants to spoil everyone. Ruth moots a return to work next week - she'll take it slowly, but Jill says no she won't and Leonard reckons Pip and Josh are more than capable of keeping the farm ticking over. Jill agrees that Brookfield is in safe hands – it’s another generation to step up when the time comes. Pip and Josh mutually appreciate each other’s lives. When Josh asks what she really wants, Pip says she’d like to meet someone, but neither of them know whether they’d like to take over Brookfield. Josh thinks anything could happen, but whatever it is, they’ll do alright. Pip agrees they’d smash it.
27/01/2213m 4s

26/01/2022

David and Ruth muse over Iris’s visit, and when Leonard drops by and offers to return Iris’s jacket, Ruth mentions that she’s not sure Jill will think much of that. Initially puzzled by what Ruth means, Leonard feels terrible when it dawns on him what Jill might be thinking. While Ruth’s resting, Kenton, Shula, Elizabeth and David enjoy themselves playing board games. Shula mentions that the car crash brought back everything with Mark, and David reflects that he and Ruth were really lucky. Kenton and Elizabeth ask who David thinks will take on the farm in the future between Pip and Josh – or even both? David says that although they’re getting on alright at the moment, in the long term no farming would get done because they’d squabble like toddlers! Kenton teases David about retirement, but David’s reflective and says that even though he can’t wait to get back on the farm, he now knows everything will be taken care of, so he’ll be able to step back occasionally to look at new projects. At the end of the evening, and as Shula and Elizabeth jokingly gloat over winning the game, David says it was just what he needed. Pip and Josh are really concerned when a cow-in-calf slips and damages her hip. Alistair’s called urgently, and with Pip and Josh’s help, Alistair manages to get the cow’s dislocated hip back into place. Relieved and thankful, they head off to share the news with David and Ruth.
26/01/2213m 10s

25/01/2022

At Brookfield, David and Ruth recover from their car accident. Despite still feeling sore and nursing their injuries, they both admit they would rather be helping Pip out on the farm, in the cold and rain, than be stuck indoors – despite being waited on hand and foot by Leonard and Jill. David advises Ruth to relax; they need to trust Pip and Josh to look after things. Pip and Josh get stuck into farm work, and by the end of the day, they’ve managed to work as a team and they share their list of tomorrow’s tasks. Josh mentions that the garage thinks Ruth and David’s car might be a write off. Beth asks Pip if Iris can visit David and Ruth – Iris feels terrible that they crashed coming home from Vince’s party. Beth will come too – she wants to see how Ben’s getting on with his nursing placement. Later, Jill’s edgy when Iris and Leonard discuss their mutual love of bonsai trees. Beth notices Jill’s looking annoyed and asks if she’s ok. Jill says she’s fine – she just doesn’t share the same passion for bonsais as Iris. And Leonard’s never mentioned this interest to her before. When Beth says Iris is just being friendly, Jill retorts she couldn’t have sat any closer to Leonard if she’d tried! Beth becomes defensive and Jill apologises. As she’s leaving, Iris says it was a pleasure to meet Leonard and he replies the pleasure was all his. Iris invites him over to look at her bonsais whenever he wants.
25/01/2213m 9s

24/01/2022

In the early hours of the morning, injured and in shock, David and Ruth arrive home after a visit to hospital. Ben takes care of them and hears that they hit a deer. Over breakfast, Jill can’t believe no one woke her when Ruth and David got home. Pip explains they didn’t want to worry her. They insist that Ben goes in for his first day of his nursing placement. After dropping Rosie at nursery, Jill broods on not being woken up with Leonard. He reassures Jill that she’s not too old to be useful and advises she needs to listen to David and Ruth’s requests. In bed David and Ruth consider how the farm will cope without them even with some things rearranged. David doesn’t like seeing Ruth in pain and feels the accident was all his fault. Ruth tells him not to worry – they have no choice but to rest. Unable to hug because of their injuries, they hold hands and Ruth tells David she loves him. Pip wonders how they are going to cope with everything that needs doing on the farm this week. Josh says he can help but can’t abandon his hens. They work out what are the current top priorities. They share their concern about seeing their parents so badly injured. Pip recommends Josh first gets Leonard to make him breakfast. In the Brookfield kitchen Leonard reassures Josh that he and Pip are already getting things sorted between them. He’s confident the two of them can survive the week.
24/01/2212m 56s

23/01/2022

Ruth drags a grumpy David to a Winter Blues party at Vince’s house. Meanwhile Pip returns home from a day out with Rosie to find Ruth hasn’t prepared the barn as she said she would. Pip gets stressed thinking about how much there is to do tomorrow. Josh says he can’t help – he’s got his hands full with his hens. Tension between the siblings builds as Pip rants about how much she’s got on and Josh says trying to run his own business is harder. In heavy rain, Pip tries to clear a blocked drain. Josh tries to encourage her to leave it but they only descend into a row over who works more. With the pooling water growing, Pip hopes Josh will take on the job of unblocking the drain but he insists he’s too busy. Their only option is to fess up to their parents. At Vince's party. Elizabeth comes across Ruth and David having a tour with Iris. They swap notes on how their grown-up children argue with one another. Later, fresh off the dance floor, David is surprised to find himself having a good time. Ruth wonders which of their children will take over the farm from them. David reckons it’ll be Pip. As he drives him and Ruth home, David suggests they host a party at Brookfield. Then, suddenly, they crash. David calls out to Ruth who can only groan in reply.
23/01/2213m 10s

20/01/2022

Kenton and Jolene enjoy Jim’s Mirror Image dancing idea for The Bull’s Valentine’s Day event and give it a go themselves. Kenton injures himself and they decide to ditch Jim’s idea. Later, Jolene checks on resting Kenton. She wonders if they could still go with Jim’s idea if they had first aiders on hand. Kenton doesn’t think it’s the right vibe for Valentine’s Day. The pair of them fall into a smoochy slow dance which appears to help Kenton’s sore leg. Chris shows Alice the unreasonable behaviour he’s cited for their divorce proceedings. He finds this hard and says he can take out anything she’d prefer not to be shared. Alice is adamant that it all has to go down; in fact there’s more he could use. She wonders if they could meet another time to just chat, but Chris doesn’t think that would be helpful for him. Harrison catches Alice at the shop, confessing he's missed her. She says she’s missed him too and asks if he can look out for Chris for her. Harrison calls in at The Nest. Chris has found a torn piece of a photo from the wedding album Alice destroyed. Chris doesn’t want to talk about it and asks Harrison for other news. Harrison’s feelings about being baptised reminds Chris that Martha’s christening never happened. Harrison feels like he can’t move forward until he’s gone through it. He helps Chris pack a couple of boxes and advises him to keep the piece of photo from the wedding album.
20/01/2213m 11s

19/01/2022

Tracy and Jazzer arrive to pitch their Valentine’s idea to Jolene and Kenton, confident it will outshine all other suggestions. Jolene and Kenton are wary of Tracy since she turned out to be a double agent with the ReBulls campaign. But this doesn’t put Tracy off and she and Jazzer launch into their routine to present Forfeits and Favours. Jolene and Kenton like the sound of it at first, but as they dig into the details Tracy and Jazzer get increasingly annoyed with one another and end up arguing. This puts an end to their idea being considered. Tom calls in on Chris who’s got his hands full with Martha and packing. He’s moving into the flat above the shop next week. Tom tries to put his and Natasha’s case across but Chris won’t be moved. Later Chris apologises to Tom for being so pushy earlier. Tom accepts Chris’s apology and sees the difficulty of his position as he separates from Alice. They chat about work and then Tom tells Chris that Natasha is pregnant with twins. Chris congratulates him and Tom asks after Chris’ experience of being a dad. Chris shares what he loves about parenting and what he finds tough. The conversation turns to his split with Alice. With his experience of a complicated ending with Kirsty, Tom reckons a completely clean break is what Chris needs.
19/01/2212m 59s

18/01/2022

Alice, Lily and Phoebe go bowling. Phoebe and Lily moan about their respective occupations. Phoebe doesn’t feel challenged and Lily is bored to the back teeth with kitchen sales. The mood deflates when Phoebe unthinkingly asks Alice about her problems. To their horror, Alice points out a new bar but then explains it’s a bubble tea bar. Alice thanks Phoebe and Lily for helping her get away from Ambridge for the evening. Alice confesses she’s glad she doesn’t have a job at Home Farm and is considering a return to engineering. Lily divulges that she’s starting a course in rural estate management while Phoebe has no plans; she was asked the same by university friends before Christmas and had nothing to share. Kenton and Jolene are about to give up hope of anyone turning up to share ideas for a Valentine’s event when Leonard turns up. He pitches his Living Board Game concept. They struggle to see the main aim of the game and get hung up on the finer details. Losing his patience, Kenton thanks Leonard for coming but rules out his idea. Jazzer has to admit to Tracy he’s lost the book she gave him for help with his accounting, but he’s bought another. Not that he’s recorded much in it so far. Tracy points out The Bull are offering a free ticket for Valentine’s to whoever comes up with the best event idea. Jazzer’s keen to give it a go; he’s sure he and Tracy will come up with an idea they can’t refuse.
18/01/2213m 12s

17/01/2022

Alice calls Phoebe to hear a friendly voice. Chris wants to meet on Wednesday regarding their divorce. Alice would a love a night out to forget her troubles. Phoebe promises to sort it. Phoebe phones Lily for some advice but catches her at a bad moment and Lily moans about how bored she is with her job. Phoebe’s concerned about going out with Alice in case she wants to drink. Lily offers to come too and says she knows where they could go where there isn’t a big focus on alcohol. Jolene and Kenton look ahead to Valentine’s Day and agree to book a singer well-known at The Bull. But when they tell Fallon they’re disappointed by her reaction. They agree they could have another think. With Kenton out of the way, Jolene asks Fallon what’s bothering her. Fallon shares her worries over Harrison’s preoccupation with being baptised and thinking about the meaning of life. Jolene tries to reassure Fallon but fears it could lead to the end of their relationship. As Fallon goes to leave, Kenton offers his alternative ideas for Valentine’s Day. Jolene isn’t impressed and Fallon suggests sticking to what works. But Kenton’s keen to put on a different and unique event. Fallon suggests asking people what they want and choosing the best suggestion, which excites Kenton – that’s bound to get people talking. Problem solved!
17/01/2212m 56s

16/01/2022

Jim collars Jazzer to pay his rent, hoping that he hasn’t fallen back into his old, careless ways. Jazzer admits to Tracy that he’s really skint but doesn’t know how it happened. Tracy points out he was far too generous with Christmas presents. He even got Tracy two presents: a necklace and an oven. Tracy offers to help Jazzer with his accounts and gives him a notebook to write down his spending. Jazzer reluctantly agrees to give it a go. Later, he proudly shows Jim he’s written nothing in his accounting book which shows he’s not spent anything today. With his rent still owed, Jim’s not impressed. Fallon tries to tell Harrison about Hazel letting the flat above the shop again but he’s preoccupied. When she asks him what’s up Harrison explains playing Jesus in The Passion has got him thinking about his own baptism as a baby. Fallon’s surprised at Harrison’s reaction to finding out that his own christening was cancelled. He worries about the implications for being his nephew’s godfather and for playing Jesus, but Fallon reassures him he’s fine. Later, Fallon tries to understand how Harrison is feeling about not being baptised. He wonders about perhaps doing it now, which Fallon finds funny. Harrison tells her this isn’t a joke; it’s important to him.
16/01/2212m 59s

13/01/2022

Roy levels with his dad. He knows it looks like the family’s nagging about his health, but it’s because they’re scared for him. After all Betty died from a heart attack. Before Mike can respond they’re interrupted by Phoebe with an invitation to tour the rewilding area. Out in the woodland Mike admits the pre-diabetic diagnosis is a reminder the clock’s ticking. It’s been easier to pretend it wasn’t happening, but he needs to get his act together now. You have to grab life and see where it takes you. Phoebe’s thoughtful. Later having packed his bag to leave, Mike reassures his son. Roy was spot on – and Mike wants to be around for Bethany and Vicky. Plus he has his own improvement project back home; Roy won’t recognise him next time he sees him. Peggy’s called at the flat to apologise to Hazel for the conversation she overheard yesterday. She doesn’t want Hazel to regret moving to Ambridge and wants her to be happy. Hazel’s adamant she’s leaving; she’s been seeing Ambridge through the rose coloured spectacles of nostalgia. She’s going to re-let the flat. Later Tom confesses to Peggy that he and Natasha need to find their own space – Bridge Farm isn’t going to work out for them. When Peggy breaks the news that Hazel’s leaving the flat, Tom’s incandescent. He confronts Hazel and points out the unfairness of the situation, adding that Natasha’s pregnant. Hazel softens for a moment, before admitting she’s already let the flat to someone else.
13/01/2213m 3s

12/01/2022

Alice is coming to terms with the news that Stella and her father have withdrawn the offer of work at Home Farm. She assures Brian it’s not his fault and that she’s not upset. Admitting to Amy that although she’s sure Ed had his reasons for speaking to Stella, she feels she stands little chance of finding work in her position. Spotting a judgemental Sabrina in the distance only serves to bear out Alice’s fears. Amy rushes to Alice’s defence, sending Sabrina running. Alice doesn’t know what she’d do without Amy. Hazel confesses to Peggy she’s finding living in the flat above the shop uncomfortable, and the shop volunteers unfriendly. Peggy sympathises and recommends she finds somewhere more suitable to live. Tony pops in and is wrongfooted to find Hazel there. He’s not warm with her but remains polite. Out of her earshot he asks Peggy to a belated birthday tea for Pat, whilst acknowledging it’s likely to be full of talk about the expected twins. Peggy’s delighted to accept, but asks if lonely Hazel might be invited too. Tony’s appalled. He reminds Peggy how manipulative Hazel’s been over the years; in turn Peggy reminds him she’s all Hazel’s got. As Tony hesitates, Hazel comes in and it’s clear she’s overheard the conversation. She won’t go where she’s not welcome. She wishes she’d never moved to Ambridge. Everyone in the village is petty and mean spirited, and a chunk of her father’s money had gone to a ludicrous scheme. She’s had enough.
12/01/2213m 1s

11/01/2022

Josh is coming up against costly and time consuming obstacles to his tree planting scheme. He’s wondering whether his parents might pay for the necessary geophysical survey as part of their stake in reducing Brookfield’s carbon footprint. Pip’s not sure they’ll agree, and is later proved right. Mike’s finished the paint job at the Brookfield bungalow, and Pip’s horrified to see the grey walls. Josh is rumbled as Mike declares Josh told him he was moving in. Pip and Josh have a sibling showdown, and Mike intervenes. He points out how lucky they are, and that they’ll live to regret their squabbling. Life’s too short to bicker with your family. Ashamed, the pair apologise. When Josh later considers throwing in the towel and giving up on the tree planting, Pip buoys him up. Planting trees would really help cut net emissions, and benefit Brookfield in other ways. Encouraged by Pip’s support Josh wants to seek her advice on another idea he’s had. Alice has an awkward encounter with Ed, who’s keen to get away. He’s not happy to learn Alice will be doing some work at Home Farm. He tells Stella about the difficulty last year over Alice accusing him of coming on to her, and his subsequent temporary sacking for Alice’s mistake over the wheat storage. Stella acknowledges Ed’s concern, and thanks him for raising it. She calls Brian.
11/01/2213m 0s

10/01/2022

Roy gets suspicious when Mike takes on another handyman job in Ambridge. He asks Phoebe for her opinion but she’s busy with work. Roy’s heard from Susan that Mike’s due to take part in a marathon. Phoebe suggests Roy just talks to Vicky to find out the truth. Roy discovers that Mike is actually supposed to be doing a Couch to 5K programme which has been prescribed because he is pre-diabetic. Roy’s furious and he collars Mike when he returns home. Mike refuses to be spoken to like a child and heads out for his planned curry. Roy’s stunned his dad is making this choice. Mike tells Roy he’ll do as he pleases. Tom and Natasha wait nervously for an antenatal scan after their A&E visit yesterday. They tell themselves it will all be fine. Meanwhile, at Bridge Farm Tony tries to distract Pat with her birthday cards. She opens one from Hazel who has bought Pat a place on a cheese tasting workshop. Tony can’t believe Hazel’s gall. Tom and Natasha return and share the good news that both are doing well. They have to clarify that they’re not talking about Natasha and the baby but in fact twin babies. Tony and Pat are over the moon.
10/01/2213m 6s

09/01/2022

Brian doesn’t want Alice to approach Stella about work until he’s spoken to her. But Alice wants to fight her own battles and her buddy’s agreed work would be good for her. She lays out her case to Stella, and is clear that her problems with alcohol wouldn’t affect her work, but to no avail. Later Brian shares with Stella that he’s only just managed to forgive Alice himself but at the same time he realises she must be allowed to rebuild her life. Thoughtful Stella offers to give Alice a couple of mornings a week on a voluntary basis. Brian thanks her. Pat’s celebrating her 70th birthday a day early, and all the family are coming for lunch. One of Tom and Natasha’s gifts to Pat is a bathroom cabinet, which he constructs immediately. Meanwhile Pat’s feeling increasingly uncomfortable living with Tom and Natasha – she’s like a guest in her own home. Tony advises her not to make a fuss on her special day. But on discovering Tom has filled the cabinet with her and Tony’s things, Pat vents about all her annoyances. This delays Tom from clearing away his tools and Natasha trips over them. Pat feels terrible. Tom announces he and Natasha will miss lunch – they’re going to hospital to be sure the baby hasn’t been harmed by Natasha’s fall.
09/01/2213m 13s

06/01/2022

The Oliver Awards are in full swing at Grey Gables, with Alan presiding over proceedings. Lily and Susan are among the winners, and Lynda gets singled out for praise for her production as Alan reads out a fulsome message from the Bishop. Modest Kirsty wins a special award and reluctantly gives a speech, admitting that now she’s done this, she’s pretty much ready for anything. She raises a glass and they all drink a toast to Ambridge. Alice admits to Amy while they’re out walking one of Amy’s dog charges that she’s feeling more positive. Amy’s pleased – her own solution to mood boosting is exactly this, walking the dogs. Alice feels yesterday’s playground incident represents progress. Amy agrees – and there may be more tests but Alice will learn to avoid the triggers. Alice can see that dog walking is suiting Amy. She muses that she needs something more to do herself – she has way too much time on her hands. She shares the thought with her mum, suggesting to Jennifer that she might go back to work. Jennifer counters that work is stressful, and stress is to be avoided. But Alice reckons not being busy is even more stressful for her. She wants to use her brain. She wonders about part time work at Home Farm. Jennifer promises to discuss it with Brian. Alice believes it could be what she needs to get her life back on track.
06/01/2213m 10s

