Thursday, 13 January
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.