Monday, 29 November
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.