05/01/2022

Tony’s not keen on Natasha’s special roast coffee – and he won’t be able to sneak into the kitchen to make his usual blend until later. He and Pat agree it’s taking some getting used to having Tom and Natasha at Bridge Farm. Amy finds cold Alice on a bench at the playground. Alice has texted her for help. To her relief Amy sees Alice hasn’t touched the vodka she’d bought. But Alice can’t agree with Amy’s praise for her restraint, because the intent was there. And she still thinks she’ll feel normal again if she drinks it. Amy insists she’s not seeing that in Alice. And whatever her buddy Lisa said to her during the night has worked. They have to decide what to do next. At Alice’s request, Amy tips the alcohol away. Alice explains the trigger had been Chris asking for a divorce. She’s proved how predictable she is by nearly relapsing. Amy counters that stopping herself is a colossal milestone for Alice. Her coping strategies worked, no matter how tempted she was and how natural it felt. She needs to learn now how to deal with the stress triggers. Alice reckons Amy’s saved her life. Amy replies that it was all Alice. As they smash the empty bottles into the bin, Alice resolves to keep hold of the real Alice, and make it work.
05/01/2213m 21s

04/01/2022

A prospective client for the yoghurt at Bridge Farm is due with no-one but Susan available to show her round. Clarrie’s off sick and Susan’s at a loss. Tony’s tied up fixing a fence with Johnny, but promises to sort it. Adam’s drafted in, though Susan’s not happy with such a novice. Adam promises to stay out of the way and act as background support. The client, Lorraine, is impressed with the taste and texture of the yoghurt, and with the set up as a whole. Susan’s relieved, until the issue of hazard analysis is raised, under an acronym which blindsides her. Experienced manager Adam steps in and takes over. As the client leaves it’s clear she thinks Susan’s the trainee rather than Adam, leaving Susan fuming. Adam laughs that the main thing is she loved the product. Lilian and Alice chat in the tackroom after a ride. They’re interrupted by Chris, who insists Lilian stays around to hear what he has to say to Alice. He wants their divorce done as soon as possible. He needs Alice to think about citing some instances of unreasonable behaviour. Shocked Alice can’t. And what’s the rush? Chris insists he’s barely coping and can’t live uncertainty anymore. Alice refuses to call Chris unreasonable, so Chris states he’ll just have to cite her behaviour instead. He leaves, asking Lilian to look after Alice. Alice doesn’t blame Chris, and states firmly that he’s doing the right thing. Concerned Lilian keeps checking on Alice, who declares she’s fine, before ordering two bottles of vodka.
04/01/2213m 9s

03/01/2022

As they digest Mike’s signature dish of breakfast pancakes, Roy looks forward to a day off while Mike declares he’s making a start on Brookfield bungalow. Roy thinks Mike will be keen to get home by the weekend; Mike’s sanguine about timescales for the job. As he prepares the first room at the bungalow, Josh arrives with some bold replacement paint choices. He wants to put his own stamp on the place – it’s his turn to have his own place now. Mike tucks in gratefully to the cupcakes Josh has brought along from Jill. As they work away together, Mike praises Josh for his ideas and energy, recommending he enjoys himself while he’s still free of responsibilities. Inundated with homemade food and offers of dinner at the Bull after work, Mike’s in his element. Tony’s finding Tom’s clumsiness around the house a bit much, but Pat thinks they should cut him some slack. She’s delighted he and Natasha are taking her shopping for a 70th birthday present. With Natasha feeling delicate it’s left to Tom to help Pat in her choice of a coat and blouse. Once home Pat wonders why Tony isn’t joining them to watch a film Natasha’s recommended. He’s keen to sweep out the packhouse, and spend time with his model railway. Pat eventually convinces him to spend some precious family bonding time with Tom and Natasha, before they’re swamped with a new baby. He’ll watch the soppy love story, but expecting him to enjoy it will be way too much!
03/01/2213m 3s

02/01/2022

In the post production glow of The Passion, Mike’s hailed the hero for ensuring Harrison’s cross was safe and secure. Susan berates Mike for having lured Neil out drinking on a work night earlier in the week. Mike reckons they should be looking at winding down at their age, but Susan counters that Neil’s perfectly happy at Berrow at the moment; senior management suits him. They banter for a while before Susan good-naturedly agrees to Mike taking the last sausage roll. Susan and Kirsty agree that luck was with them for today’s performance – though Susan insists most of it was down to Kirsty’s clever planning and preparation. And now they can all finally get back to life as they know it. Chris and Alice are at the Lower Loxley arboretum with Martha. As they reminisce about happier times Chris goes in for a kiss. Shocked Alice pulls back and is wrongfooted. Chris maintains Martha deserves to have them both, in a proper family like before. Alice counters they can never be like a normal family – she’s an alcoholic. She loved being married to Chris, but it’s not like that now. Chris believes they still make a great team. Alice reiterates that she needs all her energy to focus on herself at the moment. Upset Chris feels she’s making it all about her again and not what he might want. Alice gently apologises. This is the best way; they can’t be together. They say goodbye and distraught Chris closes the door on Alice.
02/01/2213m 8s

The Ambridge Mystery Plays: The Passion

2/2 The Passion Queen of Ambridge amateur theatricals, Lynda Snell, takes charge of this brand new adaptation of the Mediaeval dramas. Join the cast of The Archers for the second part of this unique promenade production around Ambridge, portraying the life of Jesus from baptism through to the Resurrection. Adapted by Nick Warburton Director …. Kim Greengrass Executive Editor …. Jeremy Howe Technical Producers …. Andy Partington & Vanessa Nuttall Production Coordinators …. Sally Lloyd & Andrew Smith Jesus …. James Cartwright Mary …. Alison Dowling John the Baptist …. Ian Pepperell Peter …. Charlotte Martin John …. Nick Barber Andrew …. Ryan Kelly Judas …. Ian Pepperell Caiaphas …. Paul Copley Annas …. Katie Redford Pontius Pilate …. Nick Barber Malchas …. Alison Dowling 1st Torturer …. Annabelle Dowler 2nd Torturer …. Charlotte Martin 1st Soldier …. Katie Redford 2nd Soldier …. Ian Pepperell Mary Magdalene …. Annabelle Dowler Joseph of Arimathea …. Paul Copley Other parts played by members of the company. A BBC Audio Drama Birmingham production.
02/01/2256m 53s

30/12/2021

Ruth catches up with Stella who really enjoyed being in the first of The Ambridge Mystery Plays. Meanwhile Ruth is please that the complaint made to Borsetshire Animal Protection about the outwintering cows isn’t being followed up. They bump into Usha and Ruth introduces her and Stella. Usha asks if Ruth would like to come to a salsa class this evening and Ruth extends the invite to Stella. Later, while waiting for Ruth, Stella laughs at Usha’s tale of her Christmas hibernation and the village gossip that she and Alan had split up. Flustered Ruth joins them, feeling the least glamourous of the three. She was delayed by an argument between Pip and Josh over who will move into the Bungalow – she can’t see how it will end happily. Before Ruairi heads back to London, Jennifer tells both him and Alice how proud she of how they’ve got on with one another. Ruairi is gracious, saying it’s been a good opportunity to set the record straight. Jennifer also tells Alice how well she did while Kate drank too much alcohol. Alice assures her she had no problem with Kate’s actions. Just before Ruairi leaves Alice checks he really meant what he said yesterday. Ruairi says he’s actually grateful to Alice because now he knows who he can trust and who cares for him. When Alice asks what their parents will think, Ruairi twists the knife. How could she cause them even more pain? And whose side will they take? On her return from dropping Ruairi at the station, Jennifer senses something up with Alice. Alice admits it’s because of Ruairi but then swerves the truth by saying she will miss him just as Jennifer will.
30/12/2113m 13s

29/12/2021

The Aldridges gather for a Christmas Day with Ruairi. Adam thanks Ruairi for his generosity with his gifts. Alice opens a travel voucher from Ruairi. He says she can use it to get a long way from Ambridge. Jennifer thinks it’s been a perfect day and Alice and Adam agree. Later, Alice tells Ruairi how much it means to her that he’s forgiven her. Calmly he tells her he’s done nothing of the sort. He says he will never forgive her and that his behaviour in front of the rest of the family is all an act. Alice pleads with him but Ruairi is steadfast; he’s being working out who he wants in his life and Alice is not included. At Kirsty’s request, Alan speaks to Harrison who is feeling overwhelmed by playing Jesus in The Passion, the second of The Ambridge Mystery Plays. Alan explains that while people believe in Jesus’ divinity, he was also an ordinary, fallible human being. Harrison is keen to know more about what the Bible says about Jesus. Harrison tells relieved Kirsty that Alan has helped him see he can portray Jesus. Being part of The Ambridge Mystery Plays has made them both think about what they believe in. While they may not subscribe to a formal religion, Kirsty believes in the power of love and kindness while Harrison believes in trying to do the right thing. Harrison hands over a Christmas card for Kirsty that was sent to Borchester Police Station, it’s from Blake and Jordan. Kirsty takes it as a sign that she and Harrison are doing something right.
29/12/2113m 9s

28/12/2021

Ruairi catches up with Ben and Beth. Ben is in awe of Ruairi going skiing over Christmas and then having an extra family Christmas being put on for him. Ruairi’s Christmas gift to Ben and Beth leaves them stunned – a supercar driving experience. Beth can see how much Ben and Ruairi feel for one another though they’re not saying it and she gets them to admit they love one another. Kirsty shows Harrison and Mike the cross for The Passion. It’s in need of repair and Mike offers to fix it. Meanwhile, Harrison confesses to Kirsty that he doesn’t feel up to playing the part of Jesus. Mike collects wood from the Bungalow for the cross repairs and gets chatting to Ruth about the future of the place now that Bert has died. Both Pip and Josh are lobbying Ruth and David for it to be their home. She doesn’t know who will win out but is certain the place needs sprucing up. Mike takes a look around and is happy to take on the work, it means he can extend his Ambridge visit. He says he’ll take Jill’s home bakes and beer as payment. Back at Willow Farm, Mike reflects on his move to Birmingham with Kirsty. He didn’t like the idea of leaving Ambridge at first but he’s now settled there. Mike’s eager to repair the cross for The Ambridge Mystery Plays but Kirsty’s worried that Harrison might pull out of the role – how can they put on The Passion without a Jesus?
28/12/2113m 15s

27/12/2021

Jennifer praises Alice for all the Christmas cooking she has done and her ability to not drink while people around her are. They’re interrupted by a phone call from Ruairi who needs a lift from Hollerton Junction. Jennifer is over the moon he is home while Alice shows her uncertainty about seeing Ruairi. Jennifer reassures her that she now has the opportunity to make amends. Jennifer clucks around Ruairi who asks for a mushroom omelette – he can’t make them like her. Alice joins them and apologises for her behaviour before going to rehab. Ruairi chooses his words carefully in reply. In private with Jennifer, Ruairi apologises for not being in touch very much since leaving for university. They have a frank conversation about Brian’s affair, Ruairi joining the Aldridge family and how Alice’s drunken words affected Ruairi. Ruairi’s now clear what’s important in his life. When he admits to being homesick for an Aldridge Christmas Day, Jennifer insists nothing would give her more pleasure than hosting one for him. While out with Martha, Chris comes across Harrison taking a dip in the Am. He’s trying to acclimatise in preparation for his baptism as Jesus in The Passion, the second of The Ambridge Mystery Plays. Chris tells Harrison about Mike who is visiting Ambridge over New Year with Vicky and Bethany. Chris thinks it’s a mad idea to be doing The Passion outdoors in winter, he was cold enough when he played Jesus in Spring. Harrison worries that it will be a disaster and Chris advises he tries out the cross before the full rehearsal.
27/12/2113m 16s

26/12/2021

Alan congratulates Lynda and Kirsty on a wonderful performance of The Nativity – the first of The Ambridge Mystery Plays. After Salieri took on the role of the donkey, Lynda angles with Alan for Constanza to take part in the church’s nativity play next year. They marvel at Susan’s audacious entrance as First King. When Alan congratulates Susan, she can’t hold back her concern for him believing that Usha has left him. Clarrie, who believes the same, delivered festive food to the Vicarage and Susan goes to get more for Alan to take home. Alan catches Usha up with the performance of The Nativity. Usha has loved staying out of sight over Christmas. Alan is starting to feel uncomfortable about people believing that their marriage is over. Usha decides to come with him to The Bull for The Nativity’s after-party. Susan is shocked to see her and Usha teases her about gossip being made out of thin air. Usha sees it as a lesson for Susan while Alan admits he’s had his own lesson in taking time for his own family over Christmas. Usha agrees to have Susan and Clarrie over for a meal to repay their culinary generosity. Lynda’s eager for The Passion to be just as successful as The Nativity. Kirsty’s sure all those involved are motivated - the Oliver Awards being an added incentive. Putting the performances on has been a long road. Lynda thinks the best is yet to come.
26/12/2113m 16s

The Ambridge Mystery Plays: The Nativity

1/2 The Nativity Queen of Ambridge amateur theatricals, Lynda Snell, takes charge of this brand new adaptation of the Mediaeval dramas. Join the cast of The Archers in a unique promenade production around Ambridge, telling the Christmas story with warmth, humour and festive cheer. Adapted by Nick Warburton Director …. Kim Greengrass Executive Editor …. Jeremy Howe Technical Producers …. Andy Partington & Vanessa Nuttall Production Coordinators …. Sally Lloyd & Andrew Smith 1st Angel …. Sunny Ormonde 2nd Angel …. Katie Redford God …. Carole Boyd Isaiah …. Timothy Bentinck Mary …. Molly Pipe Joseph …. Nick Barber Herod …. Timothy Bentinck Messenger …. Sunny Ormonde 1st Shepherd …. Ryan Kelly 2nd Shepherd …. Trevor Harrison 3rd Shepherd …. Katie Redford 1st King … Charlotte Martin 2nd King …. Ryan Kelly 3rd King …. Katie Redford 1st Soldier …. Charlotte Martin 2nd Soldier …. Trevor Harrison Simeon …. Carole Boyd Other parts played by members of the company. A BBC Audio Drama Birmingham production.
26/12/2156m 48s

23/12/2021

Alan leaves a voicemail for Usha; he’d love her to read his reworked speech. He also accepts he should have done more to enter into the Christmas spirit with her and Amy. Later, surprised Alan opens the door to Usha. As soon as she heard his message she decided to come home. Usha’s pleased to hear of all the food donations Alan’s received in her absence. She pleads for him not to cancel the plans Susan and Clarrie have made for him – she would love the quietest of Christmases. Lynda is appalled that Kirsty’s laid on cake for the cast of The Ambridge Mystery Plays after a disastrous dress rehearsal of The Nativity. Kirsty tells her to stop panicking and reminds her that people are taking part out of love. She refuses to tell the cast about another run-through on Lynda’s behalf, but offers to soften the blow with a follow-up announcement about the cast awards Oliver is sponsoring. Lynda challenges Lily about her wobbly performance. Lily exclaims she was cold and twigs that Susan deliberately let her choose the flimsiest costumes. When Susan declares the attendants are all defecting to her (due to the warmer costume choice), Lynda’s unfazed. Lily will be fine with the horse. Lily’s outraged by Susan’s tactics, but rises to the competition – Susan’s entrance won’t be a patch on hers!
23/12/2113m 7s

22/12/2021

Alan wants Usha and Amy to come home but they are having too much of a good time at Shiv’s. Alan donates a hat on Usha’s instruction to Clarrie’s costume collection for The Ambridge Mystery Plays. Clarrie enquires about Usha’s return. Alan explains he’s more than occupied with his speech for the Borchester Benevolence fundraiser. Lily tries to help Jazzer with his enunciation, suggesting some phrases he can use to improve his clarity. Alan overhears his efforts and is impressed with all the effort that’s going into the show especially so close to Christmas Day. Jazzer’s feeling more confused since having notes from Lynda and tips from Lily. Alan helps clarify things for grateful Jazzer. Jazzer sympathises with bemused Alan and shares his experiences of being alone at Christmas. Alan discovers everyone believes Usha’s walked out on him over the GIF from the Grundy’s vow renewal. Alan clears up the misunderstanding with Jazzer, and feels inspired to rewrite his speech. Susan and Lily are selecting their attendants’ costumes. Lily doesn’t think Molly Button will agree to wearing something made out of a duvet while Susan points out that her attendant, Denise, won’t mind. Lily’s keen to pick the most refined look and chooses the flimsier garments. Susan praises Clarrie for all her hard work on the costumes. In return Clarrie says she’s proud of Susan for allowing Lily to have first choice over the attendant costumes. Susan knows it was the right thing to do, mischievously adding that it’s freezing outside.
22/12/2113m 13s

21/12/2021

Clarrie and Susan rifle through bags of material donated for the additional extras’ costumes. Clarrie warns Susan not to get any ideas about making late changes to her costume. Meanwhile Alice and Chris meet to discuss arrangements with Martha over Christmas. Alice gives Chris a pair of Christmas socks. Alan passes and ends up explaining that Usha and Amy are spending Christmas at Shiv’s but he insists he won’t be alone as he’ll be so busy with church commitments. Oliver finds Kirsty half-asleep at work. Being the producer of The Ambridge Mystery Plays is taking its toll; it’s taken over her life. Oliver tries to help her regain her motivation for the show. She’s not sure she can gee up the cast with so many notes on their performances to pass on. Oliver suggests putting on a cast celebration once it’s all over. He’ll even sponsor some awards. Kirsty thinks it’s a great idea. Hearing from Chris that Alan is alone over Christmas, Susan chews this information over with Clarrie as they work in the dairy. Could this be the first crack in Alan and Usha’s relationship? Susan feels terrible with Alan being so supportive of Alice and Chris recently. When she prompts Clarrie about the GIF of Alan, Clarrie feels equally bad. Later, Clarrie and Susan find Alan at St. Stephen’s and question him about Usha going away. They insist he splits his time on Christmas Day between Ambridge View and Grange Farm. Alan tries to turn down their offers but finds it impossible!
21/12/2113m 13s

20/12/2021

Clarrie is relieved to have finished the costumes for the cast of The Ambridge Mystery Plays; she can now focus on a long list of Christmas tasks. Meanwhile, Susan is ready for Christmas but glum about her entrance as First King not being as impactful as Lily’s planned entrance on horseback. This only worsens when she sees Lily’s flattering bodice costume. Clarrie ropes Susan into making wreaths with her but she can’t distract her from worrying about being unremarkable in the Mystery Plays. Clarrie keeps ignoring calls from Kirsty, who then texts to say she urgently needs to speak to her. Amy and Alice meet at a Christmas market in Birmingham, where Alice spots a reindeer decoration just like one her family had that Ruairi named Randal. Alice is looking forward to seeing Ruairi; she wants to make Christmas special for him. Amy warns it might not be an easy fix but compliments Alice on all the effort she’s making. Amy heads off and Jennifer joins Alice in a café. Alice shows her Randal the reindeer, and is pleased that Jennifer also remembers him. But then Jennifer breaks the news that Ruairi’s not coming for Christmas after all. Alice is saddened by this. She was looking forward to making amends for what she said to him while she was drunk. She wonders if he hasn’t forgiven her. Jennifer assures Alice that he knows she loves him, and he loves her too.
20/12/2113m 13s

19/12/2021

With the fate of The Ambridge Mystery Plays hanging in the balance, Lynda orders Kirsty to call Hilary Noakes to find out if she was behind the reporting of Brookfield’s cows to an animal welfare charity. Kirsty tries to stall Lynda with discussion of costumes for extras but Lynda isn’t put off and dials Hilary’s number. Alan is frustrated by Usha’s lack of concern for his speech for the Operation Borsetshire Benevolence fundraiser. He’s under pressure to redeem himself after the GIF of him drunk at the Grundys’ vow renewal. Usha agrees to listen to him rehearse in return for not going to an after service drinks with him. Usha isn’t impressed with Alan’s speech – he’s not the best person to talk about quality time with nearest and dearest when he’s too busy even to notice Usha and Amy’s Christmas preparations. Alan’s shocked when she calls him a hypocrite and announces she’s spending Christmas with her brother Shiv. Later, Usha kisses Alan goodbye before leaving for Shiv’s along with Amy. Lynda and Kirsty celebrate regaining Brookfield for the Mystery Plays. Kirsty’s call to Hilary revealed she’d been a puppet of Evangeline Lowminster in making the complaint about the state of Brookfield’s cows. And when they filled in Ruth, she was hugely apologetic for jumping to the wrong conclusion last week. Energised by this success they turn their efforts to getting costumes made for all the additional extras. Once again Lynda delegates to Kirsty – she needs to tell Clarrie about the extra effort this will require.
19/12/2113m 13s

16/12/2021

Stella helps Ruth find paperwork for an imminent meeting with a carbon auditor and Ruth admits she’s nervous about what the auditor will say. Stella asks her about The Ambridge Mystery Plays – she hasn’t yet got back to Kirsty about becoming an extra. Ruth encourages her to get involved – the whole production is a bit mad but a good laugh as well. Lynda presses Kirsty to stand down the additional extras but Kirsty resists. Lynda remarks on Kirsty’s new assertiveness. Tracy joins them and tells them about Blake’s farewell visit on Sunday. Kirsty and Lynda congratulate Tracy on providing the support Blake needed. But Tracy’s furious when Lynda tells her she’s no longer needed as an extra. Kirsty can’t help but side with Tracy who threatens to report Lynda’s actions to the Queen. Lynda backtracks, citing Tracy’s strong commitment to the production. In The Bull, Ruth tells Stella the carbon audit meeting went well but now she has a new problem. An animal welfare charity has been alerted to Brookfield’s outwintering cows. Stella’s sure nothing will come of it but Ruth’s worried about rumours spreading. Lynda confirms with them both that they can be extras. But when she mentions the cows, Ruth instantly accuses her of contacting the animal charity. Lynda denies this – though she can see why someone would do that. This is the final straw for Ruth. She tells Lynda she’s a good mind not to let her use Brookfield for the Mystery Plays – she can find somewhere else for Herod’s palace!
16/12/2112m 58s

15/12/2021

Mia catches Stella with an armful of Christmas cards to post and fires questions at her about her personal circumstances. When Will delivers a Bridge Fresh box to Stella, she recounts her earlier conversation with Mia and wonders if she’s planning another protest. Will promises to speak to Mia. On her return from rehearsals for The Ambridge Mystery Plays, Will asks Mia what she’s up to. She comes clean, admitting she’s trying to get Will a girlfriend. She thinks there’s a spark between him and Stella; ‘Alien’ is both Will and Stella’s favourite film. Will makes it clear that he’s not ready to meet anyone new yet and Mia promises to stop match-making. Harrison learns from Kirsty that Lynda wants him to wear a loin cloth while playing Jesus. When Kirsty explains she’s visiting Philip, Harrison insists they speak first – he has an update on Blake. Kirsty’s relieved to learn that Blake’s now safe and supported. She recognises Harrison’s part in freeing Blake. She scrubs her plan to visit Philip but won’t let him know – he can rot. Later, Kirsty and Harrison review that evening’s rehearsal. Lynda couldn’t turn away those who showed up to be extras and is cross with Kirsty. Kirsty can’t help Harrison when it comes to persuading Lynda against the loin cloth. Their conversation returns to Blake. Kirsty hopes his information will lead to more traffickers being caught. She still can’t believe she didn’t spot what Philip was up to and wasn’t able to really help Blake like others did.
15/12/2113m 12s

14/12/2021

Will chastises Mia for not giving appropriate notice on whether she’s staying at Grange Farm or at her dad’s. He wants her to write a letter of apology to Martyn Gibson which Mia doesn’t want to do. He also wants her to come with him to apologise to Stella and is surprised when Mia happily agrees. Mia genuinely apologises to Stella, who says a letter to Martyn won’t be necessary after she had a word with him herself. Stella compliments Will on his dog Kai. She’s hoping to get a dog of her own soon and is keen for training tips from Will. On their way back Mia wonders about Stella, and tells Will that she thinks Stella likes him. Will’s certain that Stella wouldn’t be interested in someone like him. Pat and Tony’s relief that Tom and Natasha aren’t moving in until the new year is extinguished when Tom asks if they can come tomorrow instead. With Natasha visiting her parents he wants to get the move done before her return. When Tom starts bringing round belongings, Tony and Pat are stunned at the amount. With the move proving stressful, Pat worries what actually living with Tom and Natasha will be like. Tony finds Tom struggling with furniture in the flat and asks him what’s going on. Tom opens up over his fear about losing the baby, as he and Kirsty did. What’s more he feels terrible guilt for living longer than his big brother, John. Tony consoles Tom and reassures him that their baby is going to be fine.
14/12/2113m 11s

13/12/2021

Pat catches up with Kirsty while dropping off a yoghurt delivery to Grey Gables. Kirsty explains she’s not looking forward to her arranged prison visit to Philip tomorrow. Pat details the costume ideas Tony has for his part as an extra in The Ambridge Mystery Plays. Lynda walks in on their conversation and is horrified to learn Kirsty has been recruiting more extras. She wants Kirsty to tell them all that they are no longer required, and when Pat rings, Lynda says Kirsty can start with her. Pat’s got an idea for her own costume for the Mystery Plays. Kirsty thinks about sacking her but then decides against it. Martyn Gibson alerts Will to Mia protesting at the shoot. He insists Will gets rid of her right away. But when Will tries to get her to leave, Mia stands her ground. With Martyn ready to report Mia to the police, Stella steps in and offers to speak to her. Mia passionately expresses her stance to Stella who gently opposes her. Stella then points out how much stress Mia’s protest is causing Will which makes Mia think again. She doesn’t want to cause any trouble for Will so she decides to leave. Stella thanks her for listening and compliments her on her placard.
13/12/2113m 5s

12/12/2021

Natasha presents distracted Tom with a gift. When he finally unwraps it he learns Natasha is pregnant. Over lunch at Bridge Farm Tom asks his parents if he and Natasha can move in with them. A bit of food gets stuck in Tony’s throat but he and Pat say yes to Tom’s request. Natasha emphasises it won’t be a permanent arrangement. Tom lets slip on Natasha’s diet restrictions due to her pregnancy which leads to them disclose they’re expecting a baby even though it’s very early days. Pat and Tony congratulate the couple and promise to keep the news to themselves. Chelsea answers the door to Blake. He’s doesn’t plan to stay; he just wanted to say goodbye as he’s moving away from Borsetshire with help of a charity. Tracy invites him in for lunch. Blake is impressed with the Horrobin family dynamic; he gets the impression they are all really close. Jazzer points out that they do all argue, particularly Brad and Chelsea. Blake thinks Chelsea is a good person which Tracy scoffs at, but Jazzer backs up Blake’s sentiment. A card comes through the letterbox. It’s for Blake from Jim wishing him the best for his future. Blake is touched. He thinks this is the best family he’s ever met. After Tom and Natasha have left, Tony and Pat share their reservations about them moving into Bridge Farm. They accept that they’ll just have to make it work. They celebrate their wedding anniversary which went unnoticed by their son and daughter-in-law.
12/12/2113m 1s

09/12/2021

Pat and Tony put pressure on Tom to apologise to Susan for Natasha’s accusation. They’re convinced that Susan’s innocent. As Tom relents and apologises, he starts to think they’re probably right. Natasha isn’t happy that Tom has apparently stopped supporting her. On top of everything else, she isn’t feeling great today. But she’s still hunting for a new home. They argue about her offer to take on more debt to cover a deposit. Tony’s delighted that Johnny has taken the perfect photo for the Bridge Farm Christmas card. Hazel asks Pat and Tony to help explain her situation to Tom and Natasha. She really does need the flat herself – she’s been ill, her new place won’t be done up for months, and she wants to be near family, in her beloved Ambridge. Pat offers to do what she can. When Pat explains the situation with Susan to Fallon, Fallon starts to feel guilty. She goes round to the flat and finds Natasha sitting outside, feeling low. Fallon confesses that it was she who accidentally tipped Hazel off. Natasha feels awful – first she had a go at Susan, now she’s had a stupid row with Tom for taking Susan’s side! And because they were fighting, she couldn’t even tell Tom the real reason she wants a bigger house. She’s pregnant – they’ve been trying for ages. Fallon congratulates her. But, with everything that’s been happening, Natasha thinks the timing couldn’t possibly be worse.
09/12/2114m 9s

08/12/2021

Susan hopes to persuade Lynda to drop the horses from The Mysteries entirely. What if the cast are upstaged by an incontinent animal? Lynda dismisses this. She plans to make use of Lily’s horse-riding skills. Natasha bursts into the shop with an accusation. Susan’s always complaining about having to sign for Summer Orchard deliveries – she must be the one who tipped Hazel off! Susan protests her innocence, but Natasha is too upset about losing her home to listen. Afterwards, Lynda tries to reassure Susan that this is all Hazel’s fault. But Susan wonders how she’ll ever look the Bridge Farm Archers in the eye again after Natasha embarrassed her like that. What about her job? Lynda’s convinced Natasha will soon apologise for the false accusation. Eddie and Ed are shocked when Hazel arrives at Grange Farm, intending to buy a turkey for Bridge Farm’s Christmas. She hopes to smooth over the upset she’s caused there. They take the opportunity for a bit of revenge, insisting that baffled Hazel chooses her own turkey. Then Eddie offers her the chance to kill it herself. Eventually he puts her out of her misery, reminding her that she evicted the Grundys after the flood. Eddie’s delighted to have had some fun at Hazel’s expense – plus they’ll be paid twice for the Bridge Farm turkey! When Ed feels a tiny bit sorry for Hazel, Eddie points out that she’s done over half the village. Joe would have been proud of them today.
08/12/2114m 3s

07/12/2021

Susan’s relieved to report that she’s managed to persuade Lynda that Lily’s king should enter the Mysteries on horseback. Susan intends to enter leading a white charger. She’s hoping to get Johnny to delete the photograph he took for the Bridge Farm Christmas card. She confronts Johnny in the milking parlour, where to her alarm a cow deposits on her. She reveals to Tony and Johnny that this has given her second thoughts about leading a horse in the Mysteries. She and animals simply do not mix. At the Tearoom, Hazel looks forward to becoming a regular customer. Fallon recalls how Hazel evicted her from the flat above the shop, and tries to get Hazel to sympathise with Tom and Natasha. They’re not just having to find a new home, they’re also trying to move Summer Orchard to Ambridge. Natasha works so hard already, often into the night, and the shop frequently signs for Summer Orchard deliveries. Fallon’s well-intentioned comments backfire. Hazel realises that this will allow her to invoke a clause in their lease stating the flat must not be used for commercial purposes. She informs Tom that she’d be justified in terminating within a fortnight, but generously offers to give them a month, as they’re family. Tom’s furious – is she determined to ruin their Christmas?! Hazel advises him to study his tenancy agreement before casting her as Scrooge. Natasha's determined to fight back. First she’ll confront the person she’s convinced is responsible for tipping Hazel off.
07/12/2113m 57s

06/12/2021

As Kirsty helps out in the dairy, she and Susan chat about the Mysteries and the shortage of extras. Susan’s still terrified at the thought of arriving on horseback and forgetting her lines from fear. Kirsty suggests Susan puts forward her idea for Lily to ride in instead to Lynda. They’re interrupted by Johnny, looking for subjects for his Christmas card photo. He takes a picture, hairnets and all, of all three of them, and hilarity ensues. Kirsty takes the opportunity to ask Johnny to be an extra, but he declines. He takes another snap of Susan connecting some yoghurt pipe equipment, which she hates. She demands that Johnny deletes it. As they prepare for the arrival of Hazel at the flat, Tom warns Natasha she takes no prisoners. They need to be on their best behaviour. Hazel finds the entry stairs steep, but enthuses at how lovely they’ve made the flat. She reiterates how at home she feels in Ambridge, and Natasha agrees it’s worked its magic on her too. After some more flattery Hazel drops her news. She’d like them to leave, as she intends to live in the flat herself. Natasha’s aghast – they can’t possibly move house now, she’s just relocated her business. Hazel’s sorry, but she needs the flat while she waits for her next property to be ready. And she’ll keep it as a haven for R and R in the future. Tom and Natasha have two months in which to vacate.
06/12/2114m 9s

05/12/2021

Lynda finds Hazel wandering the grounds of Ambridge Hall. They chat, with Hazel reminiscing about her childhood days there. She comments this is the only place she’s ever felt she really belongs. Lynda reminds her of the last time she visited, when they were at loggerheads over Hazel’s plans to turn the shop into flats. Hazel admits she hadn’t appreciated what the shop meant to people and the importance of community. They discuss Lynda’s MBE, and the vagaries of the Christmas production. Hazel declares she’ll be sad to miss it, but she’ll return for a longer stay in the New Year. Tom tells Tony that Natasha’s considering a unit at Sawyer’s Farm for her Summer Orchard move. Tony’s disappointed, but Tom reckons it’s the best option after the row over the Tearoom location. They discuss Christmas gifts for customers, and decide to ask Johnny to take a photo for the Bridge Farm Christmas card. Meanwhile Natasha’s with Pat. They agree to disagree on the suitability of the old orchard as a location, with Natasha assuring Pat she won’t be far away at Sawyer’s. Natasha’s parting shot is to ask Pat to tell Fallon the offer of a rent reduction is cancelled. Pat relays this to Tony, and the fact Natasha didn’t offer any apologies. All they can do is wait for the dust to settle. At Sawyer’s, Natasha and Tom agree the unit is perfect in every way. Tom gets a text from Hazel. She wants to visit them tomorrow. Tom’s on his guard; he declares the woman is a tyrant.
05/12/2113m 50s

02/12/2021

Lynda believes Eddie should take responsibility for finding a replacement for Benjamin, and bears him off to ‘audition’ donkeys at a sanctuary. They find a few likely candidates, but none that matches up to Benjamin for charisma and reliability. Eddie’s suggestion of Gem the pony is rejected by Lynda. She convinces Eddie to reconvene at the weekend. Rex is pleased Toby’s secured a vegetable wreath for Bert’s funeral. Toby comments it’s the end of an era with no more Hollowtree, and Rex vacating the bungalow. He feels he won’t be at Rickyard much longer either, notwithstanding his brother’s rejection of him as a housemate! Their discussion’s interrupted when Rex spots someone creeping around in the rewilding area. The mystery woman turns out to be Hazel, who quizzes Rex on all aspects of the scheme before revealing her identity, and making the point that it’s her father’s money which has funded it. She feels Jack would be thrilled, and she thoroughly approves of his legacy. She gets emotional and Rex takes her for a restorative cup of tea. Once recovered she admits she feels it’s an omission that Jack’s name doesn’t appear on the rewilding website, or indeed anywhere in connection with the project. They’re joined by Toby, who’s intrigued that his brother’s being cornered by Hazel. He reminds Rex after she’s left about Hazel’s past. But Rex shouldn’t worry; Toby’s sure Hazel’s not going to cause any trouble at all.
02/12/2113m 16s

01/12/2021

Chelsea ambushes Mia on the school bus, boisterously trying out make-up on her for the Mystery Plays. Hating it and embarrassed, Mia lashes out with a comment too far. Later at rehearsals Chelsea blames Mia for making her look bad in front of Lynda, who’s disappointed the make-up isn’t sorted. Chelsea points out her part in getting Blake to talk to the police, and accuses Mia of being too quick to judge others. Lynda breaks them up just as Mia’s calling Chelsea an attention seeker, and pulls her up on her behaviour. Mia bursts into tears. Lynda takes her aside and apologises for her brusqueness. Mia admits Chelsea’s point has hit home – she’s just a virtue signaller and nothing she does makes any real difference. She wishes she was more like Lynda. Lynda galvanises Mia, giving her some tried and trusted Snell tips on fighting for a cause. Blake opens up to Harrison, with an advocate, Yvonne, for support. With gentle prompting he gives an account of his and the other slaves’ experiences after being sold on by Philip. The disturbing and traumatic recollections distress Blake. At the end of the session Harrison reassures him he’s safe. And with everything he’s told them, there’s a good chance they’ll find Kenzie now. They encourage Blake to consider his own future options. Harrison wonders how Blake will move on, but Yvonne from the charity assures him they’ll look out for Blake now.
01/12/2113m 16s

30/11/2021

Hazel arrives at The Lodge, tired from her journey. She’s happy with her quiet room at Grey Gables rather than her usual choice of The Royal Garden Suite. She alarms even sceptical Kate when she almost faints. She explains she has Long Covid, and that the seriousness of her illness took her by surprise. Kate remains suspicious of the new, humble Hazel, and believes her change in behaviour and attitude is purely manipulative. Over dinner Hazel declares she’d like to take a look at the rewilding scheme, before announcing she’s tired and must leave. Against Kate’s advice, Peggy offers Hazel a bed at The Lodge. Kate gives way and Hazel accepts. Mia tries in vain to get Will to see how little she has in common with Chelsea; they’ll never be friends. Eddie arrives buoyed up from deputising for Lynda at rehearsals. Will announces that Martyn Gibson has asked him to do some casual work on the shoot, and that he’s agreed. Eddie’s not happy at all, but Will assures him he’s come a long way since he last was near a shotgun, and he’s fine with it. Working the drives is what he enjoys. Mia’s against it and feels it’s a cruel sport, but Will counters the birds have had a happy life. Later Eddie imparts the bad news that Benjamin the donkey won’t be able to perform in the Mystery Plays. Lynda was banking on him as key to the piece. Eddie can’t see how Lynda’s not going to hold him to account for this while she’s away.
30/11/2113m 10s

29/11/2021

As Robert prepares to collect Lynda for the journey to Windsor, flustered Lilian refuses to take off her hat. When Robert insists, she reveals bad hair. Fabrice has gone overboard with the highlights at Lilian’s bidding, and she’s in despair. Robert tries to mollify her to no avail. She declares tearfully that she can’t go to the honours ceremony now. She feels small; Lynda wouldn’t fall to pieces over something so trivial. Robert gently reminds Lilian how low Lynda got last year, and how Lilian assured her it didn’t matter how she looked to the people who loved her. He reminds Lilian tomorrow’s Lynda’s day and she needs to man up – she matters and Lynda needs her. Lilian’s impressed with Robert’s speech, and agrees to press on. She’ll fix her hair when she gets back. Blake calls Harrison and tells him he’s read the newspaper article about Philip Moss. He no longer wants to visit Philip, who he now sees as a liar. He wants to help, and tell his story, but only to Harrison, no-one else. Harrison will see what he can do. Lynda catches Eddie red-handed enthusing to Harrison about his Paris trip instead of giving rehearsal notes as she’d instructed. And when Harrison has to duck out, Lynda finds it hard to let go of the reins. Eventually Eddie persuades her she can safely leave and enjoy her occasion – rehearsals are safe in his hands.
29/11/2113m 1s

28/11/2021

Peggy’s horrified. Kate’s been giving Hilda the cat CBD oil to calm her down. They’re interrupted by a call from Hazel Woolley. After some small talk Peggy asks Hazel to cut to the chase – what does she want? Hazel reports she’s been quite ill, and it’s made her realise how much she misses Ambridge. She’s coming to stay at Grey Gables on Tuesday. Kate’s less than impressed given Hazel’s past behaviour, but Peggy insists Hazel sounded warm, genuine and different. They have to give her a second chance. Chelsea visits Blake at The Elms, and shows him an interview in the Borchester Echo; someone else has been found who worked for Philip Moss. She helps Blake read the article, and they discover the interview is with Jordan, who’s found out that Philip was claiming his benefits. Blake reserves judgement, unable to believe Philip would do this, but as Chelsea reads on it becomes apparent that Philip has put the blame for the Grey Gables explosion firmly with Blake. At first Blake explodes with rage at Chelsea, accusing her of lying about what’s written. But gradually the scales fall from his eyes and he sees the reality. Philip was always going to drop him in it, and split up the three lads. He wishes he’d died in the explosion. Shocked Chelsea encourages Blake to talk to someone who can help, and to trust them if he can.
28/11/2113m 22s

25/11/2021

In charge of making dinner, Jazzer calls Chelsea when she doesn’t arrive home. Chelsea kicks back at Jazzer’s attempts to keep tabs on her and hangs up when Jazzer challenges her on being altruistic. Meanwhile the dinner burns, so Jazzer heads to the shop for more supplies. He moans to Jim about Chelsea’s behaviour. Jim can only wryly smile at Jazzer’s middle-aged attitude. At the bus station in Borchester, Chelsea recognises Blake. She approaches him and apologises for hitting him while driving. She shares her chips and they get talking. Chelsea insists shivering Blake wears her coat. She assesses his appearance and lands on the idea of giving Blake a makeover. They get the bus to Ambridge together, and Chelsea grabs a ‘before’ shot of Blake that she can share online. Back at 6 The Green, Tracy’s about to show Blake his new look. On seeing Jazzer, Blake rushes to leave, but Chelsea persuades him not to. He needn’t be scared of Jazzer. Blake’s impressed with his haircut and Jazzer takes them both to The Bull for dinner. At the bar Jim observes Jazzer’s looking more worn out by the second. He points out gently that while Jazzer might think of himself as an eternal teenager to Chelsea and Blake, he’s old enough to be a father figure. Reflecting on Jim’s words, Jazzer apologises to Chelsea for what he said earlier – she has proved that she is thoughtful with what she’s done for Blake. Chelsea replies Jazzer’s not too bad himself. Jazzer will take that.
25/11/2113m 9s

24/11/2021

Ruth lets slip to Alan about online comments on his cider consumption at the Grundys’ vow renewal on Sunday. George made a GIF of Alan worse for wear. Ruth shows it to Alan, who rushes to Grange Farm and explains the situation to Ed. Ed, who’s in the middle of capturing an escaped turkey, promises to get George to take down the GIF. He ropes in Alan to the turkey catching but a call from the Bishop quickly excuses Alan – he needs to stay on the Bishop’s good side! Later Alan reports to Ruth that the Bishop had been sent the offending GIF and is less than impressed. As punishment, the Bishop has ordered Alan to give a keynote speech at a multi-faith charity fundraiser between Christmas and New Year. It means hours of extra work at a time when he’s already really busy. Ed and Oliver discover that more than one turkey has absconded, before figuring out the straw barrier in the pole barn isn’t high enough. Oliver wonders aloud why the turkeys would choose to put themselves in danger of being eaten by a fox outside. Ed asks him to focus, they need to work quickly to round up all the escaped turkeys. Their attempts to catch them are haphazard but eventually they get them all back inside their enclosure. They make a pact never to speak of this again; they wouldn’t want Eddie and Clarrie to worry while on their second honeymoon.
24/11/2113m 5s

23/11/2021

When Jazzer learns Chelsea’s doing hair and make up for The Ambridge Mystery Plays he takes the opportunity to suggest Chelsea hangs out with Mia. When she refuses he points out she could really help with Mia’s shyness. He agrees to pay Chelsea £30 to get her to agree. Meanwhile, Will tries to persuade Mia to be a friend to Chelsea. Mia’s reluctant and strikes a deal to talk to Chelsea in return for Will buying her a book. Josh and Ruth assess the outwintering dairy cows. They seem well but the field is getting muddy. Josh updates Ruth about the archaeological assessment that has to be done before they plant any trees. They’re joined by Lynda, on Mystery Plays business, who is shocked by the muddiness of the cows. Ruth explains that the herd is perfectly fine. Lynda heads off but not before demanding that some plastic bale wrapping is removed from the hedge. At rehearsal, Mia makes Chelsea a tea and questions her ethics around make-up. This ruffles Chelsea who then splutters on her tea which Mia’s made with oat milk. When Will’s around the two teenagers act like all is well between them. Will reports to Jazzer that their plans to get them to be friends is working. Meanwhile, Mia and Chelsea snap at one another but then fix smiles when they see Will and Jazzer looking over. They both want the reward they’ve each negotiated, and they can’t believe how easily Jazzer and Will have been fooled. At last, something they agree on.
23/11/2113m 11s

22/11/2021

Lilian’s confused when Lynda tells her she’s organised a hair stylist for the both of them - Lynda’s investiture is still a couple of weeks away. Lilian’s horrified when she learns it’s Chelsea Horrobin. Quietly Lilian warns Chelsea that while Lynda appears fine underneath she is actually quite vulnerable. Chelsea’s not put off and plans a pixie cut for Lynda. When Lynda sees her new cut and colour for the first time, she’s speechless. Lilian quickly jumps to her defence and Chelsea panics. But then Lynda finds her words and thanks Chelsea profusely – she never imagined she’d look as she does now. She recruits Chelsea for hair and make-up on The Ambridge Mystery Plays. Lilian accepts that Lynda does look amazing but when Chelsea invites her to take her seat she declines. She’ll keep her appointment with Fabrice after all. Jazzer seeks advice from Will about handling teenagers. Tracy’s worried about Chelsea getting in with a bad crowd at college and wants Jazzer to have a word. But Chelsea’s told Jazzer she’s not interested in what he has to say. Will has little to offer, explaining that he has the opposite problem with Mia: she’s either studying or worrying about damage to the planet. Jim joins them but has no wisdom to share as Fiona and Alistair gave no trouble during their teens. But Jim’s comment on Jazzer and Will’s problems inspires Jazzer: they need to get Chelsea and Mia to spend time together so they can rub off on one another. It might just work, says Jim.
22/11/2113m 4s

21/11/2021

It’s Clarrie and Eddie’s big day, and Will and Oliver agree that Joe and Nic are with them in spirit. After an early hiccup with the generator and some fairy lights, things get underway at the cider shed. Eddie has butterflies, nervous Clarrie’s in the limo, and the cider’s flowing for everyone. A little too much in the case of vicar Alan, who gulps his down on an empty stomach, then breaks into song and begins to stumble his way through a trial run. Outside, Clarrie has her old, new, borrowed and blue items beautifully and poignantly sorted by the family, with the ‘new’ being a pay and display ticket supplied by Will. Perfect! Inside the shed, chaos reigns as it becomes clear tipsy Alan’s in no fit state to preside and is on the verge of falling asleep. Resourceful Eddie persuades reluctant Oliver to step in and take the ceremony, and finally all passes off without a hitch. The after party goes with a swing, rounded off by Eddie springing a surprise trip to Paris on Clarrie. He’s been saving up. He’s packed her bag, and they leave tonight for a little hotel near Montmartre. Everything’s taken care of. Clarrie declares how lucky she is, and Eddie counters that he’s the lucky one. They reaffirm their love for one another as they say their goodbyes and prepare to set off in the Grundy limo.
21/11/2113m 16s

18/11/2021

Tony chats with Jennifer. She apologises for her curtness yesterday. She explains she’d spoken to Ruairi and found he didn’t want to see her. He’d been perfectly polite but it was like talking to a stranger. She feels she’s lost him, and there’s a faultline between them she doesn’t feel with her other children. Tony comforts her. Ruairi will come back in time. Jennifer’s grateful for his listening ear. Adam arrives with a proposition for his mother: will she accompany them to an activity centre with Xander? Jennifer thanks him for trying distract her with an event, but Adam insists the request has come from Xander himself. Delighted Jennifer declares she’d very much like to go. Eddie’s sorry to mess Oliver around by cancelling his vows renewal at Grey Gables. Secretly relieved Oliver is fine with it. He has bigger fish to fry in the shape of Lynda wanting to turn the ballroom into Pilate’s Governor’s palace. Eddie counsels him not to say yes to anything. Mia arrives, commenting she’s had a hard time from Lynda at rehearsals. Oliver agrees that now Lynda’s God, things won’t get any easier. They turn over ideas for an alternative venue for the vows, and eventually Eddie comes up with the cider shed. It’ll need tarting up and a good clean, but the verdict is that it’s a genius idea. Mia’s confident they can make it the perfect, romantic venue. Eddie hopes so. He wants to put a smile on Clarrie’s face; he needs to get this right.
18/11/2113m 15s

17/11/2021

Patient Pat listens as Tony reports Jennifer’s offended an already unhappy Fallon, and has also disrespected the work Adam’s doing at Bridge Farm. Pat suggests Tony check in with Jennifer for a chat. Tom’s a bit down about in-favour Adam, but Natasha assures him they’re doing great themselves with Bridge Fresh and Summer Orchard. However building materials have gone up, so they might have to compromise on her office construction. Pat’s shocked when she discovers Natasha’s offer of a rent reduction to Fallon. Bridge Farm works as a team – what Natasha’s done pushes the rest of them into a corner. Natasha’s contrite, but states she can’t go back on the offer. When she reveals they’ll need to go for fabricated steel for the building, Pat decides Natasha can’t site her office in the orchard after all. Natasha accuses Pat of blocking her at every turn; she won’t be squashed the way they try to squash Tom. They end by agreeing Natasha would be better off at Sawyers. Mia discovers Clarrie had intended to wear a brooch to her vows renewal that used to be her mother’s. She tells Mia about Lizzie Larkin and her favourite piece of jewellery. Mia insists Clarrie wears her mum’s brooch instead of trying to keep others happy by wearing Elizabeth’s. She encourages her also to tell Eddie the event’s getting too big. Eddie’s happy to concede on both counts. What matters most is family. He’ll cancel Grey Gables – but where on earth can they have their celebration now?
17/11/2113m 5s

16/11/2021

Roy and Kirsty are still on bad terms when Lynda asks them to work together at a rehearsal. Roy tries to get Lynda to ease up on Kirsty, quietly pointing out that she has a lot on at the moment. Lynda then announces that she would like Kirsty to take on the role of God. Kirsty refuses, and feeling overwhelmed with tasks, she storms off. Roy explains Lynda’s commanding air of authority was probably too much for Kirsty. He cleverly remarks Lynda’s natural ability to lead makes her the perfect candidate to play God; in fact most of the cast think so too. Lynda accepts if there’s a public demand for her to have the role then she must take it on. Kirsty returns and apologises. Delighted Lynda tells her not to worry; their problem is solved. Roy explains to Kirsty how he’s convinced Lynda to be God. Kirsty’s grateful and the pair make up. Roy’s not sure the rest of the cast will feel the same. Natasha calls at the Tearoom to tell Fallon about the plan to move Summer Orchard. She struggles to find the right moment with chatty Fallon, but finally breaks the news. Fallon isn’t happy. Natasha’s plan will negatively impact Tearoom trade after an already tough eighteen months. Natasha points out Fallon isn’t the only one struggling with the impact of Covid. With Fallon not backing down, Natasha offers a rent reduction while Summer Orchard’s new base is being built. She can’t see Pat or Tony having a problem with that.
16/11/2113m 10s

15/11/2021

While they weigh Anguses, Adam tells Tony that Jennifer’s announced she’s taking Brian to London for his birthday. Meanwhile Tony explains the family has agreed to Natasha’s business relocating to the Bridge Farm orchard. Adam shares some herbal leys knowledge with Tony before quickly getting out the way when Tom arrives with some management decisions to make. Tom briefs Tony that an architect is taking a look at the orchard today but he can’t be sure if Natasha has informed Fallon yet. Tom also tells his dad he wants to invest in new machinery for their potato crop. He’s surprised when Tony readily agrees. But Tony adds that Tom should ask Adam for his recommendations. Clarrie’s worrying about all that has to be done before Sunday, now their vow renewal celebration has become such a big event, while Eddie’ nonchalant about it all working out. Elizabeth calls round and offers a brooch for Clarrie to wear at the vow renewal. Clarrie feels uncomfortable as Eddie and Elizabeth press her to accept it. Elizabeth is keen to pass it on, admitting she is a hoarder and it will do her good; by giving the Grundys the brooch it might help her move on a little. Clarrie gives way, thanking Elizabeth and agreeing it will go perfectly with her outfit for Sunday.
15/11/2113m 5s

14/11/2021

Roy accompanies Kirsty to the rewilding site to look for butterfly eggs. Kirsty opens up about not feeling great with Christmas approaching. It takes her right back to discovering the truth about Philip. Roy emphasises the positives – soon she’ll be completely done with Philip. He’s not impressed when Kirsty admits she’s going to visit Philip in prison and implores her to think of her own safety first. This riles Kirsty and they part on bad terms. Ben tells Elizabeth his and Beth’s weekend in London courtesy of Vince has done him good. Jennifer joins them and is surprised by the details that Ben and Elizabeth share on Ruairi. They try to reassure Jennifer about Ruairi’s lack of communication with her. Elizabeth remembers being the same when she lived in Birmingham when she was about Ruairi’s age. But once Jennifer departs, Elizabeth reveals how chatty Ruairi was when she spoke to him, in contrast to Jennifer’s experience. Ben explains Ruairi had difficulties with his Aldridge family over the summer and he’s now enjoying having some space from them. Elizabeth wonders if there’s anything she can do to help but Ben reckons not. He can’t see Ruairi ever being frequently in Ambridge again. Elizabeth wonders how Jennifer will cope with this.
14/11/2113m 11s

11/11/2021

Writer, Caroline Harrington Director, Peter Leslie Wild Editor, Jeremy Howe Pat Archer ..... Patricia Gallimore Tony Archer ..... David Troughton Helen Archer ..... Louiza Patikas Clarrie Grundy ..... Heather Bell Eddie Grundy ..... Trevor Harrison Harrison Burns ..... James Cartwright Inspector Norris ..... Bharti Patel Johnny Phillips ..... Tom Gibbons Lilian Bellamy ..... Sunny Ormonde Mia Grundy ..... Molly Pipe Natasha Archer ..... Mali Harries Adam Macy ..... Andrew Wincott Kirsty Miller ..... Annabelle Dowler Lynda Snell ..... Carole Boyd Oliver Sterling ..... Michael Cochrane Rex Fairbrother ..... Nick Barber Roy Tucker ..... Ian Pepperell Susan Carter ..... Charlotte Martin Tracy Horrobin ..... Susie Riddell
11/11/2113m 1s

10/11/2021

Alarmed Oliver listens to Eddie’s plans for the vows renewal party, which have ramped up considerably since Oliver’s offer of Grey Gables. Eddie’s self-upgrade to the ballroom has made Oliver nervous. He stresses again that the use of the room is contingent on no other paid booking coming in. On hearing Baggy and a barrel of home brew are involved, he reminds Eddie of the hotel’s rules and etiquette. Eddie promises he and his party will behave. Lynda’s keen to express her gratitude to Oliver for his kindness in persuading Mike Tucker and his family to stay at the hotel at New Year, so solving her Judas problem. Oliver’s modest; it seemed like the best solution all round. Lynda gushes that Oliver would be perfect for the role of God. Oliver politely declines. Clarrie reports to Susan that she hopes Lynda’s play rewrites won’t prove too much for Mia, who’d already learned her lines. Susan just hopes that her proposed stint on horseback hasn’t made the cut. Clarrie’s wary of the new venue for her vows celebration; Grey Gables is a bit too big and grand. She can’t get her head around it, and the consequent increase in catering requirements. An offer of a chocolate fountain from Pip tips Clarrie over the edge. Mia finds her hiding in the garden, ducking out of the party discussions. She advises Clarrie to speak up if it’s not what she wants. But Clarrie’s unwilling to reject all the well-meant kindness – she’s sure it’ll be lovely on the day.
10/11/2113m 15s

09/11/2021

The venue booked for Eddie and Clarrie’s vows renewal has gone bust, and Oliver feels sorry for them. He’d like to offer them a Grey Gables meeting room. Roy’s not keen. The whole Grundy family in the bar might be less than ideal; they have form. Oliver assures Roy he would stipulate no ferrets allowed. Lynda shares with Lilian her concerns at having no God and no Judas. Lilian thinks the plan for Kirsty to persuade Oliver to cancel Roy’s leave is devious. But Lynda stresses she’s desperate. Kirsty begins her campaign to get Roy reinstated on the New Year rota, but Oliver’s bemused by Kirsty’s sudden in interest in the rotas. She concedes defeat and comes clean about Lynda’s mission to keep her Judas in the village. Oliver remains immovable; he refuses to interfere with the rota, or risk upsetting Roy’s holiday plans. Kirsty imparts the bad news to Lynda, who’s rather distractedly practising her investiture curtsy with Lilian. Meanwhile Oliver’s juggling a covert phone call to Mike Tucker with his offer of a venue to Eddie. Before he knows it Eddie’s converted the offer of a small meeting room to use of the large ballroom – which he’d love to accept! Later Roy informs a delighted Lynda that there’s been a change of plan; the Birmingham Tuckers are coming to Ambridge for the New Year, having secured a fantastic accommodation deal at Grey Gables. Lynda’s ecstatic, but wonders why Mike and his family had such a sudden change of heart.
09/11/2112m 56s

08/11/2021

Johnny reports to Helen that Natasha’s been poking around one of the Bridge Farm sheds while he was milking. Helen fills him in on the reason for Natasha’s apparent interest, and reassures him. She’ll have a word. Later she reports the deed is done, and that Natasha was perfectly reasonable about it. Helen comments that Natasha is lovely, and good at business, but there are some aspects of farming and the family that she doesn’t get at all. She’s already upset Tony, and now Johnny. Lynda’s eager to ensure Jazzer turns up for rehearsals. Tracy promises to chase him. Lynda’s still without a God – no-one in the village can live up to Bert Fry. Their chat is interrupted by Roy, who would rather Tracy focused on more urgent tasks at hand than take personal phone calls at work. Later Roy has more bad news. A prior commitment to his family in Birmingham means he can no longer play Judas. Lynda’s pleas to him to cancel fall on deaf ears. He doesn’t want to miss an overdue trip to see his dad. Lynda despairs; the whole project is starting to unravel. Producer Kirsty offers to step in and help, but doubts she’ll be able to dissuade Roy from his trip. Lynda has a brainwave – perhaps Oliver could tell Roy he’s indispensable at Grey Gables at New Year. She tries to flatter reluctant Kirsty into talking to Oliver, using a business spin: she needs to get Oliver to recognise the reputation of Grey Gables is at stake.
08/11/2112m 57s

07/11/2021

Natasha surprises Tony in his model railway barn. She’s never been in there before and takes an interest when she realises the barn’s not part of the working farm. She moots it as possible space for her business – a bit small but it could work. Shocked Tony tries to discourage her not only with its size, but citing the unsuitable ground and access issues. Out of her earshot Tony confides Natasha’s suggestion to Pat. Pat reiterates the unsuitability of the barn; there are more appropriate options for Natasha’s office. Tony insists Natasha sounded serious about the barn, and whilst he did his best to talk her out of it, he’s not sure she got the message. Speaking to Philip has reminded Kirsty of the idyllic life she was once planning. Instead she’s still folding towels at Grey Gables. Helen tries to buoy her up, reminding her she doesn’t have to visit Philip, and that she has vital roles still to fulfil in the village. On her quest for fresh air and a clearer head Kirsty visits the rewilding site and finds Rex, who shows her round. She’s amazed at the transformation and praises his efforts. Rex should be proud of what he’s achieved: a thriving little pork business and an extraordinary land scheme. Kirsty thoroughly enjoys her tour and is inspired; even when things look really awful, give them a little time and they will get better.
07/11/2112m 57s

04/11/2021

Tom makes the most of Natasha’s help with the veg boxes. He thinks it’s time to bring Summer Orchard to Bridge Farm. It would save her a lot of long drives in the dark, and they’d see more of each other. Natasha’s keen to wait until things are less frantic. She’ll do it at her own pace. She doesn’t want the business becoming just another Bridge Farm offshoot. Natasha’s disconcerted to discover that Pat thinks the move is a done deal. It seems like Bridge Farm has already decided that Summer Orchard will be operating out of the packhouse and the farm office. This doesn’t fit with her plans at all. She wishes Tom would stop telling his family everything and letting them interfere! Philip’s delighted that Kirsty has decided to phone him in prison. But Kirsty doesn’t want a cosy chat. She reveals that she’s seen Blake, and Philip guesses that he might be giving evidence to the police. He’s pleased to hear that Blake seems to still believe in him, and claims that he did the best he could for all the lads. Kirsty’s intention was to persuade him to reject Blake’s request for a visit, but Philip is keen on the idea. She fears she’s made things worse. Philip makes her an offer. He’ll turn down Blake’s request – if she’ll come to see him instead.
04/11/2113m 15s

03/11/2021

Lynda summons Kirsty to the Tearoom to make a grand announcement. She has rewritten The Mystery Plays – putting Evangeline Lowminster’s attempt to shame – and intends to stage the first on Boxing Day. Kirsty is pessimistic, especially about the timing. Lynda dismisses her concerns. This is what the village needs. Naturally Kirsty will return as producer, and her first task is to reassemble the cast. And they need a new God, now they’re without Bert. Lynda gives Lilian the good news about the Mystery Plays, but Lilian is snappy and unhelpful. She quickly backtracks, blaming her struggle to give up smoking. However, Lynda was about to ask Lilian to her MBE ceremony. Now that Lilian has offended her, she intends to ask someone else. Lilian promises to do whatever she can to help with the Mystery Plays. She’s relieved and delighted when Lynda invites her to the MBE ceremony after all. Kirsty has seen a solicitor about a divorce. She and Roy celebrate the fact that the documents are ready to go as soon as her first wedding anniversary arrives. She’s looking forward to having Philip out of her life. She’s also determined to stop Blake visiting him in prison. She reveals to Roy that she has an idea. It’s something that makes her feel sick, but she has no regrets.
03/11/2113m 13s

02/11/2021

Harrison’s surprised when Blake arrives at the Tearoom. He’s desperate to know if he can visit Philip. Harrison wants Blake to speak to a specialist officer, but he only trusts Harrison. Later, Kirsty finds Blake resting in the hide, and is shocked to discover he walked there from Borchester. She can’t believe that Harrison is apparently helping Blake visit Philip in prison. She confronts Harrison. Harrison hopes to dissuade Blake from visiting. But Blake’s evidence could give them the breakthrough they need. Right now he’s determined to visit Philip anyway. Maybe it’s worth the risk? Rex is missing Bert already. But he also admits to Kirsty that he’s worrying about how long he’ll be able to stay at The Bungalow. She’s sympathetic, but also encourages him to embrace the opportunity to make a change. Pip tries to reassure Rex that he’ll get first refusal if the Brookfield bungalow is rented out, but Rex is sure he couldn’t afford it. Toby spots an opportunity – he and Pip reckon Rosie would cope with him moving out. They’d all be happier for it. But Rex angrily rejects his offer to move back to the bungalow and split the rent. Rex quickly apologises. Toby might be a pain, but he’s also good fun. The problem is, Rex doesn’t want his life to go backwards. He’s ready for a change.
02/11/2113m 5s

01/11/2021

Pip’s fed up with Toby. He didn’t come straight to Rickyard last night after his shift, leaving her to worry that he wouldn’t be back in the morning to look after Rosie. And she’s having to steal bread from Brookfield because Toby never replaces what he finishes. She ends up apologising to Leonard for venting her frustrations at him. Later, Pip and Toby have another argument about how unreliable he can be. Toby also complains to Leonard about Pip’s bad habits and the downsides of cohabiting. Leonard can’t imagine how they’ll ever make it work, and neither can Toby. Jazzer’s fretting about Blake. He blames Martyn Gibson for destroying Blake’s trust in everyone, even Jazzer. Harrison promises to make enquiries. He’s pleased to discover Blake’s still at The Elms, not on the streets and vulnerable, as Jazzer feared. Blake asks Harrison to use his authority as a policeman to get Philip and Gavin out of prison. Harrison tries to nudge Blake towards giving evidence against the people he was sold to by Philip. Blake tries to strike a bargain. He’ll help Harrison stop “the bad ones”, if he can visit Philip in prison. Harrison knows this is a terrible idea, but treads carefully. Blake’s delighted when Harrison says he’ll find out if it’s possible. Harrison’s able to reassure Jazzer that Blake’s safe, but can’t say any more than that. Harrison’s left in an awful position.
01/11/2113m 8s

31/10/2021

Justin has ambitious plans for transforming the Stables into an elite, high-end, facility, but Lilian is more cautious. She tactically draws Justin’s attention to the collapse of several local luxury mega-stables. Justin’s impressed by Shula’s pitch. She’s focused on growing the core of the business while cleverly following Lilian’s suggestion to repeat back some of Justin’s buzzwords. Justin gives Shula a cautious yes. While he orders champagne, Shula thanks Lilian for her help. Lilian’s confident she knows how Justin’s mind works. They’ll get what they want for The Stables in the end. The Bull’s Halloween celebrations are cancelled. Kenton’s worried that it’d be in poor taste to fill the place with coffins and zombies so soon after Bert actually died there. Justin questions the wisdom of this decision. The pub needs every customer it can get. Kenton admits to Toby that it’s likely to be a very slow night. Later, however, The Bull is filled with people playing old fashioned pub games and making a proper, traditional night of it. Even Justin has to admit that Kenton has pitched it perfectly. They agree with Toby’s suggestion that they should have games nights more often – a very fitting legacy for Bert.
31/10/2113m 6s

28/10/2021

Trevor shows Eddie some old photos of Bert and Joe from past Flower and Produce Shows. Eddie thinks the show’s special award in memory of Joe should return next year as an award in memory of both Joe and Bert. Trevor points out two men’s names should be in alphabetical order and then proceeds to list many famous pairings that follow this rule. While getting more drinks, Eddie doesn’t hold back in telling Jolene that being in Trevor’s company is hard work. He comes up with a plan for everyone in The Bull to spend time with Trevor thus sharing the load of his overly detailed conversation. It works but it also empties the pub pretty quickly too. After speaking to Rex, Jolene convinces Kenton to cancel their Halloween event as it doesn’t feel appropriate so soon after Bert’s death there. Trevor and Rex walk home from the Bull together. Trevor’s enjoyed his evening talking to so many people. Trevor tells Rex that Bert had spoken highly of him in his unfinished letter to Trevor. Rex accepts Trevor’s offer of keeping Bert’s poetry notebooks. Rex is touched that Bert saw him as a second son. Trevor declares Bert was proud of Rex, the way a dad should be.
28/10/2113m 11s

27/10/2021

Lily’s heard that Chelsea is putting what Russ has taught her into practice by correcting labels in the village shop. Lily praises his teaching skills and asks him to apply them to helping out Freddie, who’s shaken by Bert’s sudden death. With Russ less than enthusiastic, Lily does the job herself and lets Russ know she’s informed Freddie that Russ would like him to introduce one of the films at their Halloween screening. Tony calls round to the Brookfield bungalow looking for Rex but finds Trevor, who’s turned up earlier than planned and let himself in with Bert’s hidden spare key. Tony’s keen to get back to the Bridge Farm potato harvest but Trevor invites him in. Rex arrives and relieves Tony from Trevor’s in-depth explanation about his train journey to reach Ambridge. Rex lets Trevor know he’ll have as much space and quiet as he needs but Trevor insists it’s having people to talk to that what will help him most. Later, Rex admits to Ruth that Trevor’s the most boring person he’s ever met. Rex returns to Trevor who’s finding poignant items amongst Bert’s belongings. Rex offers to give Trevor a lift to the station tomorrow, but then in spite of himself he ends up suggesting Trevor stays a bit longer.
27/10/2113m 8s

26/10/2021

Ruth fills in Rex on what happened at The Bull when she found Bert unresponsive. Rex can’t remember exactly what he said to Bert before he left for the pub. He wishes he’d been more considerate. Rex agrees to take on the task of informing Trevor, Bert’s son, as he’ll need to visit the bungalow. Once Rex has got hold of Trevor, he and Ruth look for the few things of Bert’s that Trevor asked Rex to put to one side for him. Trevor messages to say he’ll arrive tomorrow rather than the weekend. Freddie and Lily continue to bicker and Elizabeth tells them to get over it. Later, Elizabeth walks in on the twins still needling one another. She tells them the news that Bert has died and they quickly forget their fighting. They are all relieved that Freddie didn’t get round to cancelling Bert for his failed ghost stories tour idea. Beth tries to gauge how Ben is feeling after witnessing Bert’s sudden death. Ben diverts the conversation to Josh’s plan to get funding for tree planting at Brookfield. He’s resistant when Beth wonders if talking about Bert might help. Finally he admits he’s worried he’s not cut out to be a nurse because he completely froze when Bert wouldn’t respond. Beth reassures him that he is a caring person, and will be a great nurse.
26/10/2113m 6s

25/10/2021

Freddie’s had an additional idea for Lower Loxley’s Halloween offering. As well as the planned movie night, a ghost stories tour. The thought came to him while listening to Bert’s poetry at last night’s Harvest Supper – Bert’s a great storyteller. He’s already asked Bert to lead the event and Bert’s said yes. Russ thinks it’s mad to run two events on the same night and Elizabeth insists that Freddie tells Bert the ghost stories won’t go ahead. Later, Freddie says he’s turned Bert down but in truth is yet to speak to him. When Lily reminds Freddie that it’s his mess to clear up, he changes tack and teases Lily about Russ’s tuition of Chelsea. Ben’s considering different specialisms he could take as a nurse. He seeks guidance from Ruth on whether he would be good at working with elderly patients. She thinks he’s good with Jill and Leonard. Ben replies that he doesn’t see them as elderly and Ruth points out that’s a good thing. She invites him to join her in taking Bert for a pint to thank him for his help with clearing up after the Harvest Supper. Ruth and Ben take turns to play cribbage with Bert and every time Bert wins until finally Ben beats him. They recount to Jolene how he then closed his eyes, but they think he’s only pretending to sleep to save himself from any more defeats. But then, Ruth calls over Jolene when Bert won’t respond. She thinks he’s dead.
25/10/2113m 0s

24/10/2021

It’s the Harvest Supper in the Brookfield Barn. Jill is the compere for the evening, and Bert Fry is set to read from his A Borsetshire Lad collection. Kenton reads some of it to David and Elizabeth, who observe that Ambridge must be in their blood – they’re all still in the village, together, after all these years. They reminisce for a while, and as their mum makes her speech, they all pledge to meet up in 20 years. They drink a toast to Ambridge soil. Jill’s surprised to see Rex, who was meant to be meeting his dad, Robin, for dinner tonight. Rex explains Robin pulled out at the last minute. He’d had been looking forward to showing Robin the rewilding project. Sensing his dejection, Jill invites Rex to sit with her, and they listen to Bert’s poem together. Rex is pleased it goes down well with their fellow diners, and that Bert has sold all his copies of A Borsetshire Lad for charity. Jill confesses she’s mentioned to Bert that Rex is at a loose end tomorrow, and that Bert might like to be shown the rewilding area. Rex affirms he’d be pleased to give Bert a tour in place of his dad. He and Jill drink a harvest toast: all is safely gathered in.
24/10/2113m 16s

21/10/2021

Jennifer learns from Tom that Adam’s left his job and is working at Bridge Farm on their harvest. She sympathizes over the situation at Danforth Barton, but she can’t hide her disdain for the work Adam’s doing now, suggesting the partnership could find him a role back at Home Farm. But Adam doesn’t want to return. He tells Jennifer the truth about why he left – due to secretly taking money from a Home Farm account – and she is stunned. Adam knows he’s messed up and right now he’s happy picking fruit. Jennifer can’t understand his satisfaction. Kenton delivers drinks to Brookfield for the Harvest Supper on Sunday. He and David assure one another their preparation to host the event is going really well but neither are willing to reveal exactly what they’ve got planned. Kenton admits to Jill that his efforts actually aren’t going well. Jill suggests he gets help from Lynda; she’ already suggested to David he does the same. Kenton’s not keen. Later, David and Kenton meet after respectively getting feedback from Lynda Snell and Bert Fry. They struggle to work together and then admit, with some help from Jill, that neither of them have written anything of significance. Jill asks if she could do the introduction instead, and her relieved sons think her suggestion is perfect. The job is hers.
21/10/2113m 3s

20/10/2021

Martyn Gibson praises Blake for his work at Berrow Farm and then swiftly introduces Blake to a reporter from The Borchester Echo. Blake gets stressed by the reporter’s questions. Jazzer walks in on the interview and quickly sees off the reporter when he spots how uncomfortable Blake is. Jazzer apologises to Blake and then accuses Martyn of using Blake to make himself look good. This further stresses Blake. Jazzer tries to comfort Blake, but Blake’s lost his trust in him. Blake clings to his belief that Philip and Gavin are good people. They protected him and he’s determined to get them out of prison. Kenton’s attempts to write down what he’ll say as joint compere at the Harvest Supper isn’t going well but it’s got to be done if he’s to share the stage with David. Kenton panics when Shula tells him Justin and Lilian are considering investing in the Stables. What will it mean for Lilian’s investment in The Bull? Shula tells him not to worry, The Bull means too much to Lilian to give up on it. Later, Lilian outlines Justin’s ideas for the Stables if they were to invest. It’s completely against the ethos that Shula wants to preserve. Lilian agrees, and tells Shula to come up with her own watertight plan to modernise the Stables’ business. Lilian will then do the convincing when it comes to Justin.
20/10/2112m 56s

19/10/2021

Tony’s surprised to see Adam in the Bridge Farm Shop. Adam explains he’s resigned from his job – though he’s hasn’t told Jennifer yet. When Tony shares that Bridge Farm is short of labour, Adam offers to help. This surprises Tony – it’s menial and not highly paid. But Adam is definite; he’ll start tomorrow. Shula challenges Lilian about Justin’s intentions with the Stables. He’s been snooping round and taking photos. Lilian explains Justin seems to have had a change of heart since initially dismissing the idea of investing in The Stables. Shula is wary and says she’ll go it alone after all. Lilian tries to reassure Shula that she won’t let Justin re-model the Stables and pleads for her to hang on until she’s heard exactly what Justin has in mind. Jazzer shows Blake round Berrow then sets him to work strimming the verges. Blake is mortified when he accidentally cuts an electric fence wire with the strimmer. Jazzer tells him not to worry and together they fix the problem. But Blake can’t let go of the fact that he’s done wrong and expects punishment. He recalls an unsettling memory from when he was enslaved. Jazzer listens compassionately and assures him he’s safe now. He adds that the people at Berrow Farm can be trusted and that Blake deserves a fresh start.
19/10/2113m 8s

18/10/2021

Stressed Tom relays his worries about the lack of picking labour to Tony. They’ve promised Bridge Fresh customers seasonal fruit and veg this autumn, and they have to get on with the harvest. Tony offers to help though it’s not enough to fully meet the shortfall. Later, Tom’s stress levels rise further when he has to stop apple picking to sort a problem with the Bridge Fresh platform. Then it starts to rain and all picking is halted. Tony remains calm but Tom warns they’re rapidly running out of time to get the crop in. Ruth shows Stella round Brookfield and then they clarify where Brookfield sheep will graze at Home Farm so there’s no more miscommunications in future. Over cups of tea they get on well, and Ruth invites Stella to the Harvest Supper. It’s a great way to get to know more people in Ambridge. Adam’s walked out of his new job at Danforth Barton Farm and heads straight to Grey Gables to tell Ian. Christian had ordered Adam to fire a labourer and Adam had refused. He’s worried how Ian will react but Ian’s understanding; he recounts his own experience with a nightmare boss. Later they talk it over. Adam’s sorry for failing to provide. Ian reassures him. Adam’s keen to find other work fast – they need the money – though it won’t be easy with his short spell working for Christian and no hope of a reference from him.
18/10/2113m 11s

17/10/2021

Lilian is thrilled that Shula’s open to the idea of her and Justin investing in The Stables and assures her the spirit of the place will be maintained as they make improvements. Shula asks if Justin feels the same and then twigs that Lilian hasn’t yet told him about it. The pair present the idea to Justin together. He instantly dismisses it and is rude about the Stables being small fry. After Shula leaves, Lilian is furious with Justin but he insists Shula gave a bad pitch. He’s clear that he’s not prepared to invest his money based purely on sentimentality, but then the cogs start to turn on how The Stables could be a viable investment. David and Kenton compare notes on the Harvest Supper. They’re both looking forward to it after last year’s was cancelled. Things are looking up after a difficult time for business at both the Bull and the Brookfield Barn. Jazzer joins them, pleased he’s convinced Blake to take up accommodation at The Elms, plus there’s some work lined up for him at Berrow Farm. David and Kenton run through the plans with Jazzer and realise they both have their sights set on being the compere. They bicker about who would do it best. Jazzer suggests a double act to which they agree. They know they won’t be able to prepare together but perhaps they could combine their individual routines. Game on, says David.
17/10/2113m 6s

14/10/2021

Writer, Keri Davies Director, Marina Caldarone Editor, Jeremy Howe Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie Pip Archer ….. Daisy Badger Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde Alan Franks ….. John Telfer Amy Franks ….. Jennifer Daley Martyn Gibson ….. Jon Glover Shula Hebden Lloyd ….. Judy Bennett Chelsea Horrobin ….. Madeleine Leslay Russ Jones ….. Andonis James Anthony Alistair Lloyd ….. Michael Lumsden Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly Lily Pargetter ….. Katie Redford Johnny Phillips ….. Tom Gibbons Stella ….. Lucy Speed
14/10/2112m 53s

13/10/2021

Lilian’s regretting her snappiness with Ruth yesterday. She confesses to Shula she was disproportionately ratty over the Harvest Supper arrangements, and reveals it’s because she’s given up smoking. It’s proving hard, and Justin’s getting the thick end of it. Shula admits she’s not feeling great either since her fall from a horse, and the two arrange to have supper together. Later Lilian’s in better heart, having explained everything to understanding Ruth. Shula shares that she’s lost some of her resilience recently; the Stables is getting on top of her. There are hefty repairs to be done and she wishes she had someone to share the burden with. Lilian has a brainwave – why not her? She’s looking to invest and she would be the ideal business partner for Shula. Shula cautions that it wouldn’t be a money maker, but Lilian’s ready to celebrate. Lily tries to encourage Chelsea to become a canvasser for Felpersham Kitchens, but Chelsea isn’t interested. They chat about how her studies are going, and Chelsea admits to struggling with an essay deadline. When Lily makes a vague offer of help, Chelsea bites her hand off. Later as they work Russ weighs in with some pointers of his own. Lily suggests two coaches will confuse Chelsea. Russ agrees, and asks Chelsea to choose. Chelsea picks Russ, and his tuition proves a big hit. Lily gets her revenge when Chelsea insists on offering Russ a haircut when he can’t get an appointment. Great, growls Russ.
13/10/2113m 17s

12/10/2021

Johnny spots Chelsea the bus stop, and shares that Lily had mentioned her in conversation. Chelsea jumps on this – Lily should mind her own business. Johnny points out Lily had just wanted to put them in touch in case he could help Chelsea with her dyslexia. They arrange to meet later to chat. Chelsea wangles a lift on Jazzer’s bike, which she’s appalled that he’s selling. She reckons her mum’s behind it, but he assures her it’s his decision. When Johnny agrees with Jazzer that bikes, and biker chicks, aren’t that great, Chelsea instantly rows back and announces she thinks bikes are unsafe and she’s not interested any more. Jazzer’s gobsmacked. And when Johnny laughs at Chelsea’s helmet hair, she declares she doesn’t want to bother with him, either. Ruth tries to persuade Lilian away from offering a dessert for the Harvest Supper. Lilian’s unwilling to swap courses; she feels she’s been singled out as the ‘dead wood’ in the village. She’ll stick to desserts thank you – and she wishes people had more faith in her. Amy’s with Alan, ploughing through career change literature. She asks if Alan’s still buying Jazzer’s motorbike. He affirms he is, and reluctant Usha’s on board too after his explanation that the ideal number of bikes is always ‘N plus one’. Jazzer arrives with the news that he’s not selling after all due to Chelsea’s change of heart. Alan takes this well, remembering the trials of bringing up a teenage daughter. Jazzer just wonders what Chelsea will get up to next.
12/10/2112m 58s

11/10/2021

Blake’s done a good job on his second assignment at Greenacres. Alistair suggests he stay for lunch. He establishes Blake loves animals, and they exchange amusing anecdotes. Alistair feels uncomfortable letting Blake leave a warm house to return to the birdhide, but on Jazzer’s prompting he doesn’t press the issue. Alistair also raises the subject of payment, and gets out his wallet. Blake feels it’s too much, but Alistair and Jazzer insist; this is the real world of work now. They agree it’s an important step for Blake. Stella needs an assurance from Brian that sourcing a freelance labour pool will be worth it – she doesn’t want to go down this route if Home Farm’s being sold. Brian confirms he’s not selling up. He wants to farm forever. Stella meets Pip to ask about some sheep in a field she plans to spray. She asks Pip to move them. She rubs Pip up the wrong way and Pip retorts the earliest she can get them moved is tomorrow. Later Stella remarks to Brian on Pip’s unprofessional attitude. Brian’s surprised. They’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with Brookfield as far as he’s concerned. But the more Stella discovers, the more she feels it’s all too close for comfort. The sheep arrangement needs to work properly or it might be better if Home Farm’s no longer involved. Brian assures Stella she’ll soon get used to the ways of Ambridge. Stella muses they might need to think carefully about all these cosy arrangements.
11/10/2113m 4s

10/10/2021

Jazzer confesses to Alistair he feels responsible for Chelsea’s developing love affair with biking. It’s going to hurt, but he’s decided to sell his motorbike. This will not only help Chelsea but will also show Tracy he’s taking his new step-dad duties seriously – worth a few Brownie points! Jazzer’s first port of call is Alan, who declares he’d be interested in buying the bike. They agree to talk terms later in the week. Amy’s shocked, especially as Alan’s buying it as a ‘hobby bike’. Since when does her dad have time for hobbies? She also believes Usha will be less than impressed. Blake sets to work at Greenacres, rescuing the shelves Jazzer had started to put up. He’s been given a pair of Alistair’s boots to replace his old trainers, and Alistair’s keen to make sure he’s happy with them. They’re great, Blake assures him. He does a professional job on the shelves, and Jazzer and Alistair thank him for his hard work. Blake declares he enjoyed doing it, and Jazzer lists some more jobs he could do, if he wants to come back tomorrow? When he’s gone Alistair’s perturbed that Blake didn’t seem to be expecting payment for his work. Jazzer points out Blake still has a lot of adjusting to do.
10/10/2112m 45s

07/10/2021

At the BL board meeting Brian introduces Stella to Justin. Quietly Justin asks Stella whether she’s persuaded Brian to pledge a few efficiencies at Home Farm. Stella assures Justin she has a few things up her sleeve. She mentions to the board possible alternative uses for the land (which Justin had kept quiet), and some solid green cost cutting options which will still bring in better returns, and maximise payments from the new Sustainable Farming Incentive. Afterwards Justin accepts through gritted teeth they’ve got what they wanted – Home Farm has kept the Estate contract. Brian wrongfoots Justin further when he discloses he knows Justin and Stella go way back – he’s done the farm an enormous favour by tipping her off about the job. Some of Stella’s ideas have made Brian feel something of a dinosaur. She flatters him by pooh-poohing this. He points out that retaining the contract is only step one. There’s a lot more to do to secure the future of Home Farm. Jazzer’s brought bacon sandwiches to the hide for Blake. Blake confesses his lack of trust of Kirsty; to him Mr Moss and Gavin never did anything wrong. Jazzer accepts this, and gets why Blake ran away from Lynda’s. They share stories of their respective dads; Jazzer admits Jim is like a father to him now. He suggests there are plenty of people who’d want to help Blake. Blake’s unsure, but he agrees to help with Jazzer’s tricky shelves. Jazzer declares he can come over to Greenacres whenever he wants.
07/10/2112m 59s

06/10/2021

Vince tries to apologise to Beth and Ben about yesterday. Beth won’t see her dad, but Ben thinks they should accept his offer of three nights in a London hotel. Ben meets Vince and hears him out. Vince wonders what he needs to do for forgiveness from his daughter. Ben explains Beth feels Vince is trying to buy her off. She just wants her dad to be her dad, and to stop trying to prove he’s top dog. Vince for his part stresses he always made sure his girls had the best of everything – the childhood he never had. Ben’s not sure Beth knows that. He persuades Beth to see her dad. Vince shows her a photo of her aged seven that he keeps with him. He may not have been around but he always wanted to see her face – all he could give her at the time was money. Beth’s won over, and Vince owes Ben one. Ben reckons the trip to London will do nicely. Jazzer reaffirms to Jim his intention to bore Chelsea out of her interest in motorbikes. But Chelsea’s ahead of him and knows this is for her mum’s benefit and designed to put her off. Jazzer weakens and speeds up, to Chelsea’s joy. When they get home Tracy susses it instantly, and Jazzer’s in the doghouse. He joins Jim birding at the country park. He feels it’s not fair he’s missing supper; he’s clearly not cut out for step-parenting. Jim’s distracted – there’s someone sleeping in the hide. The light of their torch reveals it’s Blake, one of Philip’s builders.
06/10/2113m 16s

05/10/2021

Visiting the Vicarage Ruth thanks Amy for chatting to Ben about nursing. She’s pleased he seems to have found his vocation, and Amy seems to have inspired him even further. Amy’s evasive about when she’ll be returning to her own job. Learning that Usha’s going to be late home, Ruth takes her leave. Amy too leaves her dad to it – she thinks she has a migraine coming on. Later she admits to Alan she’s leaving midwifery. She’s worn out. Alan’s shocked, but understands. Amy feels guilty – after all her dad hasn’t abandoned his calling, has he? Alan assures her she doesn’t owe anyone anything. And he’s special to her, whatever she ends up doing. Nervous Ben’s having dinner with Beth and her dad. Vince has treated them to a meal at Les Soeurs Heureuses. Ben feels uneasy eating there, and recounts his gran’s flapjack throwing incident. Vince smiles he had no idea Jill was such a good aim. As Beth leaves the table for a while Vince declares he has a nose for bad boyfriends – Ben smells alright so far but Vince won’t stand by and see Beth hurt. Quaking Ben understands. Then Vince fakes an allergic reaction, which panics Ben. Beth’s furious her dad’s humiliated Ben, and leaves the restaurant. Ben assures her he’s ok and has taken the joke in good part; he doesn’t want her to fall out with her dad again over this. But Beth’s adamant. She thought her dad might have changed, but she won’t make that mistake again.
05/10/2113m 17s

04/10/2021

Stella tackles Brian head-on about the news that Home Farm may be sold. Why wasn’t she told this before she took the job? Caught off-guard Brian falters before becoming indignant; this possibility is new and unexpected for everyone. Stella feels she’s been sold a pup, but apologetic Brian explains the situation with Alice and Chris, including Alice’s alcohol issues. Now he might be forced to sell land, and he’s running out of fight. Stella reckons it might not come to that, and even if it does it’s not insurmountable. Brian needn’t worry about Justin and the Estate contract; he can trust her. She thanks Brian for his honesty. Tracy feels Chelsea’s lost her confidence in driving since the accident with Blake. On speaking to Jazzer she resolves to take Chelsea out for a drive after college. But Chelsea has other plans. She wants Jazzer to teach her to ride a motorbike instead. Her mum can’t stop her; she’s seventeen. Jazzer concedes that technically Chelsea’s right, and agrees to let her ride out with him. Angry Tracy declares Jazzer’s no help and should keep his nose out; Chelsea’s her daughter, not his. Later Tracy admits she was out of line expecting Jazzer to play the step-dad. But Jazzer counters that’s just what he should be doing – supporting Tracy. He promises to make Chelsea’s lesson so boring that she’ll never want to see a bike again.
04/10/2113m 8s

03/10/2021

Josh and Ben wind each other up over the cake Beth’s making for their gran’s birthday. Ben’s convinced Josh will lose his bet, while Josh reckons Beth’s in danger of blotting her copybook with Jill, especially since Jill liked Beth’s predecessor Evie so much. The finished cake is stunning, but in the anxiety whipped up by the moment Ben drops it on the floor. At first Beth’s furious, but the situation’s remedied when it transpires Jill tasted a piece of undamaged cake and declared it delicious. Beth’s also pleased Jill’s stopped calling her Evie. Josh concedes he’s lost the bet, and he pays Beth the agreed stake money. As Justin watches Lilian bake, they chat about Blake’s departure and the situation between Alice and Chris. When Lilian mentions they’re getting divorced Justin’s quick to pounce on the financial implications for Home Farm. Lilian agrees it’s tricky, and divulges that Brian and Jennifer are considering selling up. Justin lunches with Stella. We discover they know one another, and that it was Justin who tipped Stella off about the job at Home Farm. He gives her the heads up that BL will be looking to make efficiencies in Adam’s wake. He drops the bombshell that Brian may sell up, and suggests Stella have another look at the workings of the farm. Later when Lilian stresses the importance of confidentiality regarding Home Farm, Justin assures her his lips are sealed, and he’s all done for today. Now he just needs to sit back and relax.
03/10/2113m 16s

30/09/2021

Beth’s commandeered the Brookfield kitchen to make a practise cake for Jill’s birthday. Ben defends her efforts when Josh annoyingly picks holes which wobble Beth’s confidence. Beth is desperate for Jill to like her and she wants the cake she makes for Sunday to be perfect. She also wants to win the bet she has with Josh. Ben marvels at her competitive spirit. Josh tries some of the cake Beth has left with Ben and thinks it’s great. Ben asks why his brother was being mean to Beth earlier and then suddenly realises that Josh fancies her. Josh refutes this completely but Ben isn’t convinced. Josh diverts Ben’s attention by suggesting that Beth’s cake might be too good and may make Jill jealous. Lynda and Robert both try unsuccessfully to hide their nerves about Blake coming to stay with them. After discovering he’d been discharged from hospital yesterday, Lynda invited him to Ambridge Hall. When Blake learns that Lynda and Robert run a B&B he explains he can’t pay for his stay there. They assure him there’s no charge. Over dinner, Lynda discovers Blake likes the film Singing in the Rain, but Robert hits the wrong note when he suggests Blake could take up dance lessons. After spilling some water, stressed Blake goes to his room. Later, they discover Blake has gone, along with his bag, and Robert wonders if they over did it with him. Lynda’s desperate to search for him but Robert warns that Blake may not want to be found.
30/09/2113m 14s

29/09/2021

Chelsea’s gone off driving and she asks David about insurance. She feels like she has whiplash and wants to know if she can sue for the accident involving Blake. Not really following Chelsea’s train of thought, David says theoretically she could. When Tracy hears Chelsea’s plan to sue, she tells her she’s talking rubbish and has no idea. Later, Tracy catches up with upset Chelsea who reveals her naïve plan had good intentions. Jennifer’s noticed how Alice always seems better after spending time at The Stables. But there’s been no update on her divorce plans. Meanwhile Jennifer gets Brian to taste the pavlova she hopes will persuade Ruth to switch her from starters to puddings for the Harvest Supper. Brian frets about the future of Home Farm. As he told Stella, when it comes to succession there is currently no one in position to take over. Later, Brian hears a horror story about a divorce involving a farm from David when he tells him the news about Alice and Chris. Brian tells Jennifer her request to make a pudding for the Harvest Supper’s been granted. He shocks her with a proposal to sell Home Farm altogether. Not only could Alice’s divorce risk the farm’s viability, there are also seismic changes in agriculture at the moment. Brian explains it means he could actually retire and all of the children’s futures would be financially secure. Jennifer thinks this sounds wonderful but notes Brian would be giving up on his dream of passing the farm on. Brian replies sagely that sometimes dreams change.
29/09/2113m 15s

28/09/2021

Kirsty catches up with Helen on her way to visit Blake in hospital. She hopes his back injury hasn’t been exacerbated by being knocked down by a car. Helen is relieved that the odd sightings round Beechwood were nothing to do with Rob after all. She feels defiant now. At the hospital Lynda comes across Kirsty who feels helpless as Blake has refused to see her. Lynda suggests she takes the things Kirsty has brought for Blake as he might agree for her to visit. At the sight of Lynda, Blake worries that he’s going to be arrested for the Grey Gables explosion. She assures him that he’s not and tries to make him see that the explosion wasn’t his fault. He points out her scars and again Lynda says he’s not to blame. Lynda encourages him to look at making a new start. Blake doesn’t want that; he wants things to go back to how they were when he was working for Philip. He can’t imagine a happier future for himself. David and Josh meet Beth at Borchester livestock market where she works. Beth wants David to know that she’s nothing like her dad and she won’t be a bad influence on Ben. She takes up Josh’s suggestion of visiting Brookfield later that day and ends up meeting the whole family as well as Bert. Later, Josh bowls in on Beth and Ben’s conversation to ask what Ben’s doing for Jill’s upcoming birthday. He thinks Beth’s idea of making Jill a cake is a bad idea. They make a bet on whether Beth can really impress Jill with cake.
28/09/2113m 8s

27/09/2021

Tensions run high as Tracy takes Chelsea out to drive on roads for the first time after practising at Brookfield. Tracy insists on driving them back home so that Chelsea doesn’t overdo it – the practise drive has gone well and Tracy thinks Chelsea should quit while she’s ahead. But then Chelsea points out Tracy’s doing 39mph in a 30 zone and Lynda has clocked her while on Speedwatch duty. Tracy begs Lynda not to report her speeding and Lynda emphasises the importance of parents setting an example to their children. Chelsea joins in with Lynda’s telling-off of her mum and then suggests she takes over the driving and they give Lynda a lift home. Lynda accepts the offer though is then later shocked to learn that Chelsea has only had three driving lessons so far. After a night in a hostel, Harrison has brought Blake back to Ambridge and he chats to Kirsty in the Tearoom. He’s really missed Philip and Gavin. Kirsty lets him believe that Philip’s away on holiday. Kirsty asks Blake about where he’s been since working for Philip and he gives some details about where he’s been but he finds the recollection stressful. Kirsty comes clean to Blake and explains that Philip is actually in prison because he broke the law getting Blake and the others to work for no money. But Blake won’t be convinced that Philip as a bad man. Blake is eager to persuade the police to get Philip released. Kirsty tries to get him to see the reality but he only gets more and more distressed, accusing her of lying. He runs from Kirsty into the path of the car that’s being driven by Chelsea.
27/09/2113m 16s

26/09/2021

Lee feels out of control over the possibility of the presence of Rob. Kirsty begs him not to do anything stupid. While they look for a key to beef up security at the Beechwood house, the CCTV system alerts Lee. He rushes to catch the intruder, assuming it’s Rob. But Kirsty quickly realises it’s Blake, one of Philip’s former slaves. He’s in a sorry state but he insists he’s fine and explains he’s been waiting for Philip as he’s keen to work for him again. Brian requests more consultation from Stella on decisions about Home Farm and she replies with the same request. She quizzes Brian on who he thinks might take over the farm from him and he can’t provide a solid answer. Brian points out where Adam has gone wrong in the past but Stella thinks Adam was ahead of his time with his commitment to soil health; she’s seldom seen soil in better heart. Lee’s apologetic for attacking Blake when he saw him. Blake tells him not to worry about it. Blake questions Lee about who Rob is and why he would be hanging round, and then apologises for asking too many questions. Blake panics when Kirsty explains a police officer, Harrison, is coming over. Both Lee and Kirsty try to calm him but Blake won’t be pacified. He points out Philip told him to stay away from police, believing that the explosion at Grey Gables was his fault. So how can he talk to Harrison?
26/09/2112m 58s

23/09/2021

Nervous about how Banjo’s sale will affect Alice, Brian and Jennifer offer her support, but Alice asserts she has to do this on her own. Shula expected Alice to arrive ready for one final ride on Banjo. Alice doesn’t think she deserves to. Shula assures her she’s doing the right thing and convinces Alice to give Banjo a proper farewell by taking him out. Later, Shula confides she’s still to regain her confidence with riding since the fall that broke her arm. Alice offers to take out some of the livelier horses for Shula. Out with Banjo Alice feels better than she’s done in ages. Joy pesters Tony while he fits a security camera to Helen and Lee’s house. She’s got the whole estate on high alert about the visiting stranger but assures Tony she’s not told anyone about Helen and Lee temporarily moving out. Brian relays the details of Chris’ drunken night in the Bull to Jennifer. Chris asked the whole pub to toast Cecil Jackson, the man with the smallest wallet and biggest marrow in Ambridge – Brian would have loved to have seen Cecil’s face! Jennifer reports that Chris was worried about losing his home, but Alice has reassured him. Alice tells her parents she’s going to help Shula out with exercising some of the horses. She also announces that she and Chris are getting divorced. Jennifer saw it coming, but Brian’s shocked and his thoughts quickly jump to the financial hit the divorce could cause Home Farm.
23/09/2113m 13s

22/09/2021

Kenton and David arrange who’s doing what for the Harvest Supper at Brookfield. Jolene and Kenton will provide drinks and entertainment for the evening. David nominates Ruth in her absence to co-ordinate food contributions. The brothers muse over Ben’s new relationship with Beth Casey. Is her family planning an Archers takeover with her dad also dating Elizabeth, teases Kenton. Meanwhile, Tracy’s been in touch to ask if Chelsea can practice driving on Brookfield land. Kenton thinks David should say yes. Alice returns Martha to Chris and finds him badly hung over. Amy had given her a heads up so she didn’t come too early. She’s sympathetic about his suffering and relieved to know he’s not going to make a habit of drinking too much. Chris congratulates Alice on her progress with giving up alcohol and admits he’s really going to miss her now they’re no longer a couple. Alice assures worried Chris that The Nest is his for as long as he likes. Chris wishes her luck saying goodbye to Banjo tomorrow. After learning about the stranger on Beechwood, Helen’s already organised for them all to stay at Bridge Farm. She’s not taking any risks; it’s clear that Rob is back and intends to try to snatch Jack again. Later, Lee tries to calm Helen, who’s frustrated by the actions of the police. With the authorities not doing enough in her eyes, it’s down to Helen and Lee and the rest of the family to keep Henry and Jack safe.
22/09/2112m 59s

21/09/2021

At the Bull Amy and Fallon catch up while Chris is at the bar. He arrives with their drinks. He’s been in the pub since finishing work, chatting with Cecil Jackson to pass the time. He tells Amy and Fallon that Alice isn’t moving back in with him because they’re no longer a couple. Later, when Fallon’s ready to call it a night, drunk Chris is disappointed. After helping a very drunk Chris home from the pub, Amy and Fallon wonder if it really is all over between Alice and Chris. Amy wishes they’d never agreed to carry on drinking with him. She thinks he’s holding in the hurt and pretending to be fine. They cringe at what Chris said to Cecil Jackson before Jolene asked Chris to leave; they hope he doesn’t remember. Lee confides to Tony Joy’s concerns about a stranger hanging around Beechwood. Lee’s found a footprint in a flowerbed in front of his and Helen’s house. Tony doesn’t think it’s much to go on and advises holding off telling Helen for now as it doesn’t take much to put her on edge. Later, Tony rings Lee to let him know that Johnny had also noticed something strange while on the estate. He saw the side gate of Helen and Lee’s house was open. The only answer can be that their house is being watched from the front and back. Lee’s adamant he has to tell Helen right away.
21/09/2112m 58s

20/09/2021

While checking the Anguses, Pat and Tony revel in having Helen, Lee and the boys over for dinner. Pat spots a problem with one of the cows and wonders if it could be down to litter left by people holidaying in the countryside. They’re looking forward to more normal times now the school holidays are over, including the Harvest Supper which Brookfield are hosting. Jennifer calls in on Chris at the forge. She’s put a casserole for him in the freezer at The Nest and bought Martha some pram shoes. Chris insists he’s managing to look after Martha as a single parent. Jennifer thinks he’s being very magnanimous about Alice’s decision not to move back to the Nest. Chris keeps quiet when he clocks that Jennifer doesn’t know that he and Alice have split up. They’re interrupted by Amy who’s also dropped in with a gift for Martha. Chris invites Amy to join him, Fallon and Harrison for an evening out. She can join as soon as she’s finished an event her dad has volunteered her for. Joy finds Tony taking a look at Lee’s car. He apologises for disturbing her but she says it’s no problem, she was only checking it wasn’t the other person who’s been hanging around. Joy describes to Tony seeing an unidentifiable man walking up and down the road. When she went out to confront him, he’d gone. After saying it out loud to Tony, she’s sure she’s fretting over nothing.
20/09/2113m 14s

19/09/2021

Jennifer’s anxious about going to the Flower and Produce Show – her first time as one of its judges – because of what people might be saying about Alice’s decision not to move back in with Chris and Martha. Jennifer worries how Chris is coping. Brian accompanies Jennifer to the village hall for moral support. Later, Jennifer tells Brian how disappointing the number of entries were. Meanwhile, he’s heard a rumour about Eddie’s strategy to mark Joe’s centenary. Eddie’s miffed that Kenton and Jolene haven’t held back from entering classes at the Flower and Produce Show in order to help the Grundys win in honour of Joe’s 100th birthday. Bert’s not abstaining; he thinks the best way to honour Joe is to compete as hard as he would have done himself. While the judges deliberate, Kenton offers Eddie a pint on the house. He thinks of his dad often too. Eddie reports that when he was at the Beechwood estate earlier he had the feeling someone was watching him. Back at the village hall, Kenton and Jolene and Eddie are all disappointed in the judging of their entries. And Jennifer’s had a word with Eddie about dissuading people from entering. Jennifer announces that Bert Fry has won the Freda Fry Memorial Cup for Best in Show. She then announces that Bert has suggested another overall award is given for Entry that Raises the Biggest Smile in memory of Joe Grundy. Eddie’s chuffed when it’s awarded to Poppy for her animal collage.
19/09/2113m 7s

16/09/2021

Oliver comes clean to Eddie that he didn’t manage to talk Jolene and Kenton out of entering a hanging basket in the Flower & Produce Show. He doesn’t want to spin them a story, it goes against the grain for him. He’d rather tell them the truth about the homage to Joe. Eddie’s inspired, and decides to combine the two, spinning the truth into something that tugs on Kenton’s heart strings. It works. However, Kenton’s resolve to enter is renewed by Fallon’s timely reminder that Joe conned him out of many a pint over the years, and Eddie’s just as bad. Kenton assures Jolene that they’re going to wipe the floor with Eddie Grundy. Emma visits Alice. Alice braces herself for the worst, but after Emma divulges that her brother’s in bits, she concedes she hadn’t realised what Alice had been going through, and that she could have been more sympathetic. She gets that there are times people don’t know what they’re doing. In turn Alice admits she may have pushed Emma. She tries to explain why she told Chris it’s over between them. She can only get better by herself, and she can’t do it with Chris watching her. Emma thinks that sounds like Alice doesn’t care. Alice explains she loves Chris more than ever, and it’s breaking her heart – but she has to do it. Reluctantly, Emma agrees Alice is right.
16/09/2113m 6s

15/09/2021

Ian asks Adam about his new boss, Christian. Adam declares him down to earth, and eager to learn more about farming. But is he prepared to listen, presses Ian. Eventually he squeezes out of Adam that Christian is a bit too hands-on and doesn’t always follow expert advice – probably the reason the previous manager left. And Adam is now seen by the other staff as part of the team that ousted their mate. But he’s sure it won’t always stay like this. However, on Ian’s prompting, Adam spots several missed messages from Christian, who wants him in on Saturday to discuss a new tractor. Ian thinks this is beyond the pale – it’s as bad as Home Farm was! Determined to find a solution that works, he suggests they might move closer to Danforth Barton Farm. Chris and Martha have made a welcome home banner for Alice. Alice holds Martha tentatively, caught by how much she’s grown, and how much she’s missed. As Chris enthuses about her having more moments with Martha now, Alice warns him that every day is still a struggle for her. After dinner Chris gives Alice a memory box full of little snippets of Martha. Alice is moved by a drawing Chris has done. She can’t believe he could still do something like this for her after what she’s done. Chris asserts she’s different now. He wants her to move back home. But Alice won’t. She has to recover on her own, and she can’t be with Chris any more.
15/09/2113m 15s

14/09/2021

With an unexpected crowd at the Tearoom, and Harrison’s willing assistance not quite hitting the mark, reluctant Fallon calls on Jennifer to lend a hand. Jennifer arrives and has a lot to say. She’s capable and efficient but the ultimate back seat driver for Fallon and Emma. Afterwards they admit to Jennifer they’d have been lost without her. When she asks if she was too bossy, they chorus of course not. Jennifer’s been pleased of the distraction. Alice comes home tomorrow. Fallon has a thought: she’s meant to be judging some of the bakes at the Flower & Produce, but something’s come up. Might Jennifer like to step in? Later Jennifer announces she’ll do it. The Show means a lot to her, and although Brian thinks she has enough on her plate, she feels it gives her hope that things might be alright and she’ll be free to do it. After she’s gone Fallon admits to Harrison there was no other commitment – she offered the judging to Jennifer to take her mind off things. Harrison loves Fallon for her generosity. Exhausted Adam takes over childcare duty from Ian. But he falls asleep on the sofa and Ian discovers Xander’s been in the kitchen, helping himself to the knife drawer. Ian’s furious, and Adam’s apologetic. Ian relents; he can see Adam’s tired, they’ll work it out. Adam pledges to mitigate the tiredness by getting more rest, and promises it will ease once he gets used to his new job and the commute. This won’t happen again.
14/09/2113m 10s

13/09/2021

Chris and Jennifer arrive at Alice’s rehab facility. As they settle down with Luke, Alice’s counsellor, Alice apologises for worrying them when she ran off. Noticing Chris is quiet, she suggests he could leave – she understands how hard this is for him. Chris affirms he’s staying, and the session begins. Alice tells her mum she’s been writing a diary, a history of herself and drink. She comments there’s lots of talking involved too, and they all eat together – none of this was easy for her at first. But she’s getting used to it. Chris notes she’s not asking about Martha. Luke prompts that not talking about Martha doesn’t mean she’s not important to Alice. They move on to the impact letters they’ve brought. Jennifer reads hers with difficulty, and it hurts Alice, who takes a break before Chris reads his letter. It’s not what he wanted to say and he improvises more words on the spot. With emotions running high Alice gives her response to their letters. She didn’t mean to hurt them, and she’s genuinely trying to change. She tells them she now feels like she has a little bit of hope. In the car Chris and Jennifer agree that this was more like the Alice they know, and they dare to believe the rehab is doing some good. Privately Alice admits to Luke that seeing them was painful, and she’s not sure they fully get it. She’s scared, and doesn’t think she wants to go home.
13/09/2113m 16s

12/09/2021

Eddie has high hopes for his cider at the upcoming Flower and Produce Show. Oliver’s not sure Eddie’s approach to winning the Freda Fry Cup by nobbling prospective entrants is a good one. But Eddie’s worried he won’t win if he doesn’t take out the opposition. In fact, he’d like Oliver’s help to persuade the Bull not to enter their hanging baskets. Oliver’s sceptical, while Eddie reckons all it needs is a subtle hard luck story – from Oliver. But Oliver’s attempt backfires when Kenton and Jolene regale him with their own tale of woe about lockdown and hard times. The hanging baskets might shine a bit of light for the Bull. Oliver decides not to pursue his own sob story. Pat and Peggy chat about how strange it will be without Shula and Jennifer entering the Flower and Produce Show. Peggy’s still regretting her actions in not telling Jennifer sooner about Alice’s problems. They’re hardly speaking and she misses her. Later, Jennifer admits to Pat she feels she should have noticed the signs with Alice sooner. Pat assures her it’s never that simple. When Jennifer comments that Peggy’s made things worse, Pat suggests it might be time to heal those wounds. Jennifer visits Peggy, and a thaw begins, though Jennifer can’t forget what happened. Peggy gives her daughter a treasured old prayer card she got from the hospital caring for Jack Archer more than sixty years ago. Jennifer’s touched. Peggy was grateful to the chaplain who gave her the card – it’s much better to talk than keep things hidden away.
12/09/2113m 11s

09/09/2021

Susan and Neil are mulling over Chris’s decision to leave Ambridge View, and his upcoming visit to Alice in rehab. They speculate as to where Alice might live when she returns to Ambridge, and worry about Chris getting his hopes up. They agree they can’t live his life for him. Susan visits Shula. She’s keen there should be no misunderstanding over Neil’s visits, so she apologises again on his behalf, and offers Shula the money for Keira’s first three riding lessons retrospectively. Shula says there’s no need but Susan insists. She and Neil appreciate what a good friend she’s been to them both, and are there for her if she needs anything in the future. Jennifer and Brian settle down to write letters to Alice. Brian’s struggling. He’d rather see Alice first to gauge her state. He’s worried dredging everything up will set her back. It gets too much for him and he refuses to do it. Jennifer doesn’t want to be treading on egg shells with Alice for the rest of their lives and she implores Brian not to leave the letter writing all up to her. Brian comes clean about the disastrous day he took Alice to rehab. He’s not sure he can express to Alice how upsetting it was. Jennifer sympathises, but suggests he should be honest, and write from the heart. Then it’s up to Alice.
09/09/2113m 12s

08/09/2021

Ben’s reluctant to join Beth in her wild swim, and she detects his reticent mood. Eventually he confesses he lied on Monday about relationships, and admits he’s recently dumped someone. Beth needs to think about this. He lied to her, and it was pathetic. Ben offers to take her home, but when she hesitates he sees an opportunity to explain that he wasn’t feeling it with Evie any more, and that he felt bad for finishing it but that it was the right thing to do. He apologises for the lie, and promises to be honest from now on. Beth’s good humoured response is to soak Ben, first with a shake from Bess and then by pushing him into the water. Amy’s been on a spa day with Usha. She’s quite enjoying being back in her old bedroom. Chris admires her attitude. He observes his parents are being sickeningly lovey dovey right now. Chris wants to move out, back into the Nest. It feels right. Amy thinks it’s a big decision for him. Chris gets an email from the rehab centre – they want him to visit Alice on Monday. He prompts Jennifer that she’s had the same message. They need to each write Alice a letter and read it out to her. Jennifer sees it as a positive that Alice has asked to see them. They agree that it won’t be easy, but if it will help Alice, that’s what they must do.
08/09/2113m 9s

07/09/2021

Eddie can’t persuade Joy to travel in the back of his limo for her mystery tour prize – she prefers to be up front where she can enjoy a nice long chat with him. Eddie hurriedly improvises a new route, renaming it the mystery tour of Modern Rural Life. First stop is Borchester livestock market then a tea wagon stop-off on the bypass, Joy’s loving it. She chats about her planned entries for the Flower and Produce Show. Eddie turns on the sob story, and gets his desired result when touched Joy offers to withdraw this year. Neil tries to get to the bottom of Susan’s disquiet. Entreating him to be honest, Susan asks questions about his visits to The Stables. When she visited Shula yesterday she’s sure she looked embarrassed. Susan asks if Neil’s in love with Shula. Neil’s aghast, and denies this. He loves Susan. Susan cites their recent meal together at Grey Gables as an example of his quiet behaviour, but Neil thinks it might be her that’s changed. But Susan admits she can’t stop loving Neil, which he’s glad to hear. Neil apologises for his stupidity, and the air is cleared. He also apologises to Shula, admitting she’d been right about the gossip and he won’t call in uninvited anymore. He assures her he’ll always be there for her, as a friend. Shula says a pensive goodbye.
07/09/2113m 14s

06/09/2021

Beth watches impressed as Ben tags a calf. He’s intrigued by her work at the livestock market. Happy and flirty, the pair set off for a picnic on Lakey Hill. Beth’s amazed at the food Ben’s provided, and the views. They can’t see Lower Loxley but Beth declares Elizabeth a class act, who’s changed her dad. For herself, she’s glad she’s reconciled with Vince. Her boyfriend turned out to have cheated with her best friend. She can’t bear people who move on so quickly and flit from one relationship to another. Ben assures her quickly that’s not his style. Oblivious Neil gushes about Shula’s kindness to Alice. Susan’s looking for her favourite lasagne dish, which Neil reveals is still at The Stables. He suggests Susan asks Shula for it back, to which Susan replies she just might. Later Shula hunts for the dish as Susan remarks pointedly that it was Neil who made the lasagne. She questions Shula closely on the help Neil’s been giving her with her garden, commenting that Ambridge View could do with some attention too. When Shula lets slip that Neil had kept coming over when she told him he didn’t need to come, shocked Susan makes a hasty exit. Upset and simmering, she sets about cleaning her oven. Baffled Neil’s mystified by her attitude and suggests eating at the Bull; he’s famished. Her silence drives him to head off on his own, declaring he’s past caring. Stunned Susan responds that she is too.
06/09/2113m 7s

05/09/2021

Chris catches up with Amy. They chat about Alice, and Martha, before Amy goes on to talk about her work and shares some of the difficult experiences she’s dealt with over the last year and a half. She’s getting good support but it’s been tough. Chris offers a listening ear any time she needs it. Eddie’s feeling down despite the imminent arrival of the turkey poults. It would have been Joe’s one hundredth birthday in a couple of weeks. Oliver’s sympathetic and suggests celebrating with the Cider Club but that doesn’t feel right for Eddie. Later a buoyed Eddie has an idea – he intends for the Grundys to lift the Freda Fry Cup for Best in Show at this year’s Flower and Produce Show, in honour of Joe’s memory. All he has to do now is persuade the regular top flyers not to enter. Home Farm is preparing to sell their breeding flock. Brian’s happy it’s the right time to get rid of the sheep. As he plans to do more drilling irritated Jennifer can’t wait for Stella to start. Then Brian can properly retire. Brian’s feeling the first glimmer of hope with Alice starting the counselling phase of her rehab. He also fills Jennifer in on the news that Ruairi will be moving into his halls of residence in London soon. But their focus should be firmly on Alice’s return next week. Jennifer admits to dreading it. She hopes Alice has moved forward.
05/09/2113m 17s

02/09/2021

Lilian drops off a hamper to Jakob at the vet practice. She can’t thank him enough for being thorough with his checks on Double Bill despite her pressuring him to sign the horse off for purchase. Lilian’s gift interrupts Denise and Jakob’s chat. Denise almost didn’t take up Jakob’s invitation to talk but did so out of loyalty to Alistair and the practice. Jakob admits he misses her skills, and recognises he’s been insensitive. Denise explains she’s feeling stressed at home with both of her children moving out. Alistair plans to take Mousse to a rescue centre but Jazzer tries to persuade him otherwise. Alistair needs someone to come home to, especially when he’s had a hard week like this one. But the canine companionship that Jazzer’s describing isn’t forthcoming from Mousse with Alistair. Alistair’s relieved to learn Denise and Jakob have come to an agreement and she will resume working at the practice. When Jakob notices Denise’s fondness for Mousse he suggests that she takes the dog home. Denise agrees. She’ll even take Mousse to visit her owner Mrs Hakim. After ruling out a horse and a boat, Lilian and Justin are at a loss as to what to do with the money they want to invest. Lilian wonders whether they should simply give the money away. Justin thinks she’s mad. Whilst he’s not against doing something for charity he still wants them to pursue a venture together. Whatever it will be, it’ll make the rest of Ambridge sit up and take notice.
02/09/2113m 15s

01/09/2021

Tracy gets the printer and photocopier at the vet practice working again and then spars with Jakob over his brusque manner. Alistair interrupts them and insists Jakob covers half of the small animal clinic which would usually be done by Denise. Jakob resists; he’s got important test results to look at. Alistair convinces him to call Denise and apologise in the hope she will return – no one can run the practice as well as her. On their way back to Ambridge, Lilian and Justin agree that a boat is not the right investment for them. With Lilian’s true attitude to sailing in the open, Justin now sees all of the costs involved in owning a boat. Lilian wants Justin to stop teasing her about her infamous skipper experience. She rips up the copy of the newspaper article that Nancy gave him. With a boat now off the list of potential investments, Lilian is keen to press on with the purchase of Double Bill. But Jakob’s examinations have uncovered the horse has a serious condition. Mousse escapes her crate and runs riot. Once recaptured, Tracy proudly recounts her capture of the rat that was running for its life with Mousse on the loose. Alistair’s keen for her to take the dog back to Greenacres but Tracy is hard to shift. She then remembers Mousse’s owner needs to go into a nursing home, which means to Alistair’s dismay he’ll be in charge of Mousse for a while longer.
01/09/2113m 15s

31/08/2021

Justin’s gone right off the idea of buying a horse now he’s seen a few boats. As they look round another, Nancy can’t help correct Lilian on her sailing terminology. This needles Lilian to the point where she cracks and admits she has something to tell Justin about her past sailing days. She recounts how she crashed a boat after thinking she saw a walrus. Nancy and her husband have dined out on the tale ever since. Justin wishes Lilian had kept the newspaper report of the accident. The truth is that Lilian actually really doesn’t enjoy sailing – she only did it in Guernsey to fit in with her boyfriend. With Denise no longer working at the vet practice, Jakob struggles to find the equipment he needs. He stands by his behaviour when Alistair challenges him on his manner with Denise. This riles Alistair. Things go from bad to worse when Alistair returns to Greenacres for a break from Jakob’s belligerence. He discovers Mousse has broken a treasured mug of Jim’s. Tracy hopes it can be replaced but Alistair’s certain Jim will notice. Tracy listens to Alistair’s woes about Mousse taking a disliking to him as well as things being hard at the vet practice with no Denise and office equipment playing up. No wonder he’s feeling lonely, she concludes. Alistair quickly replies he’s not in the least bit lonely. Tracy insists on helping out at the vet practice tomorrow; she’s a wizard at fixing things for other people.
31/08/2113m 14s

30/08/2021

Alistair brings Mousse to Greenacres as she’s too much of a handful to have around the vet practice. Jazzer isn’t pleased, he’d hoped Greenacres would be his and Tracy’s love nest but Tracy can’t resist the dog’s cuteness. Wary Alistair advises Tracy to stand back when he opens Mousse’s crate. But when Mousse heads straight to Tracy for attention, it’s clear confirmation for Jazzer that the only person Mousse doesn’t like is Alistair. Lilian chases up Jakob for his assessment on Double Bill but Jakob won’t be rushed. Meanwhile Denise asks him about his impending review with Lovell James and he curtly brushes her off. Later, when she tries again to broker Jakob’s meeting with Don James, Jakob – annoyed about being interrupted – is rude in his replies once again. Denise pours out her frustrations of working with Jakob and tells him she’s quitting her job immediately due to his terrible manners. Justin has the wind in his sails with his vision of owning a yacht, and when Lilian tries to talk him down he tells her not diminish her expertise and interests. When they meet Nancy, the broker, she turns out to know Lilian from her time in Guernsey. In fact she remembers quite a lot about her, including her nickname ‘Lighthouse Lil’. With Justin out of earshot, Lilian requests that Nancy doesn’t go into any detail of her last time on the water that ended in disaster. Nancy promises not to say a single word.
30/08/2113m 11s

29/08/2021

Following the sale of a barn, Justin and Lilian have money burning a hole in their pocket. They considering buying Double Bill, an eventing horse, and Lilian insists that Jakob does the pre-sale checks. With a ferry booked to the Isle of Wight, Justin is keen to head off before Jakob has completed his assessment and they agree that Denise will send them the results. Once on their way, Justin reveals his own ideas as to how to invest their money. He’s not keen on mixing business with horses and eventing reminds him of his ex-wife Miranda. Instead, he proposes buying a yacht and setting up a Damara Amside racing team. He’s noticed Lilian light up when she remembers her time in Guernsey and recalls her telling Mandy Beesborough about having a great time with the yachting crowd there. Justin has no sailing experience but he’s determined to spend the money on something Lilian will really enjoy. But Lilian doesn’t appear bowled over by the idea. With Jim away with Fiona, Jazzer and Tracy plan to spend time off together at Greenacres. Tracy wants to spruce up his bedroom but Jazzer’s not keen so he tarts up some old loungers for them to use in the garden. Meanwhile, Alistair has agreed to look after a client’s dog while she’s in hospital. He warns Jazzer that Mousse, a Westie, doesn’t like strangers, but she transforms into a happy dog with Jazzer, and he wonders if it’s Alistair that Mousse doesn’t like.
29/08/2113m 13s

26/08/2021

Jazzer wonders why Tracy’s going to so much effort preparing a meal for Russ and Lily. Tracy explains it’s to thank Russ for his help with sourcing learning support for Chelsea. She also wants to ask Lily’s advice on how to encourage Chelsea to knuckle down to her studies. Lily thinks the last eighteen months must have been strange for Chelsea; at her age friends are your world. Lily envies Chelsea; she didn’t have a gang of friends like that. When Lily suggests good old-fashioned bribery as a tactic on Chelsea, the only thing that Tracy can think of is driving lessons. But Tracy can’t afford those. Lily suggests that Tracy could teach Chelsea, which Tracy thinks is a genius idea! Jazzer however isn’t so convinced and thinks it’s a recipe for disaster. That doesn’t put Tracy off – it will be a chance for her to spend quality time with Chelsea. Things don’t begin well when Susan and Neil go for their surprise meal at Grey Gables. When Neil marvels at the redecoration, Susan retorts it was only done because of the explosion that could have have killed her daughter and sister. Despite champagne, things continue to go downhill as they struggle to make small talk – especially when Neil mentions Shula. Tearful Susan says there’s something wrong with them – they can’t even have a conversation. She wants to go home. Later when Neil suggests snuggling up on the sofa, Susan says she’s tired and is going to bed.
26/08/2113m 10s

25/08/2021

Jennifer and Brian meet Stella, who declares she was impressed at the interview by how the family all worked as team. Brian and Jennifer laugh stiffly. When they discuss her salary, she asks for an extra ten percent to cover accommodation. When Brian offers five, Stella says she’ll have to think about it. Jennifer jumps in with seven and a half and Stella accepts. Later Brian admits he felt surplus to requirements. Jennifer explains she didn’t want to lose Stella – she thinks a fresh pair of eyes could be good for them. Ben asks for Pip’s advice about Evie; he’s not sure she’s the right girl for him. Pip thinks that although Josh had advised Ben to work at relationships, it shouldn’t take so much work after such a short time. Later Ben declares he’s going to do it. He asks Pip the best way to break up with Evie and she advises telling her straight. Afterwards he admits it was awful and that Evie cried, but he’s philosophical; when it’s over, it’s over. Pip wishes she could have been more like Ben at nineteen. Later Pip catches a shifty Ben hunched over his phone. He admits that Beth’s messaged him and he thinks it might be love at first sight for him. What if this is meant to be?
25/08/2113m 1s

24/08/2021

Shula apologises to Neil for her recent behaviour; she was frustrated with her broken arm and having to put her church placement on hold. Neil understands – they’ve been friends for a long time, she can be herself with him. Shula notices something’s up, but when Neil expands on Shula’s disappointment, it’s about the memory box he’s making for Martha. Shula thinks it’s a lovely idea. Neil thanks Shula for saving Alice. Exhausted Susan and Neil are on edge and Susan takes umbrage when Chris comments they’re like ships in the night. Chris wonders when they last had any relaxing time together. Helen’s not around when Susan asks for some of her shifts back, but Pat says she’s sure Helen would bite her hand off. They’ve missed Susan, even though Kirsty’s been doing a great job. When Pat says it can’t be easy having Martha, Susan says it’s busy, but she loves it. However, she admits tearfully that she thinks her and Neil are drifting apart, and Tracy’s noticed it too. There’s something coming between them. Pat suggests following Tracy’s advice, and finding some time just for the two of them. Later Chris surprises Neil and Susan; he’s chipped in with Emma and Tracy for dinner for two at Grey Gables. Susan confides to Neil that it makes her feel like everyone’s been gossiping about them. But Neil reckons that some time together might be just what they need.
24/08/2112m 59s

23/08/2021

Josh and Ben remark on how David’s been like ‘Tigger’ since yesterday – he’s taking over the world with his events empire. Josh has a meeting with Borchester Catering about his egg drop situation and asks if Ben can roll the fields for him. Ben agrees; it will give him space to think. Josh’s meeting goes well and he asks Ben what’s wrong. Ben admits it’s to do with Beth – he met her yesterday at Steph’s wedding and although nothing happened, he can’t stop thinking about her. Problem is he’s still going out with Evie and he’s not sure what to do. Josh advises him not to dump Evie over someone he’s just met, but Ben needs time to think. The Aldridge family gather remotely to interview for their new farm manager. They have two candidates: Barnaby and Stella. Jennifer intervenes when Brian and Kate bicker over who should lead the interview. Brain’s miffed when he’s outvoted and Stella is chosen for the job – Kate says he only wanted Barnaby because he’s a mini Brian. Jennifer thinks Stella will make a great manager. Later Brian apologises to Jennifer for losing his temper but Jennifer admits she quite enjoyed his bickering with Kate – things felt normal and for a minute she didn’t think about Alice, Ruairi or anything other than how pig-headed they were! It’s made her dare to hope that they might get back to something resembling a normal life.
23/08/2112m 58s

22/08/2021

It’s Steph Casey’s wedding day at Brookfield barn and Ruth’s exhausted from dealing with all of her demands. Ruth tells Elizabeth how stressed David’s been about it all – he’s driven her mad! Vince is anxious about seeing his daughter Beth for the first time since falling out over her boyfriend – he doesn’t want to end up arguing and ruining Steph’s day. Vince and Steph are choked up when she thanks him for the best day of her life; they’re lucky to have each other. When Vince wonders where Beth’s boyfriend is, Steph says they’ve split up. Beth and Elizabeth meet and Beth wonders whether Elizabeth might be feeling a bit awkward with all three of Vince’s wives there. But Elizabeth says it’s fine, they’re all adults and she has no plans to be Vince’s fourth wife. When she confides that Vince feels terrible about falling out with her, Beth admits she was pretty horrible to him and wouldn’t blame him if he never wanted to speak to her again. Elizabeth manages to get them together, and after some initial awkwardness Vince apologises; he’s really glad to see Beth. Beth tells him he was right about boyfriend Nathan – he’s a total loser. Vince says he’s really fallen on his feet with Elizabeth and Beth should come for tea with them. Despite some reluctance from Beth, Elizabeth ends up dragging her and Vince on to the floor as they all dance to Vince’s favourite song.
22/08/2113m 8s

19/08/2021

Adam informs Brian he’s just received confirmation of his new job at Danforth Barton Farm. Ideally they want him to start in a few weeks. Brian is understanding and says they will make it work. Adam admits it’s going to be hard to adjust, he’ll miss Home Farm, but he’s sure he’s made the right decision. Brian suggests they present a united front when they tell Jennifer Adam’s leaving. Brian says he has a couple of replacement candidates lined up and will give Adam their CVs to look through. Jennifer doesn’t take the news well, and initially blames Brian for Adam’s decision to leave. Adam explains he wants to spread his wings. Jennifer eventually accepts Adam’s choice but is still annoyed at being kept out of the loop. She wants to take an active role in the replacement selection. Vince asks Elizabeth why she hasn’t responded to his messages. Elizabeth confronts Vince and asks who was telling the truth about the wedding, him or Steph. Vince admits it was Steph, but that it’s more complicated than it seems. All three of Vince’s ex-wives are now attending the wedding along with Beth, the daughter he’s not speaking to – he just didn’t want Elizabeth witnessing all his dirty linen being aired. He begs her to come to the wedding. Elizabeth’s disappointed he lied, but can understand his reasons. She agrees to attend the wedding but makes it clear Vince is being given a second chance – there won’t be a third.
19/08/2113m 4s

18/08/2021

Jennifer and Martha drop a cheesecake round for Shula as a thank you for her support with Alice. Jennifer explains relations with the Carters have improved since Alice went back to rehab, though Susan and Neil appear shattered. Shula suggests the Flower and Produce Show could be a distraction for Jennifer, but with everything going on Jennifer doesn’t think she’ll bother this year. Lily and Russ check in to Grey Gables. Exhausted Roy messes up their booking twice and Tracy has to resolve the situation. She finds Roy dozing at Reception, and informs him Joy wants a word. Joy and Roy exchange raffle prizes – her hip flask for his ride in Eddie’s limo. Tracy sends Roy off for a power nap, he’s no good to anyone in this state. Tracy reminds Russ and Lily that she still owes them a dinner; they must come round to hers. She suggests next Thursday, with her and Jazzer. To Russ’s annoyance Lily accepts. With a lame excuse he apologises to Tracy; they won’t be able to make dinner after all. Tracy admits that she wanted to pick their brains over Chelsea. Both Lily and Russ offer encouragement and suggest college as an option for her. To Lily’s surprise Russ changes his mind and tells Tracy they can make next week’s dinner. Russ is impressed with Tracy’s support for her daughter. In turn Lily’s impressed with her man’s kindness, and suggests they make the most of their night away.
18/08/2113m 12s

17/08/2021

Tracy notices how tired Susan’s looking. She suggests Martha stay with her for a night to ease the strain and give Susan a break, but Susan won’t hear of it. Tracy reminds Roy she’s switched her shift as she has a meeting with Chelsea’s head of year to discuss her options. Later Tracy tells Susan that Chelsea didn’t turn up for the meeting. She’s unsure whether Chelsea has little confidence due to her dyslexia or she’s just not interested in learning. Tracy’s worried Chelsea will end up like her. Elizabeth has taken Lily hat shopping for Steph’s wedding. Lily gushes about how happy she and Russ are and that they plan to have a night away at Grey Gables. They discuss how David has a lot riding on the success of the wedding. Elizabeth comments that Vince also seems to be getting nervous. Elizabeth is disappointed when Vince tells her that Steph has asked if she would mind not coming to the wedding; it’s nothing personal, it’s just due to numbers. With good grace, Elizabeth asks Vince to take lots of photos and to bring her back some cake. Lily intervenes and calls Steph but before she gets a chance to broach the subject, Steph invites Lily and Russ to the wedding. Lily relays all this to Elizabeth – Vince has clearly fed Elizabeth a pack of lies.
17/08/2113m 11s

16/08/2021

Adam has received a text from Ruairi saying that Niamh has taken him to Cork. Ian misses having him around. Adam announces he’s been offered the job at Danforth Barton Farm. They both appreciate the change of job will make things more difficult with Zander’s care; the farm’s some distance away. Ian thinks if it’s what Adam wants, they’ll make it work. Adam’s worried the long hours will put a strain on their relationship. With Ian’s support Adam decides to negotiate a good deal but he’s more concerned about how to tell the rest of the family. Jennifer tells Shula Alice has checked herself back into rehab. She’s also sent a letter apologising for her behaviour and urging Jennifer to speak to Shula. Shula explains that Alice turned up and asked Shula to sell Banjo for her so that she could cover the cost of returning to rehab. Shula agreed but decided to lend Alice the money in advance, so that she could return to rehab immediately before she changed her mind. Alice swore Shula to secrecy as she wanted to take control of her life. Jennifer’s sad that Alice didn’t feel she could approach her but thankful that Shula was there for her. Jennifer tells Shula she owes her a debt of gratitude. Shula confides in Jennifer that she understands addiction, but that she also really believed Alice when she said she wanted to get better. Jennifer hopes she’s right.
16/08/2113m 8s

15/08/2021

It’s the day of the Ambridge Fete. Tracy mistakes Jackie Weaver for her old domestic science teacher. Jackie is meant to be meeting Usha at the Village Hall so Tracy offers to show her the way. Lynda and Usha are concerned there’s still no sign of Alice. Lynda hopes that the tampered with scarecrow at the Bull is not the reason for her disappearance. Usha’s pleased that Amy’s coming to stay with them but explains that Amy and Alice have lost touch. Alan arrives with news that the anti-scarecrow protesters are picketing the Tea Tent. He suggests that Usha, as a trained advocate, might speak with them. Tracy feels foolish when Usha explains who Jackie Weaver is. Tracy suggests that she takes Jackie back to hers until Usha has defused the protest. Jackie quickly cottons on that something is wrong and Tracy comes clean. Usha confesses to Alan that she has had no joy in dispersing the picket. Alan asks Usha if she could try and dissuade Lynda from mounting a gang of heavies to move the protestors on. Jackie Weaver takes the mic and introduces herself. She explains that she has experience in local government matters and advises the protestors that they might be contravening some relevant legislation. Jackie offers her services as a mediator to discuss their issues but reminds the protestors they have no authority here at all. The protest disbands and, having saved the day, Jackie is treated to a glass of Shires.
15/08/2113m 9s

12/08/2021

Harrison is keen to enjoy a rare joint afternoon off with Fallon but Fallon is preoccupied with putting the finishing touches to her scarecrow. Harrison shares the gossip that the fete, or at least the scarecrow competition, could be cancelled thanks to Audrey and Hilary. Later, while picking up litter on Fallon’s suggestion, Harrison meets Lynda who declares the fete’s scarecrow trail is definitely going ahead but she’s revealing nothing about the event’s mystery celebrity. Brian and Jennifer are pleased to hear from Ruairi, who’s arrived in Ireland. Brian momentarily wondered if his subdued reaction to Ruairi telling them he was bisexual has anything to do with him leaving Ambridge so quickly. But he pushes this thought away and lays the blame fully at Alice’s door. Then, Brian and Jennifer discover that Alice has gone; it looks like she’s taken luggage too. They make calls and word spreads round the village quickly. Alice is missing. Lynda summons Harrison to The Bull where their scarecrow, already out for the fete’s trail, has been adapted to look like Alice. Meanwhile, Brian is about to begin a search when Jennifer gets a text from Alice: she’s alright and she’ll be in touch soon. Brian’s not sure how much more he can take of Alice’s antics, but Jennifer suggests they just need to let them happen. Brian wonders what to do if she doesn’t want to get better. Perhaps we have to let that happen too, replies Jennifer.
12/08/2113m 8s

11/08/2021

Audrey and Hilary have escalated their complaint about the fete’s scarecrow competition to the local MP. Jim’s theory is that Hilary is making everyone’s life difficult because she’s bitter about not winning a parish council seat. With Lynda worrying there might be a law to support Audrey and Hilary